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Is it possible to have a transformational experience
in an online course?

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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:

What to Expect

What the course is and is not

This is a transformational course, not an informational seminar, traditional training, networking conference, or forum for psychological healing. We will not analyze you or engage in therapy with you, however, we will teach you to observe and go beyond your personal stopping points, so you can live a life you are proud of and make the difference you are really here to make. To give you and your fellow participants all you came for, we require that you attend the full course.


We keep all interactions in the course confidential, not disclosing the names or identities of any participants, except with their express permission. We ask you to do the same this doesn’t prevent you from sharing what you get from the course.

An empowering space for transformation

Just as a caterpillar becomes a butterfly and cannot revert to a caterpillar, you will have the chance to have a transformation: not a “change” or a “peak experience,” but a lasting shift in how you see and do things. The course will be rigorous, fun, and challenging, and we promise that at all times you will be treated with dignity and respect. You may at times sense discomfort as you examine how you have seen and done things in the past. Just remember, this is a normal and natural response for anyone creating a new pathway for authentic success!

Our approach

Your course leaders will be coaching you, not facilitating a group process. A coach is someone in whose presence people are freed up to see what is most important and meaningful to them. In addition, a coach supports people to see what has gotten in the way of their being successful with ease. As coaches, we structure the course in a very specific and intentional way. We ask that you be willing to go past the point where you have normally stopped and given up on yourself or your important goals.

A focus on the personal

In this course, you will see how to use your personal transformation to make your fullest contribution to the world. While we will focus on the personal as opposed to the global, we will support and encourage you to see how you can apply the principles and skills of the course to better serve the world around you.

Refraining from using alcohol or recreational drugs

We ask that you refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for the duration of this course. This does not include prescription medications you are taking. This course creates new ways for your brain to process information, and this would be disrupted by mind-altering substances.


Our participants and leadership are diverse in many ways, and we have a vision of even greater diversity — including along lines of race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability. We are a “work in progress,” and we are doing the important work of building lasting relationships and enlisting lasting support and leadership of diverse communities. We would love your partnership in making this vision a reality.

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.

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True Transformation

You will see lasting shifts in how you do things — long after the “high” of the course wears off.

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.

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Tools and Practices

You will learn to practice simple tools and skills that lead to ongoing results — not just “aha!” moments.

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.

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Lifelong Community

You will experience the incredible ongoing support of a community of learners and doers.

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!

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Our community

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.

What They Say

Kristine Rose

The (ACE Foundations 1 course) was the most transformative experience I’ve ever had. I’ve always struggled with overthinking, not trusting my decisions, and feeling anxious around people until ACE coaching taught me how to shift my focus, and how to shift my brain to know what authentic actions I need to take next. Such a simple but powerful tool that I know everyone can use to add more ease to their life. I recommend it for anyone needing more clarity in their life on how they want to show up or if you’re wanting life to be easier.

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.