SPT meets IFS

Embracing Your Parts

In today's world, we often find ourselves caught in an endless, sometimes looping flow of thoughts. It can be perceived as a continuous inner dialogue, not rarely associated with strong emotions such as fear, anger or sadness.

According to the IFS model our mind works as a system composed of different parts that tell us various narratives that impact how we navigate life. What would happen if we combine the systemic approach and practices of SPT, which are mostly used to make systems more visible (or to see and sense themselves), with this lenses of the inner narratives/parts? That’s what we are going to explore in this workshop, a half day dedicated to making visible our inner dynamics and, mostly, to uncover possible paths that reveal the inherent sanity within our internal system (also called Self) so it can expand to the external systems we are connected to, generating higher well-being for all.

In this workshop we will combine the Internal Family Systems (IFS) systemic approach of the person and its mind, with Social Presencing Theater (SPT) that uses simple body postures and movements for social systems awareness, to create a safe space that allows to initiate profound change.

*The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy developed by Richard C. Schwartz in the 1980s. It combines systems thinking with the view that the mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities, each with its own unique viewpoint and qualities. IFS uses family systems theory to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and offers a process to identify the roots of complications and achieve greater well-being.
more about IFS at: https://ifs-institute.com/
introductory video:
** Social Presencing Theater (SPT) is a methodology, developed under the leadership of Arawana Hayashi, for understanding current reality and exploring emerging future possibilities. SPT can be practiced at the individual, group, organization, and larger social systems level. It is not "theater" in the conventional sense, but uses simple body postures and movements to dissolve limiting concepts, to communicate directly, to access intuition, and to make visible leverage points for creating profound change.
more about SPT at: https://www.presencing.org/aboutus/sptintroductory video: https://vimeo.com/314787723

Guiding questions

  • What makes us feel stuck in life?

  • How does the concept of inner parts apply to some situations in our lives where we feel "stuck"?

  • How are they trying to protect us and what is their role in the current system?

  • How to sense into and embody inner parts and 'dance' with them while the new emerges, more aligned with our innate basic sanity (Self)?

Applied Methods and Theory

  • silence, guided meditation

  • personal journaling

  • Social Presencing Theater (SPT)

  • Internal Family System (IFS)

  • working in sub groups

  • defining powerful next steps

  • generative harvesting

What you can take away

  • You get an understanding of the basic principles and concept of IFS

  • You adapt those principles to your body using SPT practices

  • You learn to sense into and listen to your inner parts and where that can take you

  • You discover how a compassionate social field can support you

For whom is this workshop

  • Humans with curiosity and courage to explore how the concept of IFS and the practice of SPT complement each other

  • Coaches, Consultants working with individuals and groups looking to enrich their toolbox of embodied practices

At a glance

  • Online Workshop ‘SPT meets IFS - Embracing Your Parts ’ with Vasco Gaspar and Dirk Bräuninger

  • Friday, March, 12 2021 (3:30 pm to 7:00 pm CET; break included)

  • participation fee: 90 €

  • The workshop will be held via zoom.


  • Bring with you: comfortable clothes; pen, notebook; quiet environment

  • Further questions: post@dirkbraeuninger.de (+49 171 148 1075)

Your Hosts

Vasco Gaspar

author, speaker and facilitator

With a degree in Psychology from the University of Coimbra, Vasco is the author of the book "Aqui e Agora - Mindfulness". He works globally as a facilitator and speaker in the areas of conscious leadership and human potential, in all private, public and voluntary sectors, having reached directly more than 30 thousand people all over the world.

His main interest lies is in the integration of different contemplative practices, such as Mindfulness, Heartfulness or Presencing, with proven practices of psychotherapy, neuroscience and others, at the service of highest human potential applied for a greater good. He is certified by several renowned institutes such as the Presencing Institute, Heartfulness Institute, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, IFS Institute, among many others.

With his presence and service all over the world, he holds the intention of inspiring change and transformation towards a more human and compassionate world for all living beings.

Dirk Bräuninger

facilitator, coach, consultant

After a 35-year career in information technology with stints in the US and Asia, Dirk decided in 2014 to combine his professional leadership experience with his long-standing private practice in mindfulness and bodywork.

He learned and practiced meditation and yoga since the early 80's and in 2009 expanded his body-based methodologies to include Japanese Shiatsu practice. After his training as a systemic coach and change manager, he came into contact with the Social Presencing Theater (SPT) in 2015 as part of the Foundation Program of the Presencing Institute. In 2017 he completed his Advanced Practitioner training with Arawana Hayashi, the founder of SPT. Today he focuses on personal and collective transformational processes based on Theory U, gives seminars in SPT and is co-founder and -organizer of Movalogue, an international SPT practitioner gathering.

Dirk combines deep and broad international leadership experience with modern participatory methods of group work and embodiment practice.