The Center for Appreciative Inquiry_a branch of Company of Experts



"The most powerful learning, and its significance, was the continuity created by working with the same coach and coachee over a few days on a real life 'subject of importance to us' to our own lives."

"The course has nurtured, appreciatively, a paradigm shift in my understanding and practice of coaching and being."

"This workshop invited me to appreciate and acknowledge the best of what I already know, knew, and will know about Appreciative Coaching. Seeing, experiencing, and believing the potential of Appreciative Inquiry applied to individuals as a transformational tool."

"I loved the integrated duet between learning and doing; it was very profound and transformed my notion of what learning is."
"The integrated learning style of presentation, video, group discussion, hand-outs -- together with coaching and being coached, brought together an exciting and holistic learning experience where content and process were united."



  • South African Locals - $1,250.00USD
  • Non-Profit (NGOs) - $1,500.00USD
  • Corporate - $1,750.00USD


  • Locals & Non-Profit (NGOs) - $2,000.00USD
  • Corporate - $2,500.00USD

Registration includes: pre-workshop reading, five full days of instruction, lunch, instructional materials and a supervised practicum.



Monday March 16, 2015 at 8:30 PM SAST
Friday March 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM SAST

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Luke Younge (Email) - AI Trainer, South Africa
Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Tel: +27 84 6828219

Ezelle Theunissen (Email) - AI Trainer, South Africa
Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Tel: +27 83 3022730

Melissa Robaina (Email)
Company of Experts, Inc.
Tel: 702-228-4699
Fax: 702-906-1498

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Palm House

10 Oxford Street , Wynberg,
Cape Town, 7800 Western Cape, South Africa

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Appreciative Inquiry Practitioners:

KAREN PRATT works as a Trainer, Facilitator, Coach, Coach Trainer and Coach Supervisor. Her passion is to work with people who want to change and uncover their full potential. She brings to her work a wisdom of life’s experience, as well as her training as a Certified Transactional Analyst in the educational field, and her training in the co-active coaching paradigm.

Karen believes that people develop when they focus on their strengths and what makes them most alive. She believe in peoples’ innate ability to be resourceful and creative and whole. As a Transactional Analyst specializing in education, Karen is most energized when she is creating an environment for other people to learn. Karen thrives on working with groups that have a diversity of people within them and is skilled in holding the space as people explore and learn with others in the group. Learn More about Karen >>>

LUKE YOUNGE is a facilitator for an international NPO that trains people in mindfulness, compassion and insight practices. His passion is releasing people’s capacities through positive, insight-based processes. As well as his local work, he was part of a team that launched a comprehensive mindfulness-trainer programme in South Africa and Scotland. In Scotland that programme is now an MSc in Mindfulness at the University of Aberdeen.

In addition to his facilitation work, he currently serves as a Director of the Institute for Mindfulness South Africa, an NPO committed to the practice, research and application of mindfulness. He is also a fellow of Mindfulness Africa. Learn More about Luke >>>

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Appreciative Inquiry Coaching Training (AICT)
Cape Town, South Africa / March 16-20, 2015


Appreciative Coaching is a revelatory and generative conversation that enlivens, amplifies, and sustains the positive core - source of the energy and intelligence of life - of both client and coach. This relationship cultivates new possibilities, health and fulfillment, accelerating us to our highest and deepest good.


This 5-day course will comprise a full Appreciative Inquiry into our collective experience of Appreciative Inquiry and Coaching. Together we will explore and experience each of the 5 D's as it relates to one-on-one relationships (between a coach and client). The practicum, which participants will submit for certification, will embody "Destiny" as you apply the lessons taught during this course into your coaching work.

The Appreciative Inquiry Coaching Training is not a problem-solving coaching approach, rather it looks at discovering and co-constructing the client's positive core - what it is that connects them to life, energy, and possibility and allows them to thrive. Discover how to use your existing coaching skills within the energizing and affirming framework of AI to deepen and enhance both your personal sense of yourself as well as your skills as a coach.

Individuals who participate in all 5 days of the AICT and complete & submit a practicum are eligible for certification as an Appreciative Coach. Practicums must be completed withinAppreciative Inquiry Coaching Training ICF CCE one year of the AICT attended.

The Appreciative Inquiry Coaching Training is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for Continuing Coaching Education (CCE). CCEs give coaches an opportunity to continue their professional development. Coaches will learn how to use the AI process, originally designed for use with an organization, system or group, as a process for coaching someone one-on-one. 

