Master NLP Practitioner Training

Master NLP Practitioner Training

"Masters is about pretty much giving up the hope to win the fight we have been having with ourselves."-Carl Buchheit

Master Practitioner Training provides the opportunity for students to develop mastery in the use of NLP through expanded understanding, not only of the NLP model, but also of significant contexts within which the NLP model is taught at NLP Marin. These contexts include:

  • Childhood development psychology.
  • Family systems dynamics.
  • The physical function of the brain and nervous system.
  • Recognition that humankind exists within the frame of a larger whole.
  • Implications of operating from a Newtonian versus a Quantum world view.

For those who work in fields outside of coaching, therapy & self development, the skills learned and integrated in the Master Practitioner Training will support individuals in deeper rapport with themselves, teammates & their stance as leaders in their chosen field. The Masters Training teaches an extensive understanding of the systems, strategies and “software” of the human experience which can expand the reach & efficiency of the individual as they are working with a team, a project or in one x one professional relationships. When we have a broader understanding of human experience, we gain more and more rapport with ourselves, this rapport places us in a uniquely beneficial stance towards life.

Masters NLP training is delivered by our trainers: Carl Buchheit and Carla Camou. It is delivered over the course of 8 months, and includes 8 x in-person training weekends and weekly study groups supervised by our experienced training staff. The final weekend of Masters NLP training is a festival of integration and learning, where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their integration of the Masters NLP toolkit, and be successfully certified as Master Practitioners of NLP.

What Carl Buchheit Has to Say...

"The objectives of the Masters course is to expand understanding of human behavior and how to influence or change it with integrity, to promote continuing movement toward excellence and ease with core-level material, and to provide a powerful increase in the student’s ability to use NLP as a foundation for elegant communication and change in all aspects of life.

Our Master Practitioner Certification Training is offered once each year beginning in the fall. All our Core Competencies classes (including our Intensive Training Course) come together to master the deeper skills and understanding involved with this level of work.

Having brought yourself and your fellow students through Core Competencies, you’ve experienced the exquisite care with which we at NLP Marin insist on respecting all of our experience, and all of your experience. Although the content has been similar, the atmosphere, events, and resonance within and around our trainings are unique in the NLP world.

This is not simply a matter of our students’ actually learning some challenging skills that take considerable time and practice. This training also requires a major consciousness upgrade, to apply well in the world. Marin-style NLP and conventional NLP are very different. They are different, intensely so, even though they are also similar. This is very hard for us to communicate in print, but for 15+ years our students have routinely confirmed our sense that this is a reality.

Beginning at the Masters level, there is no longer a lot of similarity. We are at last able to present a combination (a little bit) of standard NLP Master Practitioner material and a great deal of our own, home-grown curriculum. Masters level training focuses on Belief and Identity change. In your Core Competencies training, you learned the skills to discover and update Behavior and Capability patterns. Now you will learn to notice and untangle the beliefs and identity issues that have stabilized the Intended Positive Outcomes of all types of outdated patterning.

At NLP Marin, Master Practitioner Certification is an intense exploration of the experience structures that create and stabilize our sense of who we are in the world. You will be learning amazingly useful ideas about childhood development, the formation and structure of beliefs, and trademark Marin-style NLP concepts such as Structures of Hope, Temporal-Spatial Sorting, Dinner Table Festivals of Family Reframing, and Suffering Obligations of Love.

This is where all that work you put into developing rapport skills, and all the attention on ecology and IPO’s, has been leading you. We will move forward from the domain of techniques that merely add and connect resources, and move into the territory where we are able to summon what we need to create order and profound, deeply respectful change."

Who is This For?

  • NLP Marin Core Competencies (CC) and Intensive Training Course (ITC) graduates who would like to develop mastery in the use of NLP, increasing their capacity to work with others in a change format.
  • A long-standing NLP Marin alumnus who would like to audit the course, to add even more depth and dimension to the learnings they have already attained from prior years.

