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Twenty people come together for a week long group therapy retreat... But this is not like any therapy you've ever seen.

"Twenty people travel to the mountains of Santa Barbara, California for a six-day group therapy retreat... But this is unlike any therapy you've ever seen."

Group will take you inside renowned facilitator Ann Bradney's Radical Aliveness Workshop and forever change your ideas about the nature and practice of therapy.  This is not a support group with people sitting in a circle finding comfort in sharing their painful stories.  Ann's work is a dynamic process, intuitive and free flowing.  Participants are on their feet, moving, hitting, punching, kicking, screaming.  Confrontation is encouraged and supported.  Judgements and attractions are brought out and dealt with directly. Nothing is taboo.  No topic off limits.  No expression unwelcome.  The goal is to push past the social mask and risk revealing the complex (and beautiful) mess of human emotion hidden underneath.  The result is explosive emotional release and powerful catharsis, and a renewed connection to our deepest essence.  Lives are changed, old wounds are healed, and for the partcipants--and the viewer at home--the world will never look the same.

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Is this real? Yes, it’s real!  I was surprised that so many people asked me this question, but I can assure you this is a real documentary about a real workshop with real people from all over the country. 

How did you get these people to do this?  The truth is almost everyone we asked said yes.

What kind of therapy are they doing?  The techniques you see are from a type of therapy called Core Energetics;  but it’s been modified and adapted by Ann Bradney into something she calls “Radical Aliveness.”  (Ann would say that what she doing is not really therapy, but that’s a whole other conversation.) 

Who is Ann Bradney? Ann Bradney is the founder and director of the Radical Aliveness/Core Energetics Institute of Southern California.  She trains and leads groups all over the world.  I can speak from personal experience when I say that she is an absolute master at what she does.

So you’ve done this work yourself?  Yes.  I’ve done countless workshops just like the one we filmed.  It's changed my life and I've seen it change the lives of many other people.

So what's the plan?  From 350+ hours of footage we are going to create about 50 video clips that will document the workshop from beginning to end.  I’ll release one clip a day for 50 days on my website, and people can follow the progression of the workshop just like a blog.  Each clip will be brief and tell its own story so they can easily be shared on facebook, twitter, tumblr etc.  Once all the clips are released, I’ll organize them alongside another hundred or so supplemental clips (interviews, camera diaries, etc.) so the user can navigate the workshop chronologically or explore it through the eyes of their favorite characters.

How will you use the money you raise?  Editing, editing, editing!  Creating fifty unique video clips will take a lot of time and require a lot of editors.  

What happens if the money isn't raised in time?  Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.  So it's $40,000 by June 12th or $0!  Don't wait to donate!

Why are you doing this?  It's my labor of love, my passion project.  I love it, I believe in it, and I have a deep desire to share it with the world.  The work depicted in this series is profound and important.  But this project is not just a showcase for a particular kind of therapy.  It's the story of twenty people coming together to help each other face their fears and reclaim the fullness of their lives.  It's a courageous journey--sometimes fun and exciting, sometimes scary as hell.  It won't always be easy to watch.  You may have some judgements.  Some of it might seem weird, maybe even "wrong".  But if stay with it--if you let it in--it can affect you, move you, touch you, inspire you, change you.    

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The Official Group Facebook Page

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