Core Competencies (Core)
Intensive Training Core (ITC)

We believe that everyone should have the tools and skills to be able to communicate with ease, change unwanted patterns, move with mastery towards what they want most, have fulfilling relationships, be remarkably effective in their work, and to enjoy Life. 

Those tools, frames, and skills make up the curriculum of Transformational NLP.

Transformational NLP is the study of human experience how we got in the pickles we find ourselves in, how we get out of them, and how we have the happiness, self-respect, and wonderful lives we are seeking.


NLP Marin is the only place in the world to learn Transformational NLP, a unique modality of healing and change that allows you to do your own deep personal growth while learning cutting-edge skills for masterful excellence in your field. 

Core Competencies of Transformational NLP is our foundational course and the first step of your journey of learning Transformational NLP. Welcome!

Taught by Carl Buchheit and Carla Camou – co-founders of Transformational NLP and our lead trainers who collectively have over 75 years of experience – Core Competencies of Transformational NLP is supported by a passionate training staff, a group of dedicated Teaching Assistants (TAs), and supervised study groups, all amongst a like-hearted community.

Whether you take the six-month format (Core) or the three-month condensed format (Intensive Training Core), you will learn, integrate, and practice how to:

Learn how to shift old, ineffectual patterns that keep you "stuck" in painful, confusing, and unchanging experiences

Learn cutting-edge tools to better connect with, work with, transform, manage, and motivate others

Do your own highly personal change-work while developing masterful excellence as a complement to your existing field of work

Deepen your confidence and competence

Settle into wonderful shifts in your self-image, self-trust, and well-being

Be part of a happy, supportive community and discover an exquisite experience of friendship and camaraderie as you learn and grow together

Feel excited in taking your first steps toward certification in Transformational NLP

Become proficient with the foundational tools and perspectives that move you beyond run-of-the-mill capability and into truly magnificent art and skill, creating lasting change in your life as well as the lives you touch

Mastery of this material is essentially unavailable elsewhere.

Reasons students embark on their certification path, starting with Core:

Personal and Spiritual Growth

Many students want to know themselves better, have more alignment with themselves, and want what we call “the missing manual for being human.”

You will be welcomed into a rigorous yet gentle learning environment in which you can do deep personal growth while developing a wonderful, respectful relationship with yourself - and with others.

"I have spent my life finding modalities for change and evolution of consciousness. This work is THE most powerful stuff I've experienced! Every aspect of my life is vastly improved (and I mean, radically transformed!) because of this work."

Rev. Dr. Melissa Phillippe

Teacher, musician, transformational coach

"NLP Marin is the most integrative and transformative practice on my spiritual path. I recommend the courses and activities without reservation to anyone seeking greater happiness, balance and joy in their life."

Madeleine Munday

Catholic sister, administrator

Professional Development

Many of our students use our training to be a better manager, team leader, and/or entrepreneur; to help with their career shift; to start a private practice as a Transformational NLP practitioner; or to become truly remarkable in their field.

Many of our students consider their training at NLP Marin to be one of their top career assets.

"NLP Marin's trainings were hands down the best investment I've ever made - in my business, myself, my well-being, and my life. I whole-heartedly recommend the trainings to anyone who is wanting to change their life for the better."


Client Services Director and Life Coach

"NLP Marin is the most complete and most necessary program for anyone who lives and works with other humans, especially those in a coaching, change-work or therapeutic profession. We require all of our coaches to complete Core through Masters at the very least, and strongly encourage them to take the whole NLP Marin curriculum."

Ali Schultz

COO of

Become an Even Better Coach / Healer / Therapist / Bodyworker

Many students use the skillset they learn along our certification path to enhance their existing coaching/healing/therapy/bodywork practice.

They recognize that training in Transformational NLP allows them to become distinguished in their field for doing truly extraordinary work with their clients and patients.

"The skill-set and training that I received from NLP Marin allowed me to do meaningful, deep emotional change-work with my clients from day one of opening my practice. Thank you for not only changing my life but also for providing me with a path that allows me to be of service to others!"

Tim Gallagher

MA NLP Practitioner

"Simply put, NLP Marin offers the best NLP training on the planet. Its depth and breadth of training cannot be matched. It will transform your life and, if you are a coach or therapist, it will enable you to create transformations with clients with much greater depth and ease."

Gary D. Salyer

Ph.D. MA NLP Practitioner

Who Is This For?

You’ll be in class alongside CEOs, health practitioners, coaches, psychologists, parents, and everything in between - a testament to the effective, flexible nature of Transformational NLP.

You can look forward to learning and practicing alongside those who are:


New to Transformational NLP and perhaps haven’t yet undertaken any courses with us, and feel drawn to exploring the science, art, and heart of change with our lead trainers and in a community of like-hearted humans.

Coaches, healers, therapists, bodyworkers, and change-workers, looking to increase their confidence, capacity, and effectiveness in affecting powerful transformation in the lives of others (including their own), and want a toolbox that does not conflict with any other modality or training they have done to date.

