Institute for Holistic Health Studies

2019 IHHS Events

Spring 2019 Calendar

All events free and open to public unless otherwise noted

The IHHS will present two evening programs held at 7 pm in White Hall, room 127 on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White Street, Danbury CT:

Tuesday February 26: “Integrative Medical Approaches for Pain Management” presented by Mitchell Prywes, MD Medical Center for Pain Rehabilitation, Danbury CT

Tuesday, March 26: “Ayurveda an art of healthy living “ presented by Jaya Daptadar, Ayurveda and Healthcare Business Consultant CEO and founder , Active Ayurveda and Yoga LLC

Wellness Wednesday Workshops

All take place in White Hall room 127  on the WCSU Midtown campus  at 12:30 pm and are free and open to the public:

February 6: “Thoughts shape our words and actions” will be presented by Ms. Cicely Greaves Cicely Greaves is the owner and operator of REGARD. She daily practices meditation and is a Reiki Master. In her journey she has changed her awareness, thoughts, words, deeds and actions. She is a producer and TV host of the award-winning show Give and Take the Virtues in Life. She has a Degree in Early childhood Development and Psychology and supports businesses, and individuals in their journey to transform the way in which they respond to the constant stimulus that we are exposed to in the world.

February 27: “How to Solve Your Weight Problem…PERMANENTLY” presented by Mr. Stavros Mastrogiannis, personal trainer and health coach, owner of Live Your Way Thin in Danbury CT Stavros says “We do not have a weight problem—we have a habit problem” Learn to change your habits and become healthier.

March 27: “Environmental Health Where You Call Home” presented by Marcia Kendall, MA, WCSU faculty, and Holistic Lifestyle and Ecotherapy Coach Is the place you call home hurting you or helping you to live a positive, holistic lifestyle? In this interactive workshop you will discover what your surroundings are saying to your body and mind, as well as learn effective techniques to detox your environment and work with Nature for better health and healing.”

Mark your calendar!

Fourth annual Health, Fitness & Wellness Fair at WCSU on Tuesday April 2 from 12pm til 3pm in the Berkshire gym on the WCSU Midtown campus.

For additional information please contact Christel Autuori RDH RYT MA, Director, Institute for Holistic Health Studies, at


Mudra Meditations

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies will sponsor a Mudra Meditation series on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in Warner Hall room 103 on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT The 2019 dates for this series are as follows: February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10. 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.