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Rediscover the Heart and Art of Nursing

Become a Holistic Nurse in Any Practice Setting or Refresh Your Skills to
Meet Your CE Requirements for Holistic Nursing Certification or Recertification and

Take a Pivotal Role in a New Healthcare Paradigm

The demand for healing arts skills in holistic nursing has never been higher because the public is increasingly seeking healing that honors the whole being, including the body, mind, emotion and spirit.

The Integrative Healing Arts Program in Holistic Nursing (IHAP) is a unique continuing nursing education (CNE) program in a relaxing retreat setting.
Healing arts are interventions that:
  • Foster the healing process
  • Facilitate deeper levels of self-understanding and wholeness
  • Honor the body, mind, emotions, and spirit
Healing does not equate to curing, although they can be synchronous.
IHAP is offered in retreat settings across the USA. IHAP graduates:
  • Receive a certificate in Holistic Nursing and Integrative Modalities
  • Use holistic principles and modalities in their daily life and in clinical practice
  • Create a space within and around themselves that allows them to be an instrument of healing
  • Use their authenticity, caring presence, and nursing skills to facilitate birth, growth, recovery, and end-of-life transition
  • Provide healing arts,in all healthcare settings including hospitals, universities, and private practices

"IHAP is an amazing way to be taken care of, to care for myself, and to bring energetic and calm compassion into practice. Highly recommended!"

IHAP Is a 3-Session Program:

  • Session 1: "The Nurse Healer in Holistic Practice" 27 CNE Contact Hours
  • Session 2: "Holistic Relationship-Centered Care" 27 CNE Contact Hours
  • Session 3: "Enlightened Leadership" 30 CNE Contact Hours

Starting August 2019, each session will be 24 CNE contact hours (72 CNEs total).

Note: Session 1 is a prerequisite to taking Session 2, and Session 2 is a prerequisite to taking Session 3.

It is strongly recommended that participants take all three IHAP Sessions to maximize their ability to practice Holistic Nursing and pass the Holistic Nurse certification exam. Participants are not required to attend all three sessions to take the certification exam. 

All previous IHAP attendees and certified holistic nurses are invited to attend IHAP sessions and receive holistic nursing CE contact hours. IHAP graduates and certified holistic nurses may register at a discounted rate.

Learning Content

Core Topics (Developed During All 3 Sessions)
•    Art of Authentic Communication
•    Caring for Self; Caring for Others
•    Philosophy & Spirituality in Healing
•    Theory as a Foundation for Holistic Nursing Practice
•    Nutrition as Nourishment for BodyMindSpirit
•    Energy Systems & Energy Healing
•    Transformational Leadership for Organizational Change

Each Session Includes a 1-Day Immersion Topic
•    Session 1: Intro to Clinical Aromatherapy
•    Session 2: Intro to Therapeutic Music & Guided Imagery
•    Session 3: Intro to Jin Shin Jyutsu

Each session will have 3 instructors and is limited to 40 participants.

"The energy and dynamics of this group were indescribable."
"All the components worked harmoniously and I walked out of this a different person than I walked in."


Place a $300 deposit today to hold your place in any IHAP location.

Standard tuition includes meals and lodging for all 3 sessions, learning materials, and 84 CNE contact hours for $3745, but varies with choices of commuter (includes lunch only) and private room lodging. Alternately, enrollment can be done one session at a time at a cost of $1400 per session, all-inclusive of meals, lodging, contact hours, and learning materials.

Complete Program Paid in Full

  • ONSITE (includes a double room & meals): $3745 (total for all 3 Sessions) Save $455
  • COMMUTER (includes lunch but no lodging): $3275 (total for all 3 Sessions) Save $925
  • AHNA Member Discount -$125 (for both onsite and commuter)

Program Paid by Individual Session

  • ONSITE (includes a double room & meals): $1400 (3 Sessions = $4200 total)
  • COMMUTER (includes lunch but no lodging): $1175 (3 Sessions = $3525 total)
  • AHNA Member Discount -$125 (for both onsite and commuter)

Upcharge for a private room: $225/session

Charge for guest in Private Room +$115 per night (includes lodging and meals)

Individual "Refresher" Sessions for Certified Holistic Nurses and IHAP Graduates - $1000 (same price for onsite or commuter)

"IHAP opens the world of nursing and allows your heart to integrate into practice. Life-changing!"

AHNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10442.

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"I learned how to integrate holism into my practice with techniques that are simple yet effective."

"I love that IHAP is evidence-based and I was given all the research in the handouts."

"Since IHAP, there is an incredible, palpable shift in my energy."

Registration Now Open

Dates and Locations

East Coast: The Guest House Retreat Center in Chester, CT*

Registration for session 3 is still open until May 20 to previous IHAP attendees and certified holistic nurses only.

  • The Nurse Healer in Holistic Practice: Sept. 20-23, 2018
  • Holistic Relationship-Centered Care: Feb. 7-10, 2019
  • Enlightened Leadership: June 20-23, 2019

The Guest House in Chester, CT

West Coast: IONS Earthrise Retreat Center in Petaluma, CA*

Registration for session 3 is still open until June 17 to previous IHAP attendees and certified holistic nurses only.

