Deep Listening Essentials, Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre, West Cork, Ireland. 1 - 3 March 2024

Deep Listening Essentials, Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre, West Cork, Ireland. 1 - 3 March 2024

Deep Listening Essentials

Learning the transforming power of open,
attentive listening in your work

Five in-person sessions over a weekend

With John Douglas

Session 1: Friday 1st March 19.30-21.30
Session 2: Saturday 2nd March 09.00-13.00
Session 3: Saturday 2nd March 15.00-18.00
Session 4: Sunday 3th March 9.00-13.00
Session 5: Sunday 3rd March 14.00-15.30

All sessions longer than an hour and a half will include a tea break

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.

Registration and supper commence at 6:30pm on Friday with the first session starting at 8pm. The workshop will finish at 15:30pm on Sunday afternoon. Full participation at all sessions is required to receive an attendance certificate.

Location: This course takes place at Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre, West Cork, Ireland.

Course fee: €275.00 (€235.00 concession) includes VAT.


Testimonials about this method
"Deep Listening training has made me a better listener, not only to others but also to myself, which has resulted in my having less "empathy fatigue”. In conversation with colleagues, companions and relatives using Deep Listening allows people to really tell their story and feel heard. This means that conversations are more effective and profound".
"A really magical event and a magical transformation in my relationship with myself and my false belief that I could not embody listening.”


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John Douglas is a Registered ACJohn Douglas 350DLT® Trainer, who has been giving training in the methods of Deep Listening for over 10 years with Rosamund Oliver. He is the holder for Deep Listening Training in Ireland, and devises courses to take this method into the care community and organisations. John is a member of the Irish faculty for Authentic Presence Immersion, an 8-day residential skills training in the contemplative approach to end of life care. As a Senior Meditation Instructor and Spiritual Care Educator at Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre in West Cork he is lead presenter on a range of courses and workshops including meditation, compassion, healing relationships and bereavement. John works in private practice as a Counsellor in Castletownbere and in ARC Cancer Support House in Bantry.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-Mar-2024 7:30 pm
Event End Date 03-Mar-2024 3:30 pm
Booking until 29-Feb-2024 12:00 pm
Course fee €275.00 - Concession €235.00
Location Dzogchen Beara Meditation and Retreat Centre, West Cork, Ireland

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