Health and WellnessHealth and Wellness resources for programs at Passion University. Students can include these resources in their personal programs upon approval of their academic and career counselors.

The programs pertains to the whole person's body, mind and spirit interacting with other people and interdependent with the environment. Health and Wellness students learn to see challenges to a person's well-being in a fuller context, and to develop empowering solutions that awaken the individual's innate self-healing abilities.

Explores the relationship between health and creative ways of living through understanding human nature and human potential. The evolution and dynamics of human biology, consciousness and culture. Health orientations of different traditions as they pertain to life cycle stages, including birth and death. Recognition and use of socio-psychological and ecological factors in the health and healing process.

Reviewing traditional East/West models and Asian traditions, particularly Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Western development in holistic health. Overview of psychobiology of stress and self-regulatory methods such as: autogenic training, biofeedback, progressive relaxation, visualization, and behavioral techniques. Shamanic and transpersonal medicine.

Overview of therapies and and self-care practices in the Holistic Health field. A multidisciplinary, cross-cultural exploration of the frontiers of health and healing supported by presentations from leading researchers, healers, clinicians, authors, and social visionaries.

This course also provides examination and comparison of various healing practices, concepts, and experiences of health and illness, roles of healer and healee, and environmental context. Exploration of possible universal principles in the healing process.

Topics covered:

  1. Introduction to Anatomy
    • Tissues
    • Terms
    • Systems of the Body
  2. Skeletal System
    • Axial & Appendicular Divisions
    • Articulations & Range-of-Motion
    • Sprains
  3. Muscular System
    • Contraction Physiology; Concentric & Eccentric
    • Types of muscles: Smooth, Cardiac, Skeletal
    • Skeletal Muscles: Origin, Insertion, Actions, Palpation of major muscles
    • Strains
  4. Nervous System
    • Central and Peripheral Systems
    • Somatic and Autonomic Functions
    • Major nerves of the body
    • Dermatomes & Myotomes
  5. Circulatory System
    • Blood composition and function
    • Cardio-vascular System
    • Lymphatic / Immune System
  6. Other Systems
    • Integument: Dermis and Epidermis
    • Urinary / Excretory functions
    • Digestion and Nutrition
    • Respiratory
    • Endocrine & Reproductive

This course provides an in-depth study of the theory and practice of quantitative and qualitative nutritional and holistic health concepts. Scientific approaches are examined through spiritual and energy force modalities. Students learn simple, yet rational, methods for evaluating individualized nutritional programs for themselves and their clients.

Topics covered:

  • Physiology of Nutrition
  • Herbalism and dietary supplements
  • Physical and spiritual well-being, health, and illness
  • Shamanic, Eastern, and Western Healing practices
  • Psychoneuroimmunology: the influence of belief and attitudes on health

This course introduces the main somatic and energy medicine tools used when working with clients to assist them in their healing process. Client-Healer relationships are an intricate dance of communication, trust, and support. Building upon our basic neurosomatics skills, students learn and practice advanced techniques that deepen our experience and enriches their repertoire of tools.

In this course students practice several forms of breathing techniques and ecstatic movements and postures. Students focus on the main energy flows of the body, identifying constrictions, and methods to assist in their release. Emphasis is on neurorespiratory and neuromuscular integration.

Emotional Intelligence includes three main aspects: awareness, release, and healing. Awareness is the first necessary step to recognize emotions and work with them. Emotional release is an essential part that requires a unique and supportive setting to facilitate an effective release without violating others in your surrounding. Emotional healing takes place when the emotional channels open, a free flow of emotions is moving, and they are integrated with the other body systems.

Understanding of the connection between physical and emotional tensions is facilitated in this course by exploring maps of consciousness that offer an integrative perspective, and by developing physical and verbal closure methods.

Topics covered:

  • Emotional dynamics
  • Origin, development, and nature of emotions
  • The role of emotional awareness in understanding emotional dynamics
  • Emotional waving techniques and practice
  • Emotional healing

Explorations in altered states through transpersonal and shamanic rituals.

Develop lifelong skills to tap your intuition and the world of spirit for healing, creativity, power, and insight. Dive into deeper explorations in altered states. Expand the range of creative media and expressions to access the resources of your spiritual nature: Dance, music, drama, painting, sculpting, and poetry.

The course combines academic learning and experiential sessions. Students have access to extensive resources through the eLearning Center. Face-to-face class time is primarily utilized for experiential processes and individual guidance. Although students learn structured techniques and processes, the instructor also supports students finding their own best methods within shamanic healing practices.

Objectives: In this course you will learn how to

  • Create a setting for shamanic journeys
  • Utilize traditional tools and modern neurosomatics
  • Open your energy channels
  • Qualities of altered states
  • Connect with your power animals and spirit teachers
  • Integrate shamanic experiences with your Purpose

Basic emergency management course for injuries such as broken bones, bleeding, and burns, and medical emergencies such as diabetes, seizures, and heart attack. Guidelines for one-rescuer adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Other topics covered are choking, the Chain of Survival, normal heart and lung anatomy and function, how to recognize a heart attack, and stroke warning signs. This course typically will be taken at other approved certified educational organizations.

