Program Details

Five Keys to Mindful Communication

with Susan Chapman
September 14 / 9:30 AM - September 15 / 6:00 PM


Five Keys to Mindful Communication

Healing relationships and communities with deep listening and meaningful dialogue.


“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. 

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.” 

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Whether we’re looking back through the centuries of human history or we’re revisiting the stories of our own life, we learn that people survive the worst of times by supporting each other with kindness, generosity, patience and courageous action. Without this support, our relationships to each other and to our authentic selves are fractured and our pain freezes as unhealed trauma.

We are presently living through a time of great risk, when external socio-political forces are driving wedges between us, and internally our attention is being swept away by a dis-embodied social media. It is critical right now that we find a path to re-learn the art of human being-ness, being together with awake body, tender heart and open mind.

The purpose of this retreat is to offer teachings that encourage our relationships and communities to move toward transformation and openness. To do this we turn to the Four Noble Truths of the Buddhist path and apply them specifically to the practice of Mindful Communication.

The intention for this weekend retreat is to offer time, space and guidance to restore a connection to our authentic selves and to each other. This retreat is not restricted to Buddhists. We welcome all who are interested in bringing the practice of mindfulness to their communication. 


About the Teacher

Susan Gillis Chapman is the author of 'The Five Keys to Mindful Communication' and a teacher of Contemplative Psychology and Buddhist Studies. She is an Acharya in the Shambhala lineage. She completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and was invited by Pema Chodron to remain for six more years as the retreat leader. She currently lives with her husband, Jerry, in Vancouver, Canada.



The early bird registration fee of £70 is available until 31st August 2019 after which time the fee will be £90.  A concession fee of £55 is available for those earning below £17,000.  Please contact [email protected] to apply for a concession.


Payment Terms and Conditions

Please register and pay in full on registration, to pay by card - please click through to PayPal where there is an option to pay by card without having a PayPal account. Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until the 12th September 2019 after which no refund is granted.


Additional Information

Saturday/Sunday: tea/coffee & registration 9:00am, start 9:30am. Finish 6:30pm

Lunch will not be provided.

There will be a light reception at the end of the second day.


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