A program for inner development and nourishment in these challenging times

A 10-Week (two-part) program that will enable you to align your strengths with your values, encounter your shadow with compassion and invite transformative mindful rituals into your everyday life to support your wellbeing and that of those around you.

Part II begins July 6th; sign up by July 5th. 

We’re living in unprecedented times.

Prior to COVID, advances in technology and work-life patterns were bringing us to near-epidemic levels of burnout in many sectors. Depression and loneliness were leading causes of global disability; outstripping cancer and heart disease.

COVID has intensified these patterns and made it impossible to put off addressing our mental health and wellbeing any longer.

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Why Compassion?

I originally created this course with global health and humanitarian workers on the frontlines who suffer from high rates of so-called “compassion fatigue” and discovered it was their inability to truly enact compassion that was causing their burnout.
Compassionate wisdom is our ability to be fully present for life’s gifts and feel all of its heartbreaking fragility; to accept life as it is and not as we wish it to be.
To do this – with boundaries that shift with our needs and circumstances – takes skill and resources. 
This updated course was created so we all may restore our sensory awareness to self and surroundings and respond with more wisdom, care and insight to our everyday challenges. Its practices are curated to present you with the latest in evidence-based wellbeing science to explain the psychology and neuroscience that supports it, and avoid the hype. 

Who may be interested 

These practices are especially recommended for those facing a significant life-changing event, in high-pressure careers, caretakers or those struggling with chronic illness, or anyone seeking a more purpose-driven life. 

Potential Impact

Reported benefits to wellbeing practice with a trained and seasoned facilitator over time include enhanced “presenteeism”; the state of being more focused and aware of self, other and situation, as well as decreased anxiety and an enhanced ability to manage one’s emotions, communicate, actively listen and creatively collaborate with others.

The program is built to resource you in three main pillars of wellbeing:

Roots of Resilience

Nurturing our capacity to adapt, adjust, change and grow, sustained through mindfulness training so we may respond effectively to life’s challenges and crises.

Trunk of Identity

Growing a flexible identity and growth mind-set, grounded in self-integrity. This integrity involves learning to deeply listen to our authentic voices as well as encouraging those of others.

Branches of Social Connection

To flourish means our values and beliefs seed meaning and purpose in our lives. These values connect us with caring communities and cultures that nourish, respect, and inspire us to live into our best selves.

Course includes weekly:

• Video and Written Guidance of key concepts and emerging findings from an experienced wellbeing scientist and practitioner

• Soul Dialogue and Self-awareness practices that tap into your creativity and the sub-conscious

• Mindful Movement (yoga and qigong)

• Mindful Meditation to develop focus and attention

• Tracking logs to make sense of your patterns and process

• Weekly Check-ins to share the wisdom and support of Circle

cost of program

Individual Rate: 5 Weeks: $200, 10 weeks $400,

Corporate Rate: 5 weeks: $300/ 10 weeks $600

Two scholarships available per course. Contact instructor for details.  

How the Program Works



SUMMER: Course is full. 

FALL: September 14th. 

WINTER: January 4th. 

SPRING: April 5th.

Once the course opens and you receive your login details, you will receive each week’s materials on Monday.

On Wednesdays we meet on Zoom from  4-5:15pm (EST) for Circle. 

Course access continues  for six months.

If you are unable to attend a live session, just forward me your comments/questions in advance and I will record the session to share for replay afterward

About Me

Hi there, I’m Deirdre, Wellbeing Anthropologist, Leadership Coach, Certified Yoga and Meditation, Mama to Ella and Rosie and  Advisor on The Wellbeing Project, a catalyst organization that promotes the inner development of social change makers around the world. Everything in this program is something I believe in and I have faith it will bring you strong medicine and nourishment in these challenging times.

What people are saying about working with Deirdre

“Deirdre came to our barn before the commitment ceremony and created such a beautiful yoga practice for us to share before the big day. She really listened during the consult and prepared such a sweet closing meditation for our group, celebrating love and our friendship!”  
– Molly, bridesmaid
“I absolutely loved the spring retreat and found it to be very nourishing and healing for my soul! Thank you so very much for your time, attention, and planning. I had looked forward to the retreat for weeks, and am so appreciative, and grateful for the gift of peace, comfort, and refreshment.” 
– Christine, teacher
“Deirdre, you can’t imagine all of the changes we have done because of what you’ve introduced to our organization.  Wellbeing is so vital to the sustainability of any organization, in particular for those working in difficult environments like poverty, violence, marginalization etc. At the individual level you helped us realize the importance of being aware of our own capacities to manage daily stress and on an institutional level you helped us analyze the different causes of stress and depression. Now we are thinking of we can prevent and treat these problems.” 
– Luis Martinez, Partners in Health, former Operations Director, Chiapas, Mexico, Dir. of Global Health Chapter at Mexican Society of Public Health   
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