Private In-Person Retreats
With Christina Merkley, Visual Coaching Pioneer
YOUR NEXT CHAPTER IS READY TO BE DRAWN!
At a crossroads? Ready for your next chapter? If so, you’ve come to the right place!
I’m Christina Merkley, The SHIFT-IT Coach and I assist individuals, biz partners, and couples on professional and personal growth.
At various times in our lives, we feel the need to bust through to a new level. Harvesting what’s good from our past and often breaking from it – perhaps going for a radical SHIFT or just a subtle, more fulfilling tweak.
Whatever your desired degree of change you get it via private, confidential SHIFT-IT Retreats tailored to your specific needs.
If you are new to my work, I invite you to browse my site … it has a wealth of information about my SHIFT-IT approach and unique business niche (the blog and the courses page give good at-a-glance info).
I’m a Process Professional with 25+ years experience in group and individual settings … and am an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of “Visual Coaching.”
I also teach and certify other Process Professionals from across the globe.
Since 1995, I’ve worked with 1000s of people from across the English-speaking world (within corporations, organizations, community groups, biz partnerships and with couples and individuals). I’ve had the pleasure of assisting many different kinds of people to create many different types of things, experiences and lifestyles.
After years of ‘being on the road’, my base is in the charming city of Victoria, British Columbia on the beautiful west coast of Canada.
Nowadays the majority of my clients engage my services via my popular online public courses: SHIFT-IT Online, Fundamentals of Working Visually, Visual Coach Certification (see SHIFT-IT School courses). Or through private online coaching (see Session Packs).
However, some clients still prefer to have direct face-to-face access (and I enjoy the special intensity of working in person too). So this is where my in-person retreats come in.
I take a decidedly holistic approach to coaching and therefore work on both the “Outer” and “Inner” levels with my clients. Your private retreat is tailored designed for you and your needs. Below are lists of topic areas that I regularly coach on. Your retreat can be focused on one or several of these subjects or on something not listed. Before you come, we design a tailor-made agenda based on your specific needs and desired outcomes.
Left Brain | Outer Work:
- Leadership and Organizational Development (confidential shadow coach);
- Finances, Career, Right Livelihood and Business Entrepreneurship (see SHIFT-IT);
- Business Branding and Identity (see Business Essentials for Process Professionals);
- Visual Skills Development (see Fundamentals of Working Visually and Visual Coach Certification);
- Succession Planning, Retirement and Paying It Forward.
Right Brain | Inner Work:
- Personal Visioning, Planning, Trauma and Resistance (see SHIFT-IT);
- Non-Dual. Self Inquiry, Polarities and Parts Work (see Visual Satsangs);
- Creativity, Intuition, Energetics, and Kundalini (see Practical Energy Work);
- Spirituality, Aging, Illness, Dying, Grief, and Beyond the Veil.
During our Exploratory Chat, we determine dates and times that work for our schedules. We work in 3-hour chunks (with breaks), usually 9-12 and 2-5, with lunch in between. Since the pandemic, I no longer retain my own commercial office. I have several central locations we can book (depending on availability), or if suitable I may be able to travel to yours. For info on getting to Vancouver Island and Victoria, see Travel to Victoria.
IN-PERSON RETREAT OPTIONS:
Select the Option of Your Choice:
Deluxe format, for full coverage of priorities and robust, follow up support.
Includes: One Exploratory/Design Call. Digital SHIFT-IT Kit (immediate access). SHIFT-IT Manual, Map Pack and Markers (delivered at your Retreat). Four 3-hour Visual Coaching Sessions (9-12 and 2-5). Lunch both days. Meeting space and materials. Photography of charts produced (you are welcome to take any originals with you). Four 45-minute follow-up Online Sessions.
Choose Your Payment Plan:
Condensed format, great for one meaty topic or several smaller ones.
Includes: One Exploratory/Design Call. Digital SHIFT-IT Kit (immediate access). SHIFT-IT Manual, Map Pack and Markers (delivered at your Retreat).Two 3-hour Visual Coaching Sessions (9-12 and 2-5). Lunch. Meeting space and materials. Photography of charts produced (you are welcome to take any originals with you). Two 45-minute follow-up Online Sessions.
