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 2022 SOMATIC IFS RETREAT at Pura Vida
with Susan McConnell, Senior IFS Trainer
March 5-12, 2022 - This retreat is full!

Testimonials for this retreat:

“The first evening yoga was in a gorgeous hall at dusk, as the sun went down in the darkness, savassana … awakening to the sparkling lights of San Jose. Breathtaking. A beautiful beginning.”


“My body made changes—my posture is different, my core more engaged, my bodily experiences are more integrated with my thoughts … It’s a mystery to me but a wonderful one.”

-Dawn Balcazar, PhD

The retreat takes place at Pura Vida Spa, a mountaintop oasis of beauty and tranquility in Costa Rica.

Join us for this week-long retreat where you will explore your internal system with the practices of Somatic IFS. Through guided exercises, journaling, live demonstrations and small group experiences you will listen to your parts through sensations, movements and touch.  Your experience of Embodied Self will transform your personal and professional life.

There will be ample time to enhance and integrate these explorations with a variety of optional experiences—exceptional bodywork and spa treatments, yoga classes, and a choice of eco-adventures to explore whitewater rivers, waterfalls, active volcanoes, hot springs, and abundant wildlife.

There is a range of prices, depending on the accommodation you choose. The cost includes tuition, room, board, and transportation from San Jose Airport (SJO).  Air fare to San Jose, excursions and body work sessions are not included. Click here for pricing and accommodations.


Early discount and payment plans are available.

This retreat is open to IFS graduates and IFS-informed people, and is limited to 28 participants.

Non-participating companions are welcome to accompany you and enjoy Pura Vida’s amenities.

33 NBCC CE's are available for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and, in some states, Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

33 IFS CEU's are also available.



To apply: Sorry, but this retreat is full! Please join the mailing list to be informed of future events.

Please download and complete this application

and return it by email to susanmccon(at)

To register: Once accepted by Susan McConnell, contact Nancy Berkowitz at nfberkowitz(at) or (781) 237-7720 (press # to skip the message) to choose your lodging and to secure a place in this retreat. Nancy will provide information about lodging, early bird discounts, payment schedules, cancellation policy. PLEASE NOTE that this retreat is currently planned as an in-person training. Any changes due to COVID-19 restrictions will be posted here as soon as they become available.

The lush gardens, warm breezes, and delicious healthy meals will nourish and support your body’s unfolding of its inherent Self energy.

You can view the location of this retreat, as well as learn about room options, at the Pura Vida Spa website.

What other participants have said about this retreat...

“The bodywork and opportunities for yoga and getting out to explore in our excursions were wonderful and allowed everything to sink in in a truly magical way. I can’t wait to return.”


“I have been deeply touched by how honoring Beth and Susan have been. I have felt completely supported and cared for from Day One.” 


“Susan creates a sacred container for our embodied learning that allows me to be in Self energy—it is in my spiritual as well as “somatic” memory.” 


“I am returning with a renewed sense of my own strength, a new awareness of ways in which I diminish my strength and a much stronger sense of my own light and the Source.” 



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