Naikan Center Bavarian Forest

The Certification Program of
ToDo Institute, Vermont
for the first time in Europe: 2018, May 20 - 29

Do you want to participate in the most empowering, innovative and engaging program on mental wellness that you will find anywhere?

The ToDo Institute Certification Program is a comprehensive educational opportunity, providing training and practice in three methods of Japanese Psychology, Morita Therapy, Naikan & Kaizen.

The program is unique in its design, structure and content. Participants (usually between six and eight people) live in community with one another during the nine days of the program, putting the principles of Morita Therapy, Naikan & Kaizen into practice and discovering what that means for them as individuals and for their relationships with one another.

For those interested in Certification in Japanese Psychology, please note that the certification program provides 96 of the 162 credits needed to complete the process.

The curriculum incorporates the following themes:

  • An introduction to Japanese psychology based on Morita Therapy, Naikan & Kaizen
  • Questioning assumptions about mental health
  • Studying the connection between suffering and self-preoccupation
  • Awakening the senses and living with presence
  • The mechanics and skillful use of attention
  • Cultivating gratitude and appreciation
  • The body's influence on the mind
  • Finding purpose and staying on track
  • Coexisting with unpleasant feelings and thoughts
  • Developing greater self-discipline
  • Changing habits
  • Relationships: Conflict resolution, reconciliation and long-term intimacy
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Softening our hearts
  • Developing a practice of self-reflection
  • Living fully with illness
  • Developing a realistic view of our lives
  • Clarifying the nature of feelings
  • Reflecting on significant relationships
  • Role plays, case studies and teaching methods for helping others
  • Applications such as parenting, relationships, weight loss & addictions
  • Evenings of music, humor and good company

 The curriculum...

...of this program is broad, powerful, and relevant to both our everyday lives and our grandest dreams. The core material, presented each morning, stimulates a rich and thought-provoking discussion amongst participants. Afternoons include a personalized daily individual session, as well as experiential opportunities to use the material, through a wide variety of assignments, exercises and practices. There will be time for daily meditation, self-reflection and physical exercise as well.

This program draws a rich and eclectic group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds.  A strong sense of camaraderie tends to develop within the community as participants share this experience together – examining their lives, questioning their assumptions, and working side by side with each other in the activities of daily life.

The work is profound.  The community is supportive.  The days are full and stimulating.  And the environment is filled with nature’s beauty.  Please consider joining us!

What to Expect...

  • A beautiful, quiet setting at the edge of the Bavarian National Park
  • Highly qualified teachers with a combined 60 years of experience
  • Healthy and delicious vegetarian meals that you will help to prepare
  • Daily period of morning meditation and evening reflection (Naikan)
  • Daily exercise periods to help strengthen your body and mind
  • Daily, personalized individual instruction tailored to your own goals, questions and challenges
  • Applications such as parenting, relationships, weight loss & addictions
  • A rigorous experiential program that will support you both personally and professionally

Credit toward Certification in Japanese Psychology

In order to successfully complete the Residential Certification program and gain credit toward certification, you will need to successfully complete the nine-day program as well as an independent project. This project will provide you with the opportunity to make the material your own by sharing with others some aspect of what you learned during the training.

Gregg Krech

The program is conducted by Gregg Krech, author, and Director of the ToDo Institute.

Gregg is a leading authority on Japanese psychology in the United States and author of the award-winning book, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace & the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection (Stone Bridge Press, 2002). His book, The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology has been an Amazon best seller for the past three years.  And his newest book, Question Your Life: Naikan Self-Reflection and the Transformation of our Stories, has just been released to excellent reviews.  Gregg has developed and delivered programs for diverse audiences around the globe for 30 years, including cancer patients, adults with mental illness, at-risk children, zen centers, hospice volunteers, mental health centers and employers. His work has also been featured in magazines such as Tricycle, The SUN, Counseling Today, Yoga Journal and Experience Life.

Under his guidance, the ToDo Institute has developed a comprehensive certification program in Japanese Psychology. Gregg is also the editor of Thirty Thousand Days, a publication of the ToDo Institute that explores the relationship between psychology, spirituality and purposeful living.

Linda Anderson Krech

Gregg will be joined by his wife, Linda, a licensed social worker and author of the parenting book, Little Dreams Come True: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Parenting. She has worked extensively applying Japanese Psychology to helping people with mental illness and has been the program director of mental health programs in both New York and Vermont.


Certification Track - Euro 1,150 if registered with a deposit by March 31, 2018. After that € 1,350 - € 1,575 (exact cost dependent upon membership discount and date of payment), payed directly to the ToDo Institute

Room & Board - Euro 390 payed to the Naikan Center Bavarian Forest

Discounts available for ToDo Institute Members and early registration. For further information, call us at 001/800-950-6034 / 001/802-453-4440 or email us at

What Participants Are Saying:

The ToDo Institute continues to be a hidden gem for me. Having done the Naikan retreat and now the Residential Certification Program, I continue to grow in my personal,spiritual and professional lives. As an allopathic physician who is seeking to provide integrative care, I would recommend this course and the wonderful experiences that can be gained from attendance, to all physicians who are looking at a more patient/person centered care. -- Robert Strayhan, MD Texarkana, TX

My time at the ToDo Institute was deeply enriching. I was given concrete teachings, examples, and instructions for developing skills to more fully engage with my life, and I was offered exercises to actually apply what I learned in my everyday living. Gregg and Linda are gifted and sincere teachers who draw on many years of study and practice in their presentations and personal interviews. -- Shoryu Bradley

Thank you for making an intense certification training program such a joyful learning experience. The week after the training, I led a short introduction to Naikan and because of your training, I was able to share on the spot a practice that helped a woman proceed with restoring relations in her family. Thank you for making a certification program that guides us on how to share Naikan and Morita techniques in ways that others can use to benefit their lives. -- Carol O’Dowd, MPA, M.Div., MI, Prajna Partnerships, Inc.

 “Thanks for an amazing ten days. I found it to be way beyond the therapy, meditation retreats, and various New Age techniques I’ve tried. You gave us the experience of a new way of being in the world, focusing attention, and setting priorities.”-- Duncan Atchison, CA

 “The ten days at the ToDo Institute were the most intense of my entire life. I am truly grateful...By this experience, my life has forever changed.”-- Gloria Baird, TN

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Gregg Krech
Linda Anderson Krech
ToDoInstitute, Vermont, USA
One of our 4 rooms
From a happy participant