SHIFT-IT Coach Newsletter
Volume 15, Issue 1, December 23, 2020

A NOTE FROM CHRISTINA:

Happy Holidays Bad me - I didn't write much in 2019, in fact not one dang issue of my SHIFT-IT eZine after 14 years of sharing. I'm going through a transitional phase and when I'm ready I'll start publishing again. The desire to do so is building. So hopefully in the new year.

However I am publishing my annual holiday issue, as I love giving the practical gift of my Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat at this special time of year (click here for eBook and Visual Maps).

My Own Development:
2019 has been a powerful year for my own personal growth and continued inquiry into change, consciousness and evolutionary modalities. Practices that help me and the people I work with to understand, see and shift within the larger reality we are all embedded in.

I had the good fortune to attend fascinating workshops at both Esalen (Paul Selig's Energetics of Consciousness) and Hollyhock (Ancestral Healing with British powerhouse Jill Purce). Both famous retreat centers have been on my bucket list, so was fun to finally go. They are both spectacularly beautiful in their own ways. Hollyhock for its Canadian remoteness and Esalen for its Californian dreaming and ghosts of the counterculture past.

Forest Panorama from Hollyhock Cabin
Forest Panorama from Hollyhock Cabin

Ferry to Cortez
Ferry to Cortez

Oyster Shuck with Local Delcacies
Oyster Shuck with Local Delicacies

Also attended a retreat on local Salt Spring Island with non-dual teacher Pamela Wilson. I really appreciate Pamela's processing techniques which have a psychosynthesis and parts work sensibility to them.

I also fit in more Systemic Constellation training with Anngwyn St. Just, Johannes Schmidt and Mark Wolynn. I use systemic constellation processes in my private coaching practice (via visual templates). I will be offering both online and in-person constellation offerings for groups in 2020.

New Collaborators and Courses:
In addition to my regular courses, this year I ran new art-related workshops with great collaborators, specifically designed for Graphic Recorders and Graphic Facilitators, although applicable to other mediums too. As those of us who do process work with groups and/or individuals have to work fast with our visual depictions and appreciate our live, real-time aesthetic.

Was a delight to collaborate with Rhoda Draws (yes that's her real name, now!). We hosted both online and in-person offerings in Fast & Loose Sketching®. Our October retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico retreat was a remarkable experience. Our next Mexican Retreat is in April for Semana Santa (Easter). Details announced in my annual New Year's Sale coming up in January.

Also Animation Director Karen Lloyd and I hosted an online course on Cartoon and Storyboard Techniques. Super useful and fun. Home Study Kit coming soon!

Rhoda Draws and Christina Merkley Karen J. Lloyd and Christina Merkley

Visual Coach Certification: 10th Anniversary Cohort
We had a bumper crop of aspiring Visual Coaches join the 2019 Cohort of Visual Coach Certification --- they are just nearing the deadline for their Exit Exams.

Thanks to those who have so generously offered your time to be their Test Clients, we all really appreciate you! If you'd like to be on our Test Client list (free Visual Coaching!), write Patricia at [email protected]. The 2020 cohort of this meaningful visual niche begins April 2020 (so get your pre-requisites done if you intend on joining us, registrations are now open).

Visual Coach Certification

New Art Studio:
I moved into a new studio in the Metchosin Art and Cultural Association this fall. With space for creating, hosting groups and trainings and mingling with other creative types.

It's a bit of a full-circle experience as it's in an old elementary school that my younger brother once attended. Apparently my studio at one time housed the art room. That explains the comforting energy when I walk in the room. It truly is cozy! I'll be hosting private in-person coaching retreats and private visual skills trainings here now. As well as the upcoming in-person constellation days. Plus my online SHIFT-IT School gets run from my digital command hub in the corner.


Metchosin Arts &
Cultural Centre


New Studio: 7 Minute
Commute to Home

A Sad Goodbye to My Little Buddy:
I had several loses this year of good friends and family, including my beloved furry companion JJ, This teeny Yorkshire Terrier, so adorable and with the heart of a lion, was my constant companion these last 8 years. Many of my clients loved him as much as I did and will miss those cute ears appearing in my webinars from his perch on my lap.

