COLUMBUS, OH • Nov 9 - 11, 2017

Attend WLT’s Most Productive, Advanced Workshop EVER! Tuition Includes Expert Level Certification and One Year CLL Extension of Current Certificate

Mark Your Calendar and Register Early for November 10,11 & 12, 2016 to Lock in Your Spot!

Earn Your Designation as an Expert Practitioner (CLL-E)

2016 Advanced Scholars Workshop

“Where Do We Go From Here, And How Do We Get There?”

Exactly What You Need to Know Now!

Study, Play and Celebrate with us November 10 – 12, 2016 for the 13th Annual CLL Advanced Workshop in Ohio.

This is your opportunity to experience a reunion with old friends, meet new ones, and see the people you’ve been emailing. Get hands-on learning of expert level activities, plus a fabulous exchange of best practices and all of the World Laughter Tour’s newest ideas.

Save the Date and Register Early

Make your CLL Certification more valuable than EVER! This holistic, multidisciplinary, integrative and evidence-based workshop is… ENJOYABLE, VALUABLE and EXCLUSIVE.

Experience Value-Packed Presentations

Early Rate = $440. Register Now With a $110 Deposit! Call NOW 800-669-5233. You Don’t Want to Miss This!

“The deeper you go, the higher you fly!” –GEORGE HARRISON

  • This course will expand your repertoire of activities to make your sessions, programs and talks more attractive, interesting and powerful.
  • Includes a variety of topics that show people how to have more positive mindsets, feelings and interactions
  • Expert methods are drawn from rigology, modern games, playful sophrology, positive psychology, neuroplasticity, mindfulness, affirmations, movement, and more!
  • Earns the CLL-E “Expert Level” Designation. Attending automatically extends your CLL certification for one year from its normal expiration.

Experience plenty of surprises, camaraderie and fun! Every Advanced Workshop is better than the year before. We have planned this year’s to be especially enticing and well worth the trip!

“Find me at the workshop and I will show you! Hope to see you there!”

We always take away new ideas from the Advanced Scholars Workshop for building our therapeutic laughter practice, as well as for our business. We are always adding more people to our laughter family. Also, if you would like to save a bit on hotel rates, many of us choose roommates and some of us book each other a year ahead of time. Steve, our “Grand Poobah”, always has valuable knowledge and insight to share. Pam is a power/superwoman; on top of things, behind the scenes, and cooking up a storm of delectable desserts for our pleasure. Woo hoo! Can you sense my enthusiasm? Ha, ha. Those of you have not met me likely do not know that I love my association with WLT so much that my shoulder is the site of the ONLY WLT laughing world tattoo.

Helen L Bzdel - Saskatoon, SK

“See you in Columbus!!!!!”

If you haven't attended the Advanced Scholars Workshop, plan on it now. Take your calendars out and mark off the days. Do it NOW! Steve works really hard at making sure we all walk away with relevant information that will make us think and grow. Columbus is easy to get to, the hotel has always been very accommodating and nice, the price is well worth what you get....even months later. Above all, the camaraderie, the love, the support, the ideas, the fun and the new friendships you will create with fellow CLLs, will fill your mind, heart and soul until November rolls around again. This information is based on my experience of two of these workshops.

Julie Ann Sullivan - Pittsburgh, PA

“P.S. I am still LAUGHING! Almost with you know what running down my legs.”

Hello to all the magnificent people who joined together for an inspiring Advanced Scholars Workshop led by our OWN Joyologist, Steve Wilson and Pam >>>> We LOVE YOU! GRATITUDE for your time to organize the fun, presenters, and resources for all of us. No words can express my appreciation for your presence. Having CLLs share their lives with us touched me tenderly and with joy! KUDOS to everyone who shared and also for the many who could have presented their ways of spreading love and joy to the world. May you continue on your journeys of making the world a better place through laughter and love. JOY JOY JOY JOY DOWN in MY HEART!

