Plus 6-Months Mentor Coaching Included Via Our Coaches Community

You can book your place now with a deposit of just $1,960 



Dive deep into your spiritualityidentity and beliefs, become a braver, more compassionate leader and receive everything you need for your coach credential from the International Coaching Federation










We do coaching differently.

We're looking for loving, brave people who are seeking spiritual alignment, belonging and bravery – not just a coaching qualification.


When I'm with someone who is congruent within themselves and who has expert listening skills, I can grow and change and thrive. I feel so much more relaxedknown and loved. I find myself wishing everyone around me had those skills – and I feel as though we need them now more than ever.

I've been through hundreds of hours of coach training, and I wish someone had just started out with the deep stuff right away.

At the beginning, I learned a lot about action, goals, progress, success – and there is nothing wrong with that. Learning those skills helped me in my career. But, I wish someone had taught me earlier on about embodied spiritual and identity alignment. It would meant my goals had more meaning, and my actions were deeply engrained and sustainable. It's taken me more than 10 years to put the pieces together.

I feel most alive when I'm passing along the universal principles that have been transformational in my own life. The principles that allowed me to forgive, to see myself and others clearly, to be true to myself and my values, and to love beyond what I thought possibleI want that so badly for you! And I want us to create a ripple effect across the world together.

I promise you, this is not your average, transactional-level coaching course. This program is for the few, the daring, the ones who long to be more. This course goes deep.

When you become part of building a world where self-compassion and empathy are the norm, you become a braver and more loving human being. As your inner reality shifts, you'll notice changes in your environment. And that change will extend to everyone who comes in contact with you.

Our teaching faculty cares deeply about creating a cohesive world which starts with depth of presence, solid connection to your values, and alignment between your spirituality and your actions. 

If you're looking for deep-seated transformation, and not "just another certification", this is the course for you.

We accept only TWELVE students per cohort, because we want our students to have a personalized, expansive experience. We care deeply about you, and want to honor your presence with our undivided attention.

With great love, 

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What's Included?

Scholar's Self-Study Course: From January 2025

Access our self-study content for the All-In-One Coach Certification Program from January 2025 and work your way through all the modules to get ready for our in-person training.

Intensive Coach Training Retreat: 25 May - 6 June 2025

Flores del Camino Retreat Center, Castrillo de los Polvazares, Castilla y León, Spain
Arrival on May 25, 2025 and departure on June 6, 2025

The training course dates are May 27-30 and June 2-5, 2025
There will be 6 hours of training per day during those 8 days (9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00)

You'll also enjoy movement, sacred geometry artwork, photography, and spiritual activities on evenings and during the weekend.

Mentor Coaching & Coaches Community Membership: June – December

You'll complete at least FIVE sessions of mentoring in a group of Awaken graduates, focusing on your strengths and offering opportunities to improve your skills further.

3 of your mentor coaching hours will be one-on-one between you and our senior faculty. 

This entire course is comprehensive and provides you with all the coaching education and mentoring you need to apply for a credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF)


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    I'm getting a sense of believing that I will bring value as a coach, and therefore that that is an exciting reason to do it, along with the intellectual excitement of what it involves. I can't imagine this happening in any other kind of learning environment that I've experienced, so thank you very much, and thank all of you very much. It's just wonderful.

    Abi Johnson , Brave, Spiritually-grounded World-Changer | Awaken Coach Institute Graduate

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    I just love the brave space created. It's helped me think so much more about who I am in my personal life, but also I'm really still exploring what's my place as a coach, where's my place as a coach. My heart is just really full! Thank you, all of you.

    Chrystal Kelly , Brave, Spiritually-grounded World-Changer | Awaken Coach Institute Graduate

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    In coaching or in training, a lot of people see me as the expert, and so being here has really allowed me to not be the expert, to put on that learning hat, to embrace that curiosity and to learn new ways of doing things. This coaching is less about having answers and it's more about bringing out the answers from the client, helping the client to sort through the challenges that they're facing and the actions they wanna take; being more client-directed than coach-directed.

