Nature Connected Coaching

Professional training for nature-connected life coaching

Collaborate with Nature to support your client's transformational goals

Since 2008, Earth-Based Institute (EBI) offers two levels of certified coaching. Nature-Connected Coaching (NCC) is the core program. Transformational Wilderness Guiding  is a second level of certification.

The low-residency Nature-Connected Coaching program is designed to help you master the skills of Professional Coaching through a unique nature-focused approach that is not found anywhere else. 

TWO Phase Approach to a successful career


  • Complete our coaching curriculum and obtain your NCC certification.
  • Learn unique nature immersion and awareness practices.
  • Work closely with a mentor to build your confidence as a coach.
  • Develop deep listening and questioning skills.
  • Understand the neuroscience behind NCC. 
  • Gain advanced tools like Gestalt Therapy, Trauma Informed Coaching, working with grief and loss, and Partswork from leading instructors in the field.
  • Start your coaching business and begin working with paid clients in the first month.


  • Obtain your ICF Credential through our Mentor Coaching program.
  • Grow and build your business through 1-on-1 and group business coaching only for NCC students.
  • Become an active member in our NCC Alumni Community.
  • Retake intensives for free to stay connected and up-to-date with the current curriculum.
All this, and so much more, is included in your tuition. Each phase is about 12 months long.


There are a lot of people out there that call themselves a "coach," but only those who meet the standards of the ICF can call themselves a Professional Certified Coach.

Nature-Connected Coaching is an ICF Level 2 accredited coaching program. The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest organization of Professional Certified Coaches in the world and provides accreditation to programs like ours, ensuring students are receiving the very best training possible.

The NCC program is approved by the ICF for over 315 hours of coach training.

NCC is for students who are looking for a comprehensive professional training and who are willing to work hard to launch their career as a coach.

This program is not for those looking for a quick and easy coach certification.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment?

Building your career as a coach will take time, energy and commitment. It is possible to hold a full time job while you are obtaining your coaching certification and building your business, however, you can expect about 5-10 hours of online course work, reading, mentoring, and additional webinars per week on top of the intensives.  Weekly webinars are live and recorded so you can participate at your pace.

There are 6 intensives over the course of the first year.  Each are 4 days long (Thursday-Sunday). The first two are 1 month apart and the remaining 4 are typically 3 months apart.  Live participation during these intensives is required.

When you start building your business you can expect your workload to increase.

Apply now and set up a coaching session with an Admissions Guide to find out if NCC is a perfect fit for you. 

How is this program delivered?

NCC is a live, online training delivered in the English language.  EBI is located in Colorado, USA and operates on Mountain Standard Time (Denver).

During intensives, students are expected to be in a quiet, confidential location with strong internet and quick access to the outdoors.

NCC is a hands-on, experiential education.  We blend lectures with practice to foster a positive learning environment grounded in integration of the curriculum. During the intensives we use online breakout rooms to practice coaching skills.  Mentors and instructors are present in these virtual rooms to observe and provide live, in-the-moment feedback that ensures your understanding and builds your confidence.

We have mastered the art of delivering Nature-Connected Coaching through Zoom, making this program accessible to people outside of Colorado and the United States. This includes breaking up screen time with time spent in nature and structuring our program to create connection and build community. 

Apply now and set up a coaching session with an Admissions Guide to find out if NCC is a perfect fit for you.

What are the prerequisites?

There are no prior learning or experience requirements to attend our Nature-Connected Coaching program. Our program is designed to support both the beginner and the seasoned coach or therapist master the skills of NCC and obtain their professional coaching credential.

What is an ICF credential?

ICF offers three levels of credentialing to coaches: ACC (Associate Certified Coach), PCC (Professional Certified Coach), and MCC (Master Certified Coach). Each level requires a certain amount of education hours, mentoring hours, as well as professional experience hours.

Our NCC program meets and exceeds all the standards for issuing PCC level certification and sets our students up for pursuing MCC.  

Due to the amount of professional experience hours required for credentialing, most students achieve ACC level credentialing before the end of year 2. 

These credentials are internationally recognized, which allows you to work with clients all over the world.  The core competencies of Professional Coaching are the gold standard in the coaching field and can be applied into many modalities, including Nature-Connected Coaching.

Did you know that in January of 2023, there were over 1.5 million searches for a coach (i.e. life coach, business coach, wellness coach)? That is just one month of data. And, according to the Ask Method Company, 8 out of 10 businesses intend to hire a coach! The coaching industry is booming and credentialing is a way to stand out in the crowd.  

NCC is a niche approach to coaching.  Credentialing adds tremendous legitimacy to your practice and continues to strengthen the field of Professional Coaching as a whole. 

Everything you need to obtain your ICF credential is included in your tuition.  It will be up to you to cross that finish line, but we will be right next to you the whole way.

Apply now and set up a coaching session with an Admissions Guide to find out if NCC is a perfect fit for you.

When does the program start?

The next cohort is scheduled to start October 12th , 2023. Take a look at our full schedule of intensives. 

Will you help me start my coaching business?

Absolutely!  We are 100% invested in you reaching your goals! We can't do it for you, but we will work hard to support you. 

We are extremely proud of the business coaching and mentoring that is included in your tuition. We regularly update the program to meet the demands and changes in the field.  If you are willing to work hard, follow our business development curriculum, and lean into all the coaching that is included, you will start generating clients.  

While it is different for each person and their unique situation, generally, it can take 3+ years to grow your coaching practice into a sustainable size. Our business coaching starts on day 1 and continues for 2 years. Our goal during that time is to teach you the entrepreneurial skills you need to run your business, generate clients, and set you up for long-term success. From year 3 on you will find that our alumni community is super active and focused on supporting each other's growth.  

EBI hosts regular alumni gatherings and accountability groups.

Apply now and set up a coaching session with an Admissions Guide to find out if NCC is a perfect fit for you.

What is the tuition and do you offer financing?

NCC is a comprehensive professional training program that includes over 2 years of close support.  It is for those who are looking to transform their lives and careers and establish themselves as Professional Nature-Connected Coaches.

We do offer payment plans, but since we are always working to improve the curriculum and rise to the changing goals of our students, the tuition can change slightly each time we open registration for a new cohort. 

To find out the current tuition, when the next start date is, and get the most up-to-date details, apply and set up a coaching session with an Admissions Guide to find out if NCC is a perfect fit for you.

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