Lundee Amos - Greensboro, NC

You Can Count on Us for Fun & Exciting Adult Education

This workshop has been carefully designed by our curriculum experts to meet professional standards, yet it is perfectly appropriate for volunteers, retirees, and others.

“The amazing thing about this workshop, that makes it so different from anything else, is the space for individual personalities to shine, and the encouragement to self-actualize!” –DEBRA JOY HART

  • Learn with people from all walks of life.
  • Learn from specialists and experts.
  • Learn from CLLs who have many years of experience.
  • Safe, active participation means you will not just be listening.
  • You will leave with information and skills that you can apply immediately in the real world.
  • Recharge your enthusiasm.
  • Leadership skills taken to the next level.

Fabulous networking with new & old friends.

You Will Not Find These Opportunities Anywhere Else!

Registration Includes All Sessions, 2 Lunches, Dessert Buffet, Movie Screening, Expert Level Certification and 1 Year CLL Certification Renewal. Call 800-669-5233. Topics will draw on the incredible expertise of CLLs through a variety of presenters. All trainers are either CLLs or otherwise experts within their fields. Thru Oct. 6 = ONLY $440! After Oct. 6, Registration Increases to $490, So BOOK EARLY and SAVE BIG!

  1. Jim Canterucci
    Strategic Business Advisor

    “Why Every CLL Needs to Know About Marketing, Social Media Networking, and O.C.S. (Other Cool Stuff)”.

    WLT Strategic Business Advisor, and author of Your Personal Brilliance, will share more secrets of brilliant marketing in his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink class:

  2. Amira Choukair Tame
    ACC, CLL

    Amira is a Certified Activities Consultant (NCCAP) with over 18 years of experience promoting advancement of non-drug therapy for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia disorders. Providing therapeutic activities for hundreds of people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease has given her an opportunity to develop activities that are successful at any stage of dementia. CLL since 2005.

  3. Eileen Wallach

    Holds a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is a licensed social worker in Tennessee. Eileen is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, the National Speakers Association and is a certified facilitator of the Art4Healing® method. She is the founder of “Your Heart on Art” workshops. Down-to-earth and uplifting, she delivers sincerity and heartfelt anecdotes while injecting humor and her contagious laugh into every class. CLL since 2005.

  4. Don Baird

    Psychology and Humor for Better Living. “Because suffering is highly overrated.”

    Received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. He is a member of the World Laughter Tour Professional Advisory Committee. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. He has given presentations on humor and psychology locally, nationally, and internationally (including Japan, Norway, Italy and France). He is an Adjunct Faculty in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

  5. Barbara Grapstein

    Owner of Gold Coast Giggles. A Certified Laughter Leader and laughter yoga instructor, Barbara has traveled the globe edu-taining laughter’s benefits. Founder of Healing Headbands Project, a nonprofit organization based in Sea Cliff, New York, inspiring others to develop a healing mindset by integrating laughter with art through personally expressed artwork that vis custom printed on special soft UV protected fabric, made into headbands and then delivered with 100% love. CLL since 2008.

  1. Sue Stephenson
    M.Ed and CLL-E
    Happiness at School™ Creator and Coordinator

    Sue is a prolific author and creative thinker in the field of education. Based on a highly successful three-year project in Toronto, Canada, the Happiness at School™ project is a Canadian first for grade 7 to 10 students using stand-up comedy to promote literacy, well-being and mental health. Sue has created an online eCourse to become certified as a Facilitator in this project. Bringing joy to the classroom one laugh at a time. Sue celebrates her 10th anniversary as a CLL since 2006!

  2. Debra Norwood
    JD, CLL-E

    Attorney, Brain Health and Resilience Trainer, CLL-E, Greater Memphis Area

    An attorney who believes in transformative and integrative law and is now coaching other attorneys and helping improve their lives and law practice by improving their cognitive skills in order to develop resilience and joy.

