Inspiring the path

of balance.

about ICOHS

Our commitment to your future success makes a difference! We have decades of study, professional experience and academic innovation invested in providing the courses you need to succeed! We take an avid interest in your progress, create an environment that forges life-long relationships and strive to provide an experience that includes academic greatness, personal insights and fun. It is our responsibility to see that you master the skills you need in your chosen specialization. Then we go one step further, teaching you how to build and maintain a thriving professional practice. Since 1984, thousands of our graduates have gone on to work in luxurious resorts, day spas, sports clubs, medical offices or their own private practices.

Our students come from all over the world, but they all have one thing in common – a strong desire to improve the health and wellbeing of others. ICoHS students find their time here exciting, challenging and fulfilling. Many of our graduates tell us that their experience at ICoHS ignites a passion they have long been seeking in their lives.
They also report that their own health has improved and that they experience a more balanced integration of their professional life with their personal beliefs and values. With an ICoHS education, these same benefits can be yours.

Our History

International College of Holistic Studies was originally founded by Doug Peterson in 1984 as the Institute of Health Sciences. In 1990, under the direction of Seymour Koblin and the Board of Directors, the name of the school changed to The School of Healing Arts to better reflect the community oriented vision of holistic health. For over 30 years, the School of Healing Arts has played an important role in helping students receive training in the field of Eastern and Western approaches to massage, nutrition, herbs, exercise and other holistic health modalities.

In 2015, the Board of Directors, envisioned the School of Healing Arts expanding internationally. This vision ultimately led to the institution changing the name from the School of Healing Arts to International College of Holistic Studies, (ICOHS) located in the heart of downtown San Diego.

As a non-profit 501c3 school, the International College of Holistic Studies works with the Board of Directors: Kieu L. Vo, Ronald M. Sahmel and Dr. Lucy Scantlebury. The School’s operations are governed by the Board of Directors.

Campus Location and Hours


Located in San Diego’s famous “Little Italy,” the ICoHS campus is just blocks from the San Diego Bay. With every mode of transportation nearby, ICoHS is easily accessible. From our friendly staff to our beautifully designed space, ICoHS provides students with the resources to succeed.

Office Hours

The Administration Office is open during the following hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday varies depending on training