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What is the Co-Active® Leadership Program?

The Co-Active® Leadership Program is a powerful experiential program designed to uncover, deepen and build on your natural strengths as a leader. It consists of four intensive residential retreats and in-between assignments over a ten-month period.

Who is this program for?

This international program is designed for people who want to have a more powerful, positive and lasting impact within their profession, organization, family, and/or community, and are ready to do something about it. The diversity of program participants enhances both its appeal and impact.

How does this program differ from other personal and/or leadership development programs?

In addition to its unique and experiential Co-Active® model, this program stands out by continually deepening and integrating learning over a ten-month period. This results in both personal mastery and the formation of a powerful leadership community that builds and sustains momentum over time.

What are the physical requirements and can you accommodate limitations?

As an experiential program, learning is often accomplished through moderate activity including movement, games, exercises, and various physical challenges. Course participants vary widely in both age and fitness levels however, and limitations can be accommodated without sacrificing learning. Safety is of the utmost concern and everyone is encouraged to participate only to the extent to which they do not risk injuring themselves or others. A medical form completed at the time of registration allows us to address any issues early on.

Why is the impact of this program so difficult for people to describe?

As an experiential program, learning often happens through activities, games, and exercises designed to get the learning out of your head and deeply embedded in your body. As a result, the specific impact of learning is often difficult to describe in words.

How has the Co-Active Leadership Program impacted participants' lives?

The most universal participant feedback is that the Co-Active Leadership Program is 'life changing.' Specifically, graduates report that the program has most dramatically impacted their ability to access their personal strengths and leadership qualities, and apply them in all aspects of life, both personal and professional. They are more able to show up fully, take a stand for who they are and what they believe in, and take responsibility for the impact they create in the world. Graduates are also more attuned to the gifts of others and seek out opportunities to re-experience the joy of collaboration and co-creation.

How time-intensive is this program? What are the expectations of participants between retreats?

The program consists of 22 full training days spread over four residential retreats, plus group interaction and projects scheduled between each retreat. Projects are designed by participants themselves, and vary widely in content, scope and time commitment. Retreat days often include structured activities into the evening hours. Participants remain connected with their leadership community through regular conference calls that take place at least bi-weekly, and via project work.

Can I receive continuing education hours for this program?

The International Coach Federation (ICF) has approved the Co-Active Leadership Program for 182.75 hours of Continuing Coaching Education. We will provide a certificate of completion and supporting information for participants who are interested in pursuing continuing education units with other professional associations.

Will I be at a disadvantage if I don't have any coach training?

While many Co-Active Leadership Program participants do have coach training and therefore a similar frame of reference when they begin the program, this is not a coaching course and prior coach training in not essential to successfully complete this program. We do however recommend that participants without other CTI® training become familiar with Co-Active principles by reading the book, Co-Active Coaching, by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House and Phil Sandahl. This book will provide you with the basic language and understanding of the Co-Active model, which applies to leadership as well as coaching.

Leadership and Coaching

How is this program related to Co-Active Coaching?

The Co-Active framework was developed by the three CTI co-founders, Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House and Karen Kimsey-House. It holds that all people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and forms the basis for creating collaborative, proactive alliances. This framework applies to leadership development as well as coach training. Skills and techniques are important in both our leadership development and coach training programs - authenticity and connection are even more important.

How will the Leadership Program help my coaching?

Through the Co-Active Leadership Program you will develop a wider range of self-expression, the flexibility to dance with whatever shows up in the moment and the strength to stand in your power - regardless of the circumstances. This in turn enhances your ability to be fully present with and take a stand for your clients.

Should I take the Co-Active Leadership Program or Certification Program first; or take them simultaneously?

The answer to this question is highly individual, and we'd be happy to explore this with you over the phone. Some questions to consider include: What are you up to in the world right now? Is your goal to be a full-time coach or use coaching skills in other work that you do? What are your time, family, work, and/or financial constraints? Do you like to be busy or need time to process information?

Is the Co-Active Leadership Program required to become a CTI course leader?

Successful completion of the Co-Active Leadership program is one of the pre-requisites to becoming a CTI front-of-the-room leader for the coaching curriculum. Completing the Co-Active Leadership Program does not guarantee that you will be hired as a Leader however, as a rigorous front-of-the-room interviewing process is also required. Learn more about how to become a faculty member.

Northern California, USA

When do the retreats begin and end?

All retreats begin promptly at 10:00 AM on the first day and complete at 3:30 PM on Sunday. All participants are expected to stay the entire time so please make your travel plans accordingly.

Where is the retreat center located? What airport should I use?

Our Northern California retreat center is set picturesquely in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon. In an area abundant with California heritage and natural beauty, it is surrounded by dozens of historical wineries and points of interest. Located near the town of Sonoma, it is 50 miles north of San Francisco, 45 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, 30 minutes from Napa Valley and approximately 1 ½ hours from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

What kind of transportation is available from the SFO airport to the retreat center?

Transportation to and from the retreat centers is handled by participants themselves, often as a group or in carpools. Travel planning information and driving directions will be provided prior to the first retreat.

What are the accommodations like? Can I stay off-site?

Our Northern California retreat center offers a relaxed, nurturing and peaceful environment. Delightful paths lead to charming and comfortably furnished redwood cabins nestled in the gardens above the pool area. Lodging is shared with other participants and because of the community-building design of this program, you may not stay off-site. Fresh local cuisine will be specially prepared and served in the beautiful California mission-style dining room. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.

North Carolina, USA

When do the retreats begin and end?

All retreats begin promptly at 10:00 AM on the first day and complete at 3:30 PM on Sunday. All participants are expected to stay the entire time so please make your travel plans accordingly.

Where is the retreat center located? What airport should I use?

The retreat is held at a beautifully renovated 50-year-old tobacco barn nestled on a 63 acre Green farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The Lodge is located about 35 minutes from the Asheville, NC airport.

What kind of transportation is available from the Asheville airport to the retreat center?

Transportation to and from the retreat centers is handled by participants themselves, often as a group or in carpools. Travel planning information and driving directions will be provided prior to the first retreat.

What are the accommodations like? Can I stay off-site?

Our North Carolina Retreat Center is a modern retreat facility surrounded by lush gardens, waterfalls and lovely trails. Fresh local cuisine will be deliciously prepared, and dietary restrictions will be accommodated. Lodging is dormitory-style and shared with other participants. Because of the community-building design of this program, you may not stay off-site.

Sitges, Spain

When do the retreats begin and end?

All retreats begin promptly at 10:00 AM on the first day and complete at 3:30 PM on Friday. All participants are expected to stay the entire time so please make your travel plans accordingly.

Where is the retreat center (masia) located? What airport should I use?

The masia is located on 300 acres near Sitges, Spain. It is less than one hour from the Barcelona International Airport.

What kind of transportation is available from the Barcelona International Airport to the retreat center?

Transportation to and from the retreat centers is handled by participants themselves, often as a group or in carpools. Travel planning information and driving directions will be provided prior to the first retreat.

What are the accommodations like? Can I stay off-site?

Almiral de la Font is a beautifully renovated masia in a rural, hilltop setting. The retreat center has an excellent chef who is experienced in cooking a wide variety of cuisines. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated. Because of the community-building component of this program, you may not stay off-site. Lodging is shared with several other participants.