June 8, 2015

Empower Yourself – Teacher Reviews

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Bears Kaufman
Samahria Kaufman
Raun K. Kaufman
Clyde Haberman
Beverly Haberman
Leah Taylor-Roy
Stan Cohen

Bears Kaufman

“I continue to experience Bears as playful and wanting the best for everyone. I really get that you are passionate and excited for each person to climb to the top of his/her mountain. Thank you for being authentic and playful in helping each of us do that for ourselves.”

Jeff Chantier, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, New Hampshire

“Fabulous! Loving! Clear, high flame (love that!), articulate. He does such a nice job of explaining things clearly, showing ideas/concepts thru interactions with others, and being so completely present and authentic. Thank you so much, Bears! I love you! And I feel your love for me!”

Jan Haffner, Social Worker/Student, Minnesota

“Very honest, loving, insightful, always goes for the most impact for a participant. Funny and happy. Demonstrating the principles of the Option attitude at all times. Very powerful presence.”

Janet Adams, Donor Services, Canada

“I continue to experience Bears as playful and wanting the best for everyone. I really get that you are passionate and excited for each person to climb to the top of his/her mountain. Thank you for being authentic and playful in helping each of us do that for ourselves.”

Jeff Chantier, Plumbing, Heating And Cooking, NH

“Fabulous! Loving! Clear, high flame (love that!), articulate. He does such a nice job of explaining things clearly, showing ideas/concepts thru interactions with others, and being so completely present and authentic. Thank you so much, Bears! I love you! And I feel your love for me!”

Jan Haffner, Social Worker / Student, MN

“Very honest, loving, insightful, always goes for the most impact for a participant. Funny and happy. Demonstrating the principles of the Option attitude at all times. Very powerful presence.”

Janet Adams, Donor Services, Canada

“Love his intelligence and ability to know when to high flame or not. He is gentle yet also powerful and is able to communicate in an easily comprehendible manner.”

Dianne Donahue, Owner Horse Drawn Carriage Company, Canada

“Terrific! Full of energy, vitality, love and imagination, with such a skillful ability to take moments in class and relate them back to empowerment and ourselves as belief-making creatures.”

Rachel Jacobson, Student, United Kingdom

“The Master. What can I say about this most remarkable creature. I am grateful for having him in my life as a role model and friend.”

Yinan Estrada-Ortiz, Freelance TV And Film Producer, PR

“Makes living authentically so very visible. He is the most fascinating, awake, and inspiring teacher I’ve ever had, and I’ve been in school for a very long time. I could never even have dreamed such a gifted, spontaneous and loving teacher could exist and at the same time challenge us to grow exponentially.”

Carol Baldwin, Counselor, MA

“A real force of nature. I came here feeling pretty skeptical about the whole Option Process® and how it could possibly work. Within the first two minutes I was hooked. Bears is an excellent teacher who knows instinctively what a student needs to soar.”

Vicki McCarthy, R.N., Scotland

“His marvelous attitude and teaching style truly helped me to make breakthroughs in my life. His insight and caring, I felt, were truly genuine. He was able to relate personal stories as part of the lessons and I believe this is a wonderful method of connecting with people and with a class. I will always cherish the time that I was fortunate enough to spend with him and he will forever have a place in my heart.”

Chas Barber, Technology & Training Manager, Lake Mary, FL

“The best! What a loving man; it feels like he knows and sees everything the whole time. No way you can hide from him and really you don’t want to. Even when he’s not talking directly to you, in everything that is happening I learned a lot.”

D. Hienstra, Child Facilitator, Netherlands

“Incredible!!! The most loving, non-judgmental and inspiring person that I know.”

Peter Van Bentum, Child Facilitator, Netherlands

“Wonderful, powerful, loving, Bears – the most efficient and fun teacher in the universe. I count you as one of my blessings.”

Bente Spissoy, Project Manager, Norway

“An inspiration to live an authentic life! His sincere beliefs in the Option Process resonate in every word. He is the life-force in my journey to a happier more loving life.”

Elaine Shaw, Nurse Case Manager, MD

“Bears was awesome; an awesome teacher. I could feel his genuine love for all the participants.”

Jason Stelmachovich, Self Employed /Phone Book Distributor, Canada

“Excellent – powerful, empowered, funny, profound – helping people get to their core issues and releasing them is a pure miracle. You’re doing God’s work in a big way.”

Judy Meyers, General Manager of Food Service, PA

“Love the Bears! My absolute, most favorite part of any week that I do is Bears off-curriculum. I find it so exciting to openly explore in any direction. Fabulous!!”

Amy MacDonald, Sales Rep, CA

“His light is seriously bright and his love a fine example of The Option Institute. He cuts to the quick in a flash, just as someone can change themselves in a flash.”

Audrey Tom, Yoga Teacher, England

“Bears is powerful and inspiring. I am so grateful for the experience of this dynamic and deeply loving teacher. I have learned so much this week from Bears and love his humor, storytelling, and opportunities to go in and question my feelings and beliefs. He has created an oasis for exploration of the paths to freedom and happiness. I especially loved the mornings that Bears taught when my terror was transformed into amazing insights on how I choose to live my life. Bears’ presence is comforting and confronting – a true gift to us all! I can’t wait to come back and see him again!”

Maiya Finch Office Manager California

“I am honored to be able to study with this extraordinary human being. I have never been in the presence of anyone who lives such love, respect, intelligence, clarity, humor, and out-of-the-box imagination. Bears liberates the spirit in the most exciting and compelling way I’ve ever experienced through shedding light on useless, old beliefs. He is joy, love, brilliance. Thank you for making up this place, and this new way of being and going through the world. I love you.”

