Couples Thrive!- A ten month couples group

Have you put a lot of work into your marriage but are still not seeing the kind of relationship you desire?  Most couple’s programs focus on communication skills, conflict management, and working on your “baggage.”  This group is different!  Using the book, 30 Days of Joy for Busy Married Couples by Chris and Jen Coursey, Misa will help you learn the relational brain skills to build a joy bond that will create a foundation for all the other skills to be built upon.  Without a joy bond, the capacity to work through hard things is much lower.  When joy levels are low and your attachment is poor, all the communication and conflict management tools in the world are not going to help in the long term.

As Chris Coursey says, “Over time your marriage starts to feel like the blues song B.B. King made famous, ‘The Thrill Is Gone’.  Yes, something is missing.  We would say it’s time for joy.  Your marriage is worth a joy makeover… joy is the gift God wants to share with you.  Joy also happens to be an excellent solution to marital deprivations, distress and distraction.  Relational joy is what your were designed for.”

Some of the topics covered in the group will be:

  •  Living from the relational part of your brain
  • Creating a lifestyle of appreciation
  • Recognizing overwhelm in yourself and your spouse
  • Learning to quiet your thoughts and emotions
  • Staying connected to Jesus
  • Addressing relational pain
  • Assessing maturity levels
  • The role of play in a joyful relationship
  • Interventions for irritations…. and more!

For more information or to register go here

  • When:  Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, three times per month
  • Where: Campbell area
  • Group times of teaching and sharing, and private time for couples to do specific relationship exercises together to practice the skills being taught
  • Exercises need to be practiced during the week to create the neurological transformation that under-gird the growth into healthy relationships and maturity
  • Required books:
    • 30 Days of Joy for Busy Married Couples by Chris and Jen Coursey
    • Transforming Fellowship by Chris Course
  • There are NO prerequisites for this group
  • Cost:  $75 per month per participant ($150 per couple)

Facilitator, Misa Leonessa, is a master transformation coach, Thrive relational skills trainer, certified spiritual director,  Immanuel Prayer Coach and abuse survivor.   She also speaks nationally on healthy relationships,  spiritual growth and trauma healing.

A Message from Misa:

Learning these relational brain skills has transformed our marriage!  Lou and I went into our relationship with NONE of these skills and we didn’t know where to begin to build the kind of relationship we wanted to have.  We attended every couples workshop and weekend we could find, read lots of books, and joined groups.  Nothing created lasting change.  When I learned about the Thrive relational brain skills, I knew I had found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!  This group is DIFFERENT from anything you have done before, and the fruit of it can sustain permanent transformation as you practice the exercises I teach.  It not only will change your marriage, but will also create a new way of life for you in ALL of your relationships, changing your parenting, work and church relationships, and even the way you relate to God.

If you are ready to turn off the television, put your phone down, and give joy a time slot in your daily routine, then come and join us for a transformative journey into life-giving relationships with a group of people committed to learning, practicing, and growing into joyful maturity.

For more information or to register go here


Living from the Heart-A ten month online group

A journey into authentic relationship with self, others, and God

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Are you ready to move beyond survival and thrive? You can fill those longings for deep, authentic relationships and spiritual depth as you grow in your awareness of what motivates and restricts your thinking, feelings, and actions.  This course will move you beyond self-protective patterns into relating heart to heart.

Many people struggle with the skills needed for growing healthy relationships. Some battle with issues of trust, intimacy, vulnerability, and letting go of personal control over life.  Growing into relational and spiritual maturity requires a safe place to learn new tools and practice new skills.  As you become aware of patterns that are no longer working in your life you can try new options for creating the love and joy that you long for.  Through weekly instruction, group interaction, and practice exercises, Living from the Heart provides that safe place to heal from the past and build the thriving relationships you were created for.

  • When:  Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 pm, Pacific Time, 3 times per month
  • Where:  Online through Zoom
  • Prerequisites:  You must have completed EITHER the first year of Journey Groups AND/OR Thrive training, track I or have special permission from the facilitator.
  • Cost:  $65 per month

Facilitator, Misa Leonessa, is a master transformation coach, Thrive relational skills trainer, certified spiritual director,  Immanuel Prayer Coach and abuse survivor.   She also speaks nationally on healthy relationships, spiritual growth and trauma healing.

