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Emotional Well Being and Holistic Health: The Best of East and West

You are invited…

Tuesday, December 9th, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

A rare opportunity to meet a master practitioner Enrico Cheli, Ph.D., one of the foremost transpersonal psychologists in Europe

“Emotional Well Being and Holistic Health: The Best of East and West”

Are you seeking greater satisfaction and balance in life? Come join Enrico to explore…

  • conscious relationships 
  • greater self-awareness
  • emotional intelligence and 
  • mindful daily living



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Manifesting Your Perfect Life: Finding Inspiration & Purpose in Times of Transition

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Presented by Eva Archer Smith, executive coach, business executive, spiritual teacher, and motivational speaker

Looking for your next right step at home or at work?

Eva Archer Smith an expert in the field of effectiveness, transformation and personal discovery through one-on-one coaching, team development, and motivational speaking, has a unique ability to stimulate growth and change. She does this — as her Fortune 100 clients attest — by inspiring people to identify old habits that block success and to discover new ways to think and act, even in the midst of change or challenge.


“My purpose (or shall I say my passion?) is to help people see the things that frustrate them, hold them back, or keep them or their organizations from moving forward in new and creative ways. It sounds too easy, but simply by changing our perspective on these former “obstacles,” we change the way we behave, and the chain of reactions around us evolves from holding us back to setting us free.” – Eva Archer Smith

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Please arrive between 6:30 and 7pm.  Carpool if possible

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A Spotlight on – Integrative Health and Healing

The Graduate Institute is known for innovative degree programs in emerging fields. One of the most popular programs is the MA in Integrative Health and Healing. TGI offers both degree and certificate programs.

Denise Romano, Program Coordinator in the Integrative Health and Healing program describes the experiences as:

“A Model of self exploration where students see the various treatment modalities as pieces of themselves and through exploration, become an integral part of who they will become.”

She goes on to say, “You can’t help but grow as a person...and that makes you more marketable and secure in yourself. It also helps you to discover what your true passion is. The internships give you the opportunity to explore those passions in depth.”

Why choose Integrative Health and Healing?

“The concrete answer is that this is a field that is becoming more and more open in medicine/health, so that it is actually possible to create your own niche in an area and then create a career based on the knowledge that you gain. Going through the program allows you to absorb many different ways of looking at health and healing from Western and Eastern perspectives. The student has such a broad array of tools to use now and this will certainly make an integrative approach to healing the way of the future!”

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A Spotlight on – Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability

The Graduate Institute is known for innovative degree programs in emerging fields of study. One of our newest programs is the Certificate in Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability.

The Ecotherapy program is designed to provide the participant with a variety of activities that enhance their self-sufficiency and capacity for creating sustainable cultures. For example: woodland and essential survival skills, permaculture, animal-assisted therapies, holistic gardening, social/environmental/food justice, natural healing, and more. By accessing the balance and sustenance inherent in nature and reflected in indigenous ways of knowing, students will emerge from the program with a deeper connection to self, community, and to the larger ecosystem.

Program Coordinator, Ed O’Malley asked his students to reflect on their recent class session. Here are some of the responses:

“The presenter was speaking from his heart and personal experience, which made it all much more natural-he was not giving a lecture from theory only, he was sharing a part of his soul that is very dear to him. At least that is what I sensed.”

“The presentation reinforced my own concepts of the relationships that can be form with nature, the benefits of their interactions and the immensity of opportunities to apply its wisdom not only to children’s lives, but many of the “other” lives that merge with ours.”

“While standing in the middle of my circle, the second day after I put it together, a branch came down and gently touched my face and my head…it was the most incredible experience I ever had with not only Nature, but with “a tree” which no longer is a tree, but now is my “friend”. Truly I have no words to express the experience. I think it elevated me to some spirit level I’ve never been before. If this is what it feels to truly be with Nature, I do want more of it. I am grateful for this new friendship.”

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A Spotlight on – Learning and Thinking

The Graduate Institute is known for its work with teachers. One of the longest running programs is the MA in Learning and Thinking.

TGI now offers an accelerated program at our main campus and at other locations in Connecticut.

The Learning and Thinking program has become a favorite for teachers all over Connecticut as it is an exciting and dynamic program focused on how we create meaning. It fulfills requirements for Connecticut State Educators and it is one of the most affordable Master’s degree programs in Connecticut.

Jim Trifone, Program Coordinator, recently asked his students to reflect on their recent weekend session. Here is what they said: 

“In order to change the influence of the patterns in the brain, it is necessary to establish other emotional choices in response to experiences, to see and react to things differently through intent. By holding to these new chosen emotional responses, it is possible to change the chemical and neural patterns in the brain to support the new response patterns”.

“The power to redefine ourselves and reform our brains to match our personal, emotional and intellectual goals for growth is a profoundly important component for improving our lives both in terms of our own experiences and in terms of how we affect others”.

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