Perspectives, news, and announcements from the Center that will ignite your passion for wellbeing.

November 29, 2018
Center friend, mentor, and namesake Earl Bakken passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21. Through articles and columns in past issues of Mandala, you have come to understand the Center’s deep connections with Earl and the many ways in which he has influenced our work to advance wellbeing for all. Since 2004, the Center has been hosting integrative healing and wellbeing courses in Hawaii. These include academic courses for graduate students, such as those in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching programs, and a two to three week rotation for medical students. Below, past students who attended these immersive learning experience share memories of meeting Earl. In 2017, the Center dedicated a special issue of Mandala to Earl. To view this magazine online, visit

Continue reading: Remembering Earl Bakken

November 29, 2018
As a society, we’re starting to pay more attention to low back pain. The mounting public health crisis around opioid addiction, the huge costs of procedures to diagnose pain, and the aggressive treatment options like spinal surgery have spurred the search for alternative ways to treat this condition, which affects at least 40 percent of adults at some point in their lives. But what about their younger counterparts? Research shows low back pain is developing with increasing frequen­cy in adolescents, and many carry it on into adulthood.
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November 28, 2018
Every fall when the leaves began to turn and the temperature started dipping, I’d receive a call from Earl Bakken’s office in Hawaii asking if the autumn issue of Mandala had been published. There was no more devoted reader than Earl.

Continue reading: A Time of Gratitude

November 26, 2018
"When you look for the good in others, you also discover the good in yourself." Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer with a Monday Refresh on Kare 11.
November 19, 2018
A new episode is out! Overeating can seem to be an inevitable problem to many with winter holidays on the horizon, Thanksgiving being one of the biggest culprits among them. Carolyn Denton joins us to talk about happy, healthy eating habits with her expertise as a nutritionist.
November 19, 2018
The holiday season is a time for family, friends, food...and stress. While many people enjoy celebrating with loved ones, the pressures of holiday gift-buying, travel, and overindulgence can take their toll.

Continue reading: Tips for Mindful Holidays

November 7, 2018
A new episode is out! "I think that we're living in times that are fraught with stress. I think most people experience daily stress and the notion that you can utilize Reiki on a daily basis on yourself for 15 minutes 30 minutes and that you can restore some of your energy and that you can experience reduce stress I think is a preventative measure."
October 29, 2018
A new episode is out! "[...] If we look at schools, everyone's making sure everybody has a desk, a textbook, pencils, right? Equity, however, is giving people what they need to reach the same outcome as everyone else, and that's different than equality"

Continue reading: Take Five: Necessity of Equity

October 22, 2018
A new episode is out! People commonly think that "aromatherapy" refers to anything that smells good, like scented candles, potpourri, and perfumes. We use the term "aromatherapy" to refer to the therapeutic application of plant essential oils (usually diluted in some type of solution) by qualified aromatherapists or other individuals.
October 16, 2018
A new episode is out! "Surgery removes the bullet out of the limb, which is an obstruction to cure, but nature heals the wound. So it is with medicine; the function of an organ becomes obstructed; medicine so far as we know, assists nature to remove the obstruction, but does nothing more. And what nursing has to do in either case, is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him." - Florence Nightingale, Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not



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