• February 4–September 20, 2019
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Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology

Course Overview

Note Registration for the course includes all online learning (9 modules over 9 months) and two 1-week immersions at Kripalu.

For everyone, including coaches, business leaders, therapists, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners.

Whether you want to improve your home life, better your workplace, grow personally or professionally, or start a new career, the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology offers you in-depth study, world-class faculty, and transformative experiences. This course extends the dimensions of Positive Psychology with a rare whole-person approach. Rather than a cognitive-only perspective on the science of well-being, you follow the SPIRE methodology.

Through a series of online modules and on-site immersions, you experience an integrated exploration of the science and direct application of Wholebeing Positive Psychology.

Apply the whole-person approach personally and professionally in leadership, counseling, coaching, parenting, or teaching in order to

  • Bring about lasting change in individuals and organizations
  • Create healthy personal and professional relationships
  • Build positive emotions and the resilience to deal with painful ones
  • Develop constructive self-regard and grounded optimism.

Leave with the tools, practices, and research to support an increased capacity for health, resilience, deeper mindfulness, and greater levels of overall well-being.

 Download the course syllabus.

Free Mini Course

Dip your feet into Wholebeing Institute’s SPIRE model, the backbone of the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology, in this free two-part video training and e-book. Explore how to 

  • Reach for your best and move towards happiness
  • Focus on what’s working in your life
  • Track small yet powerful changes as you increase your well-being.
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What You Experience

  • Online modules that include prerecorded video lectures by leading experts; live video webinars with core faculty and special guests focusing on the practice of positive psychology; reading assignments and homework; forum discussions and small-group work
  • On-site immersions that bring together faculty, leading experts like Joan Borysenko and Stephen Cope, and students from around the world for personal interaction, dynamic exercises, and a peaceful yet powerful gathering of community
  • Ongoing interaction with small groups of fellow students in an atmosphere of support and collaboration

Program Dates

The curriculum consists of nine modules, including seven online modules and two onsite immersions at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Each immersion is five days, starting on Sunday evening and ending Friday afternoon. The first immersion runs March 10–15, 2019, featuring guest faculty Joan Borysenko. The second runs September 15–20, 2019, with guest faculty Stephen Cope. Students will be able to begin Module 1: Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness within two weeks of registering for the course, providing a self-directed foundation before the entire student body begins together with Module 2.

 Download the course schedule.

About the Immersion

Engage in-person with lead faculty and guest faculty, Joan Borysenko and Stephen Cope while learning the SPIRE aspects of whole person well-being while you experience living it at Kripalu. SPIRE was codeveloped with Positive Psychology thought-leader and Wholebeing Institute’s cofounder, Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar.

Spiritual: Cultivate mindfulness and meaning through optional yoga and meditation classes before and after course sessions, or by enjoying the gorgeous grounds and walking paths.

Physical: Explore the joy of Kripalu YogaDance®, the pleasure of clean, healthy eating, or the gentle restoration of Kripalu Healing Arts.

Intellectual: Dive into the research and content from the learning sessions and expand your understanding with the selections available in the Kripalu Shop.

Relational: Connect with others through small group work and dyads, using the network to deepen the application of the science.

Emotional: Use gratitude and appreciation of beauty during all of the above excursions, and practice positivity boosters during the training to elevate and engage an upward spiral of well-being.

About Online Learning

After you register, you will receive an email with instructions to get into the virtual classroom, a private, student-only area. This is your learning space for the whole journey. You’ll find everything you need here—from the forum to connect with staff and peers, video lectures, webinar material, and all the resources used in the course. Track your progress as you go, checking off each learning goal as you reach it.  

What Students are Saying

“Absolutely groundbreaking to see how the structure of support was maintained throughout the year, leading to a deep understanding that connection is crucial to well-being. It’s not just about the tools and practices.”

“Wholebeing Institute offers deep science and deep human connection—a genuine sense that each of us matter. This is rare and very special.”

“Being a part of the Certificate in Positive Psychology allowed me to design the life I always dreamed of. Using the tools, I am a better father, husband, and professional.” 

“The focus on building community is a differentiator for Wholebeing Institute. By keeping us connected, we become ambassadors for each other and the work.”

“The Certificate in Positive Psychology helped me define who I want to be as a contributor—I found my voice. It helped me make sense of who I am at my best. It gave me the clarity and the tools to make change—to act on what I learned.”

Team Teaching

You have a teaching team to support your learning experience, integrating expert advice in an organized and methodical way.

Connect with lead faculty in weekly video lectures, expand that content through interviews with featured experts. We also invite featured experts to join the live webinars. Between in-person immersions, live webinars, and recorded lectures and interviews, you’re exposed to many voices and perspectives within a consistent and cohesive learning experience.

Lead Faculty  Megan McDonough, Maria Sirois, Lynda Wallace, Phoebe Atkinson, and Karen Whelan-Berry

Immersion Guest Faculty  Joan Borysenko and Stephen Cope

Featured Experts  Barbara Fredrickson, Sara Algoe, Patty Van Cappellen, Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Kristen Lindquist, and many more


Tuition $4,800 + 10 nights housing and meals; total cost based on accommodations choice. Please call to register 866.200.5203

More Information

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Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Self-Discovery and Psychology

Wholebeing Happiness and the SPIRE Approach


Megan McDonough is CEO of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization committed to helping people live life to its fullest.

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Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a Harvard Medical School-trained biologist, a licensed psychologist, a New York Times best-selling author, and a pioneer in mind-body medicine.

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Stephen Cope, MSW, Scholar-in-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador, is the best-selling author of Soul Friends: The Transforming Power of Deep Human Connection.

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Maria Sirois, PsyD, is a positive psychologist and seminar leader who teaches with wisdom, authenticity, and humor at the intersection of resilience and flourishing.

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Lynda Wallace, MBA, is one of the country’s most highly sought-after coaches and teachers, and author of the best-seller A Short Course in Happiness.

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Phoebe Atkinson, LCSW-R, a licensed clinical social worker, board-certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy, is Teaching Assistant Mentor for the Certificate in Positive Psychology program.

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Karen Whelan-Berry, PhD, is a scholar-practitioner who focuses on creating individual and organizational change; positive and effective individuals, teams, and leaders; and work-life balance and integration.

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