Dates: Thursday, September 30, to Sunday, October 3, 2021.
The Wholebeing Weekend will be held at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
To be alive means constant change. There are good times and bad. Highs and lows. Backs and forths. Problems and possibilities. Life is never a straight line.
This on-site Wholebeing Weekend is all about busting out of a small story, and living into a bigger picture—learning to live in expectant openness to what’s happening now and holding hope for what’s to come.
This event is open to all those interested in:
✲ Understanding the stress response and navigating it with skill and compassion
✲ Nourishing hope and creating space for possibilities
✲ Engaging tools that strengthen resilience, to be more nimble and fluid as you ride the waves of life.
The flow follows the Wholebeing learning experience—learning from experts, embodying the lessons for yourself, and connecting within a community.
Day 1: Thursday evening
You are not alone. This is a shared journey. On opening night, Megan McDonough will create a context for connecting with your fellow travelers, getting a sense of togetherness as we embark on the weekend experience.
Day 2: Friday
Your best life is not necessarily stress free, drinking piña coladas poolside. Growth happens when you stretch, and that can be stressful. In the morning, you’ll learn from Megan about the science of stress—the natural endocrine, nervous, and immune system response to a challenge. You’ll be introduced to the R3SET stress framework for holding awareness of the felt sense of the stress response, your potential to navigate it, and the ability to make better choices in the moment.
In the afternoon, we move to the science and application of learned hopefulness, taught by Dan Tomasulo, author of the new book Learned Hopefulness. Hope gives you something to hold onto and look forward to as you live with the difficulties of today. You’ll learn and explore experientially how hope interventions are used in different timelines, mentally moving between the past, present, and future.
In the evening, you’ll take everything you learned and connect in community through exercises, dialogue, and good old-fashioned play—integrating, deepening, and celebrating lessons learned today about stress and hope.
Day 3: Saturday
Life gives you many opportunities to pick yourself up … again and again. Life calls for perseverance. In today’s session, Maria Sirois will introduce you to the paradox of resilience—a new and slightly different take on resilience that integrates with hope.
In the evening, we’ll have a campfire (weather permitting) and savor our learnings and time together.
Day 4: Sunday
In our closing session, we will reflect on the journey, integrate key learnings, and tap into an openness to meet the unknown that is inherent in this human experience.
Who This is For
This weekend is open to all those interested in navigating challenges while “moving towards better” — both experienced positive psychology practitioners and those new to the practice.
Megan McDonough is the CEO and founder of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization teaching the science of human flourishing. With a degree in nuclear medicine, decades of leadership experience, and 25 years of teaching and practicing yoga, Megan combines intellectual understanding with an embodied approach to teaching and leading. She’s an award-winning writer and the author of four books on mindfulness. Her work focuses on helping people thrive and organizations to do the same.
Dr. Dan Tomasulo is one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression. He is the Academic Director & core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, as well as the Learned Hopefulness blog for PsychCentral.com, and developed the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu. His award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit (2018) tells of the first experimental group home releasing inmates from America’s most notorious asylum, Willowbrook. His most recent book is Learned Hopefulness, the Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression.
Dr. Maria Sirois is a master teacher, facilitator, and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and work that embody health, passion, and success. As a positive psychologist (PsyD.) and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit, particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity, and humor, she brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines.
About the Himalayan Institute
A leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, the Himalayan Institute is a nonprofit international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian programs. Over 40 years, the Himalayan Institute has hosted mission-aligned programs and seminars featuring some of the most experienced and accomplished teachers in the country. Situated on a 400-acre woodland campus in the picturesque Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, the center features simple accommodations ranging from single rooms with a private bath to shared rooms with a hall bath. Learn more.
Please note that housing costs are separate from the tuition and include yoga/meditation classes and vegetarian meals.
Important update: All attendees must be fully vaccinated to attend. Proof of COVID vaccination is required. Please email us at [email protected] with any questions.
Tuition for this course is $395 USD
Accommodations are not included.
Once you have registered with us, the Himalayan Institute will contact you directly to make your housing reservation. Please allow 24-48 hours for this to happen.
Given the current uncertainties, we are expanding our refund policy for this program: Your tuition will be refunded in full up until 24 hours prior to the event, should COVID travel restrictions or safety guidelines prevent you from attending. All other refunds follow our standard policy.