Training for Well-Being

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Our Well-Being Training Program

Learn how to live a healthier, fuller life. Our program will help you cultivate well-being that lasts. Spanning approximately ten months, our training consists of a mix of teaching practices–didactic, experiential, personal study, and physical movement–to ensure that all of our participants have the tools they need to be successful in a variety of settings.

Based on the research of the Anthropedia Institute, and in collaboration with the Center for Well-Being at Washington University, our Well-Being Coach Certification Program is a 270-hour course that integrates evidence-based well-being approaches from psychology, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and various mind-body approaches to health and well-being. Our program will prepare you to become an integrative well-being coach.

Do you prefer talking to someone?

Below you will find out a lot of information about our training. Sometimes, however, there is no substitute for talking to a person to get more information. We regularly offer information sessions to talk about our work at the foundation, discuss our training, and answer any questions applicants may have. You can sign up to attend using the red button.

Here are some dates for upcoming events:

Information Sessions

(via Zoom)

Thursday, October 1

@ 10am US Central Time


@ 7pm US Central Time

You will receive the Zoom link upon registration.

Click the RSVP button to register.

What's your interest?

There are 2 ways to participate in our 270-hour training:


I want to improve my personal well-being and become a coach.

Well-Being Coach Certification Track

Become an integrative well-being coach and teach others about sustainable health and well-being. This program is suitable for aspiring or practicing helping professionals–such as counselors, social workers, community health workers, and educators–seeking to become certified coaches. Participants must complete the 270-hour Resilience and Well-Being Program plus additional requirements for certification.

Cost: $3,000 for online; $6,450 for in-person

Payment plans and financial aid available.


I want to improve my personal well-being.

Resilience & Well-Being Track

This program is intended for individuals seeking to improve their own well-being, but who are not interested in coaching others. You’ll take the same course, but you don’t have to satisfy any of the requirements of coach certification.

Cost: $2,500 for online; $5,125 for in-person

Payment plans and financial aid available.

Earn a Professional Certificate and/or CEUs

Participants who complete our training are eligible for a certificate of completion from the Saint Louis University College of Public Health.

For participants seeking continuing education credits, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will provide continuing education accreditation for trainings and workshops administered by the Anthropedia Foundation. MIMH is part of an accredited university and accepted by professional licensing boards in the State of Missouri.

A recent study of 75 of our coach trainees yielded substantial gains in character development as measured by the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). This included statistically significant (p<.01) improvement in the mean character trait scores before and after the training.

Courses Include:

  • Body Practices for Well-Being
  • Nutrition and the Human Body
  • Neuroscience
  • Coaching Fundamentals
  • Pedagogy for Helping Professionals
  • Psychology and Human Development
  • Cultural Foundations of Well-being
  • Personality Assessment Seminar
  • Know Yourself: Principles of Well-Being
  • Measuring Well-Being and Personality
  • Anthropedia Coaching Methods
  • Anthropology and Well-Being
  • The Mind-Body Relationship
  • Economics, Ecology, and Well-Being

USA Locations & Dates

July 2020

Jul. 25-26, 2020

Aug. 8-9, 2020

Aug. 22-23, 2020

Sep. 5-6, 2020

Sep. 19-20, 2020

Oct. 3-4, 2020

Oct. 17-18, 2020

Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2020

Nov. 14-15, 2020

Dec. 5-6, 2020

Dec 12-13, 2020

Jan. 9-10, 2021

Jan. 23-24, 2o21

Feb 6-7, 2021

Feb. 20-21, 2021

Mar. 6-7, 2021

Mar. 20-21, 2021

Apr. 10-11, 2021

Apr. 24-25, 2021

May 1-2, 2021

August 2020

Aug. 24-25, 2020

Sep. 14-15, 2020

Sep. 21-22, 2020

Oct. 5-6, 2020

Oct. 19-20, 2020

Nov. 2-3, 2020

Nov. 16-17, 2020

Dec. 7-8, 2020

Dec. 14-15, 2020

Jan. 11-12, 2021

Jan. 25-26, 2021

Feb. 8-9, 2021

Feb. 22-23, 2021

Mar. 8-9, 2021

Mar. 22-23, 2021

Apr. 12-13, 2021

Apr. 26-27, 2021

May 10-11, 2021

May 24-25, 2021

Jun. 7-8, 2021

October 2020

Oct. 24-25, 2020

Nov. 7-8, 2020

Nov. 21-22, 2020

Dec. 12-13, 2020

Jan. 16-17, 2021

Jan. 30-31, 2021

Feb. 13-14, 2021

Feb. 27-28, 2021

Mar. 13-14, 2021

Mar. 27-28, 2021

Apr. 17-18, 2021

Apr. 24-25, 2021

May 15-16, 2021

May 22-23, 2021

Jun. 5-6, 2021

Jun. 19-20, 2021

Jul. 10-11, 2021

Jul. 24-25, 2021

Aug. 14-15, 2021

Aug. 21-22, 2021

International Locations & Dates

Contact us if you are interested in learning about our training programs in Europe.

