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What to expect from a Somatic Internal Family Systems Retreat (SIFS)?

Susan McConnell’s amazing Somatic IFS retreat is a retreat not to be missed.

Somatic IFS is a branch of IFS that blends the principles of somatic therapy - like movement, touch, sensation and breathwork – with the traditional tools of IFS. Somatic IFS explores the embodiment of the internal family with the goal of restoring the client’s SELF to leadership and allowing parts that express through the body to come into relationship and alignment with the client’s SELF.  

On this retreat, you will be invited to explore your internal system with the practices of Somatic IFS. Through guided exercises, journaling, live demonstrations and small group interactions you will listen to your parts through sensations, movement and touch. Your experience of the Embodied Self can transform your personal and professional life. 

During the retreat you will experience for yourself the five practices of Somatic IFS - 

1: Somatic Awareness

2: Conscious Breathing

3: Radical Resonance

4: Mindful Movement

5: Attuned Touch

Susan, through Somatic IFS, incorporates the five practices to help you heal parts's burdens in the body, using the IFS model.


The retreat is open to IFS- informed people and IFS graduates and therapists generally who are interested in Somatic awareness. The Retreat is designed to be an experiential retreat and not a formal training of the model.

IFS-CE credits are available for this Somatic IFS Retreat.

The retreat is limited to 30 participants.

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A Little more about Susan....

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Susan McConnell, MAPD, CHT, is a senior trainer for the IFS Institute and has taught Internal Family Systems in the US and internationally since 1997. Somatic IFS is the culmination of her experience and teaching of various bodywork, movement, spiritual, and psychotherapeutic modalities that facilitate the embodiment of the internal family—the subpersonalities as well as the essential core Self—to bring compassionate witnessing to the implicit body stories of our individual hurts and societal burdens.

Somatic IFS is a branch of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model. IFS is a psychotherapeutic model that normalizes multiplicity of the mind and views each person as having a Self that the therapist helps to uncover so that it can fully lead the system of parts, or subpersonalities.

IFS holds that all parts, regardless of how they currently manifest, hold positive intent and can be helped to contribute their wisdom and gifts to the person’s system. Somatic IFS explores the embodiment of the internal family with the goal of restoring the client’s Self to leadership and allowing parts that express through the body to come into relationship and alignment with the client’s Self.

Susan McConnell is also the author of Somatic Internal Family Systems:  Awareness, Breath, Resonance, Movement and Touch in Practice.

You can purchase this book at and it is also available on Amazon UK and US.

t would be really beneficial to read her book in its entirety prior to the beginning of the retreat so you can get the very most out of your experience but it is not essential and there is no obligation to do so.

For more about Susan see

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Retreat Particulars

Please be advised that this is not a formal training of SIFS 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 7 days starting on the evening of October 2nd when we will meet at 7pm to welcome everyone, make introductions and outline the schedule for the week. We will complete our week with a closing event on the night of October 8th so please be sure not to check out until the morning of the 9th of October as you will not want to miss the closing ceremony.

The retreat cost includes tuition, room and 3 delicious meals a day.

Each day locally sourced foods will be available for Breakfast, a light lunch and a delicious evening meal. Your place on the retreat will only be secured once you complete your registration form, it is accepted and a non-refundable deposit of €500 is paid and received.

There is a day off in the middle of the week 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 areas that Killarney has to offer. Spa treatments and sightseeing tours are optional extras.

Partners/Companions who are not participating are more than welcome to accompany you for an additional fee and enjoy the sights and adventures of Killarney and County Kerry. 


Retreat Tuition cost plus an application form will be emailed to you once you register your interest. Any travel costs to the retreat location in Killarney, Southwest Ireland is the sole responsibility of the participant.


Contact Ciara or Paul at for further information.

Please note that this retreat is currently planned as an in-person program. Any changes due to COVID-19 restrictions will be posted here as soon as they become available and you will be notified by email for those registered.

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