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Course Outline & Required Materials

Brené Brown is a professor, bestselling author and TED sensation. Click here for more on Brené.
Each week, Brené leads you through a new guidepost for Wholehearted Living. If you have not taken Part 1 of the course, we will guide you through the foundational elements leading up to the beginning of class.

Part Two

April 3 - May 19

  • Lesson 7

    4/3
    Guidepost #6 -
    Cultivating Creativity:
    Letting Go of
    Comparison

    Courage, Compassion4/3 >
  • 4/10
    Guidepost #7 —
    Cultivating Play and Rest:
    Letting Go Exhaustion as
    a Status Symbol and
    Productivity as
    Self-Worth

    Cultivating Authenticity4/10 >
  • 4/17
    Guidepost #8 —
    Cultivating Calm and
    Stillness: Letting Go
    of Anxiety as a
    Lifestyle

    Cultivating Self-Compassion4/17 >
  • 5/1
    Guidepost #9 —
    Cultivating Meaningful
    Work: Letting Go of
    Self-Doubt and
    "Supposed To"

    Cultivating a Resilient Spirit5/1 >
  • 5/8
    Guidepost #10 —
    Cultivating Laughter, Song,
    and Dance: Letting Go of
    Being Cool and "Always
    in Control"

    Cultivating Gratitude and Joy5/8 >
  • 5/15
    The Wholehearted
    Revolution

    Cultivation Intuition and Trusting Faith5/15 >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the Part Two of the course start?

    The eCourse starts on April 3, 2014 and runs for six weeks with a one-week break from April 24 to April 30, ending on May 19. Registration will be open until April 7 at midnight ET –four days into the class. If you have not taken Part 1 of the course, we will guide you through the foundational elements leading up to the beginning of class.

    Remember, this course has limited availability. The course will run live from April 3, 2014 to May 19, 2014. It will then be available for an additional 3 weeks until June 9, 2014 at midnight ET. After that it will no longer be accessible to students. Please mark your calendars and plan to keep up!

  • Do I have to take Part 1 of the course to take Part 2?
    No. The Part 2 lessons are their own unique journey to help you put into practice wholehearted elements like creativity, play and rest, and laughter. Nobody belongs here more than you. If you have not taken Part 1 of the course, however, we do encourage you to read the first 5 guideposts from The Gifts of Imperfection before class starts.
  • How does the eCourse work?

    In the continuation of this groundbreaking two-part eCourse, you will roll up your sleeves for hands-on, interactive art-journal explorations that will help you move from "What will people think?" to "I am imperfect and I am enough." Each week, Brené leads you through a new guidepost for Wholehearted Living –a joyful, clarifying, courage-building journey unlike any other.

    Below is the weekly course schedule for the next 5 guideposts of the course. Once class starts, you can log in on the days below to view available course content. You will also be notified via email.

    Your class experience will be better if you participate in the course on a weekly basis and follow along with Brené and other students in the class;however, we know this may not always be possible for everyone, so you can also take the class at your own pace.

    Once the class is over, you will be able to access the coursework until June 9, 2014 to finish any assignments and browse the shared work.

    • On Thursdays, Brené sets the weekly intention to help bring clarity, meaning and purpose to the lesson, and gives a reading assignment from The Gifts of Imperfection. Oprah also shares her unique perspective on each lesson via video.
      • You will also receive access to exclusive downloads, which you can print out and/or share via social media —the weekly intention and key definitions from Brené's book.
      • Oprah's video is approximately 4 minutes. The reading assignments take around 20-30 minutes.
    • On Fridays, Brené shares the week's lesson, as well as videos with Brené (and some special guests) demonstrating that week's creative assignments. The videos will be viewable on the course site along with written instructions for the art-journal assignments. You will be able to access these videos anytime throughout the course.
      • The art-journal creative assignments can be done on your own time and take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
    • On Saturdays, Brené puts each week’s lesson into practice by helping you to DIG Deep. You’ll get advanced assignments with thought provoking questions for journaling, and the option to share your answers with Brené and your classmates through the Class Comments area for each lesson.
    • On Mondays, you will receive a recap e-mail that will remind you of all the lesson materials in that week's lesson so you can catch up on anything you missed.
    • Throughout the 6 weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to connect Brené as she leads you through the course via live online video Q&A sessions. You can ask questions live or submit them beforehand.
      • If you can't view the sessions live, you will be able to view them on demand any time throughout the course. Each of these sessions will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

  • Do I have to review coursework and complete assignments in a certain timeframe?

    Your class experience will be better if you participate in the eCourse on a weekly basis and follow along with Brené and other students in the class; however, we know this is not always possible for everyone, so you can also take the class at your own pace. Remember, this course has limited availability. The course will run live from April 3, 2014 to May 19, 2014. It will then be available for an additional 3 weeks until June 9, 2014 at midnight ET. After that it will no longer be accessible to students. Please mark your calendars and do your best to stay on track!

