From Fear to Freedom

Liberate Your COVID Emotional Lockdown

1-Day "Reset Retreat": Saturday, October 16, 2021
5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern

"I’m very grateful for these teachings to help me through some hard situations in my life.”
“5 of 5 stars. Concrete. Hands on. Clear explanations. Great exercises.”

Tired of Fear, Uncertainty, Irritation and Changing Emotional Weather?

Discover Your Inner Emotional Healthiness

In this gentle 1-Day program, you’ll experience helpful exercises, guided meditations, and perspectives from the wisdom tradition of Buddhism to help you discover (a little) peace in the midst of COVID uncertainty.

Who Is This For?

You’re a peaceful person. You’ve meditated or studied psychology. You’re aiming for a world where different people with different views can get along — especially during such a difficult time as this.

But COVID has shown you that you still have a lot more to learn. “How can anyone maintain a sense of joy and goodness when things are so…up in the air?”

And let’s talk about division. We can all agree that the disagreement between different groups with different views and agendas is fierce right now.

And what can an ordinary person like yourself do?

This “refresh retreat” will not try to sort out any of the details and issues around COVID. This isn’t about who’s right or wrong. Please contemplate that on your own time.

What this program will do is to contemplate powerful teachings from the Buddhist tradition about working with uncertainty and fear.

What is Freedom?

According to these ancient wisdom teachings, freedom is who we are in our true nature. 

Life can be deeply uncertain, day to day.

But we do have the capacity and longing to go beyond our typical patterns and learn how to manage ourselves — and even thrive — in the midst of life’s uncertainty.

Obviously, in a short day retreat, we can only go so far. 


Each group is feeling victimized by other group. Mainstream media folks are being threatened by those who don’t comply. We could go back to normal. They don’t feel like a privileged class.

Divide and conquer in the past has not been good for most of us. We have regretted these simplistic notions that have pitted one against the other. Society functions better when we have coherence. How do we remove the divides in our own minds and hearts so that we can work on society?

    Take a Different Path

    Have you/Do you...?

    had relational breakdowns with those close to you?

    want to maintain your principles, but also want to connect with those close to you in your life?

    want to restore a basic sense of respect?

    want to rediscover the ground of respectful communication, beyond the “camps” and “teams?”

    lost some of your excitement about life in the midst of uncertainty?

    1-Day "Reset Retreat": Saturday, October 16, 2021

    5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern

    This "reset retreat" is particularly important if you:

    ✅ Feel stuck in “COVID malaise”

    ✅ Are afraid all the time

    ✅ Feel irritated by the constant change

    ✅ Want to discover real meaning

    ✅ Feel lost in uncertainty

    ✅ Are challenged in your relationships

    ✅ Are seeking real change

    ✅ Want to rediscover your genuine inspiration

    "Excellent. 5 out of 5 stars. I found the atmosphere very supportive.”


    Gregory Heffron, Buddhist Teacher
    Executive Director, Senior Teacher, Green Light Communication

    Greg is the Executive Director of the Green Zone Institute and teaches Mindful Communication throughout North America and Europe.

    In 2004, he was certified to teach mindfulness/Buddhist classes in the Shambhala tradition and has taught across North America and Europe.

    From 2009, he taught the mind/heart/body discipline of Green Light Communication and became its Executive Director in 2011. 

    “Through the years, I have been privileged to witness how effective Green Light Communication is — whether I’m teaching basic mindfulness to newcomers, or diving deep with advanced meditators or those in the helping professions. Everyone benefits.“

    In addition to an array of introductory courses, Greg has developed and teaches Advanced Certification and Teacher Training courses across three continents, and in countries with cultures as diverse as Ukraine, Canada, Austria, Chile, United States, Switzerland, Poland and Holland.

    “For me, it has been humbling and inspiring teaching across cultures, feeling each person’s uniqueness and our shared humanity. Regardless of who we are, we ALL struggle with disconnection, and we ALL long to feel connected.“

    “In my own life, I have experienced a groundswell in my capacity to navigate life’s communication challenges, and feel more and more connected to myself — and to humanity as a whole.”

    Marcella Friel
    Author, Buddhist Teacher

    Marcella is author of the book Tap, Taste, Heal: Use Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Eat Joyfully and Love Your Body, which EFT researcher Peta Stapleton called “a must-read.”

    Nearly 50,000 students have benefited from Marcella’s online courses, “Lose Emotional & Physical Weight with Tapping” and “21 Tapping Meditations for Emotional Eating and Beyond,” both of which are top-40 bestsellers on DailyOM.

    In 2018, Marcella founded the Women, Food & Forgiveness Academy, an online transformational mentorship program to help women cultivate unconditional self-love as the path to health-supportive food choices and long-term sustainable body-weight balance.

    Marcella is a certified EFT Tapping and Matrix Reimprinting practitioner through Tapping the Matrix Academy in Santa Rosa, California.