    Jennifer Vancil , Brave, Spiritually-grounded World-Changer | Awaken Coach Institute Graduate

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    I had a strong sense that I was to attend the Awaken coaching course. Before the training I didn't believe that I could be a coach, I joined with a desire to become a better leader. And I think I am a better leader as a result of this course. However I'm also now a coach and I believe in myself as a coach. The methodology of this course is phenomenal. It is experiential and your entire body gets to feel the material with new insights and understanding happening throughout. For me, this has been a profound time - a personal retreat and a coaching training. I am a better person, more insightful and thoughtful because of this opportunity. Thank you.

    Leanne Marega , Brave, Spiritually-grounded World-Changer | Awaken Coach Institute Graduate

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    I did not know if coaching would be for me. I was doing this as an exploration to determine if this was something I might want to jump into. After the first week of training, I really feel like there's a place for me in coaching, and that part of that is a change in me as well. The generosity you all have shown me, and the things I've learned from you, thank you, all of you. Each of you has contributed something, and that has been powerful to me. You've cared for me, and you've reached out to me, and it's touched me! I really feel like all that is changing me, so thank you. Thank you.

    Raymond McGhee , Brave, Spiritually-grounded World-Changer | Awaken Coach Institute Graduate

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    I love to witness the different coaching sessions that happen with others because that allows me to be in the space untethered to the way that I would normally do things in, but to learn from others. I have given myself grace to be in a new headspace, so just slowing down because I feel like it's a departure from who I normally am, -and I'm ok with that, I'm grateful for it. It's very special to start this journey with all of you. To be able to go back knowing that I've discovered these new relationships and this new community. I feel like I have a source of love and strength in this community that will continue to carry me forward. I am truly grateful.

    Shawntee Reed , Brave, Spiritually-grounded World-Changer | Awaken Coach Institute Graduate

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The Village of Castrillo de Los Polvazares

A Dream Location for Learning 

 Our retreat center, Flores del Camino is situated around 250km east of Santiago de Compostela along the Camino Frances pilgrimage route. It is nestled in the historic village of Castrillo de los Polvazares, considered one of the most beautiful villages in all of Spain.

Castrillo de los Polvazares is a heritage site dating back at to the 16th century, famous for its perfectly preserved traditional Maragato architecture.

It is made up entirely of red and orange coloured stones which contrast to the old arched wooden doors painted green and blue.

The village sparkles in the warm Spanish sunlight and the stones seem to catch fire and glow at dusk. You can see beautiful traditional Maragato dresses and dances at the annual La Magdalena festivities in July. 

The retreat space is a traditional Maragato stone house made up of beautiful renovated ensuite rooms nested around a charming courtyard shaded with a vine and fruit trees, with plenty of spaces for gatherings and creativity.

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Making this ancient village our own

The village is ours for two weeks! We have pre-booked your room in the village for a spacious experience of depth of community.

You will luxuriate in a beautiful room with a private bath at Flores or in one of the charming boutique hotels nearby.

Rooms may have a vine-covered balcony and views over the local church and rural vistas.

Your accommodation, from arrival until check-out, is included in your investment.


Delicious, healthy meals

Our hosts at Flores del Camino are passionate about cooking. They will provide you with delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with fresh, local ingredients. You can delight in flavorful dishes in the dining area or in the courtyard under the pergola. Your evening wine is handpicked and local. 

Please let us know how we can make the dining experience perfect for you, whether vegetarian, gluten-free, or carb-free.

Your meals are included in your investment. 

Beautiful meeting spaces

For our deep-dive coach training experiences, we'll meet in
a spacious stone room and in courtyards and nooks around the site where we can practice all we're learning in pairs, triads, and dynamic coaching circles.

kitchen and dining area with light refreshments is ready for your use all day, so you can easily access fresh drinking water, coffee, tea, snacks, and restrooms.

