Radical Honesty 8-Day Intensive Retreat in Sulkava, Finland | 14-22 June 2022
Workshop led by Certified Trainers, Tuulia Syvänen and Pete Jordan, assisted by a Radical Honesty Trainer candidate.
Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth and Living Out Loud:
8-day intensive Radical Honesty workshop in beautiful lake side in Sulkava Finland!
The key to intimacy is honesty. Learn the core honesty skills as a way to transform yourself and your relationships.
Clear and direct communication is a game-changer. Learn the tools to resolve conflict both within yourself and with others.
Self-expression & Self-compassion
Discover what wants to be expressed moment-to-moment while cultivating the tools for self-compassion.
A Supportive Environment
There are so few places where you can be your FULL self. Use this supportive environment to discover who you really are in the moment and emerge a changed person.
The Immersive Experience
There’s nothing like the full-time, communal experience of a Radical Honesty immersive workshop. To really see yourself anew, notice how you’ve held yourself back, and relearn how to connect authentically with others, you need time, community, and great facilitators.
Throughout your 9 days at the workshop, Tuulia and Pete will lead the group through a series of learnings in Radical Honesty, including honesty skills training, lectures, paired and group exercises, hot seat work, couple’s work, meditation and movement, naked work, and life stories.
At a beautiful secluded wooden villa surrounded by green garden, with two saunas & hot tub by lake Saimaa you can: Enjoy the sunshine and warmth of the Finnish summer. Connect in a deep way with others. Talk about the things that are shameful or embarrassing or difficult for you to talk about. Experience compassion. Learn to express whatever arises in you in the moment: excitement, fear, anger, attraction, appreciation, embarrassment, happiness. Experience the sensations in your body as they arise. Learn and practice being present in the here and now.
Content of the training:
This workshop includes 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 your 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
・you want to heal your relationships and find forgiveness
・you yearn deeper love, connection & intimacy
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.
The workshop leaders will be certified Radical Honesty trainers—and married couple—Tuulia Syvänen and Pete Jordan. They will be assisted by a Radical Honesty trainer candidate.
Watch this video to hear us (and others) talking about the RH 8-day intensive workshop:
ARE YOU READY TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE?
* Let go of shame, fear and attachment to approval
* Be completely and compassionately honest
* Get out of your comfort zone
* Share with others – laugh out loud, cry and yell, smile and dance
* Ask for everything you want; expand your ability to give & receive
* Heal relationships with full-body forgiveness
9 days and 8 nights
The retreat will take place at uniquely log-build fully renovated villa with a garden, two hectares of land, private beach, big deck on the lake and two saunas.
With lots of room to spread out and lots of privacy, we’ll have plenty enough space to dance, laugh, yell and cry to our heart’s content!
In other words, we’ll have everything you need in terms of comfort for a successful transform-your-life-for-the-better workshop! During the afternoon breaks, you can dip into the lake, lounge on a garden, stroll through the forests or lake side, jump in the trampoline or row the rowing boat.
The leaders of the workshop will be Radical Honesty trainers Tuulia Syvänen and Pete Jordan. They will be assisted by Honesty Europe trainee. We will also have a cook preparing our meals and another staff member helping the cook.
(Note: If you’re interested in participating in a future Radical Honesty Trainer’s Training, attendance at an RH 8-day intensive workshop is a prerequisite for attending the TT.)
Brad Blanton—Radical Honesty founder—says this about the 8-day intensive workshop:
“The 8-Day workshop is an experiential course in living out loud, increasing your capacity for intimacy and creativity, and living your life on purpose, instead of residing in the jail of your mind and reacting to life’s circumstances while believing you’re in control.
“In our workshops, we get together to make some agreements about what we will do together for the next nine days. One of the most important agreements is that we will tell the truth to each other completely for the next nine days. If that was all that occurred, and there were no other agenda whatsoever, the course would be powerful because the power of that agreement alone is incredible.”
What is the program?
We will begin each day with about 20 minutes of conscious movement and 20 minutes of 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 siesta. After the break, we will continue working with “hot seat” work, teaching, meditation, movement or dancing, and more paired and small group exercises. At around 20:00, we’ll eat dinner.
