mihi

a māori greeting


Kia ora - "be well and healthy"
As we say where I’m from - ey up!

Born near Kinder Scout on the River Irk in Manchester, England, my ancestors are Celtic - from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

I live with my family in NelsonTe Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui in New ZealandAotearoa.

My name is Gareth Edwards, a.k.a. Ganapati and The Laughter Guy. Or simply 'G'.

mihi

a māori greeting


Kia ora - "be well and healthy"
As we say where I’m from - ey up!

Born near Kinder Scout on the River Irk in Manchester, England, my ancestors are Celtic - from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

I live with my family in NelsonTe Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui in New ZealandAotearoa.

My name is Gareth Edwards, a.k.a. Ganapati and The Laughter Guy. Or simply 'G'.

Gareth Edwards

mihi

a māori greeting


Kia ora - "be well and healthy"
As we say where I’m from - ey up!

Born near Kinder Scout on the River Irk in Manchester, England, my ancestors are Celtic - from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

I live with my partner and our son in NelsonTe Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui in New ZealandAotearoa.

My name is Gareth Edwards, a.k.a. Ganapati and The Laughter Guy. Or simply 'G'.

my story, so far…

Music is my first language.

I remember being a toddler, bashing the piano and singing my own nonsense songs. Little has changed.

Being 'good at school', I stayed until I was 25, picking up a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Artificial Intelligence along the way. It also let me enjoy my passion for psychedelic drugs, creating a safe haven for my life's upsy-downsies.

In the middle of my PhD I stopped taking drugs and my madness was revealed. Suicidal depression was followed by psychosis, mania and homelessness. I was sectioned and forcibly treated for Bipolar Disorder.

I began work to improve the mental health system, at first from within, then as a leader of alternatives like digital health, peer support and human rights.

I designed, ran and evaluated services, led university research, gave policy advice to governments on suicide prevention, recovery and population well-being, and founded a successful health-tech company. It was never enough and I got adrenal fatigue and a return to panic attacks.

Reconnecting with the spiritual journey my youthful music-making and drug-taking was obviously about, I kept the former and replaced the latter with a six-week yoga course in India and a shift from the city to start a permaculture farm by the beach.

I started sharing my views on madness, well-being and personal development through my music, writing, workshops and on the stage.

My musical stand up comedy show MadLove was awarded Best Solo Show and Best In Fringe at the Nelson Fringe Festival 2015 and my EP Are You Where You Want To Be? reached #5 on the NZ Heatseekers Chart in 2017.

I also picked up my lifelong learning journey with training in laughter yoga and a range of energy healing approaches.

This is where you find me today. I write uplifting songs, books and courses and share what I know live in workshops, gigs and presentations. And I offer personal mentoring and healing for those who want to be happy.

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