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The Skill-Building Intensive offers students the opportunity to develop fluency and confidence in the steps, skills, and techniques used to help others successfully pursue goals for positive change in their life, work, health, and relationships. This course includes extensive demonstrations and practice sessions, in which students rotate the roles of coach, client, and observer. Together, we will work through each step of the CHANGE model for helping others (and ourselves) to create lasting, meaningful change.

We offer this course in two formats: online and on-site. Students pursuing WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification can choose either option to satisfy this part of their course requirements.

Online Option
Spring Session: June 23, 30, July 7, 14, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ET
Fall Session: October 27, November 3, 10, 17, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ET

The online option is held on four consecutive Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Eastern Time. Each day of the program, we alternate between coming together for demonstrations, separating into triads to practice the demonstrated skills, taking breaks for reflection and self-care, and repeating the sequence with different skills. We’ve designed the program to be highly energetic and varied, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice these great skills while interacting with different people in different ways throughout each class session.

Attendance requirement: Because all peer practice is integrated into the Saturday sessions, live online attendance is required for all four sessions.

The online option is available only to students who have completed Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals.

Tuition: $695

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On-site Option
Dates: Sunday–Friday, July 15–20 at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

The intensive is also available as a five day retreat center experience, held at the beautiful Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Each day of our time together, we alternate between lessons, demonstrations, peer practice, reflection, and time to enjoy Kripalu’s beautiful grounds, wonderful food, and extensive options for movement and self-care.

The On-site option is open to students whether or not they have completed Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals, and includes some separate sessions for students pursuing WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification.

Tuition: $695, plus lodging and meal costs, paid directly to Kripalu

To register for the in-person Skill-Building Intensive, please visit Kripalu’s website.
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Tuition for the On-site course is $695 USD plus housing.

Register with Kripalu at 866.200.5203 OR

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ICF Credits

Online Option: Credits Pending

On-site Option: Approved for 20.5 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies and 3.5 ICF CCE units in Resource Development.

NASW credits are also available for the in-person option. Please contact Kripalu at 866.200.5203 for additional information regarding these credits.

Requirements to receive ICF CCE units:

Attend all lectures and demonstrations.

Actively participate in all peer coaching sessions.

Program Faculty


Lynda Wallace is one of the country’s most highly sought-after coaches and teachers, and the author of the best-seller A Short Course in Happiness. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Wholebeing Institute, where she teaches one of the most popular courses. Lynda spent 20 years as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she ran a billion-dollar global business that includes some of the world’s most iconic brands. Galvanized by the compelling findings of positive psychology, she left the business world to begin a new career doing work she genuinely loves, helping others to create positive change in their lives.

Megan McDonoughMegan McDonough is cofounder and CEO of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization focused on the science of whole-person well-being. From her senior leadership experience in healthcare, two decades as a yoga practitioner and teacher, and as the director of numerous online learning start-ups, Megan helps people move from point A to point B through whole-person engagement. She uses divergent thinking and creative perspectives to lead, harnessing the best in people for the greatest good. She is the award-winning author of three books on mindfulness.

Teaching Assistants

Jennifer Hanawald is a health coach who helps her clients to live their healthiest and best lives. She holds National Board Certification as a Health and Wellness Coach, Duke University certification as an Integrative Health Coach, and a Certificate in Positive Psychology from WBI.

Nicole Stottlemyer is a Positive Psychology Coach and workshop leader who leads community-building and personal development programs around the country and internationally. She holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology from WBI, and has been a senior teaching assistant in that program as well as this one.

Tuition for the On-site course is $695 USD plus housing.

Call Kripalu at 866.200.5203 OR

Register Online »

Tuition for the Online course is $695 USD

Sign up now to be notified when registration opens.