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 January, 2020.  For the current course, please click here





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

Illness IS a Growth Path

When illness strikes it seems that it takes away or alters everything important to you: your identity, your career, your relationships, and even your sense of who you are.  Having your hopes and dreams derailed in this way is an excruciating experience. But illness is also about growth and awakening.  In fact, it is a perfect path for leading us to what is important in life.

In this course, we focus on illness as a path to deep personal growth.  Using the integral map, we look at how growth occurs and how the experience of illness can offer a direct route to a better, more mature, and more sane experience of being human.  

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

This course is part 4 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:

  • Understand the process of growth:  What does a fully developed human being look like?

  • Determine where you are on the map of development.

  • Learn practices can help you to develop beyond your current capacities.

  • Develop your capacity to mine the chronic illness experience or the caregiving experience to find the treasure hidden within the pain.

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


This Program Is For:

  • People who are interested in personal growth and development

  • People who are ill or caring for someone who is ill and wonder, "Why don't people understand me?"

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

  • People who want to live lives that are meaningful and growthful despite 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 4:  The Koan of Illness:  A Springboard for Personal Growth

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



This course is one of six courses on turning the challenges of chronic illness into opportunities for relationship healing, personal growth, and spiritual awakening. For information on discounts for the entire series, please write to See for information about these courses and other resources related to chronic illness.

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.

Register for Illness as a Springboard for Personal Growth

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

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