(August 2018) 8 month Advanced Online Certification in Mindful Communication (Green Zone Leader program)

(August 2018) 8 month Advanced Online Certification in Mindful Communication (Green Zone Leader program)

  • weekly 90min live session: recorded for those who cannot attend live, includes meditation, lecture, exercises and Q&A
  • new/unpublished manuscript: Susan’s new manuscript “The Mindful Heart” as textbook
  • live green zone groups: (1X per week) to work with the material in our daily lives, both to deeper our experience, and also to understand/study the dynamics of running groups
  • certification: if a student successfully completes the 8 month course, they are a ‘Tier2 — Green Zone Leader’, meaning that you can facilitate a green zone group.
  • components: solitary, group and partner exercises, journaling, quizzes (including one-on-one with teachers), readings, nature activities, creative/art assignments, forum discussions, mudra space awareness.

Description

IMPORTANT
This is a preliminary presentation of the course, which is still under development — this information may change at any time. Registration will be available beginning in late-June. Check back for more information on schedule, requirements and pricing in the weeks to come…

The Course

Mindful Communication workshop at Dechen Choling Retreat Center, Central France.

  • weekly 90min live session: recorded for those who cannot attend live, includes meditation, lecture, exercises and Q&A
  • new/unpublished manuscript: Susan’s new manuscript “The Mindful Heart” as textbook
  • live green zone groups: (1X per week) to work with the material in our daily lives, both to deeper our experience, and also to understand/study the dynamics of running groups
  • certification: if a student successfully completes the 8 month course, they are a ‘Tier2 — Green Zone Leader’, meaning that you can facilitate a green zone group.
  • components: solitary, group and partner exercises, journaling, quizzes (including one-on-one with teachers), readings, nature activities, creative/art assignments, forum discussions, mudra space awareness.

The Models

The Three Lights, The Natural Communication System, The Cycles of Mindless-Heart and Heartless-Mind, The Mandala of the Five Yellow Lights, The Mindful-Heartful Cycles, The Four Stages of Heartlessess and their Interruptions, The Four Stages of Contempt and their Interruptions, The Four Seasons of Relationship, The Four Yellow Light Disappointments, The Four Red Light Misconceptions, The Four Stages of Ruthlessness and their Interruptions, The Four Stages of Exclusion and their Interruptions… And More…

Lecture Topics

Month 1 -The Three Lights

  • week 1 – “The Green Light”
    • Basic Goodness
    • The Green Light and challenges
    • The Green Light and Self-Trust
    • The Green Light and Genuine Pleasure
    • Going Beyond Hesitation (Doubt)
  • week 2 – “The Red Light”
    • The Mechanisms of Shutting Down
    • The Creation of Duality
    • Meeting the Brick Wall (“Stop When the Light is Red”)
  • week 3 – “The Yellow Light”
    • Liminal States (“between this and that”)
    • The Raw Energy of Anxiety
    • The Roots of Self-Attack

 

  • week 4 – “The Three Light System”
    • The Three Lights Within Ourselves, Moment-by-Moment
    • The Three Lights With Another, Moment-by-Moment
    • Systems Theory & the Play of the Three Lights in Communities

Month 2 – Mindful Presence (Solitude vs. Shutting Down)

  • week 1 – Mindfulness and Awareness
    • Mindfulness – the “directionality” of mind
    • Awareness – Growing Out of Stability
    • The Union of Mindfulness and Awareness
    • Non duality in Mindful Presence
  • week 2 – Awareness of Awake Body 
    • What Do We Know That’s Not From the Body?
    • “Psychosomatic body”
    •  Going Beyond Hesitation with the Body
  • week 3 – Awareness of Tender Heart
    • Emotional Imprint vs. Living Emotion
    • The Green/Yellow/Red Lights of Naming Our Emotions
    • The “Sixth Sense” of our Emotional Faculties
  • week 4 – Awareness of Open Mind
    • Genuine Curiosity
    • Basic Logic and Open Mind
    • Observing Our Mental Contents
    • Holding an Open Mind

Month 3 – Mindful Listening (Encouragement vs. Mindless Contempt)

  • week 1 – Genuinely Worthy
    • The “Pure Gold” of Basic Goodness
    • The Practice of “Totality”
    • Living Hospitality (inviting in everyone/everything)
  • week 2 – The Four Stages of Exaggeration
    • Dualistic concepts of worth
    • The See Saw Pattern
    • The Four Stages of Contempt
  • week 3 – Leadership and Guidance
    • Lids and Flowers (cultivating inherent worth in others and ourselves)
    • Recognizing innate qualities as Basic Goodness
  • week 4 – The Antidotes to The Four Stages of Contempt