Deborah Mullis Advertising Florida

“Bears is absolutely amazing. He is so sharp, so clear, and so loving. I felt privileged to have the opportunity just to hear him articulate with such passion all The Option Process® concepts, and I loved the way he taught – using what was happening in the room as a powerful demonstration of The Option Institute perspective. “

Jonathan Weedon Child Facilitator Trainee Scotland

“Bears is the most dynamic, insightful, positive, and truly loving person I have met in my 64 years. His tireless energy and enthusiasm in teaching us is such a miracle, and his depth of perseverance in drawing his students into The Option Process® is a blessing to me and others. “

Jane Hawkins Artist Alabama

“On a scale of 1-10, Bears is a 20. He is inspirational, loving, challenging, compelling, teasing, testing, laughing, delightful, energetic, pleasant, responsible, coherent, intelligent, and essential. “

Carl Rohde Business Consultant Connecticut

“Bears is extraordinary in every aspect of his teaching style. Truly unique with the ability to incorporate warmth, compassion, honesty, and caring as he deliberately poses the right questions at the right moment. Plus, his sharing of stories from his own life, his ability to laugh, and his embracing of each and every one of his students with genuine love.”

Sandra W. Brown Antique Dealer New Hampshire

“I love you, Bears. I am so grateful to you for your adventurous spirit that led you on this journey, for your brilliance that has led to such clear understanding, for your dedication that has brought this gift to the world and to me. Your generosity touches me deeply and I am grateful for being loved by you. “

Tiahna Skye Counselor California

“Bears is loving, accepting, and humorous. His ability to be present with each and every one of us was so delightful. His non-judgement is a powerful example that we can communicate with others without judging or feeling the need to prove a point. “

Jenny Anderson Social Worker Washington

“Bears, time and again, you gave me the opportunity to look at myself and my beliefs and make choices. Your questions are insightful, focused, and thought-provoking. Thank you.”

India Taylor Educator Canada

“Bears is highly impactful, spiritual, powerful, loving, kind, challenging, wise, motivating, intelligent, insightful, inspirational and successful. He has helped me to find an inner passion that has been missing for about 10 years in some aspects of my life. For this I am profoundly grateful. Bears has helped me to say good-bye to my Dad who died 4 years ago — very BIG.”

Don White Senior Manager/Market Development Virginia

“Bears shows so naturally that empowerment is an opportunity for learning and then encourages us in the most genuine and delicious way to create that for ourselves in order to live to the fullest. Bears can make the simplest point in the most powerful way. His expression of gratitude is like none other. “

Corinne McKeown Director of Development Massachusetts

“It is always an honor and a privilege to be in Bears’ class. His awesome insight, gentle acceptance and persistent challenging of my belief system are a huge gift in my life.”

Dave Bodine Sales Technician Pennsylvania

“Bears is a fantastic teacher with some of the best explanations of what is taught here at The Option Institute. He has a manner of working with the class that embodies the love and acceptance that I admire most. “

John Zaiser Mailroom Supervisor Massachusetts

“Bears is incredible. I’m so glad for the opportunity to see, feel, experience someone who ‘Lives The Dream.’ Intense – high flame. Warm, fun, fun, fun. I love Bears’ unpredictability. He is fascinating and so beautiful. “

Maria Deryiades Sales Representative California

“Bears is a marvelous man! He is insightful, eloquent, loving and extremely energetic. He also is sincerely interested in helping each person here to find himself or herself. “

Diana Eildridge Retired Personnel Specialist/Teacher West Virginia

“Bears manifests his beliefs with incredible intensity. He brings that intensity for his beliefs and for life to class and to The Option Institute and presents it as a gift to me. He allows me to choose and take what I want. Bears does this in a very direct and focused way – with such intent that I can clearly see the choices I have before me.”

Jim Greenwood Chief Technology Officer California

“The love and caring Bears brings to class is so wonderful to experience. The sense of play, of discovery, and the wonder of life is so alive in him. This wonder inspires me to further my own self-exploration.”

Lenny Haas Actor Pennsylvania

“Bears is a true master at loving you out of your old shell and into a new one. Through love he moves you so deeply that you can actually find yourself! “

Alejandra Arquindegui Wife, mother, entrepreneur Texas

“Bears is amazing. My personal experience of him challenging me, as well as classmates is exhilarating and empowering! I have the deepest respect and admiration for this wonderful guy.”

Tammy Patchell-Evans Canada

“Bears is fantabulous! His humor allowed me to accept the stuff I was reluctant to deal with. His uncanny way of nailing it was amazing. I have rarely (maybe never) witnessed such strength and love in one human being.”

Maureen Doerr Owner, Ad Agency Massachusetts

“Bears is the most magnificent, charismatic, most beautiful soul I have ever come across. Able to crank it up like no one else. Being in a class with Bears is like standing on the edge of a cliff, and with ultimate trust, stepping off and free falling onto the softest, most beautiful cloud and loving it, every step of the way. “

Erin Detuba Son-Rise Trainee Canada

“I felt we were all challenged tremendously by Bears. He encouraged us to reach down beneath the fears and unhappiness and explore ourselves. I saw many people change dramatically because of his fearless challenging. “

Lori A. Degenhardt New York

“Bears is High Flame!! And soooo loving in that position. I have learned to love, and to love the opportunities to explore my beliefs. Excellent!!!”