Choose Your Payment Plan:
Abbreviated format, great for laser coaching on your work on the Kit or as a refresher.
Includes: One Exploratory/Design Call. Digital SHIFT-IT Kit (immediate access). One 3-hour Visual Coaching Session. Meeting space and materials. Photography of charts produced (you are welcome to take any originals with you).
Choose Your Payment Plan:
- Fees are in Canadian Funds, see www.xe.com for conversion
- Plus applicable taxes for Canadian residents.
- Plans pull every 30 days. The 1 pay is the most affordable option, as other plans include additional fees.
- Your investment is transferable (to another date, service or product) but not refundable.
INFO ON BOOKING PROCESS:
Upon receipt of the order, my assistant contacts you to schedule our Exploratory Chat/Design call (if we have not already had). During this call, your unique needs are discussed as well as desired outcomes, dates and other logistics. A detailed Memo of Understanding including customized agenda are sent to you and your date(s) are officially booked.
If you know which package you desire, simply choose the option of your choice and purchase online via our secure server now. Upon receipt of your order my assistant contacts you.
Further Questions? Email email@example.com to request a complimentary 30-minute Exploratory Call for you and I to speak.
COVERED IN MIT TECH REVIEW, NY TIMES, POPULAR SCIENCE and MOTOR MAGAZINE
“I’ve employed Christina Merkley as my coach on-and-off since 1998. Six months after she led me through a vision exercise where I imagined myself on the cover of a magazine, the real thing happened when I made it into Java World. Since then I’ve been covered in MIT Tech Review, The NY Times, Popular Science, and Motor Magazine and was nominated for a 2003 Corporate Award sponsored by the World Tech Network. Yeah, you could call this work effective! Now I’m working with her again to take it up to the next level.”
– Tim Clark, VP of Engineering / Director of R & D, VTTI, San Francisco, CA
Good at making things quantifiable and tangible
“I’ve hired Christina Merkley on and off for the last seven years, primarily for personal coaching and partnership facilitation. She’s seen me through two sad, but amicable, business partnerships dissolutions. Christina’s smart and intuitive (although I generally hate using that word!). A natural solvent … boiling disparate personalities to get to the pure, essential content of what needs to be done, by when, by who. Good at making things quantifiable and tangible.”
– Paolo Salvagione, Owner, Swift Engineering, Sausalito, CA
TRAVELED FROM THE UK — WORTH EVERY PENNY!
“I traveled from the UK to work one-on-one with Christina and it was worth every penny. The power of seeing my life and beliefs drawn out of me — no room to hide because I created the picture of the new direction I want. There is a clear process and journey when you work with Christina and if you are committed to really shift your life you can expect amazing results in a short period of time. I’ve revamped my diversity consulting business – re-designed my website, offerings and pricing structure – to serve the populations I like best. I’ve signed up for her Manifestation Mastermind which I expect to be another life changing programme (starts after my Caribbean vacation – more time spent there was part of my visioning!). – I can’t wait. Thanks Christina.”
– Sonya Welch-Moring, Diversity Coach/Consultant, London, UK
SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITIONED MY CORPORATE MARKETING & SALES CAREER INTO SUSTAINABLE, ENJOYABLE CONSULTING PRACTICE
“I’ve had the privilege of Christina’s support since 2007. She’s a generous teacher/coach and savvy businesswoman who knows her stuff and delivers for her clients. I was initially attracted to her Law of Attraction (LOA) perspective via her SHIFT-IT System® and was later accepted into her Biz and Life Accelerator, which I massively benefited from. I successfully transitioned my corporate marketing and sales career into a sustainable consulting practice (more freedom of hours, work and client type) and also significantly shifted some challenging personal relationships. I’ve also studied Christina’s pioneering interactive-graphics methods — now employing visuals in my branding and archetype speciality including developing my own line of visual templates to better serve my clients! Christina has a knack for attracting really interesting and collaborative people and I have made great friends from across the globe (another goal achieved). I absolutely love working with her and highly recommend her coaching and teaching programs.”– Tamsyn Hawkins, Branding & Archetype Consultant, United Kingdom
I’M A TRUE BELIEVER … HIGHLY RECOMMEND
“Awesome! That is the one word that describes the services that Christina has provided for me. Since I started working with her as my coach, I’ve bought my partner out to gain full ownership, have been stabilizing my growing business with improved systems (and growing profits) and have taken more time out for the fun things in life (golf, fishing, Vegas!). When i first heard about her and this visual stuff, i was skeptical and wondered if it was ‘blowing on tea leaves’. Not now, I’m a true believer. The graphics bring clarity and focus and give me a high level map of my corporate direction. I highly recommend her and her Shift It! Process to anybody who is serious about success and defining (and getting!) what they really, really want.”
