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Frequently Asked Questions

Who attends Zen Leader courses?

People are drawn to Zen for different reasons. You’ll find a diverse group of curious and open minds – entrepreneurs, business leaders, people working for non-profits, healthcare professionals and individuals looking to make a change in their lives. Whatever your reason, you are 100% welcome.

What if I have no previous experience with Zen?

You don’t need any previous physical training or meditation experience. Everything we cover in entry-level programs is accessible to people of all abilities and can be tailored to suit the individual. If you have any concerns, please contact us before booking.

What’s it like to attend a Zen leadership course?

Zen is a whole-body experience. The best way to find out what it feels like is to attend one of our courses. People who do attend often say it exceeded their expectations, yet is hard to describe, because unlike traditional leadership courses, it goes far beyond concepts to an “in the bones” experience of a bigger you and a bigger set of possibilities in your life. Our course guides cover an overview of what to expect, and you can also head to the calendar to find out more about specific courses and read what other people say about them.

Do I have to be a “leader” to attend?

Many people who are right and ripe for our programs do not identify with being a “leader”. They might picture someone wearing a suit in a corporate environment, or a speaker on a stage in front of a large audience. To us, “leader” simply means someone who wants to create positive change. Our alumni include solopreneurs, healthcare practitioners, teachers, coaches, and people in business, non-profits, and governments from CEOs to front-line contributors.

Is Zen Leadership like mindfulness training?

Mindfulness means different things depending on how it’s taught and practiced, but often it keeps people “in their heads” observing thoughts and feelings. Valuable as this is, our training goes further to deeply engage the entire body as a resource for resilience, and an instrument for sensing and acting aligned with the whole picture.

What’s the difference between LEADER and HEAL Series?

The course content is the same in that we teach Zen and Zen leadership. There is no difference in the depth or breadth of teachings, but the HEAL series is designed for people who work in healthcare and is focused on applying Zen leadership to issues in healthcare, including practitioner burnout and resilience training.

Can I attend a Zen course if I have a disability?

Yes, anyone can attend our courses. However, the courses contain physical exercises and movements that we may need to adapt to the individual. Please contact us before booking to let us know about any disabilities or specific requirements.

What about dietary requirements?

During our programs, we generally follow a vegetarian diet consisting of fresh, nutritious ingredients.  Once you register, you’ll have a chance to let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions that need to be accommodated.  If you have a severe allergy where you cannot be in the vicinity of certain foods (e.g. peanuts), please contact us before booking to see if we can accommodate.

What should I bring with me?

Once you register for a course, we’ll be in touch to let you know exactly what you need to bring. We also encourage participants to bring comfortable loose-fitting clothing or a martial arts gi (if they have one). The most important thing is to bring yourself and, for our entry-level programs, a serious challenge you’d like help with.

What happens after I book a course?

We’ll be in touch to confirm the details, send more information on the course itinerary and answer any questions. If you need to contact us at any point, you can email


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