Compassionate Listening – Online

Transforming Communication in Relationships and Communities
with Rosamund Oliver and John Douglas
Friday 8 April  to Sunday 10 April 2022

Designed for people who already have experience of using listening as an essential part of their work or life activity.

Listening motivated from the heart of compassion provides a safe container in which real communication can happen. This way of listening transforms our interactions to provide deep care and support for others.

Who is this for?

This event is designed for anyone using listening in their life or work and who wishes to bring the power of compassionate listening into their interactions with clients, friends or family.

Topics include:

  • Holding safe non-judgmental space for communication
  • Compassionate listening in different situations
  • Kindness towards myself and towards others
  • Listening in challenging interactions
  • How to listen to myself

What to expect during the event

  • Short presentations on compassion and communication
  • Exercises in pairs and triads in breakout rooms
  • Listening circles for sharing and discussion
  • Time for feedback, questions and answers
  • Guided exercises and reflections

There are six online sessions across three days with a short break halfway through each session.

Friday (Day 1): 10:00-12:00 and 15:00 – 17:30 (Irish Time)

Saturday (Day 2):  9:30-12:00 and 15:00 – 17:30 (Irish Time)

Sunday (Day 3): 9:30-12:00 and 15:00 – 17:00 (Irish Time)

People are asked to please attend all sessions. See schedule above.

When you have registered, joining details and information about how to prepare for this workshop will be sent to you a few days before we start.

Book online now

Fee €180
Concession €145

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged. To apply please contact

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.

Online booking here
Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032

Attendees will receive clear and simple guidelines on how to connect via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Zoom is one of the world’s most popular video conference apps. It is free and you do not have to have or create a Zoom account to join this streaming.

Rosamund Oliver
Rosamund Oliver
Rosamund Oliver, BA, Dip Psych, ECP, is an international trainer who founded and developed the Deep Listening Training method in Ireland with other trainers. As a UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor, she worked with private clients and with the elderly in
psychiatric care for a number of years. Her education work includes teaching stress reduction to nurses at hospices, creating a prison meditation project and
introducing spiritual care and contemplative ideas to a wide variety of people. She works in Ireland, Germany, Holland, UK and Spain, and also teaches Deep
Listening Training on university courses. For over 40 years, she has studied how to apply Buddhist meditation and philosophy with many different teachers and she is still learning.
John Douglas
John Douglas
John Douglas first became interested in Buddhism in 1990 and spent 15 years as a member of staff at Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre from 1994 until 2009.

John is a Senior Meditation Instructor within Rigpa and has been presenting courses and retreats on Meditation and Loving Kindness since the mid nineties.

In recent years he has also trained as an Educator in the Rigpa Spiritual Care Education Programme and is a regular facilitator on workshops such as “Facing Loss and Healing Grief”, “Courageous Journey” and “Healing Relationships” as well as professional trainings such as “Deep Listening” and “Compassion & Presence”.

John is also part of the care team meeting guests at the Care Centre.