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Accessing and Living from Self Retreat

At a Glance

24-09-2018 / 29-09-2018
  • 5 nights accommodation in Shared, Single, Double or Premium Rooms
  • Full board - vegetarian meals
  • Fruits, Teas and filtered water
  • Free use of Body Care Center facilities: sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, indoor heated swimming pool
  • All workshops and sessions as written in the program

Not included:
  • Flights to/from Malpensa International Airport
  • Transfers to/from Mandali Retreat Centre
  • Massage and Therapies at the Body Care Center 

Your Teachers

Richard Schwartz
Richard Schwartz
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. He co-authored, with Michael Nichols, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the U.S. Dr. Schwartz was Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Research and later at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems SM in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients. He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self. He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

This approach to psychotherapy suggested alternative ways of understanding psychic functioning and healing, and lent itself to innovative techniques for relieving clients’ suffering and symptoms. IFS is a nonpathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded the Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. CSL offers three levels of training in IFS, workshops for professionals and for the general public, an annual national conference, publications, and DVDs of Dr. Schwartz’s work through its web site at IFS trainings and workshops are also being held in several European countries.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz serves on editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS. His books include: You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For: Bringing Courageous Love to Intimate Relationships; Internal Family Systems Therapy;
Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model; and The Mosaic Mind: Empowering the Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors (with Regina Goulding); as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer), about transcending current models of family therapy.

Kelly Loch
Loch Kelly
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is author of Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness awarded "Best Books of the Year.” He is an educator, psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of meditation who is affiliated with Adyashanti. Loch is a graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary where he was awarded a fellowship to study in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal. He has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members of 9/11 in New York City. Loch is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute and he collaborates with neuroscientists to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing.

What it is

Realizing Self is the centerpiece of both IFS psychotherapy and most meditative traditions of awakening.

Self is not a part, not a meditation state, and not your ego. Instead, selfless-Self is knowable as your ground of Being, unity consciousness, unchanging essence, and open-hearted awareness. Accessing Self, and welcoming all our inner parts, is the ultimate medicine.

Through his writing and teaching Loch Kelly has become an internationally known leader in helping people quickly access Self in the midst of their daily lives. Richard Schwartz is expert at helping people bring the healing qualities of Self to their troubling inner voices, compulsive distractions, and feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, and overwhelm. These parts of the psyche unburden when approached from the Self, with its natural respect, patience, and compassion.

These two leaders will offer a retreat on how to access and live from Self.

Participants will leave with new tools for understanding and accessing their own Self Leadership.

  • This retreat is designed for experienced students ready to explore Self.
  • It is recommended that participants be familiar with IFS
  • It is also recommended that participants be familiar with Loch Kelly's book and audio meditations, Shift into Freedom. (UK) Shift into Freedom (US)


Suggested Program

Daily Schedule

24 September
12.00 - 13.00 Arrival and Check-in
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 First Session
19.00 - 20.00 Dinner

from 25  to 28 September
08.00 - 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 - 13.00 Morning Session
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon Session
19.00 - 20.00 Dinner

29 September
08.00 - 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 - 13.00 Morning Session
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
Departure after lunch

We believe it is essential to take time for
yourself in a Sacred place