Academy Foundational Training
Academy Foundational Training (formerly known as Mastering Life’s Energies) Are you an entrepreneur, leader, teacher, changemaker, parent, coach, or best friend? Before you can empower the people around you, you have to learn to go past the point where you’ve stopped yourself!
In this multi-session intensive course, you will discover and transcend your personal stopping points. You’ll learn specific principles and strategies to bring your ideas, dreams, and vision to life. You will become more resilient during times of uncertainty and change and will see how to build trust no matter what’s happening with you or anyone else.
This course is the foundational module of our Academy Professional Coach Training Program, as well as our flagship, stand-alone intensive for leadership, personal, and professional development.
Fully online. Virtual live workshops.
3 Sessions remaining this year
July 14-17 | September 15-18 | November 9-13
You cannot coach someone past a point you haven’t gone yourself.
Tools and skills for a luminous life
Luminous means: “emitting or reflecting light, startlingly bright, inspiring, radiant, resplendent, stunning, splendid.” In this course, you will learn a simple approach to living a luminous life — a way to create a life in which you see, at any moment, that you are doing exactly what you are here to do. The four aspects of luminosity are:
Gain a taste for the principles of this course by reading the renowned book by our founder and primary course leader, Dr. Maria Nemeth.
Seeing what is important to you. In this course you will discover your “personal GPS” and gain tools to live by it.
Putting your energy toward what is important to you. In this course, you’ll see where you’ve wasted energy, and how to use it effectively.
Taking small sweet steps toward what is important to you. In this course you’ll see how to “get things done” — with ease instead of struggle.
An unearned or unexpected blessing. In this course, you’ll gain tools for practicing the secret to grace: Being grateful, no matter the situation.
Curriculum for a life well-lived
You will gain a foolproof set of tools, practices, and skills for living the luminous life, encapsulated by six core transformational competencies:
Quickly observe and rise above your self-limiting inner dialogue.
Stay centered and respond easily, no matter the circumstances.
Act from your true nature, rather than from your doubts, fears, and anxieties.
Create a context in which others can see and act from their greatness.
Continually and actively be “coached” by your life and all those in it.
Bring your most cherished vision to reality by taking small sweet steps.
A profound & practical approach
Our work is rooted in ontology, the study of being. We look at what it truly is to be human: The values we live by, the heroic journey we are each here to take, and, ultimately, the gift to others we want to be known for. Our approach is:
How the course is structured
Our approach bridges the disciplines of personal transformation, leadership development, and coach training. The course is an engaging mix of “flipchart-style” teaching, personal reflection, group coaching, peer interaction, and experiential skill-building. The course is structured around four simple elements:
We take universal success principles based in wisdom teachings and neuroscience, and distill them into their most accessible form.
We then give you incredibly simple tools and practices you can use to immediately apply those principles in your everyday life and work.
The course is structured around actually using those tools, so you’ll leave with the skill and confidence to apply them.
You’ll leave with a support structure and simple ways to do something with what you’ve learned, and turn insight into actual shifts in your life.
Due to COVID-19, our entire academy professional coach training program is available online. You will be able to experience the full depth of learning and skill development that our program has to offer, while also having an environment to build relationships with your fellow participants.
Is it possible to have a transformational experience
in an online course?
Yes. By bringing together our more than 20 years of experience leading groups and advanced video conferencing tools, we have crafted a powerful, engaging, and truly transformational experience. There will be ample opportunities to interact not just with your course leaders, but also with your fellow participants, so you have a rich experience of connection and community. Here’s what our participants have said:
Ruth Connell, Actor
This work has made an incredible and indelible difference in my life for the better! Maria and the other Course Leaders' calm manner, unbelievable patience, and huge experience has helped redirect my attitude towards making the best contribution in this life that I can. I've not only achieved significant goals in our time together but have so with more clarity, focus, ease and grace. Joy is a great side effect of these teachings.
Mazin Jamal, Coach, Artist, and Community Organizer
This course guided me gently, slowly, and with care, to see what stood in the way of my success and fulfillment. At times it was totally uncomfortable, but the whole time, it was safe and well-led. The opportunity to leave with more confidence and trust in my voice of wisdom than ever before was completely priceless. I came with five teammates from my organization, and we were all extremely skeptical. We all signed up for the next course.
Pakou Her, Senior Campaign Director of UltraViolet and former Executive Director of 18MillionRising.org
Trust me, I’ve been through a lot of coaching, leadership, and professional development trainings, but this one really left a mark. I have honestly applied at least one thing I learned in this training *every day* since. For all you project-doers, dream-havers, business-starters, and change-makers out there, I highly encourage you to check out the training yourself.
Bengt Kallenberg, Executive & Career Coach
This work has taken my coaching to a new level and created a lot of energy in my life. I gained a deeper understanding about how I was getting in my way as a coach. The tools I learned have helped me as a coach and in my daily life, and as a result, I've been able to help my clients shift from their self-limiting thoughts to what´s most important to them.
Anna Wagner, Senior National Organizer at Greenpeace USA
This was life-changing. I use the tools *every day*. It’s helped me see my purpose more clearly than ever, move beyond comparison and resignation, and deepen my self-care practice. I’ve done MANY leadership trainings and seminars but this stands out from the crowd, because the tools are so elegant and practical.
