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Empower Your Clients to Embody Their Full Potential

For transformation to occur, you must include a key component that most coaching omits: the wisdom of the body

Insight and knowledge alone can’t produce breakthrough behavior change. To reliably achieve lasting change, you need the expertise developed through somatic coaching.

Somatic coaching moves the center of learning from the head into the body, giving you and your clients access to all aspects of your intelligence—intellectual, emotional, and physical. 

In this robust program, you will learn the somatic practices, distinctions, and presence required to offer paradigm-shifting work to clients. Not only will you become a more effective coach, but you will also deep-dive into your own embodied learning journey.

This unique approach prepares coaches to facilitate sustained, transformative change in their work with individual clients and leaders. We define transformation as the ability to take new actions aligned with your values and vision, even under the same old pressures. 

We call it Embodied Learning…

And it’s what the Strozzi Institute is known for.

Strozzi Institute Methodology

Produce Sustainable Change with Your Clients with this Groundbreaking Methodology

Strozzi Institute is the original architect of embodied leadership and somatic coaching. Our methodology has been fine-tuned over 50 years of development and it produces reliable sustainable change. 

In our breakthrough methodology, we use body-based practices, mindfulness, martial arts, action-oriented communication, and generative conflict training to identify conditioned patterns that limit performance and create new neural pathways and new possibilities for our clients. 

Our Somatic Coach Certification Program was established in 2001 as the world’s first and most comprehensive somatic coaching program.

Facilitate Breakthrough Change
With Your Clients

Course Promises

Somatic coaching is a transformational process that empowers individuals to more effectively fulfill their commitments, to work more skillfully with others, and to embody new, generative ways of being. At the completion of this program, you will be able to facilitate breakthrough change with your clients in the following ways:

  • Introduce them to the wisdom of the body/soma
  • Build resilience 
  • Discover vision and longings for change
  • Increase emotional range 
  • Generate purposeful action
  • Understand embodied reactions and transform them into more choice and responsiveness
  • Grow capacity to live and act in an increasingly complex world
  • Create the ability to produce results aligned with their commitments
  • Cultivate their presence and embodiment
  • Deepen authenticity and relationship
  • Distinguish and work with shaping from social conditions

Is Somatic Coach Certification for You?

The benefits of somatic practices and embodied transformation are useful for anyone looking to bring their whole self to the task of meeting the challenges and hopes of our times, including:​​​​​​

  • Coaches and consultants who see life as it is and as it could be, and are called to bridge the gap for their clients
  • Mission-driven business leaders and high performers seeking greater performance, profit, and impact
  • Social entrepreneurs looking to facilitate change by cultivating more active and vital communities
  • Healers, educators, parents, and other caretakers who need to stay centered as they support others

Learn more in this free, on-demand webinar

Register at the link below to receive The Essence of Empowerment: A Free Introduction to Somatic Coaching with Wendy Haines

About Certification

  • Students who complete our coaching program in either the U.S. or in Europe are eligible for our Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach Certification (SISC)
  • In addition, our program integrates the competencies required to become an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach  throughout our program curriculum so that students are prepared for ICF certification
  • Our program has been recognized by ICF as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) at the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level, depending upon how many coaching hours participants have completed at the time of application submission
  • U.S. based cohorts will have Internal Strozzi Institute Assessors review their ICF final videos. Final assessment for ICF is included in the U.S. program tuition
  • For EU based cohorts,  graduates can submit an ICF final assessment video directly to the ICF as part of their application or pay a Strozzi Institute Assessor for an additional fee. Final assessment for ICF is not included in the EU program tuition
  • Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for an individual coaching accreditation through ICF. Details about this separate application process can be found on the ICF website.

What You Will Learn

Our Somatic Coach Certification Program includes four 4-day in-person sessions, one-on-one mentor coaching, mentoring groups, webinars, and online learning. Training takes place over 8 months and includes more than 150 contact hours. Our program uses a cohort model, which means you will be with the same group of students for all 4 retreat sessions. This creates a sense of cohesion and builds community over the course of the program.

Session 1:

Somatic Transformation

The best coaches embody the terrain of somatic transformation through their own lived experiences. In this introductory session, dive into the core somatic practices to deepen your authentic leadership presence and take action towards your vision. Learn how to shift ineffective moods and use conflict as a generative force. Develop somatic skills to confidently embody the coach you want to be, starting from the most important place: your own presence.

Session 2:

Somatic Coaching Foundation

Establish your somatic coaching foundation through experiential practices, lectures, small and large group discussions, and observation of live coaching sessions. Set clear coaching agreements and incorporate ICF coaching competencies into your sessions. Learn essential somatic bodywork skills to enhance your coaching offer, including rhythmic breathwork patterns and quality of touch. Identify how your client has been shaped by the world and assess the conditioned behaviors that stand in the way of their vision.

