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PBC I: Being a Development Partner

Part 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