Policies

Scholarships

We are committed to making our courses as available and accessible as possible

The Strozzi Institute scholarship program is a tuition reduction program. Availability is based on the number of applicants in each course pool and spots available for each individual course.

For our foundation course, Embodied Transformation, the highest award available is 50% with the average award being 25-30%.

For the Somatic Coach Certification program, the highest award is 30%.

The program is highly competitive, needs-based, and is focused on being the most effective. Therefore, it is prioritized in alignment with our organization’s commitment to equity to support traditionally marginalized communities with regard to race, sexual/gender identity, class, and socioeconomics.

Please read carefully and understand our process:

  • Applications are reviewed and awarded with the intention to make the biggest impact
  • Scholarship applications can be submitted up until 8 weeks before the course date; please apply early
  • Awards will be communicated via email approximately 1-2 weeks after the close of the application process, please note the deadlines associated with each course. Applicants who don’t receive an award are automatically put on the waitlist for unclaimed scholarship awards.
  • If you are awarded a scholarship award, you will have 7 days only to enroll in the course to claim your award before it expires.
  • If you cannot use your scholarship award, please inform us immediately so that we can offer to others on the waitlist. Unclaimed scholarship awards are reallocated to those on the waitlist 8 days after the announcement.
  • Advanced coursework requires an in-person, foundation prerequisite of Embodied Transformation. Do not apply for a scholarship if you have not fulfilled the foundation work. Your application will not be considered.*
  • Awards can not be used in conjunction with other discount (early signup, etc.) offers 
  • Awards can not be transferred or deferred to other or future Strozzi Institute coursework 
  • Awards can not be transferred  to other students 
  • Awards are for Strozzi Institute for Somatics-produced coursework only. Please contact our partners for details about their scholarship process
  • Please do not enroll in a course until scholarship awards are announced as scholarships can not be applied retroactively. 

Payment/Fees Policy

Payment (in part or in full) is required to secure a place in a course. Scholarships are awarded based on applications to support increased access for historically marginalized communities. 

We offer payment plans for all courses where the number of payments available is specific to each course. There are no fees or interest charged to participate in a payment plan. All payments will be made in U.S. dollars.

General Refund and Transfer Policy

Requests for refunds and transfers should be submitted through our Change of Registration form

Online Programs

Cancellation and refund policies for Online Courses and Retreats are shared on the online course pages and shared on the order form upon registration. In general, refunds for online courses are granted, no questions asked, until the end of the day of the first live session of the course. Please confirm on each course page for details.

Refunds for In-Person Coursework***

If you enroll for an in-person course and cancel for any reason (including illness and medical emergencies) refunds are processed per the following guidelines:

  • 61+ days or more before the course start date, you are entitled to a full refund with no fees assessed.
  • 31-60 days before the course start date, you are entitled to a refund minus a $500 cancellation fee.
  • No refunds are issued 30 days or less from the course start date. Instead, a credit will be issued to apply towards another SIS course up until 48 hours before the class start date. Please see our Transfer policy below for details. 
  • A “late cancellation” is a cancellation of 48 hours or less before the course start date and will result in a 100% forfeiture of funds. Special consideration for course transfer credit will be considered in cases of medical emergency, illness, or death in the family. (See illness and medical emergency section) 
  • Refunds are processed within 15 business days from the date of cancellation and issued to the original credit card of the holder.

***For the Somatic Coach Certification program (SISC) please see below for SISC-specific policies.

Transfers for In-Person Coursework***

If you enroll in an in-person course and wish to transfer for any reason, (including illness and medical emergencies) please review our guidelines for transferring to another course or for receiving a course credit for future use.

  • Transfers requested 15+ days before the start of a course will incur a $250 transfer fee
  • Transfers requested 14 days or less before the first day of the course will incur a $500 transfer fee
  • Transferring 48 hours or less is considered a “late cancellation” and will result in 100% forfeiture of funds. Special consideration for a course transfer credit will be considered in cases of MEDICAL EMERGENCY, ILLNESS, OR DEATH IN THE FAMILY. 
  • Course transfer credits must be applied towards an active enrollment within one year (12 months) of credit creation. After this time, 100% of the funds will be forfeited.
  • Course fees, once converted to a course credit or transferred to another course, are not eligible for a refund.
  • Course fees (in the form of original payment and transfer credits) may only be transferred twice. Requests to transfer a third time will be considered a late cancellation and result in a 100% forfeiture of value.

***For the Somatic Coach Certification program (SISC) please see below for SISC-specific policies.

Medical Emergency and Illness Policy**

Our commitment is to create a supportive and healthy learning environment for all of our students. Your cooperation with the following is essential in ensuring the well-being of our entire community.

