(August 30 2018) 8-month Advanced Online Certification in Mindful Communication (Green Zone Leader program)

(August 30 2018) 8-month Advanced Online Certification in Mindful Communication (Green Zone Leader program)

For years, we at Green Zone Institute have longed to launch an advanced online program so that those with a basic background in this material can go further. We’ve also aspired to train “Green Zone leaders” to take the Green Zone model out into their communities — especially mental health professionals, mindfulness trainers, community and business leaders, and others wanting to help create a “social safety net” in a challenging world. Starting Thursday August 30th 2018, Green Zone Institute Director and Senior Teacher Greg Heffron will lead participants through an intensive course to make these teachings “second nature,” helping to develop the skills to facilitate others, as well as uncovering genuine transformative insight within their own experience. (5-10hrs week participation)

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Description

For years, we at Green Zone Institute have longed to launch an advanced online program so that those with a basic background in Mindful Communication can go further into these important teachings. We’ve also aspired to train “Green Zone leaders” to take the Green Zone model out into a world which is very much in need of a “social safety net.” We’re excited to say that finally, over an 8-month period starting August 30th 2018, Green Zone Institute Director and Senior Teacher Greg Heffron will lead participants through a course to make these teachings “second nature,” helping to develop the skills to facilitate others, as well as uncovering genuine transformative insight within their own experience.

As anyone knows who might consider this course, the aim of Mindful Communication is an approach to our world which accepts all experiences—pleasurable, painful, surprising, or soothing—as a chance to reconnect with our own Green Light human nature. We live in a world which needs this right now. You can be part of this revolutionary approach. With a skill set that makes its way into your body, heart and mind, this course aims to develop participants to become “change agents” in any moment, from the personal to the communal to the political.

Pre-requisites

  • Two events/courses (live or online)
  • having read The Five Keys to Mindful Communication

Schedule and Time Commitment

90 minute lectures will be on Thursdays in North America (9am PST/12pm EST) and Europe (6pm CET). This course will require 5-10hrs of student time per week (including lectures and green zones), depending on the participant’s interest and participation in exercises, meditations and other activities.

Online weekly 90min group “Green Zone” participation will also be a requirement. The schedule of Green Zones will be determined by the Green Zones themselves. The number of time options for Green Zones will be determined by the number of overall students in the course and their schedules.

Missing Lectures and Green Zones

We understand that due to travel and life complications, students might miss as much as 50% of the lectures and Green Zones. (All will be video recorded to view at a later time.) To certify one as a Green Zone Leader, we ask for participants to attend 50% or more of scheduled events.

Pricing

Special Pilot Rate for 2018

Full Price in 2019 will be US$1995, reduced 50% for this special pilot program to US$995.

Two Payment Options

30% Deposit — pay a 30% deposit  + 10% e-billed payments every month
Full Amount — paying 100% allows a 25% discount (US$746.25).

Further 10% Discount for Registration by August 1

Those that register by Aug 1 will get an additional 10% discount.

Certification Requirements

Participation in the course does not guarantee certification to lead Green Zone Groups (Tier 2 certification). While our basic trainings don’t demand strong participation, our Green Zone Leader program aims to cultivate real leaders. If attendance isn’t sufficient, the student may be asked to return the following year for further certification. Also, the course leader Greg Heffron will offer quizzes and feedback throughout the course, including suggestions about Green Zone facilitation (each student will get two chances to facilitate their group). Feedback will be aimed at helping develop stronger skills — including one-on-one sessions if it’s helpful. If a student isn’t demonstrating sufficient understanding of the approach, certification may be delayed and further training suggested.

Application

To apply, scroll to the bottom of this page, or follow the link to the application page.

Special Mailing List

If you’d like to be added to a special mailing list for updates on the Green Zone Leaders program, please email advancedcourse@greenzonetalk.com with the subject line “SUBSCRIBE.”

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 Chapman and Greg Heffron’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…

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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)

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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 Exit the Green Zone

Registration Application

To register for the 8-month Green Zone Leader online intensive program, please fill out our program application and pay the $25 nonrefundable fee.

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