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Wayfinder Life Coach Training OVERVIEW

Your Wayfinder Life Coach Training (WLCT) has three distinct components:

  • Live classes (with recordings available for anyone who can’t make it live)
  • A robust online learning space, including the interactive forums and your library of multimedia resources
  • In depth mentoring (see below for details)

Finding Your Feet – The First Month
In the first few weeks of your training, you’ll tune into the overview call and Martha’s first class. These are always lots of fun! You’ll be invited into the forums on your online learning space, where you can introduce yourself and start getting to know your instructors and peers. You’ll also gain access to the library of resources for explanations of the tools and coaching demonstrations.

Then you will join your Coach-the-Coach group — a small group of about ten fellow Wayfinders who will be a huge part of your training experience. Coach-the-Coach classes include regular opportunities for observed coaching sessions with feedback from an instructor (see below).


Coach-the-Coach Classes
These interactive and hands-on classes comprise the bulk of your training. With your small class group you’ll have the chance to work with the tools you’re learning from every angle: as “coach,” as “client,” and as the observer of your peers’ learning.

Your instructor in these classes will be a seasoned Master Coach with extensive experience using the tools in real-life contexts. Your instructor and group will create a welcoming space where you’ll feel empowered to practice coaching and receive constructive feedback.


Since our coaching methodology is so hands-on, guidance from experienced mentors is a key part of your training. These group and individual sessions are interspersed throughout the training, giving you the opportunity to steadily build confidence in your craft and the coaching business you may wish to establish. Your mentors are experienced coaches who have built their own coaching practices and have been using Martha’s tools effectively for years.

Mentoring sessions are your chance to ask any and every question you may have about coaching—from the nitty-gritty of the coaching tools to larger concerns about business and  entrepreneurship.

If you want to become a certified Wayfinder Life Coach or receive certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), these mentoring sessions will be particularly important to review the core competencies required for these assessments.

There are two types of mentoring in Wayfinder Life Coach Training:

  • Group mentoring. You will have seven of these sessions during your training program. They will cover aspects of effective coaching, ethical decision making, and other ICF core competencies, as well as give you ample opportunity to ask questions.
  • Individual (one-on-one) mentoring. All trainees are offered three individual mentoring sessions over the course of the training. You can use these sessions as you wish; some common topics include:
    • Questions about using the Martha Beck coaching tools
    • Workshopping ideas and strategies for setting up a coaching business
    • Identifying and finding your ideal clients
    • “Nuts and bolts” questions about the process of facilitating a coaching session

Note: If you aren’t interested in certification (WLCT or ICF), you are most welcome to use your individual mentoring sessions for personal or professional coaching from your mentor.


Business for Wayfinders classes
Start creating a way of living and working that makes your heart sing! The WLCT business classes are full of exercises and processes to help you create clarity around your unique practice, whether you coach for a living or use your Wayfinder tools in another way. The ethics materials and the workbook of ideas you will have at the end will be worth their weight in gold.

Between each of the business classes, you will have Coach-the-Coach calls with your small group to practice and integrate all the coaching tools you learned in the training. This is an ideal opportunity to coach and be coached around the business class exercises and how you wish to employ your Wayfinder tools after the training has concluded.


Evaluation and Certification
Many trainees choose to be certified as a Wayfinder Life Coach, though this process is optional. It is generally seen to lend legitimacy to your status as a life coach: a “seal of approval” and confirmation that you have mastered the Wayfinder tools and are ready to launch your practice as a full-fledged coach.

Completing the Wayfinder Life Coach certification process includes the following:

  • Pass a written tool review.
  • Schedule and complete three one-on-one mentoring sessions with your assigned Wayfinder Master Coach Mentor between the end of Coach-the-Coach Practicum Three and no later than three months after the conclusion of WLCT.
  • Record two 30-minute coaching sessions and review these recorded sessions with your assigned Wayfinder Master Coach Mentor during your mentoring sessions.
  • If your Wayfinder Master Coach Mentor determines that your written tool review and coaching recordings meet the required quality standards, you will become certified.

For more information about becoming certified, visit the Certification page.

Fall 2020 Wayfinder Life Coach Training Schedule

Classes are held weekly at 1 pm and 8 pm USA Eastern Time (ET), starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020. You’ll choose your time slot when you register, so make sure you can attend classes regularly at that time.

Note: All classes with Martha are held at 1 pm ET even if you’ve chosen the 8 pm slot for other classes. This is the expected class schedule and is subject to change.

All classes are 90 minutes.

  • October 7Overview
  • October 14Welcome with Martha – all sections at 1 pm Eastern Time
  • October 21Ethics and the Fundamentals of Coaching
  • October 28Your Essential Self as the Best Coaching Tool
  • November 4Starting a Coaching Session
  • November 11Asking Powerful Questions
  • November 18Navigating Toward Your North Star: The Body Compass
  • November 25No Class, Holiday Break
  • December 2The Battle for Your Brain: Finding Limiting Beliefs
  • December 12Class with Martha – all sections at 1 pm Eastern Time
  • December 16Coaching and The Work of Byron Katie
  • December 23No Class, Holiday Break
  • December 30No Class, Holiday Break
  • January 6The Work of Byron Katie: The Art of Turnarounds
  • January 13The Work of Byron Katie: Living the Turnarounds
  • January 20The Work of Byron Katie: Putting it All Together
  • January 27Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Defusing Painful Thoughts
  • February 3Class with Martha – all sections at 1 pm Eastern Time
  • February 10Coaching Your First Client
  • February 17Lizard Lounge: Coach Mentoring Session #1
  • February 24Dream Analysis: Insights from Waking and Sleeping Dream States
  • March 3Body Analysis: Sensations as Symbols
  • March 10Taking Action
  • March 17The Metaphor Tool
  • March 24Making the Ideal Real
  • March 31No Class, Holiday Break
  • April 7Wildly Improbable Goals (WIGS) and the Promised Land
  • April 14Class with Martha – all sections at 1 pm Eastern Time
  • April 21Lizard Lounge: Coach Mentoring Session #2
  • April 28Mindset and Expectations
  • May 5The Art of Coaching: Coach Mentoring Session #3
  • May 12The Power of Story
  • May 19The Art of Coaching: Coach Mentoring Session #4
  • May 26What’s Your Thing and Who Are Your People?
  • June 2The Art of Coaching: Coach Mentoring Session #5
  • June 9Marketing Strategy
  • June 16The Art of Coaching: Coach Mentoring Session #6
  • June 23Lizard Lounge: Coach Mentoring Session #7
  • June 30Coaching Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • July 7Certification and Next Steps
  • July 14Closing Class with Martha – all sections at 1 pm Eastern Time

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