Robert Rivest
Wellness, Laughter & Stress Relief


Stress Relief for Librarians and Library Staff



Stress Relief, Team Building and Laughter Games for Librarians and Library Staff Robert Rivest offers creative stress relief workshops, in-services and staff development training for librarians and staff! His most popular staff development program for libraries is part comic relief and part stress relief tips from mindfulness meditation, tai-chi and laughter yoga. The laughter and improv team building exercises are tons of fun! The take away stress relief tips are very effective for work in the library and every day life. It can be a great stress reliever for the whole population, a library conference keynote, worksop, breakout session or a special staff workshop/in-service/training.

Learn, Laugh, and Let Go: Interactive Stress Relief for Librarians and Library Staff! Robert Rivest takes a humorous look at modern day stress, library work stress,  and what we can do about it. Using mime, comedy, insight, and interaction Robert offers both "comic relief" and practical stress relieving techniques. With Robert's down-to-earth sense of humor and engaging style, audiences find stress reduction natural and easy. His closing interactive series of movement and laughter helps everyone get back to work, school, or home feeling calm and refreshed.


How we handle stress affects every part of our lives!
Comic Relief Story                        Stress Management Tips


Enjoy the Ride! Program length: Very Flexible!

20-90 minutes for a Comic Keynote. 

30 Min for Lunchtime Laughter Lift.

1 hour to 1 full day for Staff Development, Corporate Wellness Webinars,  Stress Relief and Laughter Programs.

Robert Rivest's comic keynotes, creative stress relief programs, staff development and "Laughter in the Workplace" workshops offer new and refreshing ways to:

  • Improve morale
  • Build team spirit
  • Relieve stress
  • Develop a positive mindset 
  • Boost productivity and efficiency
  • Increase workplace happiness & Joy
  • Promote a healthier, happier workforce


“Awesome,” “wonderful,” and “great,”

are just a few of the adjectives we heard after Robert Rivest’s Wellbeing Laughter & Stress Relief program at our Staff Development Day. Even our most introverted and team-building-averse staff were won over and actively engaged during Robert’s one-hour program of movement, de-stressing, and laughter!"

– Laurie Cavanaugh, Assistant Director, Thayer Public Library, Braintree, MA


"Robert, Thank you so much for the tips, the presentation and your good nature. Several staff members have commented positively on the experience.  They were very complimentary and were excited about the interactive experience, the uniqueness presented as a professional development, and the positivity of the material.  Job well done!
thanks again, 
-Gina Clancy, LPN, School Nurse, McCarthy Middle School


"Robert came to our school in August to work with our 20 Infant, Toddler, and Preschool teachers. We worked on Stress relief through movement, laughter, and reflection. It was a wonderful day filled with new experiences and lots of joyful laughter.

Robert is engaging and energetic. He showed us many different techniques to use during the day for ourselves as well as with the children. We learned attention-getters such as, “Very good, very good, yay!” We use this in the classrooms often, and the children are very familiar with it.

We also learned some meditation, movement, and breathing routines to begin our day with the right mindset to work with young children.

I would recommend Robert to any group looking for a fun, meaningful, and stress-reducing workshop." - Sue Houde, Executive Director, Riverside Children’s Center


"Teachers loved it! A few are using the techniques with their students which was nice to see. We would like to have you back to do this program again. The stress relief is the best! Thanks so much for bringing it to us!" Lisa Jones,LCSW, School Adjustment Counselor, Dryden Memorial School

"Robert's Stress Relief show was simple, effective, and different. I enjoyed seeing the impact on both audiences. The roars of laughter and full participation was great." PTO Arts Coordinator, Woodville Elementary School, Wakefield, MA

"Thank you SO much for coming to our Faculty/Staff Wellness Day! I have already received so many compliments about the day, and how wonderful you were and how relaxed they felt! Some staff members were telling me how they realized today that they don't laugh enough, or smile enough. It was a pleasure seeing you again and I hope that we get to work together again in the future!"Ms. Kelly Norton, M.S., Student Assistance Counselor, Lakeland Regional High School

"I know everyone who participated felt at peace and yet rejuvenated and reconnected! Thanks so much for coming! Your presentaion was exceptional!Maria Sulivan, The Graduate Institute

"I never like our trainings . . . that is until you came! You brought new insight into how much control each one has over his/her positive outlook on self, others, and life."Patricia Niesyn Youth and Family Services

"It was wonderful to participate in something that was meaningful, entertaining, fun, and alive all in the same experience."

Phil Muisener, Staff member,Town of Glastonbury

"During our Monday Professional Development Robert Rivest took our staff on a journey. We were able to let ourselves relax through meditation and breathing, then laugh through different lessons of laughter- small laughter up to big gusty laughter. It was amazing! Our staff definitely felt the difference in our bodies after our PD. Thanks Robert!"
 - Lisa Jones, LCSW, School Adjustment Counselor, Dryden Memorial School

"Robert thank you for a wonderful and exhilarating evening. It was fun having you here. Very good feedback. Best wishes to you and all your future endeavors." - Judith White, Hearts Willing Women's Group


Contact Robert

Phone: 413-519-2256



Robert's New Library Programs



Adventure Begins at Your LibraryIn your imagination, then moves out into the world.

