Deep Listening Intensive

Transforming Communication at all Levels
with Rosamund Oliver and John Douglas
Wednesday 2 October, 8pm to Sunday 6 October, 1:30pm 2024

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 new Dzogchen Beara Temple. With expansive views across the bay, the temple is a modern example of a traditional Tibetan monastery, a form of architecture designed to be an inspiring symbol of the Buddha’s teachings for our times.


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 €525
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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Rosamund Oliver
Rosamund Oliver
Rosamund Oliver, BA, Dip Psych, ECP, is an international trainer introducing holistic care and contemplative ideas to a wide variety of people in many countries including Ireland, The Netherlands, UK, Germany and Spain. After qualifying as a UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor, she worked with clients focusing on loss and relationship issues and with elderly people in NHS care. She founded Deep Listening Training. Her education work has included teaching stress reduction to nurses, creating a prison meditation project and training psychotherapists. She has also taught GPs on university courses. For over 40 years, she 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 Buddhist Meditation in 1990 and moved to West Cork in 1994 to become part of the Dzogchen Beara community. As a Senior Meditation Instructor and Spiritual Care Educator, John is one of Dzogchen Beara’s main facilitators on a range of courses and workshops including Facing Loss and Healing Grief, Deep Listening, Self Compassion and Healing Relationships.

John is a Counsellor & Psychotherapist, accredited with the IACP, working in private practice in Castletownbere and in ARC Cancer Support House in Bantry, as well as being part of the care team supporting guests at the Care Centre in Dzogchen Beara.