The next Open Game of Intuitive Treasure Hunter will happen in Chicago in March. Date will be posted here nearer to the time. Click HERE to reserve a space for an up Open Game and to be alerted about dates.
Intuitive Treasure Hunter is a life-sized game played out in the world that fosters self-trust, group support, creative freedom, and big joy. Playing strengthens the part of you that knows the way, which leads to story-worthy adventures. The game starts with a promise and ends with a treasure.
Created in 2005 as a way to help young people keep open access to their creative intuition, ITH has since been played by people of all ages, from all over the world, for many purposes (some of which are mentioned to the right/just below). In addition to being shared privately, the game has been shared yearly at The Improv Retreat, and used to cap off iO Chicago's Summer Improv Intensives over the past three years.
Interested players can either join an open game, which happens monthly in Chicago, or organize a private group game for a company, creative team, or private event. Events on this site are led by ITH's creator. Questions are warmly welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITH serves many positive purposes. Here are some of them:
Strengthens an inner sense of direction and trust in creative intuition
Invites players to notice the world with heightened awareness
Challenges conditioning toward calculated behavior with inspired action
Fosters true stories that inspire delight and wonder
Gives players an experience of being supported, and of supporting another, on a personal journey
I was transported...
“I never thought I'd end up at a carnival, in a pumpkin patch, and then sipping coffee and eating a chocolate croissant at a riverside cafe on my turn. I've lived in Chicago all my life and I feel like I know these streets by the back of my hand, but during ITH I was transported to another place entirely. The game opens you up to seeing the world in a whole new way and it was fun! And I'll do it again.”
— Larissa L
We learned so much...
"This was fantastic!! It has made me want to experience the city like this more. I loved my team and we learned so much about each other and ourselves. I feel like I learned how to see, all over again. Oh, and when it's your turn it's way harder than it looks! In the best possible way. I can't wait to play again."
- MT Cozzola
Let synchronicity work its way...
“Janna's ITH is one of the most joy - causing exercises I've ever seen in practice. It causes humans to slow down and connect and let synchronicity work it's way to them. DO IT IF YOU HAVEN'T - I've watched over a hundred folks now try this and come back with awesome stories to share..”
— Tara DeFrancisco
"Highly recommended! I've done it several times, and each experience has become a treasured memory."
- Matt Higbee
"Playing this was completely mind-expanding, and I know that the world needs it."
A tremendous amount of joy...
“The game gave me a tremendous amount of joy. The treasure that I found was realization that everyone has a story to tell. This discovery intensified my joy and excitement to connect and interact with others. Now I am more curious and open for new experiences.”
— Eric Becker
Permission to look, desire to see
"The hunt highlighted that any walk down the street holds hundreds of possibilities. Being open to them leads you to a wealth of experiences, of which any might be your 'treasure'. Yevtushenko said that “No people are uninteresting“. Maybe that’s also true for alleys, storefronts, and sidewalks when you have permission to look and desire to see."
- Colin Tysoe
A promise is made at the beginning of this game, which is that if the rules are followed, each person's turn results in discovery of a personal treasure. Treasures may be objects, places, experiences, people, or insights. Below are some things found while playing ITH that had great significance to players. Because unique personal history is what makes something Treasure, these are best related through storytelling. To learn more about that, see THE STORIES page.
Come Play With Us
The next Open Game of Intuitive Treasure Hunter will happen in Chicago in March. Date will be posted here nearer to the time. Click HERE to reserve a space for an up coming open game, and to be alerted to upcoming dates. Games generally happen on Saturdays or Sundays at 1pm. We meet at a central location, easily accessible by public transportation and with good parking. The location will be emailed to you, along with a welcome and info letter after you register. The game ends by 4pm, and players return after a break to share stories and reflections from the game at 5pm. To join in, click "Register for an Open Game" on the right. There is a $20 workshop fee! Contact us with questions at email@example.com.
If you'd like to schedule a Private Game for a group of colleagues, students or friends, please use the "Request a Private Group Game" button on the right. A private group game can be scheduled at a date, time and location of your choice. We can also suggest locations. You choose the number of participants for the game. Price depends upon group size, and sliding scale is available for groups with financial difficulty. To learn more or request a private game, click "Request a Private Group Game" on the right. Feel free to ask questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.