After dinner, one by one, each person will spend about 45 minutes telling the whole story of his or her life. By the time the workshop has ended, each participant will have told their own life story and will have heard the telling of everyone else’s. Each person will also receive a copy of the video recording of them telling their story. They can later watch their video with their parents, (ex-)spouses, siblings, lovers and friends with whom they have unfinished business in life and use the video-watching as a way to start honest conversations.
On about the fifth day, we’ll all get naked. One at a time we’ll stand in front of the group and talk about what we like and don’t like about our body. We’ll 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/women/vegetables/minerals/etc., how many partners of each gender we’ve had sex with, our favorite and least favorite sexual experiences, and so on. Though we’ll probably get embarrassed, with good coaching and complete sharing of the truth and support from the group we will face our shame/fears/taboos—and get over them.
People often presume this will be some sort of “sexy” experience. Usually, the experience is anything but sexy. Mostly the naked work is about embarrassment and shame and suffering—and about how our avoidance of those aspects of ourselves often controls our lives. Quite often, the participants who, beforehand, scare themselves the most about doing this exercise are the very ones who benefit the most from it!
Then, together, we’ll review the videos of our naked work. One by one, each person will sit in front of a television screen and observe his/her video while receiving feedback about it. For some people, the process of watching oneself on a television screen, naked, while talking about his/her sex life can be a more confrontational process than the original experience of standing naked before the group. Again, the willingness to face the experience and live through it can provide a decrease in the intensity of the sensations related to shame/embarrassment and a change in perspective on one’s own life in the direction of compassion for oneself as well as compassion for others. And then, most likely, we’ll appreciate ourselves and others for doing this work and live more fulfilling lives with less shame about ourselves and our bodies.
Just as with the life story video, each participant will receive a copy of their naked work video to share with others in his or her life. (And the original files of those recordings will then be deleted.)
As you can imagine, by the sixth or seventh day, people will have gotten to know themselves and each other pretty well. What happens—and it happens again and again with very diverse groups of people—is pretty much the same each time: Everyone falls in love with everyone else. Now, isn’t that a hell of a thing? Imagine all the time and energy we have wasted putting on acts and pretending who we are in hopes that others would love us for our performance, when actually what we needed all along was to drop the act and tell the truth—and be ourselves!
Brad Blanton says this about the lead trainers:
“If you do a workshop with Tuulia, it’ll change your life. […] Pete is a calm, level-headed and compassionate trainer. He’s a good listener and has a great ability to stay present and focused.”
Some past participants have expressed this about our Radical Honesty 8-day workshops:
“I judge this workshop to be one of the best things I’ve done so far in the area of life improvement (and I’ve done some). I feel tempted to say ‘life changing’ as I now navigate through the world with a sense of freedom & expansion unknown to me before. I felt very safe & seen during the entire, very intense time. I judge Tuulia & Pete to be highly competent coaches and inspiringly authentic.” –Silke
“After having already done a few Radical Honesty workshops, the 8-day intensive went much deeper and showed me even more than before what stories I tell myself to make myself unhappy. By being in this environment for a longer amount of time and with the closeness created in the group, I took a big step in knowing who I really am and daring to show myself.” –-Arjen
“I attended two intensive 8-day retreats with Tuulia and Pete. Both have been very powerful experiences that changed my life profoundly. I cried, laughed, shook, danced, shouted, cuddled, whispered, sang. I told the story of my life and was naked with people I had met only a few days before. And I survived. And I fell in love with these strangers. And I fell in love with myself. Today, I breathe and live more freely. Thank you.” –Participant
Our location is in Sulkava, in beautiful region of Finland, by well-known lake Saimaa which is the biggest lake in Finland. We have a lovely fully renovated log-build villa called Villa Maininki for our use with two hectares hectares of land, Our location includes big very private garden, full garden furniture, our own private beach and of course a wood burning sauna by the lake. We also have another sauna inside the building. The additional luxury includes a wood burning hot tub outside.
The villa has many lovely details, renovated with modern comforts yet having the spirit of nostalgy and old days. We have a big living room, dining room and a library room in the villa.
