Dive deep into your spirituality, identity and beliefs -
so that you and your clients can sustain lasting and meaningful transformation










Building a More Empathic World

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 relaxed, known and loved. I keep wishing that everyone around me had those skills--we need them now more than ever.

I've been through hundreds of hours of coach training, and I wish that someone had just started out with the deep stuff right away. At the beginning, I learned a lot about action, goals, progress, success--nothing wrong with those. And learning those skills did help me and my career. But I wish someone had embodied spiritual and identity alignment, so that 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.

Over the years, I find that I feel most alive when I'm passing along the universal principles that have been so 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 possible. I want that so badly for you! And for us to have a big ripple effect together.

So, watch out! This is not your average, transactional-level coaching course. This is for the few, the daring, the ones who long to be more. This course goes deep.

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

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

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

With great love,


When and Where?

Flores del Camino Retreat Center, Castrillo de los Polvazares, Castilla y León, Spain

Arrival on June 18, 2023 and departure on June 30, 2023

The training course dates are June 20 through 23 and June 26 through 29, 2023. 
Six hours of training per day during those 8 days (9H-12H and 14H-17H).

Movement, sacred geometry artwork, photography, and spiritual activities on evenings and during the weekend.




A Dream Location for Learning 

Village of Castrillo de Los Polvazares

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 & orange coloured stones which contrast to the old arched wooden doors painted green & blue.

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

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.

The Retreat Center 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 spaces for gatherings & creativity.



Making this ancient village our own

The village is ours for the two weeks! We are booking every 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 two charming boutique hotels nearby.

Rooms may have a vine-covered balcony and views over the local church and rural vistas. Your in-residence accommodation experience, from arrival on June 18 until check-out on June 30 is included in your investment.


Our hosts 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 from lunch on June 18 through breakfast on June 29 are also included in your investment. 

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.

3376701 (1)

Led by Christi Byerly, MCC and the Senior Awaken Faculty Team

Your investment in this once-in-a-lifetime offer is $9,800

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


Our most luxurious, all-inclusive package!

You will receive:

- Access to a Scholar's Self-Study version of the full course several months in advance so you can immerse yourself in the content before you arrive. Videos, reading, quizzes, and introductions to your colleagues.

- Meals and accommodation from June 18 dinner through June 30 breakfast.

- Awaken's flagship Coach Certification Program facilitated by an international faculty team in a highly interactive format. One faculty member for every 4 participants.

- A gorgeous workbook to record your learning.

- Awaken's 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.

- A 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've barely started to dream of in a coaching course.

*Airfare to Madrid and transportation to the Flores de Camino retreat center is not included*

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

Course Highlights

Awaken Coach Institute exists to make the world a braver and more loving place. We train coaches to listen at depth, to awaken to the power of their own presence, and to be more loving than they've ever been before.

Awaken Coach Institute is recognized as an

Approved Coach Specific Training Hour provider.  

Completion of the Coach Certification Course provides you with a certificate for all the training hours you need for your ICF credential. 

Meet Our Faculty


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

Valeyne is a Leadership & Career Coach with over 15 years of experience in business operations and human resources leadership roles within Fortune 100 and small to mid-size organizations across 6 industries. Valeyne founded Agora Coaching & Training Solutions to support growth-oriented corporate leaders, middle managers and rock-star individual contributors to reach new levels of personal & professional growth.

Valeyne holds the PCC credential through the ICF and is a 2012 graduate of International Coach Academy, a 2021 graduate of Awaken Coach Institute and holds a Psychology of Leadership Certification through eCornell University, a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator certification and is a Certified CliftonStrengths Coach through the Gallup organization. 

Based in the greater Chicagoland area, Valeyne is a pilot’s wife and dog mom to 2 labrador fur babies. They all enjoy adventurous time outdoors together whether it be at the beach or mountains. 


  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️®️
  • Certified Coach through Gallup Myers-Briggs
  • Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner
  • Psychology of Leadership Certification through eCornell University
Camilla Cesari

Camilla Cesari, PCC

Camilla is an experienced leadership and executive coach and facilitator who works with mid-senior managers, leaders and executives. She mentors and trains new coaches worldwide.

