Brent Kohler

Brent Kohler

CEO, Risk Finance and Investment
Olympia, Washington

Saving, generating, and increasing revenue
I’ve done many courses with Dave. After the last one, I saved or generated over $1,000,000, and that was only the beginning. Last year my staff and I devised a way to increase our revenue by 25-30%, and in the process, enhance the safety and health of thousands of employees. The Falling Awake courses and curriculum blew me away! What I’m experiencing is a new way of thinking and solving problems. It’s difficult to describe the changes and unexpected miracles.

Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen

Author and Marketing Communicator
Portland, Oregon

Solving problems and making difficult decisions
From increasing my income by 40% to publishing a book that has turned the tide of my career, to permanently improving what I eat, this journey has been a rebirth and a reboot of epic proportions. I now know what I want and make difficult decisions faster and easier, enabling me to create unprecedented transformations in my work, my health, and my relationships.

Cheryl LaRoche

Cheryl LaRoche

Kensington, Maryland

Communicating directly and effectively
What I accomplished in my work with Dave’s programs was a big surprise. Parts of my past that had troubled me are now resolved, and I am more direct and effective in my communications. I ask for what I want and I help others get what they want. My life is more organized and my clutter is disappearing. I pay close attention to my words, my money, my relationships, and to the things that matter most to me. I’ve always been a happy person, and now I’m even happier!

Brij Masand


Big Data Analyst
Wayland, Massachusetts

Transforming your way of being
The biggest breakthrough I had was in my way of being. I now experience ease and grace in managing my money and providing for my family, community, and the planet. By “thinking thoughts I’d never thought before,” and using the principles of collaboration, I created an overseas partner and passive income from working just 15 hours per week and emerged from being overwhelmed as a single dad to being a fully functioning global citizen. I am also much happier and more available to others.

Lexy Franklin

Lexy Franklin

Project Manager, Facebook
San Francisco, California

The job of my dreams
The Falling Awake Intensive deeply changed my life. I am more balanced, creative, happy, and confident as a direct result of Dave’s teaching. I learned applicable skills that helped make me more competent in the world and transitioned into a job of my dreams. But most importantly, I found me and am much more comfortable in my own skin. My dad and I transformed our relationship, largely as a result of the self-awareness I gained.

Tom Davis

Tom Davis

Laguna Beach, California

A community of the heart
When I started Falling Awake, I was in despair and fear, and my work of 40 years seemed like a failure. The teachings of Dave Ellis, a community of support, and the one-on-one coaching made a huge difference in my life. I immediately started exercising, got healthier, made radical changes to the way I ran my law firm, and now life is fun again.

Rev. Iyanla Vanzant

Rev. Iyanla Vanzant

Author and Television Host
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Identifying and manifesting your true desires
Dave Ellis provides a phenomenal learning and growing experience. I have been a student and a fan of his for many years, because I know that if I want to live powerfully and productively I have to continue to do work on myself. The Falling Awake Workshop is a place where we can open our hearts and minds. Dave and his incredible team teach us not only ways to identify our true desires but also ways to build trust and belief in our right to manifest those dreams.

Lynne Twist

Author and International Speaker
San Francisco, California

Developing the capacity to deliver
The Falling Awake Workshop is absolutely fantastic. I have taken it more than once, and it’s one of the best workshops I have ever participated in. People have huge increases and glorious results in their productivity, clarity, self-esteem,  joy and happiness, financial responsibility and prosperity, relationships, communications, and  capacity to deliver whatever they want for themselves in every area of their life. Dave is a master.

Falling Awake is a detailed, comprehensive invitation to the sweetness of possibility, so credible and compelling that you read it at your own risk. You simply will not be the same person nor lead the same life if you read and implement the strategies in this book.

- Paul Hawken

Author, Environmentalist, and Entrepreneur

Dave Ellis’s workshop was so valuable that I brought it to my organization of about 200 staff. It had an enormous impact on our organization and on me personally. The coaching and workshops helped me envision my future and what I could do on an on-going basis to become the person that I want to be in 5, 10, 15 years, and even when I’m finishing my life.

- Maria Otero

Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Former President and CEO, ACCION International

I’ve been doing a Buddhist practice for 15 years, and there’s actually some concern in that philosophy about desire. Dave’s workshops have opened up a new way to look at desire, and what I’ve learned about myself has allowed me to create what I want in a way that is less attached to the outcome and to live with more presence and clarity. My coach’s acute skill in listening has been an incredible support in integrating what I learned about myself to effect positive change in my relationship with myself and my children.

- Susan Griffin-Black

Co-Founder and CEO, EO
(a natural personal care product manufacturer)

This workshop revived me, and allowed me to let go of a lot of deep-seated grieving I had for human suffering that I had seen through my work. That was an incredible experience that I had never anticipated.

- Anne Lynam Goddard

President and CEO Child
Fund International

The Falling Awake programs are for anyone or any organization that has the goal of producing breakthrough results while leading a balanced, enjoyable, and wonderful life.  Dave Ellis presents ways to do so in concrete, achievable steps.

- Alex Counts

Founder and Former President, Grameen Foundation

After reading Falling Awake, I feel clearer about almost everything. Even truths I thought I already knew seem more natural and easily attainable. This book is a beautiful presentation of some wondrous thoughts about the things that matter most.

- Marianne Williamson

Author, Illuminata and The Healing of America

What Dave Ellis is offering is always fresh and on the cutting edge–it’s exciting and invigorating. One of the great things about the format of his workshops and webinars is that they are participatory and experiential. I gain a lot from talking with other people and from doing exercises. By working with a coach, I’ve transformed my productivity, the ways I relate with my co-workers, and how I approach controversial situations. I’m stronger and more confident now.

- Monica Walsh

Chief of Staff, Google

So, Dave is not an advisor. He was not telling me what to do. He brought out my own capacity. Working with Dave, I became an explorer of myself.

- Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2006), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009),
Founder, Grameen Bank, Bangladesh