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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 per year.

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.


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

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

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

Continuing Education (CCEs) offered



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.