– Robert Kemp, CEO, Raging Creations Ltd / ZenMed.com, Victoria, B.C.
ABLE TO REFLECT AND SHIFT MY ENERGY UNLIKE I’VE EVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE
“After coaching with Christina Merkley, all I can say is, ‘Wow!’ If you haven’t noticed, there are coaches EVERYWHERE. It’s not easy to know if they are a good match or not. But because Christina is so entrenched in the Law of Attraction in a very real and human way she was able to reflect and shift my energy unlike I’ve ever experienced before. (And she does while keeping her sense of humor which is one of my key values.) I learned that when you are in emotional alignment, it’s easy to live the life you want. Everything after that just flows… What a freeing experience!”
– Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero, Red Hot Copy, Van Nuys, CA
GUIDANCE NOT ONLY ON AN OUTWARD LEVEL BUT ALSO THE MEANS FOR ME TO CHANGE MY INNER MINDSET
“I’ve worked with Christina as my mentor and guide in several capacities: Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals, SHIFT-IT Online Group, a 6-month business incubator and now private coaching.Before her, I’d been forever scratching my head about my business and next steps. Frustrated that I couldn’t formulate my ideas well enough to get the pieces together and move forward. Never had time to flesh it out and make it real.
Working with her is the best thing I have done for my business success. Guidance not only on an outward level but also the means for me to change my inner mindset … clearing the negative programming that had plagued me for so long. I’ve grown on a spiritual level as a whole person, something other business teachers/coaches have ignored. My development as a shamanic apprentice is encouraged and she’s helped me to see how to incorporate all aspects of me into what I do.
I highly recommend working with Christina in any capacity you are called to. Worth every penny I invested!”
– Lilia Lee, Online Biz Strategist & Shamanic Apprentice
GOTTEN JUST THE RESULTS I INTENDED
“Great coach. Positive & encouraging coaching style. Lovely location. An adventure in learning. 2 days of focused attention – Christina broke her methods down for me into manageable pieces and segments. I left with greater confidence in my ability to become a successful graphic facilitator. Within days of returning home I had completed three of my action steps to move my business to the next level and gotten just the results I intended.”
– Sue Keely, Graphic Facilitator, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
She can take you safely as deeply as you want to go
“A gifted and intuitive listener and facilitator, able to draw out what is useful from the past, present and hopeful future. Eclectically and timely trained in personal and organizational development, she can take you safely as deeply as you want to go.”
– Bill Faust, Faust Consulting, Sausalito, CA (formerly Director, Motorola University Executive Education and Leadership Development, Chicago IL)
Wish I had gone through a SHIFT-IT Retreat a long time ago!
“Christina’s non-biased approach allowed me to review my life and define reachable, step-by-step goals … which we are continuing to break down into even more doable steps each week on our coaching calls. I wish I had gone through a SHIFT-IT Retreat a long time ago! I really enjoy her listening, the one-to-one attention, and that we got to work down on the beach for part of my retreat!”
– Anyck Turgeon, Oracle, Redwood Shores, CA
I’ve totally transformed my life
“Christina’s graphic method helped me get clear on my accomplishments and the areas in my life that brought me the most enjoyment. I really tapped into the fact that I needed a much more creative outlet for work. In the year since working with her, I’ve totally transformed my life. I hung up my business-consulting hat, moved back home to North Carolina and opened my own home decor store. Working with Christina was a pivotal stepping stone in my life.”
