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Register Now to experience a Whole-Person Approach to Positive Psychology and Optimal Well-Being.

This 9-month online and on-site course offers an in-depth, integrated exploration of the science and direct application of positive psychology—the study of individual and societal flourishing—in all aspects and stages of life.

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 self-regard and grounded optimism.

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.

View the full course syllabus.


For coaches, leaders, teachers, health professionals, social workers, psychologists, and anyone who wants to make tomorrow a little bit better than today.

There are two sessions to choose from in 2019.

● Session A runs February 4 to September 21, 2019.

● Session B runs September 9, 2019 to April 25, 2020.

The curriculum consists of nine modules, including seven online modules and two onsite immersions.

Immersions are each five days in length, starting on Tuesday evening and continuing for four full days, Wednesday through Saturday.

Immersions are held in Hartford, Connecticut, at the Town & County Club. Session A immersions are March 12–16 and September 17–21, 2019. Session B immersions are October 15–19, 2019, and April 21–25, 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.

Module 1: Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness is immediately available upon registration, providing a self-directed foundation before the entire student body begins together with Module 2.

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, senior partner and managing director, Boston Consulting Group

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

Course Calendar


Session A

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Session B

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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. 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.

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 products business that includes some of the world’s most iconic brands. Lynda is the lead faculty for Module 6, Realizing Dreams.

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.

Karen Whelan-Berry

Karen Whelan-Berry holds a PhD in management and organizational change, and is passionate about facilitating positive and effective change for individuals, teams, and organizations. Karen is also part of WBI’s research team, studying course outcomes and continually upgrading our curriculum. She 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

Town & County Club in Hartford, Connecticut

Both immersions will be held in Hartford, Connecticut, at the Town & County Club. Located in Hartford’s residential Asylum Hill neighborhood, the Town and County Club is a private retreat to converse, connect, celebrate, savor, and rest. The storied 1895 mansion, with parlors, library, dining room, art gallery, and ballroom, is an elegant and flexible event space. You’ll have assignments both inside and outside the classroom, exploring SPIRE elements to increase wholebeing. These include:


Spiritual: Visiting the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to explore how a mother found time for activism by making a social statement with her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin—creating meaning for herself and many others involved in the Underground Railroad.

Physical: Exploring the fun of arial yoga, the joy of Let Your Yoga Dance, or the gentle rest of yoga nidra.

Intellectual: Visiting the Mark Twain House to reflect how a writer used imagination and reflection to craft creativity.

Relational: Connecting with others and the outdoors by visiting Elizabeth Park, America’s oldest public rose garden.

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

Housing reservations are separate, with plenty of local accommodations available at variable rates.

View the full course syllabus.

Registration Information

Tuition for this course is $4,800 USD

Session A
February 4 to September 21, 2019
Session B
September 9, 2019 to April 25, 2020
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For a payment plan, use coupon 2payments at the time of checkout (50% due now, the remainder charged 60 days later). All tuition payments must be completed before the start of the course. Housing reservations are separate, and paid directly to the venue.

Questions? Email us today.