Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 13, Issue 10 December 22, 2017


Happy Winter Solstice from the Pacific Northwest!

This year we are experiencing a snow spell rather than the usual rain. Which has its pros and cons.

The pros are the peace and beauty! The cons are the tree branches that come crashing down and the resulting power outages.

Thankfully all fall classes for SHIFT-IT School were fulfilled before the snows came ... appreciations to the awesome Fundamentals of Working Visually and Practical Energy Work cohorts we had this season.

I really enjoyed "meeting" all of you and helping you develop your Process Skills. Always a little sad when great cohorts end, however I'll continue with some of you in private coaching and other courses and look forward to the emails I receive on progress. Watch out world, they are headed your way!

Visual Coaching Volunteer Opportunity:
Another group of Process Professionals headed out into the world with powerful skills and expanded hearts is the 2017 cohort of Visual Coach Certification. They are headed for the finish line of their Exit Exam (where they perform live Visual Coaching with a Test Client as part of their exam).

FYI, we need Volunteer Test Clients if you'd like to help out a Visual-Coach-in-Training by offering your time (takes about an hour). Just write my assistant Patricia at [email protected] and she'll add you to our Test Client list.

As the Visual Coaches schedule their exams we email our Test Client List to find someone who can be their client. Usually a good win/win opportunity for all involved. Thank you SO MUCH to our volunteers, we really appreciate you!

If you too are interested in adding visual skills to your process work with individuals, our 2018 Visual Coach Cohort starts in April (get your two prerequisites done before then). Attracts coaches, therapists, counselors, teachers, consultants, disability specialists, financial advisors, caretakers and other Process Professionals from around the globe. Regular, Subsidized and Scholarship levels.

In closing for this year, I'd like to thank you for being a valued part of the SHIFT-IT Community. I'm very fortunate in that I get to interact daily with wonderful, dedicated people who are making our world a better place.

Thank you for enabling me to do what I do ... and together we help shift ourselves, our families, our groups and hopefully our world-at-large too.

As I do each holiday season, please see below my visual gift of a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat. May it be helpful in getting your mind and heart ready for the year ahead.

Yours in SHIFTing IT,
Christina Merkley, the SHIFT-IT Coach and Visual Mentor

The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Process Skills Mentor

P.S. Our Annual New Years Event is January 5-9 (pages open then). Upcoming Spring 2018 courses are included as well as Private Coaching and Private Trainings. We'll send out announcements when the pages go live.

In Your Words: Sandra James


"I contemplated Fundamentals of Working Visually for 6 months, until I registered. I hadn't had a good track record with online classes previously. However, I'm glad I jumped in, as it was a great experience that I highly recommend!

Dr. Rita Smith - Certified Visual Coach
Sandra James, Consultant
C hristchurch, New Zealand

Graphic Facilitation is still quite new in New Zealand, so it was convenient and valuable to learn online from Christina and the highly interactive cohort she gathered.

This course was extremely well done. Structured, with a clear start, middle and end. A helpful and supportive learning community with other change practitioners from around the globe.

Easy to follow, easy to connect with both the live classes and the class forum (the tech for both worked great), and easy to weave into my work, even if heaps more practice is needed to confidently apply my new visual skills. This gives me another tool to engage the communities, governmental agencies and corporate partners I work with.

I added the private coaching sessions to get Christina's guidance with personal visioning and creating templates for my community development work. As a solo practitioner, the collaboration and interaction this brings is extremely valuable and useful."

Sandra James
Christchurch, New Zealand
Connecting People Ltd

SHIFT-IT School: Classes, Products & Mentoring

New Year Sale

On Upcoming Courses, Private Training & Coaching
5 Days: January 5 -9, 2018

In order to help you get organized for your training and development needs in 2017 I'm giving you an advanced heads up that we will be running a New Years event January 5 - 9, 2018. Upcoming courses (all the ones listed below), private training and private coaching are included. Treat yourself to quality training, coaching and mentoring to advance your professional and personal goals in 2018.

Stay Tuned: More Info Coming Soon!

For First Timers and Repeaters
Supportive International Coaching Group Using Visual Tools

Get clarity and change in your work and life. Left-Brain strategic planning coupled with Right-Brain energy alignment - all in my innovative 'Visual Coaching' style.

Great for shifting dissatisfaction in work, abundance, relationship, body, geography and other stuck areas.

Two Options: either join us for the online course conducted via live webinars (offered just once a year) or complete on your own via home study kit.

Only Live Course This Year
Live Weekly Webinars: Jan. 13 - March 3, 2018
Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific

Full Details and Online Registration

Available At Any Time
Process at Your Own Pace From Your Own Environment
Full Details and Online Registration

Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken before and want to repeat (write us for coupon code).

For Beginners Or Repeaters:
Visual Skills for Process Work with Groups and Individuals

For Process Professionals who work with groups or individuals - managers, consultants, trainers, teachers, facilitators, therapists, coaches, scribes and others. Over 87% of your clients are Visual Thinkers so it only makes logical sense to work in ways that best reach them. This professional skills training thoroughly covers the four main ways of working visually: Studio Work, Graphic Recording, Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Coaching. Attracts participants from across the globe.

