Radical Wholeness Workshop Questions
We have adjusted the Radical Wholeness workshop to uphold social distancing in all the practices. And should we need to cancel the workshop due to Covid, or should you be unable to attend due to Covid, we will issue you a full refund.
Some of the exercises require that you know a short text by heart. Rest assured, this is not something you will ever be asked to perform – it’s just needed for some of the exercises. You can use one you are familiar with, or find a new one. It can be anything at all – a nursery rhyme, a song lyric, a Shakespearean monologue, the national anthem, a poem, anything. It really doesn’t matter, although it does help if it’s something you enjoy. It can get pretty tedious saying, “Row, row, row your boat” over and over. Just saying… Whatever you choose to memorize, it should be at least 45 seconds long, though any length in excess of that is fine. Having it WELL memorized is important.
The workshop is mostly experiential. The exercises we practice are gentle – sometimes you work with a partner, sometimes we are in a circle and sometimes you explore on your own. There is some getting up and down from the floor but all of it can be adapted to suit any physical challenges. For a more detailed description of the workshop, please check out this post.
We encourage you to wear casual clothing that you can move comfortably in.
Apart from perhaps lunch (some workshops are not close to restaurants - please check with us if unsure) and maybe a snack and a water bottle, you might wish to bring something to lie on for exercises (a yoga mat or even just a towel) and clothes that are comfortable to move in.
The work we do is experiential, and certainly involves the body – but all the exercises can be modified to accommodate limited mobility so that everyone can benefit from them and no one gets left behind.
The Radical Wholeness 2-day workshop is a standardized series of exercises and practices, wherever it is taught. Many people have taken it more than once – a few people as many as five times. When asked about this, one of them explained that it’s a little like doing the downward dog pose in yoga. It’s not something you do just once and don’t come back to. It’s a practice that grows and deepens as you return to it. Others have reported that each time they take the same essential workshop, it is a totally different experience for them. It’s always a pleasure for me to see familiar faces returning to the work.
If you are looking for a more intensive experience, you might be ready for an Intermediate or 5-day workshop or to explore the Facilitator's Training.
All of the Radical Wholeness workshops are planned with a clear arc that helps you dive into embodiment. So participants are expected to plan on being there for the entire length of the workshop.
Philip Shepherd is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. His provider number is 282. The Radical Wholeness weekend workshop provides 12 CEUs. A CEU credit PDF certificate is available for $15. Click here to request one.
All the workshops have all been set up by people just like you, from California to Dublin Ireland and beyond. If you’re interested in exploring this possibility, please get in touch with us directly.
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Facilitator Training Questions
We have adjusted the Facilitator Training to uphold social distancing in all the practices during our in-person retreats. Accommodation will also be private, except in the case of couples. And if Covid regulations prevent a training from happening at the scheduled time, we will reschedule for the earliest date possible.
We have a really specific reason for not bringing anyone into the Facilitators Training who hasn’t taken a workshop. The first week (of three) that we’re together presupposes that experience, and doesn’t revisit it. All the practices we undertake in that week are practices that underpin the work – practices that enabled us to develop it, but aren’t part of the weekend. At the end of the week participants receive a Facilitators Manual with all the exercises from the weekend workshop described in it, and are expected to work with them in the interim until we next get together. Again, that work presupposes an experience of the weekend.
A weekend workshop will take place before the first session of all trainings. And those who have signed up for the training can take part in the workshop at 50% off the regular rate. They also get a 50% discount on any workshop during the training year.
Switching between training sessions is tricky. The number of participants is limited to 18, so unless someone dropped out, there would not be a spot. That having been said, it’s something we have done, and would be willing consider doing again if all the circumstances were right.
Unfortunately no. There are several key reasons for this: staying together, sharing meals and enjoying the spontaneous conversations that occur throughout the mornings and evenings really helps the group bond and the work deepen. The retreat setting itself also plays a role in fostering the connection that then carries us between sessions. We are held by the space and supported by the gorgeous food prepared for us – far from the habitual snags of our home life.
At the end of the training, graduates who want to go ahead and run Radical Wholeness workshops usually begin with two- or three-hour events, sharing the curriculum in bite-sized chunks as they become increasingly familiar with it. When a graduate feels ready to facilitate the full weekend workshop and Philip agrees, he will include their name on his website as a certified facilitator.
Absolutely. Many people have taken the training solely for their own deepening of experience.
We are in the process of developing some ways of fostering the connection and community that grows out of each training. We also want to support those who are taking the work into the world, whether through teaching Radical Wholeness workshops or incorporating the practices into their own work.
We offer 2 different payment options, once each month for 10 months or once every five months. Prior to the start of the second session, the year of training needs to be paid in full.
It is understood that by signing up for the training you are expressing a commitment to complete the full year. However:
- If we cancel a facilitator training session for any reason, fees for that session will be fully refunded.
- If a registrant withdraws from a facilitator training more than 4 weeks before it has begun, a full refund will be issued minus $250 (which can be applied as a credit towards any future facilitator training within the next 2 years.)
- If a registrant withdraws with less than 4 weeks' notice prior to the commencement of the training, no refund will be issued.
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