Getting Unstuck: The Alchemy of Humour Waiting List

With Carole Ames

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Humour, laughter and play.  These are some of the earliest forms of self-expression seen in children.

They are strong indicators of the innate human ability to process, express and connect.  Adults have often forgotten, or never learned, the ease, effectiveness and pleasure of humour.  Additionally, humour is an amazing path to acknowledging and releasing the places in our lives where we get stuck.

Alchemy /’al-ki-mi/   Power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.

Getting Unstuck:  The Alchemy of Humour is for you if you are:

  • Feeling stuck in patterns, behaviours, insights, or mood;
  • Interested in shifting your energy, mood and perspective in simple, profound ways;
  • Curious about exploring your emotional landscape, including what humour can mask, and reveal;
  • Willing to explore the physical, psychological and relational impact of humour;
  • Looking for new ways to express passion and access creativity
  • Seeking ways to enliven your relationships and expand your ways of connecting

This is a three day full-on experiential program which can be both fun and challenging. There are creative opportunities for the group to investigate, explore and instigate humour.  There is a challenge to identify and explore ways in which each of us “gets stuck”.  And with the group’s support each person is invited to tackle a “stuck place”, potentially shifting our experience in the world.

Be prepared to let go, and leave room to be surprised.  There will be tears, there will be laughter, and there will be a shared experience of humanity in its richness.

How do we break the trajectory of our lives and do something new?

Sam Keen

At the height of laughter the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of possibilities.

Jean Houston

What past participants say:

“This terrific course…gave me a new, unexpected tool for dissipating my anxiety and grounding myself. Thank you so much.”

Patricia Henderson – Counsellor & Social Worker

“Carole uses humour as an approach to personal growth and exploration, which provides an excellent tunnel to view your emotional landscape. As a result, participants experience a fast and easy connection with each other through humour. Using humour as the jumping off point creates a comfortable padding to start exploring the deeper emotions or current issues/circumstances that you may avoid in your day to day life.

Leslie Sanderson – Haven Intern

“I’ve been laughing out loud much more theses days; at myself mostly and the hilarity that seems to be showing up in my life with much higher frequency.”

Judy Walker – Student



Carole Ames
Carole Ames BES (Honours), DipC supports people, couples and groups in meaningful reflection, creative exploration, and effective integration. Her communication skills, humour and insight have been key in her  career.  Associated with The Haven since 1990, she leads programs including Come Alive, Living Alive 1 and Getting Unstuck with Humour in both Canada and China. Website: Creative Pursuits
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