Mattie Weiss, Training Director at Educators for Excellence
The best part for me is the applicability of the tools and the ongoing support, which I have used every single day, in multiple ways, in the time since the training. My life has been irrevocably changed by the ideas I digested and commitments I made in this training.
Seth Bush, Grassroots Organizer at Sierra Club
This course radically changed the way I do my work. This training provided me with a set of skills to move past my most familiar reactions to change, and tap into a lasting inner fortitude that has me committed to my work for the long haul. And the best part is that I've gained a community of practice that has only strengthened over the years.
Refugio Mata, Program Director at Resource Media
Taking this course is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
Why this Course?
There is nothing new about the wisdom teachings and success principles underlying our work — they have been around for millenia. What is unique about this work is that it puts these principles into a practical form you can use, to bridge the gap between life as it is and as you know it could be.
Our greatest inner obstacle is Monkey Mind, that chattering voice always jumping from worry to doubt and back to doubt again. This course teaches you how to observe Monkey Mind and shift toward thoughts worth thinking.
So many books and trainings try to teach us about what to do differently… but we still don’t do it! This course provides you a step-by-step system of tools and skills for putting success principles into consistent daily action.
Often momentum and excitement dissipates once you re-enter the “real world” of daily life. You will leave this course with A) structured buddy support and B) a lifelong community of alumni, all dedicated to your success.
Is this course for you?
People attend for many reasons, personal and professional. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
I'm at a crossroads and I'm ready to see what's next.
This course will help you find direction and focus, so you can intentionally create the life you love and make the contribution you are here to make.
I feel overwhelmed and really need a recharge.
This course will support you to step back, take stock, and see how to create and sustain a new level of clarity, focus, ease, and joy in your life and work.
I want to be a more empowering leader, manager, mentor...
This course will help you master the “inner” domain of leadership, giving you a core set of proven practices for empowering yourself and others.
I want to be a masterful professional coach!
Coaches trained elsewhere call this “the missing piece” in their training; AND, aspiring coaches can take this as the first module in our certification program!
We serve purpose-driven people and organizations who see life as it is and as it could be, and are called to bridge the gap.
Coaches, consultants, executives, and managers ready to bring out the greatness in those they serve.
Social entrepreneurs and mission-driven business leaders seeking greater performance, profit, and impact.
Nonprofit professionals, organizers, and civic leaders striving to be more effective and resilient agents of change.
Ministers, educators, healers, parents, and others in helping roles who want to stay centered as they support others.
Growth-minded people who are in a transition and ready for more clarity, focus, and ease in their life and work.
Upcoming Academy Foundational Training (AFT) Courses – Online
Cost: Inclusive sliding scale (see below)
Class Size: No more than 30 people per course
Location: Online, by video conference
For ICF Coaches: 30 Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs) – 23 Core Competency,
7 Resource Development
In order for you to get full value from the Academy Foundational Training course,
we require full attendance.
Academy Foundational Training
September 2022 Course
Sep 8: Orientation Call
5-6pm PDT | 8-9pm EDT
Sep 15-18: Course
9am-6pm PDT | 12-9pm EDT
9am-1pm PDT | 12-4pm EDT
Academy Foundational Training
November 2022 Course
Nov 3: Orientation Call
9-10am PST | 12-1pm EST | 18.00-19.00 CET
Nov 9-13: Course
7am-2pm PST | 10am-5pm EST | 16.00-23.00 CET
9am-1pm PST | 12-4pm EST | 18.00-22.00 CET
Your Course Leaders
Dr. Maria Nemeth
Dr. Maria Nemeth helps purpose-driven people everywhere see their greatness and bring it all
As Founder and Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence, she has trained thousands of people worldwide in the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors. She is a leading expert in leadership excellence, personal/professional development, and financial empowerment, whose work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. A lifelong agent of social change, Maria has contributed in areas such as civil rights, racial justice, women’s empowerment, and health & human services.
Register with our sliding scale
We envision a world in which everyone is supported 100% and no one is left out. Our sliding scale reflects that vision, by supporting people to participate who could not otherwise do so.
|…OR Organizational Budget|
(if your organization funds you)
|Standard Price||Early Bird Price|
(25% discount, see availability below)
|$90,000+ (all USD)||$10,000,000+||$3,600||$2,700||Register Now|
|$70,000 - $89,999||$4,000,000 – $9,999,999||$3,000||$2,250||Register Now|
|$50,000 – $69,999||$1,000,000 – $3,999,999||$2,400||$1,800||Register Now|
|$25,000 – $49,999||$0 – $999,999||$1,800||$1,350||Register Now|
|$0 – $24,999||Not applicable to organizations||$1,200||$900||Register Now|
Check the early bird deadline below to see if it is active for your course.
Early Bird Deadline
AFT July 2022 Course – US
AFT September 2022 Course – US
July 15, 2022
AFT November 2022 Course – US
September 9, 2022
We are dedicated to making this course financially workable for you, any way we can! We are happy to arrange a payment plan for you at no additional cost, as long as it is paid in full by the day of the course.
As part of our growing effort to be a stand for justice, equity, diversity, we are now accepting scholarship applications for Academy Foundational Training. These scholarships aim to make a meaningful impact in the lives of women of color, marginalized populations, and the LGBTQ community.