The Mindful Connection Institute looks for ways to stimulate flexibility and collaboration among its faculty, staff and partners. Our faculty, researchers and staff work in a non-hierarchical way with an ever-changing assortment of people, tools, technologies, environments and forms of learning, each of which exacts new demands for increased flexibility. Our main objective is to support people in enjoying the benefits of belonging to a conscious learning community - common ground for individuals and groups with differing perspectives to productively meet each other and collaborate.
Carlo Monsanto PhD Hon.C.
I am an autodidact, original thinker, inventor, researcher, and cultural creative. As a child and adolescent I was brought up with different cultures, ethnicities and races from around the world. As a nine year old I started exploring feelings and emotions more deeply, which made me more aware how life actually unfolds from within. My life’s path was carved out for me since then. Exploring what is keeping our mind and body from functioning more naturally as a whole, and how we can achieve present-moment-awareness, balance, happiness, love and empathy as a natural state, personally and inter-personally, became my life’s work. As my research advanced, I felt a need to study the wisdom, traditional and scientific knowledge embedded in other cultures. I unified different knowledge-areas, effectively crossing the boundaries of different disciplines. This exploration into the nature of human consciousness was mostly informed by: Ayurveda - an age-old health cultivation system; Yoga, the Eight-fold Path, and Kabbalah; but also by James-Lange’s: "theory of emotion"; Rosch, Thomson and Varella's: "The Embodied Mind"; Carl G Jung’s: Analytical Psychology; Systems Science; Whiteheadian: "Process Philosophy". From this transdisciplinary perspective, I contributed to developing a framework and systematic practice called applied self-assessment psychology of ASAP for: a) rigorous first-person research, b) internal assessment and c) integrative practice. Mentioned integrative practice (1) is used contextually to map and realize specific objectives, delivered through personal, group mentoring and facilitator training. I have designed and implemented (govt sponsored) programs based on ASAP for educational, health-care, corporate and social environments. In the past two decades I have founded and served on the board of various organizations in Europe, Caribbean and the USA to promote this whole person approach. I currently lead the Mindful Connection Institute in Princeton.
Andrea Monsanto B.S.
I have a science degree from Stony Brook University and studied at The School of Practical Philosophy in New York City. For over fifteen years I have developed my emotional intelligence, contemplative and attention management skills. I teach cutting edge applied consciousness tools, resulting in mental clarity, emotional regulation and empathy to both individuals and groups. I am also part of the Latino Who’s Who publication. I received an award as "The Social Entrepreneur of the Year" and have earned several awards as an effective communicator from Toastmasters International. I have delivered numerous lectures and workshops on green living, emotional intelligence and professional development.