This course is for anyone wanting to understand different philosophies and evidence-based habits that are correlated with general well-being and happiness. While everyone is welcome, this course may be especially suited for people in direct service and helping professions like therapists, social workers, life coaches, holistic counselors, doctors, psychologists, and educators.
Bring the science of happiness to life with this intensive course that explores seven research-based habits of well-being: relationships, caring, flow, health and wellness, positive mindset, spiritual engagement and meaning, and strengths and virtues. Learn about the latest research on happiness in a setting that encourages self-exploration and critical inquiry. Discover concrete tools and strategies to cultivate habits that research shows to correlates with improved well-being and/or decreased anxiety and depression. Explore how to use these practices in your personal life, profession, and communities.
We are excited to offer this residential retreat at the Eastover Estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, a 600-acre sanctuary and holistic center dedicated to facilitating holistic workshops and retreats. This intensive weekend course provides an overview of the seven research-based habits of well-being: relationships, caring, flow, health and wellness, positive mindset, meaning (or purpose), and strengths. Participants explore how two of these habits (strengths and purpose) can support them in living a more meaningful life. Specifically, this course will help you discover and clarify your sense of purpose or greater meaning in life; identify and use your character strengths to serve your purpose; and explore how your strengths and purpose can impact your personal and professional life.
While everyone is welcome and would benefit from this workshop, this course may be especially helpful for people in direct service and helping professions like therapists, social workers, life coaches, holistic counselors, doctors, psychologists, and educators.
The Pursuit-of-happiness.org (POH) was one of the first websites dedicated to exploring positive psychology and well-being. POH is comprised of educators, designers and businessmen constructing a multimedia educational platform on the Internet focused on the topic of human happiness. The website provides educators, students, businesses, and the general public free access to clear, concise information on the history and scientific study of human happiness, positive psychology and mental well-being in general.
Eastover – a retreat center dedicated to serving the greater holistic community – is a 600-acre sanctuary located only minutes from downtown Lenox, Kripalu Center, Tanglewood Music Center and other cultural venues in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. Eastover offers spacious workshop and program rooms with multiple meeting and studio facilities for teachers, groups, company retreats and trainings. The estate is designed to immerse you in a contemplative and holistic environment: from its courtyards and terraces overlooking English and Japanese gardens, to its sun-drenched Terrace Café, library, juice bar and additional amenities such as its indoor pool, tennis courts, hiking trails, and integrated wellness offerings. Eastover offers a wide variety of spacious and comfortable overnight accommodations to fit everyone’s budget, from rustic, to contemporary to luxurious. Its eclectic open-hearted receptivity to a broad array of groups and teachers aims to support the continuing emergence of holistic and ecological ideas capable of renewing our culture and leading the way to a more sustainable planet.
Allison Holzer, M.A.T. & C.P.C.C.
Allison is the Director of Education Programs and Co-Founding Board Member of Pursuit of Happiness and Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of InspireCorps. In her work with these two organizations, she trains, coaches, and develops curricula on such topics as emotional intelligence skills, applied positive psychology, and affective leadership.
Mark Setton, D.Phil.
As the Founder and CEO of Pursuit of Happiness, Mark is dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge about happiness and depression prevention. Through his leadership since 2006, POH has expanded its reach to schools and individuals all over the world from across the United States to Beijing, China. As an Associate Professor of World Religions at UB with over 30 years of experience studying, teaching, and writing about East Asian philosophy, he teaches several courses on philosophy and world religions, as well as his favorite course called “Perspectives on Happiness.”
Debra Park, M.S.
Debra Park is a Part Time Lecturer at Rutgers University-Camden NJ, Psychology Department, as well as the Institute for Effective Education where she teaches Lifespan Development, Psychology of Happiness and Well-Being, and Behavior Management. Currently, she teaches a variety of courses at the Pursuit of Happiness including the Psychology of Happiness and supports the organization in content and curriculum development and design. Debra taught high school AP Psychology for 33 years and has been involved in the American Psychological Association (APA) in many capacities.
Paul Desan, M.D. & Ph.D
As a co-founding board member and Director of Research at the Pursuit of Happiness, Dr. Paul Desan is interested in furthering the scientific understanding of happiness and well-being. He consults on various POH projects and manages a research study on a happiness curriculum intervention in Beijing, China. In addition to his work with POH, he is the Director of the Psychiatric Consultation Service at Yale New Haven Hospital where he manages a team of clinical practitioners and researchers.