Coaching with Spirit This transformational coach training program is an effective career trailblazer. Coaching with Spirit teaches you the skills to become an effective coach by learning a transformative way of being in relationship with others.

Coaching with Spirit Program Overview

This popular program teaches students how to become effective coaches by learning a transformative way of being while in relationship with others. Coaching with Spirit (CWS) is a client-centered coaching model that facilitates the unfolding of the client’s own inner strengths and potential. This program is offered through two levels.

At this time, both programs are being held in live virtual classrooms due to Covid-19 precautions.

Level 1

Level 1 is a unique 5-month program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). The goal of CWS Level 1 is to integrate the adult developmental growth theories of transformative change with a robust coaching methodology and practice.

Level 1 is held over five 2-day weekends meeting from 8:45AM – 4:30 ET. For a downloadable overview and program dates for Level 1 click here

Coaching with Spirit level 1 is an ICF-Approved Coach Training Program

Level 2

Level 2 is for coaches who have completed CWS Level 1, have graduated from another ICF-Approved Coach Training Program of at least 60 hours, or have a current ICF credential. The program is also appropriate for psychotherapists, licensed counselors, and spiritual directors who want to incorporate this coaching model into their offering.

CWS Level 2 goes deeper into the skills of personal awareness and transformational coaching. The course begins with a review of the CWS model and then focuses on Parts Work, an adaptation for coaches of Internal Family Systems, a powerful, non-pathologizing healing model originated by Richard Schwartz. CWS Level 2 is a coach training that will transform you and your clients. It will help you heal old wounds and awaken to your full potential as both a human and a spiritual being. And that will empower you to participated in your clients’ healing and awakening.

Level 2 is held over four 2-day weekends from 8:45AM – 4:30PM ET. For a downloadable overview and program dates for Level 2 click here

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Completion of this program provides 48 ICF-Approved CCE hours: 32 Core Competency hours and 16 Resource Development hours.

Our Unique Philosophy

Coaches facilitate transformation in others. Yet coaches, too, must find their own inner wisdom both for their own growth and also to more keenly help others. Coaching with Spirit trains coaches in finding their own natural way of helping others through lessons learned in their own personal transformation.

Coaching with Spirit takes coaches on a spiritual journey during which time the coach matures emotionally and evolves spiritually. The coach begins to heal pain or hurt; to grow and gain confidence in taking risks; and to wake up to more awareness and intuitive insight — so they are prepared to support others fully on their transformational journey.

Coaching with Spirit is both practical and profound. The program arms coaches with a map of the human psyche while teaching the skills and strategies to work effectively with clients.

At the heart of the model is Self, the divine core of every human being. This sacred essence of each human is more easily accessed than most spiritual traditions recognize.

This core in each of us is naturally whole, wise, loving, and good. Coaching with Spirit helps coaches access their Self energy so they can clients support their clients in gaining access to their own Self energy. Because the Self inside each of us is naturally resourceful, creative, and confident, once clients get even a taste of it, they can begin to more easily discover the solutions, directions and meaning they seek. - Guthrie Sayen, PhD, PCC


Guthrie Sayen, PhD, PCC

Guthrie is the Lead Trainer and the Coaching with Spirit creator.
He is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation.

Alumni Partial Tuition Waiver

An alumnus of any of The Graduate Institute's Master of Arts or Certificate programs qualifies for a partial tuition waiver of $300 for the coaching program.

Dual Program Tuition Waiver

If you are signing up for a Master of Arts or Certificate program or are already in a Master of Arts or Certificate program, and you sign up for the Coaching with Spirit Coach training program, you are eligible for a $300 tuition waiver (applied to whichever program finishes last). In addition, Masters students may use CWS to fulfill their program’s mentorship and/or internship requirements.

Focus on Career Goals

By taking a Master of Arts or Certificate program in combination with the coach training program, you can specialize in an area of coaching that is your passion.

