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Deep Listening

Rosamund Oliver and Chantal Bergers joined the eamba Community on the 10th of November 2023 for the second webinar in the series exploring mindful communication programmes. We enjoyed a translation into French by Fairouz Vergnes.
The program Deep Listening is presented in a new book Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion, edited by Frits Koster, Jetty Heynekamp and Victoria Norton. (details below)

The recording of the webinar is published in the eamba YouTube channel.

Resources shared:
ACDLT®  © Copyright 2003-2021 Rosamund Oliver

1. Deep Listening Diag MODEL

2. Deep Listening Diag Presence Contact connection




Deep Listening with Rosamund Oliver and Chantal Bergers

The Deep Listening method of “Awareness Centred Deep Listening”  was developed twenty years ago as a training by psychotherapist and buddhist Rosamund Oliver, and it is now taught internationally by a team of certificated trainers. It is a simple yet powerful method, based on modern psychology and contemplative traditions, which supports listeners to beneficially utilise their innate awareness and insight whilst listening to both others and themselves. This joint process is grounded in the listener’s compassionate embodiment cultivated by the method. The programme began in a palliative care setting and is now widely taught in healthcare and other professional settings. Courses are offered to doctors and trainee doctors at the Free University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Bordeaux University Hospital. Awareness Centred Deep Listening is suitable for anyone for whom listening is an essential part of their work, whether in social care, teaching, the law, management and many other walks of life.

In this workshop we had the opportunity to meet the founder practitioner of this method, Rosamund Oliver with senior trainer and medical doctor, Chantal Bergers. Together they offered an overview, led some practices and shared their broad experience of using the method in professional settings.

If you wish to learn more about ACDLT please visit or check out chapter six of “Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion” (Routledge 2023).

Cover Mindful Communication

The program Deep Listening is presented in a new book Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion, edited by Frits Koster, Jetty Heynekamp and Victoria Norton.

The book features the following programs:

– Nonviolent Communication (by Oren Jay Sofer and Sietske de Haan),
– The Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (by Erik van den Brink),
– Green Zone Communication (by Greg Heffron, Esther Hasselman and Christine Trani),
– Mindfulness and Communication (by Edel Maex),
– Deep Listening (by Rosamund Oliver and Chantal Bergers),
– Open Dialogue (by Russell Razzaque, Heleen Wadman, Kwok H. Wong and Olaf Galisch).

These mindful communication programs are of interest to those working in health or social care, education, community action and to all who wish to listen and speak with more wisdom and compassion.

Donation-based event, if you wish to grant a donation, please send it to eamba
IBAN NL28 TRIO 0379 3688 62. BIC TRIONL2U. Mentioning “MF COMM 1011”,
eamba will transfer your donation to the authors.


Updated 12 November 2023. First published on: 30 August 2023.

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