We are pleased to welcome you to the 1st International Symposium on Integrative Health and Education. Integrative Health is a new model of health care that emerged at the beginning of the last decade in response to consumer demands for more holistic health care. It reflects society's needs and expectations in relation to a cultural evolution and a different sensitivity towards health care. This health model focuses on the person, and its main objective is the wellbeing of the person as a whole beyond the suppression of the symptoms. A health problem is treated from an integral perspective that encompasses the whole person and considers health as an emergent property of the person in a given environmental context.
This symposium aims to be a forum for exchanging knowledge and experiences among members of the education community from different countries to learn the state-of-the-art of the educational framework of integrative health. The main objective is to facilitate a dialogue about practice, research and education, to help us determine guidelines for regulating an integrative educational framework.
The symposium starts with a round table which presents the international education experiences of countries such as the United States, Europe and Iceland. Some Spanish teaching experiences are presented in a second-round table. Then attendees are invited to participate, reflect on the presentations and evaluate the contributions and proposals in this field.
We close the morning session with a proven innovative integrative health proposal by Margaret Hansen, active collaborator with Jane Watson. Margaret will immerse us in nature by presenting "forest bathing", a new health strategy for dealing with modern stress.
The afternoon session will be a Music Therapy Workshop taught by Claudia Mailahn and Lidia Ayllón, and Ayurveda for Healing in Europa Worshop taught by Madan Thangavelu.
We finish the symposium with a guided walking tour of Ancient Roman Tarragona, a visit to the "colla jove" (human castles) and then dinner in one of the historic houses of our city.
We are excited to share this meeting with you and hope that it is the start of a dialogue that will help us determine a line for integrative health education.
Roser Ricomà Muntané, PhD, RN, MS, Faculty of Nursing, Rovira i Virgili University
Neus Esmel Esmel, PhD, RN, MS, Faculty of Nursing, Rovira i Virgili University, Director of Esmel Therapy Centre in Tarragona