Course dates: April 24, 2020—December 11, 2020

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

2 on-site Immersions are a part of this course:

May 31—June 5, 2020

December 6—11, 2020

On-site immersions are held at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

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

Bring about lasting change in individuals and organizations

Develop constructive self-regard and grounded optimism.

Create healthy personal and professional relationships

Build positive emotions and the resilience to deal with painful ones

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.


For coaches, leaders, teachers, health professionals, social workers, psychologists, 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

On-site immersions that bring together world-class faculty, like Joan Borysenko and Stephen Cope, with students from around the world 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.

The curriculum consists of nine modules, including seven online modules and two on-site immersions. Immersions are each five days in length, starting on Sunday evening and ending Friday afternoon. Immersions are held at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with core faculty and renowned guest faculty. Immersions are May 31—June 5 and December 6—11, 2020.

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.

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.


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.” This 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 cultivate self-leadership—the ability to pilot our life towards the good.

You wouldn’t fly a 747 without training. And our minds are much more complicated than a jet engine. Engaging your head, heart, and hands in a way that positively impacts your life takes practice. Just as a pilot constantly moves between practice flights and the real thing, we can use our life to apply the science of human flourishing, gaining valuable skills to fly higher and happier at work, at home, and in life.

“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

Alongside advances in positive psychology, great strides are being made in neurobiology—understanding how we can work constructively with our own minds, rewiring our brains in healthier ways. Studies on mindfulness are exploding as scientists explore and then teach us how to focus and use the power of attention. There’s a new field called “positive organizational scholarship” that helps create the conditions within organizations that allow people to flourish.

Practicing these tools in community, as we do in the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology, is a powerful elixir for positive change.

“The Certificate in Positive Psychology 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, six-time Olympic medalist in swimming, founder of the mentoring program RISE Elite Athletes

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.

Join us!

April 24, 2020 to December 11, 2020

On-site Immersions:

May 31—June 5, 2020

December 6—11, 2020


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 will not only see leading experts in the online classroom, but also experience live lectures from renowned experts like Joan Borysenko and Stephen Cope. Between in-person immersions, live webinars, and recorded lectures and interviews, you’re exposed to many voices and perspectives within a consistent and cohesive learning experience.

What Students are Saying

“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.”

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

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

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

“The Certificate in Positive Psychology 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.”

Lead Faculty

Megan McDonough

Megan McDonough, CEO and co-founder of Wholebeing Institute, 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

Dr. Maria Sirois, PsyD, 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 holds an MBA from Wharton, and spent 20 years as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she ran a billion-dollar global consumer health care 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.
Karen Whelan-Berry

Karen Whelan-Berry, faculty, is a positive psychology scholar/practitioner with extensive corporate and higher education experience. She focuses on research and practice at the intersection of ideal self, teams, and performance excellence; and instructional design and delivery that cultivates immediate and long-term skills and habits. Karen is a frequent presenter at positive psychology and management conferences, has over 20 publications, and her research has won awards. Karen holds a PhD in Organizational Studies. Karen teaches at both Immersions and on Webinars.

Phoebe Atkinson

Phoebe Atkinson, LCSW-R, delivers executive leadership programs and co-facilitates an ongoing program at Rutgers University Institute for Women’s Leadership. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. Phoebe teaches at both immersions, and oversees student groups online.



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

Barbara Fredrickson

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

Sara Algoe

Sara Algoe, PhD, researches what helps things go right in social interactions. She 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.

Patty Van Cappellen

Patty Van Cappellen, PhD, 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.

Megha Nancy Buttenheim

Megha Nancy Buttenheim, MA, E-RYT 1000, 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.

Kristen Lindquist

Kristen Lindquist, PhD, 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.

and many more!

About the Immersions

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

All immersions are held at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America. You’ll not only learn the SPIRE aspects of whole-person well-being, you’ll experience living it at Kripalu.


Spiritual: Cultivate mindfulness and meaning through optional yoga and meditation classes before and after our course sessions, or by enjoying the gorgeous grounds and walking paths.

Physical: Explore the joy of YogaDance, the pleasure of healthy eating, and/or the gentle restoration of a Kripalu Healing Arts session.

Intellectual: Dive into the research and content from the learning sessions, and expand your understanding with book selections from the Kripalu Shop.

Relational: Connect with others through small group work and dyads, using the network to deepen the application of the science.

Emotional: Use gratitude and appreciation of beauty during all of the above excursions, and practice positivity boosters during our training to elevate and engage an upward spiral of well-being.

View the full course syllabus.

CE Units Available

Psychologists (PSY) : 29.5 credits

Social Workers (SW) : 31 credits

Nurses (NURS) : 37.2 credits

ICF: 10 Core Comp. & 14 Resource Development


Tuition for this course is $4,800 USD

$3500. USD if you register by January 1, 2020!

April 24, 2020 to December 11, 2020

Immersion dates are May 31—June 5, 2020 & December 6—11, 2020

Payment plans are available. Contact us for more information: 541-239-3551.

Immersion accomodations are not included and are made separately with Kripalu at 866.200.5203.

Questions? Email us today.