You'll have the use of the courtyard and the pergola for your activities, meals, chats, or a rest.  And you can access the art gallery and workshop area for optional painting, carving, stained glass or yoga.

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How to get there

Flores del Camino, our retreat centre, is located in a small village called Castrillo de los Polvazares. You will hear us saying either  “Flores” or “Castrillo” to refer to its location.

Download directions to the retreat centre here

What's Included In The All-In-One Coach Certification Program?

Your online self-study course and two-week intensive training at the retreat focuses on the core coaching competencies outlined by the ICF while incorporating our spiritual Awaken philosophy – to create a braver, more loving world starting with ourselves.

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  • Creating Brave Space: Become a person clients can trust with their dreams.
  • Definition of Coaching: Know when you’re coaching, as compared to mentoring, counseling, consulting, or befriending.
  • The Flow of a Coaching Conversation: Feel comfortable structuring the beginning, middle and end of a coaching session.
  • Coaching Models: Learn a variety of coaching models you can rely on. Choose which model to use in real conversations.
  • Ethical Coaching Practice: Know how to operate your conversations within the International Coaching Federation ethical guidelines.
  • Embody the Coaching Mindset: Become an open, curious, flexible and client-centered person.
  • What Are Coaches Listening For? Listen at sixe consecutively deeper and more nuanced levels
  • Establishing Coaching Agreements: Know how to partner with your client to set goals for the coaching engagement, and for each session
  • Powerful Questions and other Coaching ResponsesAsk more powerful questions and make more useful observations
  • Coaching Presence: Use your head, heart and gut intelligence to manage your own emotions and stay observant, empathetic and responsive to the client. 
  • Evoking Awareness through Language and Metaphor: Challenge, observe, intuit and play with language to increase your client’s choice.
  • Cultivating Trust and Safety: Become an adaptable person who can respect each client’s identity and uniqueness: environment, experiences, values and beliefs, perceptions, style and language.
  • Celebrating Progress and Success: At the halfway mark, celebrate how far you’ve come and set learning objectives for the remaining class time. Learn to do the same with your clients.
  • Using Silence in Coaching: Notice your client’s thinking patterns, eye movements and reflection periods for a deeper and richer coaching experience.
  • From Insight to Action: Know when and how to move toward designing actions and behavior change
  • What Is Reality?: Learn a communications model that increases your ability to respect your client’s map of the world 
  • How Beliefs are Structured: Change limiting beliefs and reinforce resourceful beliefs
  • Coaching with ValuesKnow how to recognize fear-based and love-based values and work with your client’s values hierarchy.
  • Coaching Big EmotionsLearn to recognize a variety of emotions, accept them, become curious about them and bring kindness to them.
  • Coaching With Idealized and Unwanted Identity Beliefs: Recognize idealized and unwanted identities and their associated shame triggers. Learn to bring empathy, kindness and non-judgment, and to help your clients integrate their identities.
  • Taking Care of Yourself: Best practices for self-regulation, self-compassion and self-care.
  • Coaching for Teams and Groups: Lead teams and groups effectively. Learn logistics and coaching models to work with groups.
  • Closures and Endings in Coaching: Partner with clients to close a coaching session and a coaching engagement.
  • Getting Your First Client: Learn the foundation to start building your business and marketing! 

Course led by Christi Byerly, MCC and the Senior Awaken Faculty Team

Your total investment in the self-study course, two-week Spain retreat and 6 months of mentor coaching is $9,800

You can reserve your spot today for only $1,960

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This course is delivered in English

Professional coaching training with a luxurious, all-inclusive retreat package


You'll recieve access to our Scholar's Self-Study version of the full All-In-One Coach Certification Program right away, so you can immerse yourself in the content before you arrive. This includes videos, reading, quizzes, and introductions to your colleagues.

