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2019 Education Groups

Check out our education groups! These groups offer great opportunities to receive support for your development as a professional coach, deepen your mastery of coaching, connect with your colleagues, and explore new territory. And most of them offer CCE’s! For 2019, there are eight education groups to choose from, including five new options. All of the groups are included in your ICF-CO activity fee - no matter how many you join!


Most of the groups are designed to be ongoing, so participants will build on their development and their connection to the group over the course of the year. Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged in order to get the most out of the experience.


Some groups will meet in person & others on Zoom (or a combo of virtual and in-person). The virtual programs are a great way for coaches located outside of the Greater Denver Metro area to connect with the wider ICF-CO community and take advantage of our education programs from anywhere in Colorado and beyond! We will once again be offering a Continuous Coaching Development Group in Colorado Springs, and we are adding another in Northern Colorado. 

Cost: If you've paid your ICF-CO Activity Fee, there's no charge! 
Otherwise, you're welcome to join as many groups as you like for $99 total for the entire year.

Group size is limited and is each group is designed as a continuing cohort for the year. Grab your spot(s) quickly!

  • Core Competencies & Credentialing
  • Experienced Coaches Salon
  • Continuous Coaching Development
  • NoCo (Northern Colorado) Coaches Continuing Coaching Development
  • Professional Coaches Mastermind
  • Somatic Coaching
  • Spiritual Elements of Coaching

Note For Those Who Have Not Paid the ICF-CO Activity Fee
If you sign up for more than one group and are not an ICF-CO member, you will be prompted to pay the $99 fee on each group registration page. Please note that you will only need to pay that fee one time, regardless of how many groups you are signing up for. If you are registering for more than one group, please contact Kelly Johnson for a fee waiver for subsequent education group registrations. 


If you have any questions regarding Education Groups, please contact Suzanne Mariner at


If you’re interested in bringing a program to ICF-CO – in-person, webinar, or workshop – then please submit a proposal and we’ll consider it. If you know someone else who would bring great value for our members, encourage them to submit their own proposal, or contact us directly.

Somatic Coaching

Dates:Third Thursdays of the month
Times: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Location: In-Person - Private home in the North Stapleton neighborhood of Denver

2 in Core Competencies and 1 Resource Development for each of the eight sessions in 2019.
Total of 24 CCE’s (for those who attend all sessions).

Do you love to work with movement and body awareness in your coaching? Or is this an area outside of your comfort zone, which you would like to understand better? Whether this is home ground or new territory for you, this is an opportunity to keep growing and learning. The Somatic Coaching Education Group will be focusing on a variety of body-oriented coaching approaches that integrate the use of movement or heightened body awareness.


Although the body is key to how we take action in the world and to the resulting outcomes, this domain is often not addressed in coaching conversations. This group is for anyone interested in exploring how they might enrich their own coaching practice through mindfulness of the body in both their personal and professional development. It will also be useful for coaches who are already experienced with somatic awareness and want to explore new territory and best practices. We will explore a variety of approaches to Somatic Coaching, with several different session facilitators over the course of the year.


The group is designed to be a rich, experiential way to deepen your understanding of how to coach with the body in mind. We will build on our progress of integrating and expanding our embodiment of somatic practices in our coaching over the course of the year, so attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged in order to get the most out of the experience.


Key Learning Points & Benefits for Participants:


- Develop a more somatically aware approach in your life and in your coaching


- Develop sensory acuity and daily practices to cultivate an embodied presence, personally and professionally


- Experience peer-coaching during and between monthly sessions, and practice specific skills in a supportive environment, with focused feedback.Sessions will incorporate various approaches to experiential learning, including practices in body awareness, movement, and cultivating somatic coaching mastery through peer-coaching practice and feedback.


- During the sessions, each group member will have the opportunity to set specific actions, share challenges and receive feedback


- Learning will continue between sessions through simple daily somatic practices to support your progress, as well as an ongoing group dialogue area on Basecamp


- On Basecamp we will have a living document to which we can all contribute, that will be a reading and resource list with articles, research information, book recommendations, and other Somatic Coaching resources, as well as an area for handouts from the monthly sessions



6:00pm - Welcome/community building (while sharing a potluck dinner)
                and discussion of our ongoing learning and our focus for the evening

7:00-8:45pm - Facilitated learning session and Co-Coaching practice in trios

8:45pm - Integration Activity

9:00pm - End


CCE’s Offered
2 in Core Competencies and 1 Resource Development for each of the eight sessions in 2019.
Total of 24 CCE’s (for those who attend all sessions).