Stephanie Correa Actress California

“Unbelievable, a true miracle; what Bears teaches comes straight from the heart, and you can feel it. I will never forget him. “

Matthew E. Paradise Student Michigan

“Bears is a wonderful teacher and leader. I could listen to him forever. I love the learning I receive. “

Katherine Deppe Fine Art Consultant Florida

“The sessions with Bears were the most beneficial for me. He has an uncanny ability to turn up the flame so that most of the people in the class get the most benefit. “

Kevin Cuthbert Consultant Illinois

“As always, Bears is an excellent teacher who can challenge us to stretch ourselves but always with compassion and acceptance. “

Deborah Evans Option Process® Mentor and Group Facilitator Washington

“Bears is a well-intentioned font of knowledge and wisdom – a dynamic facilitator. I have learned through him to keep the gems and not focus on the flaws! “

Mellody Russo Homemaker New York

“As a former counselor and dabbler in a variety of workshop/personal growth programs, I came in with a questioning attitude. I now believe this man is a genius. I am doubly impressed, given Bears’ psychology education, genuine caring for all, and the fact that he and the rest of his gang have come up with a simple, non-judgmental, and non philosophical way of going for happiness. His encounter style, his both feisty and gentle methods of enabling clients/customers to look deeply at themselves and his non-judgmental feelings about those around him are truly remarkable. I want this man on my personal ‘all nourishment team.’ A+. Bears’ almost theatrical and dynamic style is a rare treasure. He exudes a personal demeanor that says, ‘Come over to me and be my friend.”

Larry Singmaster Resigned Investment Advisor Massachusetts

“He’s a dynamic, passionate, wise and well-prepared facilitator. Bears seems absolutely clear about the principles and methods he’s teaching. He is a wonderful storyteller, and that helps ‘students’ to understand how the principles are practiced, and that they are effective. “

Susan L. Taylor Editor-in-Chief, Essence Magazine New York

“Truly inspiring! His clarity, intuitive incites, childlike wonder and deep respect for me lay testament to the truth in what he teaches.”

Tony Dalton Contracts Manager/Director of Construction Company Ireland

“He is the ultimate ‘teacher,’ as he gives lessons by methods that allow us to experience the lesson as opposed to ‘memorizing’ the lesson. He does all of this with style, love and is full of substance”

Chris Maisel Attorney Texas

“Bears was awesome! I loved that he kept challenging the group to go full tilt. I loved that he went off curriculum with us. The question and answer was great. Thanks for loving me. I feel incredibly grateful that Bears and Samahria created this dream and brought it to life so fully, and continue to deepen, expand and refine what is done here. Bears has given me so much. I am so grateful.”

Emily Sims Massachusetts

“Being with Bears felt like (what I imagine) being with the new, improved ‘Socrates.’ I loved his questions, his delight and his playfulness. I especially enjoyed being showered with his ‘Option’ wisdom. I have been here for a while, in training and programs. I found that I am still learning something new from him every time”

Efrat David Child Facilitator/Special Education Teacher Massachusetts

“I am once again honored to be in the presence of Bears. His love and commitment to his purpose is inspiring. Bears is a gift, and in his presence, I have called forth my own gifts. The bigger game feels safe out here on the edge… Thanks”

Carole Armour Writer/Facilitator

“I felt very comfortable and uplifted by Bears’ wisdom. He helped me to be able to open up and start my process of releasing old beliefs and replacing them with new ones.”

Craig ApplegateVermont

“Bears is a very charismatic and engaging person. The energy just keeps building. His ideas are also constantly changing and thought provoking. A very dynamic teacher; without a doubt a loving attitude is generated”

Antonia Massie Wife/Mother Virginia

“Fantastic! Bears has tremendous, intense energy and focus. Always pushing the envelope and the conviction of people’s beliefs. Very authentic and engaging teaching style. I always learned something new. An absolute delight every day.”

Rachel Freedman Publicist Georgia

“Great! Bears knew what I came for and he didn’t hold anything back. He was right to the point, always trusting that I would take care of myself in this process. He allowed me to take care of myself (an empowering action).”

Darleen Bevans Office Manager Maine

“Each class with Bears is a gift I will carry with me, even upon leaving The Option Institute. He allows each of us to examine ourselves, no matter what the topic, or who was speaking.”

Beth Roberts Son-Rise Mom/Sales Rep Pennsylvania

“Magical, incredible mentality, loving, free of sentiment, care beyond understanding, concerns that bring us to life. “

William Rogers Retired Georgia

“Bears challenged me. He had the most challenging style to me, which resulted in me really having to be honest with myself. I loved him, and am very grateful for his full-tilt approach.”

Carly F. Personal Trainer Massachusetts

“Bears is an excellent ‘role-player’ to suit the needs of the exercise and the students learning experience from that exercise. This was done in the most respectful and loving manner. I could listen to Bears’ stories as long as he could physically be able to tell them.”

Joel Baldwin Computer Drafting Massachusetts

“I am consistently fascinated and excited by Bears’ ability to love and challenge all at the same time. His teaching style is invigorating.”

Jennifer Westphal Son-Rise Mom Pennsylvania

“Gentle, compassionate and so much fun to be with. I treasure every moment I was blessed to spend in his presence. My soul resonates with his teaching and wisdom. I will be hearing his voice in my heart for the rest of my life!”

Helena Fuller Rogers Home Maker Georgia

“Bears showed a sensitivity to which questions and actions might best trigger emotional content, and which might clarify the limiting beliefs we each held. He was deeply aware of our authority as choosing beings, and reflected that awareness lovingly to us throughout class.”

Nathaniel White Quality of Life Innovator Vermont

“Gentle, caring, loving and incredibly insightful”

Bob Kleszics Business Owner Delaware

“Caring, provocative, charismatic, excellent with creating a learning environment for empowerment.”

Lillian Goentzel Psychologist/Nutritionist Pennsylvania

“Bears is a teacher and mentor who works from the heart as well as the brain. Outstanding”

William Rau Sales Marketing Oregon

“Bears is a great gift in my life. Every time I see him walk into the class I’m choosing to feel that this is indeed a sacred place for me. He is a special oasis in my life!”

