The Mind Body Spirit Institute of The Jung Center

As the world around us speeds up, how do we keep up without losing ourselves along the way?

Welcome to The Mind, Body, Spirit Institute (MBSI).  Located within the renowned Jung Center in Houston, MBSI brings a new approach for helping individuals flourish through unique wellness and emotional health experiences.  MBSI’s thoughtful selection of experience- and academically-based classes and seminars are aimed at reducing stress, improving health and nourishing the human spirit.  MBSI provides a renewal, response and remedy to the hectic pace of modern life and high demands of workplace expectations.  From long-term, in-depth certificate programs to insightful single session workshops, MBSI offers solutions to those looking to refresh their approach to life, embrace their own potential and experience greater meaning and satisfaction in their work.


Compassionate Professional Renewal (CPR)

As technology blurs the lines between work hours and personal time, and internal and external expectations distract our focus, maintaining a healthy work/life balance can become an exhausting task.   Stress in the workplace and the resulting job burnout takes a substantial toll on today’s employees – with consequences for physical health, mental wellbeing and motivation levels – which in turn trickles down into issues of productivity, quality of work, attendance and retention for employers.

Job stress is estimated to cost US employers more than $300 billion a year due to accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, decreased productivity, insurance costs and workers compensation. It is estimated that one million workers are absent from work every day in the US due to stress. Nearly one in five participants to a 2000 survey reported that they had a quit a previous job because of stress. 80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning to manage that stress.

Source: The American Institute of Stress (

MBSI’s customizable Compassionate Professional Renewal (CPR) classes and workshops take the notion of employee self-care from a vague concept to an obtainable reality – guiding employees and management teams through academically-informed instruction and experiences.  Meditation, lecture, peer discussion and movement techniques are utilized to identify the effects of stress in the workplace and the means to reduce them.  Open to healthcare centers, corporations and groups of any size, this accessible programming is offered onsite at The Jung Center or offsite at a location of choice, with online classes to be available in the future. CPR hopes to help turn the tide of job-induced stress and workplace burnout with its clear methods for improving quality of life, clarifying personal values and reimagining success – to the lasting benefit of organizations, employees and their families.

Summer 2019 Events at The Jung Center

The Mind Body Spirit Institute offers many events onsite at The Jung Center throughout the year. Here are the events coming for Summer 2019:

Tai Chi Chuan for Health
George Hu | Thirteen Mondays, Jun 3 – Aug 26

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 
MaryBeth Smith | Eleven Tuesdays, Jun 4 – Aug 13

Mellow Flow Yoga 
George Sroka | Ten Wednesdays, Jun 5 – Aug 7

Mindful Origami 
Rie Kojima Angeli | Friday, Jun 7

Integrative Ways of Experiencing Healing
Juanita Rasmus | Saturday, Jun 8

Healing Meditation 
Amy Hertz | Saturday, Jun 8

Ayurvedic Eating 
Karuna Diedericks | Wednesday, Jun 12

Embodied Self-Care 
Nevine Sultan | Saturday, Jun 15

Feng Shui: An Introduction 
Miguel Castillo and CC Lee | Thursday, June 20

Kalyana Mitta: Cultivating Spiritual Friendship with Ourselves and Others
Deborah Eden Tull | Friday – Saturday, Jun 21

Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine: A Retreat on Relational Mindfulness for All Genders
Deborah Eden Tull | Friday – Saturday, Jun 22

Mindful Origami for Families 
Rie Kojima Angeli | Saturday, Jun 22

Laughter Yoga 
Lainie Diamond | Thursday, Jun 27

Mindful Origami 
Rie Kojima Angeli | Friday, Jul 5

The Observer in Motion: Cultivating Prana Flow in Asana 
Debbie Mills | Five Thursdays, Jul 11 – Aug 8

Laughter Yoga 
Lainie Diamond | Thursday, Jul 25

Cultivating Resilience 
Stan Merrill | Saturday, Jul 27

Serving People at the Moment of Death 
Eduardo Bruera, Alejandro Chaoul, Tim VanDuivendyk, Ludmila Golovine | Monday,
Jul 29

Mindful Origami 
Rie Kojima Angeli | Fridays, Aug 9

Healing Our Relationship with Our Sacred Bodies 
Becky Dodds and Sarah Bauer Hernandez | Saturday, Aug 17

Tea and Meditation 
Alejandro Chaoul and Chris McKann | Tuesday, Aug 27

Laughter Yoga 
Lainie Diamond | Thursday, Aug. 29

Fall 2019 Events at The Jung Center

The Mind Body Spirit Institute offers many events onsite at The Jung Center throughout the year. Here are the events coming for Fall 2019:

Compassionate Integrity Training
Pam Lewis | Ten Thursdays, Sept. 5 – Nov. 7

Monthly Meditation (Equanimity)
Alejandro Chaoul | Thursday, Sept. 5

Mindful Origami (September)
Rie Kojima Angeli | Friday, Sept. 6

Meeting the Healer Within: A Mind-Body Skills Group
Aproteem Choudhury | Four Mondays, Sept. 9 – 30