  • What is the week-by-week course outline?

    4/3: Guidepost #6 - Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison

    4/10: Guidepost #7 - Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

    4/17: Guidepost #8 - Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

    5/1: Guidepost #9 - Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”

    5/8: Guidepost #10 - Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”

    5/15: The Wholehearted Revolution

  • What can I expect to get out of this course?

    It's an invitation to creatively explore what it means to make that long walk from "What will people think?" to "I am enough." We'll get creative and messy as we dig into questions like:

    • What really brings me joy?
    • Self-compassion sounds great, but what does it really mean and how do I start actually practicing it?
    • How can I use creativity to cultivate a way to stay centered during those tough, vulnerable moments when my go-to is suck it up, run for my life, or pull the covers over my head?
    • How do I stop numbing and start taking care of myself with true comfort?
  • How much is the eCourse for new and returning students?

    Following are the prices for new and returning students.

    New Students:
    Part Two: $79.99

    Returning Students:
    Part Two: $69.99

  • How can I pay for the eCourse?
    You can pay for the eCourse with Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover and PayPal.
  • What are the required materials for the course?
    • Medium-sized wirebound sketchbook. If you want to paint in your journal with opaque watercolors, please make sure the weight of the paper is 80-100 lbs.
    • Colored pens and markers, and double-sided tape. And, paint brushes and opaque watercolors if you choose to paint in your journal.
    • You may already have some of these art supplies in your house...take a look around! You can also purchase online or from your local art store.
  • Do I need to be really artistic to take this course?
    Whether you consider yourself to be super creative, a little crafty, or even downright scared to get your creativity on –this eCourse is designed for you! Even Brené says –"I don't know how to make pretty art, but I can make a beautiful mess." A whole heart is a messy heart!
  • Can I take this class with friends and family?
    Yes! It's even better when you share, so grab a friend. Or pull together your book club, a group from your school or faith community –and join our wholehearted movement that starts with each one of us saying, "My story matters because I matter." After you register for class, you will be prompted to invite friends by listing their emails and sending private message.
  • Is the course available worldwide?
    Yes. It's easy to register and participate from anywhere in the world!
  • Is there a deadline for registering for the course?

    Yes. The registration deadline is April 7 at midnight ET. If you sign up for the class after it starts on April 3, all the class content will be listed on the course site so you will be able to catch up anything you've missed.

    Remember, this course has limited availability. The course will run live from April 3, 2014 to May 19, 2014. It will then be available for an additional 3 weeks until June 9, 2014 at midnight ET. After that it will no longer be accessible so students. Please mark your calendars and plan to keep up!

  • Can I get a refund?

    Part One:
    You can get a refund up until the end of week one of the class. For Part One, the deadline is Jan. 18 at midnight ET. We are no longer offering refunds for Part One.

    Part Two:
    You can get a refund up until the end of week one of the class. For Part Two, the deadline is April 10 at midnight ET.

  • Will I be able to access my coursework/finish assignments once the class is over?

    Yes. Once the class is over, you will be able to access the course materials and finish any assignments for approximately two weeks. After that deadline, the course materials will no longer be available. The deadline for accessing coursework is June 9 at midnight ET.

  • About Brené Brown:

    Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

    She is a nationally renowned speaker and has won numerous teaching awards, including the College's Outstanding Faculty Award. Brené has been featured on OWN's Emmy®Award-winning series "Super Soul Sunday" and Oprah's Lifeclass.

    Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on TED.com, with over 11 million views.

    Brené is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection, and #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

  • About Oprah's Lifeclass Presents:
    Born out of the Emmy®Award-winning series Oprah's Lifeclass Presents is a platform that expands upon the teachings of today's top spiritual leaders and authors via an offering of inspirational eCourses.
  • What if I have additional questions about the eCourse?
    If you can't find the answer to your question above, please email us at Brenebrowncourse@oprah.com.
  • What if I have billing questions after I've registered for the course?
    If you have a specific billing question once you have already registered for the course, please email us at brenebrowncourse@oprah.com.
  • How can I give the course as a gift?
    Click here to give the course as a gift. Enter in the recipient’s information as well as your information for billing.
  • What if I'm having trouble logging in?

    You will need to login with the same username/e-mail or password that you used when you registered for the course. Also, you'll need to use the same method (either Facebook or Oprah.com) that you used to register to sign in for the course.

    If you forgot how you signed up for the course, you can always look at your welcome e-mail that will have either the username or e-mail associated with your Oprah.com account or the e-mail address associated with your Facebook account.

    If you forgot your Oprah.com account password, simply click the "Forgot Password" link on the sign in page to reset your password. If your forgot your Facebook account password, simply click the "Connect With Facebook" Button, and then the link that says "Forgot Your Password?" to reset it.

    IMPORTANT! Once you reset your password, keep a record of your login information so you can access the course.