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Leadership Programs, Coaching and Resources to Support You in Making a Positive Impact on the World.

Imaging being 10X bigger than the problems you face. You are, although you may not know it. Surfacing the Zen Leader in you is about getting out of your own way and expressing your true self. Developed by Zen masters, coaches, and experts in leadership and healing, our courses take you to expansive, energizing settings around the world. Through training that sinks into your bones, we surface your unique way of ‘being’ – helping you to move freely through life and beyond the fears that otherwise hold you back.

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prepare to change your relationship with yourself and everyone around you. become an instrument of positive change.

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The science of global coherence webcast

Join IZL CEO, Ginny Whitelaw on November 5 at 1 pm ET for a post-election recovery webcast as she hosts Rollin McCraty, director of research at HeartMath Institute and one of the moving forces behind the Global Coherence Project. Rollin will speak on The Science of Global Coherence: What it is, why it’s important and how we can play our role in creating a better world.

Virtual Programs

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Our Leader Series is for everyone wanting to make a difference through expressing their authentic self. It takes you from training in Zen foundations through “flips” that crack open a bigger you.

You’ll experience the tools and initial “flip” where leadership begins, right the way through to being equipped to transform every corner of your life and work. You’ll explore unmapped territory that takes you to (and through) the root of your fears, and experience the joy and playful freedom on the other side. For most people who attend, the Leader Series is life-changing.



Our HEAL Series explores Zen leadership through the lens of healthcare. You’ll learn how to sustainably thrive and be a force for positive change in your patients, practices and systems.

We train “deep into the bones” how to face some of the most pressing issues for healthcare professionals. These courses apply the tools and “flips” in Zen training to overcome burnout and transform challenges into opportunities. Explore with colleagues how to become an instrument for healing patients and systems alike. We believe everyone in healthcare should take this course.

FEBI Programs

FEBI is a psychometrically validated personality instrument that uniquely integrates mind, body and behaviors; it is a gateway to working with the mind-body as one and, for many, to a pathway to deeper training. When you make something physical, you make it trainable, which is what makes FEBI such a powerful and practical tool to add to your teaching and coaching. FEBI certification will equip you to coach individuals using FEBI, to facilitate FEBI-based team sessions, and to run FEBI-based programs.   

Some prior coaching, consulting, counseling or teaching experience is required; contact us if you have questions about your readiness to jump into FEBI certification.  


Reveal a newfound courage, resilience and grounded-ness. Our Zen leadership courses are a challenging and safe environment for self-discovery as you peel back the layers and see yourself clearly, sometimes for the first time.


The body wants to practice. The Zen Leader courses will show you physical practices that can help you move past stuck points and become your most authentic self.


Connect with yourself, your colleagues, and your purpose. Our Zen Leader courses offer techniques you can take with you to gather like-minded people to reach a higher goal.


The beauty and the stillness that can be found in the settings around the Zen Leader courses can inspire the creativity in anyone. What will it inspire in you?


It’s life-changing, unbelievable. There’s nothing else like this out there. The Zen Leader courses are fire.”

Ernie Capbert at Zen Leader


Master the principle that lets you live your most significant life, from reshaping relationships to realizing large-scale change. That principle is resonance and this book is your guide.


Of the Institute for Zen Leadership

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