2019 Intensive Schedule

Day 1: Friday, March 8th
4:00pm Registration Opens
5:30 – 6:15pm Dinner
6:30 – 7:30pm Opening Large Group & Welcoming Ceremony
7:30 – 9:00pm First Cohort Circle
Days 2: Saturday, March 9th
7:00 – 8:00am Morning Activity (Optional) — Participant Led
8:15 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:15 – 10:30am Morning Large Group Gathering
10:45 – 12:45pm Morning Cohort Circle
1:00 – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45 – 2:30pm Free time
2:30 – 4:45pm Afternoon Cohort Circle
5:00 – 5:45pm Dinner
6:30 – 8:30pm Open Space Workshops — Participant Led
Days 3 – 4: Sunday & Monday, March 10th – 11th
7:00 – 8:00am Morning Activity (Optional)—Participant Led
8:15 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:15 – 10:30am Morning Gathering
10:45 – 12:15pm Faculty-led Workshops
12:30 – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:15pm Free time
2:30 – 4:45pm Afternoon Cohort Circle
5:00 – 5:45pm Dinner
6:30 – 8:30pm Open Space Workshops (Sunday); Community Celebration (Monday)
Day 5: Tuesday, March 12th
7:00 – 8:00am Morning Activity (Optional) – Participant Led
8:15 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:15 – 11:15am Morning Cohort Circle
11:30 – 12:15pm Final Celebration and Closing Ceremony
12:30 – 1:15pm Lunch
1:30pm Departure


1. Morning Activity (Optional)–Participant Led

Do you lead a practice that would make a good morning activity? Yoga, tai-chi, sunrise walks, meditation, or something else? Let us know what you would like to lead and share.

2. Morning Constellation Gathering with Faculty Reflections

Each morning will begin with a short faculty talk on the theory, practice or history of Constellation work, followed by a large group Constellation exercise. Large group constellations might include welcoming the land, as well as addressing social issues that are of interest to the group. The goal will be to connect the group and to go on adventure with each other with our personal and global concerns. And to have fun!

3. Morning and Afternoon Sessions: Cohort Circles

All participants will be assigned to a Cohort Circle with whom they will learn and travel during the entire Intensive. Faculty will rotate through leading each group so that all participants will be able to work with all of the faculty. This builds a sense of group safety and trust that allows us to go very deeply into our work.

Although we will assign participants roughly by their experience level, all Cohort Circles will have the following activities and goals:

  1. Individual and group growth, evolution, and exploration as participants represent in constellations led by the faculty.
  2. Group learning facilitated by the faculty and each other (peer learning).
  3. Reflection on constellation experiences as a means for deeper engagement.
  4. Different ways of doing constellations together as a way to pursue diverse healing movements and learning.
  5. Discussion, questions and reflection together on the work.
  6. For those who want and who are experienced facilitators, the opportunity to facilitate under the guidance and mentoring of the faculty.
A small-group cohort meeting at the 2017 Intensive
A small-group cohort meeting

Because of these group goals, we ask that all participants agree to the following guidelines.

Cohort Group Guidelines:

  1. Participants agree to hold confidentiality and support each other in creating a safe space for the work, offering and respecting each other’s vulnerability.
  2. Participants take care of themselves, respecting the needs of the entire group as well as their own, and ask for what they need.
  3. Participants engage the process in a spirit of inquiry and adventure.
  4. Participants who ask to facilitate must have experience as facilitators.
  5. Participants are willing to explore personal issues under the leadership of the faculty and other experienced facilitator/participants.
  6. Participants who agree to facilitate accept constructive feedback with an open mind and offer it to others with honesty and kindness.

4. Morning Constellation Workshops

The faculty will offer constellation workshops on a variety of topics for deeper inquiry into and practice of different areas of constellations work. They will be rich constellation experiences on various themes (click here to see full descriptions). Registrants will make workshop choices when they arrive on-site.

5. Open Space Gatherings (Optional) – Participant Led

The evenings are devoted to constellations, workshops, conversations, presentations, music, dance or other offerings. We want what you have to offer! Space will be available based on upon the interest of participants. This is a great time for budding facilitators to try something new. Open Space is organized on site, but we would love to hear about your offerings in advance.

Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants as part of their Intensive fees. It is the responsibility of each participant to limit the application of this approach to those clients and situations for which he or she has the appropriate qualifications. This Intensive does not qualify participants to practice psychotherapy or constitute a certification to practice Constellations.

Continuing Education Credit (CEUs)

Regrettably, due to stringent California CEU certification policies, we are unable to offer them at this time. If that changes, we will inform you. If you are interested in CEUs, please let us know!

Workshop Descriptions

Clearing Blocks to Joy: PLAY and the Unconscious Contract

led by Sarah Peyton

The limitation of our joy begins early. We can receive powerful non-verbal messages to stay small, and we can also learn to protect ourselves from shame and disappointment by staying away from positive emotion. Then we can carry these limitations out of our families of origin into the rest of our lives when they are unnecessary and depleting. But if we don’t know about them, we can’t let them go. Come learn how to find and release these invisible binds in a constellations context.

Core Intention Constellations: Catalyst for Growth and Transformation

led by Peter Devries

A Core Intention Constellation functions as a mirror to reveal and transform the obstructions that can stand in the way of fulfilling your purpose and calling here on the planet. When you connect to your core intention, all of a sudden that which you thought you “ought” to do (but maybe couldn’t quite grasp) becomes something you can touch and feel. In turn, these feelings act as a catalytic force that activates the life energy we all need in order to achieve our highest aspirations.

When Healing Threatens Equilibrium

Led by Suzi Tucker

Often we have all the insight and incentive necessary to make real change in our lives but still turn back on the brink of it. In this workshop we’ll look at why our hopes and dreams so often seem to slip through the cracks between past and possibility. We’ll let the veil drop from the hidden loyalties that cause us to drift from well-being and the unconscious vows that keep us from self-care. Most important, we will begin to identify the deep resources that support insight, incentive, and personal evolution.

Innocence and Belonging: Disentangling Guilt, Shame and Self

led by Sarah Peyton

Intrusive experiences of guilt and shame are distracting, exhausting and can be relentless. Constellations are an ideal opportunity to transform experiences that have been difficult ,into self-connection and self-warmth. Come learn the nuts and bolts of differentiating guilt from shame, and experience the power of taking responsibility and self-accompaniment.

A Short Walk to Freedom

led by Peter Devries

Experience and observe an empathic “Walk” as an example of the Walking-In-Your-Shoes (WIYS) body-mind process. WIYS gives people immediate access to hidden information in the body, and allows them to transform obstacles into opportunities. The WIYS process helps people to attune to their essential selves, and thereby increase their sense of personal freedom and empowerment. This process uses the body’s natural gifts for empathic mirroring, and is like the representative experience of family constellation work, while adding another empathic dimension to the work.

The Couple’s Journey

Led by Suzi Tucker

Just as individuals move through various developmental stages so do couples. The overarching question is whether a couple can move from “You and me against the world” to “You and me in the world”? Specific questions that we will look at include: What happens to the couple when a child is suffering?  When one partner becomes seriously ill? When there is a dramatic shift in the financial situation? When the marriage is over? How a couple navigates their life together often depends on the nature of the original contract and whether it was designed to keep things as they are or to allow for growth. This workshop will be for people in relationships, people wanting to be in relationships, and facilitators who want to improve their work with couples.