October 2023 – Petaluma, CA, U.S.
closed to new applications & enrollment

 November 2023 – Rome, Italy
closed to new applicants

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.


The 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 Coaching Certification Program was established in 2001 as the world’s first and most comprehensive somatic coaching program.

About Certification

  • Students enrolled in our coaching program in both the U.S. and Europe cohorts are eligible for our Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification

  • In addition, our program offers the training required to become an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach and competencies are integrated throughout our course curriculum

  •  Our program has been recognized by ICF as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) at the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level, depending on how many coaching hours participants have completed at the time of submitting their application 

  • U.S. based cohorts will have Internal Strozzi Institute Assessors review their ICF final videos and this is covered in the course tuition

  • For European 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 covered in the course tuition.

  • Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for an individual coaching accreditation through ICF . Details about his application process can be found on the ICF website at https://coachingfederation.org/

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


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 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

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 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 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.

Somatic Coaching Certification Program
In Person Retreat Dates & Info

U.S. Program
Petaluma, California
closed to new applications & enrollment

October 2023 Cohort

Session 1: October 26 – 29, 2023
Session 2: December 7- 10, 2023
Session 3: February 22 – 25, 2024
Session 4: May 16 – 19, 2024

Standard Tuition: $14450

Early sign up gifts:
$1000 by July 26, 2023- expired
$500 by August 26, 2023 – expired
$250 by September 26, 2023

Europe Program
Rome, Italy
application is now closed

November 2023 Cohort

Session 1: November 16 – 19, 2023
Session 2: January 11 – 14, 2024
Session 3: March 7 – 10, 2024
Session 4: May 9 – 12, 2024

Standard Tuition: $12,999

Early sign-up gifts:
$1000 by August 15, 2023 – expired
$500 by September 15, 2023 – expired
$250 by October 16, 2023

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

Scroll down and find answers to Frequently Asked Questions and for more details about the program

Spring 2024 | Petaluma, CA
Application not yet open

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

Summer 2024 |  New York (location TBD)

Application not yet open

Session 1: June 13 – 16, 2024 | Session  2: July 25 – 28, 2024
Session 3: October 10 – 13, 2024 | Session 4: January 9 – 12, 2025

Fall 2024 |  Petaluma, CA
Application not yet open

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
Application not yet open

Check back for dates

How to Enroll!

  1. Successful completion of Embodied Transformation
    Our foundational course and pre-requisite (taken in- person)
  2. Complete Somatic Coaching Program Application – 2023 closed 
    Check back for the 2024 program application 
  3. Schedule an Enrollment Interview with our Enrollment Director, Denise M. Maes

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 October 2023 U.S. Cohort

Meet Your Teachers for the November 2023 European Cohort


Standard U.S. Tuition: $14,450

Standard Europe Tuition: $12,999

  • 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 the Strozzi payment plan.

U.S. Program- Petaluma, California
October 2023 Cohort

Session 1: October 26 – 29, 2023
Session 2: December 7- 10, 2023
Session 3: February 22 – 25, 2024
Session 4: May 16 – 19, 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.

Europe Program- Rome, Italy
November 2023 Cohort

Session 1: November 16 – 19, 2023
Session 2: January 11 – 14, 2024
Session 3: March 7 – 10, 2024
Session 4: May 9 – 12, 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.

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.

For the October 2023 – U.S. Cohort, the teachers for all 4 sessions are:

Wendy Haines, Stephanie Meux, Anjali Sawhney, B Stepp, and Tyler Grillo.

For the November 2023 European cohort, the teachers are:

Session 1 & 4:
Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Stephanie Meux, Pete Hamill, Giulio Brunini, and Gesine Wenzel.

Session 2 & 4:
Wendy Haines, Stephanie Meux, Pete Hamill, Giulio Brunini, and Gesine Wenzel.

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

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 two levels of certification programs.

1. Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification – a dual certification

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

2. Advanced Somatic Coaching Certificate

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

US Based Cohorts are 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.

Europe based cohorts are offered in Rome, at the Borgo Pallavicini Mori – https://www.borgopallavicinimori.it/en/

Transportation and lodging are not included 

Healthy meals (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), sourced and prepared locally, are provided for lunches during all training days.

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

For Europe Cohort in Rome, Italy, we suggest that participants book travel and accommodations as soon as possible after enrollment as fall is Rome’s high season for tourism. 

As of August 28, 2024, reservations at the on-site venue Borgo Pallavicini Mori are no longer available.  Note, there was no discount code or group rate although rates are on-par with similarly situated hotels in Rome. 

There are a host of alternative hotels and B&Bs. Our Rome-based partners, Weplusnetwork, recommend starting your search with accommodations near the following two specific map points

  • Piazzale Flaminio 
  • Piazzale delle Belle Arti

Weplusenetork will arrange a shuttle service leaving in the morning from these map points to Borgo Pallavicini Mori and then back again at the end of day. 

The journey takes about 25 minutes, depending on the traffic. 

Around Piazzale Flaminio and Piazzale delle Belle Arti, you may want to search through the following list of accommodations although we do not have discount or any other agreements with the following venues







With questions, please contact Valentina Palazzo at v.palazzo@weplusnetwork.com

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

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.

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.