Communication is Natural

mindfulness connects us with our inner guidance


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


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


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

During guided meditation, I felt my senses were more awake than ever. The whole experience opened and touched me.
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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.

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    The Green Zone Connection

    Green Zone Institute’s online community The Green Zone Connection is designed to help us engage with Mindful Communication teachings and training in our daily lives. It’s meant to be a workable and lighthearted approach to learning, allowing us to come and go as we please while gathering inspiration at whatever level we desire.

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    “Can You Hear Me Now?”: Re-booting Your Human Connections

    Early Bird Introductory Price

    For a limited time only. Bringing our in-person teaching experience online, and this new course is our invitation to join in.

    We all carry with us the profound pain of disconnection. This affects our sense of wellbeing, as well as our work lives, our family lives, our romantic lives, friendships and more. But this is not …

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    (Fall 2021) 8-month Advanced Online Certification in Mindful Communication (“Green Zone Leader” program)

    Green Zone Institute is proud to announce the third year of our advanced online training. This intensive weekly seminar aims to train “Green Zone Leaders” to take Susan Gillis Chapman’s models out into the world. In this course, Green Zone Institute Executive Director and Senior Teacher Gregory Heffron will train a close cohort of participants to develop the skills to …

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



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.



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


Articles & The Green Zone Podcast

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