Welcome to the Positive Science Center!

John Ryder, Ph.D.

 Your Source of Positive Energy!

You know I have dedicated my life to promote positive energy every way I can… I have invested everything I can to create this center, to offer you more resources to make your life better, have more fun, and achieve your goals.  Please explore this website for additional information.

CHECK  NEWS & EVENTS:   See programs and events for the coming year.  We also still maintain our main office at 109 East 36 street NYC 10016.

The Post Pandemic World  – We have all been struggling with this strange situation. Although we have been returning to a more normal world, it remains apparent that everyone has suffered something and we must make an effort to Bounce Back.    

Anyone who needs help to deal with stress and hardship – feel free to contact me to arrange some time to meet.  

We had scheduled our Grand Opening the previous August 2020 to celebrate achieving the success to open the center. We wish to thank all of our friends who supported this project and many who have come to visit and help as well.  

LOCATION:  Positive Science Center 170 Waywayanda Ct. Carmel 10512

Come Visit:  Easy to get to: only 1 hour north of NYC by car (or train to Southeast station in Brewster or go to Coldspring on the Hudson, there are taxis to reach the cabin about 12 miles from either station. We are also on Google maps & GPS

RSVP – just call or email us that you plan to join us…

PSC Cabin


I always had a dream to build a log cabin in the country. The place I found is so nice, so close to the city, so perfect that I got inspired to share this with everyone! I could build my own small cabin here for my personal enjoyment, BUT I realized this is my opportunity to create something GREATER that everyone will enjoy.  So, let me invite YOU to become an Ambassador of Positive Energy, take this opportunity to join the Village – help create and participate in something you will use and enjoy for many lifetimes!

I established the PSC as a non-profit educational corporation that owns this place and will keep it as a public trust. The Board and our members are all accomplished movers and shakers of our world that embraced my vision and want to help create this little utopia.

Every Contribution Counts NOW More than EVER! Because any Time, Money or Energy YOU donate gets combined with others to become amplified exponentially to create a growing reservoir of positive energy that you and everyone else can utilize; become part of the village that makes it happen!

   I am giving away a case of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to the person who helps us obtain a major donation (over $5K) because we are only 6 degrees of separation away from that Special Sponsor… So please connect us… but we appreciate your support in any amount!

So please join me and the hundreds of friends supporting the PSC – all DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. If you have already joined or donated – thank you very much! Please forward this invite to your friends!

So far I lost count of the miracles. The PSC Inc bought this place, raised over $185,000, and we obtained a construction loan for $400K; we have now succeeded to complete the house! Now we have begun our major CAPITAL FUND DRIVE to raise the first $1 Million by 2024. We must start by raising funds to operate our center. Please help – click on the Link below, make another miracle and see what we offer below!

This Cabin has a huge Great room for events with 4 bed rooms and 4 baths for a total of 3000 sq ft of space all with a view of the lake only 1 hour north of Manhattan.

I consider this like a Retreat – come relax, recharge and return with more positive energy.  A few hours here can help you regain the inner balance to keep you healthy and happy.


Generosity feels good. Donate: $20 or more – Lifetime invitation to events at the PSC that will include discounts to lectures, workshops and other events in NYC as well as up at the Center. You also get access to our growing library of information, videos and tools on this website!

You can click below to Donate any amount you like ($20 $50 $100 $500…) or subscribe with a few dollars every month:


DONATE $40 and get Dr. Ryder’s book delivered for free

This is a personal development book that is based on Positive Psychology and offers valuable tools to minimize stress and maximize success. $40

Every dollar we raise helps us actualize our potentials to keep achieving our goals…

Even if you cannot contribute now
please show your support and JOIN
the Founding Circle of Friends for FREE!


You are invited

Come visit the center to rest, recharge and return refocused with positive energy.

Please contact the Dr. Ryder’s office to inquire about availability.



Bigger Donations 

Join the Village participate in creating more positive energy! 

You can also DONATE anything valuable you like to the Center.

Sponsors, Benefactors and Major Donors

Please consider a generous gift to help launch our project! We are prepared to work with you to dedicate a building, a program, or memorialize a gift of any size appropriately. Please call Dr. Ryder to discuss what we can offer and the best way to transfer funds. See the Contact page or call the office. Become an Ambassador of Positive Energy –>

Bragging rights: ” I support the Positive Science Center…”  does sound nice!

Double Your Money 2 for 1

Every donation under a thousand dollars will be matched by the board to double the impact of your contribution. As soon as our Center is completed you will be invited to visit and participate in a variety of activities and events.

Rather mail a CHECK? – Please send donations by check to:

Positive Science Center Inc. 109 E 36 St. #4, New York, NY 10016

OR CLICK on the DONATE BUTTON below to contribute safely online with Paypal or by credit card. We also gladly accept material gifts such as cars, or property and other valuable objects.


