Here are a few additional things that some people want to know:
Q. How Many People Attend The Annual Online Course?
A. Totally varies. Biggest group has been around 40. Smallest group has been 7. Usually somewhere in between. Sometimes people register but due to time zone challenges or busy schedules participate via watching the recordings and posting in the forum rather than being live on every webinar.
Q. Who Comes | What Are Other Participants Like?
A. There is usually good blend of folks who come. From different geographies, backgrounds and ages (although most are in the 35-65 range). Primarily woman. Men do participate too although some choose private coaching over the group coaching option.
Given the nature of my work and who I am, I attract people who are creative, intuitive and/or spiritual (whether that quality is conscious or unconscious in them). Usually in some sort of change, transformation or empowerment process. I also attract people from the Helping Professions (consultants, coaches, therapists, counselors, facilitators, teachers, trainers, scribes, etc.) some of whom take SHIFT-IT in order to satisfy one of the pre-requisites for Visual Coach Certification®.
Q. What Kinds Of Results Happen?
A. My job as your Coach is to create a safe (but not too safe) container for you to do your inner work in. As an adult learning experience, the results you get depend on you.
I’ve facilitated 1000s people through my SHIFT-IT System® over the decades … and now with my Certified Visual Coaches those numbers continue to grow.
Some people choose to focus the SHIFT-IT System on their personal life: improve or end relationships, manifest new ones, get pregnant (10 SHIFT-IT babies so far!), move, buy or sell homes, enhance friendships, boost sensuality and sexuality, handle body challenges (weight, fitness, health, disability, aging, etc), develop hobbies and creativity, navigate empty nest and other transitions, retirement, loss of loved ones, mortality and the death transition. Plus many more personal type subjects.
Others focus on work, finances and the professional arena: volunteerism, education, training, jobs, career planning, solopreneurship, entrepreneurship, biz partners and patrons, client attraction and retention, increase income, pay off debt, accumulate assets, handle inheritance and other windfalls, plan for retirement,
From the testimonials from past SHIFT-IT participants you can see the range of people and SHIFTs that occur through this powerful process. What are the “ITS” you want to SHIFT? Come, we’ll help you make them!
Q. When Will You Offer This Course Again?
A. One or two retreats (in-person and/or online) are offered each year. There is also a Home Retreat Kit that is available at any time, if you don’t want to wait for a live Retreat. Or you can work privately with me or one of our Certified Visual Coaches.
Q. What Is The Home Retreat Kit Option?
A. The Home Retreat Kit contains the same information as the live Retreat (in fact you watch a live online retreat and follow along as they go through the material).
This Kit allows you to do a self Retreat in the comfort of your own environment and control the pace and timing of your integration. Great for people who ‘want it NOW’ and/or who can’t attend the live webinars for various reasons. The Deluxe Level of this Kit comes with three private coaching sessions with Christina. Remember that as a Kit Purchaser you qualify for Repeater Rates at future retreats.
Q. Do I Have To Draw To Participate?
A. No, you don’t. My SHIFT-IT Maps are the foundation of this program. They are structured templates (forms) that you fill in with your reflections, thoughts, feelings and insights. The drawing is already done for you. How you choose to fill the SHIFT-IT maps in is totally up to you (it’s not an art contest, its thoughtful reflection work we are doing). Simply printing or writing on them is totally fine. It’s only you who needs to be able to decipher them.
However, if you are comfortable with doodling, drawing, coloring, etc. (or it intrigues you to give that sort of thing a try) then you are welcome to weave in your own creativity in whatever way makes you feel good.
Even though I am known for my visual approach I am not the greatest artist. I keep my own graphics pretty simple (choosing instead to focus on content capture and keeping rapport with my clients when I work live). Chances are there will be people in the course who are talented creatives. And you can join me in ohhing and ahhing over their creations without feeling like you have to perform at the same level. To each their own.
