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WELL 150 — Outdoor Odyssey: Embracing Improvisation and Storytelling on the Stanford Campus

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Jeanne Lambin, Ted DesMaisons
Duration: 2 days
Format/Location: On-campus
Date(s): Aug 10—Aug 11
Class Recording Available: No
Class Meeting Day: Saturday and Sunday
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 10:00 am—5:00 pm (PT)
Tuition: $445
   
Refund Deadline: Aug 3
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Enrollment Limit: 30
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Saturday and Sunday
Duration: 2 days
Time: 10:00 am—5:00 pm (PT)
Date(s): Aug 10—Aug 11
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: On-campus
 
Tuition: $445
 
Refund Deadline: Aug 3
 
Instructor(s): Jeanne Lambin, Ted DesMaisons
 
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
 
Enrollment Limit: 30
 
Recording Available: No
 
Status: Open
 
Improvisation skills empower us to navigate the unpredictable nuances of life with creativity, adaptability, and resilience. They also help us approach each day in new and refreshing ways. With numerous applications across disciplines, these skills foster personal growth, enrich collaboration, and facilitate problem-solving in diverse contexts. This course invites you on a transformative journey to learn and practice improvisational skills on the Stanford campus in a unique format.

Inspired by visionaries such as Del Close, Viola Spolin, and other applied improvisers, the course will consist of three parts. First, students will convene with the instructors to learn improv skills and to workshop a series of interactive exercises designed to catalyze heightened awareness and creative thinking. Informed by what we learn, we will then follow carefully designed prompts that lead students on an indiviualized “quest” to explore the picturesque Stanford campus. From the historic Main Quad to the serene landscape of Lake Lagunita and the dynamic arts quarter, each outing will become a canvas for practicing newfound skills. Finally, the instructors will guide sessions on storytelling and reflection where shared experiences become an integral part of our collective learning. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the improvisational mindset as a way of making sense of the world—and having explored a beautiful campus in a new and exciting way.

No prior experience in improvisation is required. Students who have taken WELL 14: “Playful Mindfulness: A Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection” or similar improv courses are encouraged to join.

JEANNE LAMBIN
Certified Designing Your Life Coach

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.

TED DESMAISONS
Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning

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.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.