How to Know Which Van Tharp Workshop is Right For You

People just like you call or email us daily wondering if the value and opportunity offered by our trading workshops will provide a positive return on their investment of dollars, time, and travel. For some, the answer is a definite yes, and for others, the answer is no. We want you to feel confident in your decision to attend our workshops. Read this outline of our workshops and how they fit together so that you can make an informed decision and best choice for you.


Our workshops have an outstanding reputation both for their content and quality of attendees. This incredibly high caliber clientele just keeps coming back. Time and time again, familiar faces return to repeat courses and attend new ones both for the educational experience and the networking opportunities. We must be doing something right!

Whether you are just starting or have been a trader for many years, Van Tharp’s materials are fundamental to helping you to be the best trader you can be. Our workshops are developed to effectively convey the valuable knowledge that Van Tharp has accumulated through three decades of research. In conjunction with his world-class instructors, Van has put together a trading curriculum that is unrivaled in the industry.

Our workshops are small by design. We host most of workshops at our in-house facility in Cary, NC (a suburb of Raleigh, NC). A sold-out event is still only 33 students. Most workshops are in the range of 25-30 students. This is an absolute game-changer in the kind of personalized experience you will have. There is no comparison to workshops in which a hundred or more students are in attendance. The VTI mission focuses on trader transformation. The way we accomplish this is small groups, highly competent instructors who love to teach and take the time to make sure everyone is included, plus the small group allows students to connect more quickly and form bonds with other like-mind traders.

I. Foundation Workshops

Tharp Fundamentals Are The Backbone of Great Trading

Although these workshops are called Foundation Workshops, they are definitely not basic. There is certain core material that you must master to become a great trader; these workshops provide that material. Regardless of your background or trading experience, you should consider these workshops as the starting point for your trading education. What you learn in these core workshops is not dependent on the market, or timeframe. You will find value in these workshops whether you are a short term or long term trader.

Peak Performance 101
Blueprint for Trading Success
How to Develop a Winning Trading System that Fits You
Systems Thinking
Infinite Wealth

If you attend these workshops, you will master yourself, understand what you need to do for profitable trading, learn to develop a blueprint for trading success, and learn how to develop systems that fit you.

II. Specific Strategies and Proven Techniques in Various Trading Styles

For these workshops, we bring in master trader, Ken Long and Super Trader graduate, Gabriel Grammatidis, and we continue to expand our line-up of instructors. Ken started out as a student many years ago and now is one of our best technical instructors. The Van Tharp Institute has made available to you three of Ken’s workshops that will fit your short-term and longer-term objectives, as well as many market options (stock market, futures, ETFs,). Gabriel Grammatidis has enjoyed a successful evolution as a Forex trader over the last few years and now wants to share some of his experience with other traders, so the Van Tharp Institute partnered with him in developing the Forex Trading workshop, in which Gabriel presents 3 different Forex systems. Recently we added a new Futures Trading Workshop. We usually have each of these workshops twice per year. Occasionally we offer other new, technical workshops as well

  • Day Trading Systems followed by Live Day Trading Sessions
  • Advanced, Adaptive Swing Trading Systems
  • Forex Trading Systems with Live Trading Sessions
  • Futures Trading Systems with Live Trading Sessions.

III. Advanced Workshops with Pre-requisites

As Dr. Tharp has expanded his mission of transforming traders he has added these advanced psychological workshops to enhance his Super Trader Program. And while Peak 202 and 203 were developed for Super Trader students, they are open to everyone who has attended Peak 101. If you are interested in participating in Peak 202 or 203 directly following your attendance in Peak 101, this is not only ok, but encouraged!

  • Peak Performance 202; Peak 101 is a pre-requisite.
  • Peak Performance 203 (the Happiness Workshop); Peak 101 is a pre-requisite.
    Peak Performance 204, Mental Strategies; Peak 101 is a pre-requisite.
  • The Super Trader Program. (Peak 101 and Dr. Tharp’s approval required).

IV. Oneness

Outside of our trading workshops Dr. Tharp also offers weekend events for a more spiritual transformation so you can become more aware, positive, calm, centered, and successful. This is open to everyone.

  • Oneness Awakening Course

V. Workshops via e-learning

In addition to in-person workshops, we continue to add to our remote learning curriculum. Currently, you can purchase the workshops below which were recorded from a live event and converted to home use.

