If you feel called to guide others toward greater internal freedom.

If you want to be part of the solution and build greater impact.

If you want to be part of a work that feels infinitely rewarding and transforms lives.

If you want to add to your repertoire of skills and help others go deeper on their healing journeys.

It’s time to navigate your own internal wilderness and help others to do the same.



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Become a catalyst for change.

A Wilderness Walk Shadow Coach is someone who, even in the midst of chaos, can access an inner compass and map that can guide and direct others’ footsteps along their journey. They embody their own healing and transformation in order to show others the way. They compassionately hold sacred space and steadfastly witness those moving through a breaking open process. They are committed to internal freedom and true integration of ALL aspects of the human experience. Shadow workers have been seen for thousands of years as torches in the midst of darkness. They know how to see in the dark and help others to do the same.

“Shadow work is the path
of the heart warrior”

– Carl Jung

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.”

– Carl Jung


The shadow is a psychological term for everything we can’t see in ourselves and that has been repressed into our unconscious. It is the ‘disowned’ self. The parts of us we no longer want to claim, including our inherent gifts. The shadow is seen as the “dark side” of our personality because it consists chiefly of primitive, uncomfortable human emotions and impulses like rage, envy, greed, selfishness, desire, and the striving for power. All we deny in ourselves—whatever we perceive as inferior, evil, or unacceptable—becomes part of the shadow.

Our shadow holds our conditioning— all the programmed ways we act, think, feel and choose without ever really knowing why. It is the part of ourselves that we are most “out of touch” with, such as the roots of our unresolved wounding.

As children, we are born whole and complete, but that wholeness is short-lived. The shadow is born in our childhood as a byproduct of certain interactions we had with the people closest to us. Our caretakers make us believe that certain aspects of ourselves are good and others are not. The aspects that are seen as bad are rejected and, consequently, form the shadow.


The bottom line is that shadow work is essential for a fully lived life. Life is a multi-faceted experience that desires to be embraced from all angles in order to be understood and lived fully. If you continue to bury your shadow, you may feel fractured or out of alignment. This leads to the inability to experience a deeper sense of integration and wholeness. Our shadow self blocks us from acting on behalf of our own greatest good and can prevent us from reaching our true potential. When working with the shadow, you have portals to awakening that lead to greater authenticity, creativity, and emotional freedom.

Other benefits include:

  • Healthier relationships.
  • Increased self compassion and acceptance.
  • Overall enhanced state of wellbeing and mood.
  • Better communication with others.
  • Ability to set boundaries in your life.
  • Cease the cycle of self-destruction and self-sabotage.
  • The ability to make more conscious choices and live more in alignment with what truly matters.


You’ll Get:

Guidance in finding your inner compass and receive a personal map to freedom:

We’ll teach you how to integrate your own internal shadow and translate that into a supporting others.

Personal instruction by Master Shadow Workers:

  • You’ll learn The Wilderness Walk tools, years of important research from shadow theorists, and numerous shadow frameworks.
  • Hands-on training to build or amplify your coaching business.
  • We’ll show you how to align your own style to build an authentic practice, market yourself with integrity, and find the right clients that can benefit most from your guidance.
  • Being an entrepreneur or a solo business owner doesn’t have to mean doing it alone. We are there to support and guide you every step of the way.
  • Mastery of a powerful process that will impact every aspect of your life and business.

We believe that this training will provide you with the tools and support that can transform you on a foundational level. This journey and training will help you align with what matters most to you and clarify your true heart’s desires.

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Suzanne Hanna is a guide, licensed therapist, coach, visionary, writer, and inspirational speaker. She has helped hundreds of men and women move through their fear and pain as a way to live a more inspired and wholehearted life. Suzanne is the founder and creator of The Wilderness Walk, an experiential hero’s journey through the darkness and fear of the inner mind and the pain of the wounded heart in order to help others integrate ALL aspects of their being, both light and dark. Her three and nine week journey’s are changing lives all over the world and leading people on a path to internal freedom. Suzanne also created a membership community called The Map that provides countless tools, support and inspiration for those who are committed to owning their path and living a life of deeper meaning and purpose. Suzanne works with people who are committed to their own healing. The courageous souls who want to live the best versions of themselves and be a ripple in this world for others. She is currently working on her first book.


George Herrick is co-creator of the original Wilderness Walk, and since then has been a creative contributor as well as a powerful collaborator with Suzanne. George is the founder of SoulDeep Living, a coaching process that supports people in taking courageous action toward the life that matters most to them. His classes, retreats and coaching lead others through transformational experiences and creative expression to live inspired lives. A life and recovery coach, artist, initiated shamanic practitioner and ceremonialist, George works with people who want a deeper connection to their soul and express their personal, human divinity with compassion, wisdom and a sense of service to something greater than themselves. He is the author of the best-selling book, “STONE WARRIOR; Confronting Life’s Dark Challenges with Stone Art and Meditation,” about his journey through the shadows of recovery from cancer and addiction.


Foundations of Shadow Work

Suzanne and George will teach you the powerful tools and concepts of shadow work methods and how to implement them in your life and business.

Tools to Build Your Business

We understand the need for guidance and practical methods to support building a successful coaching practice. We will share with you many hands-on tools from marketing, finance and business.

Virtual and Live Retreat

You will attend a live virtual retreat at the beginning of your process and will end with an in-person three-four night retreat as a way to complete and integrate the process.

Online Learning Space

The online learning space houses all your curriculum—videos, audios, and documents. It’s also where you’ll find your interactive class discussion forums, where you can interact with instructors, and where you get to know other coaches.

