Course Dates: April 4—15, 2022
Live webinars: Thursdays, 12:30—2:00 pm ET

Crafting an authentic life requires far more than knowing who we are… it is also about understanding who we most want to become and how to get there given life’s complications—ones we are all profoundly aware of these days.

In our three-week course, we examine the research that supports the relationships between authenticity, resilience and thriving. We explore how we can shape more positive experiences by clarifying who we might be at our best, and we learn to quiet the voices within us and around us that inhibit our forward progress.

Each webinar will present research from the fields of positive psychology, organizational leadership, and resilience. Attendees will learn tools and practical skills to support their inner wisdom by enabling us to handle difficult moments and wonderful opportunities with greater clarity, purpose, and dignity.

Maria Sirois, Course Instructor
Dr. Maria Sirois 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 embodies health, passion, and success. More about Maria

Key Principles
Research in the field of positive psychology and in leadership development has helped us understand that the complexities of being ourselves while managing and caring for others are navigable—navigable in such a way that we actually begin to thrive more often. Without authenticity, a sense of wholeness and wellness in life is not possible. With an understanding of who we are, we can begin to understand ourselves in our larger contexts. With the focus of this course, however, a focus upon who we are AND who we might be at our best, we can determine best practices in moments of ordinary stress and opportunities and also in the hard times.
Who This Is For
This class is for all who seek to strengthen their ability to respect themselves, move toward their goals and visions, and become wiser about what most supports them while balancing their responsibilities and obligations at home and at work.

It is also for parents, coaches, counselors, and educators who seek to enable others to lead a more empowered, focused, and true life.


Wholebeing Institute uses state-of-the-art, user-friendly webinar technology that allows you to see the faculty via video, watch the slides during the presentation, and participate during live events through your computer or mobile device. Presentation materials and any necessary pre-work or homework will be emailed in advance. Live sessions are held weekly, with each live session being recorded. Recordings will be posted following each session for students who are unable to join live or would like to review the material again.

Maria Sirois

Maria Sirois

Dr. Maria Sirois 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 embodies health, passion, and success. As a positive psychologist (PsyD) and international 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 rampant humor, Maria brings a depth of experience in personal and leadership development for corporate and nonprofit professionals, as well as community members and those who serve in the health and wellness arenas. For those who seek personal transformation and an increase in meaning, happiness, and health, she brings a wealth of perspective and research from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. Her first entree into the territory of wellness was as a volunteer at the then-groundbreaking Benson-Henry Mind/Body Institute in Boston, where she learned to offer mindfulness practice and stress-reduction techniques to those suffering from chronic and acute pain. Her work today integrates this perspective with the tenets of wholeness found in positive psychology. With world thought leader Tal Ben-Shahar and WBI CEO and cofounder Megan McDonough, Maria co-leads a year-long certificate program for executives, educators, entrepreneurs, counselors, and the general public. In addition, Maria is the author of two books, A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts (Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience from Children Facing Illness). For more about her work, visit


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Tuition for this 3-week course is $325 USD.