Self-Compassion in our Journey with Illness – Online

6 Week Course with John Douglas
Thursdays 11am to 12.30pm, October 6 – Nov 17 (Irish Time)

Living with a serious illness can change our lives. As well as the anguish of physical treatment and the disruption to our lives, many people living with acute or chronic illnesses also struggle with psychological effects such as depression, anxiety and fatigue.

Research shows that having self compassion can not only reduce our symptoms of psychological distress but also increase our personal resources and coping skills, not only for our journey with illness but for life as a whole.

This six week course will introduce simple techniques and practices to help us meet our experiences of illness with compassion and kindness.

The course will be open to a maximum of twelve participants at any stage in their journey with illness and sharing and discussion around our experiences will be a key aspect of the six weeks.

This course will be facilitated by John Douglas, an experienced meditation instructor and psychotherapist who has personal experience of journeying through a life altering illness.

This course will include:

  • What it means to have self compassion in our journey through illness.
  • A practical three step model of self compassion proven by research.
  • Ways to “Self Soothe” when things are difficult.
  • A simple practice of Loving Kindness meditation to support us in our lives.
  • Different ways to work with difficult emotions.
  • Time for sharing and small group discussions.

Please note, there will not be a session on Thursday October 20th.

How to prepare for the online event

To prepare for the live streaming please see here.

We look forward to seeing you on-line!

Book online now

Fee €95
Concession: €75

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

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John Douglas
John Douglas
John Douglas became interested in Buddhism in 1990 and moved near to Dzogchen Beara in 1994 where he has been involved ever since. As a Senior Meditation Instructor, John has been presenting on courses and retreats at Dzogchen Beara since the mid nineties.

As an Educator in the Spiritual Care Education Programme John is also a regular
facilitator on workshops such as “Facing Loss and Healing Grief”, and “Healing
Relationships” as well as professional trainings such as “Deep Listening” and
“Authentic Presence”.

John is also a qualified psychotherapist working in private practise in Castletownbere and in a cancer support centre in Bantry as well as meeting with guests in the Spiritual Care Centre.