frequently asked questions
Is this a religious program?
No. Artist of the Spirit teaches different ways of approaching life and work that are not related to any religion. It could be considered an inclusive way of approaching life based on discovering your inner wisdom and an appreciation of the basic universal energies that affect us all. Truth is a foundation, and seeking that truth is an individual matter as each of us has our own, unique perspective – and all are valid. We honor and welcome students from all religious and spiritual backgrounds and traditions.
Do I have to live in the USA or Canada?
Artist is a global program and has students worldwide, so all geographical areas are welcome! The course is taught in English, and this means students do need a working use of that language, though you do not need to be considered 'fluent'!
Is Artist of the Spirit ICF certified?
Given that there are as yet no regulations or requirements on life coaching, all organizations are self-regulating. ICF is a life coach training organization working to establish regulations for coaches, however ICF is still on the same footing as all other life coach training programs, which is independent. We have looked at ICF certification but, given the above, we do not feel it necessary. Artist is a unique program offering a unique curriculum in addition to standard life coach training. This requires our coaches to learn energetic tools not offered, or often understood, by typical life coach training programs. Consequently, Artist of the Spirit chooses to retain its freedom to teach tools we believe are important to the field of body, mind and spirit coaches.
Do I have to travel?
All course teaching is done by conference call, with videos and course material on the internet for you to study, so there is no travel required.
Do I receive coaching?
Yes, in a couple of ways! First, you will coach and be coached the last two months of the program so you get direct coaching experience before you leave the program. Next, there is also an initial coaching session with our trainers to understand your needs and discuss any concerns you may have. Then there are more sessions with a trainer to discuss any issues that have arisen for you as you have practiced coaching, and a session at the end to discuss your certification. Our trainers are available for more sessions as needed!
How are my questions answered?
Each teaching call has numerous places for questions to be asked and answered. You will have a group FaceBook page where you can ask and share, and you can email the trainer at any time throughout the course. We do recommend using the FaceBook page as this allows everyone to see the questions and answers. We’ve found that often one person asks what others have wondered about but were afraid to bring up – so be brave! – and let everyone benefit from FaceBook’s open Q & A forum!
Will I gain any coaching experience in the course?
Yes! After learning the basic life coaching tools taught in the first month, you will be paired with another participant in order to coach each other. This gives you an opportunity to practice the tools taught, and to gain confidence in yourself within the coaching environment. You are encouraged to make this as professional as possible – because here – you are a life coach! All sessions are recorded, and after the first few sessions, our trainers will be listening in, checking to see how you’re doing and to provide feedback. You will have lots of experience coaching before you begin your own coaching business!
How long is each coaching session?
Coaching sessions (both received and given) will be about an hour. You will record each session for both yourself and so our trainer can listen and provide support. You need to complete at least 6-8 coaching calls for certification.
How long are the teaching calls?
These calls will last roughly 2 hours and will be on Tuesdays starting at 7 pm central time. The first hour and a half are for the teachings, followed by breakout sessions where you visit with other students to share, support and brainstorm.
How many hours a week does the course entail?
This will largely depend on you and your dedication to learning and practicing the tools taught. For the basics, expect to spend 5 - 6 hours a week on the teaching call, coaching calls and reading the material. Additional time is needed for practicing the tools you will be learning – and we strongly suggest you spend another 2 – 4 hours a week practicing so that you achieve skill. Without skill, you won’t feel confident, and your clients will certainly pick that energy up, becoming nervous working with you – so practice!
Are the classes every week?
Yes, the course calls will be one evening a week for 13 weeks – with adjustments made for any national holidays, which will be rescheduled to another evening should that arise.
Will there be a way for our group to connect and work together?
Yes! There is a FaceBook page to share experiences and ask questions, as well as opportunities throughout each teaching session for Q&A, as well as a place on the web page for questions.
Are there live make-up sessions?
All sessions are recorded so if you miss one, you have the information. Consequently, there won’t be live ‘make-up’ sessions, although if HeatherAsh is out of town for the 9th/10th classes, we do schedule another 'bonus' call with her. Remember, missing more than three Tuesday classes can affect your certification!
What do I need to do to be certified as a Life Coach?
You must attend the Tuesday calls (missing more than 3 can affect your certification). Your recorded coaching sessions will be evaluated for use of skills taught, questions asked, amount of time listening and overall life coaching skills development. There will be evaluations during the course to support you in improving your coaching skills. There will also be a session where you coach a trainer (coach the coach) at the end of the course that will be evaluated, and there is also a written examination component. Once you pass your evals and depending on the skills you are competent in - you will be certified as a Certified Life Coach (CLC), Certified Spiritual Coach (CSC) and a Certified Energetic Coach (CEC) - or all three!
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