Q. Do I Have to Divulge My Private Stuff?
A. The amount and depth of your personal self-disclosure is totally up to you. You can attend the SHIFT-IT Retreats without sharing anything about your own specifics.
Yes, I work with volunteers as demonstrations. But I will only be working with people who are comfortable volunteering (thankfully there are always plenty of extroverts willing to jump right in!). I will also be using myself and my own journey as examples.
The bulk of your work during this event will be done on your own – in-between sessions using the SHIFT-IT maps and materials. You are encouraged to upload your Maps into our private forum. However your level of participation in the private forum is totally up to you.
After doing this group for years, I find that some people’s initial reluctance to participate publicly dissipates as the group progresses – a very pleasant, safe and enjoyable container is created – with new friendships being forged.
Q. Is SHIFT-IT Religious?
A. I like it when people ask me this question as it allows me to address several important things.
First off, no, my SHIFT-IT System is not religious. However people from many different faith traditions have participated over the years and I welcome and cherish that diversity.
SHIFT-IT is about honestly and courageously looking at yourself and your life. It’s a deep experience that creates change, sometimes great change, depending on you and your crossroads. People often are attracted to it when they are dissatisfied and need change. Or when they are happy yet desire more. SHIFT-IT helps them do that.
It’s a sacred process, but not religious per se. If you are a religious person you are welcome to adapt my language to suit the tenets of your faith so the maps suit your preferences.
While SHIFT-IT is not religious, I myself am a spiritual person and this does impact how i coach … although I feel I’m good at gauging what a person is comfortable with and meeting people where they are.
I have been through a lot in my life, as someone who has the audacity to call herself The SHIFT-IT Coach should! Not only have I had an innovative career path (see My Left Brain Story), I have also had an innovative personal path as well, including kundalini awakening (see My Right Brain Story).
Some people view my whole-brained-ness as a valuable asset they want to tap. Others are more comfortable with one side over the other.
Sometimes my work is to introduce people, gently, to the side of themselves that they don’t know so well or have judgments about (i.e. the logical/organized types need to access emotions/creativity and the creative/emotional types need to access logic/organization).
SHIFT-IT’s holistic nature accommodates both sides.
Q. Can I Use Your Shift-It Maps With My Own Clients?
A. The SHIFT-IT Retreats including the Kit (and all associated materials) are for your personal use only. I don’t mind if you share them within your household … that is totally fine. However, if you wish to use my Visual Coaching techniques and tools with your own clientele I respectfully direct you to Visual Coach Certification.
Q. Can I Work Privately With You Or A Certified Visual Coach?
A. Yes! I do work privately with clients, both online and in-person in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. And I am very proud of the Certified Visual Coaches who are sprinkled geographically across our planet for you to choose from … many of whom work privately with clients and also offer SHIFT-IT In-Person Groups in their regions.
Q. Do You Offer Scholarships or Discounts?
A. My programs are transformational with generous returns on investment for those who apply themselves – many cite them as the best courses they have ever taken and/or as significant turning points in the trajectory of their professional and personal lives.
I offer Early Birds, Seasonal Sales and Payment Plans. Should you like a longer payment plan than what is offered, please just ask
Also there are currency exchange rates to be aware of. As a Canadian, all of my prices are in Canadian currency. Therefore for some nationalities, there are significant price savings due to currency exchange (i.e. Americans and some European currencies). For other nationalities the currency rates work in the other direction and make my pricing prohibitive. To check your currency, go here.
Upon the purchase of a SHIFT-IT Retreat or Home Retreat Kit you qualify for Repeater rates. I am also very generous with various kinds of Free Visual Coaching Support.
Additional Accessibility: It’s important to me that my work be inclusive and widely available. I do not want marginalization, financial and other inequities to get in the way of you benefiting from Visual Coaching if that is your interest. That’s why I offer an Accessibility Rate. An attempt to level the playing field for broad participation. If this rate is still prohibitive to you, please write with an explanation and a proposed alternative rate to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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