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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.


Tuition: $4,300

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

  • Course runs March 5, 2018 to November 2, 2018.
  • The curriculum consists of nine modules, including two onsite immersions, each five days in length, and seven online modules.
  • Immersions are held in California on April 8–13, 2018, and October 28–November 2, 2018.
  • 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, 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

CiPP Calendar

Download a PDF of the course calendar.

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.

Immersion Guest Faculty


Richard Miller, clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar, and spiritual teacher, is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and founding editor of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He is the author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Healing and Well Being and The iRest Program for Healing PTSD. Richard serves as a consultant researching the meditation protocol he developed, Integrative Restoration (iRest), examining its efficacy for health, healing, and well-being with diverse populations.

Michael F. Steger, PhD, is professor of psychology and founding director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University. For more than 15 years, he has researched how people flourish by living a meaningful life. Michael has published more than 100 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, as well as three books, including The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work and Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace. Michael teaches at the second immersion.



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
Granlibakken in Tahoe City, California

Both immersions will be held in California, at Granlibakken in Tahoe City. There is a variety of lodging options, from bedrooms, studios and suites to one- to eight-bedroom townhouses, each with wireless Internet. All rooms come with resort amenities, including an outdoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub, indoor sauna, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts and gym. On-property Day Spa, Treetop Adventure Park, and bike rentals are available for additional fees. Nightly rates range from $84 to $277, depending on the type of room. Accommodation fees for the first immersion are paid directly to Granlibakken Tahoe.


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Tuition for this course is $4,300

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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.