Friday, December 31, 2021
Information for Center and Group Registration.
This option is for you if you have a local facilitator(s) and plan to hold weekly or weekend classes at your Center. Facilitators will show the talks and guide participants through discussions, dyads and other activities. The start and end dates are up to the Center. Individuals will register and pay through your Center, and you will set them as participants. You will register with Shambhala Online using your Center or Group's Shambhala account. (Click here for information on creating an account.)
A 5-week Interactive Course
Good communication is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it’s between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers. Mindfulness—the practice of nonjudgmental awareness—can help us communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others in our personal and professional lives.
In this recorded course, Acharya Susan Chapman, a psychotherapist, Buddhist practitioner, and senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, explains how the practice of mindfulness awareness can change the way we speak and listen, enhance our relationships, and help us achieve our goals. She teams with Shambhala teacher Greg Heffron to guide participants through the material and engage in exercises and reflections.
You'll learn five key elements of mindful communication—silence, mirroring, encouraging, discerning, and responding—that make it possible for us to listen more deeply to others and to develop greater clarity and confidence about how to respond. Other topics include:
- identifying your communication patterns and habits;
- uncovering the hidden fears that often sabotage communication;
- staying open in the midst of difficult conversations so that we can respond wisely and skillfully;
- and learning how mindful communication can help us to become more truthful, compassionate, and flexible in our relationships.
About Our Courses
Our courses feature senior Shambhala teachers, an online community of participants, and facilitation by an experienced course leader. Over 6 to 8 weeks, course participants view recorded teachings, then gather in the online learning environment to discuss, contemplate and engage in exercises aimed at deepening their understanding.
About the Course
This course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The talks average 45 minutes in length. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 5 talks in total.
NOTE: You will have indefinite access to this course.