Classes and Mentoring

Our live classes use a video conferencing platform. During the program you’ll have monthly classes as well as small breakout room practices, discussions and instruction. These classes will be highly interactive and give you ample time to ask questions, practice techniques, and go deeper into your own healing and learning.

“Unless we do conscious work on it, the shadow is almost always projected: That is, it is neatly laid on someone or something else so we do not have to take responsibility for it.”

– Robert Johnson


The Wilderness Walk Shadow Coach Certification process is designed to give you the opportunity to become completely comfortable and confident as a Certified Shadow Coach.

We are currently working on becoming ICF accredited.

Completing the Wilderness Walk Shadow Coach Certification process includes the following:

  • Completion of required self-study modules and objectives in the online learning space.
  • Coach in at least six observed coaching sessions during the training.
  • Attend a minimum of 80% of the calls LIVE.
  • Coach at least 65 hours outside of class (paid or unpaid).
  • Complete a multiple-choice and a long-answer written review based on what you learn and practice during the training.
  • Schedule and complete three one-on-one mentoring sessions with your assigned Mentor.
  • Record at least one 30-minute coaching session to review with your Master Coach Mentor during your mentoring sessions.
  • Once your written reviews and coaching recordings meet the required standards, you will become certified.


  • Certificate of completion verifying eligibility for application for International Coach Federation (ICF) certification at the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level.*
  • Access to the Certified Coaches Community
  • Ongoing access to all materials and resources.
  • Access to free ongoing training when available.
  • Highlighted as a Shadow Coach on The Wilderness Walk website.
  • Certified Shadow Coach logo to place on marketing materials and website.
  • A discount on all Wilderness Walk courses, products and retreats.


“Everyone carries a shadow, and the less embodied in the individual’s conscious life,
the blacker and denser it is.”

– Carl Jung


Starting the journey–
We will begin our time together with a LIVE virtual retreat in order to connect and get an overview of the training. This will help inspire you and set you on the path of true connection and integration. You’ll be invited into the forums on your online learning space and gain access to the library of resources.

Monthly classes-
These interactive and hands-on classes are vital for your training. They will be highly interactive and where you can practice the tools with one another. This will be a sacred container for all of the work we will do throughout the year.

Individual (one-on-one) mentoring-
All trainees are offered three individual mentoring sessions over the course of the training. These sessions will be used to support you in becoming a more skillful coach and to evaluate your coaching.

Business classes-
Start building a business that lights you up!! Our business classes are full of exercises and processes to help you create clarity around the practice you want to build and the hands on tools to make it happen.

Evaluation and Certification
This helps us give you the confidence and lend legitimacy to your status as a shadow coach. A confirmation that you have mastered the tools and are ready to launch your practice.


Self Care and Alignment
Facilitated by Elena Lipson

When you decide to become a coach, whether you realize it or not, you become a living embodiment of what you teach. As you build your business, the choices you make; from your business model, to how much your charge, will all be a reflection of your inner alignment. In this class you will receive a core framework and practical (as well as magical) alignment practices. With these personal and business alignment practices, you will be able to stay present, grounded, and increase your capacity to give and receive in limitless ways, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Personal Values and Mission
Facilitated by Suzanne Hanna and George Herrick

In this class you will get a clear understanding of your values and standards and how they impact the coaching process. Maintaining clear internal and external boundaries are key to ward-off burn out and misalignment. It is also vital to have clarity around who you want to serve and the overall mission of your practice.

Business Practices and Finances
Facilitated by Holly Morphew

In this class you will discover the necessary resources needed to set up or amplify your coaching practice.You will learn how to build a business that is abundant and sustainable through creating your product suite and pricing, building systems for flow, positioning yourself as an expert, and managing your finances.

Right Livelihood
Facilitated by Lindsay Pera

At the intersection of Soul Purpose and Path, Sacred Commerce and Leadership and Legacy, we find the sweet spot of Right Livelihood. In this class you will learn these three pillars in depth in order to create a rich and fruitful practice.

Storytelling and Marketing
Facilitated by Chantelle Adams

Your story is the foundation of your business, your message, your content and your offers. When you dive deep into your story, you will gain the clarity necessary to share your work with the world in powerful and inspiring ways. Through this class you will be able to connect the dots from your life experience to your life’s work and finally understand your unique message.

“There is no light without shadow, just as there is no happiness without pain.”

– Isabel Allende


Classes are held monthly on the first Tuesday or Wednesday. We are choosing a day and evening slot in order to accommodate as many trainees as possible. Day slots will be 12pmEST and evening sessions will be 7:30pmEST. Once you receive the calendar we ask that you book these times out ahead of time so you can attend at least 80% in person.

All classes are 90 minutes.

Virtual Retreat- January 8th 1-4PM EST
Overview of the year and building a sacred container.
Module 1
The power of metaphor for transformation.

Module 2
Trauma, fragmentation, dissociation and the shadow.

Module 3 and 4
The use of archetypes in shadow work.

Module 5
Traps and Hazards.
Burying the shadow.

JUNE- Integration Month

Module 6
The birth of the shadow.
The family shadow.
Navigating the light and dark side of all emotions.

Module 7
Shadow work in relationships.
Shadow work in careers.
Shadow as the ultimate healer.

Module 8
Triggers: A tool for shadow activation.

Module 9
Ceremony and Ritual.
Building sacred containers for deeper healing.
LIVE RETREAT– October 13th-16th (Location TBA)

Final call and wrap up.

Have any questions? Please contact us at [email protected]