Institute for Holistic Health Studies

2018 IHHS Programs

Fall 2018 Calendar

All events free and open to public unless otherwise noted


4pm-9: 30pm Westside Campus Center Ballroom This event is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored by the IHHS, the Center for Creativity and Compassion, and the Honors Students of Compassion

The IHHS kicks of its fall semester of events with the Multicultural Meditation for Peace on Tuesday, September 11, for, 4 pm til 9:30 pm.  This is the third year the IHHS is hosting this event in partnership with the Center for Creativity, Compassion and Innovation, and the Honors Students of Compassion . There will be several workshops offered, with a variety of meditation practices to experience.  This event will be held in the Campus Center Ballroom on the WCSU Westside campus at 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT.


Special Event: Open House and Networking Event

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Thursday, September 27  6-8pm

Warner Hall, Room 103

WCSU Midtown Campus

181 White Street, Danbury CT

Wellness Wednesday Workshops

All take place in White Hall room 127  on the WCSU Midtown campus  at 12:30 pm and are free and open to the public:


September 12   MOTHER NATURE HEALS:  Ecotherapy with Marcia Kendall, MA, WCSU faculty, and Holistic Lifestyle  and Ecotherapy Coach


October 17   NEED MORE POWER :  How we generate energy    with Dr. Michael Murphy, of  Murphy Family Chiropractic


November 14  MINDFUL EATING IN PRACTICE  with Valentina Olvidese,  Holistic Nutritionist, of  Valiant Nutrition, LLC


SPECIAL EVENT:  AN  EVENING  WITH  SAUNDRA CINDY BLUM   on  NOVEMBER  5, 2018  at  7:30 pm  in Ives Concert Hall, WCSU Midtown campus


Mudra Meditations

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University sponsors Mudras for Meditation Series on the second Tuesday of the month— Tuesday January 9, February 13,  March 13,  April 10,  May 8,  June 12,  July 10,  August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11, 2018. This class meets at 7pm in room 103 in Warner Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White Street, Danbury CT. Members of the university community as well as members of the greater Danbury community are invited to attend. If the university is closed due to inclement weather, class will be cancelled.

This class is broken into two parts. The first part is all about mindset.  Learn the best ways to use your thoughts and words to create a successful meditation practice and more. The second part consists of Mudras which are simple finger and hand positions that help create a  meditative state  all done while sitting in the comfort of a chair. Simply by placing your fingers and hands in different postures, you can create different effects in your body. We will cover some breathing and meditation mudras. These Meditation Mudras are practiced in over a hundred countries. The purpose of this meditation is to create a state of mindfulness/thoughtless awareness. The benefits of this meditation are numerous. Some of the benefits include inner peace, happiness, clarity, improved focus, stress reduction, relaxation, and improved physical health.

Jesse Rovero is a meditation enthusiast/teacher.. He is originally a self-taught meditator with over thirteen years of experience.  Over the past seven years he has been studying and practicing mudras. He fell in love with the practice and started his own classes. All his classes are free because he wishes to share his love of meditation.

Become a Friend of IHHS

We appreciate your support of our programs and events with your attendance, and. invite you to support the IHHS by becoming a “Friend of the IHHS” with a with a donation of any size We need your help and your support. The IHHS is a self supporting enterprise, and relies on businesses, organizations, and individuals, for funding. Your contribution is used for annual student awards and to support the programming costs of the IHHS events. You may make a (tax deductible) donation via the IHHS website at and click on “Donate to the Institute”. If you prefer, you may send a check payable to WCSU Foundation/IHHS, and mail it to Christel Autuori, Director, Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Western Connecticut State University, Berkshire Hall 119C, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 Please help up continue to bring speakers, programs, and lectures to the university and greater Danbury communities. We thank you for your support.