If I’ve taken the workshop already, is there any point in taking it again?
The Radical Wholeness weekend workshop is a standardized series of exercises and practices, wherever it is taught. I’ve found it gratifying that 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.
I’ve read Philip’s books and heard some interviews, how will the workshop be different?
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.
Can I come for just one day?
The weekend is based around four themes and there is a very clear arc that the workshop takes. So we require that participants register for both days.
What should I wear?
Casual clothing that you can move comfortably in.
What do I need to prepare?
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.
What should I bring?
Apart from lunch 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.