A Guide to Workshops

What to Expect When You Attend Our Workshops

The three-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m.; registration on the first day begins at 8:30 a.m. We suggest that you arrive the evening before the workshop starts. Each course ends at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.

Dress is casual.

Attendees of our courses come from literally all parts of the world. You will meet all types of traders from all aspects of trading, as well. Through their casual conversations about trading and investing at these events, we often hear how much attendees learn from each other.

Our courses offer a relaxed, non-competitive environment in which you will learn some of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated trading concepts and strategies available. Our speakers are handpicked by Dr. Tharp for their expertise. They are open, they welcome comments and questions, and they share in Dr. Tharp’s philosophy of generously imparting their knowledge.

Materials & Supplies

Most of the materials that you need are provided at the workshop. Notebooks are provided for certain workshops. For our more technical workshops, however, we sometimes provide your notes via a flash drive. For these workshops, you will need to bring a laptop. Contact us if you have questions.

If you need to bring a laptop, we will let you know. If you want to bring your laptop regardless, you are welcome to do so. The workshop room has ample electrical outlets (international clients: remember to bring your converters for US outlets). Wireless internet connectivity is available. Note that the Peak Performance workshops do not use tables, so we would recommend not bringing laptops to these workshops.

A community computer and printer are provided for student use which is useful for printing boarding passes or checking your email.

We also provide workshop necessities such as paper pads, notebooks, flash drives when needed, pens, etc.

Course Schedules

Registration on the first day begins at 8:30 a.m.
The three-day courses begin at 9:00 a.m.
Courses end at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.

How to Save $500-$700 and Other Discounts

Early Enrollment Discounts
Most workshops have a $700 early enrollment discount that expires about three weeks before the start of the workshop.

This is our best offer and we encourage all students to take advantage of this pricing.

Check the workshops course list to determine which discounts are offered.

Bring a Friend and You Both Deduct an Additional $200!
If you bring a colleague who is new to Van Tharp Institute (not already a customer or subscriber), you can both deduct another $200 off the price, even if you take advantage of the early enrollment discount offer! (Discount applies to workshops priced at $2,295 or above.)

If using this discount, call to register. The shopping cart registration system does not deduct the “Bring a Friend” discount. Contact us at 800-385-4486 or +1-919-466-0043.

From time to time, special discounts are offered for courses. Back-to-back workshops generally offer an additional discount when attending both. Check the workshop schedule to learn more.

We always send out notices and reminders regarding dates and special offers to subscribers of our Tharp’s Thoughts Newsletter.
Be sure to subscribe if you’d like to get these notifications.


When traveling to a three-day course, it is best to arrive the evening before.
See Travel and Hotels below for information about making your travel arrangements.

How to Get a Custom-Designed Workshop

We can tailor a workshop to a topic, to your group size, to your location and more.
Call 800-385-4486 to learn more. As an initial point of reference see Consultations with Dr. Tharp. Van Tharp

What You Should Do Before Attending

We highly recommend that you read Dr. Tharp’s books before attending a workshop. Ideally, we’d like to see you come in having read several of them, but at a minimum read the following.

If you are attending any of the Peak Performance workshops, Oneness, or Blueprint for Trading Success, read Trading Beyond the Matrix first.

If you are attending How to Develop A Winning Trading Systems or one of the Systems related workshops (Day Trading, Swing, Forex), read Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom before attending.

Where are the Courses Offered

All workshops (other than international locations) are held in Cary, North Carolina, USA, at the Van Tharp Institute’s on-site workshop facility. (See Hotels and Travel section below for international locations)

Facility Address
102A Commonwealth Court
Cary, NC 27511

See Travel for information about making your travel arrangements and hotels.

Dress in layers. We find that while one person is too warm another is too cool; short sleeves with a jacket or sweater work best for your comfort.

Coffee, beverages, bottled water, and healthy snacks are provided throughout each workshop day. Lunch is not provided on site, but there are several restaurants within walking distance.

Our workshop room has comfortable seating, a large projector screen and a smaller ”smart board” screen. Maximum capacity (with tables) is 30 students, so you will be able to hear and see well from every seat.

We have staff on-site to help you know where to go for lunch, call a cab, give you directions to the mall, and assist you with whatever might arise.

Hotels Near Van Tharp Institute

Many of our workshops & events are offered at our Cary facility:

102A Commonwealth Court
Cary, NC 27511

Our Cary location is 12 miles from the RDU airport.

Click here to learn about Car Rentals.

We recommend the hotels listed below because they are clustered near each other and are therefore easier for clients to meet for dinner, share rides or arrange group meetings if there is homework after hours for the workshop.