In our free time you can enjoy the big garden, swimming in the lake, walking in the nearby forests or lazying in the big 70 m2 deck by the lake. The region of Saimaa is known for it’s beauty and many lakes.
June is a warm summer month in Finland and the weather can vary between 14 – 32 degrees. Rain is possible and most the rainy is occasional in June.
The accommodation will be in two-person bedrooms.
When does the workshop begin and end?
The workshop will begin at around 17:00 and will finish at around 13:00 on.
Can I arrive early or leave late?
Yes! If you want to arrive a day early (checking in after 18:00) or leave a day late (checking out is at 10 am). You can let us know or book those additional nights at the villa for an additional €60 per night paid on cash on arrival. (On those nights, we will provide you with simple meals.).
Who can participate?
Anyone! No prior experience with Radical Honesty is required. You will, though, have to agree to the workshop’s commitments: to keep confidentiality, to tell the truth, to support others in telling the truth, to be on time and present, to allow the trainers to coach you and to ask for what you want. We also recommend you read Brad Blanton’s books Radical Honesty and/or Practicing Radical Honesty before the workshop.
Everyone at the workshop will be expected to commit to participate in every session, including the naked work, body movement, meditation and telling of life stories. If you have any concerns with any of the program, we are happy to discuss those concerns with you.
How does one register?
The group is limited to 15 participants. We expect this workshop to be fully booked (as have the other 8-day workshops we’ve organized and/or led in Germany, Italy and Spain). So, if you want to attend, we suggest that you book your spot sooner rather than later. To sign up or to receive more information, please write to: info@HonestyEurope.com
How does one get there?
Sulkava is located in about 310 kilometers North East of Helsinki. You can travel there by taking a train from Helsinki or Helsinki airport to Savonlinna followed by a bus to Juva or Sulkava from where we will pick you up. There is also a small airport in Savonlinna.We will coordinate the arrivals with you closer to the date. Alternatively you can drive to the location or join a shared car ride. Our location is secluded and located 11 kilometres from Sulkava center.
How much does this cost?
The early bird price is €2024,79 + VAT of your country when the fee is fully paid by 31 October 2021.
The price for example for the Netherlands is €2,450 (including 21% Dutch VAT)
For Germany €2,409,50 (including 19% German VAT)
The regular price is €2231,79 + VAT of your country. For example in the Netherlands €2,700 (including 21% Dutch VAT).
To secure your spot at the early bird price, you can pay a deposit of €500 now and the balance by 28 February. (In cases of financial hardship, we are willing to create longer payment schedules. Please get in touch with us and we’ll work out a solution together.)
The fee covers the 8-day workshop, daily healthy vegetarian/vegan meals and snacks, shared accommodation, the teaching and follow-up after the workshop.
Please note that we do not offer refunds. However you can transfer your ticket to another person. Let us know via email in case someone else will take your spot.
If paying for this retreat is a financial challenge to you, then please be aware of the existence of the Honesty Europe Support Fund, which offers financial support to those who otherwise could not afford to attend Honesty Europe’s workshops and retreats. Read more about the Support fund here.
Ready to live out loud and be happy?
You are warmly welcome to join us on the journey to an honest life!
Learn more about our work
“The best part of the workshop was a fluffy warm feeling of acceptance and being seen.” – Tiia, Finland
“Radical Honesty gives you the keys to real intimacy with other people. I feel more alive when I have attended Radical Honesty workshops. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to find true love and happiness!” – Riina, Finland
“This was the most intensive and surprising workshop I have ever attended in my life. There was always a safe place to express myself, to listen to others, to grow, to get out of my comfort zone. And I have met people who are as weird and normal as I am. And that—together with the ever-present honesty and openness, vulnerability and the will to overcome one’s own unhelpful stories—has led to an insanely strong bond. Thank you Tuulia and Pete for your high presence, the appreciative frame, the humor and the lightness despite the often difficult topics! I’ll be back.” – Micha, Germany
About the trainers
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.
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. Read more.
Pete Jordan is the only certified Radical Honesty trainer in the Benelux countries. He organizes and co-lead Radical Honesty workshops around Europe with his wife, Tuulia, as well as does 1:1 coaching.
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 he 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. Read more.
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Start time: 17:00 EEST