Your retreat includes

  • Our flagship Coach Certification Training Program facilitated by an international faculty team in a highly interactive format (one faculty member for every 4 participants)
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Gorgeous workbook to record your learning
  • Luxury photography session so you'll go home feeling inspired, with website-ready headshots of yourself in a gorgeous location
  • Surprise BONUS activities in the evenings and weekends that will provide a depth of spiritual experience you won't find in any other coaching course
  • Our acclaimed Group Mentor Coaching Program that last six months beyond the course intensive, so you'll be supported as you build a thriving coaching practice from your home location

You will receive all the training and mentoring you need to apply for the coveted ACC credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

You may also use the Awaken Coach Institute training and mentoring hours toward your PCC credential, if you already hold an ACC or have completed prior coach training.

Not included

  • Airfare to Madrid
  • Transportation to the Flores de Camino retreat center 


Got questions that this page hasn't answered?

Join our next Q&A call and ask us anything. 

Our regular Q&As are held every two weeks and hosted by a member of the Awaken Coach Institute Team. 

Awaken Coach Institute exists to make the world a braver, more loving place.

We train coaches to listen deeply, to awaken to the power of their own presence, and to be more loving and accepting than they've ever been before.

ICF Level 1 and 2

Awaken Coach Institute is recognized as an ICF-Accredited Level 1 & Level 2 coaching education provider.  

Completion of our All-In-One Coach Certification Program* provides you with a certificate for 114 hours of training, mentor coaching and a Level 2 (PCC) performance evaluation which you can use towards your ICF credential.

*This course is delivered in English, we welcome applicants from all over the world.

Meet Your Course Leaders



Christi Byerly, MCC  – Founder and CEO

Christi's coaching process motivates you to build a community of empathy and grace around you — and to live your mission as part of something bigger than you are. 

Christi has trained hundreds of new coaches in French and English since 2014 and has mentored dozens of coaches-in-training. She maintains a thriving coaching practice and has been coaching professionally since 2009, after graduating from the International Coach Academy. 

Christi holds a Master NLP certificate, as well as certifications in spiritual direction, group coaching, depth coaching, Enneagram work and mentor coaching. She is a Certified Daring WayTM Facilitator.

Married to Ben, she is the mom of three teenagers and lives in Alsace on the French, Swiss, German borders.


  • ICF - Master Certified Coach®️®️
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • Spiritual Accompaniment Certified
  • Certified Daring Greatly™ and Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator (based on the research of Brené Brown)
  • Degrees in Communications and French

Valeyne Grotrian, PCC – Awaken Faculty

Valeyne is an “Inner Leader” Coach for legacy-minded and soul-centered leaders with over 20 years of experience in business operations and human resources leadership roles across 6 industries. She founded Agora Coaching & Training Solutions in 2017, a collective for leaders who want to trust themselves more fully and confidently stand in their inner power. As an Awaken Faculty member, Valeyne aims to create a learning environment where coaches can bravely bring their whole self to their practice with curiosity and play.

Valeyne holds a Psychology of Leadership certification through eCornell University, the PCC credential through the ICF and is a Triple-Certified Professional Coach; Awaken Coach Institute (2021), Gallup CliftonStrengths® Coach (2017), International Coach Academy (2012).

Based in the greater Chicagoland area of the United States, Valeyne is a pilot’s wife and dog mom. They all enjoy adventurous time outdoors together whether it be at the beach or mountains. 


  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️
  • Awaken Coach Institute Graduate, International Coach Academy Graduate & Certified CliftonStrengths® Coach through Gallup
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner
  • Psychology of Leadership Certification through eCornell University

This is the right course for you if...

You want to help build a more compassionate world

You want people to feel and know that being listened to deeply and with love can help us all become braver and more compassionate.

You believe listening with love can open the door to possibility

You've experienced the magic that happens when a truly grounded person listens with love to another. You want to become that person.

You’ve had dormant dreams but not a lot of clarity

Through this experience, you’ll know what makes you so valuable and why your contribution is important. The soul doesn’t care about the scale – whether you are reaching five people or five thousand. It only cares that you are showing up as yourself. The outcome will take care of itself.

