Raquel Gendry is the founder and president of Fundación Narices Rojas, an Ecuadorian non-profit organization of therapeutic clowns who have been bringing laughter and joy to over 160,000 patients, their family and staff in Ecuadorian hospitals since 2006. This team of volunteers also offer their programs in shanty-towns and refugee camps.

She also runs the University of Humor and Love (Universidad del Humor y el Amor) and the Faculty of Laughter Sciences (Facultad de Ciencias Risològicas) in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Raquel was an acclaimed professional actress, story teller, director and organizer of international events for over 20 years before refocusing her life to helping others as a therapeutic clown, following a life-threatening disease that led to an open-heart surgery and two full months in an intensive care hospital unit. She trained for over 1000 hours with numerous experts, eventually doing a synthesis from the best teachings of them all and creating her own approach.

She discovered Laughter Yoga in 2011, but only truly fell in love with this particular approach to laughter when she trained with Sebastien Gendry as a Certified Laughter Wellness Teacher, level 2, in 2012 and level 3 in 2013. She is now actively promoting and teaching Laughter Wellness in Ecuador.

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