Meeting Logistics:
  • Eight monthly in-person meetings; February to May 2019 and August to November 2019 
  • We will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 6:00-9:00pm 
  • Please bring a healthy potluck dish to share


Private home in the North Stapleton neighborhood of Denver – located just off highways I-270 & I-70
(address shared upon registration)

ICF-CO Members: No fee to participate in this Education Group
ICF-CO Non-Members: $99 fee to participate in this Education Group



Zora Boas 150x167Zora Boas


Since establishing her leadership development business in 1987, Sara Boas (aka Zora) has coached thousands of managers and professionals from over 100 different countries, on five continents. Together with her colleagues, she supports the ongoing learning and development of business and community leaders around the world. Her company - boas partners - specializes in holistic leadership development that integrates all levels of our being - physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual - in daily life.

Zora has been a Master Certified Coach since 2005, a long-standing ICF Assessor conducting ICF examinations at PCC and MCC levels, and is a former co-chair of the ICF Global Credentialing and Program Accreditation Committee. She is the director of the boas professional coach certification.

Zora is a dance artist, an accredited mediator and an expert in bodymind integration, neuro-linguistic programming and movement observation. Her work draws on the disciplines of psychology, anthropology, organisational behaviour, somatics and philosophy of science. Other sources include dance, physical theatre, yoga and martial arts, as well as diverse wisdom traditions and her love of wild nature. She holds an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and is the founder of LIFEdance!, an exciting approach to personal development that embodies the motto "live your dance, dance your life."

Julia Meade 150x167Julia Meade


Julia Zhu Meade is an experienced leadership and career coach with a PCC credential. She is a trained and certified ontological coach (NCC) with Newfield Network.  She has coached more than 350 executives and professionals from different backgrounds in support of their career transformation and life transitions since 2014.

Somatics is an integral part of Julia’s coaching practice. She believes that our body keeps a score and it never forgets. How we physically show up in the world contains a lot of information of the hidden beliefs and mood space that governs one’s life. Lasting change comes from being aware of our body and shifting our somatic presence into one that supports maximizing our personal and professional potential.

Julia loves learning and sharing wisdom. She holds a MA in American literature and worked in higher education before transforming into a coach. She is also a graduate of the C-IQ program offered by Judith Glaser and Shadow into the Soul Program by Terri O’Fallon and Kim Barta. Both approaches incorporate somatic awareness and support the integration of this awareness into coaching. 


Suzanne Mariner 150x167Suzanne Mariner

Suzanne has been evolving her work in Somatic Coaching and body-centered therapies for over 30 years. She did her first coach training in 1982 at MMS Worldwide Institute (known as the original and oldest coach training in the world), with Chérie Carter-Scott – “The Mother of Coaching.” She has been practicing coaching and body-centered therapies since 1983, and completed the Newfield Ontological Coaching Certification Program in 2009. She is trained in energy work, Massage Therapy, Meditation, Trager Psychophysical Integration, Mentastics Movement Education and many other body-centered and integral approaches to supporting healing and wellbeing, all of which inform her coaching work.

Suzanne was one of the pioneers of Hospital-Based Massage Therapy and led groundbreaking published research on the effects of Massage Therapy on patients in acute care settings. Her undergraduate degree is in Community Education with emphasis on Health & Communications, and her graduate studies were in Human Care Nursing and Integral Healing.

She coaches in the areas of wellness, life transitions, and professional and leadership development. Suzanne’s coaching passion is supporting sustainable positive change through listening to and leading through the body-mind-spirit connection. Fascinated with how our biography can become our biology, and symptoms can be metaphors, she loves to support her clients in listening to their bodies and finding their way “home.”

Patti Risch 150x167Patti Risch

From early years, Patti, has had an interest in somatics through movement and bodywork. Paying deep attention to the body and its connections to behaviors, ways of thinking and feeling, and to spirit has been a source of on-going learning and commitment. In 2009, Patti completed Pilates instructor training in Zürich, Switzerland, and has taught Pilates in private practice and group classes. In 2008 she completed the Newfield Ontological Coaching Certification Program, and in 2009 did the certificate training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Zürich. She is an avid meditator and practices Mindfulness Meditation based on the principals of MBSR as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. She holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Vermont and is currently enrolled in a Positive Psychology Coaching Certification program at the Wholebeing Institute.