Avi Dabush Son-Rise Program Worker Israel

“Amazing! I am thankful for his special gift – of sharing love, happiness and the power of decision. He has an ability to involve everyone and make the class sessions as effective as they possibly can be. “

Stephanie O’Connor Sales Massachusetts

“Bears is fabulous, fantastic, loving, caring, powerful, clear, endlessly energetic for engagement and wonderfully present and attentive.”

Pamela Johnston Investment Advisor Canada

“He is happy, fun and goes with the flow. He is bold, accepting, encouraging, loving and enthusiastic. “

Debbie Miller Homemaker Pennsylvania

“The sharing, the openness, the care, the love that Bears gives all of us and yet allows the specialness of each to come through in all of our glory. What a precious gift and joy I have been given. Bless you for your ecstasy. You are spreading to those dark little corners of the world. “

Greg Harninger Global Accounting Manager Connecticut

“Bears is dynamic, challenging, loving inspirational and fun.”

Leah Taylor Roy Homemaker Massachusetts

“Bears is Bears and there is only one – no other quite like him. He is brilliant and inspiring. He is a wonderful person to learn from. I enjoyed the experience.”

Donna Beal Retired Teacher Maine

“Bears is coming along as God intended. He shares his open-hearted soul totally.”

Michael Le Noury Home Builder England

“From his years of experience, Bears doesn’t seem to miss a beat.”

Eddy Anderson Program Coordinator Connecticut

“Outstanding! He has all the characteristics and skills I wanted and needed to inspire me to take action in my life. His story telling is compelling. His dialogue ability is awesome. He is fantastic for the Empower Yourself program. “

Jack McLaughlin Sales Illinois

“Bears is a wonderful, warm human being. I am very grateful for him being in the world and sharing his love.”

Mary Claire O’Sullivan Registered Nurse England

“Professional, loving, insightful, strong”

Mary Angle Secretary & Executive Director California

“I was just mesmerized watching Bears because I now believe that it is possible to be nurturing and powerful at the same time and he was for real. I never had this modeled and therefore did not believe it was possible or if it was, then how would it look.”

Esther Banks Registered Nurse Colorado

“Bears is extremely present and loving. He is a perfect blend of experience and information giving.”

Gloria Nye Writer/Dream Therapist Canada

“I appreciate Bears’ self-empowerment! The greatest joy I take from my experience being with Bears is to see the joy he takes from his experience teaching us. The part I recognize in sharing with him is that he is in ecstasy with himself and his teaching experience. Wow. What I used to view as a challenge – keeping myself present, non-directed and non-judgmental, inwardly and outwardly – I no longer view as a challenge but by watching Bears and more importantly myself, I’ve re-defined that as a tremendous opportunity. “

Steve Visokay Database Analyst Programmer Virginia

“Bears is skilled, extremely effective, overwhelming and a wonderful storyteller. I particularly love and appreciate the in-depth response to the questions that are asked. He is a wonderful speaker.”

Alicia Molinar Homemaker Massachusetts

“A very dynamic, clear and powerful teacher. A true heir of Socrates and Plato. Bears is able to convey and teach powerful ideas in a clear, concise way.”

Charlotte Wolovsky Therapist New York

“His energy and warmth are incredible. His acceptance of people was so helpful to watch in terms of learning how full acceptance of a person is really possible. His interest and enthusiasm for the program, its philosophies, and life in general are an inspiration and a gift to all he comes into contact with.”

Anne Dorr Student in UniversityIllinois

“Bears is awesome. I really enjoy the range of styles he employs with individuals and his ease in any of them. I love his humor, his stories and his willingness to take risks because we all learn from those risky encounters.”

Marty Lindsay Potter Massachusetts

“with Bears are such an amazing experience. He has a way of getting to the heart of the matter in every situation in a fun, intuitive and sensitive way. His love and warmth are so tangible that it makes exploring even previously difficult issues so easy.”

Allison Warnick Child Facilitator Connecticut

“Provocative, challenging, loving, present, playful. I am grateful for his 100% involvement in this program, with each of us, and his modeling of the Option attitude.”

Dan McManis Educational Counsellor New York

“What an incredible combination of challenge and loving all rolled up in one human being. Very aware and present. Very willing to share of self. Wonderful ability to bring play in areas that I often see as serious which was a wonderfully helpful balance. “

Betsy Hart Occupational Therapist New York

Samahria Kaufman

“Samahria was even more amazing than usual! She took it up another notch in terms of outrageousness and she just flat-out on the money with where she went in class.”

Brian Ellis, Publicist, MA

“Fabulous! Loving! Wonderfully funny and has an infectious laugh, delightful high cackle! She is also high flame with interactions with us, helping us to get the most out of each moment. She’s real, authentic, present, loving, accepting, daring and really sweet! Thank you, Samahria! I love you.”

Jan Hafner, Social Worker / Student, MN

“I was completely and utterly blown away. I have been to Option four times over the past twelve years and I have never heard Samahria present or teach a class and to tell ya the truth I never felt that I had been missing anything. People have said over the years it would be amazing and I would love her. In my eyes nobody could live up to it so I never really wanted to meet her or hear her because I just would be disappointed later. Wow was I wrong. I was in utter in a way. I just feel sooo blessed but mostly honored. I loved every single second of being in her presence.”

Daryl Cook, Unemployed, MA

“Unbelievable to meet the cosmic earth goddess so beautiful and in tune with herself, her family and the universe. Teaches with great insight and connection to the individual.”

Stuart C. Reid, Sales (Barcode Labels), OH

“Empower Yourself was full of humor, light and wisdom. Her wisdom in teaching on relationships was ROCKING GOOD!!”

Helen Cherry, Artist, A.T. Teacher And Mom, United Kingdom

“The Goddess. It is just inspiring the woman she is and raises the bar for any woman (like myself) to strive for change, separation and excellence like hers.”

