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Institute for Holistic Health Studies

Institute for Holistic Health Studies


About WCSU Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) 

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) is housed within WCSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX).  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 Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) Center for Well-being is located in White Hall, room 114 and is housed within WCSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX)

In these complicated Covid -19 times, with all the disruptions, difficulties, and disturbances in life, we seek familiar structure, routine and stability.  Holistic self care is more important than ever.   Although the IHHS is unable to present programs and events in person on campus, we are committed to  continue offering educational opportunities supporting the health and well being of the body, mind, and spirit.  With social distancing, compassion and respect for one another, we will offer our program and events virtually.

Visit our YouTube Channel for videos about the center, mental health resources on campus, and fabulous stressbuster activities!


STRESSBUSTERS  2021  IS HERE! Please click the image for details.


Distant Reiki by Marcia Kendall is currently unavailable.

Featured Past Events


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 …






November 13 at 7:30 pm: Aly Cohen MD will present  “Are Environmental Exposures a danger to YOUR mental health?”

Dr. Aly Cohen discussed evidence-based data on everyday chemicals and EMF exposure and how they contribute to mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD. She will discuss dietary approaches to reduce toxicity, clean drinking water, beneficial supplements,indoor air quality, sleep hygiene, stress management, and use safe use of cellular technology. Dr. Cohen provided practical tips and resources to enable and empower students, faculty, and the public on effective ways to limit environmental exposures in order to reduce mental health risks, better manage current conditions, and improve overall well-being!

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         Aly Cohen - November 2019

On November 5th, 2018, Saundra Cindy Blum, a certified Hypnotherapist, Past Life Regression Therapist , Reiki practitioner, and international lecturer, shared stories from her book, Footsteps through the Sands of Time—Past Life Dramas, Present Life Lessons.





For a listing of all past events, go to https://www.wcsu.edu/ihhs/past-events/

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



Pictured with Bernie are, (left to right) Christel Autuori, Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Patricia Ivry, Former 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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