Parts Work: A Path of the Heart ~ Healing the Healer Retreat with Tom Holmes: Integrating Spirituality & IFS

The IFS process can be supportive in “healing the healer” as it helps us see, understand, and untangle our reactions to difficult situations that lead to constriction and loss of energy in our lives and in our work. Working with the heart, tuning the heart, and awakening the heart via sound and vibration, meditative movement, singing, art, guided imagery, and small group sharing with InnerActive Cards will support opening to Self space. Through supporting the state of Wise Self, or awakening and “tuning” the heart, therapists are more able to walk with others through those areas of life where there is pain and darkness and at the same time find precious peace and joy in the connection and process. If you have IFS experience, Tom’s approach to inner work will offer a deepening experience, but no experience with IFS is required. Parts Work is an integrative model that offers therapists new ways to facilitate the healing process for their clients as well as allowing therapists to bring more ease to their practice, reduce burnout, and bring more joy to their work. 

See flyer here

We will start promptly at 9:30. We hope you’ll join us between 9 to 9:15 so you have plenty of time to settle in. Giving yourself plenty of time to arrive and relax will support your own experience and our community experience! 

Food and Drink included with registration: lunch, light snacks, tea, coffee, and water. Please bring your own sealed mug and sealed water bottle so that we protect the meeting space which is also a meditation hall. We hope you’ll stay during lunch hour 12:30-1:30 when we will share a vegetarian meal from Jerusalem Garden. (Please indicate any dietary restrictions when prompted when registering.)

We’re gathering for a retreat, so no CEU’s with “learning objectives” per se. We hold the intention for the day that participants are able to deepen into Self energy, tuning your heart space and awaken and support what helps you witness you from a curious, compassionate, clarifying Self space – and that that can support you showing up in your life and work. 

There are two options for reduced rate and we welcome you using them: If free is your path, there are several spots available for helpers. Please email, text, or call Carrie at or 734-730-3952 and we can definitely use your help with retreat and lunch set-up and clean-up and a couple logistics with selling cards and books, as well as weighted teddy bears. If $75 is your plan so you can not stress about taking a day of retreat, please pay $75. We are looking forward to being with you, whatever the  contribution. 

About our retreat leader: Tom Holmes, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University. In addition to teaching at the university for decades, he has offered many seminars in the US, Europe, and the Middle East on the integration of Parts Work and spirituality as a resource for therapist burnout prevention and the development of therapeutic conditions. His book Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life (2007), now in its 4th edition, is widely appreciated by clinicians and community members. It has been translated into Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, German, Korean, and Italian and will soon be available in Chinese. Dr. Holmes received training in IFS from Richard Schwartz in the late 1980’s and has been teaching, training, and practicing Parts Work ever since. 

Richard Schwartz, founder of the Internal Family Systems model, says about Tom:“Since Tom Holmes learned the IFS method from me decades ago, he has been a pioneer. He has added his own creative touches to the model, written a delightful, illustrated book, Parts Work, and has been teaching IFS around the world in places like Korea, Europe, Jordan, and Egypt. In his new book, Tom pioneers once again by exploring the spiritual side of IFS, particularly how to access and use what some might consider spiritual resources.  Wisely, Tom stays agnostic about whether the wisdom they bring is from a metaphysical source or is tapping into some higher aspect of human consciousness. The book is well-written and full of clear instructions and examples of how to help clients access this resource.”

Saturday, May 18, 2024  from 9:30 to 5. We hope you’ll arrive between 9 to 9:15. 

Location: Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118

Cost: $145 or $75 (or free for several work-study spots) Fee Includes retreat hand-outs, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, beverages.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if notice received before May 4..

Intended Audience: Mental health professionals are encouraged to attend.

A.D.A.: Accessible, and if questions, please contact


Singing & Healing

A Benefit Mini-Retreat for Psychotherapists
Sunday, March 8, 2-4 pm

What helps tune your heart for the practice of presence? Carrie and colleagues Lindsay Passmore, Tatianah Thunberg, Carisa Wilder, and Irene Soléa Antonellis hope you can join us for an afternoon retreat singing simple, short songs together that we hope will inspire you to relate to your work, your voice, your life, and our world with a present-mindedness that is uplifting and restoring even in the most challenging of times! No singing experience needed.

No fee, but donations accepted for Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC).

No prior singing experience necessary. All are entirely welcome – whatever your comfort or experience level. We’ll be singing short songs in the oral tradition, easy to remember and share – some sung in unison and some in harmony. Singing together can be particularly resonant when we sing different parts. If you’re not sure if you prefer singing higher or lower parts, you’ll easily find out, and you can also opt in and out of singing at any moment to go inward and listen as we go.

Where? Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118

When? March 8, Come by 1:45 to get comfortable. Our retreat will begin at 2 and end by 4.

Does it cost money? There is no fee for this gathering, but donations are welcome for Michigan Immigrants Right Center (MIRC) and/or Triple Crane Monastery.

Flyer: View flyer here.  Please post and share this invitation with other therapists whom you think would appreciate a half-day of deeply rejuvenating time.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Carrie, Lindsay, Tatianah, Carissa, or Irene

Questions: Please email Carrie, Lindsay, Tatianah, Carisa, or Irene at the addresses above.