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Upcoming Workshops on Zoom .... Stay Connected. Keep Growing.
Showing Up and Supporting: An Interactive, Playful Workshop (2nd Run)- with Sara McMahon & David
Tue, Mar 31
Workshop is on Zoom
Mar 31, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Workshop is on Zoom
In this time of increased anxiety and flux, it's important that we show up for each other and provide a supportive environment for others to do so. Play and laughter actually shift our cognition out of the amygdala and into the neocortex, where we are able to connect and feel joy.
Facilitating Engagement on Zoom (4th Run) - FREE Workshop on Zoom. Facilitated by David Westerlund and Kyla Shawyer
Thu, Apr 02
Workshop is on Zoom.
Apr 02, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Workshop is on Zoom.
In this time of "social distancing" how do our organizations stay connected, communicative, and collaborative? In this engaging and interactive workshop our Purpose is for you to EXPERIENCE THE POSSIBILITIES for ENGAGEMENT within Zoom. Less tech, more experience engagement.
Making Up Stories: An Interactive, Playful Workshop - with Billy Tierney & David Westerlund
Tue, Apr 07
Workshop is on Zoom
Apr 07, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Workshop is on Zoom
We make up stories all the time. Stories about others. Stories about ourselves. When we can become aware of this tendency we can un-wed the data of "What Happened?" and our interpretation (story) about what happened. We can be Curious with others rather than assume we know.
Dancing with Fear- Facilitated by Astrid Pruitt and David Westerlund
Tue, Apr 14
Workshop is on Zoom
Apr 14, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Workshop is on Zoom
Fear and Anxiety can easily get out of control during this time of flux and uncertainty. In this interactive workshop we will playfully reveal and shift our relationship with those things that keep us up in the night.
Are You Listening (Well Enough to Lead)? Nonprofit Leadership Workshop, Facilitated by Peter Drury and David Westerlund
Thu, Apr 23
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Apr 23, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT
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Cultivating the core muscle of listening is vital to our donor relationships and the health of our nonprofit and community. And in our age of increased isolation, a listening ear and welcoming, supportive presence makes a significant impact. What keeps us from listening with our full selves?





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David facilitates retreats and workshops using applied improv because it's a potent way to embody a different way of being together. This pays dividends for the health and resilience of your workplace teams.  "What we practice at a small scale can reverberate to the largest scale. (Adrienne Maree Brown)".



I lead a team of highly-experienced OD consultants within a federal agency of 8,500 staff. We brought in David to lead day-long retreat to introduce us to Applied Improvisation and how it can be used as a tool for creating safe space for creativity, innovation, and agility. David was very purposeful in planning this event for us and did ample homework to understand our organization. He quickly established trust and safety with his vulnerable, transparent, and easy-going facilitation style. As facilitators, we can be tough critics, but he masterfully kept us enthralled as participants eager to learn. His structure, flexibility, and expertise were apparent as he led us through activities and time for reflection, dialogue, and translating the learning to our work. We got more than we bargained for and we left the day wanting more. We also enjoyed time together as a team, growing in our own vulnerability and trust.  We look forward to having David back to take us even deeper as facilitators who are beginning already to use what we’ve learned.

- Branch Chief, Talent Management, Executive Consulting, & Culture

a US Federal Science-Based Regulatory Agency


The climate of your workplace can be safe, energizing, and supportive; or it can be a place where tensions run high, people feel deflated, and we are being blocked at every turn.

When our work teams have high trust, our costs (in every way) come down, and we actually begin to produce fresh energy that fosters creativity, collaboration, and optimal performance.

My workshops foster a climate of presence, focus, play, trust, and joy.

When we experience this embodied learning in a microcosm of a workshop, seeds are planted for this present, joyous way of being to globalize into our day-to-day worklife. This makes our organizations more resilient. And resilience is vital in our time.

I'd love to talk with you to discuss whether my workshop could be a good fit for your organization.


Be Present. Discover Joy. Build Resilience.

— David



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