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In this 9-month online and on-site 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.

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.

The program runs from April 24–December 8, 2020. The expereince is delivered through live interactive webinars, virtual group interactions, pre-recoded videos, and two live immersions. The first immersion is online, Saturday, June 6, to Sunday, June 7, 2020, during which students are connected into small groups that study together. The second immersion is on-site at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, December 3–8, 2020, where students will present their final projects.

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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
  • An on-site immersion that bring together world-class faculty 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.
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

April 24 to December 8, 2020


Online: June 6—7
On-site: December 3—8

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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 curriculum consists of nine modules, including seven online modules and two on-site immersions. Immersions are each five days in length, starting on Thursday evening and ending Tuesday at noon. Immersions are held at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

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 joins together for Module 2.

Course Flow

Module 1 (online): Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness

Prerequisite. Available upon registration.

Module 2 (online): What Makes Us Happy(er)

April 27, 2020

Module 3 Online Immersion

June 6—7, 2020

Module 4 (online): Moving Towards Your Best Self

June 15, 2020

Module 5 (online): Living and Working Well With Others

July 20, 2020

Module 6 (online): Realizing Dreams

August 17, 2020

Module 7 (online): Resilience and Grit

September 21, 2020

Module 8 (online): Choosing Your Best Life

October 26, 2020

Module 9 On-site Immersion

December 3-8, 2020

“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 experts.

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

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.

Karen Whelan-Berry

Karen Whelan-Berry

Karen 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 is an award-winning researcher. She holds a PhD in Organizational Studies. Karen teaches at the CiWPP immersions and on the webinars.

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.

Guest Faculty

Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko

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Richard Miller

Richard Miller

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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.”

The on-site immersion on December 3–8, are held at the Himalayan Institute, a retreat center in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The immersion starts on Thursday night at 7:00 pm and end at noon on Tuesday.

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 include yoga/meditation classes before or after our program, and vegetarian meals.

Tuition for this course is $3500. USD, plus housing.

The program runs from April 24–December 8, 2020.

We are offering several budget-friendly payment plans.
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Please note: Accommodations for the immersion are reserved
separately with the Himalayan Institute.

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