Session 3:

Advanced Practice

Step into the next level of your coaching practice. Facilitate transformative conversations with your peers and receive assessments on your coaching presence, your questioning, and your listening. We will discuss the standards and protocols of ethical practice, including how to plan and structure a somatic coaching session, how to assess a client’s somatic shape, and how to facilitate a transformative coaching experience based on what your client cares about.

Session 4:


All your hard work culminates to integrate the theory, practices, and processes you’ve been working with over the last 7 months. You’ll prepare for and receive a final performance evaluation from a mentor coach who will offer feedback on all aspects of your development and embodiment as a Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach. You’ll also develop a clear set of next steps to continue deepening your practice as a lifelong learner and get the support you need to graduate into the field of coaching feeling confident and competent.

Between Sessions:

Practice and Continued Learning

Between each session, there will be methodology calls, group mentor coaching calls, one-on-one sessions with your mentor coach, work with practice clients, and somatic theory sessions. Plan for approximately 10 hours per month.

Here’s What You’ll Receive when you register for Embodied Transformation with Strozzi Somatics:

Receive depth teachings, guided practices, partner work, demonstrations, and interactive small and large group sessions.

In addition to the guided sessions, you’ll receive practices, exercises, and “assignments,” to deepen your experience and skills long after you return home.

Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach 
Certification Program (SISC)

In-Person Sessions Dates & Details

U.S. Program — Spring 2024
Petaluma, California

In-Person Session Dates:

Session 1: April 11 – 14, 2024 | Session 2: June 6 – 9, 2024
Session 3: August 15 – 18, 2024 | Session 4: Nov 7 – 10, 2024
Sessions meet Thursday – Sunday

Standard Tuition: $14,950


$1000 Early-Enrollment Discount
Enroll by January 25, 2024*
Extended through February 8, 2024

Program Application Close Date
February 8, 2024*
Missed the application deadline?
 Contact us to see if there is still space in the program. 

U.S. Program — Summer 2024
Washington, D.C.

 In-Person Session Dates:

Session 1: June 12 – 15, 2024 | Session 2: July 24 – 27, 2024
Session 3: Oct 9 – 12, 2024 | Session 4: Jan 8 – 11, 2005
Sessions meet Wednesday – Saturday

Standard Tuition:

$1000 Early-Enrollment Discount
Enroll by March 12, 2024*
Extended through March 29, 2024*

Program Application Close Date
April 15, 2024*

*Have questions about how application dates align with the Embodied Transformation course you are taking? See answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Due to the high demand for this program and depth of commitment for its participants, there is an application and interview required for candidates with Strozzi Institute’s Enrollment Director, Denise M. Maes

Fall 2024 | Petaluma, CA

Dates are confirmed
Application not yet open
Sessions meet Thursday – Sunday

Session 1: September 12 – 15, 2024

Session 2: Nov 14 – 17, 2024

Session  3: January 23 – 26, 2025

Session 4:  April 10 – 13, 2025

Fall 2024 | Rome, Italy

Dates are confirmed
Application not yet open
Sessions  meet Thursday – Sunday

Session 1: Nov 14 – 17, 2024

Session 2: January 23 – 26, 2025

Session 3: March 20 – 23, 2025

Session 4: June 12 – 15, 2025

How to Apply

Step 1: Successfully complete the in-person foundational course, Embodied Transformation

Step 2: Payment of $150 application fee via Program Application – Part A

Step 3: Upon confirmation of payment, you will receive a link to the Somatic Coach Certification Program Application – Part B: Intake Form

Step 4: Complete the Program Application – Part B: Intake Form 

Step 5: Schedule an Enrollment Interview with the Director of Enrollment

Step 6: Invited candidates will be provided with next steps on how to formally enroll in the Somatic Coach Certification program

What students are saying about Strozzi Somatics:

“Strozzi Institute opens people up to be truly freer…”

“Without Somatics you have a truncated coaching relationship. Most coaching, in it current form, brings in the things that people already do well—talk—without the grounded understanding of the body and emotions that bring it all together. And without that full understanding and knowing, coaching is only a few steps up from talking with a friend. Strozzi Institute opens people up to be truly freer for new action that you can’t get to otherwise. The coaching industry needs Somatics.”

— Margaret Echols, MBA, MA, CIC, CSC, MCC, Faculty at Georgetown Coaching Program

“The real leg up is how you move more masterfully in the world…”

“What will give you a leg up? Will it be knowing more? You probably know a lot already. You’re probably already an expert. The real leg up is how you move more masterfully in the world and how you get other people to move masterfully with you. You will do that here. You won’t just talk about it—you will do it.”