    At Laughter Lawyer USA we know that everyone is entitled to have a happy childhood, and if they didn’t have one, then they are allowed to create one for themselves!


    Our models for stress reduction,anger management, trust-building,and peace-building are grounded in neuroscience and reject the grim mindset that one has to be serious to be effective. I use humor and therapeutic laughter to foment learning as I teach practical skills in communication,stress management,mindfulness and brain health. CLL since 2011.

  3. Angela Ray
    Psychologist, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities

    Dr. Angela Everson Ray is the Director of Psychology for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD) in Columbus.  She has served people of all ages with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health needs for over 30 years.  Dr. Ray has provided mental health services to persons with IDD through her work at FCBDD and in private practice.  Dr. Ray is a trauma-trained psychologist who supervises behavioral support specialists and psychology assistants, and trains others on how to incorporate trauma-informed principles (including laughter, joy, hope & resilience) into mental health services.

  4. Joel Schwartz
    M.D, CLL-E

    Received his medical degree from Hahnemann University Hospital, and his psychiatric training at the Institute of Living, and Hahnemann University. He is onThe Top Docs list of Philadelphia Magazine and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. CLL since 2009.

    Dr. Schwartz has been the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Abington Memorial Hospital. He is a board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist as well as a certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalyst; has been an Associate Director and Head of Child and Adolescent Services at Northwestern Institute, and a supervisor for psychiatric residents and psychoanalytic candidates.

    He serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of World Laughter Tour, and is the author of eight books including, “Noses Are Red: How to Nurture Your Child’s Sense of Humor,” and “To Pee Or Not To Pee: The Prostate Guide for the Common Man”.

  5. Debra Joy Hart
    RN, CLL, St. Joseph, IL

    Debra is Founder of “M.I.R.T.H. – Medicine Is Relationships, Trust, and Humor”, and Project Director of “1,000 Red Noses, whose purpose is to help create peace and joy around the world giving red noses to adults and children of any and all cultures, races and religions while presenting uplifting & enjoyable programs that connect laughter as a universal language to love as the universally needed social glue. Deb has taken her project to the Quechuan people of Peru, and to the children of Osugi Musical Theatre, Komatsu, Japan. She documents the project by collecting inspirational photos that reflect the process of giving and receiving joy in the form of a red nose. CLL since 2008.

  1. Nancy Weil

    A CLL for 14 years, and founder of The Laugh Academy, Buffalo, NY. “There is no need to continue living with the stress and heartache that life may bring.”  An accomplished, popular, and successful professional speaker, workshop leader, and author, Nancy leads the world’s only laughter club held in a cemetery. A leading authority on the relationship between humor and grief, as well as effective tools for stress relief, and is known for her energetic, entertaining and content-rich programs. CLL since 2002.

  2. Pam Wilson
    Empress of Everything

    Lovingly preparing her usual sumptuous–and almost famous– dessert buffet for us. Pam tells us she is cooking up some surprises. Does the word “CHOCOLATE” ring a bell?

  3. Lenny Ravich
    BA, MS, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Lenny is the director of the Gestalt Institute of Tel Aviv,and has been a practicing Gestalt training since 1986. An actor, director, teacher, educator, and author of the best-selling book, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment”. He has researched the subjects of Emotional Intelligence and Positive Psychology with Dr. Tal Ben Shachar of Harvard University. He has been a member of The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor since 2003 and created the “Shalom Scholarship” for the organization. He has also been a member of the National Speakers Association since 2003.

  4. Steve Wilson
    MA, CSP

    Psychologist and founder of World Laughter Tour, Inc; Director of National Humor Month; founder of The Laughter Arts and Sciences Foundation; award-winning internationally recognized authority on therapeutic humor and gelotology. Known variously as The Joyologist and the Cheerman of the Bored.

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Reserve Your Seat as Soon as Possible!

Space is Limited! Place a Deposit of Only $110.

Workshop Schedule

You can’t beat this exceptional agenda! (Lots of surprise extras, too.)

