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LMBB 1031 - Authentic Connection

  • Noncredit
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Our closest relationships can often cause us the most difficulty. In this module, we will explore the habits and behaviors that maintain our separation from others and examine how mindful attunement, empathy, and presence can bring about authentic connection. We will experiment with three levels of listening that are part of mindful communication and practice a range of approaches to bring mindfulness into our parenting, homes, and relationships.
Topics include:
• The Gift of Presence
• Self- compassion

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Please note that there are no refunds for open entry courses.

Textbooks and Materials


  • The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everday Problems (2009)
    Siegel, R.D.
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore


Sue Schneider

Sue Schneider, Ph.D. is a Medical Anthropologist, Certified Integrative Health Coach, and Mindfulness Instructor. She works in the Larimer County office of CSU Extension as a Family and Consumer Science and Community Development Agent where she provides leadership and programming in the areas of community health, family well-being, and healthy aging.

Sue has spent the last 15 years in academic and community settings teaching anthropology and health behavior courses, conducting qualitative research, and evaluating health promotion programs in the U.S. and abroad. She has conducted extensive studies on global healing traditions, published a book on the politics of community healthcare in Mexico, and evaluated the applications of integrative health coaching within U.S. medical centers. In addition to teaching mindfulness and meditation classes, she supports individuals in optimizing their well-being through her health and mindfulness coaching practice.

Sue is passionate about introducing mindfulness to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. A daily mindfulness and meditation practice has been part of her life since 2003 when she stumbled upon a week-long meditation program while residing in Mexico. She spent the next decade studying and practicing Insight (Vipassana) Meditation with a number of teachers and groups in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. After completing the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program at Duke University in 2012, she began incorporating mindfulness into her community work and university teaching. In 2015, she developed a 15-week online class for Maryland University of Integrative Health titled, Mindfulness, Meditation and Health. She continues to expand her mindfulness offerings throughout Colorado through her work as an Extension educator.