Topics Covered:

  • Injuries
  • Medical emergencies
  • Choking
  • CPR
  • Heart & lung anatomy

Topics covered:

  • Transformative art modalities: drawing, sculpting, dance/movement, music, drama, poetry, sandplay
  • Transformative and healing nature of the arts
  • The connection between the creative process, imagery, spiritual exploration, and artistic expression
  • The arts as a form of thinking
  • Psychodrama theory, process, and techniques
  • Role-playing, distancing, and projection
  • Group dynamics and psychodrama as a transformative tool with groups, families, and couples
  • Self discovery of physical, emotional, and mental themes in personal life scripts
  • Mapping of subjective feeling and emotions with external objects and processes
  • Sacred time & space, rituals, and sacred arts

Transformative Arts is a hybrid course, with both online and workshop components.

This course provides a comprehensive, clear and engaging introduction to human ecology, biological adaptation, cultural adaptation and sustainability.

Included are studies of the organization and function of ecosystems, the interactions of human social systems with them and how social institutions and processes contribute to, or conflict with, sustainability. The course concentrates on how humans affect global ecosystems and how these changes impact our health, behavior, social and cultural life.

The course will integrate long-standing ecological principles with more recent case studies that focus on achieving ecologically sustainable development. The coursework includes concepts that can be applied in our individual and collective lives to pursue a promising and secure future. This material is a thought provoking exercise aimed at sensitizing the students via case studies on biological and cultural adaptations from different parts of the world.

By pursuing this course, students will also be able to investigate ecological principles relevant to global concerns and will be able to cultivate values that prepare them as informed and responsible global citizens.

Topics covered:

  • human ecology
  • biological adaptation
  • cultural adaptation
  • sustainability
  • Personal and global environment
  • Ecology: human relationship with Earth
  • Gaia theory
  • Exploration of interconnection with other life forms in natural setting
  • Aesthetics & architecture
  • Feng Shui and Sthapatya Veda

This course covers the fundamentals of holistic business administration and management of a successful business. Planning is essential for business success. For this reason, students will develop a comprehensive business plan during the course to act as the blueprint for starting a business or achieving future growth.

This course covers the essential topics of managing a well-functioning business in a holistic way. Students have also the opportunity to create their own support group to assist each other in their professional career.

Topics Covered:

  • How and when to start business planning.
  • How to organize and better manage your business.
  • How to identify opportunities and market your business.
  • How to understand and get your financial information in order.
  • How and where to get funding for your business.
  • How to write a detailed business plan.

This course is designed to enhance your business coaching skills and assist you in coaching others to create comprehensive business plans. It will prepare you to coach future or current business owners, managers or involved employees who want to operate a business successfully.

Organizational Skills Covered:

  • Professional office procedures
  • Record-keeping
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Networking and referrals
  • Legal issues
  • Finance
  • Billing
  • Continuing education

An invitation to soar from Passion University!

Integral Leadership
A proven, practical system for optimizing Human Resources

What is your collective Passion Quotient?

  • Restore EEI (Enthusiasm, Energy, and Involvement) where it is lagging
  • Generate breakthroughs where there is more potential
  • Go beyond and create a totally new performance paradigm

This course will equip your organization with the tools to optimize all your human resources.

  • Be a Fresh Idea Factory
  • Revive Enthusiasm and Creativity
  • Foster Individual Initiative & Responsibility
  • Defuse Conflicts
  • Change Fear-Based Behavior To Cooperative Team Spirit
  • Engender Mutually Supportive Communication
  • Strengthen Organizational Clarity and Focus
  • Reduce Overhead Costs including Absenteeism and Illness
  • Harmonize Divergent Interests and Achieve Balance
  • Increase Momentum for Positive Change
  • Optimize Sales Efforts by Inspiring Personal Best
  • Support New Programs
  • Regain a Competitive Edge
  • Enjoy The Journey

Establish Esprit de Viva as your unifying theme of excellence.
Breathe new life into your Quality Programs!

Integral Leadership Course Overview

  • Group Trainings - Designed to teach participants how to fully embody the company's mission and vision, and how to create individual ownership of common goals. Topics include Introduction to Passion Life, Team Spirit, The Art and Science of Passion, and Journey to Inner Awareness.
  • Individual Training - On-line Passion Life Course that teaches the seven elements of a passionate life. This course is accessible 24 hours daily and includes two personal coaching sessions by the course instructor.
  • Individual Coaching Sessions - Confidential one-on-one sessions are available for individuals during the program period. Sessions will provide specific attention where it is needed and focus on helping individuals dissolve obstacles to success in their personal life and at work.
  • Experiential Trainings - Optional local programs are available for individuals or by organizational sponsorship. These events, courses and groups help deepen the practice and integration of key concepts learned in the Passionate Leadership course and provide in-depth, personal transformation opportunities where needed.
  • Mentorship Training - Program participants are taught how to coach and mentor others in passionate living. The practice and deepening of knowledge through mentoring will help maintain the benefits and enjoyment of Passionate Leadership. Inspired individuals will share what they have gained with others, ensuring continued benefit throughout the organization.

