Here are some testimonials about my courses and retreats
In his trademark style of clear, concise and fuss-free communication, Ernest structures and facilitates the course very well. In a unique blend of stripping things down to the bare essentials and simultaneously holding the space for honest vulnerability, the course truly offers clarity in a noisy world, and with a big heart.
Teresia Björnberg, Switzerland
Have heard about Byron Katie’s The Work, but never really saw the potential until I did the Fundamentals Course with Ernest. Today I have a clear understanding of how to do The Work and benefit from going through the inquiry process. Ernest has a special gift of teaching how to do The Work, and I look forward to continuing my journey with Ernest to end my pain and suffering.
Tamer El-Masri, Canada
Somewhere on his website, Ernest states that The Work could be life-changing. After having participated in this course, I really feel that this could very well be a true story! Supplemented by his excellent podcasts, the course has given me a perfect introduction to the principles of doing The Work, a want to continue doing it on my own and a feeling that this philosophy could very well change my existence for the better.
Rebekka Johanne Knudsen, Denmark
Ernest Holm Svendsen's "Fundamentals of Inquiry" course gave me many insights on practical aspects of The Work and the theory behind it. While I had read "Loving What Is" before taking the course, I now feel equipped to effectively do The Work.
Greg Thompson, UK
I'd recommend this course to anyone who'd like a solid foundation on the fundamentals of enquiry. I did it as a refresher and also took the opportunity to read Ernest's book between sessions. The live sessions with Ernest and participants, and the practical homework sessions with different partners made the course fun and insightful!
Pedro da Silva, Spain
Ernest is a great facilitator for learning and applying the teachings of Byron Katie's 'Loving What Is'.
His teaching method is relaxed yet professional and he has a deep understanding and systematized method of teaching the necessary information for us to apply it to our own life.
I have read several of Byron Katie's books however Ernest's deep understanding of Byron's teachings helped me apply her teachings in a more effective way than I had achieved on my own.
Without hesitation I recommend this course. Ernest is the perfect man for this job.
Anton Hooton, Australia
Ernest has a solid experience with the Work. I felt secure with him during the group's sessions. He is open-minded, attentive and very pedagogical. I liked the fact that all questions were welcome. It was precious to hear our questions, doubts and inquiries be enlightened by Ernest's knowledge and experience.
I have already advised two friends to participate in the next class. They are already registered. Thank you Ernest for giving easy, convenient and efficient access to The Work.
Laurent Novo, France
The class taught very much from the perspective of the teacher's own experience of The Work which felt very genuine and grounded. Built a lot on a questions-and-answers format to adapt it very much to the participants view.
Ingemar Fransson, Norway
Ernest’s ability to listen deeply with patience and kindness gave me the confidence and courage to “Do the Work”.
Scott Lindsey, Colorado USA
A course that I can really recommend. A good mix between theory, discussion and practice. It is noticeable that Ernest has a long experience of working with The work. He is educational, he teaches and guides us with warmth and with a big heart.
Hans Åkersten, Sweden
The class sessions were really good. It felt okay to ask pretty much any questions we could think of and we did! I liked how straightforward you are Ernest and the stories you share from your own life are helpful.
Kelly Walker, New Zealand
I very much enjoyed the online course. It was my first acquaintance with The Work and I was happily surprised by how well the online interaction worked.
Ernest has a natural way of sharing his knowledge by interweaving theory with questions and experiences that arose during the class sessions. There was this nice balance between theory and practice and I liked the interaction with the other participants.
I found it also very convenient that I could join from my home, not needing to travel anywhere.
Astrid van Drie, The Netherlands
This course was a fantastic introduction to how to do The Work! Ernest is passionate, knowledgeable, and skilled at communicating and teaching the subtleties of the art of Inquiry.
Derek Cummings, Oregon USA
Thank you for both planning such a delicate course as well as hosting it! During the course I've made several breakthroughs in my life (being able to taking the decision about quitting nicotine after +20 years of heavy smoking, improved relationship to my family, spouse, friends, 'complete strangers' and, not to forget, the relationship with myself). I am now connected with other participants that I do inquiry with on almost a daily basis.
Christian Sams, Denmark
Ernest knows his stuff! And he presents the material in a comprehensive way that is very illuminating. His teaching style is excellent and his emphasis on the body sensations/emotions is key. I highly recommend Ernest as a teacher and facilitator!
Jenny Turco, Massachusetts USA
Ernest expands the experience of The Work and brings an enriched understanding of the process which allows for exploration and insights that have become invaluable to me. I learned nuances in the roles of facilitator and clients that deepens the practice for me. I came away from his course with a renewed excitement for The Work.
Keitheley Wilkinson, California USA
Going Deeper has provided a safe environment in which I have found myself able to push at the boundaries of my comfort zones through class discussion, partner work, and guided meditations.
Abby McDowell, Connecticut USA
Very effective to work with others at the same skill levels to dive deeper in The Work, and see so many different styles of delivering it. I also loved experiencing it back to me and not just practicing it as the deliverer.
Wende Wylie, California USA
It felt like stepping onto an island full of new treasures of the work.
Hedda Seemann, Germany
I didn't expect "Going Deeper" to be so powerful. Deep is precisely the right adjective to describe the profound coverage of the course. The chance to share and work with someone means each week I get past a vulnerability. It makes the group more intimate and closer. I feel less fearful of speaking about the thoughts that arise and open to sharing something of myself which is profound. It really feels like a deeper experience of being human is taking place.