  • Take the 36-credit MA in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology to specialize in Life or Spiritual Coaching.
  • Take the 36-credit MA in Organizational Leadership to specialize in Executive Coaching.

Program Administrator

Barti Bourgault, MA, PCC, CMT-P – Assistant CWS Trainer


Barti is a Life Coach, Mentor Coach and Mindfulness Teacher focused on facilitating transformation for her clients. She believes that when we can bring awareness to our experience -- to what is actually holding us back from realizing our potential -- we can begin to heal and head towards self-acceptance, self-compassion and self-leadership. We experience an expansion in perspective that allows us to see things differently and reveal more possibility. She is a graduate of both the Masters Program in Consciousness Studies as well as Coaching with Spirit at The Graduate Institute. She has trained with Guthrie Sayen, the lead CWS trainer, since 2015. Her website is

Her education and accreditations include:

  • BA Business Administration, Boston College
  • MA Consciousness Studies, The Graduate Institute
  • Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (CMT-P), Engaged Mindfulness Institute
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accredited through the International Coaching Federation


Guthrie Sayen, PhD, PCC - Lead CWS Trainer

Guthrie Sayen PhD PCCBiography​

Guthrie Sayen created and leads Coaching with Spirit, the ICF-accredited coach training program offered through The Graduate Institute; he also creates and leads advanced training programs for coaches and faculty at Leadership That Works, an ICF-accredited coaching school; and he co-created and offered an advanced training for coaches at the True Purpose Institute, dedicated to serving change agents, messengers, and visionaries. Guthrie mentors coaches at all levels of their careers from beginners to seasoned masters. In his private practice, he works with wounded healers, helping them do for themselves what they are called to do for others. He also helps seekers come into the presence of the Divine, so that they can live their soul's purpose. His mission is to end suffering on this planet. His website is

Curriculum - Level 1

The Coaching with Spirit Coach Training Program consists of seven modules of coach trainings as shown below.

The CWS Program offers 73 ICF-Approved Coach Specific Training Hours as follows:

  • 56 hours faculty/student observation/mentoring interactions (Including 7 hours of group mentoring)
  • 14 hours of homework/independent study
  • 3 hours of one-on-one sessions with a qualified Mentor Coach

Upon course completion, students will receive a Letter of Completion to be used in the ACSTH application process for an ICF credential.

To apply for an ICF ACC credential, ICF requires students to:

  • Submit their Letter of Completion from an ICF approved coach training (See above)
  • Acquire 100 hours of coaching experience
  • Submit a recorded and transcribed coaching session for an ICF performance evaluation
  • Earn a passing grade on the online, multiple-choice ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment exam


Module 1: Fundamentals: An Introduction to Coaching with Spirit

This course presents the ICF core competencies, the ICF code of ethics, the definition of coaching, and the four cornerstones of coaching. The four cornerstones are that people are naturally creative, all parts of a client are welcome, the client sets the agenda and coaching focuses on the client not the problem. The concept of the presenting agenda and deeper agenda are described.  The students learn and practice the three levels of listening and powerful questions. Lastly, the students learn the outline of a basic coaching session, including establishing the coaching agreement, establishing trust, maintaining presence, and direct communication, followed by coaching practice in dyads.

Module 2: Happiness: A Pathway to Transformation

After students learn the fundamentals, the coach trainer describes the four pathways of coaching. The first pathway is that of Happiness. Students learn the concept of fulfillment in life and how it relates to inner passion, vision, and overcoming challenges and obstacles. The steps in this process are to (1) connect clients to their vision; (2) set a resonant goal that draws the client into their vision, and making those steps resonant and accountable; and (3) help the client to welcome the inner protectors who have reservations about change, uncovering what is getting in the way of manifesting the vision. This course presents a visualization exercise showing the students how to connect with their vision and passion. Included in this course are the topics of designing action, planning and goal setting, managing progress and accountability, and asking powerful questions amongst others.

