Communication is Natural

mindfulness connects us with our inner guidance

Responsive

Natural communication connects us to situations as they evolve in real time. This allows us to adapt as the conversation shifts.

We-Together

Genuine communication is not about one person or another. It's about the verbal 'dance' we do together in the present moment.

Resilient

When we feel lost, Mindful Communication training allows us to regain our connection with ourselves and others.

I feel like I learned more in the Green Zone Leader course than I did in my Masters program in Counseling. And my counseling program cost me $100,000.

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Susan Gillis Chapman

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 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding and supporting these unique teachings, practices and trainings.

UPDATE: we will replace our popular basic online program with an exciting new membership site, to launch Fall 2020. Look for more details in the weeks ahead.


Our Programs

Click for a unique guided meditation on our “Natural Communication System”

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

for more video samples, click here.

Susan Chapman: Open & Closed Communication

Susan Gillis Chapman explains the difference between true empathy and suppressing our intelligence

for audio interviews and samples, click here

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INTERVIEWS

Click to hear interviews with Susan Gillis Chapman and Greg Heffron (and others) about The Five Keys to Mindful Communication and the different programs we offer.

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PUBLICATIONS

Learn about The Three Lights in Susan Gillis Chapman’s article in the Shambhala Sun’s Mindful Living.

Blog

Articles & The Green Zone Podcast

Get in Touch

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Phone

+1 424-268-0713