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Life Planning Workshop | Virginia | November 7-13 | $1950


Workshop led by Brad Blanton.

Designing Your Own Destiny: The Radical Honesty Five Day Co-Hearted, Co-Intelligent, Co-Operative Life Planning Workshop

Due to great need and high demand from our cult leaders as well as from the rest of the world, in November of this year, in the beautiful hills of Virginia, for the first time in over 9 years, we’re offering our newly revised workshop: Designing Your Own Destiny: The Radical Honesty Five Day Co-Hearted, Co-Intelligent, Co-Operative Life Planning Workshop!

One of the most valuable concepts in the world, is about how to consciously create your life as an artist, designing how you are pulled forward by what calls you forth based on your own life history. This workshop is for people who have got the message of Radical Honesty about how to identify your self as a noticer, lose your mind, come to your senses, and then get your mind back as a wonderful plaything instead of something so deadly serious as the judgmental mind we ask you to trade in for a newer version. i.e. “what would we love to do?”  rather than “what you think you should do!”


Do You have the Courage to Tolerate getting a Bliss Blister from Almost Intolerable Freedom From Suffering??

Owning our power as co-hearted co-creators is scary for many reasons, not the least of which is  getting over having someone or something else to blame for how life has been and how it goes, something that is often too sweet to give up.

When I ask people, "Would you like to give up the suffering and the satisfactions involved in being neurotic, being trapped in the indulgence of being a victim?" almost everyone says, "Yes."

But the reality is that conscious artistry in the creation of the good life for any individual requires constant centering, constant planning, and constant sharing of what you are about in the world in a clear and connected and non manipulative and honest way, that is scary as hell. Maybe if we're lucky, we think (in the back of our minds), somebody will take care of us the way we always should have been taken care of, and we won't actually have to take care of ourselves.

You Will Not Be Saved

We like to be lost in a vague hope that someone is going to rescue us from responsibility for our lives. God or the lottery or some sugar daddy or mama or a rich uncle or an inheritance or some good luck or some wise person or teaching will finally make it all okay, the way Mom or Dad never did, but should have.

The Difference Between Believers and Creators

Believers have explanations for what went wrong and hope for salvation just ahead.

Creators enjoy consciously going about the work of designing and bringing into being their vision of whatever they want to create.

Come join us in Virginia to consciously create your life with others. The subtitle of Brad’s book, Practicing Radical Honesty is: HOW TO (1) COMPLETE THE PAST (2) LIVE IN THE PRESENT AND (3) BUILD A FUTURE WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS. We are assuming you have completed the past, now live in the moment, and therefore are capable of living the life of a creator, and build a future with a little help from your friends!


What We’ll Do

Over the course of 5 days, I’ll lead you through the life planning process. I’ll give some talks about the process of creation by creating a context, and how to write up the projects of your life. You have time to write and create together in the large group, in small breakout groups, and by yourself with ongoing feedback from others. You will leave the workshop with plans, committed listeners, a system for living from love rather than obligation, and practice in how to ask for and receive help.

Most people take life planning too seriously. Because the mind makes things stale fairly quickly, we need to take on the process of continual re-creation as a lifelong, permanent task. We do this by making plans and writing them down and systematically projecting into the future with our imaginations.

Don't worry, this is not serious. You can change it anytime. You are the creator of your life, so you can modify, paint over, erase, or destroy and start again even the statement of your life purpose, whenever you choose.

We will also watch a series of movies in the evenings that speak to the process of creation and transformation which we’ll use to fuel our conversations.


What We Cover

  • WHY we consciously plan our life and then throw it away over and over again

  • The importance of completion as the foundation for life planning

  • The importance of knowing and using your wounds and neuroses creatively rather than being victimized by them

  • How to work with the SHOULDS in our life

  • The keys to creating powerful life purpose statements

  • How to use description to clarify your purpose and projects

What You’ll Leave With

  • A paperback copy of Practicing Radical Honesty

  • A version of your Life Purpose Statement

  • A write up of the most important projects for the next 12 months

  • Lots of feedback from the group and Brad about your work

  • Access to an email group where you can share your progress

A Sample Version of My Project Write-Ups

Click here to take a look at a few projects subsumed under my Umbrella Project for 2019 that you can use as a model to write up your own projects during the Life Planning Workshop.



Completion of at least one Radical Honesty 8-Day Workshop or 2 to 4 Weekend Workshops. Please email if you have questions about this.

Workshop Details


We’ll be staying together at River’s Bend Ranch in Stanley, Virginia, in the spectacularly beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We’ll share rooms in the Bunk House and the Ranch House.

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November 7-13, 2019.  

Please plan on arriving in Virginia on Thursday, November 7th and making your way to River’s Bend Ranch in the afternoon or evening. We will have access to the homes by 2pm and you’re welcome to arrive anytime after that on Thursday.

We will have our first session on Friday morning, beginning around 9.

The workshop ends Wednesday, November 13th around 10am and we’ll check out at 11.


$1750 before July 31st, $1950 after that. Hold your place with a $500 deposit. 

Cost includes shared housing, all meals and snacks, and over 40 hours of teaching and group work.

Cancelation Policy: Full refund if you cancel by July 15th, 2019. After that, you receive all money back except your $500 deposit.

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