Institute for Holistic Health Studies

Past Events


“Navigating the New Normal” was an interactive program held for the WCSU and the greater Danbury community. Although the Covid pandemic has waned – and hopefully ended – and we are “back to normal”, it does not feel like the normal life we knew pre pandemic. During the presentation, we discussed different strategies that can be used for time management and self care as we continue to develop strength and resilience to navigate a new post pandemic normal. Christel Autuori, MA RDH, E-RYT 200, NBC – HWC, who is the director of the IHHS, is also a board certified Health and Wellness Coach, with additional certifications in Integrative Health and Lifestyle Medicine Coaching, a registered yoga teacher, a certified Reiki master, and a certified Holistic Stress Management instructor. She is a nationally recognized speaker and author, and has presented programs to health professionals and the public for over two decades. She is also an adjunct faculty member at WCSU and the founder and owner of the Integrative Health of Connecticut, LLC.

The IHHS and  the Wellness team presented  WCSU Self Care Day on May 6, 20201, the week before final exams, to provide self care and stress management solutions to WCSU students.  Click on the photo to view the video. 





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.





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Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward

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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.

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 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.