 

Month 4 – Mindful Speech (Mirroring vs. Heartless Mind)

  • week 1 – Truth as Medicine
    • Accuracy as kindness
    • Being Willing to Be a Fool
    • Proper Boundaries (the camera lens approach)
  • week 2 – The Four Stages of Heartlessness 
    • Complaint/Silencing
    • Divisiveness
    • Blame
    • Retaliation
  • week 3 – Neither Exaggerating Nor Suppressing
    • Beyond the Truth – identifying added projections
    • Solidifying the Object of Projections
    • Suppressing the Truth – Hesitating With Our Insights
    • Changing Truth in the Present Moment
  • week 4 – The Antidotes to The Four Stages of Heartlessness
    • Awake Body as antidote for Complaint/Silencing
    • Tender Heart as antidote for Divisiveness
    • Open Mind as antidote for Blaming
    • An Awake Attitude Towards “Peace & Reconciliation” (antidote to Retaliation)

 

 

Month 4 – Mindful Relationship (Unconditional Friendliness vs. Mindless Heart)

  • week 1 – Unconditional Warmth and Celebrating Difference
    • The Living “Mirage” of Relationship
    • Relationship and Discernment
    • Becoming a “Connoisseur” of Connection
  • week 2 – The Four Stages of Mindless Heart
    • Emotional hunger
    • Disconnect
    • Freezing an Object of Joy
    • Giving Power Away
  • week 3 – The Power Lines of Relationship
    • Feeling connection vs. manufacturing connection
    • Feeling Closeness Includes Feeling Distance
    • The Living Paradox of Closeness
    • Boundaries vs. Barriers
  • week 4 – The Antidotes to the Four Stages of Mindless Heart

Month 5 – Mindful Responses (Responsiveness vs.Ruthlessness)

  • week 1 – Surfing the Wave of Coincidence in Nowness
    • Panoramic Awareness and Opportunity
    • Intuition and Responsiveness
  • week 2 – The Four Seasons of Ruthlessness
    • complaint
    • divisiveness
    • strategizing
    • domination
  • week 3 – Transcending Hesitation
    • Hesitation as Self Deception
    • Activating Compassion
    • Going Beyond Hesitation Means Going Beyond Talking
  • week 4 – The Antidotes to the Four Seasons of Ruthlessness

Month 6 – The Cycles of Mindless Heart & Heartless Mind

  • this month will involve one-on-one testing with participants, as well as advanced lectures on these cycles

Month 7 – The Four Seasons of Relationship

  • week 1 – Green Light – The Four Seasons of Relationship
    • Winter (solitude)
    • Spring (joy)
    • Summer (intimacy)
    • Fall (pain)
  • week 2 – Red Light – The Four Seasons
    • Conditional Love (Romanticism)
    • Conditional Joy (Fantasy of Endless Pleasure)
    • Conditional Intimacy (Fantasy of Endless Togetherness)
    • Conditional Compassion (“Let Me Fix Your Pain”)
  • week 3 – Yellow Light – The Four Seasons and Their Disappointment
    • Love Includes Loss
    • Joy and Impermanence
    • The Limits of Intimacy/Sharing
    • Boundaries Prevent Harm
  • week 4 – Following The Seasons in Everyday Life
    • The Turning of ‘the Wheel of Relationship’
    • Feeling the Natural Flow
    • “The Floating World”

Month 8 – Relational Meditation in Green Zones

  • week 1 – Personal Green Zones
    • Wholesome/Wakeful Activities
    • ‘Tuning’ the Activity with Mindfulness
  • week 2 – Green Zone Structures
    • Talking Circles
    • Focus on Individual Stories (Yellow Light Narratives)
    • Personal Autobiographies
    • Creative Structures
  • week 3 – Facilitating the Group
    • Dealing with Crosstalk
    • Personality Conflicts
    • Outside Relationships/Problems
    • Going Beyond Conventional ‘Relating’ (Beyond the ‘Personal’)
  • week 4 – Leadership and Responsibility
    • Ethical Guidelines for Green Zone Facilitators
    • If Someone is Struggling (Small Village Approach)
    • If Someone is Causing Harm/Asking Someone to Leave

IMPORTANT
This is just a preliminary presentation of the course, which is still in development. Registration is not yet available. More information on schedule, requirements and pricing in the weeks to come…

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