Mindful Relationships

Psychologist Michael Winters and meditation specialist Alejandro Chaoul blend Eastern and Western approaches to enhance presence and meaning in relationships. Individuals and couples are welcome in this supportive course that includes in-class exercises and optional weekly practices.

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People spend almost half of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing, according to research. If our own minds wander so frequently, how can we be present with others? Mindfulness is the practice of noticing and accepting the current moment without judgment. Often viewed as a way of enhancing our inner lives, it also holds enormous potential to deepen connections with romantic partners, children, parents, friends, co-workers and almost anyone who crosses our path. Tibetan meditation specialist Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., and psychologist Michael Winters, Ph.D., co-teach this new course blending Eastern and Western approaches to enhance presence and meaning in relationships. Whether you are seeking to deepen an already-strong bond or fortify a relationship facing challenges, develop a toolkit to bring more mindfulness to your interactions. Individuals and couples are welcome in this supportive course with in-class exercises and optional weekly practices. No previous mindfulness experience is necessary.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1634.F17.1 Alejandro Chaoul, Michael Winters On-campus 7–8:30 p.m. Monday, October 9, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Alejandro Chaoul, Michael Winters
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7–8:30 p.m.
START DATE: Oct. 09, 2017

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 2017

Start Date: Oct. 09, 2017

End Date: Nov. 13, 2017

Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $200

Early Registration: $190 if registering by Sept. 25

Rice Alumni: $180

CEUs: 0.9

Note: This course is not currently accepting registrations. Please select VIEW CURRENT OFFERINGS to see similar classes offered by Community Programs.

The intent of this course is to offer a general educational overview of the topics described. If you are seeking specific therapeutic guidance, please consult with the mental health professional of your choosing.

Oct. 9. “Eastern Traditions: An Overview of Mindfulness and Relationships.” Dr. Chaoul

Oct. 16. “Western Traditions: An Overview of Meaning and Relationships.” Dr. Winters

Oct. 23. “Integrating Eastern and Western Approaches: Cultivating Mindfulness and Meaning in Relationships.” Drs. Chaoul and Winters

Oct. 30. “Mindfulness Practices and Romantic Relationships.” Drs. Chaoul and Winters

Nov. 6. “Mindfulness Practices and Other Relationships.” Drs. Chaoul and Winters

Nov. 13. “Sustaining Mindful Relationships.” Drs. Chaoul and Winters

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