About Calm Lion

Calm Lion is an international organisation committed to the highest quality of training for international recovery wellness coaches. Founded by Buddhi Lokuge and David Collins, and supported by experienced facilitators and master coaches, we will guide you on a journey of growth and self discovery.

Calm Lion is closely aligned with its sister non-profit organisation, the Ubuntu Academy of Coaching and Training (U-ACT). Together we have trained recovery wellness coaches around the world. They are taking these transformation skills to all those in need.

Calm Lion is accredited by the International Coaches Register (ICR) who is ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFIED by Lloyds Register Netherlands and registered with United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS). The organisation is committed to the highest quality of training and ethical standards of practice.

What does Calm Lion Coaching offer?

Internationally accredited recovery wellness coach training.

Live, online training. including workshops and weekly support and integration calls.

Ongoing professional development and coaching support.

Opportunity to train as a Calm Lion coach facilitator.

Opportunities to work with individuals, families, groups and organisations.

Professional and personal development.

A career supporting and empowering people interested in holistic recovery and wellness.

Connection to our global coaching network.

What the training includes:

  • Live facilitated Zoom classroom (20 hours) and self-directed online learning via the teachable platform (20 hours).
  • Live sessions include online workshops and weekly group integration calls with your facilitators.
  • Downloadable videos, infographics, pdfs and training manual.
  • The recovery wellness coaching framework
  • Recovery wellness coaching techniques, models and practices.
  • Models addressing healthy lifestyle choices, rebuilding relationships, creating authentic change and transformation.
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • International accreditation opportunities.
  • Access to international coaching collaborations through Workplace, our international coaching community platform.

Certified Professional Recovery Wellness Coaching (CPRWC) Curriculum

The course is a combination of live online workshops and weekly support calls, self-study videos and a downloadable manual, and practical coaching requirements.

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As a Calm Lion Coach you will:

  • Empower others in moving forward in their personal and professional lives.
  • Be capable of running individual and group coaching sessions.
  • Be trained in how to work with those impacted by negative lifestyle choices to create sustainable recovery and wellness.
  • Be supported by an international network of recovery wellness facilitators, supervisors and coaches.
  • Have access to ongoing training and professional development through the Calm Lion and U-ACT Workplace platform.
  • Get access to resources and information to support you in your work as a professional recovery wellness coach.

Meet Your Trainers

David Collins

David is a Master Coach with many years of experience working in the areas of systemic recovery and wellness, growth, transformation and diversity. His passion and thinking bring an experiential depth to the work that he facilitates. In 2001 David established The Foundation Clinic for substance use disorder recovery in Johannesburg, and the Ubuntu Academy of Coaching and Training school of recovery coaches. He has trained more than a thousand recover coaches in the last 20 years. More about David.

Dr Buddhi Lokuge

Buddhi is the co-founder of Calm Lion and an addiction medicine specialist doctor and a certified addiction recovery coach. He is an Addiction Medicine and Public Health Medicine Fellow with the Royal Australian College of Physicians, and a certified recovery coach with Ubuntu Addiction Community Trust (UACT) and the International Coaches Register. Buddhi is passionate about supporting those seeking to break free of the use of harmful substances and dysfunctional behaviour. More about Buddhi.

Attie Van Buuren   

A highly experienced coach with more than 500 hours of coaching clients behind him. He is passionate about helping others identify and implement their own solutions by harnessing a greater power. His interactive skills and ability to channel individual crisis into pragmatic, but profoundly meaningful action makes him uniquely equipped to help clients integrate all facets of their lives into a coherent, purpose-driven direction. His background in the corporate world – which included stints in the sub-continent – also gives him specialized knowledge of cultural diversity within the coaching context and enables him to connect quickly with students and clients on a wide spectrum of levels.


~ What our students are saying ~

Mandy 38, Newcastle

"Simultaneously challenging and supportive, packed with tools and insights."

Recovery coaching has not just been valuable to my clinical practice with patients struggling with chronic pain and other challenging health issues,, but also for living.

