Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 14,  November 8, 2014


Yowza, it's a REALLY powerful fall for me ... going through lots of exciting and at times challenging advancements. The BodyTalk methodology I've been studying and integrating into my practice for the last year is going strong. Quickly turning into a favorite way to identify and shift all sorts of resistance going on in the Body/Mind of clients and myself (I've written this issue's article on a male case study). New distance offerings are now available (thanks for your patience, those of you who have been waiting for them).

I've also committed to a 9-month Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies (haha, sounds like a barrel of fun eh?!). Well, it actually is for someone like me who is extremely interested in helping people shift to a better level of functioning, fun and integration. It's led by Bessel van der Kolk, a leading authority on stress, trauma and neuroscience (who just published a great new book, called The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma).

The fall classes here at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. are flying along. SHIFT-IT Online wrapped last weekend (thanks all for a WONDERFUL cohort of reflection, ahhas and movement ... really DEEP inner and outer work!).

And, the fall edition of Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals is mid-way through too. After laying a visual skills foundation we have segued into explorations of Studio Work and Graphic Recording ... next up are Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Coaching (using visuals effectively in process work with groups and individuals). Again, so appreciative of web conferencing technology that allows me to hold this training space for Process Professionals from across the globe. Excellent progress happening and we still have 8 more sessions to go!

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Yesterday and today, I'm hosting our first of three Magic Marker Retreats here in Victoria, British Columbia. Always a pleasure to huddle away with dedicated practitioners not only keen to improve their visual chops but also open and transparent enough to share the very real ups, downs and challenges that naturally go with building a unique and authentic career. It's a pleasure to create the container for this kind of deep, real, supportive colleagueship. Coming from a 'there is more than enough for everyone' perspective.

See you in a couple of weeks for the next edition.

Yours in SHIFTing IT,

The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor



Alexa Linton
Alexa Linton
Coach & Certified BodyTalk

"Working with Christina Merkley has been a powerful experience! Not only is she an incredible coach, teacher and facilitator, she also has a potency and strength as a mentor that goes above and beyond. She is deeply committed to her own personal work and the well-being and happiness of her clients, colleagues and friends. And she inspires so many to follow in her footsteps towards a rich, fun and fulfilling life.

I love incorporating 'working visually' into my healing and coaching practice. The support during her Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals course was outstanding, helping me move through big blocks to see the goldmine that lay beneath my resistance.

SHIFT-IT Online was also a great help - allowing me to further process limitations; which parlayed into one of the most successful years of my career while still being authentically and openly me.

I am also blessed to work with Christina doing BodyTalk - love her powerhouse sessions that incorporate her deep wisdom, knowledge and understanding and her cut-to-the-chase coaching style and blast through stuck spots.

Thanks Christina for all your support, teachings and inspiration!"

Alexa Linton
Coach and Certified BodyTalk Practitioner
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada


For Beginners Or Repeaters:

Visual Skills for Process Work with Groups and Individuals

Over 87% of your facilitation, coaching, training and consulting clients are visual thinkers - learn powerful visual skills to boost the effectiveness of how you work with them. This professional skills training (fully online) thoroughly covers the four main applications of working visually with groups and individuals so you can add these powerful tools to your own process toolkit: studio work (charts & videos), graphic recording, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching. This is the online version of my popular 3-day fundamentals training (no travel required). Attracts folks from across the English speaking world - your Visual Tribe!

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Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and desire another round.

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In-House Workshop for Educators, Facilitators or other Process Professionals

In or near Central Canada? FYI, I'm bringing my fundamental skills workshop to Regina, SK on December 11-12 (brrrrr!). This is a private workshop arranged by consultants in the area, however they are open to others joining in, a great opportunity to receive your skills closer to home if in the region.

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New Advanced Offering!

Getting your visual basics is half the equation - the other is competency and creation of a viable practice (whether you are internal or independent). This 2-day Boot Camp takes your visual practice to the next level: chock full of at-the-wall drills, project brainstorming (bring work for feedback and ideas), and identity/brand/financial coaching. Work your brain, your fingers and dissolve your resistance, all in deep community with your visual tribe.