Yinan Estrada-Ortiz, Freelance TV And Film Producer, PR

“Such wisdom, such affection, warmth and love conveyed in her eyes and her gentle touch! A true blessing to be in the presence of such an empowered woman who’s been where I have and to see all that I am becoming. Thank you!”

Christi Schwarz, Mom / Fairy Artist, TX

“Spontaneous. A true natural phenomena! A powerhouse! Engaging, mesmerizing, unbelievable and unstoppable.”

Lotus N. Gates, Managing Consultant, NY

“Holy cow, Samahria’s class was so fantastic! She brought so much enthusiasm and humor to our relationships class that we all had a blast!”

Brian Ellis, Program Counselor, MA

“You are for me an inspiring demonstration of unconditional love.”

Mark Walker, Life Coach, United Kingdom

“A total inspiration. The woman of all women! I can never get enough. I can’t wait for Exceptional Woman.”

Winden Valenzuela-Tyson, Student / Mother, PA

“A true disciple of happiness in the universe. Love at its best. Thank you.”

Gale Standen, Founder Visionary, AZ

“Samahria is always such a positive force for personal growth. I use her love and great humor to unlimit my universe and to see it as user friendly.”

Christy Peacock, Affordable Housing Coordinator, NJ

“Samahria’s incredible warmth, love, and sense of humor are what I love about her teaching. I also feel her no-nonsense, lets get down to it attitude really helps me learn a lot from her.”

Maria K. Wolf, Administrative Coordinator, PA

“The spicy blend of humor, love, and knowledge that makes up this exceptional woman results in a phenomenal, unforgettable classroom experience.”

Lynne Vanderpot, Photographer / Office Asst., MA

“Excellent, energetic presentation. Queen of the Option Process®. No one is left behind. Persevering in her determination to bring forth the best in each one.”

Eileen O’Keeffe, Nun / Hospital Hospitality, TX

“Samahria is outstanding – A+ A+ A+ A+. From the moment she enters the room, she places everyone at ease. She is so totally honest, open, joyful and very loving. Her genuine warmth and affection shall remain with me forever.”

Sandra W. Brown Antique Dealer New Hampshire

“Oh my Goddess. What an experience of joy, warmth, and yumminess. I can really absorb and grow in the presence of this phenomenal human being. Samahria brings an unrelenting love and support. She knows you can get where and what you want; she models it. I feel very inspired around her.”

Susan Solovay Marketing Creative Director New York

Raun K. Kaufman

““A man with sparkles in his eyes and great conviction in what he is saying. Like he is loving every part of it.””

D. Hienstra, Child Facilitator, Netherlands

““If you take love, wisdom and power and shake it up, you get Raun. His focus, clarity of mind and power are beautiful to experience.””

David Yankovich, Bakery Owner, WI

“High flame – high energy – funny and fun – a human dynamo! Direct and rapid-fire approach.”

Elaine Shaw, Nurse Case Manager, MD

“Mythical, full of light, winsome, winsome, winsome.”

Lotus N. Gates, Managing Consultant, NY

“Rocked the house. I love how he is able to constantly follow the exercise but also be willing to allow the class to take the lead and alter the exercise if we were wanting to take a bigger leap.”

Brian Ellis, Program Counselor, MA

“Exuded love! Great teacher.”

Patricia “Trish” Harding, Behavior Analyst, FL

“Sharp! This cat is sharp. To take a class with Raun is to go for a fun ride!”

Dan O’Connor, Massage Therapist, CA

“His mind is so quick, his heart so open and his coaching leads to being happy in the moment. A joy.”

Gale Standen, Founder Visionary, AZ

“Amazing energy and an incredible communicator. A true student of himself. The best smile on earth.”

Steven Williams, Business Owner, NH

“Raun is an awesome teacher. I really enjoyed the class he taught on authenticity in the way that it stretched me and my initial discomfort about being so authentic in class will help me to be more authentic in my everyday dealings with people.”

Amy Gundacker, Mailroom Assistant, MA

“Raun is captivating and energetic. His youth sizzles brilliantly, bringing a different energy to the classroom. Contemporary without dishonoring anyone. The Option Process® attitude with an edgy vitality. He nudges and dares class participants to expand themselves with intensity.”

Deborah Mulls Advertising Florida

“Raun is a rock star! He is my own personal favorite. I love his sense of humor and his laser sharp insights. I also thought the way he handled his classes was absolutely spot-on.”

Jonathan Weedon Child Facilitator Trainee Scotland

“Wow!! Raun has an awesome presence, a high level of ability in group dynamics, and a strong sense of self. His glow and love come through his eyes and I see such intensity in him. Being in Raun’s presence was witnessing a miracle with skin on! I felt a strong love for him.”

Diane Lochner Bilecki Support Specialist New York

“Raun is my favorite. With Raun, I was more present, more at ease and found it easier to be free to grow during the teaching process.”

Marylene Labrie Catering Director Canada

“Raun is brilliant, committed, expressive, infinitely loving, powerful, dynamic, playful, and gifted. “

Carl Rhode Business Consultant Connecticut

“Raun’s classes are so much fun. He has a gift for letting them be free and contained simultaneously. His embodiment of the work is clear and useful. I particularly appreciate his lack of pretense. Thanks!”

Tiahna Skye Counselor California

“Raun was awesome. He was very present, skilled, humorous, and caring. I was impressed!”

Dan Goldberg Holistic Health Clinic Owner New York

“I loved Raun’s classes!!! He was powerful, playful, and also felt very interested in how it was for us. What a beautiful person! Very accepting and brilliant!”