Wayne Baron, United Kingdom
This was an extremely effective course. I loved Ernest's personal style, simultaneously encouraging and challenging, assisting each of us individually and as a group to rise above the beliefs we are carrying that are holding us back. Before the course was over, I was already circling back to Ernest's schedule, trying to figure out when I can take his next course. It was indeed a successful invitation to go deeper.
Brenda Dixon, Maryland USA
In my experience, Ernest has an authentic, advanced integration of Inquiry that inspires and clarifies. I appreciate his occasional off beat humor and the warmth and presence of how he holds a group. I was dubious about learning with someone other than Byron Katie, but I was happily surprised and will be back for more.
Alara Tiernan, California USA
Ernest is an extraordinarily skilled facilitator. He can put his finger precisely on the core issue underlying your suffering and use this insight to sensitively craft a pathway through the blockage. The power of "The Work" in his hands is amazing to behold.
Lynn Wilkinson, Connecticut USA
This is one of the best classes about The Work of Byron Katie I have ever done. I would take it one more time without hesitation.
Katerina Korolkova, Florida USA
I felt so safe going Deep at the course with Ernest. His experience and loving kindness opened my mind and his deep respect for what happens during the course gives us such an opportunity to learn to accept what is within ourselves and our clients. To practice with other open-minded participants was also a great gift.
Ragna Rosengren, Sweden
Ernest’s courses have been the most thought-provoking, free-wheeling, and unconventional that I have taken in The Work. He is simultaneously challenging and tender with us, which has propelled me to deeper personal insights and to better relationships with my husband and son. The various techniques he has shared have given me new tools to deepen my inquiry. His honesty and openness have also been thought-provoking for me, as I am habitually more guarded. I also very much appreciate his playfulness in class. I am so glad I have had the continuing opportunity to learn from Ernest.
Brenda Dixon, Maryland USA
A very powerful course that made us go deeper in the inquiry. Ernest is very kind and have so much years of experiences that we can ask him any questions, he will have the answers.
Laurent Dommee, France
I can highly recommend Ernest`s course "Going deeper with The Work", which offers so many valuable insights from years of practice. And it is a great encouragement to do The Work with more flexibility and with more emphasis on its essence as an experience - experiencing situations, stressful beliefs, and facilitating as a connected journey for client (and facilitator) in every step.
Michael Kilpper, Germany
Going Deeper with Ernest is at first a gentle scratching of the surface, however, through what seems like simple exercises, pretty soon I found myself in deep waters. Ernest's style is welcoming and inviting, he holds steady the tension between structured inquiry and the freedom to take sharp turns when the situation calls for it. I simply love journeying with Ernest down the rabbit holes of the present moment. It is such an inspiration!
Inbar Sarig, California USA
Ernest has a wonderful way of communicating and interacting with others when doing The Work. He is present, straightforward, and shares his experience without ever being overly directive. I very much appreciate his presence, and will continue to take & recommend any classes he offers!
Abby McDowell, Connecticut USA
I love your creativity, the way you see inquiry as a space more than some rigid method to be strictly followed.
Genevieve Shibolet, Israel
I loved how the work was present, not just certain hours of the day, but as a way of living throughout the whole retreat.
With his endless compassion, kindness, friendship and love Ernest encourages and inspires into authenticity and vulnerability, helping me see and believe that everything can be met with love and understanding.
Elin Rosenblad, Sweden
I feel it as if, those days in the most adorable Swedish nature brought me to a new level of honesty. I am so grateful for that experience.
Thank you Ernest for opening so generously for yourself and for showing me this direction towards freedom. This retreat was intensively fantastic.
Anna Franciere, Denmark
This retreat was an AMAZING experience all the way.
My heart was overwhelmed with love and gratitude to have the opportunity for the space and silence to listen to my heart and dive deep in meditation while doing The Work. One more time, I was in awe with the power of love and truth, in awe with the vastness of nature and beauty.
The magical setting and a very small intimate group of beautiful human beings was the perfect mix.
Andrea Cruz, Spain
I really enjoyed this time - especially the connection and presence with the other participants.
This practice for me was like a role model to implement The Work deeper and deeper in my life and make this state of me an everyday lifestyle. Ernests way to help me meet the real me, to help me face me, takes much courage, but at the same time it is so organic and natural, it feels like a second skin.
Irina Pētersone, Latvia
Spending time with Ernest and the other participants at the retreat in Arild, Sweden, was so much fun for me. It was also very intense and filled with hard work (for my ego). Luckily, the extremely beautiful surroundings, the cute house we were in and the patience and warmth from Ernest and the other participants, made it so much easier to really work through what ever came up during the time we were together.
After I have returned home from the retreat, so much more have come bubbling to the surface, waiting to be looked upon with understanding and love. Ernest is a great guide into doing this, and I feel so blessed that I have learned to do The Work even better now.
The Work is such a great gift, and the retreat in Arild turned out to be one as well.
Anja Dalby, Denmark
Attending this 3 days retreat was the best gift I’ve given myself in a very long time; true to promise, Ernest’s skillful facilitation helped me identify some of the most insidious beliefs in my life and address them in a way that rendered them void or at least, seriously incapacitated… What a relief!
It was intense work, yet the magnificent location and truly loving group atmosphere created by Ernest’s thoughtful organization made it possible to relax and accept to really be vulnerable – while feeling supported and safe the whole way.
I came back the next day to what had these past months been a stressful professional situation, and felt freed from the negativity; while at the same time energized to do my work – as well as continue doing The Work.
I’m really looking forward to the next opportunity to step out of time and into self-enquiry in such a friendly and supportive setting.
Thanks Ernest and thanks to everyone in the group!
Mélanie Boucarut, France