Katie 42, Marrickvile 

"Calm Lion coaching and training has been of great support and a hugely positive impact in my life."

Calm Lion has offered me more than many other modalities combined in seeing my deep seated patterns and the damage they can do when unexamined. Through Calm Lion I’ve been given the tools and confidence to compassionately make powerful changes in my behaviour and break harmful unconscious cycles.

James 29, Sydney

"Working with Buddhi and David really gave me a deep insight into recovery coaching."

The framework was so clear and easy to understand, as well as being delivered in a caring manner. I received a lot from the connection to the group and a real sense of community, it inspired me to venture in and discover my full potential.

Dave 28, NSW

"Listening can be balm for both parties involved. I felt human again after the talks."

At the time I was quite isolated and disconnected. I learnt that listening to other people's issues does not mean you will be burdened by them. There was a sense that we all bonded together and a secular kind of communion with people. It reminds me that a problem shared is a problem halved and that humans have two ears and one mouth. We do have time to listen and be listened to. 

Bec 41, Newcastle

"Powerful training with fantastic facilitators, thank you David and Buddhi."

In the course I learnt how to move from complete overwhelm and collapse to being able to hear and support my true self, wounds and needs included. This continues to deepen, helping me live more authentically, not collapsing into doing for others and negating my own needs. l can't wait to do more with you!

Tess 35, NSW

"A balancing and inspirational experience, providing connection as well as support, that flowed over into life and relationships beyond." 

I was impressed by the way Buddhi and David held space for each group member, and showed us how to do that for each other. It created a strong group in which every voice was valued, encouraged and heard.

Certified Coaching Course Pricing

Prices are in USD. Payment plans and discounts available on request.

Before purchase, please contact [email protected] to discuss enrolment.


(USD) Calm Lion - Certified Recovery Wellness Coach

Become a Internationally Certified Recovery Wellness Coach

Prices in USD. Please contact [email protected] before enrolement.

This 40-hour course is designed for individuals interested in working as professional coaches to support individuals and groups who are wanting to develop healthy, sustainable lifestyle practices to support holistic wellness.

In the course coaches will:

  • Learn how to coach using a systemic approach to recovery and wellness.
  • Develop strong coaching skills and practices.
  • Create opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Network and collaborate with international recovery and wellness coaches.
  • The course is an empowering tool whether you are yourself in recovery and wanting to support and assist others, or is you are the partner or loved one of someone who is challenged with unhealthy lifestyle choices.

What the course includes:

  • Online workshops to cover the theoretical component of the work.
  • Weekly 90-minute weekly integration calls, for the duration of the training, to connect with other coaches and your facilitators in order to deepen the work presented in the online material.
  • Full access to the Teachable course material.
  • Downloadable manual.
  • Full support through the certification and assessment process.
  • Access to our online coaching community on Workplace.
  • Ongoing professional development and supervision opportunities.


Self-Study Coaching Pricing (non certified)

Prices are in USD.

Before purchase, please contact [email protected] to discuss enrolment.


(USD) Calm Lion Self-Study Coaching Course

Independent Recovery Coach Programme

Prices in USD. Please contact [email protected] before enrolment.

This 40-hour self-study course offers the same coaching content at as the full certification programme. The course includes all the elements of the full training through the Teachable platform.

This course is intended for personal development and will support you in your personal recovery, with the potential to upgrade to the full certification programme.

You will have the support of Calm Lion's facilitators and coaches to ensure that you receive the insight you require to support yourself or a loved one in recovery.

What the course includes:

  • The full curriculum of work presented in the online material.
  • Full access to the Teachable course material.
  • Downloadable manual, videos and PDFs.
  • Access to our online coaching community and professional development platform on Workplace.
  • The opportunity to upgrade to the certification course to qualify as a Professional Recovery Wellness Coach.

For further inquiries on the Professional Recovery Wellness Coaching training and personal recovery programmes, please feel free to email us on [email protected] and we will get back to you.