Deep Listening Intensive

Transforming Communication at all Levels
with Rosamund Oliver and John Douglas
Wednesday 27 September, 8pm to Sunday 1 October, 1:30pm

Deep Listening is a complete practical training using the transformational method of Awareness Centred Deep Listening Training founded 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 in all types of setting and team working. Appreciating our different ways of communication is central to this method.

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 settings using specific practical tools. The following areas are addressed:

  • The three core skills of Embodied Awareness, Supportive Presence and Generating Compassion
  • Extending awareness of what arises in the listening, 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.

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.


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


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 €475
Concession €395

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 is available  here.
Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.

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Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032

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Rosamund Oliver
Rosamund Oliver
Rosamund Oliver, BA, Dip Psych, ECP, is an international trainer who founded Deep Listening Training in Ireland with other trainers. It is now a recognised method taught internationally by ACDLT® Trainers in a variety of organisations, including Dutch universities, and international charities.

As a UKCP psychotherapist, she held a private practice and worked in the NHS for over 10 years. Now focussing mostly on her training work, she taught stress reduction to nurses at hospices, created a prison meditation project and introduced spiritual care and contemplative ideas to a wide variety of professionals in Ireland, Germany, Holland, US, Australia, UK and Spain. She has successfully adapted the method of Deep Listening Training for online learning.

Holding several weekly meditation classes, she continues to practice and study awareness, meditation, and compassion with different Buddhist teachers, and she is still learning.