Institute for Holistic Health Studies

Past Events


All events free and open to public unless otherwise noted


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, is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am – 2 pm and on Thursdays from 2 – 4:30pm or by appointment. 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

October 18 2017

Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward

Listen to Dr. Seaward’s podcast

On October 18th in the Ives Concert Hall, Dr. Brian Luke Seaward spoke about stress management. Dr. Seaward or “Luke”, as he likes to be called, is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, award winning film director, holistic stress management expert, workshop facilitator, and teacher. He has authored more than twelve books, including the classic best sellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, The Art of Calm and Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward. His acclaimed documentary, Earth Songs, has appeared at several film festivals nationwide as well as many PBS affiliate stations across the country in 2013–2014.

Event Info


October 18 2016Bernie-Siegel

“An evening with Bernie Siegel, MD”. Bernie, as he prefers to be called, will present a lecture entitled The Art of Healing and will have a book signing immediately following. This event was held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm in the Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus.

Don’t wait!!!! Get your tickets now! Call the WCSU box office
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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

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.comDownload 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.comDownload 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 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.comDownload 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 –

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 –

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


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.


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

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


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 –

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



The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University, in partnership with the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association, presented a Tai Chi Teacher Certification program. on July 22-27, 2016, at the Westside Campus of Western Connecticut State University. The 6th generation Yang Family Grandmaster Yang Jun presented lectures and led practice in the 10 movement had form. He was assisted by faculty from the Teachers Academy of International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association, This Teacher Training Methods program consisted of three full days of lecture and practice with Grandmaster Yang Jun followed by two full days of an academic program which included instruction in Anatomy, Body Mechanics, Chinese Terminology, Pedagogy, Five Element Theory, and Introduction to Chinese Medicine. At the conclusion of the program, participants had the opportunity to earn tai chi trainer or coach certification, and join an international association of tai chi teachers.
Christel Autuori, director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, participated in the program and also presented the lectures on Five Element Theory and Introduction to Chinese Medicine.


WELLNESS WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS (White Hall, Room 127, 12:30 pm. Held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Note: no workshop on March 22-spring break)

FEBRUARY 10 LIVING POETRY, WRITING LIVES Using Poetry for Healing with Reggie Marra, MA, IMC, ACC
FEBRUARY 24 INTRODUCTION TO NATUROPATHY with Stephanie DeSousa, BS Health Promotion Studies, WCSU graduate, ND student, College of Naturopathy University of Bridgeport
MARCH 9 INTRODUCTION TO HERBALISM with Lupo Passero, community herbalist, flower essences practitioner, director of Twin Star Herbal Education
APRIL 13 STRENGTH TRAINING with Health Promotion Studies Students, WCSU Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences
APRIL 24 THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE with Valerie Rich, Certified Yoga Teacher, Alexander Technique Teacher, and Reiki Master


The IHHS, in partnership with WCSU Campus Recreation, CHOICES, WCSU Health Service and WCSU Counseling Center will present the Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair on April 12, 2016

FALL 2015

The Fall, 2015 Wellness Wednesday series included presentations on: Creating Your Own Blue Zone with healthy lifestyles, Healing with Essential Oils, The Vital Signs of Wellbeing, Mind/Body Practices, and Whole Food Nutrition. These workshops are FREE and open to WCSU students, faculty and staff, and the general public.