Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. - The Founder of Internal Family Systems

Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients. He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self. He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over fifty articles about IFS.


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Learn to Love Your Inner Critic with IFS


Richard C. Schwartz, PhD.


Discover the perfect blend of nature and luxury amenities at MEA's new Rising Circle Ranch, situated 25 minutes south of downtown Santa Fe, USA.


May 27 to Jun 1, 2024


The most potent destroyer of dreams and second acts is the voice in our head—the inner critic that tells us we’re not good enough, young enough, or smart enough. Navigating the challenging transitions in life is a balancing act that requires us to hear and follow the voices in our hearts, instead of the inner critic that wants us to stay where we are—safe, unchallenged, and stagnant. In short, it takes our best Self. Our whole Self.

Enter this powerful workshop, firmly rooted in the principles of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) transformative tool developed by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., which will guide you to confront your inner critic. You’ll transform these self-sabotaging voices into a pathway that enables you to harmonize your 'self' with clarity, compassion, and confidence, ultimately empowering you to live your best life.

The MEA core curriculum forms the foundation of each workshop we offer and is focused on equipping you with the skills to navigate transitions, break through life obstacles, and tap into your deeper life purpose.

Additionally, in this particular workshop, expert faculty Dick Schwartz will take you on an interactive and life-changing journey that will guide you to:

  • Embark on the Internal Family Systems (IFS) revolution, experiencing firsthand how honoring and communicating with our parts transforms our approach to mental wellness
  • Transform the ego, the inner critic, and the saboteur, harnessing these often-maligned parts and turning them into powerful allies
  • Explore the origins of ‘Burdens’ that cause our parts to become distorted and stuck in childhood traumas and cultural beliefs
  • Reveal the profound truths of IFS—affirming that there are no inherently “bad” parts, illustrating the innate goodness within every human
  • Unveil the Self―discover your essence of wisdom and compassion that is the source of healing and harmony
  • Engage in practical exercises, including mapping your parts, accessing the Self, working with challenging protectors, identifying triggers for each part, and more


Tuition per person: $4,500  USD for a shared room, $6,000 USD for a private room. Financial aid available.

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