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Institute for Holistic Health Studies Fall Line-up

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury is celebrating its 20th year with a full schedule of fall events for everyone.

Fourth Annual WCSU Multicultural Meditation

The evening will take place on Wednesday, September 4, in the Student Center at Western Connecticut State University’s Midtown Campus, from 4 to 8:30pm.
After an introduction from Christel Autuori, MA, Director of the Institute of Holistic Health Studies, there will be a variety of 45-minute meditation workshops starting at 4:15pm and continuing until 8pm. Workshops include themes such as guided visual, inner focus, hummingbird sound, listening and sound, eco-energy, yoga and moving, Mudra and insight meditations. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.  

Wellness Wednesday Workshop Series

The Wellness Wednesday workshops will be held in White Hall, room 122, on the WCSU Midtown Campus, at 12:30pm. These workshops are free and open to the public, and you are invited to bring your lunch with you. The speaker lineup includes:

On September 18, chiropractor Dr. Anne Brandon will speak about posture, ergonomics and health.

On October 16, Bobbi Soares, vocal yoga teacher and energy and sound healer, will discuss stress-reducing techniques of humming and self-created sounds in “Hummingbird Sound Journey.” 

On November 13, Michael Rosenbaum will speak on positive psychology and stress management.

Special Event: Environmental Chemicals and Mental Health: What We Can Do to Reduce Exposures

On November 13 at 7:30pm, Aly Cohen, MD, will discuss evidence-based data on everyday chemicals and EMF exposures and how they contribute to mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and ADHD.  She will provide practical tips and resources to reduce toxicity, and offer information about dietary approaches, sleep hygiene, stress management and the safe use of cellular technology. This event will be held in the Ives concert hall on the WCSU Midtown campus. Tickets will be available online and at the WCSU box office.

Monthly Mudra Meditation

The monthly mudra meditation series continues at 7pm on the second Tuesday of the month (except for October, when it will be the second Thursday of the month due to Yom Kippur) and is held in Warner Hall room 101 on the WCSU Midtown campus. This meditation series is free and open to the public.

Free parking is available for all events at the White Street parking garage.

For more information or to register, visit  Locations: WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St, Danbury and WCSU Westside campus, Mill Plain Rd, Danbury. See Community Resource Guide listing, page 65.

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