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement
MaryBeth Smith | Thirteen Tuesdays, Sept. 10 – Dec. 10

Laughter Yoga: Stress-Busting Tools for Real Life – September
Lainie Diamond | Thursday, Sept. 12

Movement and the Power of Play
Lance Westendarp | Saturday, Sept. 14

An Introduction to Yoga Nidra Meditation: Integrating Body, Mind, and Spirit
Gena Davis | Wednesday, Sept. 18

Buddhism and Psychotherapy: From the Couch to the Cushion, From Varanasi to Vienna
Adam Brownstein | Wednesday, Sept. 25

A Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer
Alejandro Chaoul | Thursday, Sept. 26

Wholehearted: Cultivating Freshness, Receptivity and Love
Koshin Paley Ellison | Saturday, Sept. 28

Mindfulness for Lawyers and the Legal Community
Justine Fanarof | Tuesday, Oct. 1

The History of Energy Healing
Benjamin Brochstein | Wednesday, Oct. 2

Monthly Meditation (Suffering and Happiness)
Alejandro Chaoul | Thursday, Oct. 3

Cultivating Presence
Adam Brownstein and Amanda Yoder | Saturday, Oct. 5

Tai Chi Chuan for Health
George Hu | Eleven Mondays, Oct. 7 – Dec. 16

Laughter Yoga: Stress-Busting Tools for Real Life (October)
Lainie Diamond | Thursday, Oct. 10

Mindful Origami (October)
Rie Kojima Angeli | Friday, Oct. 11

Deepening Your Personal Practice
Debbie Mills | Five Thursdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 14

The Ayurvedic Mind
Karuna Diedericks | Wednesday, Oct. 23

The Soul of Mental Health: Contemplative Practice and Psychotherapy
Harvey Aronson and others | Friday, Oct. 25

Living Memories: Grief Rituals Around the Globe
Alejandro Chaoul, Diana Muniz, and others | Wednesday, Oct. 30

Mindful Origami (November)
Rie Kojima Angeli | Friday, Nov. 1

Gnostic Spirituality: Then and Now
Naamleela Jones | Wednesday, Nov. 6

Laughter Yoga: Stress-Busting Tools for Real Life (November)
Lainie Diamond | Thursday, Nov. 14

Monthly Meditation (Expressive Healing)
Alejandro Chaoul | Thursday, Nov. 14

A Contemplation on Letting Go
Ginger Clarkson | Thursday, Dec. 5

Meditation Mini-Retreat: Deepening Your Meditation Practice On and Off the Cushion
Alejandro Chaoul | Friday, Dec. 6

Opening Our Minds: Psychedelics, Breathwork, and the Healing Journey
Mark Ryan and Pam Stockton | Saturday, Dec. 7

Self-Care for the Caregiver
Liz Seitz | Saturday, Dec. 7

Laughter Yoga: Stress-Busting Tools for Real Life (December)
Lainie Diamond | Thursday, Dec. 12

Mindful Origami (December)
Rie Kojima Angeli | Friday, Dec. 13


MBSI Certificate

Tailored to high-level candidates in the healing arts (nurses, psychotherapists, yoga practitioners and spiritual leaders), this program features a concentrated curriculum to bring participants to a new level of understanding in theory and practice. Invested individuals will need to apply for and be accepted into the program and will be committing to an engaging and in-depth year-long experience. As part of MBSI, this program will offer a broader context to also incorporate psychological aspects, in keeping with The Jung Center’s philosophy.


Meditation Courses

Whether new to meditation or already familiar with its techniques and benefits, MBSI encourages anyone seeking a welcoming, flexible program to consider a meditation program that suits where you are now.  With both short and long-term commitment levels, these classes utilize practical applications of meditation methods for daily life – enhancing relationships, facilitating creativity, and as an uplifting a way to refresh and refocus.


About Alejandro Chaoul

Dr. Chaoul holds a doctoral degree in religious studies from Rice University.  He is currently a faculty member in the Integrative Medicine Program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, where since 1999, he has been leading people with cancer and their family members through mind/body/spirit techniques aimed at reducing stress and facilitating healing.  He has also engaged in research to assess the benefits of these practices in different populations. Dr. Chaoul is the author of two books—Chöd Practice in the Bön Tradition and the upcoming Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-Being, set to be released this summer.

Dr. Chaoul has personally studied Buddhist practices and traditions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Löpon Tenzin Namdak and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.  He brings over 20 years of experience as a teacher of Bön Buddhism and Tibetan yoga.  His affiliation with the Ligmincha Institute has given him the opportunity to instruct nationally as well as internationally in Latin America and Europe. He is also a senior teacher of the 3 Doors program and has been recognized as a Fellow of the Mind & Life institute. Email him at



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