Hybrid Experience

A one-of-a-kind, immersive, hands-on, engaging, trainer preparation experience structured with 3 weeks of Virtual Engagement and a transformative practice-oriented 2-day In-Person Retreat!

Leadership Trainer's Certification Program is a one-of-a-kind, immersive, engaging, hands-on, trainer preparation experience that is guided by four objectives:

(1) Prepare you to facilitate amazing and impactful trainings rooted in dynamic, culturally relevant, and learning-oriented facilitation techniques - specifically ​experiential activities and reflective dialogue;

(2) Engage you in purposeful critical self-reflection and identity exploration;

(3) Utilize scholarship to advance your understanding and practice of leadership;

(4) Cultivate a community of exceptional trainers and facilitators.


By effectively completing Leadership Trainer's Certification Program, you will become a knowledgeable, skilled, and dynamic Certified Master Trainer who can effectively facilitate amazing and impactful training experiences, consistently. More, your trainings will become recognized as high-impact and high-engagement experiences in which your participants will access the training message and material, internalize their learning, and then apply that learning to their own practice.

Upcoming Programs

Hybrid Experience

Fall 2024

Virtual October 22nd - November 7th

In-Person November 13th & 14th

Portland, Oregon

Menucha Retreat & Conference Center

$2,500 - $3,000

(Based on Room Occupancy, Single Through Triple)

Over 90% of our participants receive a Scholarship!

Hybrid Retreat Schedule

Core Elements

Facilitation Skills

Leadership Development

Identity Exploration


Module #1

Virtual Kickoff Mini-Retreat

Tuesday, October 22nd 12pm (est)  |  9am (pac)

Drafting & Delivering a Compelling Message

Thursday, October 24th 12pm (est) | 9am (pac)

Optional Office Hours

Mentoring Groups

Module #2

Training Preparations & Training Launch

Tuesday, October 29th 12pm (est)  | 9am (pac)

Crafting a Powerful Training Conclusion

Thursday, October 31st 12pm (est)  | 9am (pac)

Optional Office Hours

Mentoring Groups

Module #3

Facilitating Experiential Learning

Tuesday, November 5th 12pm (est)  | 9am (pac)

Hosting Reflective Dialogue

Thursday, November 7th 12pm (est)  | 9am (pac)

Optional Office Hours

Mentoring Groups


(Wednesday, November 13th) 

8:00am - 10:00am

10:00am - 11:00am

11:00am - 11:30am

11:30am - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 2:30pm

2:30pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

5:00pm - 6:00pm

6:00pm - 7:00pm

7:00pm - 8:00pm

8:00pm - 8:30pm

8:30pm - 9:00pm

9:00pm - 10:00pm


Welcome & Community Check-In

Community Agreements

Deep Dive: Community Choice


Identity Exploration Session #1

Facilitation Observations

Deep Dive: Community Choice

Purposeful Pause

Community Dinner

Identity Exploration Session #2

Deep Dive: Community Choice

Facilitation Observations

Night-Time Check-In

Peak Party!

* This schedule is a template and is subject to change.


(Thursday, November 14th) 

7:30am - 8:15am

8:30am - 9:00am

9:00am - 10:00am

10:00am - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Community Breakfast

Morning Check-In

Identity Exploration Session #3

Facilitation Laboratory


Claiming the Master Trainer Identity

Conclusionary Learnings & Insights

Program Elements

Curated Curriculum

This is the most comprehensive trainer preparation experience on the market! We intentionally curate this high-impact one-of-a-kind train-the-trainer curriculum to meet your facilitation goals, training upskilling desires, identity exploration needs, and leadership development objectives for each and every Certification Program.

Master Trainers

Our Master Trainers are expert facilitators! More, each Master Trainer is specially-selected to support your learning and skills development. We are seasoned professionals and leadership scholars who have decades of experience training and teaching people to design and facilitate high-impact and high-engagement training experiences.

Engaged Learning

The Certification Program is a hands-on learning experience! We learn by doing. We have intentionally crafted this experience to provide you with ample opportunities to actually facilitate experiential learning activities and host reflective dialogue. More, you receive celebrations and (healthy) critique to strengthen your skills.