Maiya Finch Office Manager California

“Raun, could I adore you more?! You are an awesome facilitator. When you come to class, it’s like you just arrived at the top of the biggest roller coaster. You throw your arms up and fly!! F. U. N. “

Nancy Haas Homemaker/Realtor Pennsylvania

“Wow! If I could have a dose of Raun once a day, I’d never stop smiling! His playfulness made my self-exploration more enjoyable and helped me to celebrate my successes.”

Amy Berensen Publishing Executive Massachusetts

“Raun is amazing! Knowing he once was an autistic child and seeing him now holding the attention of a room full of people blows me away. I feel privileged to have had him as an instructor. He shows me that nothing is impossible!”

Maria Ronzitti Fitness Professional North Carolina

“Raun has an awesome gift. He has a youthful energy coupled with the wisdom of a sage.”

Dave Bodine Sales Technician Pennsylvania

“Raun is total energy and passion. He is a fantastic Option Process® teacher – fun and charismatic.”

Julian Feneley Consultant England

“The highest energy and wit make Raun’s presentations the best!!”

John Zaiser Mailroom Supervisor Massachusetts

“Raun you are an inspiration! Seeing you in all your excitement and love and brilliance is a reminder that all of us can unlock the door to our own potential. Thank you for your light. “

Alejandra Arquindegui Wife, mother, entrepreneur Texas

“Raun’s distinctly youthful exuberance coupled with his deep understanding of the ‘curriculum’ was truly inspiring. Yeah Raun.”

Tammy Patchell-Evans Canada

“Raun is amazing, charismatic and contagious.”

Matthew E. Paradise Student Michigan

“It was a true pleasure to work with Raun. He was stimulating – informative – guide the class. But also gave us opportunity to experience what we wanted. Great!”

Barbara Stewart Food Service/Domestic Duties Canada

“Thoroughly engaging, charming, fun to work with, feisty and a amazing story in himself.”

Larry Singmaster Resigned Investment Advisor Massachusetts

“Wow! Inspiring, thought provoking, totally present and nonjudgmental teacher and great friend”

Tony Dalton Contracts Manager/Director of Construction Company Ireland

“Impressive for his age and experience. He is so calm and loving he is easy to be present with. The exercise he took us through was brilliantly designed and implemented.”

Chris Maisel Attorney Texas

“A delight! I delighted in his presence, strength, warmth, joy and confidence as a teacher. I really enjoyed his class”

Valerie Gilbert Actress New York

“What presence! I love being around him and appreciate in him the candidness of innocence and wisdom. Thanks Raun”

Carole Armour Writer/ Facilitator California

“Incredible! He has intense, high-energy excitement towards the class. The lesson he gave was unique and fascinating to unfold”

Rachel Freedman Publicist Georgia

“Raun is a wonderful young man. This class was insightful for me. Thank you Raun”

Darleen Bevans Office Manager Maine

“Raun lead a powerful class with an edge that really allowed you to examine your true feelings.”

Beth Roberts Son-Rise Mom/Sales Rep Pennsylvania

“Amazing man. He is well able to reach out and do more than lecture; he was in control of the class, as in he had our respect as we played with him. A happy radiant person does option with such ease.”

Denise D Teacher/Singer/Mother Ireland

“Dynamite guy! Wow!! He is so incredible I don’t have the vocabulary to describe him. Fabulous, Fantastic, wonderful for starts.”

Helena Fuller Rogers Home Maker Georgia

Clyde Haberman

“I really enjoy Clyde’s style of presentation. Flows very easily and lightens up seemingly (to some) difficult subject matter with his wit. Thank you Clyde!”

Judith Mattioli, Homemaker, MA

“So authentic. A joy to spend time with. Gentle, yet still able to get to the root of things.”

Dianne Donahue, Owner Horse Drawn Carriage Company, Canada

“This is a gentle, calm and amazing teacher who excels in teaching the Option Process.”

Helen Cherry, Artist, A.T. Teacher And Mom, United Kingdom

“Clyde hit the jackpot for me. My experience of the class with Clyde has been deep and impactful. I like his non-assuming power, his way of challenging the participant and his feedbacks.”

Marie Glasheen, Facilitator, FL

“Sweet man, you are rocking! And so full of love, I’m so impressed.”

Thera Valster, Teacher / Painter, Switzerland

“Clyde has a great calmness in his inner strength while teaching. Self-assured, willing to bend with the direction of the class and self-correct without any loss of conviction.”

M. E., Writer, CA

“Lots of quality interactions with the group. I love the way he involves us all in the process. Sharp and quick. You feel like you are in good hands, you can trust the ride will be fun and educational!”

Lynne Vanderpot, Photographer / Office Asst., MA

“Clyde lives the process and is so congruent inside and out. He is authenticity, and I love that he noticed that I am working towards authenticity myself, and invited and encouraged me to get even more skills in my journey to my real self.”

Carol Baldwin, Counselor, MA

“A walking miracle – I simply cannot picture him shy; what a proof that everyone is changeable and everything can change to what you want.”

Bente Spissoy, Project Manager, Norway

“Excellent teacher, mentor, coach.”

Jason Stelmachovich, Self Employed / Phone Book Distributor, Canada

“A beautiful person, full of so much love and kindness. Also funny and gentle.”

Judy Meyers, General Manager Of Food Service, PA

“Totally awesome. Inspiring leadership.”

Mark Walker, Life Coach, United Kingdom

“A gentle man with a bone tickling sense of humor who is a trusted coach.”

Gale Standen, Founder Visionary, AZ

“Clyde is a sincere and loyal teacher who cares about each and every student in the room. This man, with a happy heart and loving spirit, is a great asset to The Option Institute. He allows the student to guide as he turns the right corners to help them engage in The Option Process® and arrive at their own truth.”

