Immersion Retreat

A 3.5-day one-of-a-kind, immersive, hands-on, engaging, trainer preparation experience!

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 facilitate diverse training experiences in which your participants can access the training message and material, internalize their learning, and then apply that learning to their own practice.

Upcoming Programs

Northeast Immersion Retreat

June 3rd - 6th 2024

Madison, CT

(Mercy By The Sea Retreat Center)

$2,400 - $2,600

(Based on Room Occupancy, Double or Single)

90% of our participants receive a Scholarship!

Retreat Schedule

Community Engagement

Facilitation Skills

Leadership Development

Identity Exploration

Day #1: Monday, June 3rd, 2024

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Day #2: Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

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Day #3: Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

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Day #4: Thursday, June 6th, 2024

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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


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 $2,400 - $2,600.

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 $1,400!

90% of our participants receive scholarships!


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

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.

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

  • Hands-on learning opportunities to experiment with dynamic facilitation techniques.

  • 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 tranquil, beach-side Mercy By The Sea Retreat Center for all of our nights together.

  • 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 prepare you to become a Certified Master Trainer.

  • Unlimited Leadership Trainer Jam Sessions with our community of Certified Leadership Trainers

  • Reduced pricing for other Leadership Trainer programming and resources.

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

Our Beautiful Location

Mercy By The Sea Retreat & Conference Center

Mercy By The Sea Retreat and Conference Center is a picturesque sea-side location ideal for our intentional, immersive, and intimate leadership train-the-trainer experience. Nestled on the idyllic Long Island Sound in Madison, Connecticut, Mercy is only an hour from Hartford (CT) and Providence (RI) and less than two hours from Boston (MA) and New Jersey / New York City. This is an ideal location for New Englanders and those traveling from afar—especially because we offer *complimentary* airport and train pick-ups/drop-offs!


The grounds provide the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor reflective spaces. The natural environment includes gardens, lush tree canopies and flowering bushes, and a labyrinth. Don't forget your bathing suit—there is a private beach which will host our "beach party"! Indoors, Mercy offers a library, chapel and art gallery. We will be sure to make use of all Mercy has to offer during the 5-day Immersion Retreat.


The meals at Mercy By The Sea may prove to be a highlight. They pride themselves on serving "food that feeds the soul." Each meal (all meals, snacks, and coffee/tea are included in the cost of the program) are prepared as simple healthy meals made from local and organic produce as much as possible. Mercy serves both hot and cold Continental breakfasts and lunches. The afternoon meal always includes a salad bar, various combinations of soups, sandwiches, and lunch-time entrees—with cookies and fruit as dessert options. Dinners feature a protein, starch, vegetable, tossed salad, bread, and house-made desserts.

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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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