Deepening Training: Personal Transformation 3 – Exploring our Dark Side

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Date(s) - 14/04/2017 - 17/04/2017
All Day

Kärlingesund Retreat Center





At Kärlingesund, with Kåre Landfald

Starts: April 14  2016 at 16.00
Ends: April 27 2016 15.00

This event is for those who have completed the basic Zen Coaching Training and are taking part in the Program 2.

Much of our aliveness remain stuck and distorted in our shadow, out of sight, often in aspects of life that we have decided are ’bad’, and perhaps see only in others and not in our self. What we don´t realize, is how much shadow material actually controls our life, our thinking, our feelings, our preferences, and our addictive behaviours in so many areas of life (often un-recognized by ourselves).

Unless we keep liberating energy hidden and distorted in our shadow, it is difficult to find and fully live our true strengths, gifts and talents in the world.

In this module, we will continue to explore (for those of you who have already done one module on this topic) how we can discover and ’eat’ our shadow material: how we can discover, liberate, digest and integrate suppressed, repressed and distorted instinctual energies, and other suppressed aspects of our soul.

We will use body-oriented and expressive exercises as well as inquiry work and other exercises.

To live our gifts we need to liberate shadow material. But it works the other way around as well: Unless we choose to live our strengths, gifts and talents, our aliveness tends to remain largely dormant. Also, the world around us tends to shower us with support only if it senses our commitment to our true gift to the world, whatever it may be.

Please find dates to all the Deepening modules at the end of this text.



The content and exercises will be mostly new compared to the previous Deepening Program. When similar topics are explored, new aspects of the same topic will be explored. We will work with a mix of meditations, exercises, inquiry work, talks and other practices to support your process.

The program as described here may be adjusted as we go along, to allow the unfolding Now to operate through the program. As such, the program description here is a broad intention rather than an exact program.


Cost for one program

The cost per module in Sweden is 5 800 SEK (including VAT) including room and board (double room); a total of 17 400 SEK for a full program of three modules.

Discount if you commit to one full program

If you commit to one full program, three modules, when you sign up you will get a discount of 500 SEK on the course fee of each module.

Discount if you take part in both programs in Sweden

If you join both programs in Sweden, the second program costs 4 100 SEK including VAT per module, including room and board; total 12 300 SEK for the full program.

Discount for non-Scandinavians

Due to extra travel costs, participants from outside Scandinavia receive a discount of 1500 SEK per module for one program.

Special room choices

There is extra cost for single room at Kärlingesund (limited availability of single rooms).


Please register for the whole program directly through the Online Form or alternatively send an e-mail to

WHAT IS THE DEEPENING PROGRAM?The new Zen Coaching Deepening Program consists of two parts. Each part consists of three modules of three days each. You can choose to join one of them, or both.The two programs are:

  1. The Personal Transformation Program (offered in Sweden)
  2. The Advanced Coaching Skills Program (offered in Sweden and Poland)

As the titles indicate, the main focus is different in the two programs. One is focusing more on your personal process, and the other more on enhancing and deepening your coaching skills and capacities.

However, the transformation program will deeply support your coaching skills, and the coaching skills program will deeply support your personal growth process. We cannot learn advanced coaching skills without engaging our personal process, and taking part in the transformation program will profoundly support your coaching capacity.

Each program will include a program for home practice, mutual support, inquiry work, and other exercises, that you can choose whether to take part in or not.



As I see it, most of us need continuous reminders, inspiration and support to stay on the path of presence, understanding and love in an ongoing way. The Deepening Program provides such support. It will also help you deepen your skills and capacities to support others in the role of coach, colleague, partner, friend or family member.

In addition, the Deepening Program provides a place to connect profoundly with others in the network, establish bonds, experience community, make friends, and find ways to support each other in manifesting your gifts and talents in the world.

Awakening to our essence as Presence happens in an instant (THIS instant!), as we shift from focusing on our experience itself to the BEING in our experience. This is the essence and key to the instant result and satisfaction of Relaxing Into Being, or Relaxing AS the Being that we truly are, moment by moment.

When we have realized this, why then would we need repeated retreats, trainings, reminders and practice? It is said that also the Buddha continued to practice every day for the rest of his life, after his great enlightenment.

This can be understood in many ways, but for me one important aspect is, as Almaas describes, the need we have in our personal growth to EAT, DIGEST and INTEGRATE our personality structures and conditioned habits into our essence or Being.

This is how we become more and more integrated and embodied and stable in our realization of Presence. This is the process of growth, maturation and deepening, and of living our wisdom in real life, more and more.

And this is a life-long practice, that requires ongoing and dedicated commitment. The Deepening Program is designed to support this dedication in practical ways, and also to keep the flame of the commitment and inspiration alive.

The Deepening Program is also an opportunity to keep growing in your coaching skills and capacities. To be a great coach, dedication to continuous learning and development is necessary. I love to keep deepening my own understanding of the coaching skills that I already have, and learning new tools and skills. I recognize that there is, and will always be, a lot of things where I can develop further and learn more. This is a great part of the joy of working as a coach for me – the endless opportunities for growth and learning.



You can certify as a Level 2 Coach (Senior Coach) in the Zen Coaching Network after completing 24 days of Deepening Training, and completing practice requirements.

The three main benefits of this are:

  • your learning and growth will be larger and deeper by engaging fully in the process in this way.
  • your potential clients will more likely recognize you as a fully professional, well-trained, experienced and dedicated coach.
  • opportunities for work/contribution/collaboration within the Zen Coaching Network will be larger (for instance, if you would like to teach parts of the Zen Coaching Training, Level 2 Certification is an important element).

See separate guidelines for certification. Participation in earlier Deepening modules is included in the 24 days.


Dates for Deepening Program, 2016-2017


Advanced Coaching Skills 1

Coaching into Essence  – Sweden

  • 22-25 March 2016 – Kärlingesund, Sweden
  • 1-4 April 2016 – Warsaw, Poland

Advanced Coaching Skills 2

Understanding and Transforming Fear

  • 21-23 October 2016 – Warsaw, Poland
  • 11-14 April 2017– Kärlingesund, Sweden

Advanced Coaching Skills 3

Relationship and Conflict Coaching

  • 21-23 April 2017 – Warsaw, Poland
  • 14-17 September 2017 – Kärlingesund, Poland


Personal Transformation 1

Compassionate Communication

  • 25-28 March 2016 – Kärlingesund, Sweden

Personal Transformation 2

Strength, Will and Individuality

  • 10-13 November 2016 – Kärlingesund, Sweden

Personal Transformation 3

Exploring your Dark Side

  • 14-17 April 2017 – Kärlingesund, Sweden