Presenters pictured from Left to Right: Andy Kelley, Dr. Christine Farrell Riley, Mary O’Toole, Jannette Elliffe, Kevin Merry, Sister Elish McPartland

IIIC Wellness & Education Services department has developed a series of workshops featuring some of Boston’s and Ireland’s foremost stress reduction practitioners to help you cope with and improve how you manage your symptoms of stress. During our most recent workshop just this past spring, we held a series of four two hour workshops covering many topics including coping with stressful thoughts, yoga, holistic approaches to reducing stress, getting a good night’s rest, meditation techniques, healthy eating and self-hypnosis for relaxation and stress reduction.

All our instructors were wonderful and we are so grateful to them for giving their time so generously. We are also grateful to all the attendees who came each week and took the time to give us some really helpful feedback each night. It seemed like everyone gained a great deal from the course and even our presenters stayed around for their colleagues presentations. Each evening was such a great success that we plan to run the series again later this year.

Below you will find details about our presenters with a brief description of their work. If you feel you could make use of their expertise, please feel free to contact them at the details provided below.

Mary O’Toole, from Galway, is the Director of “Light Within” in Quincy. She is a certified Yoga instructor, Reiki Master Teacher and Wellness Coach. Her services include yoga, Reiki, foot reflexology, meditation and wellness coaching. For more information, visit http://www.thelightwithinwellness.com.

Sr. Elish McPartland from Ireland is a sister of the Good Shepherd and offers massage therapy and bodywork at the offices of the Good Shepherd Maria Droste Services in Quincy. She creates a calm and stress free environment through the holistic healing of Reiki, Polarity, Reflexology and Massage. For more information, visit www.mariadrosteservices.org or call (617) 471-5686.

Christine Farrell-Riley, MD, Director of Whole Heart Healing, is based in Quincy. In 2006, she trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which deals with health coach training and is also a Board Certified Family Physician since 1996. For more information, visit http://wholehearthealing.net or call (617) 275-1943.

Andy Kelley is a certified instructor of Primordial Sound Meditation for the Chopra Center. Andy is also a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) of the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School. His Mission is to “Teaching average, everyday people how to unplug and re-charge through meditation, to be more mindful and ultimately help balance their lives.” For more information, visit http://www.thebostonbuddha.com or call (617) 922-9810.

Janette Elliffe is an Irish-Born, Natural Food Personal Chef and Health Coach who offers her expertise here in Massachusetts. For more information visit http://www.food4innerhealth.com or call (617) 803-2000.

Kevin Merry is an Irish Hypnotherapist who has been practicing Hypnotherapy for the last 15 years. Kevin is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Contact Kevin at kmerry02125@yahoo.com or (617) 596-8296.