Patti is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and has had advanced coach training with inviteChange in Washington. Her work with clients includes a broad spectrum of topics, such as adjusting to new environments, cross-cultural transitions, repatriation and a multitude of life transitions. Her coaching is grounded in modern neuroscience and positive psychology, using a mindfulness-based, integrative, heart-centered approach. Embedded in her coaching is a focus on well-being through ontological and somatic practices, mindfulness and meditation.

Credentialing & Core Competencies

Dates: 4th Friday of each month
Time: 1:00 to 2:00pm MT
Location: Virtual Meetings via Zoom (Zoom link will be provided by facilitator.)

We spend 45 minutes focusing on one of the eleven ICF Core Competencies. The other 15 minutes is relational and sharing progress made toward the next ICF credential. We include participation, discussion and occasionally breakout practice groups. We will also use Basecamp to upload files used so they are available to participants.


1. Examining each of the 11 Core Competencies, focusing on one each month.
2. Receiving support and encouragement in working toward the next ICF credential.

The dates and topics for the year 2019:

Date | Competency

January 25: Establishing the Coaching Agreement

February 22: Establishing Trust & Intimacy

March 22: Coaching Presence

April 26: Active Listening

May 24: Powerful Questioning

June 28: Direct Communication           

July 26: Creating Awareness

August 23: Designing Actions

September 27: Planning & Goal Setting

October 25: Managing Progress & Accountability

November 29: Ethics & Standards

Meeting Logistics:
Monthly video conference meetings
Minimum 5, maximum 20

Continuing Education CCEs offered

ICF-CO Members: No fee to participate in this Education Group
ICF-CO Non-Members: $99 fee to participate in this Education Group

About Walt Hastings:

Walt Hastings, MCC has been coaching for 17 years; is an instructor and mentor coach for two coaching schools; has been a Board member for ICF Colorado Chapter for 4 years; is currently the Director of Credentialing for the ICF Colorado Chapter; is a Board member and Director of Credentialing for CCNI (Christian Coaches Network Int.); holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from a theological seminary.

Facilitated by:
Walt Hastings, DMin, MCC

Spiritual Elements of Coaching


2nd Wednesday of each month (January - June 2019)


Noon - 1:00pm MT


Virtual Meetings via Zoom (Zoom link will be provided by facilitator.)

This group will involve non-dogmatic topical discussion concerning spiritual matters/issues that often arise in coaching. Open to all coaches or prospective coaches, who engage in conversation regarding spiritual concerns or questions. Also helpful for those interested in pursuing deeper spiritual connection more consistently, and finding ways to share spiritual content with their clients.

Key learning points and benefits for participants: 
1) Identify key spiritual topics and concerns.
2) Glean various experiences, forms of knowledge, and perspectives from participants concerning the subject matter.
3) Practice implementing core competencies relating to spiritually-based coaching inquiries, e.g. observing ethics, crafting effective questions, active listening, etc.

We'll actively facilitate group discussion and practice at each session.

Meeting Logistics:
Monthly video conference meetings
Minimum 6, maximum 15



ICF-CO Members: No fee to participate in this Education Group
ICF-CO Non-Members: $99 fee to participate in this Education Group


About Jim & Ruth Sharon:

Jim is a licensed psychologist, Ruth is a licensed professional counselor, each with over 42 years of experience as holistic psychotherapists and seminar facilitators. Jim was certified as a life coach by Grow in 2001; Ruth was trained as a wellness coach by U.S. Corporate Wellness in 2006. Both have served as relationship coaches for committed couples since 1980's. We're the authors of four books, several book chapters, and many professional articles. We have decades of formal training in several religious and mystical traditions. We participate in interfaith dialogues and advocate peacemaking.

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Facilitated by:

Jim Sharon

Ruth Sharon

Professional Coaches Mastermind

3rd Friday of the month (January - November 2019)
Time: 11:30 - 1:00pm MT


ICF Colorado's Professional Coaches are gathering monthly to offer an exclusive community and collaboration while presenting opportunities for new knowledge, challenging experiences, and cross-networking.  Feedback and group sharing are the core of mastermind process, this group will leverage these elements heavily. We will use a Basecamp group for discussion/contact outside of regular meetings.

