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[TWO MORE COUPLES!] Weeklong Couples Retreat in Parkano, Finland | 7-13 August 2024

980.00  incl. VAT 21%

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Transform Your Relationship by Telling the Truth in cabins surrounded by lush forests and lake at the Honesty Europe’s Couples Retreat in Finland

Couples retreat in Parkano Finland 7 – 13 August 2024

For the second time we are organizing a week-long Couples retreat in lovely retreat center Syvilla by a beautiful lake with lots of green space and activities! last year this was our most popular retreat – sold out by January 🙂

With our eight Honesty Europe Couples retreat in Finland, we’re excited to again support you in creating more honesty and deep connection, love, sex and compassion in your relationship.

We’ll spend seven days and six nights together in our new Finnish retreat center, surrounded by a lush pine and birch forest by a lovely lake. The retreat will include daily workshop sessions, free time for walking in the forests, enjoying the jacuzzi and hot tub, spending time with your partner and others, relaxing and nightly Finnish saunas. This retreat will be limited to eight couples.

In this retreat we will have led session until early afternoon and plenty of free time to enjoy the location and continue your own exercises & couples fun and connect with other couples.

This workshop is for you if

  • you want deeper love, connection & intimacy in your relationship
  • you want to experience more freedom and happiness
  • you want to let go of shame, fear and attachment to approval in your relationship
  • you want to get over anger, use conflict creatively and go beyond blame
  • you desire to learn the art of asking for what you want
  • want to heal your relationship and find forgiveness

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 or crying at times
  • want to change your partner rather than yourself

Workshop on How to Live, Love, Laugh & Be Happy & Completely Ruin Life as You Know It
Our work is based on direct communication that leads to intimacy. 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 and eventually kills the connection, love and intimacy with your partner.

We claim that lying is the major source of all human stress and makes relationships superficial and many of us lonely in our relationships. 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 and being together.

What do others say about the retreat?
During the Couples Retreat led by Pete and Tuulia, I learned so much about myself in relation to not only my partner but to basically all the people around me. I greatly recommend this course for everyone who wants to express more frustration in order to spend less time feeling it.
–Katrien, The Netherlands

The Couples Retreat was highly transformative for me (and I imagine my wife as well). I was transfixed on Tuulia and Pete’s ability to put into practice games and exercises that brought Radical Honesty to life. I was equally amazed by how vulnerable everyone was willing to be with one another so quickly after meeting for the first time.

   “When all was said and done – and much was said and done – I was deeply moved and impressed with the personal connections I made with everyone involved with the work and the workshop. I left the experience having seen attendees make huge leaps forward in their own personal work – myself included. I believe my wife and I built a toolbox of communication techniques we could use after leaving Finland. I understood that observing and reporting are key foundations to RH. I understood that with subtle and important language changes, I could change the way I communicate (dare I say improve the way I communicate?). The experience was simply profound for me, and I imagine also for my wife and everyone else who was there. I was hooked: I knew I wanted more RH workshops in my life.
–Jesse, United States

What will we do?
On each day, we’ll do some yoga or body movement, meditation, workshop sessions, couples exercises and group exercises. The sessions will include an introduction to Honesty work; a deeper dive into the work; and learning through theory, discussions, sharing and exercises on how to be fully honest. We’ll do group and paired exercises as well as hot seat work.

Our retreat center Syvilla
Our lovely retreat center Syvilla is located beside the clean Lake Kovesjärvi in a lovely spot of lawn, flowers and forest.  It has many buildings including fully renovated yet historically important main red building, an old barn turned into lodging spaces and a kitchen & big space for gatherings and parties, a large terrace which can be covered for rain, an old smoke sauna turned into lodging, a sandy beach, a wood-burning sauna and a smoke sauna by a lake, a wood-burning hot tub and jacuzzi and big hangout areas by the shore, our own small island and a lot more.

Leisure activities include walking on the ice, enjoying the many fire places including one on the island,  enjoying snow, games such as board games, golf frisbee, and basketball hoop. You can also go horse riding in the nearby stables.

The property in Parkano about 11 kilometers from the city center and has 170 meters of shore line and is about 1.7 hectares in size.

