The Koan of Illness 4


Learn to harness the tragedy of chronic illness for deep and lasting personal growth and development.

This virtual course begins January 4th, 2022.

When illness strikes it can feel like the rug is pulled out from under you: your identity, career, relationships, plans, and even your sense of who you are all altered, turned over, and shaken up. Being derailed in this way can be excruciating, but with the right tools, support, and awareness, it can also be an opportunity for growth. This growth won’t necessarily change your circumstances, but it can give you more freedom within them.

A person who is beginning to sense the suffering of life is, at the same time, beginning to awaken to deeper realities, truer realities. For suffering smashes to pieces the complacency of our normal fictions about reality, and forces us to become alive in a special sense—to see carefully, to feel deeply, to touch ourselves and our worlds in ways we have heretofore avoided.” --Ken Wilber, from No Boundaries

Using Illness as a Springboard to Personal Growth, our 6-week live, virtual course, we focus on the tools and understandings you need to use illness as a path to deep personal development. Using Ken Wilber’s Integral map (which we will teach you), we study how development occurs and the ways that the experience of illness and caregiving can offer a direct route to a better, more mature, and increasingly sane experience of being human.


This Course Will Help You:

  • Understand the process of growth and understand what a fully developed human being looks like

  • Determine where you are on the map of development

  • Learn practices that can help you develop beyond your current capacities and perspectives

  • Mine the chronic illness or caregiving experience to find the gems hidden within the pain

  • Learn from others in the course how to navigate this experience with grace and wisdom

This Course Is For:

  • People who are interested in personal growth and development

  • People who are interested in validating the growth they have experienced in living with chronic illness

  • People who are ready to step out of a victim story and into their power

  • People who want to live lives that are meaningful and growthful despite illness

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


A Springboard for Personal Growth: The Koan of Illness 4

Week 1: Overview. The Trajectory of Personal Development

Week 2: The Stages of Development; the Gifts of Infrared Sensation and Magenta Openness

Week 3: The Gifts of Red Power and Amber Conformity

Week 4: The Gifts of Orange Rationality and Green Sensitivity

Week 5: The New Consciousness - Integral Wholeness

Week 6:  Integration; Creating Your Personal Growth Map

Using Illness as a Springboard to Personal Growth is part 4 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 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.