Institute for Holistic Health Studies

2016 IHHS Programs


All events free and open to public unless otherwise noted


Sahaja Yoga meditation, second Tuesday of month (9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13), 7 pm, Warner Hall, room 103  Midtown campus

The benefits of this meditation are numerous, and include inner, happiness, clarity, improved focus, stress reduction, relaxation, and improved physical health. Although this meditation includes aspects of hatha yoga (breathwork, chakra  activation, and hand mudras) it is not a hatha yoga class.

Wellness Wednesday Workshops, 9/14, 9/ 28, 10/12, 10/28, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12:30 pm,  White Hall, room 127, Midtown campus. You are welcome to bring your brown bag lunch. Details of the workshops are listed below.

Wellness Suite, open Tuesday 1-4 pm, stop-in rest and relax, Berkshire Hall 119

Special Events:

Meditation: Multicultural Perspectives September 7, 2016  5-10 pm  Campus Center Ballroom, Westside campus  Presented in partnership with the Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation, and WCSU Office of Diversity and Equity

Holistic and Integrative Health Initiatives (Part One) Panel discussion September 28, 2016, 6-8 pm, room 218, Westside Classroom Building, Westside campus  Presented in collaboration with the Center for Entrepreneurship, Research, Innovation, and Creativity. Panelists include:

    • Yoga Teacher
    • Shamanic Practitioner
    • Certified Personal Trainer

Holistic and Integrative Health Initiatives (Part Two) Panel discussion, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7-9 pm, room 127, White Hall, Midtown campus. Panelists include:

    • Naturopathic Physician
    • Chiropractor
    • Osteopathic Physician
    • Medical Doctor Practicing Integrative and Functional Health

BERNIE SIEGEL, MD  presentation and book signing "Art of Healing",  Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:30 pm, Ives Concert Hall, Midtown campus.

Stressbusters!  Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 11 am-2 pm  Warner Hall lobby - Student Only


IHHS Sponsored Programs

In addition, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies sponsors the following programs  presented by local practitioners and educators:

Shamanic Practitioner Certification presented by Deana Paqua, MA, LMT of Embody the Sacred.  Program continues monthly, from September 17, 2016, through October 21, 2017  WCSU Midtown campus. For information and registration go to www.embodythesacred.com

Yoga Teacher Certification presented by Lara Ward, RYT, LMT of Lotus Gardens Yoga.  Program continues weekly from October 7, 2016, through April 21, 2017  WCSU Midtown campus. For information and registration go to  www.lotusgardensyoga.com - Download event flyer

Hand and Foot Reflexology Certification presented by Lara Ward, RYT, LMT of Lotus Gardens Yoga and Kelly Garry, certified reflexologist, of  Clary Sage.  Program presented on September 24-25 and November 12-13, 2016  WCSU Westside campus. For information and registration go to www.lotusgardensyoga.com - Download event flyer

Foundations of Narrative Health Coaching (postponed) presented by Reggie Marra, MA, ACC of Teleosis Institute.  Program presented on October 15-18, 2016   WCSU Midtown campus. For information and registration go to http://www.teleosis.org/foundations-of-narrative-health-coaching/ - Download event flyer

Herbs and Remedies for Reducing Stress presented by Lupo Passero, certified herbalist, educator, and director of Twin Star Herbal Education Program presented on November 15, 2016 WCSU Midtown campus. For information and registration go to www.twinstarherbal.com - Download event flyer



All wellness Wednesday workshops will be held in White Hall, room 127, on the Midtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University.

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September 14 CHAKRADANCE - KHRISTEE RICH Life Coach, Reiki master - www.thedancingcurtain.com

CHAKRADANCE® is a fun dance that balances our seven major chakras (energy centers) as we dance. Specific music has been designed to balance each chakra. Enjoy the music and the movement and balance the chakras for better health

September 28 REFLEXOLOGY - PATRICK LUCAS Reflexologist Health coach - www.thewellnesspathways.com

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing natural form of healing based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet which correspond to the various parts and systems of the body  Benefits include stress reduction, relaxation, and  renewal of physical and emotional strength

October 12 SLEEP ISSUES - DR. MICHAEL MURPHY  D.C. - www.murphyfamilychiro.com

Chiropractic treatment for back pain and headaches but it is only be the tip of the iceberg. Good health also involves nutrition, exercise, good sleep habits, and positive lifestyle.

October 28 REIKI   FOR US AND OUR ANIMALS - PAM POLLARD - Reiki Master - www.facebook.com/Reikiessentials

Learn about some of the factors that can impact the energy systems within and around the body.
Pam explains how the healing technique known as Reiki helps to heal us and our animals - on every level.   Learn how you and your pet can benefit from reiki

November 2

PETS AND YOUR HEALTH - MARY OQUENDO - Holistic animal groomer www.handsandpawsreiki.com

Mary will discuss not only how we keep our pets healthy, but how our pets keep us healthy

November 16 GRATITUDE - DEBBIE MORGAN MA CIPP - www.integrativehealthadvocacy.com

A grateful attitude benefits health of body/mind/spirit. Learn how to adopt this practice

November 30 STRESS IN THE BODY - SEANA HART - Certified Personal trainer - www.earthfitnf.com

Stress affects our mind/ body/spirit   Learn how to recognize and reduce symptoms of stress and address it

Questions? Contact Christel Autuori RDH, RYT, MA, Director, Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University at autuoric@wcsu.edu


Become a Friend of IHHS

Most of what we have accomplished has been done with little or no financial resources. We rarely charge for our programs. We cannot continue to operate this way and continue to provide the programs and the student awards. We need your help and support. Please consider becoming a Friend of the IHHS with a donation of any size-it all adds up. The IHHS is a self-supporting enterprise, thus it relies on businesses, organizations, and individuals for funding. Your contribution can be put toward student awards or can be used to support the programming costs of IHHS events. Sponsorship may be monetary and in-kind donations (such as water or healthy snacks, garden materials). The IRS recognizes WCSU as a charitable organization; therefore your contribution is tax deductible. Contact Christel Autuori RDH, RYT, MA, Director, Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University at autuoric@wcsu.edu


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