The Koan of Illness 2


Learn to live more fully with illness by discovering, healing, and integrating the many wounds that the experience of illness creates. 

This virtual course begins September 7th, 2021.

Living with chronic illness inflicts a series of traumas from the illness itself to the changes it inflicts on your lifestyle and your relationships. It is traumatic for both those who are ill and for those who care for them. 

And because the trauma is ongoing, it can be hard to heal the psyche and to step forward into life again. These traumas can include the derailment or postponement of dreams and hopes and misunderstanding from healthcare providers, friends, and even family members. 

This trauma can be healed even if you or your loved one is still on the journey of healing from or living with a chronic illness. 

Healing the Trauma, our 6-week live, virtual course will show you how to heal from these traumas and integrate the emotions they cause. It will also help you build more resilience and strength so that you can continue to walk this path without constantly adding to your trauma. 

This Course Will Help You:

  • Validate the social, emotional, and psychological pain that comes with being sick or caring for someone who is

  • Come to accept, forgive, and truly care for yourself

  • Learn to set boundaries and create a safe environment

  • Explore the shadow of illness in our society and learn how to work with and integrate it

  • Turn your trauma into opportunities for growth and awakening

This Course Is For:

  • Patients who feel hurt by misunderstandings and dismissive treatment

  • Caregivers who want to find ways to help their loved ones heal their pain while also healing their own

  • Those seeking greater self-acceptance and self-compassion

  • People who want to cultivate resilience and strength

  • Providers who want to understand their patients and clients better

Register Now for $197

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.

What You'll Receive

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


Healing the Trauma: The Koan of Illness 2

Week 1:  Overview. What Is a Koan? Traumatized Patient, Traumatized Caregiver

Week 2:  Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion 

Week 3:  Boundaries and Beliefs

Week 4:  Individual and Collective Shadows

Week 5:  Reality and Responsibility

Week 6:  The Golden Shadow


Healing the Trauma is part 2 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. 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:

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.

Learn more…


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.

Learn more…


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.

Learn more… 

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]

For the current course in the series please head over here.

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.

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 [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.