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A Little about Chris…..

Chris Burris, LMFT, LCMHCS is a Senior Lead Trainer for the IFS Institute.  He is the author of Creating Healing Circles: Using the Internal Family Systems Model in Facilitating Groups. In addition to teaching Level I, II, and III trainings for the IFS institute, Chris has been active with experimental learning with the School of Lost Borders, Animus Valley institute, Center for Shamanic Studies, and The Center for Conscious Eldering.  He is an experienced group leader who is known for his humour, fun, and compassionate wisdom. To learn more about Chris, visit his website at

You might also be interested in reading Chris’s newly launched book – Creating Healing Circles. To get your hands on a copy, please click the attached link -

Please note that this workshop is a non-residential workshop. It 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. PLEASE NOTE: A MINIMUM OF 20 RETREAT PARTICIPANTS ARE NEEDED FOR THE RETREAT TO PROCEED.

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What to expect from this 3-day Intensive non-residential workshop….

The vision for this workshop is to spend three days together using IFS experiential exercises to explore, discover, and deepen the connection to our internal system. In-person group environments offer a rich opportunity to interact with others as a way to know our internal system. Together, we will have experiential activities designed to become better acquainted with our primary protectors, transform our inner critics, discover the nature of our needs, practice connection with others through play and deep listening, and release burdens and blocks preventing us from being more alive, engaged, and courageous. 

This workshop will offer opportunities to…

  • Explore the hidden motivation behind our inner critics.

  • Release harshness in our internal systems.

  • Discover our primary protectors. 

  • Learn experiential ways to use the IFS Model to enhance deeper connection with others.

  • Experience the befriending process as a way of self-discovery and connection. 

  • Improve interpersonal communication in order to enhance honesty, cooperation, and connection.  

Examples of experiential exercises include (but are not limited to)...

  • Meditation 

  • Mapping 

  • Experiential activities such as the “parts pie”, “fire drill”, parts gallery, and direct access

  • Mini and large group sculpting

  • Live demos

  • Dyads for sharing and befriending

  • Play 


Retreat Particulars

Applications are currently open for this NON-RESIDENTIAL 3-day workshop in Ireland from June 18th – June 20th, 2024

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

The workshop will take place over 3 days starting on Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 and concluding on Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Workshop cost plus an application form will be available to you once you register your interest. The cost includes the workshop itself, a light lunch and teas & coffees during morning and afternoon break.


This workshop is limited to 30 participants. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, 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 workshop. 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. Please do not make travel arrangements until your registration has been formally accepted.​

Any travel costs to the workshop 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 workshop is cancelled due to Covid or in the unlikely event the workshop 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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