Cultivate your potential towards the good. Study positive psychology to enhance your self-leadership.

New dates coming soon for 2023! 

Through an in-depth study of positive psychology, including sessions with world-class faculty and uniquely transformative live experiences, you will gain the tools, practices, and research to support an increased capacity for health, strengthened resilience, deeper mindfulness, and greater levels of overall well-being.

Watch this video with WBI founder Megan McDonough to learn who this course was created for and how it could help you.

Who This Course is For

This course is for coaches, business leaders, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners, and anyone who want to make tomorrow a little bit better than today.

“CiWPP motivated me to get my ideas shaped into what I wanted to achieve. My final project was a rough version of what RISE became.”

Rebecca Soni

Founder, RISE Elite Athletes

“This course is the most powerful and important training program I have ever been exposed to. I use it every day.”

Michael Silverstein

Private Equity Investor

“Wholebeing Institute allowed me to completely turn around a life focused on what I wasn’t good at to focusing on my positive strengths.”

Kathy Washburn

Founder, Carved by Cancer

The Benefits of the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology

This course is for coaches, business leaders, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners, and anyone who want to make tomorrow a little bit better than today.

Students apply the whole-person approach personally and professionally in leadership, counseling, coaching, parenting, or teaching, in order to

  • Bring about lasting change in individuals and organizations
  • Create healthy personal and professional relationships
  • Build positive emotions and the resilience to deal with painful ones
  • Develop constructive self-regard and grounded optimism.

Why Study Positive Psychology

What would success look like for you as a result of this program? Why study positive psychology? Watch as Megan McDonough and lead faculty Dr. Maria Sirois talk about their “why.”

Course Flow

The program consists of nine modules, taught over nine months. The experience is delivered through live interactive webinars, virtual group sessions, pre-recorded videos, and two live online immersions. 

Students get access to Module 1: Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness upon registration to begin the course immediately. The entire student body starts Module 2 together, and stays together as a cohort for the duration of the course.

Attendance at the immersions is required. The first required online immersion is when students are connected in small groups that study together. The second immersion is when students will present their final projects. The other monthly webinars are recorded; live attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory.

Introducing SPIRE: A Whole-Body Experience

Learn what the SPIRE methodology is and how it’s used in our certificate course.

Team Teaching

You have a teaching team supporting your learning experience, integrating expert advice in an organized and methodical way.

You connect with lead faculty in weekly video lectures, expanded through interviews with guest faculty. You’ll not only see leading experts in the online lessons, but also experience live lectures by renowned positive psychology researchers and practitioners.

Between the optional in-person Wholebeing Weekend, the live webinars, and the recorded lectures and interviews, you’re exposed to many voices and perspectives within a cohesive learning experience.

Lead Faculty

Maria Sirois, PsyD

Maria Sirois, PsyD

Maria has been teaching at the forefront of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for more than two decades. She’s the author of Every Day Counts and A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times), and holds a doctorate in psychology. Maria is the lead faculty for Module 7: Resilience. She also teaches at both immersions.

Megan McDonough

Megan McDonough

Megan is the award-winning author of Infinity in a Box, A Minute for Me, and Radically Receptive Meditation. With a degree in nuclear medicine, decades of leadership experience, and many years of teaching and practicing yoga, Megan combines intellectual understanding with an embodied approach to teaching and leading. She is the lead faculty for the online modules, and teaches at both immersions.

Henrique Bueno

Henrique Bueno

Henrique is the CEO and founder of Wholebeing Institute Brazil and the World Happiness Fest Brazil, acting as international speaker, facilitator of happiness, leadership and communication and as guest professor at several universities in Brazil. He is passionate about people and life, immersed in the scientific study of what makes life worthwhile. He holds a master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London.


Students are exposed to various voices from the field through interviews and videos integrated into the lessons. Featured experts include the following:

Phoebe Atkinson

Megha Nancy Buttenheim

Kathy Washburn

Ruth Pearce

Uneeda O. Brewer, MSW, CEG, CP

Val Williams, MCC

Dan Tomasulo, PhD., MFA, MAPP

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD.

Kristen Lindquist, PhD.

Nancy Kirsner, PhD, TEP, OTR

What Graduates Say

“The course helped me define who I want to be as a contributor—I found my voice. It helped me make sense of who I am at my best. It gave me the clarity and the tools to make change—to act on what I learned.”


“The focus on building community is a differentiator for Wholebeing Institute. By staying connected, we become ambassadors for each other and the work.”


“Being a part of this course allowed me to design the life I always dreamed of. Using the tools, I am a better father, husband, and professional.”


“Wholebeing Institute offers deep science and deep human connection—a genuine sense that each of us matter. This is rare and very special.”


“Absolutely groundbreaking to see how the structure of support was maintained throughout the year, leading to a deep understanding that connection is crucial to well-being. It’s not just about the tools and practices.”



Tuition for this course is $3800 USD

New dates for 2023 coming soon!