Green Zone Institute: a global movement to bring out the best in human interaction
All communication is a conversation. Our unique mindfulness-based training approach brings out our innate human capacities — allowing us to be clear, compassionate, genuine and effective. Our courses and retreats are based on The Five Keys to Mindful Communication by author and mindfulness teacher Susan Gillis Chapman. Green Zone Institute is a California Nonprofit dedicated to expanding and supporting these unique teachings, practices and trainings.
Highly profound and practical tools.
This alleviates many of my free floating fears and anxieties. It brings me a sense of peace and rightness.
During guided meditation, I felt my senses were more awake than ever. The whole experience opened and touched me.
I want and need to explore my questions and communication and this has given me valuable tools for the journey…
I could see in action how the Five Keys [material] offered so such practical wisdom that almost immediately enhanced my relationship with my children and partner and friends and family.
Excellent. 5 out of 5 stars. I found the atmosphere very supportive….The information was presented in an easy to understand manner.
Wonderful tools for every aspect of our daily lives.
Great experiential skills that could be used right now. Very realistic.
While I came for the professional skills, I’m seeing big changes to my personal life as well.
The sense of trust, kindness, discipline, open-heart, honesty, curiosity, generosity, support and joy that is present, makes doing “the work” incredibly potent, meaningful and beneficial.
UPDATE: Susan Gillis Chapman and Greg Heffron are working on updates to our popular 5-8 week basic online program. Look for that to launch June 2020.
(Spring 2021 – Holland) 5-day Retreat – Deep Solutions to Communication Breakdown with Susan Chapman and Greg Heffron$1,242.00 Add to cart
(Fall 2020) 8-month Advanced Online Certification in Mindful Communication (“Green Zone Leader” program)
(Oct-Feb) 4-month Mindful Communication Teacher Training Certification 2020
Green Zone Institute programs utilize mindfulness meditation and the techniques of Contemplative Psychology and the Contemplative Arts. Mindful Communication goes beyond communication skill building. While learning new skills is important, if we don’t identify and relate to the emotional states we inhabit during challenging communication, following “correct” rules or patterns will still produce harmful and ineffective results. In contrast, if we learn to recognize and take advantage of our natural open state of mind (‘The Green Light’), communication can be genuine, fresh and lively. This allows for creative and unexpected solutions with connection and precision, honesty and care.
Senior Instructor Greg Heffron interviewed by Lydia Greyheart for the radio show Love, Sex and Everything Between
Greg describes the natural state of open communication, and how by suppressing our innate mindfulness, we end up closing down.
Greg Heffron: What is Mindful Communication?
Greg Heffron explains the Traffic Light metaphor