Register now to experience a whole-person approach to positive psychology and optimal well-being.

Spring Session: February 1–August 23, 2021

In this 9-month online course, you’ll experience an in-depth, integrated exploration of the science and direct application of wholebeing positive psychology.

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.

Tuition for this course is $3800.

$3500 USD when you register by November 1, 2020

Tuition installments are only available for a limited time!

Graduates leave with the tools, practices, and research to support an increased capacity for health, strengthened resilience, deeper mindfulness, and greater levels of overall well-being.

Course Structure

The program consists of nine modules, and runs from February 1–August 23, 2021. The experience is delivered through live interactive webinars, virtual group interactions, pre-recorded videos, and two live online immersions.

Attendance at the immersions is required. The first required online immersion is Saturday, March 6—Sunday, March 7, during which students are connected in small groups that study together. The second required online immersion is Saturday, August 21—Sunday, August 22, in which students will present their final projects. The other live monthly webinars are recorded; attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory.

Tuition also includes an optional on-site Wholebeing Experience held at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 30–Sunday, October 3, 2021. Please note that accommodations are a separate fee. 

★ Continuing education credits are available for this course.

Currently pending CECs include ICF.

Course Overview

For coaches, business leaders, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners, and anyone who wants to make tomorrow a little bit better than today.

Whether you want to improve your home life, better your workplace, grow personally or professionally, or start a new career, the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology offers you in-depth study, world-class faculty, and transformative experiences.

You learn through

  • Online modules that include prerecorded video lectures by leading experts; live video webinars with core faculty and special guests focusing on the practice of positive psychology; reading assignments and homework; forum discussions and small-group work
  • A live, online immersion that creates connections between peers and with the faculty, and brings together world-class faculty with students from around the globe for personal interaction, dynamic exercises, and a peaceful yet powerful gathering of community
  • Ongoing interaction with small groups of fellow students in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.
Free Mini-Course

Dip your feet into Wholebeing Institute’s SPIRE model, the backbone of the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology, in this free two-part video training and e-book.

Explore how to

➤ Reach for your best and move towards happiness
➤ Focus on what’s working in your life
➤ Track small yet powerful changes as you increase your well-being.

Course Dates

February 1–August 23, 2021


March 6—March 7
August 21— August 22

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Bertrand Russell wrote, “The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realization of the world in which we live.” The cultivation of our own potential is critical in order to realize it.

In this course, we study and apply the evidence-based research in positive psychology to enhance self-leadership—the ability to pilot our life towards the good.

The online lessons combine prerecorded video lectures, live question-and-answer sessions via video webinars with rotating faculty, special guest webinars focusing on the practice of positive psychology, reading assignments, forum discussions, homework, and small-group work.

Students may begin Module 1: Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness within two weeks of registering for the course, building a self-directed foundation before the entire student body comes together for Module 2.

Course Flow

All Modules are online.

Module 1: Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness
❖ Available upon registration.

Module 2: What Makes Us Happy(er)
 ❖ February 1, 2021

Module 3 Immersion
 ❖ March 6–7, 2021

Module 4: Moving Towards Your Best Self
 ❖ March 15, 2021

Module 5: Living and Working Well with Others
 ❖ April 12, 2021

Module 6: Realizing Dreams
 ❖ May 10, 2021

Module 7: Resilience and Grit
 ❖ June 14, 2021

Module 8: Choosing Your Best Life
 ❖ July 19, 2021

Module 9: Immersion
 ❖ August 21–22, 2021

“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

“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

“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

A Whole-Body Experience

The course extends the dimensions of positive psychology with a rare whole-person approach. Rather than a cognitive-only perspective on the science of well-being, students follow the SPIRE methodology.

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, and that content is expanded through interviews with guest faculty. We also invite guest lecturers to join us for the live webinars and on-site immersions. This means that you’ll not only see leading experts in the online classroom, but also experience live lectures by renowned positive psychology researchers and practitioners.

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

Lead Faculty

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.

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.

Lynda Wallace

Lynda Wallace

Lynda holds an MBA from Wharton, and spent 20 years as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she ran a billion-dollar global consumer healthcare business that includes some of the world’s most iconic brands. A Positive Psychology Coach and the Director of WBI’s Positive Psychology Coach Certification program, Lynda is the lead faculty for Module 6: Realizing Dreams.

Phoebe Atkinson, LCSW-R

Phoebe Atkinson, LCSW-R

Phoebe is a psychotherapist and coach in private practice. She uses experiential training methods to help groups and individuals gain personal insight and effectiveness. For over a decade, Phoebe has partnered extensively with The Next Level in the design and facilitation of executive leadership programs and peer mentoring circles. Since 2012, she has served as a teaching assistant, teaching assistant mentor, and faculty member for the certificate program, and oversees student groups online.

Megha Nancy Buttenheim, MA, E-RYT 1000

Megha Nancy Buttenheim, MA, E-RYT 1000

Megha is CEO and founding director of Let Your Yoga Dance®, and author of Expanding Joy: Let Your Yoga Dance, Embodying Positive Psychology. An expert in experiential education, Megha is a longtime teacher trainer at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she has trained thousands of people in yoga, health, movement, and meditation.


Barbara Fredrickson, PhD.

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD.

Barbara is among the most highly cited scholars in positive psychology. She is the director of the PEP lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on the study of positive emotions.

Kristen Lindquist, PhD.

Kristen Lindquist, PhD.

Kristen studies the nature of emotion—what emotions are, how they are created, and how we experience and perceive them in daily life. She’s an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and director of the Carolina Affective Science Lab.

Patty Van Cappellen, PhD.

Patty Van Cappellen, PhD.

Patty is an experimental social psychologist interested in the psychology of religion, spirituality, health, and morality. Patty is the associate director of the Interdisciplinary and Behavioral Research Center at Duke University.

Sara Algoe, PhD.

Sara Algoe, PhD.

Sara researches what helps things go right in social interactions. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and director of the Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships Lab.

About the Wholebeing Experience

Tuition for the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology includes an optional on-site Wholebeing Experience. The Wholebeing Experience is a weekend retreat where alumni, guests, and current students come together to connect, learn new material, and have great conversations with like-minded people to support application of the tools in a deeper and broader way.

The 2021 event will be held at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, September 30–Sunday, Oct 3. .

The simple accommodations include a variety of options, ranging from single rooms with a private bath to shared rooms with a hall bath. Housing costs are additional, and include yoga/meditation classes and vegetarian meals.

You’ll not only learn the SPIRE aspects of whole-person well-being, you’ll experience living it at the Himalayan Institute during the Wholebeing Experience.

What Students Are Saying

“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.

$3500 USD when you register by November 1, 2020

Payment plans are available for a limited time. Click on the Register button to see current options.

Questions? Email us today.