A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness

A distance learning program
Sept. 11 - Oct. 11, 2020

About the Program

All of us are in the same boat. We could call it the “can’t control the weather” boat, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. The boat we all share is more like the “can’t control much of anything except what I’m doing right now (and even that’s hard to control) boat”.

So given the nature of our lives – what do we need to learn? What skills do we need in order to have the most rich, satisfying, and empowered life? How do we best cope with the out-of-control nature of our lives, given the dreams that we harbor, the obstacles we encounter and the pain we experience?

The Natural Approach to Mental Wellness program is designed to address these questions. It gets to the heart of our human predicament, providing resources and guidance for navigating as skillfully and beautifully as possible, while cultivating personal qualities in the process.

During this month-long program, we will explore how to coexist with our internal experience, work with our attention, live with purpose, develop acceptance and practice self-reflection. The curriculum of the course spans the practical, the psychological and the spiritual. These dimensions are woven together throughout the course in the same way that they are woven together in our real lives. The program is broad enough to be widely relevant, and deep enough to offer new discoveries, as our lives continue to change and unfold over time.

The program includes three different components:

What You Will Receive

Our course website will provide you with the following:

  1. A Calendar of Daily Exercises.

    These exercises are the heart of the program. They will give you an experiential framework for understanding the principles underlying the Natural Approach to Mental Wellness.
  2. Online Resources.

    You will have access to stimulating and diverse resources, including video and audio, that will enhance your experience and support your efforts on this path.
  3. A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness by Gregg Krech.

  4. Inclusion in a Global Community.

    Our programs reach a worldwide audience. It is not uncommon to have participants from 8 to 10 countries participating in our programs. A strong sense of camaraderie often develops through our online discussion, as participants share their challenges, insights, experiences and wisdom with the group.

What You Will Do

With just an average commitment of about 30 minutes per day, this program can have a profound impact on your perspective on life and can help to stimulate meaningful and constructive changes. You will:

  1. These program exercises will focus on acceptance, coexisting with feelings, purpose, self-reflection and attention.

    Many exercises direct you to reflect on a particular person or theme. Others may direct you to take a specific action that is informed by one of your reflections. Each exercise will fill in another piece of the self-reflection tapestry that you are creating.
  2. Share your experiences and questions with the group.

    Though this is optional, we encourage you to make your voice heard. You will feel more engaged and connected and will enrich the community discussion. As you will discover, the participants in our programs bring a wealth of wisdom and support with them as they apply the program to their own lives. Many meaningful relationships have developed through our online discussions.
  3. Study and reflect on thought-provoking readings.

    We have created a diverse collection of readings and resources to enrich and support your experience throughout the month, in addition to the program text, A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness, by Gregg Krech.

What You Will Pay

Early Registration Discount

A $10 early registration discount is available prior to the start of the program.

Alumni Discount

If you have done this particular program before, you will receive a 50% discount off of the above prices.


Your Teacher

Gregg Krech

Gregg Krech is one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psychology in North America today.

Gregg is the Director of the ToDo Institute and author of numerous books, including Naikan, A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness and The Art of Taking Action. His work has been featured in The SUN Magazine, Tricycle, SELF, Utne Reader, Counseling Today and Experience Life.

Gregg has been teaching Japanese Psychology around the globe for 30 years, through conferences, training programs and workshops. He is the editor of Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living, and currently lives at the ToDo Institute in Vermont, with his wife, Linda Anderson Krech.

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Who Are We?

The ToDo Institute is a non-profit educational center located nestled in the foothills of the Green mountains in central Vermont. We serve as a meeting place between east and west, where methods of Japanese Psychology blend with western culture to provide powerful tools for enhancing our lives. The applications of our work bridge the gap between the spiritual, the psychological and the practical. Facilitators for this distance learning program include Linda Anderson Krech, MSW and co-author of A Finger Pointing to the Moon: A Workbook for Establishing Direction and Focus in Daily Life.

If you’d like more information about what we do, you can take a tour at our homepage and browse through our library. Thank you.