Comfort Suites

https://www.choicehotels.com/north-carolina/cary/comfort-suites-hotels/nc039/rates?ratePlanCode=LVTI– Mention VTI at check-in for the discounted rates.

350 Asheville Ave

Cary, NC 27518

(919) 852-4318

Directions from hotel to office: Click Here

2.4 miles from the workshop site

Additional information about this hotel:


Comfort Suites is an excellent value for your money.

The lobby features a beautiful mural and the front desk staff is friendly and helpful. Behind the lobby area is a comfortable dining room which features a free breakfast each morning.

In addition to breakfast, the hotel offers free beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Comfort Suites is a great place to meet for group work after workshops/seminars.

One of the most convenient things about this hotel is its local shuttle. Their shuttle will take guests anywhere within a 5 mile radius, which means that by staying here you may not have to rent a car. They do however ask that guests call ahead to let them know when the shuttle is needed during your stay. Let them know your daily schedule, so you will arrive at the workshop on time each day. The shuttle service is primarily offered during week days. Weekend service is limited and you may need to take a cab. However, if you plan in advance you may still be able to get the shuttle on the weekend.


  • Free wireless access in all the rooms and common areas
  • Free business center in the lobby where you can use their complimentary computer, fax machine and/or or printer
  • Free breakfast each morning including fruit, yogurt, hot and cold cereal, eggs & bacon.
  • Fitness room
  • Free access to Fitness Connection, a full service gym located on Kildaire Farm Road which is between the hotel and the Van Tharp Institute.
  • Blow dryer, ironing board & iron, microwave, & fridge in all guest rooms
  • Indoor pool and hot tub for year-round swimming
  • Pets permitted, but the pets are limited to one floor so that they don’t disturb other quests.
  • Local shuttle – please call ahead to schedule drop offs and pick ups while here at the workshop.
  • Special rates for Van Tharp clients

Home Wood Suites


100 Macalyson Court

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 467-4444

Directions from hotel to office: Click Here

4.09 Miles from the workshop site

Additional Information about this hotel:


Additional Information about this hotel:


Located minutes from the heart of RTP, downtown Raleigh, Cary, and only 12 miles from RDU, Homewood Suites by Hilton is one of my preferred places to stay.

Set back in a scenic, wooded retreat, Homewood Suites sets the ambiance for a quaint and cozy stay.
Homewood Suites
Homewood Suites offers a free shuttle that will take guests five miles in any direction from 7 am-10 pm every day. Reservations for travel to and from our workshops can be made at the front desk!

Complimentary hot and continental breakfast is served every morning and, unlike most hotels, a Complimentary Evening Social featuring a light meal and beverages Monday-Thursday evenings!

High Standards: All standard rooms come equipped with a king-size or two double beds, mini fridge, microwave, en suite bathroom, pullout couch and HDTV.

Sweet Suites: All suites feature a kitchen with oven, microwave, stove, refrigerator/freezer, dining table, full living room with pullout couch and one or two bedrooms (each with their own full bath). Great for sharing with your favorite trading buddy (and save you money too)!


  • Free wireless access in all the rooms and common areas
  • Business center in the lobby equipped with complimentary computer, fax machine and printer.
  • Complimentary breakfast every day featuring biscuits, bacon, sausage, omelets, pancakes/waffles, cereal, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, juice, coffee, tea.
  • Complimentary evening social featuring beer, wine & light dinner fare, Monday through Thursday.
  • 24-hour Fitness room
  • 24-hour laundry room
  • Blow dryer, Ironing board & iron, microwave, & fridge in all guest rooms
  • Outdoor Pool and Hot tub
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Local shuttle – please call ahead to schedule drop offs and pick ups while here at the workshop.

Hampton Inn

https://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en_US/hp/search/findhotels/index.htm– Use reservation code: L-T5C

201 Asheville Ave.

Cary, NC   27518

(919) 859-5559

Directions from hotel to office: Click Here.

2.28 miles from the workshop site

Additional information about this hotel:


Newly remodeled, Hampton Inn is a fresh, homey and restful destination with a polite, helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Click here to make a reservation at a special rate, for Van Tharp clients!

Click here to learn more.


