For the month of September, the Rothko Chapel presented a contemplative practice and invitation to share stories one year after Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Alejandro Chaoul of Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center led participants in a meditation, and Leslie Gauna of Houston Playback Theatre led participants in reflective story telling. Participants shared their stories with others who were impacted by the storm.
About the presenters:
Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, the founding director of The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute (MBSI), holds a doctoral degree in religious studies from Rice University. He is a faculty member in the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where, since 1999, he has used mind, body, and spirit techniques to facilitate healing in cancer patients and their families and reduce stress and promote work-life balance among support staff. Dr. Chaoul is on the Board and is a meditation and Tibetan yoga teacher of the Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts. He is also an advisor for the Rothko Chapel.
Dr. Leslie Gauna, is an Assistant Professor in Bilingual and Multicultural Studies at the University of Houston Clear Lake and member of Houston Playback Theatre. She has extensive experience in teaching at all grade levels in multilingual schools with bilingual, dual language, and English as a Second Language programs in Texas. She has worked with urban schools and migrant populations in projects related to multicultural and bilingual education, violence prevention, gender, and community participation both in the U.S. and in Argentina.