Sandra W. Brown Antique Dealer New Hampshire

“Clyde was fabulous. He is so compassionate, kind, effective, funny, with great questions and a great presence. I enjoyed Clyde’s classes the most. His kindness and insight help me learn.”

Gila Lyons Student Massachusetts

“I felt very comfortable with Clyde. He held my interest throughout the sessions, did a great job of staying focused on the topic, and provided relevant exercises. He also did a great job of including everyone in the follow-up discussion. Very warm and respectful.”

Joy Kairies College Professor Texas

“I really enjoy Clyde’s loving and gentle manner. I sense his keen eye and his ability to zero in on the issue or question at hand. He guides us along quickly and directly.”

Louis Rosenbaum Business Owner California

“Clyde is my favorite teacher here. He is genuine, open, intelligent, not defensive, and apparently unattached to position or ego. “

Arthur H. Robbins Film Student Massachusetts

“Clyde was guidance, warmth, and a voice of wisdom. There’s a steadiness to his presence that you can keep ‘banging up against,’ trusting and helping you to make the changes you want. “

Susan Spiegel Solovay Marketing Creative Director New York

“Clyde is open, communicative, loving, hopeful, reliant, calming, reflective, diligent, holistic, and has integrity. “

Carl Rohde Business Consultant Connecticut

“Clyde is very informative for me. He always gives wonderful quotes and tools to live by along with examples. With Clyde, I was really able to put my arms around the material. “

Liz Schreier Homemaker Minnesota

“Clyde is my touchstone – my very first teacher. He is a reminder of where I’ve been and where I am now. He engages me always. He is present and happy to be with us. I always gain a jewel when he teaches.”

Nancy Haas Homemaker/Realtor Pennsylvania

“Clyde allowed me to choose to explore and discover my beliefs. He allowed me to open more doors and kept me ‘on purpose’ and in the present. I have a past and I have a future, but the only thing that really matters is I have a NOW. Clyde allowed me to find that by just being in the present.”

Jim Greenwood Chief Technology Officer California

“Clyde, my main man! Clyde is smooth as butter on silk, playful, committed, unapologetic, clear and patient.”

Dave Bodine Sales Technician Pennsylvania

“Through Clyde’s softness and lovingness you are able to recognize a true strength … you believe it’s just in him only to then realize that it’s really in both of you.”

Alejandra Arquindegui Wife, mother, entrepreneur Texas

“Clyde’s the man. He allowed me to concentrate on my day to day beliefs, and I am forever grateful.”

Matthew E. Paradise Student Michigan

“Clyde is a very wise and gentle man, supportive and nurturing. “

Katherine Deppe Fine Art Consultant Florida

“Clyde is a very kind, loving and helpful. “

Kevin Cuthbert Consultant Illinois

“Great classes, lots of enthusiasm, a gentle teaching style and sense of humor and fun. “

Deborah Evans Option Process® Mentor and Group Facilitator Washington

“Clyde’s great. His poetry was awesome. “

Julie Di Carlo Mothering and Domestic Engineer Missouri

“Clyde is gentle, peaceful and kind. “

Mellody Russo Homemaker New York

“Clyde is wonderfully peaceful, easy to learn from, and an engaging personality. “

Larry Singmaster Resigned Investment Advisor Massachusetts

“He’s so loving, open, and openhearted. Clyde is an effective facilitator and makes you feel as though you’re working through the process with your caring brother.”

Susan L. Taylor Editor-in-Chief, Essence Magazine New York

“Excellent: His honesty struck a particular chord with me. I hope to find that place in me so that I can access true authenticity like Clyde. A great role model.”

Tony Dalton Contracts Manager/Director of Construction Company Ireland

“Clyde was fun! I love how available he is outside the classroom as well. I think he taught all the time by modeling happiness, passion, vitality and love of what you do and teach. It’s beautiful to see him do that and a gift to me to be touched by him. Thanks Clyde “

Emily Sims Massachusetts

“Wise, patient, warm, thorough, and gentle. I really enjoyed learning with him and being in his presence.”

Valerie Gilbert Actress New York

“I have enjoyed his quiet power and experience. In him is an expansion of his teaching abilities in terms of his presence. Way to go Clyde. Thanks”

Carole Armour Writer \Facilitator California

“Clyde is a incredibly warm and loving. I found his classes challenging and extremely helpful.”

Jenn Kindvall Home Based Son-Rise Director Texas

“His knowledge and passion showed in the way he presented. I felt a lot of direction and free to choose.”

Craig Applegate Vermont

“Clyde truly a sincere, caring and loving teacher. His beliefs are again so strong and convincing that it’s impossible not to stop and think”

Antonia Massie Wife/Mother Virginia

“Wonderful! Emanated an incredible presence, focus and soft energy. His lessons were always very personal and allowed me the space to really evaluate my own self, particularly re: health”

Rachel Freedman Publicist Georgia

“Powerful and enjoyable! Thanks for helping me to look deeper into my soul.”

Darleen Bevans Office Manager Maine

“A focus for relieving our stress while knowing he is as strong as Gibraltar in being there for us”

Wayne Roberts Retired Georgia

“Soft, knew the approach so well and was a great resource for learning more. Loving.”

Carly Ferguson Personal Trainer Massachusetts

“Dear, dear, Clyde! My first teacher on my first visit! He’s so gentle and loving he got the others and I in our group through those challenging first days. I truly learned what love is in our class time. Clyde will always have a very special place in my heart. “

Helena Fuller Rogers Home Maker Georgia

“Clyde is an excellent teacher who brings alot to the class. “

William Rau Sales Marketing Oregon

“A good solid teacher who shows love and understanding. I learned a great deal in Clyde’s sessions.”

