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‘Meditation: Multicultural Perspectives,’ more at WCSU

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS), the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation and the Honors Students of Compassion will provide meditation workshops from 4 to 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in the Ballroom of the Campus Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

This third annual event promotes personal, collective and global peace, and offers various styles of mind-quieting meditation. In addition, several speakers will discuss settling oneself in spite of stressful news, technology and constant streams of information of the 21st century. “Meditation: Multicultural Perspectives” is free and open to the public. Each workshop is about 45 minutes long. Registration begins at 3:45 p.m.

IHHS Director Christel Autuori will make the event’s opening remarks. Workshops include: “Creating Compassion” by Geshela Dhargey, “The Meditation of Metaphor – Peace, Insight and Relaxation through Writing Practice” by Nancy Scherlong, “Finding Peace in the Shadows of Self” by Rebecca Schoenewolf, “Meet Your Power Animal” by Deana Paqua, “Peaceful Yoga” by Lara Ward, “Making Compassion Real” by Dr. Christopher Kukk, “Mindful Meditation for Academic Success” by Marcia Kendall, “Shamanic Visioning (Meditation) for Everyday Success” by Herman Olivera, “Meditation Mudras” by Jesse Rovero, and “One Pointed Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, Meditation in Motion, Coloring Meditation and Chocolate Meditation” by Autuori.

Future IHHS events include the following Wellness Wednesday Workshops, which are free and open to the public at 12:30 p.m. in Room 127 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 12: “Forest Bathing” with Forest Bathing Guide Jennifer Salkin
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17: “Need More Power: How We Generate Energy” with Michael Murphy of Murphy Family Chiropractic
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: “A Day in the Life of an Essential Oil User” with Certified Aromatherapy Coach Wayne Leiss

 Additional events include an IHHS Open House and Networking Event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in Room 103 of Warner Hall on WCSU’s Midtown campus and a talk by Saundra Cindy Blum, internationally known author, speaker and counselor, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the Midtown campus.

The IHHS is housed within the Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX) at WCSU. It encourages the community to explore different aspects of holistic and integrative health through programming and instruction while promoting conventional healing and various traditional, modern and alternative practices.

For more information, contact Autuori at or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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