Coach training and certification for all levels of experience

Rigorous coach training, grounded in an inclusive model of human development. Delivered face-to-face, where we can best explore human engagement.

  • Leading edge integration of mindfulness, somatics, developmental psych, interpersonal neurobiology and other fields
  • Live, in person small group training
  • Continual focus on coach development
  • Published competency model of tools and methodologies to support profound change
  • Three to four day retreats plus virtual work
  • Beautiful retreat setting with gourmet locally sourced organic food

Presence-Based Coaching® training is fully accredited by the International Coach Federation’s highest level. For those exploring ICF credentials at the ACC level, the fastest and most cost effective package includes PBC I, PBC II, and Mentor Coaching.

We also provide Presence-Based Coach certification to those who complete our full Course of Study, including the LIPCC advanced course and live coaching exam.

Course of Study

PBC I: Being a Development Partner

Bend-of-Ivy-Re-Edits---(Web-Res)-65Part I is primarily based on the book The Mindful Coach. Integrate your authentic presence into a pragmatic coaching model.

Content Focus

  • distinguishing somatic, emotional, and cognitive awareness
  • working with habits, attachments, and aversions
  • holding mindful presence
  • distinguishing seven coaching voices
  • framing artful questions
  • working with metaphors and distinctions
  • designing somatic practices and self-observations
  • building an integrated development plan


Three-day residential retreat, plus two follow-up calls. 26 ICF Core Competency coach training hours.

The Presence-Based® Coaching Course is a two-part program. This course provides coaching and change professionals with a pragmatic toolkit for accelerating your own development and that of your leader clients. We focus on building and extending our own presence, and on specific coaching moves and models that awaken and support long term efficacy in our clients.

Attending will build your foundation of Presence-Based coaching skills, with a particular orientation toward developing the whole person. The course is grounded in a model of human development, leading toward the capacity to be present and a learner in all of life.

General Description

Each part consists of approximately two hours of pre-work, a three or four day retreat, and two one-hour follow-up class calls. Part I: Being a Development Partner can be taken as a stand-alone program appropriate for any level of coaching experience. The focus in PBC I is on the presence of the practitioner. This focus on presence, coupled with a powerful architecture for the coaching conversation, invites the conditions for development.

Taken with Part II: Evoking Self-Generation, the entire course offers an entry into a coaching approach with considerable depth, challenging even for experienced practitioners.

Our overall promises for the Presence-Based Coaching Course are that you will build observable new competency in coaching, greatly enhance your coaching presence, contextualize your coaching in a robust model of human development, and be more self-generative in your own life.

Who This is For

The Presence-Based Coaching Course is designed for:

  • experienced coaches, facilitators, and od practitioners seeking to integrate somatic and presence-based coaching into their work
  • business and non-profit leaders using coaching to develop people and build relationships
  • new and aspiring coaches wanting a coherent and integrated coaching approach
  • educators and helping professionals who recognize that their way of being, and ability to ask artful questions, is essential for the learning and empowerment of others.

Specific Areas of Learning Focus for PBC I

  • distinguishing somatic, emotional, and cognitive awareness
  • working with your own habits, attachments, and aversions as a coach
  • cultivating and holding mindful presence in a coaching partnership
  • distinguishing and coaching through seven distinct roles
  • framing artful questions for catalyzing awareness, defining outcomes, and mapping a plan of action
  • working with metaphors and distinctions
  • designing body practices and self-observations
  • building an integrated development plan

PBC II: Evoking Self-Generation

Bend-of-Ivy-Re-Edits---(Web-Res)-33Part II is based on the book Presence-Based Coaching. Evoke presence and resilience in your coaching clients. Work with somatic and language-based coaching methods. Completes the core model.

Content Focus

  • exploring how to create presence and resourcefulness
  • evoking the experience of immediacy with clients
  • integrating somatic and inquiry-based approaches
  • increasing your capacity for holding a relational field
  • working with polarities
  • designing integrative coaching fieldwork and practices


Four-day residential retreat, and two follow-up calls. PBC I is a pre-requisite. 34 hours ICF coach Core Competency training hours.

The second part of the Presence-Based® Coaching Course emphasizes presence as an outcome of coaching for clients. We continue to strengthen our own ground as coaches, as we also couple our way of being with new coaching moves that evoke new awareness and capacity in the client. The result is greater resilience, efficacy, choice, aliveness, and leadership presence.

General Description

This second part of our core course includes approximately two hours of pre-work, a four day retreat, and two one-hour follow-up class calls. After completion of this two-part course, students will understand, and be equipped to develop mastery in, the complete Presence-Based Coaching model.