  • Core Trading Systems: Market Outperformance and Absolute Returns
  • Swing Trading Systems
  • Forex Busted Breakout System (System 1)
  • The Power of Position Sizing Strategies:

I. Foundation Workshops: Tharp Fundamentals and the Backbone of Great Trading

The Blueprint for Trading Success Workshop

Whether you are a full-time professional who wants a solid foundation or someone who would like to make a lot of money trading/investing and eventually move into trading full time for yourself, this is the ultimate course to provide you with exactly what you need to master trading success.

You will be guided step-by-step by Dr. Tharp through a series of 52 pertinent questions designed to get you thinking strategically about your trading. He will touch on all of the specific areas that you need to address, in the order that you need to address them. You will walk away from this workshop with a business plan outline and an understanding of why you want to trade, how you want to trade, the specific steps that you need to take to create a winning trading plan that works in any market condition and what type of trading systems you want to incorporate into your plan. You’ll also learn some of the key things that you need to personally master in order to be successful. You will learn how expectancy, position sizing strategies, R-multiples, objectives, the big picture and other Tharp concepts fit together. After this workshop, you will know where you need to delve next to increase your profits and success in the markets. This workshop is usually held twice each year (usually once in the US and once in an international location).

Peak Performance 101

Two types of people frequent the Van Tharp Institute—those that believe that trading is purely technical and a learned skill (those people tend to head for the Systems and Strategy workshops first and eventually join us at Peak 101), and those who already know that their thoughts and beliefs play a huge role in their individual trading results. We can prove to you that trading is largely psychological. You must master yourself if you want great trading results.

Peak Performance 101 is Dr. Tharp’s core psychological workshop and his most famous course for over 20 years. If you want to know how great traders think, behave and act so you can achieve consistent and profitable results, without stress, then this workshop is for you. You will not only learn what makes a great trader great, but you will also find out what is holding you back. There are many ways you could be sabotaging your market experiences: overtrading, not pulling the trigger, overconfidence or lack of confidence, or just making mistake after mistake. Dr. Tharp designed this workshop to help you break down barriers, as well as teach you specific tasks and strategies that will improve your trading results overnight. This workshop is usually held four times each year (three in the US and once in an international location).

Developing a Winning Trading System that Fits You

Do you spend small fortunes buying other people’s trading systems, and following their recommendations and ideas, yet you still don’t win in the markets? Is it because you think that you can’t do it yourself? Or is there a holy grail that a few have mastered that they won’t share with you?

Well, Jack Schwager, after writing Market Wizards and The New Market Wizards concluded that the secret was to develop and trade a system that fits you. You do exactly that in this workshop. You can create a system that fits you regardless of your technical know-how. Anyone can create a system. You just have to have the knowledge and commitment to do it. In this workshop, you will learn the key components of a trading system (there are more than most people realize), how and why they are needed, and how to use position sizing to help you fulfill your trading objectives. This workshop is usually held twice each year (usually once in the US and once in an international locations

Infinite Wealth Workshop

Gain True Freedom by Unlocking the Inner Keys to Wealth. Building wealth is a lot like a game. One that’s entirely made up, with a totally new set of rules…
Rules that are customized and specifically created to ensure YOUR success. In fact, once you play the game by these new rules, you could soon be infinitely wealthy…

Specific Strategies and Proven Techniques in Various Trading Styles

Our strategy workshops help you to either master the time frame that you have chosen or give you the tools to decide what type of trading you are really interested in. These workshops are packed with great systems that really work well. These workshops also go in depth in their specific trading area, while you simultaneously learn how to incorporate the key Van Tharp principles and rules into the trading technique.

Core Trading Systems: Market Outperformance and Absolute Returns

During this workshop, Ken presents low-maintenance ways to earn consistent trading profits. One of the primary objectives of longer-term systems is that they require less management than shorter-term systems. Ken’s systems can be operated largely outside of market hours in less than an hour per week, month, quarter, or year. One system only requires adjusting its positions annually—that’s less than an hour a year! Of course, with more time and effort, you may reap more results, but Ken has traded quite profitably for years without spending his days in front of a trading screen. Once you leave his workshop, you’ll be able to do the same. If you’re just getting your feet wet in the markets, you’ll find that Ken teaches simple, profitable methods you can use immediately when you get back home. Ken understands the concern and the challenges of being a new trader and is committed to your success. We’ve had people with no previous trading experience leave this workshop ready and able to trade with confidence thanks to the simplicity of these systems’ rules.

Day Trading Systems and Live Day Trading

The Day Trading Workshop is our newest workshop. Traders will finish this workshop having traded the frog system up to 100 times over a three-day period and have a thorough understanding of the RCLO through 100 case studies complied by Ken. By the end of the workshop, you should know The Frog system and the RLCO (Regression Line Crossover) system well enough, and traded them often enough, that you’ll be able to trade them effectively as soon as you get home. Our premise is that repetition is the best form of learning and that coached trading will accelerate your learning process dramatically.