She holds an MBA with the University of Adelaide and has a background in economics and tax law. Her diverse life and work experiences as a freelancer, a professional, and a manager in a multinational company give her many insights on the challenges that accompany life and work transitions.

Her areas of expertise include management training in coaching competencies, social and emotional intelligence, work-life balance, communication, strengths awareness and management, executive team cohesion development, and resilience.

Camilla coaches in English, Spanish, Italian and French. She had held more than 2,500 coaching conversations with executives, small groups and teams. She has worked worldwide with entrepreneurs, leaders and teams in global organisations and small businesses. She lives with her family in Bologna, Italy.


  • ICF - Professional Certified Coach®️
  • ORSC™ - Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching
  • ICF Mentor Coach
  • Leadership Circle Profile 360 Certified

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 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.

• 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.

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “Absolutely enjoying the framework and that we started coaching right from the start! Also love the close connection to the others, that groups get mixed up and we get to coach one another frequently. Nothing feels more valuable and fruitful than actual practice!”

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

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “Dear Christi, Thank you! I have been enjoying the classes so much. I love your style of teaching--practical, full of examples and fun too! I had a sneak peak at all the great information provided and will go through them in greater detail this week. I am getting a lot out of all the great resources so far and I look forward to seeing you again on Friday. You must have heard the saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher arrives". I feel this way with you! Like I was just so wanting a course like this and you are exactly the type of person I was looking for to learn from! ”

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

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “'I am enjoying the training I am receiving very much. I am enjoying the interactions with my fellow classmates and faculty. They are really great people (we could be divided by space, culture, environment, experiences but we really do have great synergy together - I suppose this is thanks to the atmosphere that has been created by Christi as CEO of Awaken Coach Institute). I am finding it very useful because it is helping me be more mindful of who I am as a person and of others including their identity, environment, experiences, values and beliefs.”

    Brave, Spiritually-grounded World-Changer | Home-maker and Educator | ICF Certified Coach | Operations Director at Pied Pipers Services |

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “I love this course so much. The learning is energizing me and putting it into practice is growing me. It feels so good and alive. I am committing to being intentional about putting myself in a space of learning and growing in the future. Trusting the coaching process and being gentle.”

    Brave, Spiritually-grounded World-Changer

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “My gratitude for Awaken Coach Institute is endless. The top tangible outcomes I’ve experienced include finding a community that I will forever cherish, finding a deeper connection with my own being than I knew possible, finding the knowledge, the safe space and tools that I needed to advance my (very new) coaching skills, and courage to launch my own coaching practice. My experience was completely positive so my review follows suit - HIGHLY recommend!”

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

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “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.”

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

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “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.”

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

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “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.”

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

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “I had a strong sense that I was to be here. I think what's interesting is that I probably didn't believe that I could be a coach beforehand. And so now I feel like I am a coach. I am a coach! The methodology of this course is phenomenal. It is experiential, so it doesn't get you stuck in your head, it takes you right through your entire body to feel the material and understand it in new ways. I think it has been really profound, so I am experiencing this course, not just coming in to workshop. I am experiencing this course, and therefore I think I am leaving here a better person than I came. So thank you.”

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

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “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.”

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

  • Awaken Coach Institute

    “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.”

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

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 are 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.

When and Where?

Flores del Camino Retreat Center, Castrillo de los Polvazares, Castilla y León, Spain

Arrival on June 18, 2023 and departure on June 30, 2023

The training course dates are June 20 through 23 and June 26 through 29, 2023. 
Six hours of training per day during those 8 days (9H-12H and 14H-17H).

Movement, sacred geometry artwork, photography, and spiritual activities on evenings and during the weekend.

Led by Christi Byerly, MCC and the Senior Awaken Faculty Team

Your investment in this once-in-a-lifetime offer is $9,800

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


These are some of the questions people most frequently ask us:

Why do I have to apply to be in the program??

Because we only accept 12 people in each cohort. Each of you is hand-chosen for your commitment to love and courage. 

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

Airfare to Madrid and transportation to the Flores de Camino retreat center is not included in the program price.

Does the professional 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 as an Approved Coach Specific Training Hour provider. This Coach Certification Course provides you with a certificate for 70 ACSTH.

Is this professional Coach Certification Course 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 an ACSTH 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 credential. 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.


*Cancellation 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.