Attendance Expectation

  • In-person attendance is vital for your success and engagement in this course. However, we understand that circumstances may arise that prevent you from attending in-person sessions. In such cases, we encourage you to prioritize your health.

Medical Emergency

  • If you are experiencing an illness, injury, symptom, or condition that requires urgent attention, please seek immediate medical care.

Illness

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or any other symptoms associated with communicable diseases (including COVID-19), we urge you to stay home and prioritize your recovery.
  • It is essential to prioritize your health and the health of others by avoiding attendance when ill to prevent the spread of illness within our community.

Communication Protocol

  • If you are unable to attend a session due to a medical emergency or illness, please notify us immediately at support@strozziinstiute.org. Provide details about your illness, including symptoms and any medical advice received, to ensure proper support.

Preventive Measures

  • In addition to staying home when sick, we encourage all students when traveling to the course to practice good hygiene habits, including frequent handwashing, wearing a mask if you think you’ve been exposed to a respiratory illness or feel cold-like symptoms emerging, and following any other preventive measures recommended by health authorities. We also encourage self-testing for the COVID-19 virus before arriving on the first day of the course. 

Makeup Opportunities

  • Although we do not issue refunds 30 days or less before a course, you will be offered the opportunity to transfer into a different course. Please see “Transfers for in-person coursework” to learn how course credit is applied in cases of illness and medical emergencies


**Somatic Coach Certification program (SISC) excepted, please see below for SISC-specific policies.

SISC Refund and Transfer Policy

Refunds for Somatic Coach Certification Program (SISC)

If you enroll for the Somatic Coaching Certification Program and cancel refunds are processed per the following guidelines:

  • 31 days or more before the start of Session 1, you are entitled to a full refund minus a $500 cancellation fee. 
  • 30 days or less before the start of Session 1 and you are paid in full, you are entitled to a refund for any remaining future sessions paid in advance (Sessions 2 – 4) minus a $500 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for Session #1.
  • 30 days or less before the start of an upcoming session (Sessions 2 – 4) and you are paid in full, you are entitled to a refund for any remaining future session(s) paid in advance minus a $500 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for any prior sessions or for that upcoming session.
  • 30 days or less before the start of an upcoming session (Sessions 1 – 4) and if you are on a payment plan, you are entitled to a refund for any remaining future session(s) paid in advance through your payment plan minus a $500 cancellation fee. You are not entitled to a refund for that upcoming session or any prior session(s). 

Transfers for Somatic Coach Certification Program (SISC)

If you enroll in SISC and wish to transfer for any reason, please review our guidelines for transferring to another cohort or course, or for creating a transfer course credit for future use.

  • All transfers will incur a $500 administrative fee. This includes a transfer between cohorts before the start of Session 1 and/or to make up subsequent missed in-person sessions. Make-up sessions are not offered for SISC Session 1. If, for any reason, you are unable to participate in  Session 1, you will be offered an opportunity to transfer into a future SISC cohort. Special consideration for a course transfer credit will be considered in cases of MEDICAL EMERGENCY, ILLNESS, OR DEATH IN THE FAMILY. 
  • Course transfer credits must be applied towards an active enrollment within one year (12 months) of credit creation. After this time, 100% of the funds will be forfeited.
  • Course fees (in the form of original payment and transfer credits) may only be transferred twice. Requests to transfer a third time will be considered a late cancellation and result in a 100% forfeiture of value.

Illness and Medical Emergency Policy for Somatic Coach Certification Program (SISC)

To provide you with the required training hours for certification, you must be present for all in-person sessions and participate in live webinars and mentor coaching calls. If you have a medical emergency or become ill and are not able to attend one of the previous sessions or calls, please contact your lead teacher, mentor coach, or SIS Course Manager to inform them of your absence. 

  • Please reference our General Medical Emergency and Illness section.
  • If you are ill and are unable to attend SISC in-person Sessions 2-4, you are allowed to make up the session with a subsequent cohort. In-person make-up sessions are considered transfers and will incur a $500 administrative fee. Make-up sessions are not offered for Session 1. 
  • If a MEDICAL EMERGENCY, ILLNESS, OR DEATH IN THE FAMILY prevents you from attending more than one SISC in-person session, please contact the Enrollment Director to discuss deferring your participation and transferring your enrollment to a subsequent cohort. Cohort transfers will incur a $500 administrative fee.

