Healing of Memories Workshop for Religious Leaders

Healing of Memories Workshop for Religious Leaders

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JUNE 3-6, 2024

Healing of Memories Workshop for Religious Leaders

The Healing of Memories workshop is for religious leaders who have experienced emotional, psychological and spiritual distress – in their personal or professional lives. This workshop provides a safe, confidential environment, the ideal setting to help participants take the necessary steps toward healing.

Listening to others share their struggles, concerns, and hopes made me feel I am not alone.”

As religious leaders, your unique role is to minister to other people’s pain, yet you often lack a safe space to address your own. You experience secondary trauma without a place to address and heal it. A faith community gives life and strength but is also an institution where one often experiences pain; we offer a safe place to address these wounds, recognizing the invaluable contribution you make to the healing of others.

Healing of Memories workshops by the Institute for Healing of Memories were designed to respond to emotional, psychological, and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses, and other traumatic circumstances. They provide a safe place for participants, including religious leaders, to embark on a transformative journey of exploring personal histories, finding insight, and cultivating empathy for themselves and others.

Since 1998, this HOM 2½ day experiential healing process (NOT a tool-kit workshop), has been utilized worldwide in multiple contexts. For example, in addition to veteran and first responders suffering trauma and PTSD and in response to the pandemic, IHOM began offering Healing of Memories workshops for healthcare workers, to meet their immediate and long-term healing needs. As a result, participants find support, healing, increased trust, empathy, hope, relief, reassurance, and a sense of belonging.

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What Healing of Memories Workshop participants are saying

  • “Thank you for creating a trusting, beautiful space for difficult conversations and healing that emerges in unexpectedly gentle yet profound ways.”
  • “I felt safe, loved, and listened to.”
  • “I also express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for an exceptional healing workshop. I want to thank the facilitators for their expertise and ability to create a safe and supportive environment that allowed me to reflect on and explore my past experiences with a sense of trust and openness…the sessions were not only enlightening but also empowering, providing us with valuable tools to heal and grow.”
  • “This was a powerful life-changing workshop, and we have a new community.”
  • “All activities were heart-centered and important for transforming and healing.”

About the Facilitators

Rev. Dr. Cathy Harrington’s transformative experience at a Healing of Memories workshop with Father Michael Lapsley in 2013 led her to become a lead facilitator with IHOM. She currently serves as the Interim Lead Minister in a congregation in Buffalo, NY. Cathy earned her MDiv at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, CA, and later earned a DMin focusing on Restorative Justice. Cathy’s experience as a volunteer police chaplain and victim outreach specialist and her 20-year career in parish ministry affirms her belief that Healing of Memories workshops are a powerful tool in helping people begin their inner journey towards wholeness and healing.

Rev. Audrey Lukasak first learned about Healing of Memories while studying the culture context of leadership in South Africa. She returned the following year for facilitator training at HOM after leaving a toxic ministry. She knew the importance to heal before entering a new ministry in order not to hurt others. Pastor Audrey earned her MDiv from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). As a retired ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA) and an emeritus board-certified chaplain for over 30 years, she is currently serving as an interim pastor in Tacoma, Washington.


Monday – Thursday, June 3-6, 2024
Program begins at 5:00 pm

Check In time is 3:00 pm Monday, Check Out time is 10:00 am Thursday. Retreat ends before lunch at 11:00 am on Thursday.


4-Day Retreat, Price per person:

  • One person, private room : $660 per person
  • Two people, two in a room : $520 per person
  • Non-participating spouse/friend : $215 per person

Price includes: Four days of programming and all materials, three nights lodging and 8 meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners).

Guests may arrange with Spirit in the Desert to arrive early and depart late for an extra fee.


Click red button above, call 480.488.5218 or email info@spiritinthedesert.org to register for this workshop at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona. Space is limited.