  • Core Competencies 21.6 hours
  • Resource Development  3..8  hours
This training is designed for:
  • Change Agents who have a good foundation and understanding of Appreciative Inquiry and/or Co-Active Coaching;
  • Experienced Appreciative Inquiry Facilitators who would like to practice and improve their one-on-one communication skills;
  • Seasoned coaches who are tired of 'problem-solving' and long for more radical, life-enriching ways of coaching

Prerequisites for this advanced level training Include:


This Appreciative Inquiry coaching course is highly experiential - each participant pairs up with a coachee, and a coach, for 4 out of the 5 days, to practice and experience the skills demonstrated by the trainers. Each practice session ends with time for reflection and discussion. Your trainers will provide theoretical input (supported by audio-visual material) to enhance the learner's experience.

Day One - Experiencing Appreciative Coaching
Inquire into the essence of 'Appreciative Coaching' by learning from our own collective best experiences of when Appreciative Inquiry, and coaching, is at its best.

Day Two - Defining the Topic

Devote ourselves to Defining the Topic as well as establishing a coaching agreement (or multi-level 'contract') with the client. We will also touch on coaching topics such as active listening and re-framing.

Day Three - Discovering the Client's Topic
Learn to facilitate an evolving discovery of the client's Positive Core and its implications for the future while maintaining the client's focus on the 'ideal future'.

Day Four - Dreaming a Preferred Future
Learn to create powerful metaphors and images of the client's Positive Core

Day Five - Designing Provocative Propositions
Create a vision of the future that is energised by the positive core and that calls the client to action.

Practicum - Destiny (on-going discovery, dream and design)
To become certified by the Center for Appreciative Inquiry as an Appreciative Coach, you will participate in an Appreciative Inquiry Coaching Training © (AICT) and then complete a Supervised Practicum and Narrative Summary. The Supervised Practicum and Narrative Summary must be completed within one year of the AICT you attend. Your AICT Trainer(s) will be available by email and/or phone for free consultations throughout your Practicum.

We start each day on time and work diligently to maintain the schedule, honoring the commitment to the learning experience. We have found full participation to be the most productive for the participants and the trainers.  To obtain a letter of completion (and to be eligible for consideration for certification) each participant must complete 30 training hours. Days one through five begin at 8:30 a.m. for networking. The training sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. each day. Each day has a morning and afternoon session; a morning and afternoon break; and one hour for lunch.**

**If you have special dietary needs, please email Luke Younge.


  • We are relationship-focused. We believe the success of any human endeavor is dependent upon the relationships between those involved. We value each person and strive to develop a rapport, trust, and understanding with all of our clients by investing time and energy into understanding each client, their business, and their aspirations.
  • Trainings are small and intimate. The size of each of our training training varies based on the location of the event, but rarely exceed 24 participants. Our intimate training sessions allow for extensive interaction between our trainer(s) and participants – allowing each participant to receive more assistance with individual needs.
  • Intensive and experiential. “We remember best what we experience. We understand best what we identify with. We learn best by doing.” We are aware of the importance of personal experience in the retention of learning. This is the underlying principle used in all of our workshops.
  • Support. Our intimate training sessions create the perfect environment for networking, motivation, and support with other workshop participants. We encourage participants to continue to share their challenges and experiences with one another even after our trainings have concluded. Support from others can provide the strength needed to continue on the path of positive, sustainable change.
  • Infused with Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning, fully engaging everyone in the process. AI empowers our participants to create the processes they wish to use in order to put belief into practice and acquire their goals.
  • Mentoring included. To ensure the successful implementation of the skill sets taught during our trainings, our trainer(s) make themselves readily available to answer questions, share knowledge, and provide on-going support and encouragement long after the training has concluded.
  • Certification. Many of our workshops include certification – at no additional cost to you. Certification demonstrates to your customers, competitors, suppliers, staff and investors that you use industry-respected best practices.
  • Cost Effective. Evolving positively in today’s changing environment requires that we constantly improve and build upon our skill sets. By providing our workshops at a low cost, we hope to attract more individuals, groups, and organizations who are expected “to do more with less”. We now offer group rates that provide additional savings on top of our already reduced workshop prices.
  • Expertise. Each of our trainers have a strong commitment to the theory and practice of their subject area — bringing a balance of education, consulting, and on-the-job experience to all of our trainings.


Outcomes - Certification
At the end of the five-day training and completion of a supervised practicum, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion as an Appreciative Inquiry Coach. Credentialed coaches will receive a letter following the five day training to document their completion of an approved CCE Program.

Cape Town International Airport (CPT)We advise that you do not make any nonrefundable travel arrangements until the training is confirmed.

We suggest booking your hotel accomodations at the Palm House (the venue hosting this training). The Palm House is offering our AICT© Cape Town participants a room discount*. To receive the special discounted rate, please remember to say you are a part of the AICT room block when you are booking your room(s). Please note that travel, accommodations and hotel/airport transportation are not included. We advise that you do not make any nonrefundable travel arrangements until the training is confirmed. *Room Discounts at the Palm House are based on availability.

Please note that travel, accommodations and hotel/airport transportation are not included in your registration fee.

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