Entrepreneurs and business-owners, looking to increase their effectiveness and fulfillment in the context of building their business, inspiring and enrolling like-minded people to work together, and being a model for the vision they hold for the world.

Working professionals, managers, and leaders who would like to have some effective tools for communicating smoothly, holding the attention of groups, creating more cohesive teams, and working well with bosses, colleagues, and employees. Those who would like to learn a toolkit to positively affect their experience with their work and in relationship to others at work.

Those who want better personal relationships, and who want to gain new insights into themselves, increase their ability to create safety and intimacy with others, and grow into wider, richer wisdom about life and about what makes human beings the way we are.

Life-long learners who aspire to reach for great things in life and want to improve their own self-image, confidence, and well-being. Those who would like to have access to the relief-giving “manual for being human,” and want to experience more happiness, peace, and joy on their personal and spiritual growth journey.

Many discover they have the desire - and now training – to start a full or part-time practice working with clients with Transformational NLP!


What You Will Learn

Whether you choose the six-month track in Core or the three month track in ITC (Intensive Training Core), you will be immersing in the foundational tools and perspectives that move you beyond run-of-the-mill capability and into truly magnificent art and skill.


Develop the ability to build safety, connection, and intimacy with absolutely anyone, anywhere, any time. Including yourself.

Learn to distinguish between levels of rapport, "the difference that makes the difference" when you need deeper access to a person’s unconscious mind and also must be deeply trustworthy as you do so.

Learn a series of five powerful questions that set the process of transformation in motion.

Develop even more skill at guiding people to identify what they really and truly want, personally and professionally. Learn the art of asking the “right” questions that cause stuck situations and patterns to spontaneously open toward movement and positive change.

Discover how to create change through the spoken word.

Gradually develop more and more skill in utilizing the art of "specific vagueness" to enhance communication and understanding.

Learn precise question patterns that work magically to unlock an unproductive experience.

Practice working with difficult material in a way that doesn’t bring up more of the difficult material, and also naturally brings out the client’s own native strength and resourcefulness.

Gain instant, respectful access to unconscious barriers.

Learn how and when to ask the key question, "What stops you?" A very simple question which, when asked correctly, gives you access to volumes of entirely unconscious experience in just a few seconds.

This is a life-changing event for everyone who learns it.

NLP Marin is the only place in the world to learn this skill, which allows you to facilitate more change in a single session than is available in years with other modalities.

Without knowing how to uncover, understand, and work with Ecology, painful patterns stay stuck in place.

Ecology is like the "fine print" that we often don't know is there, but nevertheless keeps change from sticking, or happening at all.

Delve deeply into personal history and learn many ways to uncover and understand the very important reasons that patterns have existed in someone’s life up to this point. Artful change always takes these important reasons into account so there aren't negative, unintended consequences as a result of positive change.

Quickly revise painful, dysfunctional patterning.

Learn explicit procedures to discover and then rewrite old "dysfunctional" or un-motivation-producing programming "code." And then install more productive and useful patterning.

Dig into the structure of human experience to uncover anyone’s "strategies" – the hugely unconscious patterning that determines the success or failure, the easefulness or painfulness, of all of our experience, motivation, decision-making, and learning.

Develop skill in conducting multiple, simultaneous conversations with many different levels of the unconscious mind.

Discover a reliably miraculous method for gaining in-the-moment, respectful access to the deep unconscious content of the client’s experience (that you and they might not be able to otherwise access).

Use elegant language patterns to facilitate deep, lasting change.

Learn how to use story, metaphor, and specific word sequences to respectfully access the unconscious mind and create changes that build and grow over time.

Included in the tuition for Core or ITC is an opportunity to test for your Transformational NLP Practitioner’s Certificate.

Not only is this an opportunity to be certified but it’s also an incredible learning and integration experience for anyone who participates.

Be a part of a group of welcoming, like-hearted students, all focused on personal and professional change, from all walks of life.

What Graduates Have To Say

"If someone wants real change, this is where I send them."

Kelly Notaras

Founder of KL Literary Arts Agency

“Big, positive shifts in my self-image and personal relationships. Best decision I ever made.”


Core graduate

“One of the best choices I made for my personal growth.”

Julie Gieseke

Performance Artist

“My participation in this coursework has made me a happier, more authentic, and more aware human being.”

Marlen O

VP Business Development

“I firmly believe that NLP Marin is the best NLP training in the world. The curriculum is nothing short of a national treasure.”

Preston Temple

Scientist / Change-Worker

Two Options for Taking This Course

Core Competencies (Core)
Taught by lead trainers Carl Buchheit and Carla Camou. The course spreads out the Core material into six weekends (one 4-day weekend and five 3-day weekends) over six months.

Class runs from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Pacific time, USA on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, except the first weekend, which willl be a four-day weekend from Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Pacific time, USA.

Class includes a 90-minute lunch break and other, shorter breaks.

This option gives participants maximum time for learning and integration.