Robert Rivest Comic Mime, uplifts people of all ages and backgrounds. He is a funny man who sees the world in a very funny way. He is known as the 'human cartoon' because of his highly expressive face and flexible body. Using mime, comedy, and interactive spoken word stories, Robert brings original Summer Reading and improv stories to life before your eyes! He combines classic mime artistry with hilarious character voices and humorous insights into everyday life.


Read, Renew, Repeat as well as Rest, Recover and Refresh.

Robert Rivest, mindful mime and ‘human cartoon’ leads audiences of all ages in humorous adventures in the Read, Renew, Repeat theme. Plus he adds comic relief and fun ways to relieve stress. Robert teaches everyone how they can use their imaginations to create stories, characters, funny facial expressions, and share in performing new comic Mime stories. A great show by itself or part of a specific theme within the Summer Reading 2024 Themes. Everyone will learn cool mime illusions! In several audience participation opportunities, we will enjoy improvising your story ideas and play with humous settings, characters, challenges and solutions. Reading & Mime are FUN!


Wellbeing Laughter: A fun way to feel healthier & happier

Robert's newest creation WELLBEING LAUGHTER is a wellness practice that frees the body and mind of stress and anxiety, in a playful, light-hearted way. Robert uses science-based methods such as mindful breathing, gentle movement and healing laughter as a fun way to optimize mental and physical wellbeing. This practice brings people together and unites them in a positive, shared experience of joyful laughter. Wellbeing Laughter lifts our mood in a matter of minutes and gives us a lighter perspective on life. Adaptable for children, teens, adults and staff.

"Robert Rivest's Wellbeing Laughter program was the perfect combination of entertainment and enrichment. Robert was an enthusiastic and responsive facilitator who engaged the participants with his well-paced interactive exercises. You'll definitely leave his program with a smile on your face! For libraries seeking a unique personal growth program, I recommend this program highly ." -Roxanne Starkin, Shrewsbury Public Library


Mindfulness in Motion: Creative tools to manage stress and anxiety

Many schools and organizations are incorporating mindfulness as a way to help students and staff, focus, feel centered, and improve social skills. Robert Rivest's "Mindfulness in Motion" school and library programs help teach the basics of mindfulness in a fun, entertaining way. In this program, students and teachers learn mindfulness exercises and stress relief techniques that will help them breathe, relax, focus, act, and interact, mindfully. Robert is a great presenter, he shares simple, memorable stories and humorous tales that bring mindfulness principles to life.  Robert Rivest has been teaching Mindfulness Meditation, Tai-Chi, and Mime, to all ages, for over 20 years. With his unique blend of energy, creativity, playfulness and peacefulness, Robert shares the joys of being alive, in the present moment. Adaptable for children, teens, adults and staff.



"Thank you so much for a fantastic program in Mansfield last night!  You had the whole audience hooked right from the beginning, and it was great to see parents laughing and participating right along with kids. I imagine there were lots of imaginary walls and ropes in Mansfield homes last night, as kids were both entertained and inspired by your show. It’s always a pleasure for me to watch families having fun at the Library, so thanks again for giving us all a memorable experience." 

-Judy Stoughton, Children’s Librarian Mansfield Public Library, CT



Plenty of dates available for you. Block Booking Available.

*Robert Rivest 2024 Summer Reading Calendar


May 18 “Laughter is Best Medicine” 1pm Franklin, MA


June  5 “Library Staff Stress Relief” 5:00pm Sturbridge, MA

June 18 “Staff Stress Relief” 3:00pm Farmington, CT

June 24 “Create Your Summer Adventure” 6:00pm Rocky Hill, CT

June 27 “Read, Renew, Repeat” 6:30pm Adams, MA


July 1  “Summer Theme Comic Mime” 11 & 2:30 Suffern, NY

July 10  “Read, Renew, Repeat” 10:30am Douglas, MA

July 13  "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 11:00am Hampton, NH

July 17  “Staff Stress Relief for Librarians" 9:30am Prospect, CT

July 17  "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 10:30am Prospect, CT

July 18  “Mindful Moves: Tai-Chi & Qigong Flow“ 6pm N. Smithfield, RI

July 28 “Laughter is the Best Medicine” Teen Programs 10am & 12pm Newton, NJ

July 29 "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 4pm Rutherford, NJ

July 30  “Read, Renew, Repeat”4pm Acushnet, MA


August 2  “TGIF Comic Mime Camp Show” 10am Brattleboro, VT

August 5 “Read, Renew, Repeat” 4pm Franklin, MA

August 6  “Read, Renew, Repeat” 3:30pm Longmeadow, MA 

August 8  “Laughter is the Best Medicine” 4pm Ossining, NY

August 8  “Science in Motion Comic Mime” 6:30pm  White Plains, NY

August 13 "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 1pm Unadilla, NY


*Contact Robert Rivest for updated list



2024 Summer & Year Round Library Shows Live & Online Options!

Flexibility is key. I can do any of my programs:


Virtual Live Stream 

Virtual Recorded Video

I am open to other options as they become available.

Let's chat today!




Contact Robert today to discuss the best program for you.

All Robert Rivest Programs can be done In-person or Online.