About Us

The humans behind Yugen Institute
Hi,

This is Cat Gelinas & Shelby Robbins.

We’re the founders of the Yugen Institute. Thank you for paying us a visit. We created this educational ground with the vision to expand what is possible in the realm of human potential.

We believe that there is incredible untapped creative energy in us all as individuals and as a collective – and that the way towards engaging that energy is through deepening into awareness with welcoming and a safe space to explore.

A few underlying principles we operate from

  • Paradox is a good indicator of truth. Bumping into it is a good sign you’re on the right track…
  • Our best self-help is often self-compassion and welcoming.
  • There are some excellent maps that can support us on our journey. Learning those maps as a guide can be life-changing.
  • Creating positive change, often works best when sourcing from our own depth. We generally need help in cultivating that.

The Curriculum

At the Yugen Institute, we pull from countless bodies of work. The Yugen staff trained and studied under many teachers, with multiple specialties, certifications, degrees, and embodied understandings. The general break down of the curriculum we pull from looks like….
Adult Ego-Development Theory and Practice
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Shadow Work and Integration
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Relational and Communication Skill
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Awareness / Presence Practice
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Subtle Energetics (systemic and individual)
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Embodiment
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Adult Ego-Development Theory and Practice
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Shadow Work and Integration
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Relational and Communication Skill
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Awareness / Presence Practice
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Subtle Energetics (systemic and individual)
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Embodiment
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Highly skilled coaches and consultants in our network bring decades of experience using a variety of diverse practices. These lenses serve as a meta-framework to suggest detailed, tangible ways to bring about enduring shifts in our clients and their systems. Within this broad methodology, we integrate multiple tools a to generate motivation, clarity, and results for our clients. The following list identifies technologies or psychometric systems we integrate across our services to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Enneagram Personality Map
  • STAGES Adult Development Map
  • Kegan's Ego-Development Map
  • Non-Violent Communication Mediation Skills
  • Relational Leadership Skills
  • Family Constellation Work
  • Somatic Psychology Techniques
  • Systems Thinking
  • Depth Psychology
  • Holocratic Organizational Thinking
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Technique
  • Subtle Energetic Techniques

Who we work with

Emerging students
Internal and external coaches
Leaders at all levels
You are just entering into or are swimming in the wide world of personal development and are wanting some support navigating these waters. You are possibly overwhelmed with all of the options out there and are seeking specific guidance, on where to focus in on your personal work and why. Perhaps you are hoping to become a coach, want to serve people in larger ways, and are just getting started on your proffesional journey in the personal development world. Joining a personal development community that has clear directionality, long-term support, and broad integrated experiences will be supportive for you.
You are an independent coach or part of a team of coaches. You offer coaching services to individuals and/or organizational clients. You may belong to an organization that offers its leaders the advantage of working with a coach. In each case, Yugen programs will significantly enhance the support you offer. We have certification programs for coaches to use our frameworks to more powerfully serve their clients’ development. We also coach coaches who would like to engage more fully with their own process and ever shifting perspective. One of the biggest benefits of engaging with us is gaining an entry into our community of vibrant and enthusiastic coaches who are actively applying, expanding on and learning from our frameworks.
We support leaders at all levels with a variety of offerings tailored for stage development. From C-level executives, emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, and those up and down the ladder, we offer layered services that progress over time in a structured way. We offer targeted coaching and workshops that calibrate shifts and evaluate potential for forward growth.

Who we are

Meet the humans behind the scenes!

Cat Gelinas

Co-Founder

Cat Gelinas is a Development Coach, Teacher, and the Co-Founder of the Yugen Institute. She's a professional nerd of the art & science of being human and teaches people how to create lives they love.

Since 2005, she has trained in consciousness development, shadow work, ancestral healing, relational skills, leadership, and more. She has coached and taught others on their journey to explore what it is to be a human, to expand capacities, & work with their humanity.

Her delight in life is to meet people where they are and, with welcoming and compassionate curiosity, bring to light what people are needing and support them in their evolution towards aliveness.

Shelby Robbins

Co-Founder

Shelby Robbins is a personal development coach in Boulder, Colorado. Her mission is to support the flourishing of all life and the deep potential of the human being. As you transform through many selves and relax into more complex or whole ways of making meaning, she supports you in accessing an ecstatic aliveness in all the places you touch the world.

Shelby has trained in relational leadership and communication skills, developmental coaching, shadow work and integration, awareness and embodiment techniques, personality maps, systems thinking, and more… Her philosophy is rooted in over a decade of her personal self-development and her journey through several major life-upheavals. Her experience of both the empty and full aspects of life, support her and her clients towards the ever unfolding integration and expansion of ones awareness of our inherent wholeness.

Heather McRibbs

Teaching Staff

Heather Ribbs is passionate about guiding others to reach for new ways to live consciously in acceptance and celebration of their own unique nature. The power of Love and Compassion inspire and inform her work, guiding clients using the skills and tools that she has learned and experienced through her own healing journey. Heather is aware of the profound impact that trauma and social conditioning has on our behaviors and is deeply moved to support people in finding freedom in discovering, transforming and integrating unconscious shadow. With loving acceptance, allowing and welcoming of the parts we fear and avoid, she holds space for new perspectives and freedom from conditioned, reactive ways of being. She loves to work with women of any age who yearn to love all aspects of themselves into wholeness.

Yugen Artist:
Eleana Oceanheart

The Yugen Institute invited Eleana Oceanheart, a visionary artist who’s deeply attuned deeply to subtle energetics, to create a painting of Yugen’s essence on behalf of the Institute. The painting supports the institute in continuously embodying its purpose more fully in the world and invites a quality of alive expression into form. Thank you Eleana for your potent work! We currently have the painting radiating from our offices here in Colorado.

Eleana’s “Essence Creations” are personalized Energy Paintings. They support by inviting a more full embodiment of ones presence by radiating purpose and aliveness in form.
Learn more about Eleana's work here
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