Holy Humor: Body Language and Laughter in Leading Rituals

Holy Humor: Body Language and Laughter in Leading Rituals


Did you know 80% of communication is nonverbal? Step into clearer communication and learn how to use humor to connect more deeply with others.

In this workshop, you will learn how your body is talking, what information you are conveying physically without realizing it so that you can choose how you come across and add more power to your communication in any context. You’ll learn the three centers of communication in the body and practice standing, moving, and speaking with purpose to land your message. This workshop also will focus on the power of shared humor and laughter to open the heart and mind, bringing resonance, relief, and release. You’ll learn universal rules of comedy, using classic comedy scenarios that teach you while you are having fun. Practice putting the humor in humanity to profoundly connect your audience to your message of love.

Discover that. Oh my! you already knew the rules of body language and comedy (all humans do), you just didn't see them before now or know how to use them for the greater goodLearn how to place serious content after comic content to reach your audience when they are open and listeningUnderstand how laughter is cathartic, too, just like crying, and is just as connectiveDiscover styles of physical expression that are natural to you and clear to others.

Spiritual presenters can be overly serious, simply out of sheer sincerity. This workshop also is for speakers who wonder, “Is the audience with me?” or “I hope they are listening.” It’s for you who hide behind the text when you long to come out and shine and connect instead. It’s for presenters who like humor yet worry that humor isn’t spiritual or appropriate, or that they aren’t “funny.” You reach your audience most fully when you take them through a range of emotions from deep to light. Come find out how funny your spirit is naturally!

Please be advised the content of this workshop may stretch your definition of what’s holy and will include profanity and lots of laughter!


Rev. Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace and ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, has made a career of the interplay of love, art, and comedy. She is an award-winning wedding officiant in New York City, specializing in highly personalized weddings, including costume and adventure ceremonies. She has been featured on The Learning Channel’s "Four Weddings", in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, New York Daily News, New York Magazine, and Huffington Post, among other news outlets. Barbara Ann celebrates interfaith and intercultural unions, and embraces marriage equality. Artistically, she specializes in audience-interactive and improvisational art that invites communication, transformation, and unity. She is a graduate of Brown University and Massachusetts College of Art. (www.jesterofthepeace.com)

OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
Available by: Attend in NYC Classroom or Join by Videoconference or Download Recordings (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00

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If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840 x 0.