Training. Wassili Zafiris. NLP. RETEC.

Masterclass Depression & Zest for Life Coaching

Understanding and changing the inner landscape of depression.

The science of wellbeing:
Inspiring new coaching techniques for professionals

Coaching and depression typically are not directly connected to each other. Depression ‘belongs’ to the therapeutic domain and coaching is associated with goals, solutions and resources. These areas seem difficult to unite. Join the masterclass to understand depression and learn how to facilitate Zest for Life.

Wassili Zafiris modeled depression and happiness and learned that his coaching perspective helped to gain a deeper understanding of the depressed state. From his research he was able to develop effective tools and techniques to work with depression as a coach. He observed that in many cases depression does not have a place in the therapeutic domain. Coaches already, often unknowingly, work with depressed clients and many depressed clients do not need or use medicine nor do they visit psychologists, therapists or psychiatrists. 

The professional coaches that work with Wassili’s method not only report remarkable results with his methodology but also a deeper understanding of their clients in general. Using his yearlong background as an NLP master trainer with high degree of skill in modeling, he has a track record of figuring out mindsets to create ‘bleu ocean’ solutions (these are solutions that come from seemingly conflicting domains). From the mindsets of some of the best chefs in the world (f.e. famous Chef Ferran Adria) for his book APPETITE, and business owners (see his twice nominated book MEANINGFUL PROFIT) to his latest book (HAPPINESS IS DEPRESSING) where he unravels what the key presuppositions are that are necessary to coach depression to Zest for Life. Because of his innovative work he received an honorary Fellowship with the International Institute for Organisational Psychological Medicine (IIOPM). This international group of renowned psychiatrists recognized Wassili’s contribution to the field of psychiatry as coach and author.

The two-day training Depression Coaching invites you into the landscape of depression to find your inner light.

There are many unknowns and assumptions we make about depression without us realizing. These unknowns form a barrier to an effective solution to this ever-increasing problem. During this training you will get a holistic experience of the whole we call depression and you will learn to apply techniques that will enlighten your path to Zest for life. Read more about Happiness on the Happiness blog.

"‘Healthy thinking and acting’ always invites great trainers like Robert Dilts, Andrew Austin and others, and now Wassili Zafiris. Wassili keeps you on your toes and shares his knowledge without restraint. Very lucky to attend."

- Marcel kuijsNLP Health Certified

Lucas Derks PhD, social psychologist, author and developer of Mental Space Psychology: Wassili’s book Happiness is Depressing starts light-heartedly and takes you step by step to the causes of depression, and, directly after that, frees you from the depressive darkness. A book full of provocative ideas and exercises that will awaken your inner light. A remarkable show of autonomous thinking.”

- Lucas Derkssocial psychologist
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340 million people are depressed worldwide, and companies spend more than 300 billion annually in Europe alone on presenteeism and absenteeism due to chronic stress leading to depression. The precursors leading up to depression are already part of the coaching domain. Chronic (work) stress; setback (lack of resilience); solitude and loneliness; Identity issues are all topics that many coaches do excellent work with. However, depression, which is the resultant of all previous mentioned conditions combined, is ‘supposed’ to belong to the therapeutic domain. As a researcher, coach and author I challenge that assumption and so do many of my new psychiatrist friends. Depression is a common problem, and not an illness, that needs effective methodology to solve. 

I believe it’s the vast world of coaching and the solutions it can offer, that can contribute to alleviate one of the most common problems of our times. I invite you all to a deeper understanding of something you most likely already know about…

"Clear and practical. It was a spectacle to learn from Wassili and to see his demonstrations; ‘The master at work’. Beautiful!"
Saskia Romeijn-Hofte, Coach, NLP Health Certified

- Saskia Romeijn-HofteCoach NLP Health Certified

What you will learn

You will explore each other’s inner landscape to determine the effects of Space (left, right, front, back etc.); Light (dark, light etc.); Size (large, small etc.); Location (far, near etc.); Time (past, present, future); Meaning makingAwareness (inner- and outer landscape); Goals (outcomes and no outcomes): Decision making and Cause to the emergence of the depressed state and the re-emergence of Zest for life.

Day 1

  • What is depression, what is happiness?
  • Explaining depression as an emergent property: the Gestalt state.
  • The causes of depression.
  • Comparing DSM to the depression scale.
  • Naming depression: The intake as an intervention.
  • The layering of our thinking.
  • Emotions and depression.
  • Transforming oppressed emotions.

Day 2

  • Meaning making.
  • Dimensions of meaning making.
  • Identity change: updating Self.
  • The relationship between happiness and luck.
  • Mazzel Tov to transform time with depression.
  • Decision making to change the inner landscape of depression.
  • Goal setting and depression.


This training will be given in English. All non-native English speakers will have the opportunity for extra explanation.

For whom

  • NLP practitioners
  • NLP master practitioners
  • NLP Health certified practitioners
  • Experienced (mental) health professionals with NLP practitioners background.
  • Experienced Coaches
  • Experienced psychologists and therapists

Date & location

May 25, 26 2020


Price & time

In cooperation with NLP Greece at the International NLP and Health training. Location and price to be announced.

This training is free of VAT (geen BTW)

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"Last weekend I experienced an exceptional training from Wassili Zafiris. He developed a very effective method to deal with depression. A method I can fully embrace: from within the problem, from how ‘you do depression’. When I participate in a good training I get completely exited, especially when everything is right. And just that happened last weekend. That feeling when everything falls into place and you see more possibilities and how things are connected. A training where I can use everything I learned in my own practice immediately and not only use all the material but experience what it does as well. You can understand that it’s a serious training when the subject is about depression, so for myself it was an intense training as well. But most of all it was inspirational."

- Saskia EvertsenHypnotherapist, NLP Health Certified

I experienced the training as very confronting and at the same time very inspiring, hopeful, beautiful, effective, thoughtful, loving and much more. It is still doing its work.

- Esther Quaedvlieg,Coach, NLP Health Certified
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