Key learning points and benefits for participants: 

Connect with other coaches; discuss ideas, curiosities, challenges and experiences. Exchange resources. Set goals and give/receive accountability.

Meeting Logistics:

Virtual Meetings via Zoom (Zoom link will be provided by facilitator.)
Minimum 5, maximum 12

Continuing Education CCEs offered


ICF-CO Members: No fee to participate in this Education Group

ICF-CO Non-Members: $99 fee to participate in this Education Group


About Sheryl Zausen


Sheryl Zausen is a Mastermind Facilitator and Life Coach trained through The Martha Beck Institute. She also trains coaches and leaders in Mastermind process and facilitation. Prior to coaching, Sheryl worked closely with executives in the Pharmaceutical industry facilitating meetings, group problem solving and leading groups. She has facilitated Mastermind groups for entrepreneurs and coaches since 2016, creating groups that offer opportunities for learning, knowledge sharing, accountability, networking and goal setting.



Sheryl ZausenFacilitated by:
Sheryl Zausen
(720) 530-8682

Experienced Coaches Salon

Dates: Wednesday following the ICF Colorado monthly meeting
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm MT

Location: In Person - Address provided by facilitator



Register Here

This group is a social and supportive group to its participants and has been meeting for many years. Everyone attending has time reserved for sharing. The subject of the sharing is up to the participant and may be either personal or professional. The other members of the group are committed to listening and sometimes may ask questions or comment on what the person sharing has talked about. Everything that is talked about is confidential. Anyone who has been coaching for five years or more may enjoy being part of this group. The benefits increase as a person makes coming to the group a habit and forms deeper friendships with the other members of the group. 


Be in a safe place with colleagues where anything can be shared.


Meeting Logistics

In-person monthly meetings

Wednesday after the ICF-CO monthly meeting from 7:00-9:00pm

Minimum 2, maximum 12



ICF-CO Members: No fee to participate in this Education Group

ICF-CO Non-Members: $99 fee to participate in this Education Group


About Judy Sabah:

Judy Sabah is the host, her home is the location for the meeting. Judy is founder of the ICF Colorado Chapter and has been a member of the group for many years.

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Hosted by:
Judy Sabah, MCC



Continuous Coaching Development

Dates: First Thursday of each month
Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm MT
Location: 2520 Lumberjack Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

These monthly series of workshops are designed for leaders and coaches who wish to grow through practicing the ICF's Core Competencies. It is experiential learning and not spoon feeding of "how to's". During each session each participant will get to: Coach, Coach a coach, Be a client. Learning is multi-level as each person experiences accelerated growth of skills and new habits for success. 

Key learning points and benefits for participants: 
  • Be able to name, define and explain the importance of each ICF Core Competency
  • Experience the indicators in real life with immediate feedback from fellow coaches and leaders
  • Self select what areas you want to work on
  • Move ever closer to feeling confident in achieving the next level ICF Credential
  • Have fun in learning and sharing with fellow participants committed to growing

Earn 2.5 CCE's and .5 Resource units each 3 hour workshop

Hosted by:
Geo Roberts


NoCo (Northern Colorado) Coaches 
Continuing Coaching Development

: 4th Thursday of each month

Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm MT

Location: In-Person and Virtual 
We will rotate among NoCo coaches for location, presentations

Minimum: 6; Maximum: 24

Monthly meetings in northern Colorado, modeled after the Colorado Springs Continuing Coaching Development that Geo Roberts facilitates/hosts, using presentations, round table discussions, triad role playing and/or "mini-coaching" sessions, large group discussions.

Key learning points and benefits for participants: 
* Competency mentoring and practice
* Special coaching techniques or tips from the various knowledge bases
* Triad coaching or hot seat coaching with feedback
* Reflective coaching for the coach (case reviews)

Experiential learning through:
* role playing
* triad coach/coachee/observer sessions with direct feedback
* small and large group discussions

About the Facilitators

Pat Williams 150x167Dr. Pat Williams
(386) 302-8991 
Master Certified Coach ( ICF)
Board Certified Coach (CCE)
Seal Future Fund Coach
Forbes Coaching Council

Donna Sullivan 150x167Dr. Donna Sullivan, MD, FAAFP
(970) 988-8012  

Full-time Faculty, Ft Collins Family Medicine Residency
Fellow, RIHEL (Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Fellowship)
Advanced Leadership Training Program 1993
Advanced Physician Leadership Program 2015
Volunteer Coach, Coach Team Leader