Each Retreat Custom Designed to Needs of Attendees:
March 26-27, 2015, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada* Just 7 5 Spots Left
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Note: Pre-requisite is Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (or equivalent experience).

7 Weeks Online: Feb. 7 - March 21, 2015
Video Webinars: Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific

Ready to get what you want?! My signature coaching group - gets you what you next want in your personal and/or professional life. You develop a crystal clear vision, unravel your resistance ... and rapidly SHIFT your world. Practical real-world strategic planning coupled with leading-edge energy alignment --- all in my innovative 'Visual Coaching' style. Join this supportive community with other like-minded SHIFTers from across the globe. The SHIFT-IT Home Retreat Kit® with 17 visual maps is included, plus handy Repeater Option for those joining us again!

Full Details and Online Registration

Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and are ready for your next shift.

10-Weeks Online: April 7 - June 9, 2015
Tuesdays Noon-1:30 pm Pacific

Become a Certified Visual Coach®. For coaches, counselors, and therapists from around the globe. Add the power and innovation of Visual Coaching to your own professional practice. Includes advanced Visual Coaching techniques, use of my SHIFT-IT System® with your clientele (17 visual maps), guidance in the 'template-izing' of your own intellectual property, plus marketing and biz development support.

Full Details and Application Process

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Two Pre-requisites: SHIFT-IT Online and Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (or equivalent experience).

In-Person and Distance Sessions (via web conferencing).

Public workshops are wonderful, however sometimes only private attention will do. Book me as your private coach, mentor and champion ... to clarify and align to your Next Self. Custom sessions tailored just for you and your circumstances: Private Training and Private Coaching.

Next Step: Email [email protected] to request Exploratory Chat.


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As the SHIFT-IT Coach, I'm always on the look out for effective methods that help my clients SHIFT be it professional or personal, or BOTH (which is usually the case because our mind/body doesn't operate in silos).

About a year ago I dove into learning BodyTalk, a consciousness based method with wide-ranging scope. I'm LOVING it. BodyTalk is difficult to describe, as it's a 'you had to be there' kind of thing that is very experiential at various physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. And it's different for every person every session.

In a nutshell its 'structured intuition' ... I intuitively navigate The BodyTalk Framework to uncover what the priority for my client is at the time of their session.

Male Case Study:
I've been given permission to share a case study from a male client, let's call him Fred (not his real name). Fred is a Canadian man in his early 50s. A serial entrepreneur, at the time of his session it had been a little over a year since his last venture wrapped. Despite multiple opportunities, with various configurations of partners and teams, no project had yet galvanized as his next focus ... and Fred was getting a little antsy if not concerned. He wanted to 'get back on the horse'. Hence using BodyTalk to see what light it could shed on his dry spell and hopefully create some positive movement...

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pursuingIn the scheme of things, life is short. It's a shame not to live it in alignment with who you truly are. I have successfully SHIFTed to a life of authenticity, creativity and abundance that is congruent with who I am. Let me assist you in doing the same via private coaching (either by distance or in-person).

My clientele are passionate individuals who deeply desire the manifestation of their Full Selves. Most want to get their 'special it' into the world (entrepreneurs, biz owners, leaders, teachers, consultants, facilitators, trainers, coaches, therapists, visual practitioners, etc.).

I employ a customized blend of both Outer (left brain) and Inner (right brain) approaches that get you firmly into the reality of what you want. Eliminate confusion, resistance and procrastination. Enhance clarity, alignment and flow.

Stop splitting your energy - create a congruent life that works for you and help the planet in the process!

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Christina Merkley
The SHIFT-IT Coach &
Interactive-Visuals Mentor

SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. is a boutique training and coaching company specializing in visual process work for groups and individuals. Founded by Christina Merkley, pioneering Visual Facilitator and Coach, we work deeply with individuals, partners and conscious businesses to define and manifest what you really want. We also train Process Professionals from across the globe in our innovative ways of working. For more information visit and

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