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September 2016-September 2017 | California

Experience a Whole-Person Approach to
Positive Psychology and Optimal Well-Being

Positive Psychology is revolutionizing how we experience happiness. Research-based and heart-opening, the tools and practices of this cutting-edge science have infused the lives and careers of thousands of people around the world with greater joy and meaning. Engage brain, body, and heart with a powerful combination of intellectual rigor, authentic connection, and physical expression—and find out what it’s like to have an embodied experience of whole-person well-being.

In the year-long Certificate in Whole-Person Positive Psychology course, developed by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, you’ll learn to

Bring about lasting change in yourself and in organizations


Create healthy personal and professional relationships


Build positive emotions and the resilience to deal with painful ones


Develop grounded optimism as you reach towards your ideal self.

The course uses the SPIRE methodology for whole-person happiness—a pioneering approach that considers all aspects of your life.

Thank you! You will receive your mini-workbook by email shortly.

“The benefits are lasting and profound…having far-reaching effects on my work, my relationships, my family…Best of all, the faculty inspired me to think bigger, dream more, and share everything I learned with others.”

–Wendy McLean
Founder and Facilitator, Conscious Parenting Seminars

For coaches, leaders, teachers, health professionals, social workers, psychologists, and anyone who wants to make tomorrow a little bit better than today.

Whether you want to improve your home life, better your workplace, grow personally or professionally, or start a new career, the Certificate in Positive Psychology offers you in-depth study, world-class faculty, and transformative experiences.

Eight Online Modules that combine prerecorded video lectures by Tal Ben- Shahar, PhD; live question-and-answer sessions via video webinars with rotating core faculty; webinars with special guests focusing on the practice of positive psychology; reading assignments and homework; forum discussions and small-group work.


Two Onsite Immersions that bring together faculty and students from around the world for personal interaction, dynamic exercises, and a peaceful yet powerful gathering of community. Immersions are held in California on October 30–November 4, 2016, and September 10–15, 2017.


Ongoing Interaction with small groups of fellow students in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.

Download the full syllabus with the reading list and an overview of all the modules.

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Program Outline

“This course is the most powerful and important training program I have ever been exposed to. I use it every day.”

–Michael Silverstein
Senior partner and managing director, Boston Consulting Group

Core Faculty

Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, has lectured at Harvard University, where his course in positive psychology was the most popular at the school. He’s the author of the international best-sellers Happier, Being Happy, and Choose the Life You Want, and is the co-founder of Wholebeing Institute.

Megan McDonough, CEO and co-founder of Wholebeing Institute, is the award-winning author of Infinity in a Box, A Minute for Me, and Radically Receptive Meditation.

Maria Sirois, PsyD, has been teaching at the forefront of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for more than two decades. She’s the author of Every Day Counts and A Short Course in Happiness After Loss.

Megha Nancy Buttenheim, CiPP, is the founding director of Let Your Yoga Dance® LLC. She is a faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.

Phoebe Atkinson, CiPP, LiSW, delivers executive leadership programs and co-facilitates an ongoing program at Rutgers University Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Special Guest Faculty

Dr. Ryan Niemiec, PsyD

Dr. Ryan Niemiec, PsyD

Education director, VIA Institute on Character

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP

Best-selling author of Creating Your Best Life

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Pioneer in mind-body medicine

Richard Miller, PhD

Richard Miller, PhD

Founder, Integrative Restoration Institute

Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, PhD

Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, PhD

Science director, UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center

Lynda Wallace, CiPP

Lynda Wallace, CiPP

Best-selling author of A Short Course in Happiness

Margarita Tarragona, PhD

Margarita Tarragona, PhD

Author of Positive Identities: Positive Psychology and Narrative Practices

“Rather than asking myself whether I am happy or not, a more helpful question is, ‘How can I become happier?’ We need to recognize that happiness is an unlimited resource and then focus on ways in which we can attain more of it. Becoming happier is a lifelong pursuit.”

-Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD
Co- Founder, Wholebeing Institute


tab-firstBoth immersions will be held in California. The first immersion, October 30 – November 4, 2016, will take place at Granlibakken Tahoe in Tahoe City. There is a variety of lodging options, from bedrooms, studios and suites to one to eight bedroom townhouses, each featuring wifi Internet. All rooms come with resort amenities which include an outdoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub, indoor sauna, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts and gym. Nightly rates range from $89- $231 depending on the type of room, plus 20% taxes and service fees. Accommodation fees for the first immersion are paid directly to Granlibakken Tahoe. Please call the reservations department at 1-800-543-3221 or follow these instructions to utilize the online reservation system.

» Visit Granlibakken.com and click on event/group reservations
» Enter wholeb16 for both the group ID and password
» Click on reservation form, fill in required fields and submit. A confirmation e-mail will be sent within 24-48 hours. For accommodation pricing, which includes meals, click here.

tab-onlineThere is no special technology needed to join the online modules —access to the internet is all that is required. The virtual classroom is a password-protected website that can only be accessed by course participants. It’s the place to go for your homework, video lessons, and reading assignments; to ask questions of the faculty or teaching assistants; and to read or post in the discussion group.

tab-lastThe second immersion, September 10 – 15, 2017, will take place at 1440 Multiversity. Located in Scotts Valley, California, near Santa Cruz, an area known for its beautiful weather, redwood forests, and gorgeous coastlines, this expansive 75-acre campus offers beautiful hiking trails, suspension bridges over winding streams, and an enchanting outdoor amphitheater. Nightly rates range from $146- $231 depending on the type of room, plus 20% taxes and service fees.

Accommodation fees for the second immersion are paid directly to 1440 Multiversity.

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“I went in looking for ways to be happier, and left with purpose, meaning, and joy. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

–Trina Bockus
co-owner, Derby Lite

See what the core faculty—Megan McDonough, CEO, Dr. Maria Sirois, and Dr. Tal Ben- Shahar—have to say about the program

Registration Information

Tuition: $5,500 USD $5,400 USD (save $100 when you register using the coupon code)


Tuition can be paid in one complete payment or in two payments (50% due at the time of registration, with the remainder automatically charged to your credit card one month before the start of the course). To choose the payment plan, use coupon code 2payments at the time of checkout.


All tuition payments must be completed before the start of the course. Housing reservations are separate, made directly by students with the host location.

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