Welcome and Orientation


 (For your convenience, this is a reiteration of the welcome and orientation letter
you received when you were accepted to the program.)

Welcome to the Life Coach Training Program! We are excited about the adventure we are going to share, and looking forward to getting to know you and supporting you toward your goals and visions.

We have a stellar group shaping up, and you will find your program partners excellent colleagues with which to take your next important steps, personally and professionally.

Below you will find a wealth of information to help you prepare for the program.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please phone our office at 1-800-568-3079 from the U.S. or +1-808-896-0207 from outside the U.S., or email connect@devhc.holisticcoach.org.  We are here to serve and support you.



The Life Coach Training Program begins January 2, 2015 and concludes when you complete your final exam in June, 2015.


Program Elements

  • Online Course – First lessons posted January 2, 2015
  • Teleseminars – Tuesdays from January 6 – March 31, 2015
  • Practicum Teleseminars – April 21, May 5, 12, 26, 2015
  • In-Person Training/Retreat begins Wednesday, January 28 and concludes Sunday, February 1, 2015.  
  • Your Individual Coaching Session with Alan – a 60-minute appointment with Alan during the period from January through March 2015


Accessing Program Information

Several months before the program you will receive the login information for the interactive website that will provide all the information you will need to participate in the program. Your personal coach dashboard will give you access to: 

  • Orientation: A copy of this welcome/orientation information
  • Lessons: The course lessons, posted each week of the program
  • Meet Your Partners:  Self-introductions and contact info
  • Schedule: Teleseminar dates and other important program dates
  • Personal Coaching Signup: Sign up for your personal session with Alan
  • Practice Coaching:  Guidelines for practice sessions and how to submit reports
  • Retreat: Details to help you prepare for and participate in the retreat
  • Certificate: Criteria for your Certificate of Completion
  • Group Discussion Board:  To communicate with other program participants
  • Contact: How to connect with those who can most help you in the program


Course Lessons

You will receive 40 interactive lessons for the course, posted online. You will receive four lessons per week for 10 weeks, except for the week we are at our group retreat. Each week’s teleseminar will be based on the lessons that precede it.

Each lesson contains a theme and an exercise or several questions to help you put the principles into practice and develop specific insights and skills. Your application of the lessons will make the course meaningful in your experience and build the skills you desire. You do not have to submit your responses to the exercises. They are for your personal practice and benefit.


Each week we will meet on the telephone for a one-hour teleseminar. If there are more questions or other items for discussion, the teleseminar may be extended up to 15 minutes. On the Contact page you will find all the access information to dial into the teleseminars, including local access numbers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia. You can also access via Skype.

The initial 10 teleseminars will be held Tuesday evenings beginning January 6 through March 31. The 4 practicum teleseminars will be held on April 21, May 5, 12, 26, 2015. This schedule may be subject to minor revisions which we will let you know about well in advance.

The teleseminar time is:

5:30 PM Pacific Time, 6:30 Mountain, 7:30 Central, and 8:30 Eastern.
If you are calling from another time zone and wish to check your coordinated time, visit http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.

Each teleseminar will begin with a short centering exercise, after which Alan will highlight the important points of the lessons for the week. Then the forum will be open for you to share any insights, experiences, or questions related to the lessons or course principles and how you are applying them. On some calls everyone will speak, and on others we may focus on several people’s sharing. Everyone will have ample opportunity to have your course needs met.

After the main body of lessons (the first 10 teleseminars) the remaining 4 teleseminars will be a practicum in which we will focus on sharing your experiences in your practice coaching sessions and putting the principles into action.

All the teleseminars will be recorded, so you can listen to them afterward if you like. A website link to the recording will be posted on the lessons menu.

Personal Coaching

The program includes one 60-minute personal coaching session with Alan, during which you can explore and receive support toward your life coaching practice and anything else important to you.

Personal coaching sessions will begin in January and go through March. Your session can be recorded for your personal reference, and afterward you will receive a web link to access it. Sessions are strictly confidential and no one else will have access to your recording.

To sign up for your personal coaching appointment, go to your personal coach dashboard and click on Coaching Signup. Coaching slots will posted on December 1, 2014.


In-Person Training/Retreat

The retreat is one of the highlights of the program, bringing us all together in an inspiring setting to build your coaching skills, enjoy mutual support, and nurture your soul. You will receive more information about the retreat as the time approaches. For now, the information below will help you prepare.


Location Dates, Arrival, and Departure

Our retreat will take place at the beautiful Banyan Tree Retreat Center, located near the charming historic town of Makawao on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui’s famous sacred dormant volcano. We have chosen the site for its beauty, privacy, comfort, the consciousness of the people who manage it, and the energy contributed by many individuals and groups that have visited the center for spiritual retreats and healing. Although Banyan Tree enjoys a central location, it is pleasantly removed from Maui’s hotel and resort areas, and it offers a quiet retreat with spectacular views of a large portion of the island. Most rooms have private bathrooms; all rooms have bathrooms a few steps from your door. There is a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi for your enjoyment, as well as lovely landscaped grounds. For information about the retreat center, including driving directions, visit http://www.bed-breakfast-maui.com/


Island Transportation

We recommend Sheila’s Taxi (1-808-357-8421) to get to and from the retreat center. Sheila’s staff are familiar with our programs, generous with their time, and will help you get a few supplies before taking you to the retreat center, if you like. They also coordinate arrivals, so if another participant is arriving in your time frame, they will pick you up together to share costs.  They accept cash, checks, and travelers checks. Call in advance to make a reservation and/or coordinate with other arriving students.