Module 3: Perspectives: A Pathway to Transformation

The core idea of this course is that we always are in a perspective, other perspectives are available, and we are always at choice in the perspective we decide upon. In this course, students learn how to work with their clients to explore multiple perspectives. Students learn definitions of perspective, how it relates to physical expression, emotion, worldview and energy. They learn how to work with a client to find the topic, explore at least three perspectives, chose a perspective to create from utilizing powerful questions, and brainstorm possible actions with a commitment to one, with accountability specified. The instructor demonstrates the use of a three by three grid for the client to physically move to a different geographic location when exploring a different perspective, generating new perspectives, asking powerful questions, leading to greater awareness. Students also begin to learn the design of actions and goals, and accountability.

Module 4: Now: A Pathway to Transformation

The core question in coaching with the Now pathway is what is true in the present moment; how can we accept ourselves as we are right now. In Now, the focus is on the client’s internal experience in the present moment. Students learn to create awareness by noticing and naming something in the client’s experience. With the client’s permission, the coach asks powerful questions to allow the client to fully experience what is arising in the moment. In this process, when the client fully accepts and experiences what is arising, and can accept that just as it is, a shift in energy and consciousness may occur. With this shift, the coach integrates this new experience with insight. Holding silence, awareness of the wisdom of the body, and connecting to source are a important components of this process.

Module 5: Final Review of the Principles and Pathways of Coaching

This course reviews all of the principles, competencies and pathways of coaching. Included is the decision point as to which path to take, and, by dancing in the moment, how to transition to a different pathway as the session evolves.  The students review Awakening, Perspectives, Now, and Parts Work as it relates to coaching.

Module 6: Group and Individual Mentoring

This course convenes on five separate weekends over at time period of 5-6 months. During class time, the students take turns coaching in front of a small group. After this coaching practice, the instructor first elicits feedback from the coach and then from a designated observer. Finally, the instructor provides feedback. In total, students receive over 7 hours of group mentor coaching – meeting the ICF ACSTH path mentoring requirement. After the final training weekend, students receive three 1:1 mentoring sessions. They first aquire approval from a client to record a coaching session. This recording is provided to the mentor coach for assessment according to the ICF Core Competencies. The student and mentor then meet online to review the assessment. All students benefit from the feedback offered during this course.

Module 7: Independent Study – Mastering the Core Competencies

Students are required to engage in 14 hours of independent self-study. To fulfill this requirement, students are to read and study documents on core competencies. Examples are:

  1. Reading Books:
    1. Happier, Tal Ben-Shamar, Ph.D.
    2. Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard C. Schwartz.
  2. Listening to ICF Core Competency conference calls – links will be provided.

Students are also required to develop their own guidelines for a coaching session that includes the core competencies, and self-analyze a coaching session utilizing the self-created guidelines.

Curriculum - Level 2

The Coaching with Spirit Level 2 Coach Training Program provides 48 hours of study over four weekends.

The curriculum incorporates the ICF Core Competencies and goes deeper than Level 1. The course begins with a review of the CWS model and then focuses on Parts Work, an adaptation of Internal Family Systems, a powerful healing model originated by Richard Schwartz. Parts Work is simple in concept but complex in practice. The big ideas are easy to grasp, and it takes study and practice to apply those ideas effectively with clients. Nonetheless, just knowing the ideas begins to change you and how you work.

The three big ideas are:

  • Multiplicity: We humans have many parts, or subpersonalities. This multiplicity is universal, normal, and beneficial. To transform yourself and to help others transform, you must recognize and work compassionately with those parts—like the critic, the pleaser, and the avoider—who are stuck in old survival patterns, patterns that were once adaptive but no longer work.
  • Self: Every human has Self, an enlightened core. Called by different names, Self is recognized by every major spiritual tradition. And it is more easily accessed than people realize. By asking our parts to step back, we can access this calm, confident, and compassionate center, this source of all we yearn for.
  • Systems thinking: The internal realm is a system, comprising Self and parts that interact in patterned ways. Parts Work recognizes, explains, and works with those internal relationships. A single change can ripple through the whole system.

