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Ontological Coaching Programs – 2023

We can’t change what we don’t notice.”

Coaching to Way of Being 

3-Day Ontological Coaching and Leadership in Action 

24 CCE’s

Ontological Coaching offers a way to notice Who the client is Being and Becoming, as well as what they do. Through paying attention to Language, Moods and Emotions, and Physiology, expand the range and choice of what is possible for yourself in life and as a coach, and support your clients to do the same.  

Ontological Coaching differs from other coaching methodologies as it emphasises the interplay between language, emotions and the role of the body.  This unique approach can help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves, break free from limiting beliefs and achieve their full potential.  It is incredibly versatile and can be adapted to any context you or your clients are dealing with.

Underpinning Ontological Coaching is a coherent body of knowledge, with roots in Existential Philosophy, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Emotions and Biology, all of which inform our capacity for learning and change.

The program offers a practical and experiential learning experience, providing an opportunity to apply your learning in the moment, as well as developing a deep understanding of yourself and others.  Whether new to coaching or a seasoned coach, you will expand the range of your coaching exponentially.

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Dates:                        20 – 22 June 2023

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Dates:                        31 October – 2 November 2023

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Cape Town

Dates:                       23 – 25 August 2023

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18-month part-time Certified Ontological Coaching and Leadership Program – ICF ACTP / Level 2 

***  Dates for 2024 – 2025 Program available – see links below  *** 

The course is a Level 2 ‘highway’ course to getting your ICF coaching credential.  It has been approved by the ICF as an Level 1 and Level 2  ‘all inclusive’ coach training which offers start to finish coach training.  

The 18-month program is focused on you developing mastery in coaching, leading, knowing yourself, and living your best life.  

Underpinning Ontological Coaching is a coherent body of knowledge, with roots in Existential Philosophy, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Emotions and Biology, all of which inform our capacity for learning and change.  Through individual exploration, learning groups, sharing the work with others, and assignment work you will gain extensive insight  and depth into these aspects of Ontology that translate to practical in-the-moment new understanding of yourself and others.

To become a coach requires a deep understanding of human beings and how people change,

grow and develop.  Having strong theory foundations with practical application, determines the

value a coach can offer individuals, teams, and organisations. We provide this through in-depth

and thorough training that develops coaching, leadership, and consulting excellence.

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According to the same report, the vast majority of companies (86 percent) say they at least made their investment back. In fact, almost one-fifth (19 percent) saw a ROI of 50 times their investment, while another 28 percent saw a ROI of 10 to 49 times the investment. Nearly all companies or individuals who hire a coach are satisfied. According to the ICF Global Coaching Client Study, a stunning 99 percent of people who were polled said they were somewhat or very satisfied with the overall coaching experience. For more details, go to the ICF Research Portal (, as well as press releases about ICF’s return-on-investment research.

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The Coach:

  • Provides objective assessment and observations that foster the individual’s or team’s self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Listens closely to fully understand the individual’s or team’s circumstances
  • Acts as a sounding board in exploring possibilities and implementing thoughtful planning and decision making
  • Champions opportunities and potential, encouraging stretch and challenge commensurate with personal strengths and aspirations
  • Fosters shifts in thinking that reveal fresh perspectives
  • Challenges blind spots to illuminate new possibilities and support the creation of alternative scenarios
  • Maintains professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality, and adheres to the coaching profession’s code of ethics


 The Client:

  • Creates the coaching agenda based on personally meaningful coaching goals
  • Uses assessment and observations to enhance self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Envisions personal and/or organizational success
  • Assumes full responsibility for personal decisions and actions
  • Utilizes the coaching process to promote possibility thinking and fresh perspectives
  • Takes courageous action in alignment with personal goals and aspirations
  • Engages big-picture thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Takes the tools, concepts, models and principles provided by the coach and engages in effective forward actions