Institute for Holistic Health Studies

2012 IHHS Programs

REIKI Training/Certification

Reiki I:

Reiki, a simple method of hands-on healing that originated in Japan, is a gentle but powerful way to access pure, spiritually guided life-force energy for self-healing, stress and pain relief. Reiki supports physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing and complements conventional medical treatment and alternative therapies. It is easy to learn and use for self, others and pets/animals. In the Reiki I class, students receive information about what Reiki is, how it works, the history of Reiki, how to do a self-treatment, and full body treatment session for others. Students also receive an "attunement" which is a sacred ritual that passes on the ability to access Reiki energy for healing self and others. A detailed manual and certificate of completion are provided for each student.

Reiki I is open to all; no experience is necessary. This class is a prerequisite for learning other levels of Reiki.
Sunday October 21, 2012 10 am – 4 pm $175 (WCSU students/faculty/staff $150) Warner Hall 102

Reiki II: Rescheduled. Will Be Reschedule

Reiki II provides a deeper understanding of the healing power of Reiki. Students are shown how to use Reiki to heal others from a distance so that you can help friends, family, others and the planet no matter where you live. Learn to heal mental/emotional and spiritual imbalances more effectively. Gain access to sacred symbols for making Reiki treatments more powerful. Students also receive the second level Reiki attunement, pertinent information and certificate of completion.

Reiki I is a prerequisite for Reiki II.

Sunday November 4, 2012 10 am – 5 pm $225 (WCSU students/faculty/staff $200) Warner Hall 102

Shamanic Reiki Level I:

(For Level II Reiki practitioners and up) Experience connecting your Reiki practice with some wonderful, practical shamanic tools. The practice of shamanism is the most ancient spiritual path on the planet. It is a path that incorporates the belief that everything is sacred, that Nature has the power to help us heal, that everyone and everything contains a spark of God or the Divine and that we are all connected. In tribal cultures and in modern culture today, shamans act as the bridge between nature, the community and the realms of Spirit. Shamans engage with the healing power of nature, and their relationships with Spirit to help others to heal and to help the Earth herself.

Learn to use some basic tools common in many shamanic traditions to deepen your Reiki practice and your connection to the sacred, the spiritual, and the natural worlds...

Topics include: working with crystals and stones, connecting with angels, spirit guides and power animals, intention for healing, shamanic journeying, reiki drumming, and basic energy clearing techniques...
Sunday November 18, 2012 10 am – 5 pm $150 (WCSU students/faculty/staff $125) Warner Hall 102

Shamanic Reiki Level II
Level two will include more crystal healing techniques, working with the elements, guided meditations, shamanic journeying to the reiki energy and reiki symbols, using Reiki drumming and chanting during healing sessions.

Must be level II Usui Reiki practitioner, and have taken level I Shamanic Reiki with Deana.

Sunday December 9, 2012 10 am – 5 pm $200 (WCSU students/faculty/staff $175) Warner Hall 102

Crystals and stones will be available for purchase by cash or check the day of class.
Certification workshops delivered by Deana Paqua, Reiki Master

To register contact Deana at:  deana.paqua@gmail.com or 203.994.5045

Registration deadline -  one week before each workshop date

Sponsored by the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Western Connecticut State University

Fall Health and Wellness Fair

The IHHS will participate in WCSU's Health Services Annual Health Fair by sponsoring a “Reiki Room” from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. This is event is FREE and open to WCSU students, faculty, staff, and the public.  Certified reiki masters will be present to provide 15-minute reiki sessions.

Wellness Wednesday Workshops

The HPX Department, in partnership with the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, is excited to continue the WCSU Faculty & Staff Wellness Program this fall!

For this third semester of the program, we will continue offering Wellness Wednesday Workshops, and we have added Thursday evening Zumba classes.  For the Wellness Wednesday Workshops, professionals from on campus and in the community will be presenting various topics related to YOUR health and wellness!  We invite you to bring a light snack or a bagged lunch and join us in the Midtown Student Center, from 12:00-1:00.  Each workshop will involve an informational component and an experiential component.

Robyn Housemann is teaching Zumba classes for faculty and staff on Thursday evenings, from 4:45-5:30 PM in the Midtown Student Center.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert zumba dancer, these classes are a ton of fun and offer a great opportunity to end your day with a little exercise through dance!
The Fall 2012 Wellness Wednesday Workshop schedule is outlined below.  Contact Emily Stevens, the program coordinator (7-3903, stevense@wcsu.edu), to RSVP for this event and with any questions. 

Fall 2012 Wellness Wednesday workshops:







Midtown Student Center 201B

Alex Boianghu, Brookfield School Counselor and Tibetan Buddhist, will discuss “Mindfulness and Compassion”



Midtown Student Center 209

Christel Autuori, certified AcuYoga instructor, will present “Yoga off the Matt and into Daily Life”. 



Midtown Student Center 201B

Barbara Baker, “Quickie Mental & Emotional Stress Busters for Balance-on-the-Go!”


Drumming circles

If you are interested in participating in Drumming Circles please contact Robyn Housemann at housemannr@wcsu.edu.


Degree Option in Holistic and Integrative Health

Please take a moment to complete this survey.  We would like to determine the level of interest in our Health Promotion Studies Degree.  We currently offer two options: Community Health and Wellness Management. We are considering adding a third option in Holistic and Integrative Health. Answer the questions to the best of your ability.

Community Health: Learn how to enhance the well-being of communities and public health systems by: assessing a community’s overall health through an examination of health status, behavioral risks, available health resources, and the quality of living conditions and development of programs that can lead to healthier environments and better health for individuals.

Wellness Management: Follows the same core curriculum as the Community Health Option.  Physical activity, nutrition, and worksite wellness are the primary areas of focus for Wellness Management whereas the Community Health option is more general. Students are prepared to be wellness coaches and to manage wellness programs.

Holistic and Integrative Health:  Follows the same core curriculum as above.  In addition students will explore the diverse systems that are considered complementary or integrative health and will gain an awareness of the philosophies of health and healing that unite all of these systems. The benefits of emphasizing wellness, building a strong relationship between provider and client, promoting self-healing, and using nutritional approaches, traditional methods and other natural healing techniques are the areas of focus.
Please go to the following link to take our anonymous interest survey!



Practical Strength Training for Older Adults

Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays 8-9 a.m

Designed for people 60 and older, this resistance training program incorporates free weights and body weight to promote muscle strength and endurance in a way that maintains functional ability and quality of life. Participants are encouraged to attend twice a week, Tuesday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday. Dr. Jeff Schlicht, Ph.D. Berkshire Hall, Bill Williams Gymnasium South.
The above event is free to students, faculty, and staff and is open to the general public for a $2.00 per day fee, payable on a quarterly basis. New quarters begin January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1, but new participants are encouraged to join at any time by attending a Friday orientation class with Dr. Schlicht. Quarterly fees will be prorated for people joining once the quarter has started.

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