Schedule/Program

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2018 Intensive Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, May 30th
3:00–6:00pm Registration Opens
6:00–6:45pm Dinner
7:00–9:00pm Opening Circle & Welcoming Ceremony
Days 2–4: Thursday–Saturday, May 31st–June 2nd
7:00–7:45am Morning Activity (Optional)—Participant Led
8:00–8:45am Breakfast
9:00–10:15am Morning Gathering
10:30–12:45pm Morning Cohort Circle (Thursday); Various Workshops (Friday & Saturday)
1:00–1:40pm Lunch
2:00–3:00pm Free time
3:15pm–5:45pm Afternoon Cohort Circle
6:00–6:45pm Dinner
7:00–9:00pm Open Space (Thursday and Friday); Community Celebration (Saturday)
Day 5: Sunday, June 3rd
7:00–7:45am Morning Activity (Optional)–Participant Led
8:00–8:45am Breakfast
9:00–11:45am Morning Cohort Circle
12:00–12:45pm Final Celebration and Closing Ceremony
1:00–1:45pm Lunch
2:00pm Departure
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Participants at the 2017 Intensive

Participants at the 2017 Intensive


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 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 or ceremony. Large group exercises 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.

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

The faculty will offer workshops on a variety of topics for deeper inquiry into different areas of constellations work. 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)

We are currently in the process of applying for CEU certification. We expect to be able to offer them for Nursing, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Social Workers. Let us know if you require CEUs, or would like to have them if possible. Also, please let us know which professional certifications you would prefer.

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A small-group cohort meeting at the 2017 Intensive

A small-group cohort meeting at the 2017 Intensive

Participants celebrating on the last evening at the 2017 Intensive

Participants celebrating on the last evening at the 2017 Intensive

Workshop Descriptions

Heal Your Love Trauma: Working With The Inner Family

led by JoAnne Chartrand & Dyrian Benz

Learn how to work somatically with both the client & the constellation to include the body, focusing on down-regulating nervous system activation that is affiliated with all trauma, be it systemic or personal, big or small. This will assist clients, facilitators & representatives to ride the waves of arousal that arise in a way so the constellation will be better metabolized, in order to move forward toward a more sacred life. Based on our latest book, “Heal Your Love Trauma.”

Invisible Binds: Releasing Unconscious Nervous System Contracts in Constellations

led by Sarah Peyton

Without knowing it, we all make agreements with ourselves in order to limit life energy so that we will belong to and balance the family relationships we are born into. And then we carry these limitations out 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.

Alternative Lives: Healing ‘Fork-in-the-Road’ Losses

led by Leslie Nipps

What happens when life takes a sharp turn? Sometimes, we feel there is a life “out there” that is more true than the one we ended up with. This can interfere with full living. It’s common, but often unconscious, in ordinary life – how many of us are entangled with the alternative self who didn’t have an alcoholic father, a depressed mother, a childhood illness? In this workshop, participants will learn how to work with these “fork in the road” issues with clients, and also get some personal work for themselves. A general article on this topic can be found at Hidden You.

A Journey of the Heart – The Movement Towards A More Expansive Heart

led by JoAnne Chartrand & Dyrian Benz

Our heart contains memories of attachment wounds & pain that can go back many generations. We will focus on liberating the historical amnesia & pain in our hearts in order to experience more joy in the heart. Our Essential heart has deep treasures, but they are often obscured by our attachment wounds. This affects our capacity to be fully present & creates Intimacy Issues. We will aim to gently look at the layers around the heart that obscure us from true intimacy with self & others.

Freedom from Painful Memories: Using Constellations to Support Healing

led by Sarah Peyton

Intrusive memories 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 memory and how to see and support its transformation from trauma to autobiography using constellation techniques.

Working with All Emotions for Personal Growth & Better Client Outcomes

led by Leslie Nipps

Some emotions express the deepest truths about our personal and family suffering. When we feel them, they support our healing and give us dignity. Other emotions take us away from those deepest truths, and keep us stuck in our pain. Telling the difference between the two, and being able to move ourselves or others from one to the other, can mean the difference between entrenched suffering, and the freedom to really heal. In this workshop, participants will learn to tell the difference between emotions that help, and those that don’t; will acquire the tools they need to keep a constellation focused on useful emotions; and have an opportunity for personal healing. A general article on this topic can be found at How Emotions Help.