– Phyllis Roberts, Owner, Dragonfly Home Decor, Asheville, NC
Without her help I would not have dared step out for my dream
“Before I consulted with her, I was facing both personal and professional challenges — I knew I had to do something but the fear of failure blinded me. Her process helped me shift my attitude and create reality-based plans, which I’m in the process of implementing. When things get tough I use the charts we created to remind myself where I am going and why. Without her help I would not have dared step out for my dream. Now I know I am on my path to a fully lived life.”
– Kimiko Bokura, Health and Beauty entrepreneur, Santa Cruz, CA
Opportunity to witness Christina’s work and techniques up close
“Christina graphically captured my life’s emotions, experiences, and desires that helped me pictorially see my past, present and wished for future. As a developing graphic facilitator, my SHIFT-IT Retreat not only helped with my thinking about my own practice and life but gave me the opportunity to witness Christina’s work and techniques up close — I loved it so much that I have built a gorgeous retreat room in the Santa Cruz mountains, so I can do Visual Coaching work with others.”
– Patricia Jocius, Emergency Preparedness Consultant / Graphic Facilitator, Sunnyvale, CA
HAS BELIEVED IN ME SINCE DAY ONE
“How has the last year been for me? It has been a 360 degrees head spin thanks to Christina. A year ago I had a vague idea of where I wanted to go in life, but I didn’t know how to get there. Christina has believed in me since day one. Her SHIFT-IT process made me clarify what my dream really is and helped me figure out that with the correct approach, I could get there. With our coaching calls I have been able to move my dream towards reality, step-by-step. I have never been so excited about where I am headed and am actually enjoying the process of Law of Attraction to get there!”
– Matt Ashdown, Ashdown Conditioning & Training and www.thegratidudes.com / The Gratitude Dance, Victoria, B.C.
TRULY A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE
“Coaching with Christina was truly a life-changing experience. I was stuck at the time and the Shift-It Process helped me to understand what steps to take next so I could move forward and reach my goals. Not only do I still use my maps on an annual basis for my personal and professional planning, I recommend her services and products to my clients all the time because I know they will benefit from such a visual coaching experience. The maps just make the growth so much more concrete and more effective. Thank goodness Christina does what she does!”
– Sheri McConnell, Sheri McConnell Companies, San Antonio, TX
BEST INVESTMENT I’VE MADE IN MYSELF
“Working with Christina is the best investment I’ve made in myself. I needed a life-coach who held me accountable, asked the hard questions and encouraged me to look at the life I really want to create. Christina did this and so much more. Her graphic applications gave me an insightful snapshot of where I’d been and where I’m going. I regularly implement her “Take action Plan” and focus on the top three priorities in my life to achieve maximum satisfaction. Christina skillfully guided me through her process and my life has truly shifted for the better. So far I’ve changed my mindset about personal health and have dropped 6 pounds. Plus, I am regularly attracting business contacts that not only increase my visibility but also increase my profitability. If you do one thing for yourself, make this it!”
– Lisa Manyon, Professional Copywriter and Consultant, www.writeoncreative.com
BUSINESS IS POSITIVELY BOOMING NOW
“Christina coached me into clarity, and forward movement, in life and in my business coupled with a new level of understanding of what makes me tick, and how the Universe and I work in synchronicity! Thank you Christina for being so kind and helping me get clear of the things that were in my way…I use your Flip It technique everyday! My business is positively booming now, and I am convinced it would be stalled if we had not worked together. Life is a lot clearer these days, and I have your guidance to thank, you are a truly gifted coach. In Gratitude!”
Viki Viertel, The Business Buddha, www.thebusinessbuddha.com
ABLE TO RELEASE YEARS OF PAIN & GUILT. IN AWE OF CHRISTINA’S SOOTHING YET POWERFUL COACHING
“Before becoming a client of Christina’s I was very much stuck in limiting thought patterns. While working through Christina’s SHIFT-IT program I was able to uncover and heal the one thing that had kept me from stepping into the life that I truly wanted to live. I was able to release years of pain and guilt. This discovery and healing lead me to the path that I am on today. I am in awe of Christina’s soothing yet powerful coaching style. Through her work, Christina continues to challenge me to shift to my next level of success. I believe there are certain people that divinely come into our lives and change the course of our paths. Christina has been that person in my life.”– Brenda Rivas, Online Business Stylist
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