Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth:
Radical Honesty workshop in Finland, led by Radical Honesty Trainer, Tuulia Syvanen
August 9-14, 2017
Last summer’s Finnish retreat was regarded by all who attended to be a success, so we’re going to have a retreat again next summer! We’ll spend five days and five nights together in lakeside summer cottages surrounded by a lush pine forest. The retreat will include daily workshop sessions (indoors and outdoors), nightly saunas, swimming and relaxing in nature. The workshop is limited to 16 participants.
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.
Content of the training
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. This retreat is suitable both for newcomers to Radical Honesty as well for experienced RH practitioners.
The goals of the workshop:
* Learning the difference between noticing and imagining
* Letting go of shame, fear and worry
* Sharing in a deep and meaningful way with compassion and forgiveness
* Being thoroughly and compassionately honest; getting more practice in being an honest being
* Asking for what you want and being prepared to get it; expanding your ability to give & receive
* Creating deeper love, connection & intimacy
* Creating relationships based on honesty and sharing
* Committing to completing the incomplete issues/relationships in your life
We will also have free time to connect, relax and appreciate nature. Available activities include swimming, row-boating, hammock lounging and blueberry/mushroom picking. The highlight leisure time activity for many last summer was the nightly sauna (complete with plunges into the lake!).
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 9 August at 18:00 and will conclude on Monday 14 August by 13:00.
The early bird price—available until 15 May 2017—is €510. The regular price thereafter is €550.
The fee covers the workshop, healthy vegetarian meals/snacks, teaching, daily saunas and modest shared room accommodation. A limited number of discounted spaces are available for participants who sleep in his/her own camper van or in a tent (that we’ll provide) for a discounted rate of €450 (early bird) / €490 (regular).
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 to Tampere airport (served by Ryanair, Finnair and Scandinavian Airlines). You will be picked up at the Tampere train station or be given instructions on how to catch a local bus to the retreat location.
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.
For more information and to register, please email Tuulia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last summer, this retreat was fully booked, so don’t wait to book your space!
You are warmly welcome to join the cult of Radical Honesty Practitioners!
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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.
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
In the words of Dr. Brad Blanton:
“The principles of Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth are presented in a planned experiential sequence. So the workshop gives you a series of learnings that stack atop each other. We call these plays… as in a playbook for a football game. They include lectures, directed conversations, paired exercises, small group exercises, Radical Honesty hot seat work, meditation and more. All this is geared toward having you learn and practice the distinction between noticing and thinking; the difference between interpreting and thinking about reality, and actually noticing it, through direct experience. Then you learn to share what you notice about the reality of your own experience with others, as the basis for true intimacy—learning to love ourselves and love other beings by learning to love Being, itself.”
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 more than 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.
Here is what some folks say about the trainer:
“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