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Institute for Holistic Health Studies

Wellness Suite

Institute for Holistic Health Studies

Wellness Suite (Berkshire Hall 119)

This spring semester, the IHHS Wellness center will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stop in, rest and relax in a peaceful space

  • Stop and take a breather
  • One Pointed Meditation
  • Coloring Meditation
  • Chocolate Meditation
  • Guided Meditation
  • Yoga off-the-mat


In addition, Reiki will be available on Thursdays afternoons from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and private reiki sessions and therapeutic massage are available to the WCSU faculty, staff, and students by appointment. Contact Christel Autuori at autuoric@wcsu.edu for information or to make an appointment.


About the Suite

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies opened the new Wellness Suite in Berkshire Hall on the Midtown campus of Western Connecticut State University in Fall 2015. This beautiful space is an oasis of peace and serenity promoting health of the body, mind, and spirit. The generous yet cozy common room is a warm and inviting space for small group workshops or activities such as guided meditation, yoga off the mat, or drumming circles. For a more private and personalized setting, there are three treatment rooms which may be used for individual reiki, massage, nutrition counselling, fitness assessments or health coaching appointments. The sense of peace and tranquility continues and extends outside to the mediation garden next to Berkshire Hall. Students designed, planted, and will maintain this garden as a place to stroll or sit in quiet reflection.

This wellness suite provides a venue for WCSU and the greater Danbury community to experience new opportunities for wellness, participate in workshops, and attend certification programs. In addition, the space is used to support in the courses for the new Holistic and Integrative Health Option in the BS of Health Promotion Studies curriculum. This wellness suite is the result of collaboration, ingenuity and creativity from several departments at WCSU. Many of the furnishings – tables, chairs, massage tables – were surplus furniture that were no longer in use by other departments and other branch campuses of WCSU, demonstrating sensitivity and commitment to reduce/reuse/and recycle.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the Wellness Suite, November 12, 2015

Pictured, left to right: Dr. Jess House, Dean, School of Professional Studies, Dr. Jane McBride Gates, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor Jody Rajcula, HPX Department Co-chair, Dr. Robyn Housemann, HPX Department Co-chair, Christel Autuori, Director, Institute for Holistic Health Studies, and Dr. John B. Clark, WCSU President.