©2019 by David Westerlund. Photo credits: Ramona Laird, Alvin Shim, and David Westerlund.


Be Present.

Discover Joy.

Build Resilience.

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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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