Transform Your Life By Telling the Truth and Live to the Fullest:
9-day intensive Radical Honesty workshop in Italy, led by Radical Honesty Master Trainer, Taber Shadburne
After the success of last summer’s Intensive Radical Honesty workshop in Germany, the second ever 9-day Intensive Radical Honesty workshop in Europe will take place on 17- 25 June 2017 in Cossignano, a picturesque medieval village in the Marche region in Italy. We will have a large villa to ourselves, which has beautiful views, an outdoor swimming pool and a covered patio surrounded by vineyards.
The lead trainer for the workshop will be Radical Honesty Master Trainer Taber Shadburne who will be supported by Tuulia Syvänen.
* Are you hungry for deep, soulful connection—with your loved ones, with yourself?
* Do you yearn for truly transformational intimacy?
* Do you want to learn the art of creating more love, aliveness, and conscious community in your life?
Let’s face it, when we look closely, we discover that we, ourselves, are sabotaging the connection we desire—through our own defensive conditioning and through old patterns of fear, dependency, and blame. We discover we are hiding from one another, fighting with each other.
How can we drop this rusty armour so that we may, at last, see each other clearly and embrace each other closely?
ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
* Let go of shame, fear and attachment to approval
* Be completely and compassionately honest
* Ask for everything you want; expanding your ability to give & receive
* Clean up relationship messes (grudges, mistakes) from the past
* Heal relationships, with full body forgiveness
* Create deeper love, connection & intimacy
What is the program?
We will begin each day with yoga and meditation, followed by breakfast and a morning session of teaching, group conversations and paired exercises. We will then have a healthy lunch and an afternoon break. After the break, we will continue working with “hot seat” work, teaching and more paired and small group exercises. At around 19:00 or 20:00, we will eat dinner.
After dinner, one by one, each person will spend one hour telling the whole story of his or her life. Before this workshop is over, every participant hears everyone else’s life story and tells their own. Each person will also receive a copy of the video recording of them telling their story to use later to start conversations with parents, ex-spouses, siblings, lovers and friends with whom they have unfinished business in life.
On about the fifth day, we will all get naked. One person at a time will stand in front of the group and talk about what they like and don’t like about their body. We will also tell our sexual histories: when we first discovered we were a sexual being; when we first masturbated; whether we prefer doing it with men or women or vegetables, animals, or minerals; how many partners of each gender we have had sex with; our best and worst sexual experiences; and so on. We will often get embarrassed, but with good coaching and persistence and complete sharing of the truth we will get over it. Everyone always thinks this will be a sexy experience. So far, it has never been very sexy at all. Mostly it is about embarrassment and shame and suffering more than pleasure, and about how avoidance of all those aspects often controls our lives (and those who were the most scared of this exercise, generally, are those who benefit the most from it!).
The next day, we review the videotapes together. Each person sits next to the video screen when their image appears, observes their segment of tape, and receives feedback. The process of watching themselves on television, naked, while talking about their sex lives is a more confrontational process for some people than the original experience of standing naked before the group. Again, the willingness to face the experience and live through it provides a decrease in the intensity of the sensations related to shame and a change in perspective on their own life in the direction of compassion for themselves as well as others.
Each person’s life story and naked work will be video recorded and they will receive a copy for them to share with others in his or her life (and the original files of the recordings will be deleted).
As you can imagine, by the fifth or sixth day, people get to know each other pretty well. What happens, and it happens over and over again with very diverse groups of people, is the same every time. Everyone falls in love with everyone else. Now, isn’t that a hell of a thing? Imagine all that time wasted “putting on airs” in hopes that someone would love us for our act, when all we needed to do was drop the act and tell the truth!
We will create a community for nine days and everyone will occasionally help with the cooking, table-setting and cleaning up. (We will have a cook, videographer and other staff members to assist in the workshop.)
How does one get there?
To reach the villa on the east coast of Italy, you can fly to one of three airports and then travel by bus/train to the seaside town of Grottammare. From there you will be picked up and driven 20 minutes to the location. The three airports are:
—Rome Fiumicino (3.5 hours by bus to Grottammare)
—Ancona (served by Ryanair (London) and Lufthanse (Munich); 1.5 hours by train to Grottammare)
—Pescara (served by Ryanair (London); 1.5 hours by bus/train to Grottammare)
When does the workshop begin and end?
The workshop will begin at around 16:00 on Saturday the 17th and finish at around 12:00 on Sunday the 25th.
Who can participate?
Anyone. No prior experience is required. You will need to agree to the commitments to the workshop: confidentiality, to tell the truth, to support others in telling the truth, to be on time and present, to allow the trainer to coach you and to ask for what you want.
How much does it cost?
The early bird price is €2,450 (when the fee if fully paid by 15 January 2017), thereafter the regular price is €2,700. This fee covers the 9½-day workshop, daily healthy meals, shared accommodation, transportation from and to Grottanmare, and the teaching.
How does one register?
The group is limited to 16 participants. We expect this workshop to fill up fast (like last year’s did). To sign up or to receive more information, please contact Tuulia at [email protected].
Ready to live out loud and be happy?
You are warmly welcome to join us in the journey to an honest life,
Taber and Tuulia
About the trainers:
Taber Shadburne is a cutting-edge counselor and teacher of transformation who has helped thousands of folks transform their lives and their relationships over the past 25 years. He has led life-changing workshops in about 50 cities, in a dozen countries, on four continents. He studied Zen for 10 years, lived and practiced at the Dharma Rain Zen Center, and has worked deeply with various spiritual teachers. He received an M.A. in Psychotherapy and a B.A. in Music & Comparative Religion. Taber has done way more meditation retreats, professional trainings, spiritual practices, and touchy-feely personal growth workshops than is at all reasonable for any one person his age. He co-authored the book The Heart of Healing: Inspired Ideas, Wisdom and Comfort from Today’s Leading Voices.
Taber has studied and worked closely with Dr. Brad Blanton for 20 years, and is the only person ever to be certified by Brad as a Master Trainer of Radical Honesty. Taber has been leading Radical Honesty workshops and intensives around the world for 18 years. He and Brad often co-lead workshops, and together they train and certify other RH trainers. Taber lives in Oakland, California where he founded and leads a progressive spiritual center called The Church of Soul, and he is creating an eco-village & conscious community retreat center in Hawaii. He is also a killer musician (singer-songwriter-guitarist) and a wicked funky dancer.
Tuulia Syvänen is a coach and workshop leader giving Radical Honesty workshops and doing 1:1 coaching throughout Europe. For two decades, she held leadership positions at international, non-profit organizations that are concerned with social and environmental justice issues. 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. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Tampere and has a 14-year-old son.