Heal certified practitioner – Zen Leadership
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you’ve been called to medicine
to heal others.
let us help you be whole in the process

You’ve seen how the healthcare system isn’t up to the task.
You feel called to action – but what and how?
Your energy and attention gets pulled this way and that.
How do you make a healing difference for patients,
colleagues, systems or society?

Let this pathway resource you with clarity about the work that is yours to do and the wisdom and regenerative resilience with which to do it.

The result is you making your greatest difference
with more power, greater joy, and less stress.

Who is it for?

  • You’re a leader or practitioner in healthcare who wants to have greater impact.
  • You want to bring healing presence, purpose, and essential wisdom into how you lead and practice.
  • You see the brokenness in systems and society and want to heal what you can with regenerative resilience.
  • You never thought of yourself as a leader, but you’re feeling called to now.

Designed by front-line physicians and the Zen masters who trained them

Join us on the transformational journey to
Healthy Embodied Agile Leadership (HEAL)

Get started in one of these programs:

white water rapids


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


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

Subsequent courses can be taken in any order convenient for your schedule. Sign up for each individually or the pathway at a significant discount. Click on each program below to see what you’ll learn.


What will you learn?

  • How to flip problems to opportunities
  • How to release tension and extend energy
  • How to reconcile seeming opposites or decide between right and right
  • How to center yourself and increase your power using hara
  • How to develop your concentration and self-regulation in meditation
  • How to know which of 4 energy patterns you favor and how to access weaker patterns
  • How to increase your influence
  • How to bring a desired future into the present
  • How to apply Zen leadership to a current challenge or opportunity in healthcare


  • Online, live, cohort-based program
  • Weekend version starts Thurs evening, runs through the weekend, and finishes Sun at 12 noon CT.
  • 6-week version meets for 6 Saturdays, 2 hours most weeks and all day in week 5.
  • Option to join ongoing check-in calls with HEAL instructors
  • Note: smaller cohorts, may be combined with ZL1.


What will you learn?

  • How to recognize the 4 energy patterns in yourself, others and the world around you
  • How your home pattern and weak pattern have shaped major directions in your life
  • How to develop any pattern you’d like easier access to
  • How to use the right energy at the right time
  • How to apply the FEBI patterns to a situation or relationship in your life


  • Online, live, cohort-based program 2, 2-hour sessions with practice in between


What will you learn?

  • How to face into a self-limiting fear and increasingly free yourself
  • How to flip from useless outward judgments to productively working inner triggers
  • How habits work and can be reworked
  • How to leverage the neuroscience of “I” and “we”
  • How trauma distorts the present
  • How to take away fear
  • How each of the energy patterns gets into conflict and ways to move forward
  • How unfillable holes happen and what to do about them
  • How to “become the other” in patient encounters and empowering others
  • How to strengthen a key relationship in your life or work


  • Online, live, cohort-based program
  • Weekend starts Thursday evening, runs through the weekend, and finishes Sunday at 12 noon CT
  • Note: smaller cohorts, may be combined with ZL2
  • Option to join ongoing check-in calls with HEAL instructors


What will you learn?

  • How you limit yourself and how to stop doing it
  • How to embody a change you want to see
  • How to leverage the science of resonance and heart-brain coherence to create a desired future
  • How to work with the liberating and manifesting energy currents •How to apply a Zen Toolkit to a transformation project in healthcare
  • How to support colleagues and be supported in your applied transformation project
  • How to flip from your local self to your whole self and how that changes everything
  • How to experience “host” and “guest” – the final flip of Zen Leadership


  • Online, live, cohort-based program
  • Weekend starts Thursday evening, runs through the weekend, and finishes Sunday at 12 noon CT
  • Note: smaller cohorts, may be combined with ZL3
  • Option to join ongoing check-in calls with HEAL instructors

Outcomes that Endure

From even the first program, HEAL 1, participants consistently report being more grounded, centered and energized, even long afterwards. They report fewer symptoms of burnout and greater facility in the leadership skills we teach, which in HEAL 1 includes: transforming challenges, leading with agility and influencing others.

learn about cme

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the HEAL program and SSM Health. SSM Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ACCME – physicians

SSM Health designates this live activity (i.e., each program) for maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC – nurses

SSM Health designates this live activity (i.e., each progam) for a maximum of 25.0 ANCC contact hours.

Add the coaching option?

Make your journey even more impactful with the assist of a Zen Leadership coach.

Why? As you train in HEAL, you’ll be seeing in new ways and trying new practices. If you’re trying to  lead changes in your system, you’ll likely experience ups and downs and feelings of failure – in other words you’re learning! There’s nothing like the accountability, support, attention, and insight that emerge through one-on-one coaching to help you stick to desired practices, overcome rough spots, and make something bigger happen.

Our Zen leadership coaches embody a depth of wisdom and experience that comes from years of meditation in addition to their leadership, industry, and coaching experience.

Add the coaching option (paid for separately) and accompany your journey with 3-6 sessions with one of our Zen Leadership coaches.

What you can expect

This certificate program includes 4 online courses – FEBU-4U, HEAL 1, HEAL 2, and HEAL 3 – which you can take within a period of 6 months or stretch out over 2-3 years, according to your schedule.

Between programs, you’ll have opportunities to join community calls, as well as daily Zen training in the Chosei-Zen virtual dojo*. You’ll discover that the combination of these programs and this interwoven deep, physical training allows your learning to be embodied so that essential wisdom increasingly functions through you.

Choose your pathway fee

When registering, select the pricing level that fits your circumstances. When you register for a pathway, we honor your commitment with an additional discount over individually priced programs. These rates cover all 4 online programs.

After you register for the HEAL Certified Practitioner pathway, we will contact you about which programs you want to enroll in this year. Please contact us if you wish to upgrade your pathway registration to include the in-person offering of HEAL1 and we will let you know the fee differential. Contact us with any questions or if you would like to set up a 3-part payment plan for this pathway.

*All Chosei Zen training and programs are offered on a donation basis

“You are more powerful than you can imagine; your leadership is transformative. This curriculum positions you to burst with your potential and make practical steps towards meaningful change.”

Bethany Howlett


“This program has practical, applied tools that go much deeper to get at the causes of dysfunctions and quandaries. You leave with clarity about the path forward.”

Nancy Pandhi

MD, Ph.D.

“Tools for Leading – gives some great tools to become more grounded, address fear based thinking, manage paradox, and lead into the future.”

Cheryl Goeckermann

MD, Family Medicine Physician

“I have never transformed to entirely, so completely, with such integrity as I did this weekend. The method is sound, and if you let it change you, you will be the best version of yourself.”

Kristi Crymes

DO, Family Medicine, Faculty Physician

“The teachings of IZL have enabled me to lead with courage and without fear despite the pandemic. Crises become opportunities to learn and grow.”

Cindy Haq