Program Details

The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - Weekend Retreat

with Greg Heffron
January 25 / 7:00 PM - January 27 / 5:00 PM

The Friday evening intro talk is included in registration for the weekend program.

This unique workshop based on Acharya Susan Chapman's book The Five Keys to Mindful Communication will explore the principles of Contemplative Psychology, and includes Mudra Space Awareness, a radical set of body-mind meditations designed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Using simple methods and metaphors, participants learn to identify toxic conversation patterns and transform fear-based reactions into opportunities for making friends with ourselves -- as well as each other. The workshop includes short talks, small group dialogues, Mudra Space Awareness exercises and a mindfulness meditation.

Due to Acharya Chapman's teaching schedule, she will be unable to attend. To help spread her material, she has empowered Greg Heffron to teach this unique approach. Greg has been teaching with Susan since 2009, and finds her Mindful Communication material to be both practical and vast, built from the profundity of the Buddhist teachings (Five Buddha Families, etc), but usable immediately to those with no training (or even interest) in Buddhism per se.

NOTE: The Friday talk is available as it's own short event:


The Program Schedule

Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday 9am-5pm

Lunch is not included in the weekend. Orders will be taken for lunch, you may bring your own or you may go out for lunch.

Acharya Susan Chapman speaking about the challenges to Mindful Communication

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

If you would like to bring a copy of Acharya Chapman's book, they will be available for purchase at the event. 

About the teacher: 

Gregory Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Conversations Retreats. He is the only certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by author and Buddhist teacher Susan Champman MA. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops with Susan since 2009, and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher in the Shambhala Lineage since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and become authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique. In 2007, Smith and Heffron taught this practice in a workshop for fouth-year students in the Dance Division at The Juilliard School in New York City. His background is in creative writing, having earned an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 2003. He is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and lives in Bellingham, WA.

Cost: $185 for non-members, 15% discount for Shambhala Members. See our Generosity Policy. No one turned away!  If you wish to attend only the introductory Friday evening speaking and not attend the full weekend retreat, please click here.

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