About Us

The Sunshine Project was founded by Michelle Major in 2012.  We have grown organically over the last decade, supporting a wide range of organisations and clients.  We won the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ award in November 2016 from the Local Women Business Awards.

Sunshine Services

We have developed a range of trauma-informed and evidence-based emotional wellbeing programmes specifically designed to empower adults and children with the somatic tools & techniques to manage the stress in their lives and to invite more regulation & responsiveness to their Autonomic Nervous System.

Our training programmes, workshops & individual therapeutic sessions include an integration of neuroscience, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), physiology, ethology, mindfulness, and energy therapy.

Our clients include community organisations, public & private sector, corporate organisations, education sector, conferences & events. If you are interested in one of our unique programmes or coaching, please contact us here

Michelle with coffee cup

Work with Michelle

I am passionate about helping others heal and transform their lives.

Michelle Major

Michelle Major, founder of The Sunshine Project & pioneer of Laughter Yoga NI, was Northern Ireland’s first Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher.  Michelle has spent almost a decade developing & delivering wellness & stress management courses to hundreds of groups & organisations.

“It is my life purpose to help support others heal and transform their lives.  I have dedicated my life to discovering what creates lasting change & wellness.  Everything I share in my courses are things I have learnt along my journey, and more importantly, use everyday to keep me grounded, healthy and well.”

Find out more…
Michelle Major

Sunshine Services

Coaching & Mentoring

Coaching & Mentoring

Professional Training

Professional Training

Community, Education & Business

Community, Education & Business

How we have helped others…

Michelle has facilitated Laughter Yoga sessions for some of East Belfast Community Development Agency’s health events and the response from participants has been great. We find that people of all ages really engage with the session and thoroughly enjoy it. On one occasion we closed a day-long event with a session of Laughter Yoga and found it a really nice way to round off a busy programme. Michelle is very good at getting people to open their mind and get involved and it’s a great way to break the ice and build camaraderie among a group.
Clare, Community Development Officer
Definitely feel my mood has changed to move positive & feel much less stressed mentally – I’ve laughed it all out!
Natalie, attendee of Breathe, Laugh & Relax class
I had the pleasure of participating in Laughter Yoga with Michelle recently. Michelle brought a smile, a giggle, a hearty laugh not only to my face but to my soul. I have no doubt this has changed my outlook in everyday life. I now use the simple exercises every day and use Laughter yoga as my free vacation from the busy busy world
Maria
Absolutely brilliant. Learning to be free to be able to laugh, without self-consciousness is freeing
Deborah, attendee of Breathe, Laugh & Relax class
I would love to see a lot more of these classes. I work in mental health & feel these therapies are invaluable
Colette, attendee of Laughter Workshop
The BE HAPPY NOW course really gave me a lift and awakened interests. I found it really helpful. The course tutor was fantastic, enthusiastic and inspirational.
Louise, Attendee of Be Happy Now programme
Michelle delivered the ‘Be Happy Now’ course to clients within our service, AMH New Horizons, a wide range of people of all ages, both males & females participated. It was an excellent course which included: Affirmations, forgiveness, gratitude, peak positive state & laughter therapy myself & clients really enjoyed all the sessions. The course offered lots of different positive ideas & tips for good personal well being, stress reduction, & relaxation techniques. The feedback & evaluations were excellent with clients involved very enthusiastic & said they could use information gained in the future.
Colette, AMH New Horizons
This is a completely new concept to me and I am very glad to have attended, as it has made me aware of the state of my mental health/emotions and has given a me a way to improve
D. McCabrey
The BE HAPPY NOW course was a lovely programme with excellent relaxation techniques
Laughing – something I need to do more of, as I work in a very serious environment. Thoroughly enjoyed this totally unique experience. So interesting. So contagious. Thank you
Sarah, attendee of Laughter Workshop

“I attended and completed laughter yoga leader training yesterday ,it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend Michelle to anyone or any organisations as she is in one of the most authentic, congruent and fun trainers out there, just wish it had been longer, if you are thinking about it just do it as you won’t be disappointed.

Mark Aspire

I completed Michelle’s two-day laughter yoga training last week in beautiful Co.Donegal.

Michelle was amazing, she made us all feel so comfortable so that we got the best out of the training. Her knowledge in this topic was delivering in a professional but fun way. She showed up for us, helped us connect to a part of ourselves that, let face it we don’t connect to enough! I experienced exactly what it’s said on the tin, laughter, laughter and more laughter ! The content, exercises and business side of the training with delivered with love . I felt so uplifted, energised and connected to myself when I completed this course. I would highly recommend doing this training and bringing it out to your communities.

Sinead Mc Ilvenna
Feel more energised, calmer & relaxed…had been having chest problems & feel this has helped
Alma, attendee of Breathe, Laugh & Relax class

I completed Laughter Yoga Leader training with Michelle. She is a skillful facilitator who brings knowledge and insight to the sessions. Her calmness and obvious joy in what she does is contagious and allows participants to fully immerse themselves in the experience without any sense of being self conscious. I can’t recommend her highly enough

Joanne McCauley
Good therapy as well as team building
Peter, attendee of Laughter Workshop at a team development day