An intensive Radical Honesty retreat in lakeside cabins surrounded by autumn forests
Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth in Finland, 4-8 October 2017
We’ll spend five days and four nights together in Finnish lakeside cottages, surrounded by a lush pine forest in autumn colors beside a lake. The retreat will include daily workshop sessions as well as free time for mushroom and berry picking, swimming, boating and nightly Finnish saunas.
Our goals will be to live out loud, to be happy and to not give a shit! Radical Honesty is a way to create connections and to stay present to our experience and bodily sensations.
This workshop is for you if
- you want to experience more freedom in your life
- you want to let go of shame, fear and attachment to approval
- you are looking for using conflict creatively and want to go beyond blame
- you desire to learn the art of asking for what you want
- you want to heal your relationships and find forgiveness
- you yearn deeper love, connection & intimacy
The workshop is not for you if you
- don’t want to tell the truth
- want to stay in your comfort zone at all times
- don’t want to hear participants expressing themselves loudly at times
- participate to change others in your life rather than yourself
Workshop on How to Live, Love, Laugh & Be Happy & Completely Ruin Life as You Know It
Radical Honesty is direct communication that leads to intimacy. It is the difference between making a performance and laughing and playing with friends. Honesty is kind of scary fun that turns out better than you thought it would. Lying is work and a pain in the ass and makes you lonesome as hell.
We claim that lying is the major source of all human stress. It wears us out and eventually kills us. When people engage honestly, energy that was wasted maintaining a performance to make an impression is suddenly available for real creativity in playing together. When we admit our pretenses we can refresh our relationships and powerfully create new ways of living together. That is the not so secret of Radical Honesty.
What we do
On each day, we’ll do some yoga, meditation and workshop sessions. The sessions will include an introduction to Radical Honesty; a deeper dive into RH; and learning through theory, discussions, sharing and exercises on how to be radically honest. We’ll do group and paired exercises as well as hot seat work.
We will also have free time for connecting, relaxing, swimming, walking in the forest, berry and mushroom picking, rowing a boat, fishing and appreciating nature in its autumn costume.
The training will be conducted in English. Finnish speakers will have the opportunity to do paired exercises together in Finnish.
The retreat will begin on Wednesday 4 October at 16:00 and will conclude on Sunday 8 October by 13:00.
To reach the retreat site from outside Finland, fly to Helsinki airport and then take a two-hour train ride to Tampere. Another option is to fly directly to Tampere airport (served by Ryanair, Finnair and Scandinavian Airlines). The budget airlines Transavia and Norwegian now fly to Helsinki from Amsterdam.
Participants will be asked to assist in the cooking, serving and cleaning up of meals/snacks as a way to help create a community during our five days together. This is commonly done in longer Radical Honesty workshops.
The workshop leader is certified Radical Honesty Trainer Tuulia Syvänen, who has been leading Radical Honesty workshops around Europe since 2015. The assistant and co-organizer is certified Radical Honesty Trainer Pete Jordan. Márta Mate will be our cook.
The early bird price—available until 31 July 2017—is €470. The regular price thereafter is €510. The fee covers the workshop, healthy vegetarian or vegan meals/snacks, teaching, daily saunas, shared room accommodation, 1:1 follow up with the trainer after the training and ongoing support of the group to live loud. If you prefer, you can pay in several instalments.
Book your spot soon! All previous RH retreats that we’ve organized have sold out.
For more information and to register, please email us at [email protected].
You are warmly welcome to the exciting journey of Radical Honesty!
Tuulia and Pete
About the trainer
Tuulia Syvänen is one of the few certified Radical Honesty trainers practicing in Europe. She leads Radical Honesty workshops and does 1:1 and couples coaching throughout Europe. For two decades, she held leadership positions at international, non-profit organizations that are concerned with social and environmental justice issues. A native of Finland, she has lived in Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada.
Having grown up in a dysfunctional family—where difficulties and negative feelings were often swept under the rug—Tuulia became passionate about self-expression and self-awareness, and learned the importance of setting one’s boundaries. Most important, she learned the power of honesty. Her life’s mission is to help create more love and connection between people through honest sharing.
Tuulia participated in her first Radical Honesty training in 2012 with the founder of Radical Honesty Dr. Brad Blanton and continued her training under the guidance of Dr. Blanton and RH Master Trainer Taber Shadburne. She has led 15 RH workshops in various European countries. She has also attained a four-year certification in the Human-to-Human Coaching and Therapy Program in Finland and is a certified leader of Dr. Fischer’s Rebuilding Divorce Seminars. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Tampere and has a 14-year-old son.