Living in Presence Coaching Course (LIPCC) 2024

The Living in Presence Coaching Course (LIPCC) is our certification course, in which a small group of participants works closely with faculty over six months. Coaching is the vehicle for the personal and collective exploration of greater aliveness, resilience, and contribution.



Dates: October 21 – 24, 2024 & April 7 – 10, 2025

Location: Bend of Ivy Lodge, Marshall, NC USA

  • Now accepting applications
  • No fee or interest payment plans available

A Presence-Based® Community of Practice

Living in Presence Coaching Course (LIPCC) is our certification course, in which a small group of participants works closely with faculty over six months.

Coaching is the vehicle for the personal and collective exploration of greater aliveness, resilience, and contribution.

Our extraordinary times require leaders that can make bold commitments, stay centered and calm in the midst of intensity, and lead the way toward a more sustainable, harmonious and just world.

We are those leaders, as are those we coach. We are all called to embody contributions relevant to the times in which we live. Please join us in living into the question of how we listen to this calling, and how we respond through extending ourselves, purposefully and authentically, into the world as coaches and as leaders.

Course Details

This certification course is for committed students who wish to increase their mastery through application, and/or who intend to become certified as a Presence-Based Coach.

  • Deepening your understanding and practice of Presence-Based Coaching®. In LIPCC, you will apply coaching tools and practices to on-going coaching relationships and life-long development. Retreats, virtual technologies, small group work and supervision provide a range of rigorous structures that support the integration of learning. Leading edge material going well beyond Doug’s published writings is included, and our Competency Model provides grounding for rigorous coach self-development.
  • Following the developmental thread of Sensing, Being, and Acting. We, and our clients, live in multiple commitments that include contribution, self-care, career, and family. These superficially competing dynamics trigger the experience of tension, and they hold the potential of accelerated integration. In LIPCC, we come to see that we are revealed through an unfolding series of commitments that impel us to continually include and transcend our identities in a life-long development process. Coaching and living in presence accelerate this natural unfolding for ourselves and for our clients.
  • Forging a robust community of practice. A central part of the learning will be the development of a co-creative community of practice whose collective purpose is to support the development of our members, and in turn those we serve. We do this primarily through the practice of Presence-Based Coaching®.

The course is designed to integrate the Presence-Based Coaching approach into a self-organizing and committed community of peers. Successful completion of LIPCC is a requirement for earning certification as a Presence-Based Coach. 75 ICF-approved hours are included.

Because of the evolving nature of the course of study, course details may change slightly. The current structure includes:

  • An initial peer interview with another participant.
  • A four-day initial retreat at Bend of Ivy Lodge. This retreat will center on conducting coaching interviews, making initial assessments, establishing competency-based coaching outcomes and practices, integrating somatic practices, and launching our Community of Inquiry.
  • A Day of Presence with Horses. We will spend one of our initial retreat days exploring presence with horses.
  • An individual 30-minute coaching session with Bebe or Amy after the first retreat, along with availability of faculty support by email and brief phone appointments as needed.
  • Two audio reviews of recorded coaching sessions, and two written case studies. You will receive extensive faculty feedback and assessments on your work.
  • Five monthly conference calls that include in-depth study of the competency model and exercises, demonstrations, group discussion and/or live coaching.
  • One mid-course community virtual conference to practice accountability to coaching outcomes, and to refine coaching approaches mid-stream.
  • Six “pod” coaching calls in trios, in which participants coach each other towards their commitment, and receive assessments on their coaching.
  • On-going coaching relationships with at least two outside clients on which students receive supervision and feedback through self-assessments, case write-ups and audio reviews.
  • A four-day closing retreat at Bend of Ivy Lodge, incorporating somatic practices, coaching around commitment, and teaching on Presence-Based Coaching. This retreat will focus on coaching for completion, contextualizing coaching in a life-long evolutionary development process, a final live coaching certification demonstration, and completing our Community of Inquiry.
  • Reading and additional resources include a community website, audio recordings, and cutting edge conferencing technology. Doug’s two books are required pre-course reading; additional reading is also required.
  • A final, live coaching demonstration with a live client in front of the class and two assessors, required for completion of the course.
  • Documentation of certification as Presence-Based® Coach, and documentation of completion of ACTP requirements for ICF credentialing (IMPORTANT: certification is NOT GUARANTEED, and is dependent on completion of all requirements and a successful live coaching demonstration.)
  • Optional participation, during LIPCC, in PBC I and/or II retreats, at ridiculously low cost.
  • assessing client readiness and contracting
  • developing rigorous competency-based coaching outcomes
  • working with client commitment and breakdowns
  • assessing progress against outcomes
  • integrating a focus on outcomes with working with real-time emergent challenges
  • creating immediacy and relevance with present moment experience
  • maintaining coach presence
  • accessing the full range of coaching moves with fluidity and ease
  • completing the coaching engagement

