• Church of Soul (map)
  • 1550 5th Street
  • Oakland, CA 94607

A Day of R/evolutionary R/elating
Creating Conscious Conversation, Deep Connection, and Compassionate Community

Led by Taber Shadburne, M.A., Creator of "R/evolutionary R/elating,"certified Master Trainer in Radical Honesty, & Founder of Church of Soul

Enlightenment is a group activity
— Charles Eisenstein


Come explore the path of passionate presence and transformational intimacy.

This Daylong workshop in the art of R/evolutionary R/elating will include Taber’s teaching of powerful ideas, practices and tools for transformation; experiential practice; spontaneous facilitation of individual and group processes; with time for Q & A, and personal feedback, coaching, and counseling.

Taber: “Without usually being aware of it, almost all of us are afraid of being fully present especially with each other. Though we also want it, we're scared of experiencing deep connection...

Consequently, the way we communicate with each other doesn’t really support the creation of true intimacy. Rather, it constitutes an unconscious collusion to avoid real connection; it's unwittingly designed to distract us from the present and prevent too much intimacy. 


This tendency is, of course, only exacerbated and intensified under stress.  In the face of anger, conflict, fear, nervousness, shame, guilt, embarrassment, or any of the other many experiences we don’t want to experience, our communication becomes even more unconscious, taking the form of withholding or blame, white lies or blatant dishonesty.

All of this leaves us feeling separated and disconnected from each other... and even from ourselves.  To paraphrase Carl Jung, loneliness doesn't come from having no one around, but from being unable to communicate about the things that matter most.  In other words, loneliness comes from the inability to speak and listen from the heart, the inability to hear and be heard, understand and be understood, about the deepest subjects of your soul.

You have experienced all of this, personally...

Have you not?

I want to share with you a whole new way of being together... It does require facing your fears and calling their bluff... but for those who are thoroughly tired of small talk and the dialogues of distraction, doing so is truly liberating.  For those who have gotten sick on the empty calories of junk food communication, this way provides real nourishment -- soul food.  

By harnessing the power of mutual presence, conscious conversation, and what I call "R/evolutionary R/elating," we can create deep, soulful connection and community.  I am deeply honored and grateful to be facilitating the creation of just such transformational connection and community around the globe, and I can't imagine doing anything more rewarding and beautiful. 


I teach all over the world now, and don’t teach in Oakland as much anymore (this summer I’ll go on another extended international teaching tour)… but I still want to build a Bay Area conscious community of R/evolutionary R/elating, so I am offering this workshop  on a donation basis, to all open hearted and transformationally minded Bay Areans (and any who want to travel to Oakland).  In this way, I am trying to welcome and encourage you to join us for this day of deep practice and conscious connection.”

In this workshop, you’ll learn to…

  • Let go of shame, fear, attachment to approval

  • Heal close relationships, with full-body forgiveness

  • Open-heartedly share yourself and help others do the same

  • Be completely and compassionately honest

  • Go beyond blame and use conflict creatively

  • Ask for everything you want, offer your gifts, and expand your ability to give and receive

  • Create deeper love, connection, and intimacy

Transformation is a team sport.
— Taber



Taber Shadburne, M.A., is a cutting-edge counselor and teacher of transformation who has helped thousands of folks transform their lives and their relationships for over 30 years.

He has led life-changing workshops in about 60 cities, in 20 countries, on five continents. He studied Zen for 10 years, lived and practiced at the Dharma Rain Zen Center, and has worked deeply with various spiritual teachers. He has a B.A. in Music and Comparative Religion and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology.

Taber is the creator of the work known as R/evolutionary R/elating, which he teaches all over the world. He has also worked closely with Dr. Brad Blanton for 20 years, and is the only person ever to be certified by Brad as a Master Trainer of Radical Honesty.

Taber co-authored a book, "The Heart of Healing: Inspired Ideas, Wisdom and Comfort from Today's Leading Voices," with notables such as Deepak Chopra, and he founded the Church of Soul, in Oakland, California, and the White Hawk Sanctuary, a progressive spiritual retreat center, in the hills outside San Diego. He is also a passionate professional musician and recording artist. Read more about him here, or check out what others have to say here.  


Saturday, March 2, 2019: 12 PM - 6 PM

Church of Soul
1550 5th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

We want this event to be accessible to all who are called, so we are offering you the opportunity to do it by donation. Taber's workshops around the world usually cost from $300 - $500 for a weekend workshop, and thousands for retreats. A suggested range for this day is between $80 - $180, according to your means, with none turned away for lack of funds.

This event is being offered as a gift to the community, and we welcome your own gifts of support, to the degree that you are able and inspired to give them.

Reach out to Manal if you have any questions, you can email her here.