Join us for an extraordinary nine days!

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(802) 453-4440

If you would like to learn more about our certification program in the United States (September 2019), click here

“Prepare for lots of inspiring teachings and thoughtful talks that reach down into the depth of your being.  Expect many lively debates that make you come alive 100%, experimental cuisine on a daily basis, very interesting dinner table conversations indeed, tons of warmth and support from the people around you, a good deal of subtle and sometimes less subtle guidance by Linda and Gregg.  Don’t hesitate a second to register for it.  It’s money and time very well spent.” — Barbara Buri, Switzerland

A rigorous, experiential program that will support you both personally and professionally

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

The program is unique in its design, structure and content.  Participants (usually between six and eight per program) live in community with one another during the nine days of the program, putting the principles of Morita Therapy and Naikan 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 residential certification program provides 96 of the 162 credits needed to complete the process.

What our Participants Are Saying

Robert Strayhan, MD | Texarkana, TX

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.


Carol O’Dowd, MPA, M.Div., MI | Arvada, CO

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.

What You Can Expect

  • A beautiful quiet setting conducive to self-reflection
  • Highly qualified teachers with a broad range of experience
  • Healthy and delicious vegetarian meals that you will help to prepare
  • Daily period of morning meditation and evening self-reflection
  • Daily exercise and work periods to help strengthen your body and mind
  • Access to a comprehensive library of books and materials on our work that have been assembled over the past 20 years
  • Daily, personalized individual instruction tailored to your own goals, questions and challenges
  • Camaraderie, music, challenge and laughter

Click/mouse over the boxes below to see what the course offers!

Coping with Feelings

Coping with Feelings

  • the body’s influence on the mind
  • determining what is controllable
  • understanding the nature of feelings
  • activating the senses in the moment
  • shifting attention

Building our Dreams

Building our Dreams

  • clarifying purpose
  • changing habits
  • developing self-discipline
  • coping with feelings

Mental Wellness Skills

Mental Wellness Skills

  • coexisting with feelings
  • clarifying purpose
  • working with attention
  • practicing self-reflection
  • taking constructive action

Strengthening Relationships

Strengthening Relationships

  • softening our hearts
  • practicing self-reflection
  • taking responsibility
  • resolving conflicts
  • addressing self-righteousness

Special Applications

Special Applications

  • weight loss
  • addictions
  • marriage
  • parenting
  • mental or physical illness

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.


  • Certification Track:  Those interested in Certification in Japanese Psychology will need to attend the full nine day program, and also complete an independent project afterward.  (Please note that this program is required for certification and provides 96 credits toward certification.) 

Tuition costs $1150.  (This cost includes a Supporting Member discount;  add $75 if not registering as a Supporting Member.)  Tuition is paid to the ToDo Institute.  ($100 discount is provided to those who register 60 days in advance of the program start date.)

Room & Board:
Room & Board costs $435 (paid in euros) to the Naikan Center Bayerischer Wald.

  • Personal Development Track:  For those who are not interested in certification, it may be possible to attend for only the first 7 days.  Please contact us to find out if this option is available. 

For further information, call us at 800-950-6034 / 802-453-4440 or email us at


or call us at

(802) 453-4440

If you would like to learn more about our certification program in the United States (September 2019), click here

Teaching Staff

GREGG KRECH is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psychology in North America.  Over the past 25 years, Krech has introduced the principles of Japanese Psychology, particularly Morita Therapy, Naikan, and Kaizen, to thousands of people through his workshops, speaking engagements, online courses and retreats.

He is the author of numerous popular books, including Naikan: Gratitude, Grace & the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection, The Art of Taking Action, Question Your Life, Tunneling for Sunlight and A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness.

Blending the psychological, the practical and the spiritual, Gregg Krech promotes values such as gratitude, acceptance, mindfulness, compassion, constructive action and purposeful living.  He currently lives in Vermont with his wife (with occasional visits from his two college daughters). He enjoys writing haiku, baking bread and playing blues piano.


LINDA ANDERSON KRECH has been studying, practicing and teaching Japanese Psychology since 1988.  She helped to found the ToDo Institute with her husband, Gregg in 1992 and has served on the board or staff since its inception.  With a lifelong interest in alternative and holistic medicine, Linda has embraced Japanese Psychology as an alternative to conventional Western approaches to mental health.

As a licensed social worker, Linda has extensive experience applying the principles of Japanese Psychology to those who have serious mental illness through her work as director of a psychiatric rehabilitation program.  She also has a special interest in the application of Japanese Psychology to parenting, relationships and food.

Linda is the author of Little Dreams Come True: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Parenting, and is a regular contributor to Thirty Thousand Days.  She loves biking, calligraphy, trees, vegetarian cuisine, and studying the wisdom of the ages.


SABINE KASPARI  is director of the Naikan Center Bavarian Forest and has been guiding Naikan retreats since 2007. In 2008 she met Gregg and joined the ToDo Institute’s community. She participated in many of the online courses, assisted at a Naikan retreat in Vermont and at the first Certification Program in Europe in 2018 which she had organized. The same year she guided a similar program and became certified in Japanese Psychology.

Sabine has been working in the adult education sector for more than 20 years. She is author of Naikan in the Art of Peace and Naikan – the Power of Reconciliation (so far, the books are available in German only). She loves hiking, dancing, cooking and decorating vegetarian food, and photography.


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