SHIFT-IT Coach Newsletter
Volume 14, Issue 4, December 28, 2018


From the misty coast of Western Canada I wish you and yours the very best for this holiday season.

Happy Holidays2018 has been an extremely busy, challenging and fulfilling year. Thank you to the participants of my SHIFT-IT School. What an honour to assist such smart, kind and committed people! In 2019 I will continue to train and coach people from across the globe both in-person (for those who travel here to Victoria, British Columbia) and increasingly via online technology from the comfort of our own locations.

Having participated in and helped grow the rapidly emerging Visual Process Field it feels like I and we are now moving up to the next level. Our useful Visual Skills have spread worldwide into all sorts of geographies, populations and applications. Just in time to assist humanity in sorting out the massive environmental, technological and governance challenges that we collectively face across the planet.

Its game time for us committed Process Professionals. Time to get out there and help the strategic conversations and actions that must happen to assist the human race in our maturation process.

That's going to sound egotistical or overblown to some. But for others, you resonate with what I am expressing. You have been feeling it too. You've been drawn to the visual way of working because you feel the heart, soul and organic essence of what these humane and useful tools are all about.

Our techniques and tools help people be human during these incredible times of change. You and your markers (be they physical or digital) play an important and needed role in helping humanity hopefully successfully navigate through our current crossroads.

My personal mission is to help as many of you as I can. Get you equipped with visual and other process tools and soothe whatever resistance you have in effectively using them. So you can confidently stand where you are planted and do your piece of the puzzle. As practitioners we aren't in competition, we are in collaboration to a bigger play that requires ALL OF US.

These aren't easy times that we live in. But they are interesting and it is an honorable use of your time, energy and skills to participate in the Process Profession.

End of the Lane

I salute you for your dedication, perseverance and spirit. And feel so blessed to play a role in your unfoldment and development. As Jim Channon my mentor used to say ... Go Planet!

You'll continue to hear me gently coax and strongly support you (and myself!) during 2019 and beyond. SHIFT-IT School continues to offer courses and coaching (2 new courses have been added this year). And I continue to commit to my own ongoing personal and professional development to be the best teacher, coach and colleague that I can be.

As I do every year at this time, please find below my gift of a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat. A visual aid to help you reflect on the year that has passed and pre-pave the year that is right around the corner. A tool to help you confidently SEE the unfoldment of life through your unique vessel. May 2019 bring you, yours and our planet a year of beautiful growth and higher evolution beyond the bumpy ride.

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

The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Process Skills Mentor

P.S. If you'd like some spiritually minded company to complete your Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat, an FYI that I'm co-leading a Condensed Online Retreat this upcoming weekend with Spiritual Youtuber Bridget Nielsen. Additionally my annual Full Online Retreat starts mid January.



Jordan Besko Garn - Graphic Recorder
Jordan Besko Garn
Graphic Recorder

"I am so grateful to have personally attended Christina Merkley's workshops in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

The first training, Fundamentals of Working Visually gave me the confidence and tools to step up to the wall and pick up the markers.

I next enrolled in the advanced level, Magic Marker Retreat for additional visual and listening skills from Christina and the inspiring group of Visual Process Practitioners from Canada, U.S.A, Europe and even China and Saudi Arabia. The workshops have helped me broaden my visual skills toolbox and gain confidence in my career and my own visual practice.

These courses are a natural transition for me. I come from a fine-arts and design background, and I enjoyed being able to tap into the right side of my brain visually while using the left side to guide my ears, body, and hands to synthesize and scribe at the wall.

Christina makes everyone feel at ease and creates a safe space to be yourself, which is exactly what you need when you are doing this type of visual process work."

Jordan Besko Garn
Graphic Recorder / Visual Process Facilitator / Illustrator
Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada


Summer Sale

For a Full Overview of SHIFT-IT School's Curriculum, Click Here. Private Training (You Come to Christina) or In-House Training (She Comes to You) and Private Coaching (In-Person or Online) Are Also Available. Below Are Upcoming Courses and eCommunity Dates For This Season.