  • Free wireless access in all the rooms and common areas
  • Free business center in the lobby where you can use their complimentary computer, fax machine and/or or printer
  • Free breakfast each morning including yogurt, fruit, cereal, oatmeal, muffins, danish, bagels, and at least one hot item each morning (omelets, chicken or sausage biscuits, etc.) as well as “Grab and Go” breakfast bags for guests in a hurry (includes muffin, cereal bar, water, a piece of whole fruit and mints).
  • Fitness room (it’s small but has cardio equipment, free weights, and balance & medicine balls)
  • Free access to Fitness Connection (a large gym) which is located between our venue and the hotel and has everything you could imagine.
  • Outdoor pool, open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (that’s May through September)
  • 10% off at two walking distance restaurants, O’Charleys and Lucky 32’s

La Quinta Inn

www.laquintaraleighcary.com-  Use reservation code:VANTH4RP

191 Crescent Commons Dr.

Cary, NC 27518

(919) 851-2850

Directions from hotel to office: Click Here

Offer a rate of $75 plus tax

2.42 miles from the workshop site

Additional Information about this hotel:


Many of our clients choose this location and we’ve never heard complaints.

Car Rental, Airport, Etc. (North Carolina Only)

Book your flight arriving to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Click here for more information about RDU.

Car rentals are recommended.
Click for information about renting a car from RDU airport.

When traveling to a three-day course, it is best to arrive the evening before.

Click to see a map from our location of the top three recommended hotels to VTI.

About Raleigh/Cary, NC

Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina. Cary is a suburb of Raleigh. Other nearby cities include Durham and Chapel Hill. The area is known as the Research Triangle Park (RTP), a globally prominent, high-technology research and development center.

Our strong university system, which includes Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and a number of other area universities/colleges, gives us one of the highest per capita Ph.D. populations in the US.

We are in driving distance of the beach (2-4 hours), the mountains (3-4 hrs), Charlotte (3 hrs), Washington D.C. (5 hrs) and Atlanta (7 hrs). North Carolina beaches and mountains are known for their beauty and are popular vacation spots.

NC is well-known for its golf courses. The world-renowned Pinehurst Resort is only a one hour drive from Cary.

Go to http://www.visitnc.com for fun ideas or go to http://www.visitnc.com/raleigh-durham-the-triangle or


Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed

If you are a success-driven person who is willing to create excellence in your trading by taking the building blocks and models we supply, then we’re willing to guarantee that you will be totally satisfied with the workshops.

In fact, we’re willing to offer what is probably the best guarantee that anyone has ever offered you in a trading course.

Come to a Van Tharp Workshop, listen to the discussions and participate in the exercises. If you are not totally satisfied with the courses by noon on the second day (of three-day workshops), just return the workshop materials to a staff member and we’ll refund your tuition. You’ll get the benefit of the first half of the course and we won’t charge you a cent.

Note, this guarantee has a few exceptions. When that is the case we state that on the information page for that particular workshop. However, the majority of our workshops carry the guarantee. Two on-going exceptions are the Oneness Awakening weekend and the Day Trading Systems workshop, which for varying reasons stated on their description pages, do not qualify for the guarantee.

Why Do We Offer Such A Guarantee?

There are two excellent reasons:

First, because we absorb all the initial risk, you’ll be more likely to come. And second, our objective is to help you, really help you.

As a result, we are willing to make it very easy for you to attend. We can afford to take all the risk because we know the quality of the courses and the quality of the supplemental materials. Consequently, we know that chances are high that you will be delighted with your experience. If you are happy, you’ll want more of our products and services.

Traders who are really committed to astounding success can spend significant amounts of money and time to find the same information which is presented at these courses more effectively. After attending a Workshop, you’ll recognize the quality and value of our services.

Hotel for London, UK, October 2019

Hotel Deadline: You have more time to get the early bird discount on our London workshops in October. But please be aware our hotel contact has let us know that students should book their hotel rooms by September 5thas they tend to sell out early for the month of October.  There are other hotels nearby, but if you wish to stay at the Radisson Blue Edwardian Bloomsbury Street where the workshops are held, act sooner. To reserve your room with a 10% discount please contact Joao Calixto [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7666 2322

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

9-13 Bloomsbury Street

Nr Covent Garden

London  WC1B 3QD

Phone: + 44 (0)20 7636 5601

Bedroom Reservations: [email protected]


The hotel is 0.1 miles from Tottenham Court Road tube station and 0.2 miles from the British Museum.

International Workshop Fee

Workshops held in international locations (such as Australia, Germany, etc) have a refund fee. If you request a refund in an international based workshop you will receive a refund of what you paid for the workshop minus a $250 fee. This is because we incur fees when we are away that we do not incur in our home location. This fee is only in the rare occurrence when requesting a refund and leaving in the middle of the workshop.

If you need to cancel the workshop before it starts we do not charge the fee, you receive the full amount paid.

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