Creating A New Generation of Embodied Teachers

Successful completion of our Embodied Transformation and Somatic Coaching Certification courses is a prerequisite. If you have not completed these courses, you can learn more about Embodied Transformation here or the Somatic Coaching Certification here.

A rigorous and loving pathway to becoming a teacher
at the Strozzi Institute

Share Your Skills and Encourage a New Generation of Somatic Practitioners and Coaches

Strozzi Institute is a network of dedicated teachers with advanced training in somatics theory and practice. We provide an evolving methodology that assesses culturally conditioned tendencies and uses the body and shaping — a term to describe how we physically hold and embody conditioning, even when it doesn’t align with our values — to support long-lasting transformation for individuals and the collective.

Our goal is to empower individuals and the collective to recognize and move through conditioned tendencies and historical shaping that restrain growth. We strive to help others identify and hold consciously chosen values front and center. We provide training and tools that utilize the body and somatic practices to support the embodiment of life-giving visions and values to achieve transformation and true desires.

With 50 years of development and experience, we have fine-tuned a unique and powerful methodology that reliably produces sustained change. Strozzi Somatics teaches the “how” in actualizing the best leadership and coaching ideas, theories, and intentions — not just for individuals, but for coaches, teams, and companies around the world.

Strozzi Institute’s methodologies empower transformational change through the body.

The Strozzi Institute Teacher Training Program (SITT) is designed to build a vibrant, multi-racial, multi-gender, competent and compelling teaching body that can lead and assist in all SI programs and partnerships. It is a depthful training program designed to build a team of practiced, committed, embodied teachers who can competently teach somatic methodology to leaders, teams, organizations, and coaches.

Join a Community with the Best Somatic Teachers in the World

Our teachers are the embodiment of the Strozzi Institute. Our work in the world depends on our teachers embracing and expressing our mission, methodology, and our best practices.

They are the ones laying the groundwork of our methodology in the hopes of creating sustainable change and crafting a better world.

You May Be a Good Fit if You Have Experience and Competence in All Three of the Following Domains:

Coaching and Bodywork

  • Leadership, executive, or life coaching training 
  • Mentor coaching for somatics and/or ICF 
  • A holistic bodywork practice 

Impact / Organizational Work

  • Organizational development and strategy with impact organizations
  • Leadership development
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training

Facilitation and Embodiment

    • Facilitating transformative group space
    • Ongoing transformative or embodiment practices
    • Have completed more than two courses with us or Generative Somatics

How Our Teacher Training Program is Different:

This is not a one-time certification. It is a multi-year path that includes intensive development with current Strozzi Institute Lead Teachers.

It takes commitment to practice and learning to lead courses at the Strozzi Institute. Depending on your previous experience, this is a 5 to 10 year training path.  

We believe that we are the best versions of ourselves when we engage in lifelong learning. This belief transfers to our Teacher Training program. 

We are actively building a team of committed teachers who can embody competently teach the Strozzi Institute’s somatic methodology and teach it to leaders, teams, organizations, and coaches. We serve multiple constituencies including: sustainable businesses, benefit corporations, and corporate partnerships in the fields of coaching, leadership development, and personal transformation.

A Teacher’s Promises to Strozzi Institute

  • Long term (10+ years) teaching partnership commitment with Strozzi Institute
  • The commitment of 12+ days a year for participation in teacher development, including in-person training days in California
  • Availability to assist in 2-3 assigned courses per year
  • The Willingness to be a trainee while developing teaching competency
  • Commitment to daily practices, receiving somatic bodywork, and partnering with a practice buddy on a regular basis
  • Demonstration of stepwise progress in your own learning in order to continue in the training program
  • If interested in organizational work, we require a commitment of at least 30% of your professional capacity to be available to lead engagements for Strozzi Institute

Our Promises to You 

  • A thriving and practicing learning community
  • To provide 8 days of teacher training in person for free
  • To provide an online practice group and online training sessions 
  • To give teachers in development regular assessments to support their progress

As teachers with the Strozzi Institute, we are moving the field of embodied transformation forward.

Our Teacher Training Approaches Include:

  • In-person group training
  • Online group training
  • Practice groups
  • Mentorship
  • In-course development, both as a trainee and as an assistant

Over the course of this multi-year path, you will participate in:

  • Two 4-day in-person training sessions at The Dojo in Petaluma, California
  • Regular Zoom webinars designed to explore advanced levels of embodiment methodology
  • Monthly team and buddy calls to share and celebrate your progress toward your teacher development goals
  • Engagement in daily practices that move you toward the embodiment of the methodology, developing relevance for student audiences, and alignment with the vision and mission of the Strozzi Institute as well as your own growth and development
  • Support and accountability structures to maintain daily alignment

You will also gain access to:

  • A diverse and dynamic community of teachers-in-training with expertise in multiple domains
  • An online library of audio and written materials to support your journey
  • Advanced practices and teaching distinctions with Senior Teachers including Richard Strozzi-Heckler and Staci K. Haines

Looking for more information to see if this is the next step
on your somatic journey?

What students are saying about Strozzi Somatics:

“She presents things with extraordinary clarity…”

“Staci Haines is one of the best teachers I’ve ever encountered. She creates a safe and engaging space in which to explore and learn. And, Staci has a very grounded and warm presence, she presents things with extraordinary clarity, and she responds to inquiries and offers demos with the utmost respect and care. In addition, the content and somatic practices of the course complement each other beautifully and have the power to be transformational.”

Misty Perez Truedson

“There’s no better place to learn & practice these skills than with the Strozzi Institute’s community of teachers and practitioners.”

“The instruction, coaching, and encouragement to be in a community of practice deepened my somatic awareness and continued to support my own embodied change, for the sake of liberation and love with power. I need – we need – this embodied competency to meet this moment. There’s no better place to learn & practice these skills than with the Strozzi Institute’s community of teachers and practitioners.”

Caitlin Brune

“The masterful instructors were authentic…”

“This class was a godsend for me… The masterful instructors were authentic, making it safe for everyone to show up in whatever mood or place they were in. I learned several practices that are helping me live out my commitments in the world.”

— Rebecca Glenn

“It was dramatically different than anything I had experienced before.”

“We wanted a game changer for accelerating our high performing teams and our leadership team. I’ve worked with a lot of different leadership programs and the Strozzi Institute’s is the one that works. It was dramatically different than anything I had experienced before. It’s their ability to connect the mind, language, action, and the body into sustainable practices. And we were able to see actual true change in a very short amount of time. It deeply resonated with our teams in a meaningful and authentic way.”

— John Pershing, SVP HR Ascena Retail Group

“The execution and the team has been the most professional I have ever seen.”

“I loved it! It was very profound and subtle at the same time. The execution and the team has been the most professional I have ever seen. Humanity, values, care, love were always at the foreground. I feel humbled and grateful to have been part of this experience.”

— Tania Fichtner, Director at Tajo Consulting (Mexico City, Mexico)

FAQs

This program is offered free of charge to selected individuals, with the exception of travel, lodging, and meal costs, which are covered by the participant.

This 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.

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