How We Talk to Ourselves: the Basic Goodness of Mindful Speech, the Mindlessness of Losing Our Confidence, and How it Can Affect Others

with Greg Heffron

August 22nd

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  • $75.00 Program Price
  • $85.00 Patron Price
  • $50.00 Other
  • Pay in accordance with your circumstances (write in an amount)
Room: Online Program
Program Registration is Closed.
All Zoom times are Pacific Standard Time.
Using simple metaphors and exercises, this talk aims to root us in the good connection we have with our own experience, and to uncover how, if ignored, our self-aggression can end up harming others.
Mindful Communication is a discipline designed by Acharya Susan Chapman, author of The Five Keys to Mindful Communication. It uses our Shambhala teachings and training (including bardo, klesha, shamatha-vipashyana, etc.) to unlock the barriers that prevent us from connecting with ourselves and others. 

About the Teacher

Greg Heffron was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by Susan Gillis Chapman and is the Executive Director of Green Zone Institute. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a teacher in Shambhala since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique. 
Greg has taught Mindful Communication workshops in Holland, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine and across North America. In 2018 he launched the 8-Month Advanced Certification in Mindful Communication and has taught two international cohorts, with students from 9 different countries speaking 5 different languages. Learn more about this work at

Watch a video invitation from Greg for this program 

Program Price: $75.00
Patron Price: $95.00
Other: $55.00 (Student, low or fixed income)
Or pay in accordance with your circumstances (write in the amount)
Generosity Policy
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Paying the full program or patron price provides much needed support to Berkeley Shambhala.  For more information please see our generosity policy.
Please register and pay online in advance of the class in order to receive the Zoom link for the program.
If you have questions, please contact Robert: education [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org.

About Zoom
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