The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: 5 Week Online Course


THIS COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR ANYONE IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS OR EXPERIENCED MEDITATORS. Ideal for therapists, medical professionals, coaches, mediators or mindfulness trainers who want to apply their own mindfulness for a more truthful, compassionate, and flexible relationship with their clients, thereby making them more effective and helpful. Experienced meditators will also benefit from this deeper and richer exploration of how mindfulness applies in complex interpersonal situations.

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This course is based on the based on the book, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication, by retired Marriage and Family Therapist and senior Buddhist teacher, Susan Gillis Chapman. Chapman developed this unique material by combining traditional wisdom teachings from Tibet and India with a modern Western psychological orientation towards relationship, intimacy and community.

The deep-but-simple approach in this course — which applies to every situation in life — can allow you to better manage your overwhelm in client sessions by managing the changing emotional dynamics more quickly and effortlessly.

This course will give you a better understanding of how your own mindfulness can be a foundation for a more truthful, compassionate, and flexible relationship with your clients. And that means you can be more effective and more helpful.

This five-part class series (1hr each) is particularly important for anyone in the helping professions (such as therapist, mindfulness trainers, medical professionals, coaches or mediators) as well as experienced meditators.

After this course,

Your Clients Will Feel You Will Feel
More relaxed and natural More relaxed and natural
That you’re more present That you’re more present
That you’re more compassionate That you’re more compassionate
Deeply listened to A better sense of timing
Trust in your guidance More willing to take a risk


In this course you will learn

  • The five key elements of mindful communication — Mindful Presence, Engaged Mirroring, Encouraging Listening, Unconditional Friendliness, and Spontaneous Responses;
  • How to consciously identify complex communication patterns and habits;
  • How to uncover the hidden fears that often sabotage connection;
  • How to stay open in the midst of difficult sessions so that you can respond more confidently and skillfully;

About the Instructors

Susan Gillis Chapman, LMFT
Founder, Guiding Teacher

Susan Gillis Chapman

Susan is the author of The Five Keys To Mindful Communication and developed the revolutionary — yet accessible — approach to communication we teach at the Green Zone Institute.

Susan’s background as a Marital and Family therapist (retired) and a senior Buddhist teacher provides her with unique and invaluable insights — in particular, working in the shadows of society with victims and perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence.

“I realized that our unrealistic expectations about love cause us to punish ourselves and others. But meditation showed me the opposite — that we open more fully to the experience of others when we are more loving toward ourselves.”

Working under the mentorship of Pema Chodron at the Buddhist monastery of Gampo Abbey, Susan developed models to convey ‘a radically fresh approach to human relationships’ — the seeds that would blossom into Mindful Communication.

“Creating Mindful Communication translated the insights from my work — and the wisdom traditions I’m drawing from — so that anyone, in any culture, can benefit.”

Gregory Heffron MFA
Executive Director
Senior Teacher

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

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

In addition to an array of introductory courses, Greg has developed and teaches Green Zone Institute’s 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.”