For Spiritual Visual Thinkers
Online: Soul Visioning and Strategic Planning Retreat

Condensed Online Retreat with Spiritual Youtuber Bridget Nielsen on Dec. 29 & 30.

SHIFT-IT for Starseeds is offered online via a condensed format and is fully recorded. I'm contributing a pack of my specialized Visual Coaching tools and show participants on how to effectively use the visual methodology to steer their Inner Work over the course of the weekend.

Unique Spiritual Offering
4 Live Online Webinars:
Dec. 29- 30, 2018
Full Details and Online Registration

Annual New Years Sale
5 Days: January 7-11

In order to help you get organized for your training and development needs in 2019 I'm giving you an advanced heads up that we will be running a New Years event January 7 - 11, 2019. Treat yourself to quality training, coaching and mentoring to advance your professional and personal goals in 2019.

Annual New Years Event
Active January 7th

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.

See 10th Anniversary Specials

Live Weekly Webinars:
Jan. 12 – March 30, 2019
Saturdays, 11 a.m. -12:00 p.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 before Jan. 21st
9 Weeks Online: Feb. 18 — May 1, 2019
Live Webinars: Mondays & Wednesdays, noon-1pm Pacific

Full Details and Online Registration

Early Bird Pricing until Apr. 29,2019
3 Day Intensive: May 30 — June 1, 2019
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 Your Next Level

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.

Two Options: online, in-person retreat.

Limited To 10 Members
15 Weekly webinars: March 11 — June 24, 2019
Full Details and Online Registration


3 Day Intensive: June 3-5, 2019
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Full Details and Online Registration

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

For Process Professionals Who Work With Individuals

For 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 (40 Visual Maps), guidance in the 'template-izing' of your own intellectual property, plus marketing and biz development support.

Home Study Kits

See 10th Anniversary Specials
Live Webinars: April 2 — Dec. 31 2019
Tuesdays, Noon-1:30 pm Pacific

Full Details and Application Process

For Grads Of My Visual Programs:
Monthly Drop-In Webinars For Ongoing Support

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.

Full Details and Online Registration

2019 Schedule:
Thursdays, 11am-12:30pm pacific

Jan. 24
Feb. 21
March 21
April 25
May 23
June 20
July & August off
Sept. 19
Oct. 17
Nov. 21
Dec. 19

For Grads Of My Coaching Programs:
Monthly Drop-In Webinars For Ongoing Support

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.

Full Details and Online Registration

2019 Schedule:
Saturday (occasionally Sunday),
11am-12:30pm pacific

Working Visually ecommunitySaturday, Jan 5
Sunday, Jan. 27
Sunday, March 10
Saturday, April 6
Saturday, May 18 Saturday, June 15
July & August off
Saturday, Sept 7
Saturday, Oct. 5
Saturday, Nov. 9
Saturday, Dec. 7



To Listen MY VISUAL HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU AND YOURS Or Download Mp3 Version of This Article, Click Here.

Happy Holidays! Time for my annual gift of a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat ... a Visual Coaching aid that helps you thoughtfully segue from one year to the next. 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). (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 ...

Click Through to Blog to Download eBook with Full Instructions and 4 Visual Maps.

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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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Looking for more rich, SHIFT-IT content? Check out my blog for recent ramblings, resources and general interest features:

Working Visually eCommunity December 20, 2018 Drop-In Webinar

SHIFT-IT-Visual Coaching System: Gift for You and Yours

Snippets from Behind the Scenes

SHIFT-IT eCommunity Drop-In Webinar, December 8, 2018

Inside Glimpse Into My Schedule

Lindsay's Private Training: Emphasis on Graphic Recording

Ego and other Deaths

Gabor Maté: Real Time Graphic Recordings

Combat Imagineer Eric Bakey: Weaving Visuals Into Veteran Owned Business

Ayahuasca: Info For Process Professionals

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