M&M Lecture Series

The Foundation sponsors the M&M Lecture Series, which are short “bite-sized” bits of learning that are available at no cost to all interested participants. These lectures are typically offered six-twelve times per year. Each lecture is a 90 minute presentation by one of our coaches, usually held at the Iowa City Public Library.

Ontological Learning

Ontology is a study of being and an inquiry into the nature of human existence. Learning about our Way of Being in the world is ontological learning.

Core Curriculum

The ICLF offers the following series of three core courses. While the courses must be taken consecutively, and the richest learning comes from completing the series, there is no requirement to take all three courses. To see an upcoming schedule of courses, visit our Calendar page.

The Power of Language – Education for Living I

The Power of Language - Education for Living I teaches new ways to understand who we are with greater objectivity. As we become more aware of seeing our identities in the world, we gain freedom to make conscious choices--or declarations--about how we wish to live.

Discovering Your Authentic Self – Education for Living II

Using distinctions learned in The Power of Language - EFL I, this course invites us to look at current commitments, both intentional and unintentional. Since actions speak louder than words, what do our actions say about us? Are our current commitments helping us achieve our goals and dreams? In a series of engaging and fun processes, we take a look at our way of being and claim how we want to be!

The Results Program – Education for Living III

The Results Program - Education for Living III offers opportunity to integrate learning from EFL I and II into everyday life. In The Results Program, we become aware of recurring patterns that cause conflict or take us off course from our goals. RP gives extended practice at using this learning in everyday life.

Special Courses

The Iowa City Learning Foundation offers Continuing Learning courses to graduates of ICLF classes and others in the general community throughout the year. Some of the continuing learning courses are led by local coaches. The Foundation also brings in nationally known coaches from all over the country. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, from several hours to longer courses which take place over several months. Visit our events page for more details on upcoming courses. Past courses have featured coaches such as Charlie Bloom and Stuart Heller.

Fees and Policies

Course Fees:
The Power of Language -Education for Living I $425
Discovering Your Authentic Self - Education for Living II $725
The Results Program - Education for Living III $725

Ask course coordinators about payment plans and scholarships.

“Early bird” registration discounts are available for each course. The discounts are: EFL I $50, EFL II $50, EFL III $75.

Renewal Fees:
A reduced audit fee is available for participants retaking a course.

Contact Us:
Registration Coordinators are designated for each course. Please contact these coordinators to register or if you have questions.
The Power of Language - EFL I - Virginia Melroy 319-338-1778
Discovering Your Authentic Self - EFL II - Virginia Melroy 319-338-1778
The Results Program - EFL III - Virginia Melroy 319-338-1778


A limited number of scholarships are available throughout the year for taking an ICLF core course. To apply for a scholarship you register and pay the $100 deposit for the course you are applying for scholarship assistance in attending. Scholarship application forms must be completely filled out and submitted to the Course Coordinator. Scholarship applications are processed in the order they are received, so you are encouraged to apply early for your intended course. If a scholarship request cannot be honored, an alternative payment plan will be established which may require you to reschedule the course you are applying for, or, you may receive a scholarship for the next scheduled date for that course. If neither alternative option works for your schedule, and a scholarship cannot be awarded for the desired course, you may receive a refund of your $100 deposit.