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A little about Lissa…

Dr. Lissa Rankin is the best-selling author of 7 books, a mind-body medicine physician, a sought-after speaker, a “memoir as medicine” writing teacher, an educator of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and spiritual bypassing recovery, the founder of the physician training program Whole Health Medicine Institute, and the founder of the trauma-informed medicine non-profit Heal At Last. 


Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials, her TEDx talks have been viewed over 5 million times, and she leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen, 1440, Omega, Kripalu, and Souliology.


Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter Mira, her golden doodle Moose, and her partner Jeff Rediger, who is the author of CURED.


She loves to dance, sing, paint, hike in National Parks, and DJ music under her alter ego “DJ Zaza.”

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What to expect from this retreat….

Do you sense that telling your personal story of trauma to transformation via memoir writing could be the next phase in your healing journey?

Do you have "parts" that still want to be heard and witnessed, not only by you, but by other loving, compassionate beings in a safe, brave writing container?

Do you sense that your "hell and back" story could help others who are still suffering and feel called to share your story as part of your soul's calling to serve others?

If so, this "memoir as medicine" workshop may be just what the doctor ordered.


We'll be using Internal Family Systems (IFS) as the healing foundation of our memoir writing experience, allowing different parts to tell their stories (with "protector permission," of course), while we witness the stories our parts might tell from a Self-led sacred space.


This retreat will incorporate trauma-supportive practices like

  • ritual 

  • singing 

  • movement

  • making art

  • group energy healing, and of course,

  • writing. 


This retreat is limited to 30 participants. A comprehensive grasp of your parts and Internal Family Systems (IFS) and its various components is crucial for you to reap the rewards and benefits of this retreat.


Retreat Particulars

Applications are currently open for this retreat in Malta from November 4th - 8th, 2024

The retreat will take place over 5 days starting on Monday, November 4th, 2024 and concluding on Friday, November 8th, 2024

The retreat costs €2,500 which includes tuition, 4-nights private ensuite accommodation and 3 delicious meals a day throughout the retreat period to include a full breakfast, a light lunch and a delicious evening meal.

There is an afternoon off on Wednesday to allow participants to process, rest and relax with spa treatments or for those who seek a little bit of adventure, touring the most popular sightseeing venues the area has to offer. Spa treatments and sightseeing tours are optional extras.

This retreat is limited to 30 participants. If you are interested in participating in this retreat, please register your interest. You will then be directed automatically to a registration form for completion. Only applicants who complete a full registration form will be considered for this retreat. Once your registration is approved we will advise you formally and it is only at this point that we will request a €500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place on this retreat. Please do not make travel arrangements until your registration has been formally accepted.​

Any travel costs to the retreat location on the Mediterranean Island of Gozo is the sole responsibility of the participant.​

IMPORTANT: Please read our FAQS page on this website for further guidelines and information on Covid, the arrangements we have in place in the unlikely event the retreat is cancelled due to Covid or in the unlikely event the retreat leader is not in a position to attend. The FAQS page also provides further general information which you may find useful when planning your trip. If after reading the FAQS page you have any further information, please feel free to email us at

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