If the Day Trading Workshop is the classroom training course, then the Live Day Trading Workshop is the complementary, in-the-field learning experience where students have a master trading coach by their side and have the chance to apply the trading concepts in the real world. In this workshop, you will craft your own daily trading plan based on Ken Long’s Frog, RLCO, or swing system signals and trade your own platform with your own money—all under the guidance of Ken, who will offer thorough direction and individualized feedback.

NOTE: To attend Live Day Trading, you must first attend Day Trading Systems as a pre-requisite.

Swing Trading Systems

In this workshop, Dr. Ken Long presents a framework that adapts with the changing market and gives you a way to evaluate opportunities in a disciplined, consistent and efficient manner, and that highlights dominant worldwide trends in plenty of time to take advantage of moves with clear decision points for entries and exit. He also presents five swing systems that function well within that framework and a myriad of supporting subjects that will help students trade better. You will leave this workshop with eight money-making benefits that will help you generate more consistent profits, keep your losses smaller and be more relaxed about your trading.

Forex Trading

In this three-day workshop, Gabriel Grammatidis will cover the basics of Forex, introduce three trading systems, and have you simulate trading the systems while you are still in the room. With System Quality Number™ scores from 3.6 to over 4, all of Gabriel’s systems rank as “excellent” in Van’s trading system classification! You can use position sizing™ strategies to achieve your trading objectives more easily with systems that have a high SQN score. When you get back home, you can adapt the systems to different currency pairs, shorter time frames, longer time frames, or even to different markets! You have plenty of flexibility to adapt the systems so they fit you.

III. Advanced Workshops with Pre-requisites

Advanced Peak Performance 202

In the Peak Performance 202 workshop, Van helps you explore the set of beliefs that most affect your trading—your beliefs about who you are. These beliefs limit what you can achieve, but if you understand them and change them, you can succeed at levels you may find hard to imagine right now. In this advanced workshop, you will experience a dramatic personal reinvention. You’ll learn how to make a declaration for a trading vision that might seem impossible now, yet, once you’ve gone through the workshop, you’ll learn how it is possible and how you can take the first steps toward a new you and success that’s beyond your current scope. Moreover, you’ll learn about the games we play—the most important psychological breakthrough of the new millennium.

Peak Performance 203

Does the constant chatter in your mind get in the way of profitable trading? Does it make things unnecessarily complex and cloud your ability to see what the market is really doing? Would you like to decrease that chatter and increase your happiness so that you can trade in the now? If so, this is the workshop for you.

In Peak Performance 203 you will in touch with your higher guidance. In your natural state, you have the ability to see the market just as it is. You have no thoughts come up to remind you of the past or attempt to predict the future. Instead, you see exactly what’s happening in the market. And from that flow state, an amazing level of trading is possible.

When you really understand that you are not your beliefs about the market, but the awareness of those beliefs, then you can really know what the market is doing. It gives you a tremendous edge. That type of trading is possible for everyone.

Peak Performance 204: Modeling Great Trading Through Mental Strategies

Speaking generally, strategies are methods of how you get things done. Consider them your personal recipes for success. While you may have some idea of what strategies are already, they are quite different than many people think. A strategy is not simply a one-size fits all solution, like a silver bullet trading system (sometimes called “the holy grail”). It is how you arrive at creativity, motivate yourself, convince yourself, make a decision, remember things, learn things, or do any particular task. In this workshop, you’ll learn what’s really important about these kinds of strategies, how they’re different and at the same time, how each part is integral to your success. You’ll find that in each of these scenarios, it’s about the sequence of your thinking!

IV. Oneness

Oneness Awakening

Apart from being a trader, Van is also a trainer in Oneness Awakening and offers a two-day workshop to teach people about Oneness and how it can reduce the amount of chatter in your head while increasing the amount of success and happiness in your life.


Once you know how you think and why, uncover what you really want to achieve with your trading and then develop a specific plan to make it happen. You can fit workable trading systems into that plan, and you’ll be well on your way to success as a trader.

However, trading is trading, and the markets can be brutal sometimes. So whether you are a short-term or a long-term trader or something in between, it is essential that you learn how to integrate the foundation of great trading into the specific trading style that is right for you. From there, you can look at specific trading strategies that might fit with who you are and add them to your arsenal.

We are happy to answer your questions. Please call us at (919)466-0043 or (800)385-4486 if you would like to discuss your options further.

All the Best,
The Van Tharp Institute