Somatic Coaching Certification
A Pathway to Becoming a Master of Somatic Coaching
A Dual Certification Program in Somatic Coaching and ICF Coaching
Rise above the clutter of coaching and personal development offerings and become the source of transformation, success, and impact you are longing to be. Our Somatic Coaching Certification Program—established in 2001 as the world's first and most comprehensive somatic coaching program—equips coaches with the somatic practices, distinctions, and presence required to offer this paradigm-shifting work to their clients.

We have over 45 years experience delivering innovative embodied leadership programs to individuals and organizations around the globe including Fortune 500 companies, large governmental agencies, small businesses, B-corps, and NGOs. 
A Note From Founder Richard Strozzi-Heckler
"Our proven methodology has successfully transformed thousands of lives. Now we want to give it to you so you may be the source of transformation in the lives of your clients."
Groundbreaking Methodology to Produce Sustainable Change within Your Clients
As a Strozzi Institute Certified Somatic Coach, you will be equipped with our unique world-class Somatic methodology which combines neuroscience, holistic practice, action-oriented communication, and mindfulness to create embodied learning within your clients. 
Embodied learning means knowledge is retained and utilized not only from a cognitive understanding, but from a felt experience through the body. This felt experience means that your clients will be able to take new actions aligned with their values and vision, even under the same old pressures. 

Bring Truly Sustainable Change to Your Clients
Focus their talents into purposeful action and create the capacity to produce even more valuable results
Assist them to manage the volume and complexity of their commitments
Accelerate their career trajectory
Increase their self-confidence in new areas; they will find themselves experiencing greater endurance, strength, flexibility, and agility
Dramatically enhance their leadership presence and catalyze their followership
Who Will Benefit
Our commitment is to develop transformative leaders, coaches, and organizations that can meet the challenges and hopes of our times—leaving our communities and the world more vital.
Mission-driven business leaders and high performers seeking greater performance, profit, and impact
Coaches and consultants who see life as it is and as it could be, and are called to bridge the gap for their clients.
Social entrepreneurs and mission-driven business leaders seeking greater performance, profit, and impact.
Healers, educators, parents, and other caretakers who need to stay centered as they support others.
Growth-minded people who are in a transition and ready for more clarity, focus, and ease in their life and work.
What You'll Learn
The Somatic Coaching Certification Program includes three 5-day in-person sessions, one-on-one mentor coaching, somatic learning groups, and online resources over a 6 to 7 month period totaling 152.5 contact hours.
Session One: Theory and Practice
This session integrates lectures, experiential practices, small and large group discussions, and observation of live coaching sessions. In addition to a foundation in Somatic methodology, this program teaches you to support others to effectively fulfill on their commitments, to work more skillfully with others, and to embody new, generative ways of being.
Session Two: Process
This session will ask you to step into the next level of leadership. You will facilitate transformative conversations with your peers and receive assessments on your coaching presence, your questioning, and your listening. This feedback will become integral as you move into working with practice coaching clients. We will also 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 Three: Theory + Practice + Process
Our third session is an integration and culmination of the theory, practices, and processes that you have been working with over the last six months. This session prepares you to graduate into the field of coaching, feeling confident about your offer and competence, and holding a clear set of next steps to continue deepening your practice as a lifelong learner. This session will also prepare you for your final performance evaluation. A Mentor Coach will review your final coaching session, providing you with feedback on all aspects of your development and embodiment as a Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach.
Between Sessions: Continued Learning
In between the sessions, 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.
Quality Teachers
We have the most rigorous standards for our teachers of any coach training organization. We deliver on the promises of embodied leadership in action, assuring a level of mastery on behalf of our teachers. Meet our Senior Teachers:
Jennifer Ianniello
Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Staci K. Haines
Participants say it best
"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
"Great experience, lots of development, both personally and professionally. I am leaving with a foundation and am equipped to start practicing and growing into my coaching practice."
- Andrea Ingrisch, Coach, Mobius Executive Leadership
"I think it is one of the best trainings that I have ever participated in... [Strozzi Institute Somatic Coaching Certification] is not just a coaching program, it develops the human inside of you."
- Diana Jimendi, Creator
"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
Course Details
The Somatic Coaching Certification Program is ACTP ICF certified.
Participation in Embodied Leadership Level One (Formerly Leadership in Action One), the first program in our Embodied Leadership Pathway, is required prior to registering and is not included in the cost.
The course is offered on a 13-acre ranch in the rolling hills of Petaluma, California. The Strozzi Institute’s training site is a dojo which means "place of training" in traditional Japanese arts.
Transportation, Lodging, and Food
Organic meals (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), sourced and prepared locally, are provided for continental breakfasts and lunches during all training days. Transportation and lodging are not included. Recommended lodging options
Cost and Payment
The cost of the Somatic Coaching Certification Program is $11,550. You can pay the full tuition up front, or pay a non-refundable $500 deposit and the outstanding tuition no later than 30 days before the course.
Strozzi Institute is committed to making our courses as available and accessible as possible. We offer a limited number of scholarships to students. Scholarship details
Course Cohorts
Our Somatic Coaching Certification Program uses a unique cohort model. This means that you will be with the same group of participants in each session. This builds community and creates a depth of relationship that allows participants to coach each other throughout the work.
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Master Certification
Designed for advanced students who have completed their Somatic Coaching Certification, our Master Somatic Coaching Certification Program offers an ongoing path for Somatic Coaches to move from the fundamentals to the embodiment of powerful and transformative somatic skills, so they may partner with clients in deeper and more potent ways.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the course requirements?
All individuals must complete Embodied Leadership Level One (Formerly Leadership in Action One), the first program in our Embodied Leadership Pathway, prior to enrolling in the Somatic Coaching Certification program.
What happens if I need to cancel?
When appropriate, Strozzi Institute will refund tuition for courses minus the deposit amount, 30 days prior to the course; and 50% of tuition up to 15 days prior to the course. Requests for cancellation/refund must be submitted in writing via email to View our cancellation policy.

What language(s) is the program available in?
At this time, the Somatic Coaching Certification Program is only available in English.

Can I get continuing education credit for this?
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
Who should participate in the Coaching Certification Program?
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.
What programs are offered?
Strozzi Institute offers two levels of programs for individuals wishing to pursue certification: the Somatic Coach Certification and the 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.
Who teaches the program?
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.