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Testimonials | Arete Center for Excellence

Testimonials

Arete had a HUGE impact on my life. Because of my Arete Experience, I have been able to make real, deep, personal connections that go so much farther than they did before. I could not really imagine what my true self was like until it was shown to me, and I am VERY grateful that I had the opportunity to get a glimpse of who I really am and what I am able to accomplish. The value that I got out of Arete is at least a hundred fold greater than the monetary price I paid to go.

- Edward Fish, February 2004

What a truly life-altering experience! After 20+ years of doing transformational work I got to relax into my deepest being and my fullest expression of love. I felt fully seen and fully at peace with my expansive heart and desire for the first time in my life. My life hasn't been the same since and for that I am forever grateful to the founders, leaders and participants of the Arete Experience.

- Dr. Karen Josephs, January 2002

I did the Arete Experience for my birthday in 2003, and it is the greatest gift I have ever received in all my thirty years.

- Monique Lee, January 2003

Arete awoke in me the most powerful warrior ever known, and helped me discover that when I open my heart to people it is more powerful than any other weapon imaginable. I finally became "The man", a good man, a great husband and amazing father that I always knew I was inside.

- Joseff Tabisaura, October 2002

I have gone from asking "How will I get through today?" to "What would I love to do with the rest of my life?" I am joyfully pursuing the answers. Thank you so much for helping me get my life back!

- Sjon Pelletier, November 2004

The Arete Experience helped me find my edge; not just during the course, but after it ended as well. I now have a clear indicator of when I am choosing to fully live my life and when I am standing behind the line. This is invaluable to me.

- Kevin O'Malley, June 2003

My participation in Arete was the single most profound healing experience I've ever had. Arete gave me the tools to mend some deep wounds in my heart, as well as brought me closer to a community of people I admire and love. Through this experience and community I felt myself come home. I am forever changed for the better! Thank You!!!

- Sarah Pilgrim, May 2005

I have taken many leadership and personal development courses, and I have learned a lot of great perspectives and information from each. Yet, Arete stood out from any other course that I have taken, and it deeply impacted my life in ways that other courses have not. In taking the course, I felt like I saw the souls of my 12 classmates, and I felt completely supported to safely explore my growing edges. I didn’t have to integrate a lot of content or new information, I just got to experience what it’s like to be me, and learn what it’s like for others to be with me. It was a very powerful workshop that gave me insights about myself that would have taken me a long time to find on my own. More specifically, it showed me where my strategies for connection and intimacy were backfiring and actually pushing people away, and I learned ways to more fully experience my connection with friends and loved ones.

- Jason Gore, February 2003

The Arete Experience helped me by holding a safe space for me to express my pain and be witnessed...and begin to let go of it. And to see that my choices created that pain, and that I can choose to create Joy just as easily. Arete helped me begin to see myself...a real yet loving little mirror.

- Suzanne Nathans, May 2003

I was blown away by Arete, and 8 months later, still clearly feel the profound effects of the work I did that weekend in every area of my life. My friends and family also see me differently and continue to comment on how much I've changed and how happy they are that I am finally owning the amazing parts of me that they saw that I couldn't acknowledge. The course leaders are uniquely balanced in how they engage the participants and attend to each individual's needs. They are both uncompromisingly direct and precise, and deeply compassionate, nurturing and sensitive. I highly recommend this course.

- Christine Benvenuto

A deeply moving life transforming experience. A new doorway to living authentically.

- Ron Bynum

The Arete Experience was one of the most deeply profound experiences of my life. I was blown away by the connection and community created by our group that weekend and by the way my heart opened up in such a loving and powerful way. By taking the Arete Experience I was able to access my emotions and my true essence as a man in a way I did not know was possible. It was incredible and one of the best courses I have ever taken!

- Mike Robbins, November 2002


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