Program Details

The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - Class Series

with Susan Chapman
January 31 / 7:00 PM - February 23 / 5:00 PM



This unique class series, based on Acharya Susan Chapman's The Five Keys to Mindful Communication, will explore the principles of Contemplative Psychology. Using simple methods and metaphors, participants learn to identify toxic conversation patterns and explore what to do when "the same old strategies" leave us anxious, angry, fearful or demoralized. The workshop includes short talks, dialogues, Mudra Space Awareness exercises and mindfulness meditation. The material is based on the Five Buddha Family principles, but presents them in a manner specific to the difficulties of communication. Because our relationship with communication is through our five senses, the series includes Mudra Space Awareness, an experiential set of body-mind meditations designed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Click to read a short article on the material, from The Shambhala Sun's Mindful Living Magazine (2010).

The series will include three Thursday evening classes (NOTE: except the 12th --> Tuesday), 7-9pm: Jan 31st, Feb 7 and Feb 12th, with a culminating all-day seminar (9-5pm, Saturday Feb 23rd).


"We Create Enlightened Society One Conversation At A Time." ~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

If you would like to bring a copy of her book for signing, they are available for purchase on

About the presenters: 

Susan Chapman, MA, LMFT
is a family therapist who has been practicing and teaching mindfulness meditation in the Shambhala lineage for over 35 years. She‘s worked with domestic violence prevention, with prisoners, and held a private counseling practice. In 2002, after having completed the three year retreat at Gampo Abbey, she spent six years as the leader of the next retreat.

Gregory Heffron MFA
learned the mind-body meditation technique of Mudra Space Awareness from teacher Craig Smith. In 2007, they taught this practice to senior dancers at Julliard College of the Arts in New York City. With a background in creative writing and the arts, he is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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