Three Options: online, in-person or via handy home study kit.

Early Bird Pricing until Jan. 29th
9 Weeks Online: Feb. 26 - May 9, 2018
Mondays & Wednesdays, noon-1pm Pacific

Full Details and Online Registration

Early Bird Pricing until Apr. 23rd
IN-PERSON: 3 Day Intensive: May 31 - June 2, 2018
Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Full Details and Online Registration

Available At Any Time
Learn at Your Own Pace From
Your Own Environment

Full Details and Online Registration

Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available on Feb. class for those who have taken before and want to repeat as a guest (write us for coupon code).

For Advanced Guidance:
Visual Skills & Business Development For Process Professionals Who Work With Groups and/or Individuals.

Magic Marker Programs are for Process Professionals who have already taken beginner level Visual Skills instruction (either through my Fundamentals of Working Visually course or through equivalent instruction elsewhere) ... and are in the midst of integrating these skills to higher levels of proficiency and reward.

Limited to Just 10 Members

18 Weekly webinars: January 22 - June 25, 2018
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Full Details and Online Registration

2 Day Intensive: June 4-5, 2018
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Full Details and Online Registration

Note: Pre-requisite is Fundamentals of Working Visually (or equivalent experience). Each Magic Marker Retreat is a unique experience, come as many times as you like for continued inspiration and development!

For Process Professionals Who Work With Individuals:

Visual Coach CertificationFor coaches, counselors, therapists and others who work deeply with individuals. Add the power and innovation of Visual Coaching to your 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.

Receiving Applications Now
10-Weeks Online: April 3 - Dec. 31 2018
Tuesdays Noon-1:30 pm Pacific

Full Details and Application Process

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

For Visual Skills Grads

The Working Visually eCommunity supports you to further hone your outer work in Visual Skills and Business Building. As becoming a decent Visual Practitioner is all about practice, practice, practice and mileage, mileage, mileage. And getting suave about marketing, sales and the business side.

This eCommunity is a free perk for those who have taken my more Left-Brain programs: Fundamentals of Working Visually, Magic Marker Programs, Visual Coach Certification and/or Business Essentials for Process Professionals. To keep going in community with like-minded people from across the globe. It includes Drop-in Monthly Webinars, Video Recording Library and 24/7 Forum.

Dates for upcoming webinars:

Thursday Jan 18, 11am pacific
Thursday Feb. 15, 11am pacific
Thursday March 15, 11am pacific
Thursday April 12, 11am pacific
Thursday May 17, 11am pacific
Thursday June 21, 11am pacific
Thursday July 19, 11am pacific

Full Details and Online Registration

Draw Your Vision and Erase Your Resistance

The SHIFT-IT eCommunity supports you to further your Inner Work in personal visioning, planning and energy alignment. I can teach you Outer Work skills until the cows come home, but if you have an internal conflict that interferes, you will never get movement. For some, Outer Work learning must be complimented with Inner Work resolution.

This eCommunity a free perk for those who have done my more Right-Brain courses: SHIFT-IT, Practical Energy Work 1 or Practical Energy Work 2 (or my Thrive and THEO Accelerator co-programs back in the day). To keep going in community with like-minded people from across the globe. It includes Drop-in Monthly Webinars, Video Recording Library and 24/7 Forum

Dates for upcoming webinars:

Saturday, Jan. 6, 10-11:30
Sunday, Feb. 4, 11-12:30
Saturday, March 3, 1-2:30
Saturday, April 7, 10-11:30
Saturday, May 5, 10-11:30
Saturday, June 9, 10-11:30
Saturday, July 7, 11-12:30

Full Details and Online Registration



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Whether you are an old hand at Visual Coaching or are completely new to it, we can all benefit from reflecting on our lives every once in a while: to identify what mid-course corrections we might want to make. Sooooo, in the spirit of this holiday season ... I'm gifting you my Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat, complete with 4 Visual Maps and Instruction eBook.

Ideal Retreat Times:
A Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat can be conducted at any time. However I find that the calendar holds some special spots when reflection of this nature is particularly helpful. Like around New Years when a brand new year is upon us, summer vacation or another getaway, and connection to a significant milestone (birthday, marriage anniversary, graduation, relationship change, health challenge, death of a loved one, kids leaving home, etc).

The Benefits of the Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat:
Mini SHIFT-IT RetreatThis quick little Visual Retreat helps you quickly appreciate what you have accomplished (what you've already manifested and attracted) - and to identify what's next brewing on your horizon - and the outer and inner shifts you will need to make to get there. The Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat puts your life into perspective. Gives you relief, satisfaction and an organized feeling  - knowing you have taken a step to deliberately create what you want (not what you don't want).

How To Do a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat:
Set aside about 30-90 minutes, depending on how deep you want to go. Print off the four Visual Maps and Instruction eBook (see link below). Gather some pens (you can go as simple or as elaborate as you like). Put some good music on. Sit somewhere comfy. And dive in ...

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Christina Merkley
The SHIFT-IT Coach &
Process Skills Mentor

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

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