"To say that weekend "cracked me open" is an understatement. I walked out of our two short days together feeling more love and peace then I think I have ever felt. I couldn't believe the deeply connected bonds that were formed between myself and almost complete strangers and how sharing myself in a vulnerable way could ignite so much freedom and expression in me. I was able to go into my deepest/truest feelings and pain and explore and express what was there in its most authentic form. I have never felt more supported to step into my best self and to "have" all my feelings then I do being in a room with Dave and his radical aliveness groups. Dave is a solid rock with the softest, kindest, more understanding heart of anyone I know. This work has changed me forever and I am continually thrilled by the exciting discoveries and experiences I have each time I choose to show up fully and present for the group."
"The Core Energetics/Radical Aliveness work that David Sutcliffe facilitates has changed my life irrevocably and it continues to do so in a proactive and life-affirming way. The work itself is very physical - this is so essential for me and for anyone who I've witnessed participate in it. We all spend so much conscious and unconscious energy building a rampart around our true selves, the expression of our insecurities and emotions, as though they were our weaknesses. David, with his sharp instincts and consistent patience, navigates how we mask those parts of ourselves and challenges us, at our own pace, to dive into them and mine them so what we end up with is a true knowledge and celebration of who we are and what we can become. The fact that this all happens in a group setting (though you can do individual work with him), creates not only a community, but also reminds you, of course, that you are not alone."
"Dave's workshops nudge you towards the corners of yourself that you work hardest to avoid. There’s flailing and crying and all kinds of unsophisticated, unpracticed behaviour. It’s awful and it’s amazing. After a weekend workshop I felt like how a person must feel after confessing to a crime years later: Proud to have told the ugly truth, free from the dirty weight of a secret and full of newly liberated energy to use however I wanted."
"Raw and real. After having done 'work' on myself for 10 years, venturing into the uncomfortable has become a familiar feeling. However, David's workshop helped me feel safe enough to face the parts of myself that I have been shying away from. Through his guidance, I was able to reconnect and integrate with a long-suppressed primal aspect of my being, which is rare even amongst similar practices. I feel amazing and powerful. My results are a testament to David's guidance and the work he shares."
“I’m a successful entrepreneur who on paper has everything: marriage, startup, friends, etc. But still, I was unhappy. And I couldn’t figure out why. So I signed up for the Mens Workshop. I didn’t really know what to expect…it’s physical, it’s emotional, it’s intense...to be honest, I didn’t always feel comfortable. And I guess that's the point...to leave the comfort zone and get to the root cause. I have to say, this workshop is not for people who only want to scratch the surface. It’s tough! And that’s why it works! In just two days David AND the group of men helped me to feel and frame what’s wrong for me. I haven’t FELT so clear, understood and thankful in a long time.”
"My first workshop was with Dave and it will be with me forever. I've done several more with him because he knows how to create a safe space and take me to my edges. Recently I've become addicted to his podcasts and the realness he brings. His truth and care and instincts ring true in the room as they do on the mic. I'm thankful for this work and all that Dave brings."
"There’s something different about Dave. About how he shows up in the room, about how he guides you toward the places you may not be seeing in yourself, about his wisdom, and about his trust in your wisdom. I found there’s an electric quality, a spark of aliveness that is ignited in how he cultivates this work. I’ve done multiple workshops with Dave and each time was brought into deeper connection with myself. There’s room for everything from the primal to the tender. The invitation is to step into your vulnerability and you’re met with open arms. There is a transformational quality with this kind of work and Dave takes that to a whole new level."
"Dave is trustworthy because even though he is wise, he never talks down to you. He's always curious, sincere, and WITH you, never that egocentric guru type lecturing on pedestal. He owns his shadow and helps you see your own! No bullshit or bypassing."
“David is an amazing, radical, and present human being. In my time spent with David, I have learned from him so much about how to be a grounded, responsible man, while holding the world with a soft heart. There is a sense of safety and desire to be open that comes with being in connection to a person that is willing to do their own work. David is one of those people.”
DARIUS BASHER describes his experience at Dave's Men's Workshop on his "Heart To Mouth" Podcast.
"I worked with David Sutcliffe at the Radical Aliveness Institute. His insight into healing and his capacity in working with traumas are extraordinary. Overall empowering experience. I recommend David to anyone who wants to embark on a fearless journey of transformation and personal growth."