Leah Taylor Roy Homemaker Massachusetts

“Clyde is wonderful – very knowledgeable of the program – very helpful. He is a very kind, caring gentleman. “

Donna Beal Retired Teacher Maine

“Clyde, I love you very much. You remind me of a vulnerable bear cub who is growing up to be a strong and wonderfully loving person. “

Michael Le Noury Home Builder England

“Great! Clyde did a fantastic job challenging me to look at my beliefs and find alternatives that serve me better. “

Jack Mclaughlin Sales Illinois

“Clyde is love and authenticity. “

Chuck Chizotta Cook Massachusetts

“A wonderful, warm, kind person – Clyde’s love shines through. “

Mary Claire O’Sullivan Registered Nurse England

“Clyde is very gentle and loving in his approach. “

Mary S.Therapist South Dakota

“Clyde is very understanding and has such an easy and relaxed manner. He’s very easy to like and to love. “

Craig Pickstone Veterinarian Australia

“He has a gentle, clear supportive style. Clyde creates a lot of safety in the room as he guides us to be our best.”

Charlotte Wolovsky Therapist New York

Beverly Haberman

“Fabulous, loving, clear with examples and intentions, present, daring (high flame). She’s great at (gently) explaining the Option Process Dialogue and offering alternatives. Very present and authentic! Thank you, Beverly. I love you!”

Jan Hafner, Social Worker / Student, MN

“Unique and powerful. Radiant and skillful in making the Option Process work as a reality in your life.”

Helen Cherry, Artist, A.T. Teacher And Mom, United Kingdom

“I am always delighted by your clarity and passion when teaching dialogue classes. You always teach with such energy, love and focus.”

Rachel Jacobson, Student, United Kingdom

“My Angel. She’s the teacher that gets to me the most. There is such love about her and the way she approaches topics and people that I admire.”

Yinan Estrada-Ortiz, Freelance TV And Film Producer, PR

“Graceful and strong…knows the material inside and out…charming woman who lives what she preaches…enjoyed her thoroughly.”

Matthew Bateman, Development Director, NY

“I always admire Beverly’s presence in the class and her total giving off of peace and serenity.”

Winden Valenzuela-Tyson, Student / Mother, PA

“High-powered woman, great teacher.”

Patricia Trish Harding, Behavior Analyst, FL

“Beverly delivers whatever she taught us with great love and compassion. Her love for people pours out of her.”

David Yankovich, Bakery Owner, WI

“She embodies all of the Option Institute’s philosophies and methodology. Superb.”

Mike Kiepura, Corporate Executive, GA

“I love her warmth, clarity, and sense of peace.”

Maria K. Wolf, Administrative Coordinator, PA

“So loving. Passionate. REAL. Another teacher who makes learning fun and stimulating. Pushes us just enough.”

Lynne Vanderpot, Photographer / Office Asst., MA

“Beverly is razor sharp! She can pick up the heart of anything some in the class are saying and identify like that where to go with. It’s beautiful how someone so sharp can be so gentle and kind.”

Bil Morrison, Guest Services Supervisor, MA

“Lovely woman sweet and genuine a terrific mentor with tremendous passion.”

Steven Williams, Business Owner, NH

Leah Taylor-Roy

“Your softer approach to the process has allowed me, perhaps more than any other class, to really express myself.”

Pierre Betoin, Builder, United Kingdom

“Leah is very special. I felt very loved by Leah and that was very powerful.”

Tom Coen, Dog Breeder & Dog Show Judge, MA

“A fantastic speaker—Leah made the first afternoon fun and light and I learned easily.”

Natalie Trees, Student, California

“Leah’s warmth was throughout the room.”

Lauren Reber, Teacher, NH

“Leah displays a delightful presence. She is open and accepting and loving. She is so accepting and wants the best for you so it is easy to grow in transforming and powerful ways.”

Patrick Davenport, Venture Capital, Massachusetts

“Leah really stood out. She was so on, with laser insights and thoughtful humor that had us stretching to keep up and then rolling in our seats when we did.”

Brian Ellis, Publicist, MA

“I enjoyed Leah’s style. Very casual and comfortable, humorous and puts a nice personal spin on the material.”

Judith Mattioli, Homemaker, MA

Stan Cohen

“Exceptional! I was amazed by your wit and the way you used that to love and connect with people and have a great time.”

Rachel Jacobson, Student, United Kingdom

“I find Stan fantastic. Just enough chutzpah without being pushy.”

Dianne Donahue, Owner Horse Drawn Carriage Company, Canada

“Acceptance and love! He owns that. You feel the warmth immediately.”

Asger Leth, Logistics Employer, Denmark

“Peaceful. He has such peace and joy about him that it is always a pleasure to see him surprise us in his presence.”

Yinan Estrada-Ortiz, Freelance TV And Film Producer, PR

“I wonder if this man always had this radiation of one hundred percent kindness and love? He gave so much.”

Karin Klerfelt, Consultant, Sweden

“What a gift – sincere, dynamic, believable. Great presence.”

Eileen O’Keeffe, Nun / Hospital Hospitality, TX

“What a wonderfully warm presence—I felt fully capable of opening up to him from the moment he came through the door, his facilitation was graceful and fun.”

Lauren Reber, Teacher, New Hampshire

“You radiate peace, love and intense passion – Thank you.”

Vince Leto, Volunteer, OH

“Stan – you have been the sweetest, softest approach to your teaching – yet showing us a loving way to reach out in an empowered manner.”

Bente Spissoy, Project Manager, Norway

“What strikes me about Stan is his love. You know he loves you and wants the best. He shines.”

Holly Balls, Volunteer, England

“Great. I got the most from our healing session with him. He’s totally present, focused, joyful.”

Audrey Tom, Yoga Teacher, England

“Great communicator. His love and warmth shows through his eyes. Truly present at all times and a loving, warm person.”

Steven Williams, Business Owner, NH

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