Program Details

The Five Keys to Mindful Communication weekend

with Greg Heffron
January 18 / 9:00 AM - January 19 / 6:00 PM


Click for information on the low cost introductory talk - Thursday Jan 16th, 7-9pm. ($5)

Based on Acharya Susan Chapman's The Five Keys to Mindful Communication, this unique workshop will explore the ways in which we open to communication, and how we sometimes end up closing down. Both deep and pragmatic, Chapman's material helps us recognize and orient towards our natural open state, while understanding how to approach situations where communication closes off. 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. Based on the principles of Contemplative Psychology, the weekend will also include Mudra Space Awareness, a radical set of body-mind meditations designed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The workshop includes short talks, small group dialogues, exercises and a unique form of mindfulness meditation. 

Participants will receive a certificate for 16 hours of training in Mindful Communication.

The Program Schedule

Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday 9am-5pm 

For questions about the program, call Ojan at 250-551-0232.

(If you cannot afford the full price of the program, please ask about our Generosity Policy.)


Acharya Susan Chapman speaking about "The Three Lights" - the central metaphor for Mindful Communication

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


About the teacher: 

Greg Heffron owns and manages Green Zone Conversations - a business dedicated to teaching the unique material of author and Buddhist teacher Susan Chapman. He is the only other certified teacher, and has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009. He began as a mindfulness meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition in 2005. That same year, 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 fourth year students in the Dance Division at The Juilliard School in New York City.

This interview with teacher Greg Heffron from winter 2013 talks about the natural way we open to communication, and how we end up shutting down. 

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