If you choose to rent a car, Car Rental Hawaii (CarRentalHawaii.com) is very reliable and gives a good discounts on rentals:  They are operated by conscious managers and will get you cars from all the major companies. You can also car pool with other participants. The group discussion board on the coach dashboard will offer you the opportunity to coordinate shared travel if you wish.  



The daily schedule includes interactive seminars to build your coaching skills and enhance your personal/spiritual growth, including attention for each student, guided meditation, delicious meals, and some free time for self-renewal. Massage services will be available from top practitioners. Schedule specifics will follow.


Retreat Room and Meals



The cost for room will depend on your room choice. All of the rooms are double occupancy. Rooms will be allocated in the order of requests received. For room choices and prices, please email or phone the Banyan Tree House directly at info@banyantreehouse.com or 1-808-572-9021.

All meals will be together starting with dinner on Wednesday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Our stellar chef is highly skilled and offers plenty of aloha! Meals are mostly organic, healthy, tasty, and prepared with love. A protein is available at every meal, including chicken or fish. Our chef will accommodate special dietary needs if you let us know at least three weeks in advance,, by January 7. The total cost of the meals is approximately $250 for the entire retreat, paid through our office on or before December 15. Since we must pay the caterer in advance, meal payments are non-refundable. An optional gratuity will be taken for the chef at the end of the program.


Certificate of Completion

If you wish to receive a signed certificate of successful completion for the Life Coach Training, you will be asked to do the following:

  1. Participate in at least 9 out of the initial10 teleseminars, and at least 3 out of the 4 follow-up practicum teleseminars.
  2. Have your personal coaching session with Alan
  3. Participate fully in the In-Person Training Retreat
  4. Do at least twenty 50-minute practice coaching sessions and submit reports for a portion of them, report process to be explained when the program begins
  5. Pass a final written exam
  6. Demonstrate to the instructor a basic working knowledge of life coaching skills.


Meet Your Program Partners

A month before the program begins, we will post photos, self-introductions, and contact information for all participants so you can become acquainted, enjoy, and support each other.  For this we will ask you to post a short statement (2-3 paragraphs) about where you see yourself on your coaching and personal journey and what you would most like to receive from the program; (this can be similar to the vision statement you wrote when you applied for the program, but addressed to your fellow participants).  Please be sure to post your profile and Meet Your Partners intro by December 1You can post your information on your personal profile.

Office Hours

Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 2:00 PM Hawaii time. Since Hawaii does not go on daylight savings time with the rest of the U.S., the time difference varies. Beginning November 2, 2014, Hawaii will be 2 hours behind Pacific Time and 5 hours behind Eastern time. For example, 8 am in Hawaii is 10 AM in California and 1 PM in New York. After March 8, 2015, the time difference will 3 hours behind Pacific Time and 6 hours behind Eastern time, making 8 AM in Hawaii 11 AM in California and 2 PM in New York.  If you are outside the continental United States, go to  http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to find your coordinated time. 
Payment & Cancellation Policies

You have paid your $75 application fee, which will be applied to your tuition. If you withdraw, that fee is nonrefundable.

The $425 remainder of your deposit is due now. You can pay online at http://www.alancohen.com/programs/coachtraining/life-coach-training-payment-page/

or phone or email our office with your credit card information. You can also send a check payable to Alan Cohen, address P.O. Box 100, Kapaau, HI 96755. If you wish to pay by check we can offer you a small discount since we do not have to pay credit card processing charges. Inquire for your pay-by-check rate.

We will hold your place in the training for 7 days from the delivery of this email. If we haven’t received your deposit by then, we reserve the right to release your space and accept another participant.  If you need to make another arrangement, please contact our office as soon as possible.  We are happy to work with you on payment options.

The deposit is non-refundable but transferable to other programs sponsored by Alan Cohen Programs. The remainder of your tuition is $2495, payable by December 1, 2014. If you prefer, you can pay the full remainder now. We can also set up payment options for you between now and December 1.  All deposits and payments are non-refundable and non-transferrable after December 1.

Payment for the retreat lodging and meals needs to be paid as follows: 50% by October 26 and remainder by December 26.

Please feel free to call us at the office if we can assist you in any way.

Phone: (808) 896-0207

 Email: connect@devhc.holisticcoach.org.


We are looking forward to a remarkable experience with you. This program can assist your life in many ways that go beyond the coach training skills. Thank you for sharing the adventure!

Blessings and aloha,

Alan Cohen

Dee Winn

Jean Sprague, Coach Care Manager



Help us help you:

What you need to do to prepare for the program:


□ Complete your deposit payment

□ Set up your payment plan with Dee if choosing this option



□  Make your air/ground travel reservations for the in-person retreat/training (as soon as the dates and location are announced)

□  Choose your retreat accommodation
By October 26

□ Pay 50% of your room and meals cost for the retreat
After Nov 1

□ Website for this class goes live

By December 1

□ Complete payment for the program

□ Submit your “Meet Your Program Partners” self-intro
After December 1

□ Sign up for your one-to-one coaching session with Alan

By December 26

□ Pay 50% balance of your room and meals cost for the retreat

□ Let us know any special diet requests for the retreat