The bigger yes


“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.
— Stephen Covey

What do you really, really, really want?

The Bigger Yes is a program designed to claim, honor and devote yourself to your soul's deepest callings.

Over the course of six weeks together, we will clarify your Bigger Yes (there may be many, but in this course we will focus on one) explore your truth, align your focus, stoke faith and courage, and develop a practice of devotion.

This program is for anyone who wishes to live in deeper alignment to their center - to the place that is, as I call it, the "diamond in the center of your chest" - but lacks the necessary clarity, guidance and support to honor that desire.

the next bigger yes begins january 2.

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Do you have the courage?

Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.    - Jack Gilbert

The program was amazing and it exceeded my expectations because Laura was so invested. She put her heart and soul into teaching and as a student, you could feel it.
— Fall 2017 Student


6 weeks, 5 topics

Registration for the next The Bigger Yes will open in early December and the program kicks off the week of January 1.


Faith will be the foundation of our work. We will explore what it means to have faith, to believe in ourselves, and a benevolent universe - specifically as it relates to our bigger yes.

week one


week TWO


To move forward, we must understand where we are. This week will focus on clarifying our core truths: about our lives as they are today, our circumstances, and where we want to go.

week THREE


Building from your truth, this week we get clear about your desires, including defining your Bigger Yes and all it means in your life.

week FOUR


Orienting toward a different destination requires big and small shifts. In this module, we will discuss what it means to align to our truth, how it actually looks in real life, and how we remain resilient through the journey.

week five


Bringing our Bigger Yes to life requires a dance with the Divine. A dance of surrender, patience, effort, and - I believe - devotion. In the closing week we will talk about devotion as a practice, a labor of love, and an offering.

In the last week, we will tie it all together and integrate the learnings and experience.

week six



you will receive...

a special email essay from me on each week's topic.

a recorded lecture on each week's topic.

weekly live Zoom meeting for topic discussion and questions.

a weekly assignment/project.

access to our private Facebook group and support from Laura.

real, honest sharing about my own journey to a bigger yes.

I had been questioning my life’s work and purpose for a couple of years, and this course gently guided me to remember who I am at my core, what I am here to do, and that it is enough. It was a lovely experience.
— Fall 2017 Student


Q. when will the weekly live classes be held?

A. Once the full class is enrolled, Laura will send out a survey to poll everyone on the best days/times to hold the class so she can host classes at the days/times that best fit the majority. The class schedule will be posted within a week of enrollment.

Q. what if i can't make the live classes/calls?

A. No worries, they'll all be recorded!

Q. why is there a month gap between registration and when the program begins?

A. Because Laura wants to give the class time to prepare: to read (there is a reading list you'll receive upon registering), create a process journal, and the like.

Q. what will I get when i register?

A. You'll get immediate access to the members page, which includes a welcome video from Laura, information on how to prepare for the course and resources and access to the Facebook group. Prior to the week of January 1, you will receive intermittent emails and such from Laura to prepare you for the course, schedule the weekly Zoom classes and get you psyched for the journey.

Q. how many people will be in the program?

A. The class will be limited to a small enough number of people that Laura can connect with and support everyone.

Q. Will I get 1x1 time with Laura?

A. There will be plenty of time for Q&A on the weekly Zoom meeting and she will be active on the Facebook group to answer questions directly.

Q. how long will i have access to the program content?

A. The content will stay live on this site for one year. The Facebook group will stay live indefinitely.

Q. what if i don't have a 'bigger yes' - will this still be beneficial?

A. Everyone has a bigger yes inside them, and a big part of this course establishing that faith and locating it. 

Q. is this only for people in recovery?

A. It's for anyone. The program is not about recovery per se, but as that's a big part of Laura's story, she will be talking about it when relevant to the content.

Q. is this for women only?

A. Nope! Men, women, everyone!

Q. will this be offered again?

A. Probably, but not definitely. 

If you have other questions, please email admin@lauramckowen.com and we will get them answered!


i am not afraid.
i was born to do this.

- joan of arc

I loved it. It’s changed my life or perhaps moved me along further and faster. I’m forever grateful.
— Fall 2017 Student

Join the waitlist.

This course is now closed. To be the first to be notified when registration opens again, join the waitlist.