Healing Relationships through Listening

Transforming Connections with Awareness Centred Listening
with Rosamund Oliver and John Douglas
Friday 22 September, 11am to Sunday 24 September, 1pm

During this weekend we focus on both compassion for ourself as well as ways to heal our relationships with others.

Topics for the weekend

  • Kindness towards our hard-to-deal-with feelings such as disappointment, grief, fear, anger, pain or hurt.
  • How to break patterns of relationships that keep coming back and don’t heal.
  • Healing our own relationship with ourselves.
  • Reconnecting with our inner sense of well-being and self compassion.
  • Transforming past difficulties and becoming open to more genuine relationships.

This weekend is for anyone who wishes to heal relationships with partners, family members friends and work colleagues, some of whom may no longer be in our lives. Self-compassion will be one of our themes because sometimes kindness to ourself leads to more compassionate interactions with others. This self-reflective workshop, away from the busyness of our daily life, will offer both insights and a practical methodology to kindly address old problems in relating and heal difficult communication with others.

Methods used in the weekend

  • Experiential exercises on listening and communication in pairs and small groups
  • Reflective guided reflections and meditations
  • Group discussion.

“I feel that I have gained many of the life skills I have been searching for. Thank you”. (Sonia)


The retreat will be held in our clifftop 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 €295
Concession €255

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