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Master Class


Our community of Zen Leadership practitioners, instructors and coaches are ever-raising the bar for how we can apply this work to what’s needed in the world, bring the out best in our teaching, in one another, and in those we reach. Master Class is our annual opportunity to sharpen the sword.

What will you learn?

  • How to teach the flips of Zen Leadership and associated curriculum
  • How to apply Zen leadership to personal, professional and societal challenges
  • How the practices and tools of Zen Leadership can be applied in coaching
  • How to apply best practices and feedback from others in strengthening your own teaching
  • How to deepen your own exploration of teaching or coaching from connected consciousness
  • How to apply Zen leadership to better care for people (including racial justice and social change) and the planet.

“The ZL series is about learning the content. Master Class is about expressing it through you or discovering what that expression is with support of peers.”

Kelly Bannister

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How does it work?

  • Online, live, cohort-based program
  • Starts Thurs for 2 hours, runs most of the day Fri and Sat, finishes Sun at lunch
  • Morning and evening sessions staggered to better accommodate participants from US, Europe or Asia


  • What ZL and Permaculture have to offer one another
  • Permaculture Design Principles sprung to life
  • Examples of ZL teaching with permaculture principles
  • Making ZL your own: teaching and coaching practice with feedback
  • Best practices for online training
  • Applications of permaculture to your life and leadership
  • Applications of permaculture to growth of our community

next master class will be Fall, 2022

  • We will notify all those elligible to attend of dates, theme and format as they are set.

What will you get?

  • A comprehensive workbook
  • Case study coaching on ways to apply “flips” of ZL to your life and leadership
  • An opportunity to teach, coach and learn best practices from other instructors and coaches
  • Qualifies for 12 ICF CCEUs; please indicate if this is of interest when you register
Program Fee
Regular Fee$549
Early-bird Discount (>6 Weeks before start) $489
Premium Discount (>10 Weeks before start)$429

Master Class, 2021: A Force of Nature!

“Nowhere else can you gather and learn from other Zen Leader master teachers. I’ve been attending for five years and, every year, the program is stronger because the teaching corps grows and strengthens.”

Rebecca Ryan Roshi

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“If you want to deepen your Zen Leadership training and dig into the resources on offer all around you, come to this class! This is leadership training for now and is more important than ever!”

Kate Watters

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“This program is core Zen training (Zazen, embodied practice) plus practical application.”

Adrienne Hampton, MD

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“Deepen your Zen Leadership skills in a community of practice that will for sure take you to another level!”

Marcela Kyngesburye

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“Mastery requires continuous practice and practicing in community magnifies learning and positive impact.”

Luann Barndt

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“The real work starts from here, so if you loved IZL so far, this will take you to another level of head-over-heels in love.”

Jasleen Kaur

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There are no upcoming events at this time.

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

What if I register and then something comes up and I can’t attend the program?

We’ll be glad to roll your registration forward to a future program at the same price.

What if I miss part of the program?

Part of what makes our programs so strong is the sense of community in the cohort, so we encourage you to attend all sessions live.  If you have to miss 1-2 hours, we’ll help you get caught up. If you have to miss more than that, we’ll suggest rolling your registration forward to the next offering.

Am I eligible to attend Master Class?

You’re eligible to attend if you’re a certified ZL or HEAL Practitioner or already serving as an instructor or jiki in one or more of our programs.  Ask us if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Is Master Class required in order to maintain ZL instructor or coach certification?

We strongly encourage regular attendance at Master Class for all ZL instructors and coaches and require attendance at least once every other year to maintain certification.

What if I can’t afford the program?

If you’re committed to training with us, we’d like to try to make it possible for you.  We have a limited number of partial scholarships available to our programs. If you’d like to apply for one, here is an application.