Zen Leader Coach Certification Pathway – Zen Leadership
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You’ve experienced the flips of Zen Leadership or the energy patterns of FEBI and see how powerful they can be in your own coaching.  Or perhaps you’re a somatically-oriented coach just now encountering this pathway and finding it resonant.

Become a guide to others on the Way by first penetrating it yourself. In addition to Practitioner pathway courses and FEBI certification, Zen Leadership Coach certification requires regular attendance at our annual Master Class and training with our sister organization, Chosei Zen, including at least one intensive 4-day sesshin or keishin (i.e., online training). 

This level of  certification also offers greater interaction with and guidance from our teachers, as well as paid opportunities to coach for IZL.

When you’re not feeling whole, start digging.

–  Ginny Whitelaw

Who is it for?

  • You’re a FEBI-certified coach who wants to go deeper
  • You’re motivated to train in Zen and want to integrate Zen leadership principles into your coaching
  • You’d like to qualify for paid coaching work with IZL

Prerequisites: ICF PCC or equivalent experience. Ask us if you have questions about qualifying.

How does it work:

The Zen Leadership Coach pathway builds on the ZL Practitioner and FEBI Certification pathways. It adds personalized guidance from instructors, ZL coaching practice, regular connection to the IZL community, deeper Zen training with Chosei Zen, and regular attendance at IZL’s annual Master Class.

To learn more about the Master Class and training with Chosei Zen, click on the blocks below.

Master Class

What will you learn?

  • How to recognize when the various flips of Zen Leadership could be useful to your clients
  • How to help others make the flips of Zen Leadership ·
  • How to apply best practices in coaching and teaching to your own practice
  • How to deepen your own exploration of coaching from connected consciousness
  • How to apply Zen leadership and ZL coaching to better care for people (including racial justice and social change) and the planet.


  • Online, live, cohort-based program
  • Weekend starts Thursday evening, runs through the weekend, and finishes Sunday at lunch

Chosei Zen Training

What will you learn?

  • How to do Zen meditation in a deeply physical, hara-centered way that cultivates Samadhi
  • How to break through self-imposed limits and radically expand your capacity
  • How to develop supporting practices (e.g., chanting, shakuhachi, ceramics, Tai chi, Kyudo,  yoga) that augment your training
  • How to apply Zen training in your life and work

See the website of our sister organization, Chosei Zen, for a full description of training opportunities ·


  • In-person and online training available; see Chosei Zen website for details.

programs and fees for
Zen Leadership Coach certification*

ZL Coach Starting From ->Already FEBI & Practitioner Certified Already ZL Practitioner Certified Already FEBI Certified New to IZL
ZL Practitioner programs
FEBI Certification
Master Class
Training with Chosei Zen**
Fee$549$1295 (>$200***)$2149 (>$300)$2849 (>$500)
Or 3 Payments****$185$435$720$955
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*In addition to program requirements, one must develop proficiency in coaching with ZL and IZL reserves the right to determine when this proficiency has been met
** Training with Chosei Zen is offered on a donation basis
***Your savings
****3-month payment plan available up to 90 days before program start

“As a result of IZL and Zen training, I experience life with more energy and less fear or strain. I am more alive and open with my clients. I no longer try to fix their problems, but rather be with them in a still place that allows insight to emerge from the connectedness in the moment.”

Dennis Tirman, Tirman Consulting,
ZL Coach and Instructor

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IZL continues to serve me in ways I can’t explain…It brought me back to life and to places I didn’t know existed in myself.”

Cris Nakano, Strategist, Somatic Coach,
ZL Coach and Instructor

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“My coaching practice appears to be taken up with clients all trying to go too fast. Several months ago, I began living out the mantra “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast.”

Andy Robins Roshi, ZL Coach and Insrtuctor

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“The growth and support that I’ve gained in IZL programs is mind blowing. No problem is too big.”

Emily Alpert, FEBI Operations Manager and Master Coach

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