Living with chronic illness is a hero's journey.  Learn to map this complex world and mine its treasures whether you are a patient or someone who cares for one.

Course begins online July 7.  For the current course in the series please go to


REGISTER NOW for Empowering Yourself



I'd love to have you join me and others in this course. Please click below to register.

Illness Is Both A Trauma And A Project.

It requires dealing with the healthcare system, navigating changes in lifestyle and relationships, and handling the emotions that arise with having your hopes and dreams derailed. But illness is also about growth and awakening.

If you have a chronic illness and are wondering where to go next or how to manage all of the issues facing you, this course can offer new perspectives. We will use the Integral map developed by Ken Wilber, who himself suffers from a chronic illness and was a caregiver for many years for his wife. This map will give you a comprehensive look at how your inner and outer worlds are affected by illness and how you can use the experience of illness for personal and spiritual growth.

The course is suitable for patients, caregivers, practitioners and others who deal with healthcare matters.

Register Now for $197

or pay what is right for your budget. Five spaces available for each discount: use $130KOI or $70KOI or $40KOI.

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

Guided 6-Week Course with Live Discussion

Turn Chronic Illness Into A Path for Growth

Limited Number of Participants

This Program 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 Program 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

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.


Course 1:  The Koan of Illness:  Empowering Yourself

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

In person weekly calls will be held Sundays starting July 7 via Zoom (free) at 2 pm PT.  All calls will be recorded and archived on the site for those who cannot attend.


This course is one of six courses on turning the challenges of chronic illness into opportunities for relationship healing, personal growth, and spiritual awakening. Register now for the entire series for a 40% discount, or register for the first course and receive discounts for additional courses.

Each course is six weeks and includes guided discussions and video calls (all calls are archived so you can listen to them later).  The courses in the series are:

Course #1: The Koan of Illness:  Empowering Yourself

Course #2:  The Koan of Illness:  Healing Yourself

Course #3:  The Koan of Illness:  Healing Your Relationships

Course #4: The Koan of Illness:  Illness as a Springboard for Personal Growth

Course #5: The Koan of Illness:  Illness as a Path to Spiritual Awakening

Course #6: The Koan of Illness:  Pulling It All Together: How Growing Up and Waking Up Heals Bodies, Minds, and Spirits.


Scholarships are available

Please contact

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 at the address above.

Download the Free Koan of Illness Guide

A gift for you! Learn to turn the trauma of illness into a path for spiritual growth.