Institute for Holistic Health Studies


The Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) is housed within WCSU's Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX).

Our Mission

The mission of the IHHS is to provide the university and greater Danbury area with an opportunity to engage in and explore different aspects of holistic and integrative health through programming and instruction. Our holistic perspective on health and healing integrates conventional healing with traditional and modern alternative practices from around the world.

The Spring 2017 Calendar of Events Includes:

Special Guest Lectures

Improving Mood with Natural Medicine, February 21st

Finding Serenity in the Storm, April 18th

A Monthly Meditation Series

A Lunch Time Wellness Wednesday Workshop Series

Health Wellness and Fitness Fair, April 11th

And more ...


Featured Past Event


Held on December 6, this event, designed to help students, faculty, and staff manage the “end of semester” stress, was co sponsored by the Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation at WCSU.¬† STRESSBUSTERS! featured a variety of practitioners¬† offering tips and techniques for self care and tools¬† to ease and relieve stress. Learn more ...




Pictured with Bernie are, (left to right) Christel Autuori, Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Patricia Ivry, Interim dean of the School for Professional Studies, and Robyn Housemann, co chair of the Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences Department.


Presentation Dr. Bernie Siegel

Bernie, as he likes to be called, spoke on "The Art of Healing" to an audience of over 250 people in Ives concert hall on Tuesday October 18, 2016. Bernie, a nationally acclaimed physician and surgeon, author, speaker, and educator, and author of over 30 books, is a well known and widely respected leader in the field of integrative health and healing. Bernie shared personal stories, experiences, and anecdotes to illustrate the many dimensions of healing. "Life is a miracle, and we need to not fear trying to achieve our potential and reveal the remarkable creation we and all living things are, and that our Creator has build into us the ability to induce self-healing." Bernie generously signed books and CDs following his presentation.




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