by Dr. Karen Avino, RN

“Health is not only to be well, but to use well every power we have.”

Florence Nightingale, 1893

Healing circles are deeply rooted in the traditional practices of indigenous people.  Members sit in a circle to consider a problem or a question. Healing circles are often called hocokah in the Lakota language, which means a sacred space.  The circle process establishes a safe place in which all present have the opportunity to speak without interruptions which fosters healing. The circle process is a unique instructional approach that encourages openness and reflection by listening with our hearts while another individual speaks. Learn to bear witness to others as you receive insight about yourself in return.  The circle provides participants with a structure that promotes self-exploration in an empathic and supportive atmosphere.

Within the Healing and Learning Circle at The Birth Center, we will also discuss and learn about self-care topics that will support your healing journey. A variety of topics and demonstrations will be presented based on interest of the group. Through group coaching and a support experience, you will explore deeper into self-care activities that nourish all aspects of your whole being. Come start your journey into self-care. Register at:

How it works: 6 sessions held for 6 consecutive weeks = $120.

Program Sessions begin March 5th or April 16th

Group meets: 1.5 hours, weekly; 6:00PM- 7:30PM

Example Topics:  

Integrative Health & Wellness Assessment

Clinical Meditation & Imagery Techniques

Stress Management—HeartMath Practice

Work- Life Balance

The First Step to Lifestyle Change

Energy Therapy

For more information or questions, contact Dr. Karen Avino, RN, at:  

Advanced Holistic Nurse/ Health and Wellness Nurse Coach

CEO- Integrative Holistic Nurse Academy

Bringing body, mind and spirit into NursingDr. Karen Avino, RN, EdD, MSN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC is an experienced educator and clinician and taught Holistic Nursing and Integrative Health at the University of Delaware for 20 years. She is a board certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and a Health & Wellness Nurse Coach. Dr. Karen is a founding leader of the Delaware Chapter and is on the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Nurse Association. She is an author and editor of Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (2016, 2020) and Core Curriculum for Holistic Nursing (2014). She is faculty teaching coaching at Florida Atlantic University and the International Nurse Coach Association. Dr. Karen practices complementary therapies: Clinical Meditation & Imagery, HeartMath Techniques, Reiki Master, and Stress Management Instructor.