Partial Completion Policy for Somatic Coach Certification Program (SISC) 

To complete SISC, participants must complete/participate in the following:

  • One (1) Program Introduction Live Group Video Call
  • Four (4) In-person Sessions (four (4) days per session) 
  • Six (6) Methodology Live Group Video Calls
  • Four (4) Coach Competency Calls 
  • Four (4) One-on-one Mentor Coaching Calls
  • Four (4) Observed Coaching Video Review sessions
  • Three (3) Small Group Mentor Coaching calls

Certification Requirements

Final Video Submission
  • One (1) Video for Somatics Only
  • One (1) Video, if applying for Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Other Completion Requirements
  • All Homework Submitted
  • Live attendance of 5 out of 6 online calls
  • Must watch all call recordings not attended live and report to Mentor Coach when complete
  • Utilize all Mentor Coaching sessions

Strozzi Institute for Somatic’s Covid-19 Policy 

Updated Winter 2024

Strozzi Institute for Somatics is committed to developing transformative leaders, coaches and organizations that can meet the challenges and hopes of our times — changing systems and shifting conditions towards a future where people and the planet thrive. To do this, we are dedicated to identifying and addressing the ways in which the systemic harms of unearned privilege, inequity, and oppression show up in our work and in our rooms. We understand this as a necessary, purposeful, and core aspect of our work at the Strozzi Institute for Somatics.

We come to this commitment with the embodied knowing that systems of oppression cost us — they cost us our safety, our dignity, our belonging, and our potential for interdependence and community. An embodied approach to change that is grounded in a commitment to justice, sustainability and equity allows us to unlearn what is oppressive, liberate the creativity and engagement of all people, and build the seeing and actionable skills to work together towards justice, sustainability and equity. If we are to truly feel ourselves, each other, and the planet, we must enter into the work of dismantling the systems of oppression that stand in the way of us meeting each other from our honest, authentic, and full humanity. 

In order to do this, we hold active and embodied exploration of our sites of shaping (, family, community, race, class, gender,, education, religion, spirit, landscape) as an inextricable part of our methodology. We are committed to the intentional, recurrent, and iterative weaving of the sites of shaping into our courses and programs and to working with sites of shaping generatively in the specific ways they show up in our rooms. 

We are committed to the on-going work of directly  interrupting and addressing harm while holding the safety, dignity, and belonging of our course and program participants. We are committed to facilitating rooms in which participants who are members of traditionally and systemically marginalized communities with regard to race, ethnicity, sexual/gender identity, class, and socioeconomic class remain in choice about how they engage with and bring their experiences  forward. 

As an ICF Accredited provider, Strozzi Institute for Somatics (SI) adheres to and emphasizes the International Coaching Federation Code of Ethics. The ICF Code of Ethics describes the ICF core values, ethical principles, and standards of behavior for all ICF professionals. Meeting these ethical standards of behavior is the first of the ICF core coaching competencies. You can read more about the ICF Code of Ethics here

Additionally, the SI commits to acting with integrity and transparency. We hold ourselves and our participants to the highest level of integrity and strive to be as transparent as possible by explicitly stating measures being taken to provide programs in an ethical manner. We do not believe in using manipulative or dishonest sales tactics and strive to provide a safe and ethical sales process. 

Further, we work to provide fair and equitable pricing for all programs to ensure access and quality of coaching education.

Strozzi Institute for Somatics does not unlawfully discriminate internally (in its administrative and program operations) or externally (in provision of services) on the basis of race, political orientation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or mental or physical disability or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

Strozzi Institute is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities to access our courses and program in compliance with all local, state/territory, and federal laws. Our goal is to create a learning environment which meets the needs of each individual student. We will do our best to accommodate a variety of learning abilities to make our program more accessible. Please contact our Enrollment Director at enrollment@strozziinsitute.org with questions specific to this policy.

The Strozzi Institute seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to attempt to solve any grievances in a timely and fair manner. 

Participants have the right to file a grievance regarding presentation or content, facility concerns, or instructor/faculty behavior. A process for filing grievances can be found below: 

  1. A participant should first attempt to resolve the issue directly with the teaching team, SI staff member, mentor coach or participant with whom they have an issue. If participants are not comfortable approaching the individual, they can proceed to step 2.
  2. If participants are not comfortable approaching the individual with whom they have a grievance, or are unable to resolve the issue directly, participants should submit a written complaint to support@strozziinstitute.org. We will review the complaint and respond to the participant within five(5) business days of receipt and work with all parties involved in earnest to resolve the issue. 
  3. If a participant does not feel the complaint is resolved, a written appeal can be sent to grievance@strozziinstitute.org. This should include the original written complaint and reason(s) the participant is unsatisfied with the resolution attempt(s). Grievance appeals will be reviewed and a final written response provided to the participant within five (5) business days. All appeal decisions are final.