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.
While I came for the professional skills, I’m seeing big changes to my personal life as well.
I want and need to explore my questions and communication and this has given me valuable tools for the journey…
Great experiential skills that could be used right now. Very realistic.
I found myself stopping the video and replaying it numerous times, trying to listen deeply to all the interesting and revealing information.
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.
…I left with an open mind, open heart and a full toolbox. Thank you!
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.
I feel like huge negative patterns have been lifted from my life.
I had big life questions coming into the class. At the end, I felt like 3/4 of my questions were answered.
Wonderful tools for every aspect of our daily lives.
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