You have a calling to help people reach their higher potential

You're the person people want to tell their stories to. You love to listen, and it's frustrating to know that you could really help people transform – you're just not sure how yet. 

You want to unleash your own brave inner warrior

You're ready for a shift in your own life. You want more self compassion, more community, and to live more alive and brave and loving than ever before. 

You want people to live from their soul and passion

You know what it feels like to be scared, and to feel trapped by the expectations of others. You broke free (or you will in this course) and are ready to walk people into the light.

Ready to join us in Spain for our 2025 retreat?

You can book your place now – pay in full or secure your place with a deposit of $1,960*

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*alternatively, payment plans are available on request

This is NOT the right course for you if...

You're just doing it to get a certification

Don't sign up just for the credential. Sign up because yes, you would love to acquire coaching skills and you want to experience in your bones what it's like to live courageously and make the world a more loving place.

You're hesitant about whether you're willing to love others the way they are right now.

In this course, we go to a deep level, where you come out transformed, and your relationships are transformed, and your ability to lead is transformed. Those kinds of changes only happen in a space of complete love and acceptance. You have to be willing to do your own work around this! If you think you might judge others in the group, please don't sign up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the questions people ask most often about the program.

Got a question that isn't answered here?


Does the cost of the program include my transportation to Spain?

No! Airfare to Madrid and transportation to the Flores de Camino retreat center is not included in the program price.

Does the All-In-One Coach Certification Program also include some guidance on how to start our own coaching business? 

Yes! First of all, you will start coaching real clients outside of class starting within the first couple of weeks, and you will learn how to send them a coaching contract, takes notes on the sessions, coach professionally with your systems in place, etc. Toward the end of the course, we have a business-building module and walk you through the simple apps and systems that you need to accept payments, create packages, etc. And, you will be part of a coaching community where you can communicate with other coaches to learn how they are starting their businesses.

Is this program accredited?

Yes! Awaken Coach Institute has been approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a Level 1 & Level 2 Accreditation provider. This Coach Certification Course provides you with a certificate for 114 training hours which you can use towards your ACC or PCC with the ICF.

Is this All-In-One Coach Certification Program applicable for us if we want to become coaches for corporate executives and business leaders?

Yes! This coaching course covers all of the coaching competencies. Some of our graduates use the skills for corporate and executive coaching. Others start coaching businesses for other niches. You graduate with a high level of confidence and competence to use the coaching in whatever niche market you choose, including coaching business leaders.

Do I have to become a coach after I complete this program?

No! This program is also ideal for leaders who want to be more clear and kind. You don't have to become a coach to benefit from the skills you will learn. This course transforms you as a person in all your relationships.

What’s the difference between accreditation, credentialing and certification?

The International Coaching Federation has two major roles: (1) they accredit training programs (2) they credential individual coaches.

When you receive a certification from a Level 1 & Level 2 accredited training program, such as this one, you can use your certificate to apply for the ICF's credential.

Our course is accredited for more than the training hours you need for your ACC credential, and you can use our course hours toward your PCC. With mentor coaching, which is included in the program,  you'll be well on your way to completion. Once you complete 100 hours of coaching, which we will support you in doing, you can apply for the ICF credential and take their exam, which our program prepares you for.

What language is this course delivered in?


Awaken Coach Institute Faculty Accreditations

Refund Policy

No refunds will be offered. However, Awaken Coaching, LLC will apply the payment toward a future training or any Awaken Coaching, LLC course, to be used within one year. Awaken Coach Institute will work with students dealing with unforeseen personal circumstances who would like to continue their training at a later date, allowing the student to transfer the registration to a later session of the course.

In the event that Awaken Coaching, LLC must cancel a course, due to the COVID-19 pandemic or any other unforeseen circumstances,  every effort will be made to place the student in a later offering of the course.