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

Workshops for Churches

This is a kairos moment for the church.

It's an opportunity to become fully alive.

In this time of change, we can learn how to listen with our whole selves, be agile, playfully collaborate, and cultivate our prophetic imagination.


What might be possible if we did?


 “I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other members of my church family… and to learn how to develop trust with others in a non-threatening environment”

—  Karolyn Labes

In our workshops we facilitate applied improv exercises and guide conversations to help you integrate and translate the learning for your church.


Absolutely no theatre experience necessary. Both Sara and David create safe spaces that enable people to be present, discover joy, fail freely, and build connections.

Contact David at david@BePresentDiscoverJoy.com or
Sara at saramatemac@gmail.com to connect and hear how their workshops can help your church cultivate core skills.

Sara McMahon is an improviser, teacher, and facilitator who's been performing and teaching around the Seattle area for 15 years. She has facilitated workshops for elementary, middle, and high schools, tech companies, all-staff church and company retreats, couples, parent-child improv nights, and even mock trial teams. She tailors each workshop to the needs of the attendees, maximizing fun and connection. She believes that empathy is at the heart of both great improv and great relationships.

David Westerlund finds joy in unlocking latent resources in organizations, by increasing engagement and innovation. He is passionate about improving systems and organizational health, by improving the quality of our interactions, so we can build resilience and put more energy towards our mission. He is a member of the Applied Improv Global Network and Advancement NW. David is the founder of Be Present Discover Joy Consulting. He facilitates thought-provoking, reflective, playful workshops and his clients include: United Way of King County Development Team, US Dept of Agriculture’s Center for Training and Development, Peace Health (Patient Experience Team, and Hospital Chaplain Team), Skagit Valley College Foundation, Non-GMO Project, Bastyr University, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Camp Sealth (Vashon), DVSAS Whatcom, Friendship House, Francis Place, and the Lighthouse Mission. He brings 20 years of non-profit experience most recently as Director of Development and jail chaplain at Tierra Nueva.