Key Benefits

  • Creating core change by understanding the structure of survival and Hope. If you are like most people, you became interested in NLP because it promised to deliver permanent change. That is to say you will not need to “remember” (e.g. through assertions or positive thinking) to be different. In order to make this type of core level change, we need to understand and appreciate the “ecology” of the change. In Advanced Communication and Change, we paid a lot of attention to survival and safety patterning; now we will also include Hope in the equation.
  • Ability to work with Belief and Identity change skillfully. To invite full mastery of NLP into your practice and your life, you must learn and integrate both technical skill and deep understanding of the structure of being human. In the Masters course, you will be immersed in new conceptual frameworks such as Metaprograms, childhood development theory, as well as Carl’s unique observations and teachings from over 30 years of being in practice. Using this knowledge and experiential basis, you will practice, practice, practice and learn to destabilize limiting and often painful structures of belief and identity.
  • Develop true NLP Mastery. As you know, we at NLP Marin somewhat abhor the “techniquey” forms of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. We are also cheerfully impatient with most of the insistence some NLP people put on Newtonian well-formedness. (At NLP Marin, we love a good, properly ill-formed outcome!) We are consistently told by our graduates who encounter graduates of other NLP Masters programs, that they notice that their (our) skill level is quite a bit higher. We believe that is because we take the time to really teach and develop know-how, not just prattling buzz words and cookie-cutter change formulas. We do not turn out NLP technicians; we strive to develop practitioners with skill, heart, and wisdom. This means that as an NLP Marin Master Practitioner graduate you will not only have a toolbox of techniques, but a deeply integrated sense of when and where to use what techniques and when and how to continually make up something new and different.
  • Establish a seamless and integrated way of working. Because our students come from all walks of life and have different goals, we teach our students to incorporate their Masters experience as a way of being in the world–a stance towards life as well as a congruent way of working with a client “in session.” In the Masters class, you will learn and integrate a whole new set of presuppositions about being human, and working with humans as you continue your journey.
  • Gain a deeper level of respect for yourself. With the advent of teachings like The Secret, and other useful and not-so-useful extensions of “positive thinking,” many of us are left not really liking ourselves very much. These well-intentioned teachings sometimes leave us non-usefully focused on the gap between where we are and where we want to be. Marin-style NLP provides the experiences and creates the “how-to” that allows us to really understand and appreciate all the elegance and beauty of your current way of being–all the remarkable IPO’s of stuck Present States. From this place, it is possible to create shifts (if you still want to). We call this Creating Rapport with Self.
  • Gain the prerequisites to take our Post-Masters level courses. NLP Mastery is the basis of a whole theater of learning that Carl has developed about what it is and means to be human, and how to shift or change our experience. As profound as the NLP Masters training is already, there is even more. Because our NLP Master Practitioner training is unique, and because we (our staff and you, our students) spend so much time and effort mastering such a high level of skills, framework, and stance integration, we only accept graduates of our own Master Practitioner Training into our post-graduate coursework (Holographic NLP I, II, and more).

What You Will Learn

  • First weekend: Meta-Programs. A wonderful aspect of our legacy from conventional NLP, and the remarkable people who did such pioneering work. Through what filters do you see the world? How might that be different for your clients? Learn to identify your own perceptual filters and become a more skilled communicator in any context by being able to adapt your communication to the filters of others.
  • Second weekend: Childhood Development Stages. One frame that distinguishes our NLP (Transformational NLP) from other NLP centers is its willingness to explore and respect the root source of present pain. To understand the meaning a brain may be making from its internal representations it is useful to explore what stage of development a child was in when he/she installed that representation in their mind.
  • Third and Fourth weekends: In the third and fourth weekends you will continue to integrate the frameworks of the first two weekends. Learn advanced re-imprinting and explore the structure of beliefs and existential baseline states. The coursework covers re-imprinting on spatially anchored timelines and also the Marin-style NLP version of these remarkable interactions.
  • Fifth weekend: We will explore the Structure of Identity and work with the Family-Dinner-Table-Information-Gathering-and-Festival-of-Reframing format.
  • Sixth weekend: We will cover modeling for business competence and a variety of refinements on re-imprinting and extensions of Marin-style Identity-level change.
  • Seventh weekend: We will work with trans-incarnational timelines, time-warping language patterns, “sleight of mouth” reframing (all our updates of valuable standard NLP material), temporal-spatial sorting, and Programmer Stance.
  • Eighth weekend: Integration and testing for Master Practitioner Certification. Introduction to Holographic NLP frames such as “Suffering Obligations of Love” and Transgenerational Belief and Identity change.


Training Assistants: Assistants are selected from among our graduates who have achieved a high level of integration. We have a ratio of at least 5 students to 1 TA or better, meaning there is almost always someone observing an exercise who can give feedback.

Time: Each weekend will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Class runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with a lunch break from approximately 1 – 2:30 (the time frame is sometimes a little later or earlier depending on the flow of the day). Students either bring their own lunch or go out to a local restaurant. Tea, and hot and cold water are provided.

