Cliffs of Galway

Third International Integrative Nursing Symposium

We are pleased to announce the 3rd International Integrative Nursing Symposium, which will be held from May 22-24, 2019 in Galway, Ireland. The 2019 theme is “Leadership and Innovation in Nursing.”

A complete program will be posted after the abstract review. The call for abstracts is now open; submissions are due by November 5, 2018. Hotel block with special pricing is now available, and pre-conference workshops are filling quickly. Register now to reserve your spot!



    "The instructors were very understanding in my Center courses and they truly practiced mindfulness themselves! They were the most supportive instructors that I have experienced here at the University."



    "I work for a non-profit with a mission to build healthier communities. I’m using what I’ve learned in my Center courses to help people explore diverse ways of building individual and community resilience."



    "As a future physician, I will apply some of the holistic practices that I have learned in Center coursesto my medical practices. The body is more than just the physical being, and there is more to medicine than pharmaceuticals."


    "CSPH courses are different because they rely much more heavily on reading and synthesizing information from research – these courses really support critical thinking. The approach is more 'how to think' about a subject, rather than 'what to think.'"


    "I am a practicing pharmacist, and taking an academic course at the Center gave me new tools to use to help my patients."



    Top Reasons for Enrollment

    • Academic credit
    • Personal development
    • Professional education
    • Mental health and wellbeing


    Academic Quality

    • 96% satisfied with course quality
    • 94% satisfied with academic rigor
    • 91% satisfied with academic instruction


    Students reported CSPH courses support them in addressing:

    • Stress: 75%
    • Anxiety: 58%
    • Depression: 35%
    • Insomnia: 17%
    • Other: 14%


$3M Transformational Learning; $4M Strategic Innovation; $4M Research and Discovery; $1M Growth and Sustainability; $12M Overall Goal


"I am excited to kick off the Wellbeing for All campaign for the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. The campaign comes at a time when we are poised to grow the Center in ways that will enable us to meet the increasing needs of those we serve."

-Center Director Mary Jo Kreitzer

Around the Center


CSPH 5541 - Emotional Healing and Happiness

This course will introduce and provide in-depth, experiential training in the cultivation of happiness, emotional health and healing for multi-disciplinary professions. Students will learn ancient and contemporary highly effective methods for the transformation of afflictive emotions, unhealthy patterns, and behaviors.

DL meeting

2018 India Group with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

CSPH 5318 faculty and students just had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India! During each India trip, the Group visits the Taj Mahal in Agra and travels to Dharamsala in the spectacular Himalayan Mountains. Dharamsala, is home to His Holiness and a large Tibetan refugee community. Doctors at Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical Institute, teach the Group their “Six Day Course about Tibetan Medicine.” 

Equine Assisted Activites

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT)

What is the science behind equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT)? That is the question we try to answer in the CSpH 5643 "Horse as Teacher" course. This blended (six weeks online with one week face-to-face) class highlights the science behind EAAT and how partnering with the horse can help the brain and body work together to bring about measurable positive outcomes.

Kalalau Valley, Hawaii

Travel Abroad: Hawaii 2019

In this exciting interdisciplinary travel program, you will travel to the Big Island of Hawaii and learn about integrative healing and wellbeing in a tropical setting. Topics include aromatherapy, indigenous Hawaiian healing, and Reiki.

Ricka Robb Kohnstamm

Featured Alumni: Ricka Kohnstamm

Ricka Robb Kohnstamm combines more than 25 years of professional service industry and strategic consulting expertise with a M.A. in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, one of the United States' premiere research universities. She offers individual and group coaching at her private practice, Align Whole Health.

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