Connected Community

Like all great professional development experiences, this program is an opportunity to cultivate meaningful and nourishing relationships! By participating in the Certification Program, you will expand your network to include exceptional trainers who are passionate about facilitating amazing and impactful training experiences consistently.

Scholarships & Grants

Our 'friendly financial model' makes it easy for you to say, "yes!" Prior to the Certification Program, we offer scholarships! (Over 95% of our participants receive Scholarship support!) Following the Certification Program, those who become Certified Master Trainers are eligible for grants to support their training experiences and facilitation opportunities.

Online Resources & Hub

In addition to your hands-on learning, you will have access to an incredible Community Hub that includes an online library of resources. You'll have access to videos (almost 4 hours of content), downloadable worksheets, and more. Our Community Hub becomes a training and facilitation headquarters for you to access all of the resources and benefits of the Certification Program.

Year-Round Engagement

The Certification Program experience is just the beginning! We offer year-round opportunities to continue your training development, facilitator upskilling, and community engagement. This includes live experiences through Jam Sessions and our Community of Practice, digital engagement through social media, and gatherings at conferences and events.

Leadership-Training Coaching

Certification Program participants receive two training-coaching sessions to best prepare you to become a Certified Master Trainer. These sessions are designed to ensure you will shine while delivering an exceptional Certification Exam and any other training experiences you facilitate.

Program Manual

You will receive the award-winning Preparing Leadership Educators book - written by Leadership Trainer's Executive Director. This incredible resource serves as our go-to training manual. The book includes our 'Training Story' methodology, instructions on how to facilitate 45+ activities, overviews of leadership theories and practices, and more!

Master Trainers

Sarah Edwards

Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs

New Mexico State University


Founder & Executive Director

Leadership Trainer

Sarah Kutten

Assistant Vice Provost of Students and Belonging

University of Oregon


Founder and CEO

KQ Consulting & Training

Our Very-Friendly Financial Model

The Leadership Trainer Certification Program costs between $2,500 - $3,000.

We understand that this amount may be cost-exclusive for many of our participants.

We have created an exciting, friendly financial structure that includes:


Scholarships can reduce the program to only $1,500!

Over 90% of our participants receive scholarships!


Upon becoming a Certified Leadership Trainer, our participants can apply for exclusive grants to support their leadership programming - Up to $900!

With Scholarships and Grants, the cost of the
Leadership Trainer Certification Program
could be $0!

What Our Participants Say

Registration Inclusions

It's More Than Just the Retreat!

  • Curated training curriculum led by expert facilitators and Master Trainers.

  • Networking and relationship-building with a community of exceptional trainers and passionate facilitators.

  • Hard-copy training resources including the Preparing Leadership Educators book.

  • A year-long subscription to our virtual resources including videos and downloadable worksheets.

  • Lodging at the incredible Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

  • Meals, snacks, and coffee/tea for the entirety of the Retreat.

  • Airport or train pick-ups and drop-offs.

  • Two leadership training-coaching sessions to support you becoming a Certified Master Trainer.

  • Unlimited Jam Sessions and Community of Practice Meet-Ups with our community of Certified Master Trainers.

  • Access to our private facebook group for continued engagement, connections, and resources.

  • Reduced pricing for other Leadership Trainer programming and resources.

  • Grants to support the training and development initiatives of our Certified Master Trainers!

Our Beautiful Location

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center is an exceptional retreat facility "in a setting of nearly incomparable beauty". Less than 30-minutes from Portland, Oregon, it is an ideal location for a Leadership Trainer Certification Program Retreat. We purposefully selected this location due to its picturesque location ideal for our intentional, immersive, and intimate trainer preparation experience. More, it is a short drive away from a world-class destination of Portland, Oregon. For those traveling from afar, Leadership Trainer provides complimentary airport pick-ups/drop-offs!


The grounds provide the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor reflective spaces. The natural environment includes lush vistas, hiking trails, and a labyrinth. Although our retreat is only for two days, we will certainly be taking advantage of this incredible location - especially in the Fall with peak crisp and freshness. (*Participants are welcome to arrange longer stays by arriving early to the scheduled Program.*)


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Prefer to contact a Leadership Trainer directly? Call Jonathan at 609.915.4115 or email him at [email protected]

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