Join this weekly online group and spread your relational wings and fly!  For more information or to register go here

Some of the topics covered in the group are:

  • Creating a lifestyle of gratitude
  • Learning to notice the heart and thoughts of God towards you and others
  • Living in authentic spiritual community
  • Moving from healing into wholeness
  • Identifying the five stages of maturity and assessing steps for growth
  • Creating belonging for yourself and others
  • Living from the heart that God gave you
  • Moving toward securely attached joy bonds

Required books:

  1. Joyful Journey by Wilder, Kang, Loppnow
  2. Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You by Frieson, Wilder, Bierling, Koepcke, and Poole
  3. Transforming Fellowship by Chris Coursey

For more information or to register for Living from the Heart, go here

A message from Misa:

I would like to invite you to join us for a journey of a lifetime.  Living from the Heart is a ten month course that combines life transformation and relational skills coaching, group experience, and individual work to achieve enduring changes in the way you see and relate to yourself, God and others.  Are you ready to move into thriving connections and live authentically in love and joy?  If so, it’s time to learn to Live from the Heart!

Living from the Heart is a 10 month online group that meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursdays via Zoom. It will include learning a conversational journaling method called Immanuel Journaling and sharing in guided triads, as well as instruction, reading, and practicing relational skills in your daily life.

Is it time to thrive?  We welcome you to be part of this adventure into freedom and joy!

Misa Leonessa


Creating Authentic Spiritual Community– Redeemer Anglican Church

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 A group that desires to grow deep roots in greater intimacy with God and one another.

Have you always longed for deeper relationships in the context of your spiritual community?  Would you like to learn how to grow more joy in your church? Do you grow weary of church environments that miss the mark in bringing its members more life?

Through teaching, reading the book Transforming Fellowship by Chris Coursey, and small group interaction, Misa imparts the Thrive skills to apply to church relationships as well as family, friendships, work, and school environments.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Being tender toward our weaknesses and the weaknesses of others
  • Keeping relationships bigger than problems
  • Embracing transformation and maturity through acquiring and propagating relational brain skills
  • Living the “Immanuel” (God with us) lifestyle

Learning to love God and one another and developing Christ-like character can be illusive.  In this group we “build fertile soil to grow, learn to suffer well, and spread God’s joy (Chris Coursey).”

  • Three times per month on Tuesday evenings in Santa Cruz from 6:30 to 8:30
  • Celebrate the Anglican evening office together, discuss the book Transforming Fellowship, receive teaching about the Thrive relational brain skills, and break into triads to practice new skills and create joy bonds with one another
  • NO prerequisites
  • Required books- Transforming Fellowship by Chris Coursey
  • Cost:  FREE

For more information or to register go here

Facilitator, Misa Leonessa, is a master transformation coach, Thrive relational skills trainer, certified spiritual director,  Immanuel Prayer Coach and abuse survivor.   She also speaks nationally on healthy relationships, spiritual growth and trauma healing.


Shepherds Thrive- Closed Groups

As a pastor, therapist, spiritual director, or ministry leader, or christian coach it can be difficult to find a place to grow your own community for mutual support.  Though you may love your work, it can be demanding!  Relationships are a daily challenge for those who shepherd others.  If it is time to commit to growing your own relational and spiritual life, Shepherds Thrive may be the group for you!

Learn and practice the skills to:

  • build capacity
  • suffer well
  • assess and navigate tricky relational situations
  • keep relationships bigger than problems
  • increase connection and intimacy with God
  • share with fellow shepherds facing similar challenges
  • increase joy
  • lead from a secure identity
  • grow into full maturity as a leader

Shepherds Thrive groups:

  • are between 12 and 20 people
  • are in person or online
  • meet three times per month for 90 minutes
  • last 10 months
  • have no prerequsites
  • cost $75 per month
  • can use one or more of the following books:
    • Transforming Fellowship, by Chris Coursey
    • Rare Leadership by Wilder & Warner
    • Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You by Wilder, Friesen, Bierling, Koepcke, and Poole
    • Leadership on the Line by Ron Heifetz

For more information go here

Facilitator, Misa Leonessa, is a master transformation coach, Thrive relational skills trainer, certified spiritual director,  Immanuel Prayer Coach and abuse survivor.   She also speaks nationally on healthy relationships, spiritual growth and trauma healing.


Immanuel Lifestyle Training Course

This training has been postponed to spring 2019 due to Misa’s ankle replacement surgery.  More details coming soon!

For more information email Misa here

Facilitator, Misa Leonessa, is a master transformation coach, Thrive relational skills trainer, certified spiritual director,  Immanuel Prayer Coach and abuse survivor.   She also speaks nationally on healthy relationships, spiritual growth and trauma healing.

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