Breathwork & Internal Family Systems

with Ted Riskin, LCSW, David Stern, PsyD, and Jeannine Van Sandt

Saturday December 3, 2016

Jacobs Farm

130 Jacob Street

Seekonk, MA
(15 minutes from Providence, RI) map

Ted Riskin, LCSW
Ted Riskin, LCSW
David Stern, PsyD
David Stern, PsyD


Jeannine Van Sandt
Jeannine Van Sandt


Come see what can happen from combining the power of Breathwork with the safety of IFS. The integration of these two modalities is facilitating experiences that have not been available using either one alone.

Advance registration is required. Please contact one of us if you have any questions or concerns.

Contact David or or 401-274-2844

Contact Jeannine or 828-808-5467


10:00 am to 5:45 pm

Introductory lecture on IFS: 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

(You are invited to attend this free talk without registering for the workshop - just email one of us your intentions.)

Lunch: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Breathing with our parts: 1:00 pm - 5:45 pm

  • Introductory breathing and parts discovery
  • Breathwork overview
  • An IFS view of Breathwork
  • 2 paired breathing sessions of 50-60 minutes
  • Sharing (finding out what happened and what was learned)

Snacks will be provided. If you are coming for the morning lecture, please bring a lunch.

$130 with a $20 discount for payments received one week in advance.

Register for Saturday and Sunday and save an additional $30.

Click here for details about Sunday.

Scholarships are available - don't be shy to ask!  We turn no one away due to lack of funds.


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Ted Riskin, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in relationship issues and cognitive therapy. Along with certifications in Core Energetics, hypnotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Breath Therapy, and EMDR, he is certified in Holotropic Breathwork by Stanislav Grof. He served for five years as President of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International (AHBI) and eight years as the music editor for The Inner Door. Ted is currently a faculty member of The Institute of Core Energetics. He has practiced meditation for the past 33 years and has been active in the human development movement for the past 28. He has been facilitating Holotropic workshops regularly since January 1997.

David Stern, PsyD is a psychologist and Certified IFS Therapist who has been in private practice in Providence, RI, for more than 20 years. Formerly on the Committee for Spirituality and Psychotherapy at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and the New England Center for Existential Therapy, he has presented locally and nationally on the practical and theoretical aspects of the spiritual dimension of psychotherapy. In addition, he has led groups and workshops at local organizations introducing practical spiritual tools into the life of those groups and organizations. More recently, he has been giving workshops introducing IFS to various organizations throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Jeannine Van Sandt is a life coach specializing in helping with the graceful navigation of life's major transitions. She has a degree in sociology and is certified in NLP and in Reiki. Perhaps her deepest learning experience has come from being a mother to six children of her own. Jeannine considers it an honor and a privilege to use her "mother energy" to support and hold space for anyone willing to explore their world through inner processes such as breathing.



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“Whenever I tried deep breathing techniques, I encountered discomfort and resistance due to tightness during inhalation. I believed that breathwork was not a good modality for me for these reasons. When Ted told me about using IFS to understand the "parts" that blocked my breathing mechanism, I was curious to try it again. -- During the process, I discovered how, from a very young age, I developed muscular blocks around inhaling. I encountered the child part who learned to protect me from "breathing in" a toxic environment with an immature, volatile mother. This part learned very early on, that in order to save myself, I needed to push people away, rather than be nourished by them. As an adult, I struggle with feeling emotionally nourished and taking care of myself in loving ways. Since the workshop, I have felt a profound shift. I am less blended with my "DON'T INHALE!" part, and the overall result has been that I am breathing more fully and taking steps to fill myself in nurturing ways. -- I believe in the power of these two modalities used together.”
“I really enjoyed your Breathwork/IFS workshop! Thank you for all the info, clear presentations, safe space and your magnificent SELF presence. With this setting, I was able to go very deep into my process and address old stuck stuff. It was so liberating to connect and ask several parts to step aside and to finally release fear stored for so many years. The power, intensity and duration of my energetic release go beyond words. My SELF- energy expanded and allowed a richer fuller experience. I feel lighter and freer today. I look forward with greater appreciation of using both Breathwork and IFS and to your next combined workshop.”
“Wanted to drop this note to you (and Monique) to thank you for yet another amazing class. Learning and actually applying the IFS to the breathwork worked for me. Looking forward to doing it again. You create a space of safety and non judgment, that makes it just so easy for the real self to emerge. The music, the room, the attendees, the sharing, the food--ALL of it perfect for expanded growth.”
“I was very moved by the training Monique and Ted provided. They made everyone feel welcome and at the end of the training it felt as if we had known each other for a long time rather than just a few hours. I had a very profound experience during the breathing exercise we did, felt intense energy pulsing through my hands, feet, and face. I've never felt anything like this before and, once I stopped being afraid of it, understood that I was working directly with my emotions, something I often find hard to achieve in talk therapy. At the end, I felt a real release and calm sense of knowing that was truly beautiful. I've been looking for this a long time. ”
“My experience at your workshop was very meaningful. I connected with a little girl I didn’t connect with for many years and was able to unburden her through the intense crying (tears she was never able to shed in real time), and show her love and appreciation she so deserves. She stayed with me and in the days that followed I felt an energetic shift in me, like there was more space inside, lightness, relief and more joy.”
“These are the comments that were passed onto us after the 2010 IFS Conference: This was amazing!! -- Beautifully presented and great organization. This content was so engaging -- Amazing and really fabulous work. Techniques were terrific -- Powerful -- Beautiful and uplifting -- Please repeat this session next year -- WOW!! -- Brilliant. Thanks so much -- So well done.”




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