Course Offerings are customized to the specific goals of your organization.

Complete course is approximately 3 months duration.
Measurable benefits are tracked for both tangible and intangible results through integrated feedback loops.

Herbal Medicine is the use of plants to prevent and treat certain ailments and illnesses.

People native to different geographical locations have long used plants and plant extracts to cure specific maladies. There are four main areas of practice and research in regard to their historical traditions:

  • Western medicines based on Greek, Roman and medieval sources
  • Ayurveda which is based on Hindu traditions
  • Eastern tradition of Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Shamanism and indiginous traditions.
All these modalities include both philosophical and spiritual aspects along with the scientific knowledge that existed within a specific time frame. However, Despite their geographic and historic separation, these different traditions provide more commonality than division.

The Herbal Medicine course reviews a basic study of plant life, including plant morphology, and the classification and basic properties of herbs. Review of plant and plant preparations most commonly used in Western traditions. The actions of the plant and plant products, as well as drug-herb interactions are considered.

Holistic Wellness Master's students are expected to prepare a formal proposal related to the concept for research under the direction of the primary mentor and following the guidelines provided by the University.

Thesis Project
Following approval of the thesis proposal, the student will begin the research project. The thesis may take the form of a traditional research project or it may be a major scholarly project of the type appropriate to the discipline. Whichever approach to the thesis is approved, the resulting project must demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge in the major field of study, be the original work of the student and represent a meaningful contribution to the betterment of the human condition or an improvement of the professional field.

The thesis research may be conducted via quantitative, qualitative, or participatory action research. The body of the thesis manuscript should bestructured according to a set of approved manuscript guidelines. If the thesis takes the form of a major scholarly project, it must follow the guidelines provided by the University for such projects.

Review of Thesis
Once the students have prepared the thesis manuscript, they will be asked to schedule the formal review process. The primary mentor and a faculty member representing the secondary academic area will conduct the formal physical review of the thesis manuscript and the oral review of thesis.

The physical review of the thesis manuscript usually takes the review committee four to six weeks. Each reviewer will prepare questions and commentary relative to the underlying review of the literature, the thesis methodology, the mechanics of your project, and the presentation of the findings, conclusions and recommendations.

The oral examination is carried out by a video conference call and is designed to allow detailed investigation of the thesis. The faculty reviewers explore issues related to the thesis including methodology, review of literature and interpretation of the findings.

One outcome of the thesis review process is a set of final expectations directing the student through the remaining tasks for completing the thesis manuscript. Once the final manuscript is approved, the student will submit the formal document to an approved bindery and later ship the bound thesis to the University for permanent archival storage.

The Massage Certification Course trains students to provide body work to clients through a safe and supportive environment.

Topics covered:

  • Circulatory Massage: Swedish & Esalen massage techniques and their therapeutic applications
  • Deep Tissue: Sculpting techniques for releasing chronic and acute tension through deep, melting strokes and compression of the musculature.
  • Anatomy, Physiology & Hygiene
  • Introduction to Neurosomatics: The study of how the psyche may be understood and approached through the body. Students address the psychological attitude of their clients and how these attitudes are embodied in a particular physical structure.
  • Passive Joint Movement: Exploration and demonstration of body flexibility and the range of motion work, including manipulation techniques. Gentle trepidation, rocking, and, imagery are incorporated in working with subtle movements affecting deep levels of the body.
  • Self-Massage
  • Refloxology and accupressure: the 14 main meridians of acupressure and 80 major individual points -- where they are located, and how to use them in treatments.
  • Supervised Practice

This is not an online course, as it requires hands-on instructions and practice. It can be taken at schools approved by Passion University that are at the student's geographical location.

Neurosomatics integrates the practices and studies of body, mind and spirit. It merges body-oriented approaches, with psychological analysis and spiritual perspectives - how mental attitudes and spiritual influences are reflected within the individual's physiological structure and function. The field explores working with physical, mental, and spiritual modalities. Teachers learn to develop energy awareness and use it in healing. Neurosomatics professionals also learn how to direct their own internal energy into the body in order to create a more harmonious flow of energy through the channels and collateral vessels.

Neurosomatics practitioners can re-pattern deeply held functional elements to be re-aligned with the individual's natural flow through breathing and movement exercises, visualization and mental tools, and hands-on techniques. Sessions draw from the neurorespiratory and neuromuscular education disciplines of Passion Breath, yoga, the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Passion Dance, and tantra.