Family Constellation Workshops

Public Workshop Dates and Locations

DATE
DESCRIPTION LOCATION***FEE
Sat, June 9, 2018Open Family Constellations Workshop22 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA. $150
Sat, June 16, 2018Open Family Constellations WorkshopBrattleboro, VTDownload flyer. $125
July 11-15, 201811th Annual North American Systemic Constellation IntensiveHartford, CTSee Options
Sat, Sept 15, 2018Open Family Constellations Workshop
9:30am – 4:30pm
22 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA. $150
Sept 28-30, 2018The Blessing Way (Retreat)Sirius Community72 Baker RoadShutesbury, MASee Options
Oct 11-12, 2018 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Conference Hamilton, Bermuda
Registration details coming soon.
Oct 26-28, 2018
WEEKEND INTENSIVE Discounted registration.
Or register for 1-2 days only below.
17 Spring St, Watertown MA. $650, or $600 early bird (before August 15). Registration coming soon.
Oct 26, 2018Collective Trauma Integration with Thomas Huebl. 9am – 4pm17 Spring St, Watertown MA. $300 ($225 early
bird before August 15). Registration coming soon.
Oct 27, 2018Collective Trauma Integration with Pocket Project Facilitators.
9am – 5pm
17 Spring St, Watertown MA. $200, or $175 early
bird (before August 15). Registration coming soon.
Oct 28, 2018Organizational Constellations with Paul Zonneveld and Mieke Jacobs.
9am – 5pm
17 Spring St, Watertown MA. $200 , or $175 early bird (before August 15). Registration coming soon.
Sat, Nov 17, 2018Open Family Constellations Workshop
9:30am – 5pm
28 Williams Street #1, Brattleboro, VT$125
Sat, Dec 8, 2018Open Family Constellations Workshop
9:30am – 4:30pm
22 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA. $150
Sat, Jan 12, 2019Open Family Constellations Workshop
9:30am – 4:30pm
22 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA. $150
Feb 23-24, 2019Family Constellations Intensive with special guest Susan Ulfelder.
9:30am – 4:30pm
22 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA. Registration details coming soon.
Mar 16, 2019Open Family Constellations Workshop
9:30am – 4:30pm
22 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA. $150
Apr 5-7, 2019Council Time Retreat
Cedar Hill Retreat Center, Duxbury, MASee Options
May 4, 2019Open Family Constellations Workshop
9:30am – 4:30pm
22 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA.
$150

FAQs about Family Constellation Workshops

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Why Explore Family Constellations?

Many of us find ourselves repeating undesired emotions or behaviors, and cannot understand why they keep interfering with our happiness.

Repeated failed relationships, anxiety, depression or addiction patterns can be hard to shake if you cannot find the origins of these symptoms and do not understand why they show up in your life the way they do.

The same is true for illness and other symptoms that express in ways you do not understand.

Family Constellation work looks for the “why” of all these patterns.

Frequently, repeated patterns of unhappiness and failure come out of a deep connection, love and loyalty to our families of origin. It sounds strange, but it is true, even for those who feel alienated from their family.

Unresolved trauma, unfinished business, or unexpressed pain or shame in family systems move forward into the next generations. This has now been proven by epigenetic research around the world. (See this article in Discover Magazine to understand epigenetics and emotions.)

Carl Jung already understood this when he said:

“It often seems as if there were an impersonal karma within a family, which passes on from parents to children. It has always seemed to me that I had to … complete, or perhaps continue, things which previous ages had left unfinished.”

In our Family Constellations workshops you can explore whether you are entangled in generational suffering and holding unconscious loyalties to loved ones that keep your life bound to their unfinished emotional business

Maybe you carry your mother’s anxiety or your father’s shame of failure? You may be repeating the emotional experience of an excluded family member, in an unconscious attempt to bring them back home into the family. Once unconscious dynamics come to light, you have a chance to change them and a deep shift can unfold.

Who attends Family Constellation Workshops?

Our workshops are open to anybody who is willing to open their mind, heart and felt-sense to explore this modality. It requires respect, humility and the willingness to be vulnerable. It is recommended that you observe and experience the process before presenting an issue.

In other words, you are welcome to come and participate without presenting anything.

It is not necessary to bring any family members, but you are welcome to do so if you wish to.

The workshops are also open to health care professionals and many report that this work informed a change in the way they perceive their clients and how to understand their issues.

What Are Some Issues You Work With?

(not an exhaustive list):

  • The Function of Illnesses
  • Adoption
  • Relationship Issues
  • Money Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mental Illness
  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family Estrangement
  • Violence in families
  • Repeating traumas or accidents

Read How Family Constellations work to better understand some of these issues.

How Do I Prepare for a Family Constellation Workshop?

Here’s a set of questions to help you prepare for Family Constellation work. Click here to download.

How Do Family Constellations Work?

How Do Family Constellations Work?

While Family Constellation work can be done individually, it is most powerful in a group setting.

We form a circle of people, introduce ourselves, and attune to each other and the issues that are brought to the workshop.

Once a client presents an issue, the whole group comes into service to this person’s family system, and we begin.

The facilitator determines what path to take and asks group members to act as representatives for the client’s family members.

The client places each representative intuitively in the space, determining where they will stand in relation to one another. Unlike in a role-play, these representatives are asked to simply stay present and experience what it is like to be in this particular place, in this particular family system.

We sit in silence as the process begins to unfold.

With the facilitator’s help, people in the circle quietly move to find the “right place” for themselves in this particular family system. As they do, the dynamics and underlying issues of the past begin to emerge.

They become visible, with each family’s energy field revealing a unique formation born of its unique history.

The facilitator follows the movements that appear, and soon has a diagnostic image of what might have occurred in this family’s past that requires healing.

The facilitator may ask representatives how they are feeling. More often, the needed information appears in the representatives’ body language, in a keenly felt atmosphere in the room, or in the client’s reaction to what shows itself.

Read Case Studies:

• The Irish Potato Famine: A Mother-Daughter Healing

• Perfect Loyalty

The Concussion

The Healing Process

Sometimes a constellation moves from the diagnostic phase straight into the healing phase all by itself, but more frequently the facilitator needs to help shift the old familiar patterns.

How is this done?

This looks different in each constellation, but may involve moving representatives into a different position and waiting to see how that affects the system.

For example: If there was an unexpected death in the family and the representative for the spouse is unable to look at this, that spouse’s unexpressed grief is most likely being expressed by somebody else in the system; often by a child.

The facilitator may gently turn the representative for that spouse to face the representative of the deceased. We want to see if the unprocessed grief can now be released and acknowledged. If the grief is fully felt by the right person, the next generation does not have to try to process it.

Healing Sentences

These are carefully chosen sentences that acknowledge what happened and introduce new perspectives. They may be accompanied by small rituals such as bowing.

The goal is to allow love that is inherent in most families to flow freely again, and have each person find their rightful place in this system.

Once that is found, there tends to be a great sense of relief and connectedness in the family system that is felt throughout the circle. In ways we do not fully understand, the changes experienced in the workshop setting are also experienced by members of the client’s family who are not present. This has been confirmed repeatedly in decades of work with Family Constellations.

Often, the issue that a client presents is a symbolic key to what we end up exploring. In this case, a surface complaint may reveal a seemingly unrelated deeper dynamic.