We offer certification pathways for practitioner-leaders, coaches and instructors of Zen Leadership. These pathways start with certification in Zen Leadership. Those interested in further coaching and teaching applications can continue in specialized training to become Zen leadership coaches and IZL-certified instructors. In linking together a number of our program offerings, these pathways can serve as useful guides in your training, leadership, and growing your work in the world.
Anyone who comes to an IZL program is welcome to start applying what they’ve learned to their work the moment they leave. But Zen Leadership is more than the work of one program. These certification pathways are for people interested in building an actualized proficiency in Zen Leadership and/or further wanting to share that with others through coaching or teaching. These pathways set the standard for what we would look for in the coaches and teachers we bring into future IZL programs.
Practitioner-leader certification generally involves three face-to-face programs with time for practice and leadership application in between, including work on a specific project. It also includes at least one physical Zen training program (e.g., BodyZen, HaraZen, Zazenkai). Coaching and teaching certifications involve further specialized training, development of a practice, FEBI certification, and attendance at sesshin (See chart below).
Yes, if you’ve attended past alumni programs, they can count toward one of the specialized program requirements.
Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to indicate your interest in getting certified as a coach or instructor and to work out alternate ways of meeting certification requirements. We may waive normal pathway requirements for coaches or instructors having relevant prior experience or other ways to gain that experience.
Starting this year, we will issue Certificates of Completion for IZL programs, making it easier for you to keep track of when you’ve come through each one. Let us know of your interest in getting certified and, once you’ve met the basic (or negotiated alternate) requirements, we’ll send you an application you can submit with your relevant program and applied experience, along with a nominal fee for its review.
Every growth scenario we look at tells us we will need more coaches and teachers of Zen Leadership in the future, but we cannot guarantee when those scenarios will ripen or that you will have work with us. We can guarantee that you will be in the pool we draw from in staffing future programs.
We’re in the process of expanding the accreditation of our programs with other organizations. For example, The Zen Leader program now qualifies for 12 CCEUs with ICF. Let us know of other CEU types that would be of use to you professionally.
|Certificate in Zen Leadership||Zen Leadership Coach Certificate||Zen Leadership Instructor Certificate|
leadership role and challenge
1. Foundational Program (e.g., The Zen Leader, CitiZen, Integrated Leadership)
2. Physical Training program (e.g., BodyZen, HaraZen, Zazenkai)
3. Specialized Programs: ZL2 and ZL3
-Leadership application (action learning)
-Approximate contact hours >120
-Time in practice >1.5 yrs
ICF certified coach or equivalent, ZL certification
1. Foundational Programs: Covered in ZL certificate
2. Physical Training program: sesshin
3. Specialized Programs: ZL Coach, FEBI certification
-Ongoing practice in Zen, energy patterns
-Approximate contact hours >180
-Time in practice >2yrs
experience in teaching, leadership or leadership development, ZL certification
1. Foundational Program: Covered in ZL certificate
2. Physical Training program: >2 sesshin
3. Specialized Programs: ZL Instructor training (in each of the 3 ZL sessions), FEBI certification
-Teaching application, practice
-Ongoing Zen practice
-Approximate contact hours >250
-Time in practice >4yrs