Syvilla about 80 kilometers north of Tampere and about 260 kilometres north of Helsinki.
The railway is about 17 kilometers from the location.
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Leisure time
We will also have free time for connecting, relaxing, soaking in jacuzzi, walking in the forest, playing games,  spending time by the fire, and appreciating nature in the Finnish nature.

The training will be conducted in English.

Group size
This group is limited to 16 participants.

Leisure time
We will also have free time for connecting, relaxing, saunaing, jacuzzi, playing games such as frisbee golf and croquette, trying out the sup boards, rowing to our nearby island, chatting, walking in the forest, and appreciating nature in the Finnish nature.

The training will be conducted in English.You can do paired exercises together in your joint language.

The retreat will begin on Wednesday 7 August at 17:00 and will conclude on Tuesday 13 August  by 13:00.

Arriving early or staying later – holiday by the lake!
The retreat center had several building and three kitchens and also hammock tent (Tentsile).
You can arrive a day early or stay a day or two later in this lovely retreat center for €70 per night per person.
The fee includes simple food.
You can relax and enjoy the peaceful nature, sauna, hot tub, jacuzzi and swimming.  If you have a car, you can visit the national parks and amazing old forests in the region.
Get in touch with us in case you want to take up this option or let us know closer to the event!

Via air from outside Finland: fly to Helsinki airport and then take a two-hour and half train ride to Parkano.

From Helsinki airport, first take the commuter train to the Tikkurila
station and then from there take the train to Parkano.
There is also a bus connection from Helsinki to Parkano, which is cheaper though takes about 90 minutes longer than the train connection.

From Parkano, we will direct you the rest of the way to the lake. (We will either pick you up at the train station or organize a large taxi van.)
You can also cycle or drive to the retreat site (and if you do drive, we will probably ask you to carpool with others).

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 our longer retreats (and to help get shit done).

The workshop leaders will be certified Radical Honesty Trainers—and married couple—Tuulia Syvänen and Pete Jordan.

The Early Bird price is €980 per person (includes 21% Dutch VAT) and €1940 per couple.
The Early bird price is valid until 15 May 2024.

The regular price thereafter is €1020 per person (includes 21% Dutch VAT) and 2040 eur per couple.

The fee covers the workshop, healthy vegetarian / vegan meals and snacks (breakfast, lunch ands dinner, snack coffee and tea available throughout the day), teaching, daily saunas, 2 person rooms or 2 person yurt and ongoing support of the group to live out loud. The fee also covers use of the jacuzzi, hot tub, bicycles, rowing boats, sup boards and all other activities on site.

In case you low income or a student you can join with a discounted price if you stay in your own camper, tent or a two person wood hammock (Tentsile – provided by us).

Cancellation terms
Please note that we do not offer refunds. However you can transfer your ticket to another person qualified to join this retreat. Let us know via email in case someone else will take your spot.

We advice you to have an insurance covering the fee in case of a cancellation due to sickness.

Support Available
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.

Support for BIPOC
If you are low income and are black, indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC), you can request a discount from us.
Message your request to us at:
Note: we might take a few days to answer your request.

Is this workshop for me?
Honesty Europe’s workshop often have therapeutic impacts, however workshops are not therapy and are not meant to replace personal or couples therapy.
This workshop is not for you if you have major untreated traumas.
Our workshops and retreats can be physically and psychologically stressful.
If you have an acute mental health challenge, please first discuss with your therapist / doctor and then with us before registering.
You can reach us at:

Book your spot soon! All our previous Couples retreats have sold out.

If you have any questions about the Couples Retreat, please feel free to email us at

You are warmly welcome to the exciting journey of Honesty!

Tuulia & Pete
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Who are 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. 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. She has led more than 100 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 adult 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 wife, Tuulia, as well as does 1:1 coaching. As a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, he also offers 1:1 S.E. sessions with clients to support them in healing from trauma.

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. Born and raised in San Francisco, Pete has lived in Amsterdam for almost two decades 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 teenaged 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.)

Event Details

Date: 7.8.2024

Start time: 17:00 EEST

End time: 13:30 EEST

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