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A little about Paul….

Paul Ginter, Ed.D. is a co-founder and clinical director of the IFS Telehealth Collective and co-founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness in Kalamazoo, MI.


As a practicing psychologist, Paul primarily draws from the Internal Family Systems Model in his work with a wide variety of clients and in his supervision/consultation with therapists.


Paul has served as a Lead Trainer for the IFS Institute for over 20 years, leading trainings in 15 different countries.

Please note that this retreat is limited to 30 participants and is only open to participants who are either IFS Level 1 trained or who have completed the IFS Online Circle and who have a very in-depth understanding of IFS Therapy. 


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What will this retreat be about…..

Embracing Polarizations: A Path toward Inner and Outer Healing

At its core, the Internal Family Systems Model is a relational model and provides a framework for working with polarizations within and between people.  It is impossible to work with any given part of ourselves without also working with other parts.

IFS provides both a framework to better understand how systems become polarized, and an effective means of healing divides.


On this retreat, participants will have opportunities to work with polarizations existing within their internal system and polarizations with others.


Through various exercises (such as mapping our parts, sculpting each other’s systems, doing demos, etc.), participants will gain insights into how their internal conflicts may contribute to external conflicts and polarizations in their relationships.


Further, we will bring more clarity to how we respond to the polarizations we witness and experience in the broader culture.

What you can expect from this retreat:

As a Retreat Participant you will:

  • More deeply understand how effectively working with our most challenging parts must always be understood systemically

  • Discover how Self energy naturally holds multiple perspectives with clarity and spaciousness

  • Learn practical tools and strategies to work with conflicts and polarizations with clarity and compassion

The retreat will include:

  • A limited degree of didactic learning

  • Reflection, mapping, and journaling

  • Experiential exercises

  • Demo sessions, working with polarizations

  • Discussion and sharing

This retreat is open to participants who are either IFS Level 1 trained or who have completed the IFS Online Circle.

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Retreat Particulars

Applications are currently open for this retreat in Ireland from October 14th – October 18th, 2024

Please be advised that this is not a formal training. This is strictly a retreat for your personal growth and well-being.

The retreat will take place over 5 days starting on Monday, October 14th, 2024 and concluding on Friday, October 18th, 2024

Retreat cost is €1,950. The retreat cost includes the 5-day retreat itself with Paul Ginter, plus 4 nights private en-suite accommodation and 3 delicious meals a day to include a full breakfast, a light lunch and a delicious evening meal.

There is an afternoon off on Wednesday to allow participants to process, rest and relax with spa treatments or for those who seek a little bit of adventure, touring the most popular sightseeing venues the area has to offer. Spa treatments and sightseeing tours are optional extras.

This retreat is limited to 30 participants. If you are interested in participating in this retreat, please register your interest. You will then be directed automatically to a registration form for completion. Only applicants who complete a full registration form will be considered for this retreat. Once your registration is approved we will advise you formally and it is only at this point that we will request a €500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place on this retreat. Please do not make travel arrangements until your registration has been formally accepted.​

Any travel costs to the retreat location in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland is the sole responsibility of the participant.​

IMPORTANT: Please read our FAQS page on this website for further guidelines and information on Covid, the arrangements we have in place in the unlikely event the retreat is cancelled due to Covid or in the unlikely event the retreat leader is not in a position to attend. The FAQS page also provides further general information which you may find useful when planning your trip. If after reading the FAQS page you have any further information, please feel free to email us at

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