Intensive Training Core (ITC)
Taught by our lead trainer, Carla Camou, and Jaimie Nguyen, along with a guest appearance by our co-founder and lead trainer, Carl Buchheit. This course condenses the Core material into two 5-day weekends and one 3-day weekend over three months.

Class runs from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Pacific time, USA Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, and 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Pacific time, USA on Sundays. Class includes a 75-minute lunch break, a 45-minute dinner break, and other, shorter breaks.

This option is designed for those with a more fast-paced style of learning and integration.


Course Logistics

NLP Marin classes are completely experiential. Our class time is usually about 25% lecture and other highly interactive presentations, about 25% live demonstration of the material being covered, and at least 50% “real-time” practice with fellow students.

Our training weekends are designed to transfer information and to allow that information to transform itself into elegant and powerful behavioral know-how. Each weekend emphasizes lots and lots of practice with other students to ensure your understanding.

We believe our students experience such a high level of proficiency because they get so much opportunity to practice their skills, and to be with and learn from each other in a safe and caring way.


Our 6-month course (Core) is 19 days of training (six weekends: one 4-day weekend and five 3-day weekends).

Our 3-month version of this course (ITC) is 13 days of training (three weekends: two 5-day weekends, and one 3-day weekend).

If you have to miss a day or weekend, you will be given access to the videos of your class, so you can see what you missed in class and then integrate the material in your study group.

Weekly study groups and supervising Teaching Assistants (TA). NLP Marin is unique in that we also provide multiple study group sessions every week, conducted by our Training Assistants. Practice, practice, practice leads to an exceptional level of integration and implementation.

The weekly study group sessions are designed to accommodate both virtual study sessions (facilitated using Zoom Video Communications), connecting students from all over the globe, and (when public health orders permit) in-person at many locations around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Food & Drink: The class will break each training day for lunch (and dinner for ITC), to give ample time for food, drinks, snacks, stretching, and breaks. When we meet in-person (when public health orders permit), students bring their own lunch or go out to a local restaurant. Tea, coffee, and hot and cold water are provided.

Our Teaching Assistants (TAs) are selected from among NLP Marin graduates who have achieved a high level of integration. We have a ratio of about 3-5 students to 1 TA, or better, so that there is almost always an assistant observing an exercise who can give skilled feedback.

What if you must miss a weekend? Not a problem. This is a common occurrence. If you miss a weekend, log in to the course portal to access recorded videos of our training so you can catch-up in your own time. If you are to miss a training weekend or two, the most important thing to do is attend weekly supervised study groups as that is how you really learn and integrate the material.

Accommodations for Intensive Training Core (ITC): If you decide to stay at the training location, the Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn, you can request a 12% discount. You’ll need to call the direct number to reserve your room. The hotel's direct number is (415) 883-4400. Please let them know you are with NLP Marin.

2024 Core Dates + Times

March 21 - 24, Thursday - Sunday
April 19 - 21, Friday - Sunday
May 17 - 19, Friday - Sunday
June 14 - 16, Friday - Sunday
July 12 - 14, Friday - Sunday
*August 9 - 11, Friday - Sunday
*Hybrid - in person & Zoom simultaneously.

Offered once per year only

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Pacific time, USA
Calculate in your time zone

2024 ITC Dates + Times

*June 19 - 23, Wednesday - Sunday
*July 17 - 21, Wednesday - Sunday
*August 9 - 11, Friday - Sunday
*Hybrid - in person & Zoom simultaneously.

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Pacific time, USA
Weekends 1 & 2
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Pacific time, USA
Weekend 3
Calculate in your time zone


3rd party financing available

Includes weekly supervised study groups for integrating learning

Recommended Text

Transformational NLP: A New Psychology
by Carl Buchheit, Ph.D. and Ellie Schamber, Ph.D.


Online via Zoom
(Online via Zoom &
live at the Novato Oaks Inn)
215 Alameda del Prado
Novato, CA 94949

Enrollment Application

Let's make sure we are a great fit!

Core Competencies of Transformational NLP and Intensive Training Core are different kind of classes than ones you might have taken previously. These are not classes where you read a textbook and pass a test. It is a highly participatory class that is as much about personal growth as it is about acquiring professional skills. So, it is important that our curriculum, approach to learning, training methodology, and community are a great fit for you - and vice versa.

Our Enrollment Application serves as a mutual interview process. We know the word “application” might be intimidating. However, chances are, your interest and curiosity that has brought you to this point means we are likely going to be a great fit. Filling out the Enrollment Application will be a clarifying, affirming process, even if you don’t embark on our certification track. And, filling it out in no way requires you to attend Core or ITC.

So, please take about 15-20 minutes now and add your responses to the following questions, so we can get a deeper sense of who you are, what you want, and how our certification training programs might serve you. Your responses are sent to us securely and are kept 100% confidential. We appreciate this view into who you are!


Have Questions?

Book a 30 Minute Enrollment Conversation with our Director of Enrollment, Jaimie Nguyen, who has taken every class NLP Marin offers herself.

Together, you’ll go over any questions you may have.

We look forward to meeting you.

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