— Beata Lewis, Executive Coach and Change Consultant

“My ability to sense myself and others widened and deepened tenfold…”

“Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification was a transformative journey personally and professionally as a coach. My ability to sense myself and others widened and deepened tenfold. Everyone in the program was held with so much care and rigor. I know I made professional friendships that will last a lifetime.”

— Shen Weiss, Engineering Development Specialist

Meet Your Teachers for the April 2024 U.S. Cohort

Meet Your Teachers for the June 2024 U.S. Cohort


U.S. Standard Tuition: $14,950*

EU Standard Tuition: $12,999 USD*

  • Graduates completing their coursework in Europe are eligible to submit for an individual ICF coaching certification with SI, for an additional fee.
  • As a U.S. based organization, we are not able to absorb the added costs of foreign currency conversion for our students.

Up to an 8-pay payment plan is automatically available to all participants. There are no fees or interest charged to access our payment plans.

Tuition does not not include lodging or travel to and from venue.

*There is a $150 non-refundable application fee. See “How do I apply to the program” for more information.

Step 1:
Successfully complete the in-person foundational course, Embodied Transformation

Step 2:

Payment of $150 application fee via the Somatic Coach Certification Program Application – Part A. You will receive a receipt of payment via email.

Step 3: 

Upon confirmation of payment, you will receive a link to the Somatic Coach Certification Program Application – Part B Intake Form: Intake Form

Step 4:

Complete the Program Application – Part B: Intake Form. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirmation that your intake form has been received.

Step 5:  

Scheduled an Enrollment Interview with the Director of Enrollment via this LINK.

Step 6:
If, after your Enrollment Interview, you are invited by the Director of Enrollment to enroll in the program, you will receive an email with a link to the enrollment and payment form.


  • The $150 application fee is non-refundable and will be applied toward your tuition should you be invited to enroll in the program.
  • Your application will hold your spot in the program until completion of your Enrollment Interview.
  • Once you have been invited into the program, you will have ten (10) business days to complete your enrollment and payment arrangement. 
  • The Program Application will close approximately 6–10 weeks before the course start date or when the program has enrolled to capacity (see course page for full details).
  • Once the program is closed, a waitlist will be created should spots become available.
  • If you are applying for a scholarship, you will complete steps 1 – 5. Once scholarship awards are announced, you will be provided steps to enroll. Please see our scholarship application page for details.

Our foundational course, Embodied Transformation is the required first step to begin the Somatic Coach Certification (SISC) program. However, if you are enrolled in an Embodied Transformation course that takes place after the SISC application close date but before the start of the program, we have a process to support you.

  1. Complete the Program Application – Part A and Program Application – Part B: Intake. This can be done before completion of Embodied Transformation. If you wish to wait to fill out the Program Application until after completion of Embodied Transformation, please email the Director of Enrollment at of your interest.
  2. Schedule an Enrollment Interview with the Enrollment Director to take place AFTER your completion of Embodied Transformation
  3. We will also extend the early enrollment discount of $1000 to candidates in this situation
  4. If you wish to apply for a scholarship for the program, please do so by the scholarship due date. Timelines and details are provided on the Scholarship Application.

U.S. Program- Petaluma, California
April 2024 – Spring Cohort

Session 1: April 11 – 14, 2024
Session 2: June 6 – 9, 2024
Session 3: August 15 – 18, 2024
Session 4: November 7 – 10, 2024

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday

To give yourself enough time to arrive, check-in and ground, plan on arriving no later than 8:30 a.m. each morning for a 9:00 a.m. start. For the final day, we suggest that you be generous with yourself as you say good-bye and plan to exit by 5:00 p.m.

U.S. Program- Washington D.C.
June 2024- Summer Cohort

Session 1: June 12 – 15, 2024
Session 2: July 24 – 27, 2024
Session 3: October 9 – 12, 2024
Session 4: January 8 – 11, 2024

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday – Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

To give yourself enough time to arrive, check-in and ground, plan on arriving no later than 8:30 a.m. each morning for a 9:00 a.m. start. For the final day, we suggest that you be generous with yourself as you say good-bye and plan to exit by 5:00 p.m.

The Spring 2024 program based in Petaluma, California will be held in the Dojo (meaning a “place of training” in traditional Japanese arts) on the 13-acre Strozzi Ranch. The address is 4101 Middle Two Rock Road, Petaluma, CA 94952.

The Summer 2024 program based in Washington, D.C. will be held at The Festival Center, located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood (bordering the Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights neighborhoods), and accessible via public transportation. The address is 1640 Columbia Road NW, Washington D.C. 20009.

The location for the 2024 program will be in Rome, Italy, the location is  TBD.

Transportation and lodging are not included in the cost of tution.

A healthy lunch (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), sourced and prepared locally, are provided for during each training day. Breakfast and dinner are not included.

For Petaluma, CA,  see our recommended lodging options for our Petaluma location HERE.