Who This is For

The second part of the course is for students who want to complete their understanding and experience of the model, and for those who wish to continue on for certification.

Specific Areas of Learning Focus for PBC II

The second part of the Presence-Based Coaching Course addresses:

  • experiencing a model for building presence and resilience together with specific professional competencies
  • evoking the direct experience of presence with clients
  • engaging psychobiology in service to long term development
  • supporting clients in recognizing and shifting embodied habits
  • integrating somatic and question-based coaching processes
  • increasing your own capacity for holding a field of presence with your clients
  • working with polarities in coaching competencies and in client content
  • designing integrative application fieldwork and practices

Mentor Coaching Course

Bend-of-Ivy-Re-Edits---(Web-Res)-56Delivered virtually. For PBC II students, graduates and above. Rigorous practice and feedback around PBC competencies. The Mentor Coaching Course starts 2-3 weeks after the completion of every PBC II.

Content Focus

  • practice coaching and skill building, using full range of competency model
  • peer coaching and feedback on yours and others’ coaching
  • building self-observation systems for your coaching
  • recognizing and working with coaching habits
  • building confidence and presence as a coach.
  • personalized and specific feedback on your coaching through audio reviews


Five group calls spread over three months, plus individual audio review work with individualized feedback. PBC II is a pre-requisite. 10 ICF coach training hours, all distance learning.

General Description

Mentor Coaching is invaluable for deepening your integration of Presence-Based methodology, working with your own habits, and preparing you both for credentialing with ICF and for the Presence-Based Coaching certification exam.

The Mentor Coaching Course includes 10 hours of instruction:

  • seven hours of group coaching with live participant and faculty feedback
  • faculty review of individual written or live feedback on three recorded coaching conversations

All interactive work is conducted via conference call.

The Mentor Coaching process can begin as soon as the completion of your PBC II retreat, and will extend for a minimum of 3 months. Each cohort includes four to eight students. Cohorts begin at a specific time and date; times for the remaining four group calls will be scheduled as a group during the first call. (Note: ICF requires that all class calls be attended live; any missed calls must be made up at extra cost.)

Who This is For

The Mentor Coaching Course is available to students who have completed the PBC II retreat.. The course is a requirement for certification as a Presence-Based® Coach, and is specifically designed to meet the ICF credentialing requirements.

ICF Training Credits

If you take Mentor Coaching as part of the PBC course package then you will receive 60 ICF hours (26 for PBC I, 34 for PBC II) plus 10 hours for Mentor Coaching. If you choose to take Mentor Coaching elsewhere, ICF credits are an extra $250 per retreat - this includes one audio review, administration, and all documentation.

Specific Areas of Learning Focus

  • increasing range and mastery across the entire Presence-Based Coaching competency model
  • skill development structures for preparation and reflection on your coaching
  • working with habits in real time under pressure
  • observing and providing feedback on others’ coaching
  • receiving and incorporating feedback on your coaching

LIPCC: Living in Presence Coaching Course

Bend-of-Ivy-Re-Edits---(Web-Res)-81Our flagship PBC certification course. Pragmatic curriculum and experience in contracting, designing, delivering coaching programs. Rigorous self-development in a community of learners.

Content Focus

  • assessing fit with coaching prospects
  • developing competency-based outcomes
  • designing a rigorous coaching program
  • developing fluidity and integration through the competency model
  • addressing accountability, breakdowns and commitment issues
  • completing the coaching program
  • contextualizing coaching as a catalyst for human development.


Six month course. Two four-day retreats six months apart. Six phone classes, peer coaching, outside case studies, extensive feedback, reading, and individual work with Bebe and Sarah. Live coaching exam. Completion of PBC I and II and application required before registration. 75 ICF Core Competency training hours .

Upcoming PBC course dates

View registration details for the next course.

Summer 2018

  • PBC I – June 4-6
  • PBC II – August 20-23

Fall 2018

  • PBC I – September 10-12
  • PBC II – November 12-15

Spring 2019

  • PBC I – March 4-6
  • PBC II – May 6-9

One of the most powerful educational experiences of my life. Elements included a master teacher and coach; artful design; rigorous content and expectations; a variety of experiential learning activities offering multiple ways of knowing (cognitive, physical/somatic, and psycho-social); regular application of knowledge and skills. All in the context of a learning community fostered throughout. This epitomizes an accelerated learning experience in a supportive environment, offering personal and professional transformation at an exceptional value.

Christina Geithner, PhDCertified Presence-Based® Coach and ICF-ACC
Adjunct Faculty, School of Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University