coaching skill

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Sunday–Friday, July 15–20, 2018

In this practical, hands-on program, students get intensive experience using a wide range of Positive Psychology Coaching skills. These skills are practiced through the lens of the SPIRE model of whole-person well-being, to help coaches support clients to define, act, and reach toward their goals in a way that enlivens and lifts.

This is a blended-learning course, meaning that there are both online and on-site components. Starting online, you’ll be introduced to the research and concepts that form the basis of our coaching tools and techniques, including the SPIRE model.

Then we spend five days together at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, putting those concepts to work through expert demonstrations and extensive one-on-one peer coaching. The on-site intensive is designed to develop fluency and confidence in the steps, skills, and techniques used to help people successfully pursue their goals for positive change in their lives, work, health, or relationships.

When you return home with your own development goal, you remain engaged online, connected to the Wholebeing Institute’s coaching community. Through continued engagement and practice, the new skills become habit, making positive conversations the norm in professional and/or personal settings.

This skill-building intensive is the companion course to Wholebeing Institute’s Positive Psychology Coaching course, which is taught entirely online. While each course is designed with the other in mind, students who have not taken that course are welcome to attend this one. Each course works well as a standalone.

This course is recommended for aspiring, new, and experienced coaches.

This course offers 20.5 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies and 3.5 ICF CCE units in Resource Development.

APA and NASW credits are also available. Contact Kripalu at 866.200.5203 for additional information.

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 McDonough

Megan 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 Assistant

Nicole Stottlemyer is a coach, facilitator, and senior teaching assistant with Wholebeing Institute, and holds Wholebeing certificates in Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Coaching.


This course offers 20.5 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies and 3.5 ICF CCE units in Resource Development.

    Requirements to receive ICF CCE units:

  • Watch all videos.
  • Attend all live lectures and demonstrations.
  • Actively participate in all live dyad peer-coaching sessions, serving in both the coach and client roles in each session.
  • Actively participate in all live triad peer-coaching sessions, serving in the coach, client, and observer roles in each session.

To complete the registration for ICF CCE units for Positive Psychology Coaching: Skill-Building Intensive, you must be enrolled in the program.



The online portion of the blended-learning course is user-friendly, with no special requirements needed other than the ability to watch video content and post comments on the forum.

You will receive instructions on logging into the virtual classroom after you have registered through Kripalu.

Registration is Closed
Tuition for this course is $695 USD.