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Nicole Riel is director of Development and Public Programs at the California Institute of Human Science in Encinitas. Courtesy photo
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CIHS providing transformative education in Encinitas

Nicole Riel is the Director of Development and Public Programs at the California Institute of Human Science (CIHS) where she focuses on fundraising, partnerships, community outreach and engagement, and development of public offerings of mind-body-spirit wellness.

Holding a degree from University of Illinois in Nutrition she previously branched-out into holistic nutrition, private catering/health coaching and personal chef work. She recently owned a wellness business focused on yoga, meditation, breathwork, and spirituality.

“CIHS is a graduate school and research center focused on mind-body-spirit higher education, offering advanced degrees in consciousness studies. The school pairs cutting edge science with mainstream spirituality — courses explore themes of human science, spiritual coaching, integral perspectives on health, psychology of the chakras, subtle energy systems, metaphysics and healing. Our president Thomas Brophy has done important work to make CIHS an accredited, vital institution for scientific research and education. He has helped put CIHS on the global map for consciousness studies.”

“CIHS is also a public learning community offering non-academic courses to the public, such as sound healing, meditation, and yoga therapy. We have a beautiful space off Garden View in Encinitas where we host events for the local community, including the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce.”

“The Chamber makes a generous effort to ensure that all of its members are supported and genuinely want their businesses to thrive and succeed, which uplifts the entire Encinitas community. CIHS is excited to be exhibiting at the Encinitas Chamber’s upcoming Health & Wellness Expo in February. Encinitas is a world hub for health, wellness, mental health, self-care, and emerging spirituality, and it’s a great opportunity for the local community to learn about the many resources that Encinitas has to offer.”

Originally from Chicago, she married an OBchian, so San Diego is her forever home. She has three children: 10, 6, 3, that are the loves of her life.

Her perfect day in Encinitas?

“Spent at San Elijo State Beach with my family. My kids are entertained for hours playing in the surf and sand, and my husband could spend the whole day on his board surfing his favorite reefs. I’m happy with my feet in the sand, a good book, a long walk, and some yoga breaks with the ocean as my backdrop. Afterwards, a couple fish tacos from Fish 101 and watching the sunset for the perfect end to a great day.”


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