The French Academy of Life Coaching also offers Anthropedia’s Well-Being Coach Certification Program in French in Vallauris. For more information about the training please visit


Our Instructors

C. Robert Cloninger

MD, PhD Washington University

Lauren Munsch-Dal Farra

MD, Washington University

Sita Kedia

MD, University of Colorado

Nigel Lester

MD, University of Bristol

Sarah Bird

DNP, PhD, University of Minnesota

Kevin Cloninger

PhD, University of Denver

Christina Mengert

PhD, University of Denver

Spencer Hutchings

PhD, University of Colorado

Brian Keady

PhD, University of Denver

Mary Druyvenstein

PhD, University of Chicago

Alinda Muszynski

CPT, University of Colorado

Amanda Chesnutt

CPT, University of Colorado

You can find out more information about our faculty in the FAQ below.


Most frequent questions and answers


Anthropedia’s instructors are all experts in the Science of Well-Being with a background in fields related to health and well-being.  They have all completed the coach certification program, as well as additional training developed by our institute. Like the members of the institute, our instructors have expertise in a variety of fields. Some of them are medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers, while others are experts in philosophy, literature, education, coaching, and physical movement. 

Robert Cloninger, MD, PhD

Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Genetics, Director of the Center for Well-Being at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Director of the Anthropedia Institute 

Kevin Cloninger, PhD

Executive Director and co-founder, Anthropedia

Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver

Nigel Lester, MD

Director of Mental Health, PALM Health and Anthropedia Institute Member

Trained in psychiatry at University College London and St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City

Alinda Muszynski, BA, CPT

Director of Administration and Programs, Anthropedia

BA in Psychology, Education, & Mathematics, University of Colorado, and Certified Personal Trainer

Amanda Chesnutt, BA

Member Navigator and Mind-Body Movement Instructor, PALM Health

BA in Geography and Internationally Certified Ballroom and Social Dance Instructor

Brian Keady, PhD

Doctorate in Philosophy and Theology, University of Denver

Christina Mengert, PhD

Associate Director of College Programs, Bard Prison Initiative

Doctorate in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing, University of Denver

Mary Druyvesteyn, PhD

Manager of Training and Development, PALM Health

Doctorate in French Literature, University of Chicago

Peter Hutchings, PhD

Doctorate in English Literature, Princeton University

Sarah Bird, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner certified in Functional Medicine, PALM Health

Doctorate in Integrative Health and Healing, University of Minnesota

Sita Kedia, MD, MPH, FAHS

Neurologist & Chief Medical Officer, PALM Health; co-founder & Vice-President, Anthropedia

Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health, University of Colorado

Spencer Hutchings, PhD

Doctorate in Musicology, University of Colorado, Boulder

In both formats, each day of the training consists of five 1- to 1.5-hour classes (see course list above for specific course titles). For the in-person format, we begin at 8:30am and generally go until 6:30pm (there are seven days that end at 4:30pm). Because each class requires a lot of attention and energy, we take 30-minute breaks between each course, and our lunch break is an hour and a half.

The online course consists of the same courses as the in-person training, but you will have more flexibility over the course of each day of the training. There is a live-course each day of the training at a fixed hour, and you will have a a 2 day period to complete the remaining eight 1- to 1.5 hour. 

There is no reading required outside of class. Upon completion of the training, however, you will be tested on the content of the Know Yourself DVDs, so you will want to study those throughout the course of the training. In addition, the other major task for those interested in certification is to complete a portfolio of exercises each month of the training. You can expect anywhere from 30-40 exercises per month. The amount of time that these exercises take varies from person-to-person, and they are all geared towards helping improve your self-awareness, resilience, and stress management.

The coursework is mostly the same, so it is a question of completing some extra classes, and fulfilling the requirements of certification, in addition to paying the difference in tuition. Generally people figure this out quite quickly, so we would encourage you to discuss it with us as soon as possible once the training begins.

Generally, attendance is expected at all sessions. Of course, we understand that emergencies and other justifiable situations do arise. However, please bear the following in mind:

  • Attendance at all courses during the first two days of the training is mandatory. 
  • For the remainder of the training, you cannot miss more than two days (or the equivalent thereof, i.e., 10 courses). Exceptions are granted for absences that are due to the death of a loved one or for medical reasons.

In addition to private practice, our certified coaches work in a variety of settings—medical clinics, hospitals, schools, corporations, homeless shelters, halfway houses, and within other service-oriented organizations.

Feel free to contact at by email at You can also attend one of our information sessions click here or on the red RSVP button on the right on this page.

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