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In-Person: The Quest with Ted DesMaison and Jeanne Lambin (#24-08-4128)

In-Person: The Quest with Ted DesMaison and Jeanne Lambin

Ft. Mason – Bayfront Theatre

Class Time/Dates: August 15, 16 // Thursday, Friday 10:00am-5:00pm

Schedule: 2 sessions

Prerequisite: None. Open to all adults 18+! For beginners.

Tuition: $289

Do you often feel distracted, disconnected, and overwhelmed? Would you like to feel attentive, connected, and curious? Do you often wonder about the role that improvisational mindset can play in helping you do just that?

Then you might just need to embark on a Quest!

The Quest: Improv for Transformation is an experiential exercise that blends improvisation, storytelling, and urban exploration. The Quest has been conducted in eighteen countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Participants have described it as, “amazing,” “powerful,” and “great fun.”

The Quest invites you to take the improvisational mindset, normally reserved for the stage, out into the world, to sustain that mindset for an extended period, discover what insights are unearthed as a result, and to use storytelling to make sense of your experience.

It is a powerful tool to reconnect to the world, be present, pay attention, and to connect to the magic of the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in-between.

Inspired by an improv structure originally created by Del Close, The Quest takes place in three parts: the workshop, the Quest itself, and the story-sharing.

The Quest leads participants on a journey where they experience:
Exploring the building blocks of the improvisational mindset, Understanding the improvisational mindset as a powerful means of experiencing the world, Sustaining that improvisational mindset for an extended period, Embarking on an insight-filled adventure, Discovering what happens as a result of that approach, and Reflecting on what insights were uncovered during the experience, Understanding storytelling as a means to make sense of your own experiences, and the experiences of others, Cultivating a deeper understanding of place and how it influences our experiences and shapes who we are.

Join us for The Quest to discover how approaching the world with an improvisational mindset can transform your experience and your life. Whether you’re new to improvisation, seeking to deepen your skills, this workshop or just want to try something new, the workshop is designed to meet you where you are and empower you to embrace the journey ahead with confidence, openness, and curiosity.

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​​Note: This course is designed specifically to dovetail with the Playful Mindfulness two-day immersive workshop offered by the same instructors. Attendance at both is not required but is warmly and eagerly encouraged. Whether completely new to the world of improvisation, or having been a citizen for a loong time, all levels of improvisers, storytellers, and mindfulness practitioners are most welcome in either program.

Ted DesMaisons is a trained mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor and has
studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally. He has studied intensively with
voice and presence coach Patsy Rodenburg and earned recognition as a Patsy Rodenburg Associate.

He co-hosts the Monster Baby Podcast on improvisation and mindfulness and is the author
of Playful Mindfulness. DesMaisons received an MBA from Stanford and an MTh from Harvard.

Jeanne Lambin is a seasoned facilitator, designer, coach, and speaker with a background spanning archaeology, nonprofits, higher education, historic preservation, and the arts. Her passion is crafting unique training experiences that aren’t just about learning but about sparking inspiration and fostering positive change. She uses applied improvisation, storytelling, and other creative interventions to shape immersive experiences that captivate and empower. Lambin received a BS in anthropology from Loyola University Chicago and an MS in historic preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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