Holistic Health and Healing Summer Institute


The Summer Institute will not be offered in 2022. 2023 Dates TBD.

The Holistic Health & Healing Summer Institute will give participants broad exposure to the application of integrative health and healing modalities and strategies for patients, families, staff, and health systems. As hospitals and other clinical settings begin to offer more holistic approaches to care, questions can arise regarding the role of providers, the processes of care, the physical environment, and organizational cultures. This program is meant to immerse participants in theories and practices offeringtools and information that you can readily apply in your own setting. Through didactic, online, and experiential learning, participants will acquire the knowledge of evidence based Handsresearch and skills to care for patients and provide leadership to create optimal healing environments. Ideal for nursing and other healthcare professionals wanting to bring holistic health and healing practices to their organizations.

By the end of the course, students will:
  • Analyze the impact that culture, history, and politics have on conventional and integrative health practices, including factors such as research funding, publication  bias, attitudes of conventional practitioners, and the history of new ideas in medicine. 
  • Describe the theoretical constructs, practices, safety, efficacy, and evidence base of selected integrative  modalities. 

  • Experience several types of integrative practices and interact with professionals in those areas. 

  • Discuss research methodologies to address the safety  and efficacy of integrative therapies.

  • Discuss clinical practice application of appropriate use  of integrative therapies in a variety of clinical settings  and processes. 

  • Recognize and develop an appreciation for different ways of knowing and healing. 

The Institute is based at Woodwinds Health Campus, an extraordinary healthcare facility in Minnesota that is a model optimal healing environment.
Faculty includes experts from the University of Minnesota’s Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and School of Nursing as well as Woodwinds Health Campus and other local and national leaders in integrative health and healing.


An advance reservation is required for this special section of CSPH 5101 Introduction to Integrative Healing Practice (3 credits). Students are required to complete additional online coursework after the in person sessions. Contact Erin Fider at fider002@umn.edu or (612) 624-5166 for more information on reserving a space in the class.

"I appreciated hearing about all the areas in healthcare that we can make a difference in. It really brings to light how important it is to care for yourself and support your patients." - Past Participant