Deep Listening

with Rosamund Oliver
Wednesday 30 September, 8pm to Sunday 4 October, 1:30pm

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: 24.5 Continuing Education Units
Irish College of General Practitioners: 23.5 CPD Credits and 4 GMS study leave days

Deep Listening is a complete practical training using the transformational method of Awareness Centred Deep Listening Training designed by Rosamund Oliver, which harnesses the life-changing potential of bringing simple awareness to listening.

Participants will find that this course complements their existing communication skills as they personally experience the ability of the natural listening mind to hold a safe listening container.

Participants gain information about their own way of listening through a variety of interactive situations designed to reflect what is truly happening in listening. This approach is suitable for communicating with people from all walks of life and with all types of team working. Appreciating our different ways of communication is central to this work.

Topics covered during the course

Deep Listening Training is designed to deepen participant’s capacity for listening at all levels of communication in work or clinical situations using specific practical tools. The following areas are addressed:

  • Confidence in utilizing deep listening awareness skills for communication.
  • Developing presence when listening
  • Extending awareness of what arises in the listening encounter, both spoken and unspoken.
  • Applying evidence based contemplative practices to support effective communication.
  • Generating compassionate, embodied listening to build greater resilience for the listener, with less exhaustion and burnout.
  • Enhanced ways of self-reflective listening, as part of self-discovery and self- supervision.
  • Integration of this method back into work and life

Training Methods used

  • Experiential and interactive sessions
  • Guided reflections and contemplations
  • A variety of specially designed listening exercises.
  • Short topical presentations with time for questions and discussion.
  • Practical ways of integrating methods in listening situations.
  • Interactive group work with both large and small groups.
  • Journaling. Time for self-reflection, integration and personal work.

“Thank you sincerely. This was the most helpful course I have ever done -twice!”. (Deborah Therapist Ireland)

For whom?
As basic listening skills are not covered, this course is designed for people who already have experience of using listening as an essential part of their work or life
activity. This is an experiential training and numbers are limited. Places are in high demand so immediate booking is advised.


The retreat will be held in our cliff top shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.


Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea and coffee.

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Fee €435
Concession €375

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation
(1) to apply please contact
(2) you can avail of a concession only if you stay in the hostel or share a room in a cottage or the Care Centre with your friend/partner, or stay off site.

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please contact to discuss flexible payment options or to request assistance from our spiritual care bursary fund.

Limited accommodation is available on-site. Book early!
A list of hostels, B&B’s self-catering accommodation and hotels in the local area can be downloaded here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.
Online booking here
Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032
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Rosamund Oliver
Rosamund OliverInternational Trainer
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.