Enlightened Up is a fun getaway weekend retreat of stand-up comedy, yoga, healthy food and transformative speakers that will make you laugh, learn, and connect with yourself and others.
Hosted by award-winning comedian Dr. Craig Shoemaker, the retreat focuses on how the healing power of laughter can transform our lives. You will discover tools to uncover your happiness and share it with your community and the world.
The workshops, classes, shows and events held across the three days of the retreat are designed to help you cultivate playfulness, connection, and bliss in your mind, body and soul. You will be supplied with takeaway keys to better finances, health, loving relationships as well as being entertained by hilarious and uplifting comedy performances.
Health and Wellness comes in many forms.
Laughing is a powerful tool that can lower stress and dissolve anger. Mood is elevated by striving to find humor in difficult and frustrating situations. Laughter reduces at least four of the neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress. These are epinephrine, cortisol, dopamine, and growth hormone. Laughter wards off depression, relaxes muscles, helps with respiration, enhances the immune system, reduces pain, promotes cardiac health through working out muscles in the diaphragm, lowers blood pressure and in athletes, improves stamina.
Craig has formed Laughter Heals, an organization dedicated towards The Laughter Movement.
"Shoemaker is insightful and amusing...we are moved beyond laughter to tears." -- The Los Angeles Times
You might know Craig Shoemaker as the unmistakably engaging, iconic, baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster. Maybe you were one of millions who saw him in his decades of successful stand up comedy. Or you may have seen one of his specials aired on Showtime, HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC and just about every other major network. Perhaps you saw him in a TV show or movie like Parks & Recreation, The Bold and The Beautiful, or in Scream 2?
Or maybe you just recognize his voice: Pleasantville, many characters in numerous animated series, and all the voices (and even the title song) for the BBC cartoon, Big Foot, Little Foot.
But he's far more than just The Lovemaster...
What you may not know (yet!) is that Craig Shoemaker is dedicated to using laughter as healing modality.
Yep, the Lovemaster is a peace-loving new-age hippy dedicated to using laughter to heal the world. Who knew! He's now focusing his efforts on his new organization dedicated to the cause, Laughter Heals. With a weekly show, movie and book coming soon, Craig hopes that he can bring The Laughter Movement to the mainstream.
“Shoe,” as he's often called, began his career in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he honed his comedic skills and characters while bartending and attending Temple University (winning the “Best Comedian” award from Philly Magazine). A natural storyteller with sharp observational instincts, Craig’s performances are often based on the hilarious -- and sometimes shocking -- twists and turns of his own life.
Craig is happily married to his wife Mika and is a father to three sons, Justin, Jared and Jackson, and brand new daughter Chloe.