Institute for Holistic Health Studies

2018 IHHS Programs

Spring 2018 Calendar

All events free and open to public unless otherwise noted

Annual Health and Wellness Fair
Tuesday April 10, 2018
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies has sponsored twelve annual Health and Wellness Fairs. These health fairs bring together health and wellness practitioners from across the region and state and WCSU student health and wellness services to showcase opportunities to enhance and protect health. In addition, students in the Health Promotion Studies program exhibit their service learning projects and provide fun activities for attendees. The health fairs have varied over the years and have included exhibits, presentations, a film screening, 5K walk-run events, yoga, tai chi and drumming demonstrations, and more. Reiki practitioners and massage therapists have donated their time to provide free reiki sessions and massages.



Wellness Wednesday Workshops, 2/14, 3/07, 4/04, 4/18  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.

Mudra Meditation, second Tuesday of the month (1/09, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/08, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14, 9/11, 10/09, 11/13, 12/11)

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.

IHHS Sponsored Programs

Wellness Wednesday Workshops Spring 2018

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

Dr. Sarah Poulin, DACM, L.Ac, Dipl.OM.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
12:30 PM
White Hall, room 127

Sponsored By The Institute For Holistic Health Studies

Free and Open to the Public

Wellness Wednesdays Workshops are held at 12:30 Pm, White Hall, Room 127, WCSU Midtown Campus

This series of wellness wednesday workshops provides information on a wide variety of topics and techniques influencing health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit.

February 14 Health Myths; Busted – Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DACM,LAc SOPHIA natural health

Is drinking milk better than taking calcium? Will eggs raise my cholesterol? Can I beat diabetes naturally? Learn the facts  vs. the myths about health and wellness today

April 4 Medicinal Benefits of Tea – Dr. Andrew Cummins & Dr. Mara Davidson, Naturopathic Physicians –

Teas taste good but have medicinal properties and enhance the immune system, calm the nerves,detoxify the body and much more! Learn how tea can improve your health

April 18 Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture – Sarah Poulin, DACM, LAc –

What is TCM used for? How does acupuncture work? What does it feel like? Learn about this ancient system of medicine and how it is used in health and wellness today

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

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.