Join the Village.  The Log Cabin is now standing tall waiting for you to visit…  Naturally, we intend to keep the office in Manhattan and organize events in the city as well as up at this country retreat. There is an assortment of activities planned, educational, entertaining, even competitive. The main focus will be to keep POSITIVE ENERGY FLOWING to keep you healthy, happy and help you achieve more personal goals.

YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA?  You can go to the PROGRAMS – Proposal page and submit your idea for a lecture, workshop or event that can promote positive energy.

YES – I want to support the PSC Mission. The more money we raise, the more positive energy we can produce. Write in whatever you can below – it is tax deductible.

John Ryder and Martin Seligman – the father of positive psychology

I have been a major advocate of positive psychology since 1978. I have presented a number of papers at various professional conferences about positive psychology and am a member of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Thank You very much for your support !

What your investment will create:


  • Log Cabin Center – 5 acres surrounded by 1000’s of acres of NYS Forrest, a lake, plenty of trails, and the wide open blue sky above
  • Recreational Activities – boating, biking, hiking, riding ATVs, we have 4 kayaks and a canoe, etc
  • Educational Workshops & Lectures & Special Events
  • Meditation Retreats – explore your potentials, learn TM
  • Zen of Archery – physical meditation
  • Website Resources – educational videos articles and information
  • Meet a diverse group expert guest speakers: professors, scientists, doctors, swamis, monks, martial artists, lawyers, magicians, survivalists, sales experts, authors, artists and many others
  • Sponsor a variety of proposals that will have a positive impact
  • Gauntlet – Competitive obstacle course with mental puzzles
  • Imaginarium – virtual reality system inside a room covered in screens
  • Documentary Film of the construction of the log cabin
  • Observatory – telescopes for studying the skies
  • Art Studio – fully equipped art studio
  • Music Studio – Midi electronic music recording studio
  • Playground for children
  • Solar Energy System
  • Huge Fire Pit and a Big Stone Barbecue
  • Many more things coming


Program Sponsorship – to support educational activities: workshops, lectures, webinars…

Scholarships for individuals and groups – to give access to financially challenged people to participate in the various programs offered by the Center.

Capital Investments – these grants are to help develop the Center to build, expand and maintain operations of the center’s activities.

The mission of this group is to utilize the scientific principles of positive psychology to study and determine the best ways to help people reach and enjoy greater well-being physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  This is accomplished by focusing on the strengths, virtues, talents and skills people have and can develop to achieve more in life.  The goal is for us to help promote greater peace, prosperity and progress individually, in the community and as a whole. 


We have finally got our Certificate of Occupancy June 2020 and the house is ready for enjoyment. The Walden Savings Bank gave us a mortgage for the property. Dr. Ryder has been the guarantor of all the financing and is responsible for the complete development of this project and general operations. We must raise approximately $60,000 to cover the expenses and successfully achieve our yearly goals. At this time we have invested over $670K into this project and we really need more help. We are grateful for any help we can get. We are also submitting proposals for funding from a variety of Private and Public Foundations that may help support our projects. For example we received a generous grant of $15K from the Grove Foundation of Armonk NY.  To date we have raised approximately $195,000.  The balance has been donated by Dr. Ryder.


We really NEED YOU to JOIN our MISSION


Everyone will be invited to participate in all our official activities (depending on permits). Donations to the Center are tax deductible according to the law. Please consult your accountant for details. Any contribution over $250 will receive a formal receipt for IRS filing as required by the regulations. The gifts we offer have no monetary value but are just our way to thank you for any contribution you make large or small.

We do acknowledge every donation in cash or in kind that you make to help promote our mission. Every contributor gets access to our resources and we will send you an email periodically to inform you of events that you can participate in if you like. We thank you for your support. Our goal is to raise One Million Dollars in the next five years to facilitate the projects that we have begun working on. The funds contributed can be dedicated to one of three general categories or towards our overall general mission.

I do plan to keep my office in the city open seeing clients as always however, I also intend to spend 2, 3 or 4 days a week up at the Center one hour north of Manhattan. Everyone will want to come visit this place. There are two Train stations nearby, and we are only 3 miles from the Taconic Parkway. The nearest town is Carmel. There are many interesting things to do and visit in the Hudson Valley. So, plan a visit soon. Every contribution makes this idea more real. Please join us and make this miracle happen. This PSC will be similar to the Omega center offering a variety of programs to the public.

Please refer others who may be interested in our group to join and participate. Thank you.

Please do explore this website and all the positive information it has to offer… Keep going in Positive Directions!

With my best wishes – John Ryder

  • Discover your strengths, etc.
  • Explore positive psychology, etc.
  • Make life more fun, fulfilling and rewarding, etc.
  • Achieve more goals, be healthier, enjoy greater prosperity, etc.

One small step forward… One giant leap upward…

Think Positive


Please do stay in touch!

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