  • The Nurse Healer in Holistic Practice: Jan. 31-Feb 3, 2019
  • Holistic Relationship-Centered Care: May 2-5, 2019
  • Enlightened Leadership: July 18-21, 2019

Petaluma Labyrinth

Midwest: Weber Retreat Center in Adrian, MI**

Registration is now open until June 24 or when class is full.

  • The Nurse Healer in Holistic Practice: July 11-14, 2019
  • Holistic Relationship-Centered Care: Oct. 10-13, 2019
  • Enlightened Leadership: Jan. 16-19, 2020

Weber Retreat Center

**Students who complete the first two sessions in this location will meet the CE requirements for the December 1, 2019 application deadlines for the AHNCC certification exams.

Continuing Nurses Education (CNE) hours for IHAP are changing, starting with the below locations. 24 CNEs will be offered each session (72 contact hours total). Students who complete the first two sessions will still meet the CNE requirements for the AHNCC certification exams.
East Coast: Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA**

Registration is now open until July 18 or when class is full.

  • The Nurse Healer in Holistic Practice: Aug. 15-18, 2019
  • Holistic Relationship-Centered Care: Nov. 14-17, 2019
  • Enlightened Leadership: March 5-8, 2020

Pendle Hill

**Students who complete the first two sessions in Wallingford will meet the CE requirements for the December 1, 2019 application deadlines for the AHNCC certification exams.
West Coast: IONS Earthrise Retreat Center in Petaluma, CA***

Registration is open now until December 30 or when class is full.

  • The Nurse Healer in Holistic Practice: Jan. 30-Feb 2, 2020
  • Holistic Relationship-Centered Care: May 14-17, 2020
  • Enlightened Leadership: September 24-27, 2020 

Petaluma Labyrinth

***Students who complete the first two sessions in Petaluma will meet the CE requirements for the July 1, 2020 application deadlines for the AHNCC certification exams.

East Coast Faculty

Colleen Delaney

Colleen Delaney PhD, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC of Woodbury, CT is an Associate Research Professor and Founding Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Holistic Nursing at the University of Connecticut; a consultant for the Connecticut Association of Healthcare at Home, an Associate Editor Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Treasurer for the American Holistic Nurses Association. Colleen received her BSN, MSN and PhD at the University of Connecticut and finished her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center in 2008. She received the Virginia Henderson Research Award from the Connecticut Nurses Association in 2015 and has been the author of numerous publications and the recipient of several research grants.

Cathy Alvarez

Catherine M. Alvarez, RN, MA, BS, CNML, HNB-BC, PCCN of Orange, CT is an Education Specialist at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Cathy designs and implements nursing education programs that specifically focus on self-care, mindfulness, and resiliency. She received her BSN from Elmira College, in Elmira, NY and obtained her Master of Arts with an emphasis in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.

Midwest Faculty

Marian Long

Marian Long RN MSN AHN-BC CHTP/I HWNC-BC of Grayling, MI is a Holistic RN with a private practice of energy work, coaching, consulting and speaking. She received her BSN through Regis University in Denver, CO and her MSN through Tennessee State University. She has 35 years' experience as a clinician and educator in many traditional and holistic settings, and enjoys empowering people to facilitate high level wellness in all dimensions. 

Mary Shackelford

Mary Shackelford RN, BSN, CHHC, HN-BC of St. Louis, MO is the owner of Mary Shackelford Wellness Solutions where she serves as coach, speaker and facilitator in holistic wellness. She also serves as a Quality Improvement Advisor at the Missouri Hospital Association. Mary received her BSN from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO and is certified as an Energy Codes Facilitator, a holistic health coach, Reiki practitioner, and a board certified holistic nurse.

West Coast Faculty

Marty Downey

Margaret "Marty" Downey, MS, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, CHTP/IT, of Boise, ID is a nurse educator and former critical care nurse with a BSN from Marycrest College in Davenport, IA; an MS in Nursing Education from Idaho State University, and a PhD from the University of Idaho. She is board certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse and certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner. Marty is an Emeritus Associate Professor/Adjunct faculty at Boise State University School of Nursing; an educator for holistic nursing courses, and a research nurse mentor contributing to holistic research projects, presentations, and publications at St Luke's Health System Research Fellowship Center for Nursing Excellence. A long-time member of AHNA and recent AHNA Research Chair, Marty has a private Healing Touch practice and a heart-centered passion for holistic nursing.

Kathleen Bell

Kathleen J. Bell RN, MSN, CNM, MS1-BC, AHN-BC of Cannon Beach, OR is an adjunct professor at the Linfield College- Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, OR. She received her BSN from Boston College and her MSN from the University of Utah. Kathleen’s career has focused on maternal–child nursing, nurse-midwifery, women’s health, nursing education, integrative health and holistic nursing. She is certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation Association (AHNCC), and as a Meditation Specialist by the Center for Meditation Science. Kathleen serves as a special advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and to the Board of Directors of the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association. Her publications are varied.