Radical Connection: Authentic Engagement in a Disconnected World

Cultivate meaningful connection to yourself, others and the larger world in this course co-taught by a meditation expert and a psychologist.

In an age where connection is more and more defined by the digital, it can be a radical act to reconnect with our bodies, minds and spirits and to engage authentically with others and with the physical world. Co-taught by meditation expert Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., and psychologist Michael Winters, Ph.D., this course provides Eastern and Western insights on cultivating meaningful connection to ourselves, others and the world around us. The class examines philosophical perspectives and practical strategies to bridge the mind, the body and our inner and outer worlds. It also offers insights on the mindful use of technology. Learn simple but powerful approaches that may help you become more present, aware, connected and fully alive.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM2630.F18.1 Alejandro Chaoul, Michael Winters On-campus 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018

Instructor: Alejandro Chaoul

Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and director of education in the integrative medicine program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he conducts research on the use of Tibetan mind-body techniques with cancer patients, caregivers, staff and faculty. He holds a doctorate from Rice University focusing on Tibetan spiritual traditions and has trained with Tibetan lamas for nearly 30 years. Dr. Chaoul is also adjunct faculty at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston and the founding director of the Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit at the Jung Center. In 2017, he was recognized as a Contemplative Fellow for the Mind and Life Institute. His book, “Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-Being: The Science and Practice of Body, Energy and Mind,” was published in 2018.

Michael Winters, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Houston, former director of the Rice University Counseling Center and a frequent presenter at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. He is a diplomate in logotherapy—a meaning-centered psychotherapy—and has taught at Rice University, Purdue University, the University of Houston and other higher-education institutions.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 17, 2018

End Date: Oct. 22, 2018

Schedule: 7-8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $200

Early Registration: $190 if registering by Sept. 3

CEUs: 0.9

Sept. 17. “The Power of Combining Eastern and Western Approaches to Connection.” Drs. Chaoul and Winters

Sept. 24. “Connecting to Ourselves: Emotional Awareness and Emotions as a Mind-Body Experience.” Dr. Winters

Oct. 1. “Connecting to Ourselves: Harnessing Breath and Meditation.” Dr. Chaoul

Oct. 8. “Western Insights on Connecting With Others and Our Communities.” Dr. Winters

Oct. 15. “Eastern Insights on Connecting With Others and the Places and Spaces We Inhabit.” Dr. Chaoul

Oct. 22. “Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit and Connecting to the Larger World.” Drs. Chaoul and Winters

This course is offered for educational purposes only. Please consult with the professional of your choosing if you are seeking specific therapeutic or medical advice.

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