Mission and Values

Wholebeing Institute (WBI) is an educational organization focusing on research-based courses that help people live life to its fullest—spiritually, physically, intellectually, relationally, and emotionally.

The mission of Wholebeing Institute is to create learning communities worldwide in which dedicated practitioners learn—and then teach—the applied science of whole-person well-being, creating a positive contagion across networks for the good of all.

With scientific rigor as the foundation, WBI is dedicated to helping people be the change they want to see in the world. WBI enables lifelong learners to assume the role of teachers who lead by example, growing into Renaissance women and men who engage in great and grounded thinking as well as in moral and meaningful action.

The values that drive Wholebeing Institute are:

Focusing on research-based content. We build our courses based on science. The foundation of peer-reviewed research is made accessible to the general public, breaking through the fortress that often envelops the Ivory Tower.

Building bridges. Rather than divide and conquer, we seek balance and unity—bringing together East and West, cultivating the mind and the body, merging the scientific and the artistic, engaging in deep thinking and deliberate practice, relying on modern technology and ancient wisdom.

Cultivating the ideal self. We create an environment in which the ideal self—the unique seed that embodies each individual’s potential—is nurtured and cultivated. Each and every person is complete and whole. This self-contained ideal self is nourished by really listening to each other, honoring the contribution of each to the whole, and authentic inquiry.

Tilling fertile soil. We recognize that the environment in which people interact is a field that must be consciously nourished along with each individual’s ideal self. This fertile soil is sustained and rejuvenated by a focused, common vision that is the root of action by the community. Vision is our cohesive glue, binding our individual actions into a powerful lever that moves mountains.

Trusting the team. We foster an open, collaborative, psychologically safe environment in which each person contributes their strengths and perspective to a shared commitment and vision. This trust is evident in our clear, constructive communication. We ask questions and challenge one another and ourselves, looking closely and respectfully at each other’s thoughts and ideas.

Giving ourselves and one another permission to be human. We recognize that life is full of ups and downs, and our path to the full expression of the ideal self is not a straight line. We honor mistakes as learning experiences, and setbacks as part of life, giving others and ourselves the permission to be human.

Dedicating ourselves to continuous learning and improvement. We strive to continually grow and develop with discipline and dedication. We commit to excellence—to the highest within ourselves—taking responsibility for the effective execution of our own work and supporting others in theirs. We seek to constantly learn, ask questions, and improve.

Allowing the whole. We embrace “the genius of AND,” opening to the natural balance of action and reflection, play and seriousness, steadfastness and flexibility, family and work. This receptive stance between opposing forces leads to a long, sustainable, organic view of our work in the world. As an organization, we live the change we want to see in the world.

Read more about our SPIRE model of well-being.