Prerequisites for LIPCC are:

  • completion of the Presence-Based Coaching Course (PBC I and PBC II)
  • completion of the Mentor Coaching course is highly recommended, and required to become a Certified Presence-Based Coach
  • applying and being accepted, via a process that requests self-assessment around some key capacities required of participants (see application link below)
  • reading The Mindful Coach and Presence-Based Coaching before the initial retreat
  • completion of at least four Presence-Based Coaching conversations with each of two different clients (eight total conversations)

If you have concerns about meeting any of the prerequisites, please let us know.

Key dates:

  • Application deadline: September 27, 2024
  • Deposit will be due one week after acceptance
  • Full payment deadline: October 7, 2024
  • Initial retreat: October 21-24, 2024
  • Closing retreat: April 7-10, 2025
  • Conference calls for the entire course and Mid-Course Conference will be scheduled at the initial retreat; pod calls will be arranged by pod members.

IMPORTANT: We expect the class to be full and wait-listed, as past classes have been sold out. While early application does not guarantee a spot, we actively encourage your early application or expression of interest. We accept well-qualified students on a rolling basis, and we pay close attention to who is forging a relationship with us, and how. We prioritize students who have completed Mentor Coaching and/or otherwise demonstrated a clear commitment to PBC mastery and certification.


  • A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space.
  • Training fee – $6,750
  • Meals and lodging – $800 per retreat
  • Total cost = $8,350
  • Full payment is due by Oct 7.
  • Payment plans are also available with NO interest or finance fees (3 payments auto-charged every 60 days or 6 monthly payments).
  • Cost includes training fee, materials, conference calls, supervision, and coaching with Bebe or Amy.
  • Not included are required and recommended books.

To apply for LIPCC:

  1. Please download the LIPCC Application Document
  2. Email your completed application to Bebe and Jenny no later than the  deadline (earlier is strongly encouraged!)

Please note: Class size is strictly limited. Applications will be reviewed in the order received. We will acknowledge receipt of your application promptly, and let you know of your acceptance status on a rolling basis. If you are accepted, you will be sent registration information and requested to confirm your spot with your deposit.

  • Location: In-person North Carolina retreats are held at Bend of Ivy Lodge, a secluded and beautiful retreat center 20 minutes north of Asheville. Retreats include long hours, morning practices, and evening sessions.
  • Meals and Lodging: In addition to the training fee, lodging and meals are $800 for each of the in-person retreats. This includes single occupancy lodging for most participants (with double occupancy for a few participants), shared bath, and gourmet meals prepared with locally sourced, organic foods. Meals are provided Monday breakfast through Thursday lunch. Lodging is provided Sunday night through Thursday at 2 PM ET.
  • Cancellation policy: If you must cancel your registration for any retreat or course, all fees paid minus a cancellation fee will be refunded, as long as the conditions outlined in the terms and conditions are met. If those conditions are not met, no refunds will be provided. See more details on cancellation policies on the Terms & Conditions page.

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