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 October 13, 2018




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 relationships and how they change when illness enters the picture.  We look at how you can heal the difficulties that illness brings to relationships, establish - or re-establish - healthy and fulfilling relationships despite illness, understand some of the deep divides among people and how they see illness, and find ways to deepen them beyond what might be possible in a more conventional situation.

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

This course is part 3 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 $40KOI, $70KOI, or $130KOI. Five seats available at each discounted price. Please contact me at if you need to pay less.

“..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 to:

  • Identify the ways in which illness has affected your relationships with friends, significant others, work colleagues, medical providers, and even yourself

  • Determine what aspects of your relationships might be improved or deepened

  • Use boundaries to create mutually healthy and happy relationships

  • Learn how different worldviews affect people’s approach to illness

  • Work to establish more rewarding relationships

  • Use illness as a path for mutual growth and soul connection


This Program Is For:

  • People who are struggling with changes in their roles and responsibilities

  • People who want to deal with relational guilt, anger, fear of abandonment, and other emotions that are often sparked by illness

  • People who find that illness interferes with their ability to communicate or be fully understood by others

  • People who are confused by larger world conflicts that affect illness

  • People who want their lives to be full of healthy interactions, love, and support.

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 3:  The Koan of Illness:  Healing your Relationship

Week 1:  Overview. Illness and Relationship.
Week 2:  Bridging Perspectives: The Integral Quadrants. 
Week 3:  Conflict and Healing across the Quadrants
Week 4:  Bridging Perspectives:  Stages of Development
Week 5:  Conflict and Healing across the Stages
Week 6:  The Integral We Space 


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.