He was killed by a car on our morning walk going to the new office. I struggle with the guilt and PTSD of it all. If only I could redo a few seconds in life. The irony (or miracle of it) was that I was to begin a course on mediumship that day. Almost instantly he's been teaching me about crossing over, the energetic world beyond and the right brain language of signs. Love does transcend worlds, however, physical grief also coexists at the same time. Such important lessons to learn. All the best to those who are dealing with losses in your own life be they human or otherwise.

JJ Smiley Face
His Smiley Face

JJ and His Ball
Dog Loved His Ball

Happy HolidaysHappy Holidays to You:
Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere we are balanced between light and dark.

I always cherish the shift towards the light, while appreciating that the dark has its role too.

As we shift from one year and decade to the next, I wish you and yours all the best as you navigate your own unique journey here on Earth during these poignant times.

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

The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Process Skills Mentor


IN YOUR WORDS: SOPHIE MICHAUD SHARES WHY BECOMING A CERTIFIED VISUAL COACH WAS RIGHT FOR HER

TOP 10 REASONS WHY BECOMING A CERTIFIED
VISUAL COACH IS THE BEST DECISION I MADE:

Jordan Besko Garn - Graphic Recorder
Sophie Michaud,
independent school division head

1. EXPLORATION
2. DISCOVERY
3. CREATIVITY
4. APPLICATION
5. CHALLENGE
6. ACCOUNTABILITY
7. TRANSFORMATION
8. IMPACT
9. CONNECTION
10.SERVICE

"Christina Merkley is a most trusted guide in the arena of Visual Process Work. She helped me understand and explore the "4 Animals" of Working Visually and apply within my own educational context and beyond.

I discovered my own visual voice! So empowering when my signature presence became visible through text, shapes, and colors in support of process work with individuals and groups. Creativity, while oftentimes a major block in adults' minds, became a partner as I learned to transcend my own resistance and tap my strength and intrinsic value as a creator.

Christina punched a hole through the wall of my own limiting beliefs. Her awareness of creative blocks and her direct and pointed feedback challenged me to address blind spots and grow exponentially. As visual work is hands-on by nature, I learned through direct application the value and power of holding space for meaningful and powerful conversations, marker in hand up at the wall or on my digital tablet during a virtual session.


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Thanks to her adage that "the only way out is through", I learned to be accountable for the container I create for my clients. Humbled to capture defining moments that shape a certain form of thinking and being for my clients. Not only was I trusted to listen deeply and fully, but also to watch transformation occur in my clients via her SHIFT-IT System and my own visual and energetic tools.

I came out of Visual Coach Certification a more understanding, empathetic, aware, and connected human being in service of helping people reach their own vision of what they desire most. I am so grateful for that!"

Sophie Michaud
Division Head of Independent School
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.A.


SHIFT-IT SCHOOL: UPCOMING COURSES

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.

Annual New Years Sale
NEW YEARS EVENT
5 Days: January 13-17

In order to help you get organized for your training and development needs in 2020 I'm giving you an advanced heads up that we will be running a New Years event January 13 - 17, 2020. Treat yourself to quality training, coaching and mentoring to advance your professional and personal goals in 2020.

Annual New Years Event



For Beginners Or Repeaters
FUNDAMENTALS OF WORKING VISUALLY®
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.

Just 20 12 Spots Left
ONLINE VERSION VIA LIVE WEBINARS
9 Weeks Online: January 20 - April 1, 2020
Live Webinars: Mondays & Wednesdays,
noon-1pm Pacific


Early Bird Pricing Until June 10, 2020
IN-PERSON VERSION IN VICTORIA, CANADA
3 Day Intensive: July 9 - 11, 2020
Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Available At Any Time
HOME STUDY KIT VERSION
Learn at Your Own Pace From Your Own Environment

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).



