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: https://youtu.be/DdZZ7sTX840
** 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 

Applied Methods and Theory

What you can take away

For whom is this workshop 

At a glance


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.