F.A.Q.

F.A.Q.

 

I want to join a workshop. What do I do now?

 

Let me know via info@tuuliasyvanen.com and either I or my partner Pete will send you an invoice. Once you’ve paid the invoice, you’re registered for the workshop. A few weeks before the workshop begins, I will send all registrants an introductory welcome letter that will contain more information about the workshop.

 

Do you offer RH workshops for beginners?

 

Any workshop not listed as “Advanced” is open to anyone attending their first workshop.

 

Can you suggest how I can prepare myself before attending a workshop?

 

Yes. I suggest reading Dr. Brad Blanton’s books Radical Honesty (particularly chapters 1 & 4-7) and/or Practicing Radical Honesty (particularly chapters 2, 6, 9).

 

I want you to come lead a workshop in my city. Are you open to doing that?

 

Yes. In fact, many of the workshops I lead are in the locations where they are because a local requested I lead a workshop in her/his city.

 

What is the program of a weekend workshop?

 

My weekend workshops include learning by theory and through group discussions on how to be Radically Honest. We also do group and paired exercises and work with whatever is arising within the group. Sharing sensations, feelings and experiences with the group in the moment they are arising is an important part of the workshop. We make a few basic commitments in the workshop about how we want to work together (such as, to tell the truth, to ask others to do so and to ask for what we want—even though there is no guarantee we will get what we want). Participants can express worry, anger, embarrassment, appreciation, etc. which may involve yelling or swearing—or might not.

 

I heard something about people having to get naked at RH workshops. Is that true? And if so, what’s that all about?

 

At the 9-day Intensive Workshop and at the 3-day Advanced Workshop with the theme “Body Shame, Naked Work and Sexuality,” we indeed get naked. We each take turns standing nude before the group and talk about our bodies and our sexual histories. We do this as part of an exercise to help us get over any shame we may have about our bodies and/or sexuality. At my RH retreats in Finland, the sauna is available every evening for all who want to use it. While no one is required to go to the sauna or to get naked in the sauna, I believe it can be very empowering experience to do so. Otherwise, at other RH workshops I lead, we keep our clothes on.

 

How many people participate in one of your RH workshops?

 

Typically we have between 10 and 16 participants in addition to myself (and sometimes an assistant leader or organizer).

 

What is the age range of the participants in your RH workshops?

 

Generally we have people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s (and occasionally older).

 

Do more men or more women participate in your workshops?

 

In most workshops, generally an equal number of men and women participate.

 

Can I attend with my partner / friend / parent / child?

 

You are more than welcome to attend a workshop with your loved ones. Participating in a workshop together can transform your relationship for the better. You will learn tools to help you relate better and deeper. Couples and friends frequently attend together. You're welcome to attend with your adult child (the workshops are not suitable for people under 18 years old).

 

What happens after the workshop?

 

We stay in touch via a closed Facebook group or a Gmail group. We support each other.

 

How do you prefer that I pay?

 

Bank transfer.

 

Can I pay via PayPal?

 

Yes, though, with the added expense of PayPal, I’d prefer you paid via bank transfer.

 

Can I pay via a third-party site like Eventbrite?

 

For now, you can for the weekend workshop in Berlin (28-30 April). In the future, payment for other workshops may also be possible via Eventbrite.