Two Niche Experts
Help You Draw Better… and Faster!
FAST AND LOOSE SKETCHING®

Fast and Loose Sketching

Uplevel your sketching skills. Rhoda Draws is back with two more co-events with Christina Merkley this upcoming season. A full Fast & Loose Sketching Retreat in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during the Semana Santa festivities. Also an online course specifically focused on Heads and Hands.

HEADS AND HANDS
ONLINE VIA LIVE WEBINARS

7 weeks Online: February 18 - March 31, 2020
Live Webinars: Tuesdays,
4:30-6:00pm Pacific

DETAILS COMING SOON!


MEXICAN SKETCHING RETREAT
SEMANA SANTA (EASTER)
In World Heritage City,
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

April 7-13, 2020

DETAILS COMING SOON!


Available At Any Time
HOME STUDY KIT
Learn From Home At Your Own Pace



First Timers And Repeaters
SHIFT-IT VISUAL COACHING SYSTEM
Change Work and Life for the Better

Use the power of Visual Coaching to gain clarity and change in your professional and personal life. Deep strategic planning to define your vision and organize your actions. Plus game changing inner work methods to bring doubt, negativity and other resistance to the surface in order to SHIFT-IT! Become your Future Self.

Three Options: join us for the online course conducted via live webinars (offered just once a year), our retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico or complete on your own via home study kit.

In-Person Visual Coaching Retreat
SHIFT-IT IN-PERSON RETREAT
In World Heritage City,
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
April 14-16, 2020

DETAILS COMING SOON!


10th Anniversary Special Extended
(Save 50%)

SHIFT-IT ONLINE

Live Weekly Webinars:
May 9 - June 20, 2020
Saturdays, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Pacific


Available At Any Time
SHIFT-IT HOME RETREAT KIT

Process at Your Own Pace From Your Own Environment

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 Advanced Guidance:
MAGIC MARKER RETREAT
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

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

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
2020 VISUAL COACH CERTIFICATION®

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

Extended 10th Anniversary Sale:
50% off (all levels and plans)

Just 20 15 Spots Left
2020 VISUAL COACH CERTIFICATION
Live Webinars: Sept. 22, 2020 - Feb. 9, 2021
Tuesdays, Noon-1:30 pm Pacific



For Grads Of My Visual Programs:
THE WORKING VISUALLY eCOMMUNITY
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.

 

2020 Schedule:
Thursdays
11am-12:30pm pacific

Jan 16
Feb 13
March 12
Sabbatical: April, May, June
July 23
August 20



For Grads Of My Coaching Programs:
THE SHIFT-IT eCOMMUNITY
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.

 

Working Visually ecommunity2020 Schedule:
Saturday (occasional Sunday),
11am-12:30pm pacific

Sunday, Jan 12
Sunday, Feb 9
Sunday, March 8
Sabbatical: April, May, June
Saturday, July 18
Saturday, August 15



FEATURED ARTICLE:

ANNUAL VISUAL COACHING GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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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For the full SHIFT-IT Audio Library (mp3): Click Here

ABOUT SHIFT-IT COACH, INC.

Christina
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 www.shift-it-coach.com & www.visualcoaches.com.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

>>A Note From Christina

>>In Your Words

>>Events Calendar

>>Featured Article:
Annual Visual Coaching Gift For The Holidays

>>Connect with Us

>>Blog Entries

>>E-Zine & Audio Archives


CONNECT WITH US:

Twitter @christinamerk

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BLOG ENTRIES:

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

Working Visually eCommunity Drop-In Webinar, December 19, 2019

SHIFT-IT eCommunity Drop-In Webinar – December 15, 2019

Working Visually eCommunity Drop-In Webinar – November 21, 2019

SHIFT-IT eCommunity Drop-In Webinar – November 17, 2019

Working Visually eCommunity Drop-In, Sept 19, 2019

SHIFT-IT eCommunity Drop-In Webinar – September 14, 2019

 

Click here to read The SHIFT-IT Blog.


EZINE ARCHIVES:

Browse past issues here.

Listen to the eZine here.


PRODUCTS:

Biz Basics For Process Professionals Home Study Kit


Our Websites:

SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc
www.shift-it-coach.com

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Visual Coaching www.visualcoaches.com

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