In this talk delivered as part of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires’ Sustainability Summit, Wholebeing Institute’s Maria Sirois explores resilience from both the emotional and scientific points of view. Maria shares the perspectives and practices that allow us to acknowledge and live with our sorrows and fears while continuing to cultivate meaning, growth, and hope.  Sharing research, story and wisdom, Maria illuminates how upheaval can, if we choose, elevate our capacities to hold both the terrible and the good in such a way that we become individually and communally stronger.

Maria teaches the new WBI online course Mastering Resilience, beginning November 14, with webinars on Tuesdays from 12:00–1:30 pm ET. [LINK TITLE TO] The course offers a fresh look at the foundational strategies for building resilience in light of emerging perspectives—perspectives that emphasize the essential nature of connection and whole-person well-being in buffering against stress. For coaches, consultants, therapists, and leaders, this work is essential for those we serve and for our own well-being. 

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Dr. Maria Sirois is an inspirational speaker, consultant, and licensed psychologist who has worked in the fields of resilience and positive psychology for more than 30 years. As a longstanding faculty member of Wholebeing Institute, she has offered resilience trainings globally for a decade. Her work focuses on the capacity of the human spirit when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or experiencing the shock of wholesale change or loss. Maria is the author of two books, A Short Course in Happiness After Loss and Every Day Counts.