The Koan of Illness 1


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Living with chronic illness is a hero's journey

Learn to map this complex world and mine its treasures so that you can navigate from a place of empowerment and wisdom rather than fear or resentment. 

This course teaches and uses the Integral philosophy of author Ken Wilber to provide a powerful map to orient us into the territory of illness. 

This online course begins July 6th, 2021.

Living with illness often feels disempowering. Your body isn’t functioning at 100%. You’re navigating a healthcare system that is complex and confusing — at best. No one really knows how to help you. You can feel alone and as if the world outside is rushing along at 1,000 miles an hour, leaving you behind.  

Caring for a loved one who is ill can create the very same experience — and present the same opportunities. 

No matter whether you’re ill or caring for someone who is, navigating illness is an experience that few of us are prepared to face alone.  Join us to learn more about managing illness i the company of others who are doing the same. 

Empowering Yourself, our 6-week live virtual course, will take you from confusion to clarity and introduce you to a supportive group of friends, many of whom have been grappling with these issues for decades and a have a lot to share.

It will provide a map to guide you through the journey of chronic illness, tending to all the layers of your experience that need attention, from the practical to the spiritual. You will walk away with the power and tools to navigate chronic illness so that it can be more than something you endure and suffer through and instead become a path to waking up and to growing up. 

The Koan Of Illness 2021: an overview

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The Koan of Illness: How to Use Illness as a Springboard to Spiritual Transformation

This Course Will Help You:

  • More effectively navigate both the project and the trauma of illness
  • Interact skillfully and compassionately with others involved in the world of illness, including family and friends
  • Use chronic illness as a springboard to personal and spiritual growth
  • Work with the koans that illness presents to you


This Course Is For:

  • Patients who feel overwhelmed by the complexities of managing chronic illness
  • Caregivers who want to find ways to help their loved ones
  • People who want to better communicate with others about illness
  • Providers who want to understand their patients and clients better
  • People who want to have smoother interactions with the systems that affect chronic illness

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Or, if you need a discount, use code 130KOI to get 30% off, or contact me at [email protected]. No one will be turned away for financial reasons.

“... healing occurs - and must occur - on all levels of being: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.” – Ken Wilber


6 live Zoom calls, Tuesdays at 11 am PT/8:00 CET or Wednesdays at 4 pm PT

These calls will feature both teaching and live discussion

All calls will be recorded and archived on a website if you cannot attend, or if you want to listen again


Empowering Yourself: The Koan of Illness 1

Overview. Course Information.  Introductions. What Is a Koan?

Week 1: Chronic Illness Basics and the Integral Map

Week 2: The Disempowerment of Illness. Heroes in Disguise

Week 3: Taking Back Your Power: Mapping the Territory

Week 4: Taking Back Your Power: Working with the Trauma

Week 5: Taking Back Your Power: Managing the Project

Week 6:  Communication and Integration

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Empowering Yourself is part 1 of our 6-part Koan of Illness series.

Each of our live, 6-week, stand-alone courses addresses a part of the illness experience and is designed both for people suffering from chronic illness and caregivers. You can begin with any of the courses, pick and choose, or do them all.

Empowering Yourself: Begins each July

Discover ways to take back some of the power that illness has taken from you. Learn to map the complex world of illness and mine its treasures.

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Healing the Trauma: Begins each September

The wounds of chronic illness are more than physical. Part of the path of illness is acknowledging and working with the emotional and psychological layers of trauma.

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Healing Your Relationships: Begins each November

Chronic illness brings changes and challenges to every relationship – your partner, children, parents, employer, friends, and even yourself. Your relationships can fracture or deepen depending on how you integrate illness into them.

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Using Illness as a Springboard to Personal Growth:  Begins each January

Illness is a path to deep personal growth.  Understanding how this growth occurs can offer a direct route to a better, more mature, and more sane experience of being human, even in the midst of tragedy.

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Illness as an Accelerator of Spiritual Intelligence and Awakening. Begins each March.

Illness or caregiving can be part of your spiritual practice and path. Using the Integral map, we’ll use the very difficulties that illness magnifies as the place to bring our attention and our practice.

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Integration: Begins each May

It’s time to take all that you’ve learned and apply it to your life, implementing your own integral life practice that includes all the dimensions of your own being as well as the collective experience. It is recommended that you be well versed in integral philosophy or have taken at least one of the other courses before taking this one.

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Scholarships are available

Please contact [email protected]

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Your Instructor:

Dr. Lynn Royster Fuentes

Lynn is a college instructor, educational course designer, and a mediator with a BA, MA, JD, and PhD. An experienced classroom and online instructor, she has designed and taught courses in transpersonal psychology, writing, planning, chronic illness, and conflict management at DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a program to help students with chronic illness obtain a degree.

A devoted student of Ken Wilber and integral philosophy, she has published integrally oriented essays and articles on conflict resolution and illness management and weaves integral ideas into her course design and teaching. She follows an integral life practice of physical, psychological, meditative, and cognitive development.

Lynn has volunteered in many capacities – with battered women, people in the recovery community, and people with chronic illness – and served on the board of the Solve ME/CFS Association of America for many years. Despite her study of many disciplines, Lynn regards her greatest learning as long-term caregiver for severely ill family members.

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A Way to Give

We donate 50% of revenues from this course to organizations that support people with chronic illness. If you would like to suggest a particular recognized chronic illness based charity, please contact Lynn: [email protected]

Download the Free Koan of Illness Guide

As our gift to you, leave your name and email to receive the free ebook, The Koan of Illness: How to Use Illness as a Springboard to Spiritual Transformation. This 22-page ebook takes you through the stages of grief that accompany a diagnosis, as well as suggestions for how to work with them.