“I have not found many places to really explore a powerful masculine flow, but working with Dave has allowed me to do that. I can drop in to uncomfortable feelings and find out what my deepest callings are and where my happiness is in the world. I recommend him whole-heartedly, and I think his ability to navigate group dynamics and work with the body are highly developed.”
"I heard about David's workshops long before I felt like I was ready to attend one. The work fascinated me, but it was also very intimidating. The idea of facing the dark depths of my inner self was daunting and generated a lot of resistance. Having experienced several active duty combat operations, I knew the dread and physical discomfort of preparing for battle. What I wasn't prepared for, however, was how much worse it would be when facing my own demons. During my first workshop, David's strength and focus caught my attention; I could tell early on that he knew what he was doing. As I observed him working with others, I started to see his gift for both identifying emotional blockages and effectively playing the role necessary for people to break through them. If someone needed to feel heard, he heard them. If someone needed to be ignored in order to fully face the trauma of their past, he ignored them. One by one, the people in the group had an opportunity to process what they were ready to process. Eventually, I was able to face my own pain and feel the enormous freedom on the other side of fear. One of the most important things to remember when approaching this type of work is that no one else can do it for you. But if you feel called, if you feel the magnetic pull towards this type of inner work, know that David has bravely walked down the path ahead of you and knows how to help."
“I felt completely broken down and rebuilt in such a profound, joyous way.” - ERIN O
"I felt so safe sharing my feelings and Dave is an incredibly compassionate and kind soul and I am forever grateful!”
- SHANNON M.
"I can't help but be affected by Dave's intense passion for this work. He embodies what he teaches, brings all of himself, and the energy that radiates through him empowers and heals. I want to bring all of myself to life. Although I'm not perfect and parts of me may be 'broken' and in need of healing I'm experiencing that it's from these 'broken' parts that my essence shines blindingly bright and beautiful. - JULIE R
When I took David Sutcliffe's Workshop I was curious about his capabilities, as being a Transpersonal Therapist I have been privileged to experience & benefit from some very skilled practitioners in Mind /Body Therapy. Frankly I was blown away by his level of skill. His in he moment inventiveness was astonishing and powerful. I highly recommend him." - HEATHER M
"I first entered the Core Energetics group terrified, disconnected, and with huge reservations, but week after week, I continued to “show up”. Witnessing the brave and vulnerable acts of others gave me hope and courage to explore the stories that live in all of us; motivating me to keep returning to a space of learning and healing. After working alongside a group of courageous humans, and an intelligent and sensitively skilled facilitator, I am a changed individual. The work provides practice for life. I stepped into the fear and emerged with an open heart, a desire to live authentically, and a greater understanding of myself, others, and the complicated yet beautiful human condition. I am truly grateful and honored to have connected, learned, and grown by taking risks, trusting the process, and committing to deeper living." - DIANA P
"I had a chance to attend some Radical Aliveness workshops with Dave that changed my life and helped me discover and overcome many of my major blockages mainly around fear, self-love and unworthiness. Dave's workshops provide a safe surrounding where I practiced self-exploration by being the most me possible, honoring my vulnerability without making any effort to be perfect, nice or special. I had been always impressed by Dave intuition and how he just gets the right impulse at the moment to guide everyone through his own experience to get the maximum of it. I will never be grateful enough that I had been guided to this work." - ICHRAQ
"This work is intense and it is hard. But it is also truly wonderful. I feel like I am finally on a road to wellness, where I am allowed to express myself and be important in my own life. I am thankful to Dave and the other facilitators for helping me on my journey." - CHRISTINA W
"I went to my first Radical Aliveness workshop because I knew Dave as an actor and I was curious. It turned out to be so much more than that. I went back to my second one with him because it was cathartic and moving and made me feel alive. I spent time thinking about myself as a human on the planet and not about my day to day existence. The world disappeared in those few hours on the Saturday and Sunday and I connected to myself again. Even as I'm writing this, I'm remembering how much that weekend was for me and meant to me. Also the connection with my fellow workshop participant was something I'd never had before or since. I was free to share as little or as much as possible and since I like to share, I felt right at home and safe." - JENNIFER M