Certification pathway Overview – Zen Leadership
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We believe that when people experience connection with the whole picture, they lead with essential wisdom, love and fearlessness.

The world needs more people who lead from this bigness.
Our certification pathways take you there.

5 Pathways to choose from, each described below:

Zen Leader Practitioner
HEAL Practitioner
FEBI Certified Coach
Zen Leadership Coach
Zen Leadership Instructor

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Zen Leader Practitioner

How can your life and leadership be a force for good in the world? Get certified in our basic curriculum and uplevel your leadership to make your greatest difference.

Learn how to apply the reframing flips of Zen Leadership and the power of resonance, so that you can transcend limits and lead fearlessly with wisdom, clarity and compassion.

Who is it for: Leaders at all levels who care for people, planet and the future, who want to embody essential wisdom and lead with regenerative agility.

Includes: 4 online courses (ZL1, FEBI-4U, ZL2, ZL3), plus connection to Chosei Zen and a vibrant training community, optional coaching, and more. 


You were called to healthcare to heal, yet are confronted daily by brokenness in people, systems and society. How can you be a stronger, more resilient force for healing?

Apply our accredited Zen Leadership programs to healthcare and see improvements in your energy, influence, and all you make possible around you, from patient encounters to system change.

Who is it for: Healers and leaders at all levels who want to experience and apply the resilience and regenerative wisdom of ZL to healthcare in this CME-accredited pathway.

Includes: 4 online courses (HEAL 1, FEBI-4U, HEAL 2, HEAL 3), plus connection to Chosei Zen and a healing community of practice.

FEBI Certified Coach

You’ve coached and worked with enough people to know that words can reveal options, but it takes practice to build new capacities. Practice requires a nervous system; the nervous system works in patterns, and those patterns are revealed and maleable using FEBI.

Add the powerful FEBI tool to your coaching: the only assessment that links mind-body and behaviors and offers practices to engage desired energy patterns and build desired capacities.

Who is it for: Coaches, teachers and facilitators who are oriented toward integrating mind and body, working with the whole person.

Includes: 2 online courses (FEBI-4U, FEBI Certification), plus 5 or 10 FEBI reports (depending on pricing tier), connection to the FEBI coach community, training with Chosei Zen, and your own listing in our FEBI coach directory. 

Zen Leadership Coach

You want to help people break through their limitations, just as you want to break through your own. Yet the more you grow, the more you see the issue is the ego itself and how we get in our own way. How can you break through that and show the Way to others?

Learn how to guide others through the flips of Zen Leadership and the energy patterns of FEBI; expanding yourself as a coach and the creating profound openings for others.

Who is it for: Somatic-oriented coaches who are drawn to Zen training and bringing essential wisdom into their life and practice.

Includes: all the above courses (from ZL or HEAL pathway), plus your first-year Master Class, coaching practice, ongoing connections to peer coaches, mentors and IZL community, and training with Chosei Zen.

Zen Leadership Instructor

You know how much the world needs leaders who are wise beyond ego, compassionate and connected. How can you be a force for developing more of them?

Become an IZL Certified instructor, qualified to teach Zen leadership in your work, add your expertise to our curriculum, and join the pool we draw from in staffing our programs.

Who is it for: Somatic-oriented teachers and facilitators who are drawn to Zen training and teaching the flips of Zen Leadership.

Includes: all the above courses (from ZL or HEAL pathway), plus your first-year Master Class, teaching experience, ongoing connection to the IZL community, and instructor-level training with Chosei Zen.

Connection with a powerful Zen Community

Included with any of our programs: a limitless pathway into Zen training

Connect with our sister organization, Chosei Zen, and join the Virtual dojo daily, with opportunities to train in person at our Spring Green or Madison-based dojos, as well as groups spreading on 3 continents.

We combine world-class embodied leadership development with world-class Zen training that will take you further than you can imagine.

It takes guts (we call it hara) and heart, yet what could be more fulfilling than opening to your whole Self and authentically expressing that in the world?

You can enroll in a course at a time, or dive in and commit to a pathway option with additional discounts and rich opportunities for practice between courses. Click on the pathway of interest to learn more about its courses and options.

Course and Pathway BenefitsZL PractitionerHEAL PractitionerFEBI Certified CoachZL CoachZL Instructor
Online, live, interactive programs
Connection to ongoing community of practice
Connection with Chosei Zen, access to all of their programs
Comprehensive workbook, manual, and/or book
Applications to personal and work challenges
Partner Coaching and core practices between sessions
Option to work with professional coach
Qualifies for continuing medical education credits
Listing in our Certified Coach Directory
Qualified to coach others with FEBI
Eligible to attend Master Class
Includes Master Class (1 year)
Engage in ongoing and intensive Zen Training
Additional, personalized guidance from instructors
Qualified to coach others in Zen Leadership, including with IZL
Paid work opportunity with IZL
Qualified to teach ZL or HEAL programs, including with IZL
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“I have become more integrated, whole, and connected through participating in the Zen Leadership series. And a better leader.”

Jeff Grip

Partner at Strategic Talent Solution

“When you realize it is time to do your own deep work, learning with the Zen Leader community will help you gain the insights to face your shadows and bring more brightness to the world.”

Luann Barndt

Coach and Facilitor

“If you have a sense of purpose (or are looking for one) or feeling you’re working hard and it’s not reaching enough people, try Zen Leadership. There’s a great chance it will come to you. Yes, really.”

Stephany Dano

Coach and Embodied Facilitator

“You will be astonished from this experience.”

Gina Currie