Program Details

The Power of Peacemaking

with Greg Heffron
February 15 / 7:00 PM - February 16 / 5:00 PM

Based on the material in Acharya Susan Chapman's "The Five Keys to Mindful Communication," THE POWER OF PEACEMAKING will explore the four ways that aggressive speech escalates into conflict: 1) criticism/complaint, 2) divisiveness, 3) blame and 4) retaliation. Using the powers of mindful conversation we can interrupt our own ‘red light’ patterns at each step to bring greater openness and gentleness to our relationships and communities. The workshop will include short talks, small group dialogues, Mudra Space Awareness exercises and mindfulness meditation to help us rediscover our authentic heart in the midst of challenging and painful communication.

As gesture of friendship, the San Diego Shambhala Center is offering this program for free to its members. Members should register for the program but do NOT need to continue to paypal for payment.

The program schedule is:

Friday evening 7-9pm

Saturday 9am-5pm

A break will be provided on Saturday for lunch. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.


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


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.

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