Join us for a six-week, live online course with Kristi Nelson, author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted, accompanied by colleagues and special guests.

Course Overview

If these five guiding principles were pinned to every bathroom mirror,
not only would we
Wake Up Grateful but we would most certainly wake up to a different world.
~ Nipun Mehta, founder, ServiceSpace

Wake Up Grateful: Open Your Heart to Life is a joyful and profound six-week course exploring the five foundational principles of grateful living, as articulated by Kristi Nelson in her book Wake Up Grateful. This dynamic course is an invitation to deepen and expand your relationship with grateful living as a way of life, an orientation for day-to-day living in the best of times and in the most challenging circumstances. Together we will delve into generative questions such as: How does one greet each moment gratefully? What becomes possible when we open ourselves to wonder? How do we truly take nothing for granted? When we tend what we value, what changes? How can love transform our lives and world? 

The weekly live sessions will be vibrant and engaging, with a rich mix of Kristi’s teachings from the book, guided practices, and “in the moment” conversations with honored guests, Alexandra Elle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Lynne Twist, and Nipun Mehta. The course also includes the special gift of a newly-recorded conversation between Br. David Steindl-Rast and Kristi. We will provide a weekly toolkit of resources that offers both guideposts and inspiration, and participants will be invited to share insights and reflections throughout the course in our new, online community platform.

The course is designed for anyone wishing to explore the core principles of grateful living — whether new to gratefulness or wanting to deepen a longstanding interest. Our six-week learning journey will open pathways to greater wellbeing, resilience, joy, and a wholehearted YES to life!. We hope you’ll join us.

Please do stay in touch to learn about future offerings. Thank you.
(This course will be available on-demand this summer. Please stay tuned!)

Course Details

Dates for Live Sessions

Tuesdays, May 4 – June 8
7:00-8:15 p.m., EDT

Participation & Community

The course will be hosted by Sheryl Chard, Director of Education and Programming. The learning platform we’re using will provide space for a creative exchange of reflection and inspiration among participants and course leaders. While we hope that everyone will be able to join the live sessions, we know that this is not always possible, nor is it a requirement. We will record each session, and recordings will be available to all participants for the duration of the course and afterwards. 


  • “Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted” by Kristi Nelson
    Although not required, we recommend having a copy of Wake Up Grateful.  We will turn to the book’s rich collection of reflections, practices, and poetry throughout the six weeks.
  • Weekly Inspiration Toolkit
    Each week we will share with you a digital collection of resources that supports the week’s theme, including practices, articles, videos, poetry, music, and more.
  • Recordings of All Sessions
    After each live session, we will share the Zoom recordings. These will include discussions with our special guests about each of the principles that we are exploring in this course.


  • Registration is now closed, as of April 29, 2021. Please plan to join our on-demand course this summer.
  • On Friday, April 30, all registrants will receive a digital welcome packet and login information for the learning platform. The online platform is where all course information and interaction will live — Zoom links, weekly toolkits, and participant reflections. Rest assured that you will receive a weekly email with all necessary information throughout the program.
  • The six-session course is offered on a sliding scale of $60 – $150. For contributions of $120 or more, you may choose to receive an inscribed copy of Wake Up Grateful as a thank-you gift. All registration fees are fully tax-deductible and underwrite this course and all of our many free programs. If $60 is not feasible for you, please reach out to us at [email protected] so that we can ensure that all who are interested in this learning experience are able to participate.

We look forward to welcoming you to this six-week exploration and learning journey!

When we live gratefully, all of our moments, choices, and interactions can be impacted. As a way of life, grateful living helps us to navigate everything that unfolds in our days.  It is a trustworthy road map even in our most challenging times. Gratefully engaged with the moment at hand, we find an unexpected doorway into well-being and joy.
~ Kristi Nelson, Wake Up Grateful