This was a big hit last year, so we are doing it again.


You bring books, tapes, CDs, toys, whatever relevant materials you want to contribute,

then take what you need… FREE!


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Our Founder, Steve Wilson

Positive Activity Interventions

Speaking About Laughter, and What it All Means

Concurrent with the evolution of Gelotherapy (laugher therapy) and Gelotology (the science of laughter), there also is evolving a special vocabulary and conjecture as to why laughter therapy works. These will encourage improved understanding and communication.

“When the student is ready the teacher appears. When the teacher is ready the student appears.” – Albert Einstein.

Nobody is as smart as all of us together. That’s why at these events we are all teachers and all students. A few CLLs have prepared special sessions to help us focus on particular topics, but we allow plenty of time so that we all can share from a wealth of experience, intelligence and heart.

“What a fun workshop with super fun people.”

The Advanced Workshop was excellent and so much more than I expected. There was a great deal of new and exciting information shared that we can all use in our laughter experiences and personal lives. I was thrilled to meet you and Pam, and thought I was coming to a group where I would not know anyone. I was pleasantly surprised to have two people there I knew…Susan, my original laughter trainer, and my friend, Barbara, that I didn’t think would be there. The relationships in this group are clearly connected at a deep level and everyone offered their friendship and assistance with our businesses. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Lucy King - Colorado Springs, CO

“With gratitude for the joy of laughter, learning and sharing.”

I lead a one-hour laughter session at a senior living facility last week and used concepts I had learned at the Advanced ScholarsWorkshop in Columbus with much success. Each year that I attend the training in Ohio my creativity is inspired and I am willing to try new activities with my groups. The amount of information shared and relationships nurtured in the three days is truly priceless!!

Julie Schultz - San Luis Obispo, CA

“YEAH to all the Certified Laughter Leaders!!!!”

I had the chance to meet Susan and many other great leaders, at the Advanced Scholars Workshop in November. It was an unforgettable event. I love being a Certified Laughter Leader and thank God for leading me to the WLT. Thank You Steve and Pam for always being there to enhance what we do and what we can then share with the world.

Madeline M Holstrom - Naperville, IL

The Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Easton Hotel is only moments away from the Easton Town Center, where you will find some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife in the Columbus, Ohio area. Amenities included are: free hot breakfast, Wi-Fi access, and in-room coffee maker, access to our 24-hour business center and a free shuttle to Easton Town Center as well as any locations within a five mile radius of the hotel.

The city of Columbus has a lot to offer. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is only 17 miles away, or the Center of Science and Industry. The staff at the Hampton Inn & Suites will do what they can to make your stay comfortable and can also suggest activities nearby. After an afternoon of shopping or sightseeing, you can return to your suite knowing that you have a fresh, clean and comfortable Hampton bed® for a restful night’s sleep.

Highlights Include:

  • Complimentary shuttle to airport (schedule 24 hours in advance) and within a 5-mile radius
  • 4.5 miles from Port Columbus International Airport
  • Indoor Heated Pool and Spa
  • 24 Hour Business Center Access
  • Free Hot Breakfast
  • Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed
  • Free High-Speed Wi-Fi Access in Every Room
  • Fitness Center on Site for Guest Use

Everything… Right Where You Need It!

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Easton Area
4150 Stelzer Road
Columbus, Ohio, 43230, USA
Tel: 614-473-9911
Fax: 614-473-9922

Laughter Therapy is Being Applied to a Wide Variety of Settings

  • Mental Health
  • Education
  • Workplace
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Creating College-Level Courses
  • Gender Differences
  • Death, Dying & Celebrating Life
  • AND Much More!

Reserve Your Seat as Soon as Possible!

Space is Limited! Place a Deposit of Only $110.

Payment Plans Can Be Arranged. CALL 800-669-5233 or

International Guests May Click or Call: 614-855-4733 EST

ONLY $440