Deep Listening Essentials

Weekend Retreat with John Douglas
Friday 1 March, 7.30pm to Sunday 3 March, 3.30pm

Deep Listening is one of our most popular and enduring courses and we run an annual Deep Listening Essentials over a weekend in spring plus a Deep Listening Intensive in the autumn. The autumn event is generally accredited with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Essentials event carries a certificate for 12 contact hours for general CPD.

This shorter weekend workshop which is still highly experiential and interactive, is designed for those who have so far been unable to attend our full four day training but who would still like a solid grounding in this powerful listening method.

Described as enjoyable and transformative by our participants, the Deep Listening method harnesses the power of being present while listening so we truly hear what is being communicated.

This weekend course is suitable for anyone who uses listening in his or her work and introduces Awareness Centred Deep Listening Training (ACDLT®), which combines understandings drawn from psychology and neuroscience with the methodology of contemplative practices in compassion and meditation.

Participants, from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, learn how to integrate this method into their work and life and report developing greater confidence in their listening after following our Deep Listening Training.
Style of Training

In Deep Listening Training experiential exercises are specially designed to deepen participants’ capacity for listening with awareness, presence, empathy and compassion. Participants are encouraged to ask for feedback on their own listening abilities through a variety of interactive situations designed to facilitate this.

Training Methods used

  • Experiential and interactive exercises.
  • Meditative and reflective methods, guided visualisations and contemplations
  • A variety of specially designed deep listening exercises.
  • Short topical presentations with time for questions
  • Interactive question-led discussions building on previous presentations and listening exercises.
  • Practical integration of methods for working situation.
  • Interactive group work with both large and small groups.

While this two day training does not yet carry accreditation points, attendance certificates for 12 contact hours will still be provided for all attendees for CPD use.

See for more information about the Awareness Centred Deep Listening Training (ACDLT®)

Full participation at all sessions is required to receive an attendance certificate.

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Fee €275
Concession €235

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

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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 with ARC Cancer Support House in Bantry, as well as being part of the care team supporting guests at the Care Centre in Dzogchen Beara.