The Coaching with Spirit: Level 2 provides:

  • A coaching model that honors and leverages the client’s inner wisdom
  • A collaborative, non-pathologizing method of working with clients’ protective parts, like the inner critic, the achiever, the pleaser, and the distractor
  • Accessing and coaching from a deep core of calm, clarity, and confidence
  • Creating a safe coaching environment for doing courageous work
  • Getting a contract for every coaching session
  • Building an honest and trusting relationship with the client’s protective parts
  • Holding the client’s vulnerable parts as sacred
  • Helping vulnerable parts unburden painful feelings and limiting beliefs
  • Helping protective parts find new strategies for helping the client
  • Applying systems thinking and complexity theory to the inner world
  • Accessing spiritual guides and using their wisdom
  • Integrating learning through deepening awareness, designing actions, and setting up accountability


Module 1: The Basics

In this module, you will be introduced to the three major concepts: multiplicity (parts), Self (our true nature), and system (how it all works together). This series will also ground you in the two principal methods of working with parts and Self.

Here is what you will learn:

  • The four dimensions of Parts Work: a map of the human psyche, a method of working with the psyche, a transforming way of life, and a program for healing the world.
  • The six assumptions: the reality of human multiplicity, the goodness of all parts, the centrality of Self, the goal of all coaching, the systemic nature of the internal realm, and the most vulnerable parts as the ones with power.
  • The Parts Work process: a multistep approach that helps you manage complexity by focusing on one step at a time.
  • The three messages for protectors: how to negotiate with protective parts to gain safe access to vulnerable parts who need your love and hold the keys to healing.
  • The two methods of working with parts: direct access and in-sight.
Module 2: More Basics

In this module you will deepen your knowledge, your skill, and your confidence in taking your clients inside to work with their parts. It explores the burdens that parts take on and that govern their behavior. When the burdens are released, you and clients will gain more access to Self, the creative life force within everyone.

Here is what you will learn:

  • The three-group system: how to distinguish among and work with the three kinds of parts that need healing—managers, firefighters, and exiles.
  • The four functions of healthy human systems: development, balance, harmony, and Self leadership
  • How to deal with polarizations, that is, with protectors who have opposite strategies for keeping us safe and, thus, create conflicts within us.
  • How to address the seven most common fears of protectors.
  • The two kinds of burdens: personal pain based on direct experience and inherited pain from family, ethnic group, or culture.
Module 3: The Coach

In this module we focus on parts of the coach that block access to Self, best practices, how to deal with Self-like parts, and the key difference between compassion and empathy.

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to deal with parts that think they are Self: these are manager parts and are among the trickiest to work with.
  • Why some unburdenings need to be repeated. (You have not failed!)
  • The power of going inside, as opposed to staying on the outside and talking about parts or the situation.
  • The importance of continuity from one coaching sessions to the next, that is, linking sessions to create a chain of healing.
  • The crucial difference between empathy, which can be fatiguing, and compassion, which is not fulfilling.
  • The parts of the coach that are most likely to block the coach’s access to Self.
Module 4: The Body

In this module the emphasize is on the role of the body in the coach’s awareness and in the client’s healing and awakening. Self needs access to the body for its fullest expression. A master coach needs to attune to their own system and attune and resonate with their client’s system.

Here is what you will learn:

  • The three commandants for care of your body: enough sleep, good food, and mindful movement.
  • Parts Work is a body-centered approach to health, healing, and awakening.
  • Embodiment is critical to presence and masterly coaching.
  • Somatic awareness increases your knowledge of your client: your body is a consultant.
  • Conscious breathing supports presence and connection.
  • Relational resonance is the interaction between your system and your client’s system. When you learn to tune into that resonance, you increase your presence and your impact exponentially.