Dates: October 22 to October 23, 2022

Over the last few years, Wholebeing Institute and the JCC have worked together to connect community through the practical tools of positive psychology, increasing the available resources to address the unprecedented challenges of our time. Rather than go it alone, we have found strength in each other. We have shined brighter together than we could standing alone.

This Wholebeing Weekend celebrates our collective sparkle—the relief that comes when we realize we’re not alone, and the joy that comes from playing together. 

This event is open to all those interested in:

✲ Celebrating how we can support each other through our virtual connections—and deepening relationships in person
✲ Recalling all we’ve learned through the challenges we’ve faced—and revisiting expert advice in the context of community development
✲ Nourishing hope and creating space for future possibilities.

From Saturday, October 22, to Sunday, October 23, 2022, we will gather for this Wholebeing Weekend at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

The Experience

The flow follows the Wholebeing learning experience—learning from experts, embodying the lessons for yourself, and connecting within a community. 

Saturday evening

6:00—6:30 pm

Registration in Lobby

6:30—7:30 pm

Getting Connected with with Phoebe Atkinson, Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Caroline Kohles, and Winalee Zeeb

7:30—8:00 pm

Welcome and Why, with Megan McDonough

Sunday morning
8:30—9:00 am

Coffee and Tea in the Lobby

9:00—9:45 am

Sociometry and Movement, with Phoebe Atkinson, Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Caroline Kohles, and Winalee Zeeb

Morning Keynotes

Positive Psychology in Connection: Beyond the Self with Megan McDonough and Henrique Bueno

We can work really hard at self-improvement, viewing well-being as an individual endeavor or a personal pursuit. We can use grit and perseverance to muscle through the tough times. But what if we don’t need to shoulder difficulties alone? In fact, our individual well-being is deeply interconnected with others’. In this session, you’ll explore the interconnected self—the opportunity to move from a view of separateness into an awakened sense of an interdependent self. By drawing on awareness bigger than oneself, you change your experience today, even in the most challenging of times.

Collective Hope and a Bridge to Divine Intelligence with Dan Tomasulo
Hope is the regulation of perception toward a belief in control of the future. With collective hope, we become more aware of our relationship with others and the power of a shared vision. Ultimately, developing a better relationship with ourselves and those around us prepares us for a transcendent connection. When oneself, others, and the divine are aligned, the combination leads to a resilient and purposeful life.
12:30—2:00 pm
2:00—2:30 pm
Sociometry and Movement, with Phoebe Atkinson, Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Caroline Kohles, and Winalee Zeeb
Afternoon Keynotes

Contraction/Expansion: Learning to Protect One’s Boundaries in Order to Expand into Our Collective Contributions with Maria Sirois

We say no to say yes. And the more we become skillful at contracting into what is most true and healthful for us, the wiser we become at where to place our attention and our energy. We each come to life with certain yesses—gifts, skills, talents, perspectives, and offerings that are ours to give. If we deplete ourselves with poor boundaries, we have little to offer and those gifts become small or distorted, even hidden away. When, however, we support our own well-being by clarifying what we are here to provide, what is not ours to provide, and how we best navigate the boundaries between, we create an internal knowing that activates vitality and will and expansiveness—which together activate a better life for ourselves and for the individuals and collectives we touch.

5-5:30 pm

5:45-6:15 pm

6:30-7:15 pm

Program wrap up Megan McDonough

Celebratory Sociometry and Movement with Phoebe Atkinson, Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Caroline Kohles, and Winalee Zeeb

Mocktail After-Party in the Lobby

Who This is For

This weekend is open to all those interested in navigating challenges while moving towards better, both experienced positive psychology practitioners and those new to the practice. 

Megan McDonough

Megan McDonough

is the CEO and founder of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization teaching the science of human flourishing. With a degree in nuclear medicine, decades of leadership experience, and 25 years of teaching and practicing yoga, Megan combines intellectual understanding with an embodied approach to teaching and leading. She’s an award-winning writer and the author of four books on mindfulness. Her work focuses on helping people thrive and organizations to do the same.
Maria Sirois, PsyD

Maria Sirois, PsyD

is a master teacher, facilitator, and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and work that embody health, passion, and success. As a positive psychologist and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit, particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity, and humor, Maria brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines.
Dan Tomasulo, PhD

Dan Tomasulo, PhD

is one of the top 10 online influencers on the issue of depression. He is the Academic Director and a core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a PhD in psychology, MFA in writing, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dan authors the daily column “Ask the Therapist,” as well as the “Learned Hopefulness” blog for, and developed the Dare to Be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu. He is the author of the award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit, and his most recent book is Learned Hopefulness, the Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression.

Henrique Bueno

Henrique Bueno

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

Phoebe Atkinson

is a core faculty member of WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification program. She is a licensed clinical social worker, Board Certified Coach, and board-certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. She serves on the faculty for WBI’s Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology, and is also a graduate of the program. Since March 2020, Phoebe has curated more than 230 programs for the WBI/JCC Positive Psychology Hour, featuring WBI alumni, faculty, and friends as presenters.
Megha Nancy Buttenheim

Megha Nancy Buttenheim

is CJO (Chief JOY Officer) and Founding Director of Let Your Yoga Dance®, Embodying Positive Psychology. Megha has served on the WBI faculty since its inception, bringing the teaching tenets of positive psychology into body, mind, spirit. From 1985–2020, Megha was a senior faculty member and teacher trainer at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, teaching and training thousands of people in yoga, holistic health, moving meditation, and her signature Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Training. She now teaches trainings and online classes in Let Your Yoga Dance for all populations, including the elderly and people with Parkinson’s. She is Megha is the author of Expanding Joy: Let Your Yoga Dance, Embodying Positive Psychology.
Caroline Kohles

Caroline Kohles

is Senior Director of Health & Wellness at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. She is a program director, teacher, collaborator, health ambassador, and mentor to countless members of the JCC community in their quest towards behavior change and wellness, in mind, body, or spirit. During the pandemic, she partnered with WBI to host the Positive Psychology Hour. Her signature work over the past 19 years includes the development of innovative cancer care and Parkinson’s programs at the JCC. A fitness professional for over 30 years, Caroline began her career as a professional dancer. She is a second-degree black belt in The Nia Technique and is on the international Nia training faculty.
Winalee Zeeb

Winalee Zeeb

thrives on sharing the joy of movement as well as her playful philosophies for balance and wellness. With more than 41 years of teaching experience in the fitness and wellness industry, Winalee holds a BA from Michigan State University. Her teaching certifications include Nia Second Degree Black Belt, Nia White Belt, Green Belt, and Blue & Brown Belt Trainer. She teaches nationally and internationally.

Registration Information

Tuition for this event is

$295 USD After Oct 17 at the door
$275 USD Before Oct 17

Accommodations are not included.
Click here for a list of suggested hotels from JCC Manhattan.