The Anacortes Center for Happiness was created by Laura Lavigne, out of a desire to bring more connection, creation and inspiration to her own life. She soon realized that these were more than just her own yearnings. Nestled on the third floor of a 100 year old building (55 steps up) "The Ballroom" is a place to play, a place to learn, a place to teach and mostly a place to connect - with yourself and with others.
Also to work, support, listen, dance, paint, eat, laugh, cry, meditate, sing, write, watch movies, be in a play, be goofy, be serious, be real.
Really ... a place to BE.
The Anacortes Center for Happiness is also a movement.
I felt a real sense of joy when I entered the center last night. You have created a very special atmosphere and space for people to come together. It was like a warm light of happiness overcame me. Thank you for that.“
“I love all my concerts and I put my heart into my singing always. But sometimes there is a special gathering of people, or the place and time simply evoke a certain atmosphere that makes my songs seem more natural and right. All those things happened at the Center for Happiness. I just talked as if I were talking to a friend in a coffee shop, telling stories and mentioning whatever came to me in the moment. As I sang it felt like every one of us was living inside the notes and lyrics. It occurred to me about halfway through that what I was experiencing was the sensation of a roomful of people having no separation between us. I remember telling the audience about this – though I do not know if I articulated it very well at the time. That probably didn’t matter, because they knew already” - Michael Tomlinson
“I love The Center! The feeling I get just walking through the doors is amazing, not to mention how I feel after I have taken one of the classes that I am very quickly becoming addicted to! You have created a wonderful place and I am so very happy that I found you!”
“Thank YOU for touching people’s lives the way you do with your loving energy. Without you and your creation of the Center for Happiness, this, and all other happiness “adventures,” would not be possible.”