What Our Students Have to Say

  • Shauna
    Fascinating application of neuroscience in the context of great compassion. Some of the other NLP approaches I have seen appear to be less sophisticated and manipulative in comparison. Even in the Core class, I learned valuable skills to apply in interactions with others in my everyday work and personal life. By the end of Masters, I felt much more effective in client interactions and have used the techniques and concepts in work presentations. I apply the techniques and concepts in personal life on a daily basis.
    Start-up Consultant
  • Richard Friesen
    I have a lot of previous training as a therapist and coach. I have an M.A. in clinical psychology, graduate of the Gestalt Institute plus additional physiological training in Reichian Therapy, neuroscience and other modalities. It wasn't until I came to Marin NLP that I had a framework to put it all together with a clear map that I could make my own. My clients would not be experiencing the progress they are making without my NLP Master's experience.
    Richard Friesen
    CEO Mind Muscles Academy
  • Rev. Dr. Melissa Phillippe
    I have spent my adult life finding modalities for change and evolution of consciousness. Carl & Michelle's work is THE most powerful stuff I've experienced! Every aspect of my life is vastly improved (and I mean, radically transformed!) because of their work!
    Rev. Dr. Melissa Phillippe
    Teacher, musician, transformation coach
  • Preston Temple
    I firmly believe that NLP Marin is the best NLP training in the world. The 'outcome frame' alone is one of the most powerful therapeutic tools ever developed and that's only scratching the surface of what's possible. Carl is basically an NLP savant and it is an honor and a privilege to get to learn directly from him. The curriculum he has amassed is nothing short of a national treasure.
    Preston Temple
  • Marlen O.
    My participation in the NLP Marin coursework has made me a happier, more authentic and more aware human being. The changes within me were subtle, yet incredibly profound and life-changing.
    Marlen O.
    VP Business Development
  • Madeleine Munday
    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
  • Lindsay
    NLP Marin's trainings were hands down the best investment I've ever made - in myself, my well-being, my business, 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
  • Leanne Pain
    The learning and awareness that I have gained from NLP Marin has had a deeply profound impact in my life. The training is invaluable and exceptional. I would love to attend everything offered. I will eventually. NLP Marin creates an environment which allowed me to feel safe and allowed my critter to calm down.
    Leanne Pain
    ABASW, Life Coach, NLP Practitioner
  • Jonathan
    I'm so much happier with myself and my life after going through NLP Marin. The classes start simple, but by the time you get to Masters, the world occurs differently. Much recommended!
    Partner, HolacracyOne
  • Jacquie Duncan
    All the trainings I have taken have been engaging and full of interesting material to learn and reflect on. I love the interactive practices and the TAs are sweet and helpful. I especially love the humor that the teachers bring to each session. I look forward to continuing my education and practice with NLP Marin.
    Jacquie Duncan
    Executive Coach
  • Daphne Peterson
    Since taking classes at NLP Marin I have experienced deep, long-lasting changes that can only be described as amazing.
    Daphne Peterson
    Broker, Investor, Entrepreneur
  • Bill Cordingley
    NLP Marin really lives up to the promise. It's truly an exceptional path of personal change for anyone wanting to shift the trajectory of their life away from pain and suffering and toward much more of what they want.
    Bill Cordingley
  • Bahgu Hinit
    Through this training, I personally have gained many insights of myself/family/professional life that has changed the directory of my life for the better.
    Bahgu Hinit
    NLP Practitioner & Investor
  • Ali Schultz
    NLP Marin gives you the manual on being human that we all need to make great sense of life and our relationship to it. This is the most complete and most necessary program for anyone in a coaching, change-work or therapeutic profession. Or, really, for anyone that lives and works with other humans. We require all of our coaches to complete Foundations through Masters, at the very least, and strongly encourage them to take the whole NLP Marin curriculum.
    Ali Schultz
    COO of
  • Anonymous
    Across all measures, the world-class Transformational NLP Marin Training Center has to be THE BEST on the planet--most experienced, most knowledgable of the history and the attention to the lasting, and often quantum transformation of behaviors and the belief and identity structures that hold them in place. There is an unwavering attention to rapport-building and safety, allowing students to go with respect, to places of unknown territory, and be able to make significant shifts in their unwanted present experience and have a felt sense of what it is like to step into their desired state in life, and experience the next level of change that takes them to new and even better experiences.