Living on Purpose

A distance learning program

Next program Jan. 11 - Feb. 10, 2017

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Many of us want to live a more purposeful life. We want to use our time well, put our energy toward that which truly matters, and leave behind a positive legacy.

But our lives are often propelled forward by urgent pressures and demands, both internal and external, rather than guided by meaningful purpose. As a result, we may feel adrift and unsatisfied.

The Living on Purpose program provides an empowering and unique opportunity to align your life more fully with purpose. This 30 day program will provide support, inspiration and guidance via three distinct components:

  1. Experiential. Every day of the month you will work with a specific exercise, related to the theme of purpose. This experiential component is the heart of the program and will enable you to live more purposefully each day;

  2. Resources. You will receive an e-book, entitled A Finger Pointing to the Moon, as well as thought-provoking resources that can be accessed through the course website at your own pace;

  3. Community. You will have a chance to engage with other participants from around the world who will provide insight, richness, support and camaraderie throughout our online discussion. Throughout the course of the 30 days, this virtual community can become a very meaningful part of the program experience.

Gregg Krech, Director of the ToDo Institute, will be teaching and facilitating this program. Gregg is one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psychology in North America and the author of several books, including The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology (currently an Amazon best-seller), and Naikan: Gratitude, Grace & the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection. For over 20 years, Gregg has been developing programs and resources for applying Japanese Psychology to everyday life.

The Living on Purpose program is designed to help you find direction, set direction, and stay on track for a more purposeful life. What a great way to start the year! Please join us.


Register online
or call us at 800-950-6034 or 802-453-4440

How it Works

This program requires an average commitment of about 30 minutes per day -- a substantial but not overwhelming commitment. Yet with the structured guidance provided by this program, and the online support of other program participants from around the world, you may actually succeed in devoting 15 hours during the course of the month towards the goal of living on purpose. You may be very pleasantly surprised by the noticeable difference these efforts can make.

This program includes daily assignments/exercises, written support materials, and a faculty advisor who you can contact during the month for feedback, consultation or questions.

The program’s online discussion list is open only to class participants and allows you to share your experiences, ideas and comments related to the theme of simplifying. Many participants have found that the discussion enhances their efforts. The ideas, tips, challenges and successes that are shared on the list contribute to a sense of camaraderie amongst participants, provide an ongoing stream of real-life examples, and create a sense of shared purpose. As part of a larger learning community, each participant’s efforts not only benefit their own life but also support those making a similar effort.

Non-members: $93.00
Members: $78.00
(Canada and overseas participants have additional shipping cost.)

Early Registration Discount.  Just register at least 15 days before the start of the program to receive a $10 discount.  ($83 for non-members; $68 for members).   

Alumni Discount.  If you have participated in this program in the past, you can receive a 50% alumni discount.

Credit toward certification.  This program provides 16 credits toward Certification in Japanese Psychology.  Those seeking credit need to submit a completed journal and a 1-2 page essay summarizing their experience in the program within 30 days of the program's completion.  Further information about the ToDo Institute's certification process can be found here.

If you'd like more information about what we do, please take a tour of our homepage and browse through our library, bookstore and Thirty Thousand Days blog

Thank you.

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Distance Learning Programs

Our distance learning programs are practice programs. The emphasis is on doing exercises and assignments and learning from your own experience. You should be prepared to devote an average of 30 minutes per day to the exercises and assignments. As part of a larger learning community, your training not only benefits you but also supports others who are making a similar effort.

The tuition cost is $78 per program for members and $93 for non-members; the cost for a couple registering together at the same address is $20 more.

Tuition includes written materials and/or audio CD, calendar of assignments for the entire month, participation on the private mailing list for the course, access to a program advisor throughout the month.

There is an additional discount of $30 if you register for at least three programs (that you have yet to take) in this series.

If you would like more information about these programs please contact us at (802) 453-4440 or by e-mail You may also register on-line.

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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.