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.

This course begins September 1.  For the current course, please click here


REGISTER NOW for Healing the Trauma



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.

In this course, we focus on the trauma that illness causes and at how to ameliorate it.  The focus is on how you can live more fully with illness by discovering and healing the many wounds that the experience of illness inflicts.

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

This course is part 2 of a six part series. (See below for information on the other courses in the series.)  However, each course can stand alone.

Register Now and Pay What Is Right for You

Full price of $197.00 or use a coupon $20KOI, $70KOI, or $130KOI. Five seats available at each discounted price.

“..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:

  • Validate the social, emotional, and psychological hurts that come with being ill

  • Become able 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 protect yourself against it

  • Work with the koans that illness presents to you


This Program Is For:

  • Patients who feel wounded by misunderstandings and dismissive treatment

  • Caregivers who want to find ways to help their loved ones heal their pain - and who want to heal their own

  • People seeking greater self-acceptance and self-compassion

  • People who want to protect themselves from further wounding

  • Providers who want to understand their patients and clients better

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 2:  The Koan of Illness:  Healing the Trauma

Course Information.  Introductions.

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



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.

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 the Trauma

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.


Discount Coupons Available

Use $40KOI, $70KOI, $130KOI, or pay the full price of $197. Five seats available for each discount.

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

Download the Free Koan of Illness Guide

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