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connect with what is yours to do
and the wisdom to do it well

We live in an extraordinary decade.
The way we live, the decisions we make, are shaping life on the planet now and for centuries to come.
A new kind of leadership is called for
that is inherent in every person, expressing their gifts,
not from one-sidedness of intellect, but from wisdom of connectedness,
from unification of mind and body,
being one with nature, one with life.

Our purpose is to help you be that leader.

UpComing Events

Announcing LEAP WITH FEBI – our new Webinar Series! 

We are thrilled to welcome Nikki Jackman Joy and Heather Giasson to lead our first two guided online FEBI experiences in catalyzing joy and navigating emotions.


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What you’ll get from our accredited programs and certification pathways:

Here’s some of what leaders have learned in our programs and the difference they’ve made:

A physician accepts a promotion to lead a department at a major university, saying she felt readied by IZL training, and in her first year is awarded faculty director of the year.

An artist ups her game to create fearlessly and
teach others how to do the same.

A medical director improves and inspires her department by putting meditation cushions in her office, where employees now gather for meditation and deeper conversations.

A corporate leader re-evaluates her career and finds a new purposefulness that she is determined to grow into.

A tired but talented technology leader describes “coming home to himself” as he learns to connect with hara and expand his senses.

A physician suffering from burnout says at the close of a ZL program this is the first time she has “felt whole”.

A somatic coach learns to work with the 4 energy patterns and radically expands her business.

A physician remembers to embody the first flip – center, enter, add value – as she engages each patient.

what to expect

Prepare to expand your sense of self,
transform relationships, and become
a powerful force for positive change.

Hear founder, Dr. Ginny Whitelaw,
speak to what makes IZL programs
unique and how they can help
you live and lead your best life.

earn a certification:

pathway overview

Explore our 5 certification pathways and select the right one for you

Zen Leader practitioner

The Way to embody and express boundless, fearless leadership

HEAL practitioner

The Way to embody and apply Zen Leadership in healthcare

FEBI Coach

The Way to coach / faciliate with the unique personality tool linking mind-body & leadership

Zen Leadership coach

The Way to transform coaching using the powerful reframing “flips” of ZL

zen leadership instructor

The Way for those who want to teach ZL on their own or with us

get started here:

FEBI-4U: Aug 2024

August 27

Explore your personality through 4 mind-body energy patterns and learn to access whichever serves best.

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HEAL 1: Sept 2024

September 26 – September 29

Apply the basic flips of ZL to healthcare with results and resilience in this accredited program.

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Zen Leader 1: Sept 2024

September 26 – September 29

Embody the basic flips of Zen Leadership from transforming problems to realizing a desired future.

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See Offerings for all of our programs

Learn more about the inspiring speakers and powerful practices shared in our One Earth, One Health, One With leadership summit
for people, planet and the future – and what’s next.

Not sure where to start? No problem.
Let us know your interest and we’ll be happy to connect you
with the right person or program.


from our community
The Hidden Side of Deep Resilience in Leadership

Flipping around our sense of self fosters a deep resilience in leadership, as well as a joyful, purposeful life and a more joyful, resilient world. Here’s a practice for making this flip.

Out The Other Side

Brad Reed shares his journey through the Zen Leader series. He explores the ups, downs, and all the sides.

Growing Up In A Time Of Divisions – Schismogenesis

Dr. Whitelaw explores schismogenesis, the creation of divisions. She also offers ways to bridge those gaps.