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What to expect from a retreat about Grief? 

This 5 day retreat is designed to deepen our grief skills and enhance our wellbeing through the explorations and expression of grief, in community.  We will be delving into Francis Weller’s 5 gates of grief:  Loss, The places that have not known love (shame), The Earth, Loss of expectation and Ancestral/Legacy burdens.  These 5 gates expand our understanding of the complexity of grief and names places inside of us that may not have been named before.

The retreat will be a combination of lecture, experiential exercises, small groups sharing, movement, ritual and ceremony. Participants will engage in personal and group witnessing and unburdening of both individual and collective grief.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to differentiate grief from depression

  • Learn how to treat grief from an IFS perspective

  • Identify blocks to grieving

  • Gain awareness of constraints and resources in different cultures when dealing with grief

  • Become familiar with the 5 gates of grief

  • Explore personal and family of origin patterns/beliefs around grief

  • Participate in a grief ritual

Each day will start with meditation and grief yoga.  No yoga experience needed - and this can be done in a chair.

One full day will be designated to a community grief ritual.


This retreat is limited to a maximum of 26 participants.. 

Retreat Participants are required to have a very in-depth knowledge of IFS and ideally will be Level 1 Trained or have completed the IFS online circle.


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A little more about Ann….

Ann L. Sinko, LMFT, Senior IFS Trainer, has 35+ years of clinical experience and is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Connecticut. She is in private practice and was an adjunct Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Central Connecticut State University for 27 years.


Ann integrates IFS theory and technique into all facets of her creative work with families, couples, individuals and groups.  She establishes a safe environment in which clients experience unconditional acceptance. Ann has a background in gestalt therapy, is a systemic thinker and integrates Earth based spirituality.


Ann is passionate teacher and believes that theory is best integrated through experiential learning. Her style is down-to-earth, concrete and her a sense of humor shines through.  She is a seasoned world traveler, loves the outdoors and is an avid gardener. Ann authored a chapter on Legacy Burdens in Internal Family Systems, Innovations and Elaborations and also created the curriculum for the IFS level 2 on Shame, Depression and Anxiety.

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Applications are currently open for this retreat in Ireland from November 13th - 17th, 2023

Please be advised that this is not a formal training on how to work with Grief and is not intended as a training on how to guide this work for other people. This is strictly a retreat for your personal growth and well-being.


The retreat will take place over 5 days starting on Monday, November 13th, 2023 and concluding on Friday, November 17th, 2023.

The retreat cost includes retreat tuition, 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 afternoon 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 26 participants. Retreat Tuition cost plus an application form will be available to you once you register your interest and your place on the retreat will only be confirmed once a €500 non-refundable deposit is received. Please do not make travel arrangements until your registration has been fully accepted.

Any travel costs to the retreat location in Ireland is the sole responsibility of the participant.

IFS only CE credits may be available for this retreat.

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 require any further information, please feel free to email us at

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