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Welcome to the Moment Institute

Move to the opening where learning awaits you, unfolding like a rose in the morning sun.

– Dr David Drake

We are the Moment Institute

– Dr David Drake

The Community
The Founder
The Company
The Principles
The Vision


As we've often heard, "I feel like I've come home."

After fifteen years traveling the world teaching narrative coaching to tens of thousands of practitioners, I feel like I've come home as well. It has been moving and inspiring to watch the depth of the relationships that have formed among our participants as we've launched The Moment Institute.

They are meeting and feeling met in ways often not found elsewhere. We are launching a new collaborative learning community in January because the future of professional development is communal, experiential and integrative. Are you ready for a profoundly new way to learn and grow?


Dr. David Drake

David has devoted his life to the art and science of change. He has helped thousands of people to cross thresholds to free themselves to be more fully human. He knows from his own journey the price we pay when we don’t show up to these moments. It is also true that many of his deepest insights, skills and practices emerged in these spaces.

He founded Narrative Coaching based on his doctoral research; he has taught it to over 20,000 practitioners. He founded Integrative Development as a new model of learning & development to transform how programs and services are designed and delivered.

David has presented to 25 universities and associations, including the opening keynote for the first International Coaching Psychology Congress in London. He is a Thought Leader for the Institute of Coaching at Harvard. He has written over 60 publications on coaching. He is known for his trans-disciplinary approach and introducing rites of passage, attachment theory, zones of proximal development and more to coaching.

Dr Drake’s list of publications


The future will be shaped by nimble pods of highly committed people in deep relationship.  Mikela/Philip Tarlow

The Moment Institute was launched in 2018 in the SF Bay Area to build on David's pioneering work as the founder of Narrative Coaching and to introduce his new body of work, Integrative Development. We provide programs, labs for innovation, and a global learning community. 

We are evolving a new theory of learning & development, a new way of working with people, and a new approach to professional development to increase our mastery and address the challenges of our times.


Can you be still enough to let the muddy waters clear?

  1. Every moment has the potential for liberation.
  2. Claiming our own stories can be healing.
  3. Everything we need is right in front of us.
  4. The resolution is already present.
  5. Learning and development are social processes.
  6. The focus is on what is needed next.
  7. The call now is to democratize our work.


A renaissance is a rebirth of old ideas in a new context.
Doug Rushkoff

Integrative Development is an established discipline which enables people to transform themselves and their context at the same time.

Integrative Development practitioners are recognized by their deeply human and distinctive approach and for results that naturally scale.

Narrative Coaching lives on and Narrative Release is embraced as a methodology to help people find greater healing and wholeness.

The Moment Lab is an incubator of new practices which supports the democratization of coaching so we can collectively engage with the shifts we need to make as a species — one moment at a time.


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It will help you and your clients be able to come back to center when you need to in these challenging times. When you sign up you also get access to our live monthly interviews, Pivotal Moments, which start in January and feature conversations with fellow pioneers.

The Moment Institute is the home for the pioneering work of Dr David Drake, founder of Narrative Coaching, Narrative Release™, and Integrative Development.

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