For Washington, D.C. check back for more information

Yes. Successful completion of either our foundational course, Embodied Transformation taken in-person anywhere or completion of School of Embodied Leadership (SOEL) is required.

If the Embodied Transformation course appears full, please schedule a consultation with Denise M. Maes, our Director of Enrollment to help facilitate your enrollment.

This foundational work embodied in the prerequisite course supports the integrity of our methodology and prepares our participants for advanced work.

Our coaching programs are open to anyone wishing to work holistically with clients, and develop their mastery of Somatic Coaching and embodied leadership. Some individuals are already certified coaches through one of our colleague institutions, but for many, this is their first foray into the world of coaching.

It is recommended, when possible, to work with a Somatic coach, including receiving bodywork, to understand what it is like to be coached somatically.  Find a Somatic Coach at this LINK. 

Watch free on-demand webinar with Richard Strozzi-Heckler & Staci K. Haines: The Art of Somatic Coaching LINK

Read books on Somatic Methodology:

Leadership Dojo by Richard Strozzi-Heckler
The Art of Somatic Coaching by Richard Strozzi-Heckler
The Politics of Trauma by Staci K. Haines

The ICF has approved the following Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for individuals who complete the Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach Certification Program:

  • Core Competencies: 119.5 hours
  • Resource Development: 21 hours

Strozzi Institute offers an integrated dual coach certification program

  • A Somatic Coaching Certification through the Strozzi Institute
  • ICF (International Coaching Federation) with a ACTP accreditation.

Program Format 

Program Introduction Live Group Video Call (1)

In person retreat trainings (4 x 4)

Methodology Live Group Video Calls (6)

Coach competency Calls (4) 

One-on-one Mentor Coaching Calls (4)

Observed Coaching video review sessions (4)

Small group mentor coaching calls (3)

Certification Requirements

Final Video Submission

  • 1 Video for Somatics Only
  • 1 Video If going for Professional Certified Coach (PCC)  with International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Other Completion Requirements

  • All Homework Submitted
  • Live attendance of 5 out of 6 online calls
  • Must watch all call recordings not attended live and report to Mentor Coach when complete
  • Utilize all Mentor Coaching Sessions

At this time, the Somatic Coaching Certification Program is only available in English.

The Strozzi Institute scholarship program is a tuition reduction program. Availability is based on the number of applicants in each course pool and spots available for each individual course. The program is highly competitive, needs-based, and is focused on being the most effective. Therefore, it is prioritized to support traditionally marginalized communities with regard to race, sexual/gender identity, class, and socioeconomics.

The Somatic Coach Certification  Program Application must be received BEFORE the scholarship application can be submitted. We are not able to consider scholarship applications without a Program Application prior to submittal. If your foundation course, Embodied Transformation, takes place after the program application deadline, you will be able to update your application (if you like) before you meet with the Enrollment Director for the enrollment interview. 

Please apply early.

Scholarship applications can be submitted up until 10 weeks before the course start date. The program is closed to all new applications on the  “program application close date.” We will reopen if there is space in the program and if scholarship funds are available. (see important dates in course description)

Scholarship awards will be communicated via email  after the application closes. (see important dates in course description and deadlines in the scholarship form)

Awards expire five (5) days after announcements. Be prepared to enroll and start your payment plan. (see important dates in course description and deadlines in the scholarship form)

Awards can not be used in conjunction with other discount offers or transferred to other coursework. 

Scholarship Applicants that do not receive an award will be extended the $1000 early discount.

Click here to apply for a Scholarship.

Teachers for the U.S. Spring 2024 Petaluma, California-based cohort are:

Wendy Haines, Stephanie Meux, Namiko Uno, Tesfaye Tekelu

Teachers for the U.S. Summer 2024 Washington, D.C.-based cohort are:

Stephanie Meux, Tesfaye Tekelu, B Stepp, Aaron Kinnart

You can read about our teachers at the About Us page or click on their images in the “Meet your teachers section.”

Chat with Denise M. Maes, Director of Enrollment, to receive guidance about enrollment into Strozzi Institute’s courses.

Schedule a Time to Talk

About Strozzi Institute

Strozzi Institute
Strozzi Institute is the creator of embodied leadership — a unique, neuroscience-based approach that integrates mindfulness, action-oriented communication, martial arts, and generative conflict training to prepare leaders, coaches, and teams to meet today’s biggest challenges.

Over 50 Years of Experience
Our unique and powerful embodied leadership methodology positions us as the leading institution shaping executives, teams, and leaders toward mastery in their business. We have over 50 years of experience in delivering innovative programs to a diversity of organizations around the globe that include Fortune 500, large governmental agencies, small businesses, B-corps, NGOs, sustainable business visionaries, multinational companies, and budding entrepreneurs.