An Introduction to Deep Listening

Deep Listening, a part of Rigpa’s Spiritual Care Programme, is an experiential and interactive training described as enjoyable and transformative by participants.

Deep Listening harnesses the power of being present while listening so we truly hear what is being communicated. The training teaches the method of Awareness Centred Deep Listening Training (ACDLT®) which applies three core skills: Embodied Awareness, Supportive Presence, Compassionate Connection. ACDLT® combines understandings drawn from psychology and neuroscience with the methodology of contemplative practices in compassion and meditation.

Participants, from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, report developing greater confidence in their listening after following Deep Listening Training.

The full training is often taught as either a five day intensive or a weekend training but full and half day trainings also offer valuable insights and new skills for anyone interested in deepening their capacity to listen to others.

In this one day Introduction to Deep Listening, John will give an interactive overview of the three ACDL core skills then introduce one of the first tools of embodied listening, the use of a “a listening centre” as a basis for the main experiential listening exercise of the morning. In the afternoon we will bring the three core skills together in a listening exercise designed to give all participants an experience of Deep Listening in Action.

An attendance certificate of 5 CPD contact hours will be provided for anyone wishing to use this training as part of continuing professional development.

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Anyone with an interest in deepening their capacity to listen to others.


Rigpa Dublin, 12 Wicklow Street, Dublin D02 EC43

This training event is in-person only.


17 February, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. which includes time for tea breaks and lunch



John Douglas
John first became interested in Buddhist Meditation in 1990 and has lived in West Cork since 1994 as part of the Dzogchen Beara community.

As a Senior Meditation Instructor and Spiritual Care Educator, John is one of Dzogchen Beara’s main facilitators on a range of courses and workshops including topics such as Facing Loss and Healing Grief, Deep Listening, Self Compassion and Healing Relationships.

John is also a Counsellor & Psychotherapist, accredited with the IACP. He works in private practice in Castletownbere and with ARC Cancer Support House in Bantry, as well as meeting guests on support breaks at the Care Centre in Dzogchen Beara.


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