The annual Life Purpose workshop – a retreat in a beautiful villa near the sea!
Radical Honesty Intensive Retreat in Zandvoort, Holland, 7-10 December 2017
We’ll spend much of four days and three nights together in the lovely seaside town of Zandvoort (30 minutes from Amsterdam by train). The workshop will take place in a cozy villa decorated in Mediterranean style and colors. This residential retreat is suitable for both beginners to Radical Honesty as well for experienced Radical Honesty practitioners. During the retreat we will create our Life Purpose statements (or update/revise our existing ones).
Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth
Radical Honesty is about living in the Here and Now. It is a communication tool and lifestyle, which leads you to connect more deeply with others by expressing our fear, anger, appreciation and whatever is arising in the moment.
Content of the training
In addition to crafting our Life Purpose statements, this workshop will include lectures, directed conversations, paired exercises, small group exercises, hot seat work, meditation and much more to help you learn how to relax into intimacy based on being open and honest. All this is geared toward having you learn and practice the distinction between thinking and noticing; the difference between interpreting reality and actually noticing it through direct experience. Then you learn to share what we notice about the reality of our own experience with others, and have it be the basis for true intimacy—learning to love being and love other beings. In this workshop, you can express yourself by laughing, shouting, crying, smiling, sharing and by asking for what you want.
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
- want to heal your relationships and find forgiveness
- you yearn deeper love, connection & intimacy
A 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’s 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 pretences we can refresh our relationships and powerfully create new ways of living together. That is the not so secret of Radical Honesty.
The retreat will begin on Thursday 7 December at 16:00 and will conclude on Sunday 10 December by 17:00. We will begin each day at around 08:00 with mediation and light physical exercise/yoga, then eat breakfast. Then we’ll do our group work till about 13:30 and then eat lunch. After the afternoon break, at around 16:00, we will reconvene and continue our group session until around 20:00, at which time we’ll eat dinner and then be free for the rest of the evening.
To reach the workshop location, take a train to Zandvoort aan Zee. From Amsterdam Centraal, this ride takes about 30 minutes; from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, about 50 minutes. From the Zandvoort aan Zee station, the walk to our villa takes about 15 minutes. Off-street parking for cars is also available.
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 four days together. This is commonly done in residential Radical Honesty workshops.
The workshop leaders are certified Radical Honesty Trainers Tuulia Syvänen and Pete Jordan.
The early bird price is €470 until 31 October 2017; thereafter the regular price will be €510. The price covers the workshop, healthy vegetarian lunches, snacks, coffee/tea throughout the workshop, shared room accommodation and 1:1 follow up with the trainer after the training and ongoing support of the group to live out loud.
Follow this link to register, and to receive more information, please email .
You are warmly welcome to the exciting journey of Radical Honesty!
Tuulia and Pete
About the trainer
Tuulia Syvänen is the certified Radical Honesty trainer who has led the most RH workshops in Europe. She also does 1:1 and couples coaching. 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 more than 25 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 15-year-old son.
Pete Jordan is the only certified Radical Honesty trainer in the Benelux countries. He organizes and co-leads Radical Honesty workshops around Europe with his partner Tuulia.
Pete has changed his life for the better by committing to live honestly, expressing his resentments and appreciations in the moment and by asking for what he wants. A major breakthrough for him was to have honest talks with his ex-wife and four siblings. He has broken the traditions of his childhood’s family and began to talk about things he was afraid of and embarrassed about and what didn’t like in his childhood.
Pete has great listening skills and he is keen on developing and learning every day. His vision is to support others to live happier, freer lives. Born and raised in San Francisco, Pete has lived in Amsterdam for the past 15 years and still makes himself happy each day he wakes up in that city. A writer by profession, Pete has a passion for cycling and has contributed his writing and photographs to several Dutch cycling publications for more than a decade. When he is not organizing or attending Radical Honesty workshops or spending time with his 12-year old son, he can be found meandering around Amsterdam on his bike. (And he feels some tightness in his stomach now as he writes this stuff about himself in the third person.)
Here is what some folks say about the Tuulia:
“If you do a workshop with Tuulia, it’ll change your life.” –Dr. Brad Blanton, the founder of Radical Honesty
“I went to my first Radical Honesty workshop with Tuulia in October 2015. I can honestly say it impacted my life tremendously. During the workshop, I saw my patterns and learned a lot from honest feedback of others. It gave me a mirror to see myself through the eyes of others, something that I had never experienced before. Literally eye opening! Within a year I went from totally breakdown crying all day long to a radiant, super confident, happy woman who knows what she wants and how to make it happen. I haven’t felt better in 15 years and my energy levels and stamina are still growing every day.” –Marja
“I learned how to express my anger and hear other people’s anger for the first time in my life. The self-image I had created about me being a shy and introverted guy got a lot cracks. I experienced how just being myself is the best way to connect to people. I felt relief and happiness in a way I had not experienced before. Throughout the entire retreat, I felt very safe and guided by Tuulia’s compassion and wisdom.” –Jakob