An Immersive Eight-Month Certification Program

Join us in October 2022

Save $1,000 when you register before February 7th, 2022

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.

Groundbreaking Methodology to Produce Sustainable Change with Your Clients

Strozzi Institute is the original architect of embodied leadership and somatic coaching. Our methodology has been fine-tuned over 45 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 Coaching Certification Program was established in 2001 as the world’s first and most comprehensive somatic coaching program.

In our program, you’ll:

    • ground yourself in somatic practices

    • become a more powerful and effective coach

    • discover how an embodied learning approach can create lasting change for you and your clients

Certification in Somatic Coaching and ICF Coaching

All students enrolled in our coaching program are eligible for our Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification. 

In addition, we offer the training required to become an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach. Our program has been recognized by ICF as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) at the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level. 

Students have the option to upgrade into a dual certification process and combine training for our Somatic Coaching Certification with our Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for an individual coaching accreditation through ICF via the ACTP pathway if they meet the credentialing application requirements. 

In this option, students participate in an additional coaching track during our 8-month somatic coaching program. The ICF certification option provides mentor coaching, one-on-one coaching, webinars, and evaluation to prepare students to master the ICF Core Competencies and elevate their coaching business. 

Facilitate Breakthrough Change
With Your Clients

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:

  • Build resilience, flexibility, and agility

  • Increase their self-confidence in new areas

  • Accelerate their career trajectory

  • Assist them to manage an increasingly complex world

  • Introduce them to the “felt experience” of being embodied

  • Give them access to multiple intelligences that live in the body

  • Cultivate their leadership presence

  • Create the capacity for them to produce valuable results

Introduction to Somatic Coaching:
Free On-Demand Webinar

Strozzi Institute Founder, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, and Strozzi Institute Director of Methodology, Staci K. Haines, discuss why Somatic Coaching works and what you will experience in the Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification program.

Is Somatic Coaching Certification for You?

The benefits of embodied learning and somatic practices are useful for anyone looking to bring their whole self to the task of meeting the challenges and hopes of our times in new and more effective ways, 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

What You Will Learn

Our Somatic Coaching Certification Program includes four 4-day retreats, one-on-one mentor coaching, mentoring groups, webinars, and online learning. Training takes place over 8 months and includes 165.5 contact hours. 

Our program model uses a cohort model, which means you will be with the same group of students for all 4 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 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.

Get on the List!

Our next Somatic Coaching Certification starts in October 2022. Enrollment opens in August 2022.
Retreat Dates are October 27 – 30, 2022, December 1 – 4, 2022, Feb 23 – 26, 2023, May 18 – 21, 2023.
Join our list to receive new date notifications.

Successful completion of our Embodied Transformation course is a prerequisite. If you have not completed this course, you can learn more about Embodied Transformation here.

Register Now!

March 10 – October 2, 2022
Petaluma, CA

Successful completion of our Embodied Transformation course is a prerequisite. If you have not completed this course, you can learn more about Embodied Transformation here.

Step 1: Pre-Enrollment Call

Required prior to registration

Due to the high demand of this program and the depth of commitment for participants, a conversation with Strozzi Institute Enrollment Director, Denise M. Maes, is required before registration.

2022 Cohort

March 2022 to October 2022

Save $1000 when you register before February 7, 2022

Session 1: March 10 – March 13, 2022
Session 2: April 21 – 24, 2022
Session 3: July 7 – July 10, 2022
Session 4: September 29 – October 2, 2022

Pay In Full

Register today
for $11,950

8-Pay Plan

8 monthly payments
of $1,493.75

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


Early Bird: $10,950 before Jan 31, 2022
Standard Tuition: $11,950
Optional ICF Accreditation: $2,500
Payment plans available

The course is offered at the Strozzi Institute dojo (which means “place of training” in traditional Japanese arts) located on a 13-acre ranch in the rolling hills of Petaluma, California.

Organic meals (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), sourced and prepared locally, are provided for lunches during all training days. Transportation and lodging are not included. See our recommended lodging options for our Petaluma location here.

Yes. Successful completion of either our foundational course, Embodied Transformation (formerly Embodied Leadership) or completion of School of Embodied Leadership (SOEL) is required. If Embodied Transformation course appears full, please schedule a consultation with Denise M, Maes, our Director of Enrollment to help facilitate your enrollment in a course. We will work with you to make sure you are able to enroll in the Somatic Coaching Program.

The Strozzi Institute scholarship program is a tuition reduction program with the highest amount awarded being a 40- 50% discount.

It 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 identity, and socioeconomics.

Scholarship applications can be submitted up until 8 weeks before the course date so please apply early. Applications are reviewed and awarded with the intention to make the biggest impact. Scholarship awards will be communicated via email 1 week after the close of the application process. Awards can not be used in conjunction with other discount offers or transferred to other coursework.

Click here to apply for a Scholarship.

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

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

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

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.

Strozzi Institute offers three levels of certification programs: Somatic Coaching Certification, Dual Somatic Coaching and ICF ACTP accreditation, and Master Somatic Coach Certification.


We also offer several public courses and corporate programs in embodied leadership, somatic bodywork, and cultivating mastery outside of our coaching tracks.

The teachers at Strozzi Institute are the originators and leaders of the somatic methodology as it relates to leadership and coaching—meaning, you’ve come to the right place! You won’t easily find another learning environment in which the staff has as much experience, depth, and practiced knowledge. The average Strozzi Institute Faculty has 15 years of experience in our methodology and in developing coaches.

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

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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.