Do you have problems that just won’t go away,
and feel like they belong to someone else?
Welcoming our Ancestors:
Healing Hidden Family Suffering with
March 3rd-6th, 2017
Public Presentation: 6-9p, Friday, March 3rd
Workshop: Saturday & Sunday, March 4th-5th
Professional Training: 10-6p, Monday, March 6th
with Leslie Nipps, Master Family Constellations Facilitator & Trainer
Mt. Shasta, CA, USA
Late fee is suspended – Join in at the regular price!
For all of us, at one time or another, we confront a problem that just won’t go away. It’s got a special tenaciousness, whether it’s depression or relationship issues or a chronic illness – it feels like just the way things have to be.
What if that’s not true, though? What if it’s not the way things have to be, and in fact, there is a loving and elegant way to resolve many of these kind of issues?
There is a growing body of evidence that it is possible to inherit ancestral trauma – whether we know our family’s history or not, it can still show up in our lives. We can inherit family depression, grief, guilt, and even the intense impacts of violence, often from events that can be many generations back. If these events were too overwhelming for the family, or they were cloaked in secrecy or social taboos, they couldn’t be integrated and honored at the time, and so the unresolved feelings float around the family system.
Systemic (or Family) Constellations are an elegant approach to releasing our entanglements with larger family patterns and replacing them with deep ancestral support and love.
Family Constellations do three things quite powerfully:
They allow us to see the unseen – the unconscious of our family systems that is holding old unresolved issues, even if that history has been lost from the family story. We can discover and witness the pain of the one who lost his comrades in war; the mother who lost several children in a row to starvation; the terrible betrayal of brother against brother; the loss of ancestral lands in a forced migration; and much more. Then, once we’ve revealed the truth of the family soul (which in itself can be profoundly healing), constellations does another thing:
They re-balance systems, and bring them back into proper arrangement, by honoring, including, releasing and finding a good place in our hearts for the suffering (and not taking it on for ourselves). Sometimes it includes hearing a violator take responsibility for their guilt; or a mother speak to how completely overwhelming the Holocaust was to her heart; or a child who died too young simply say, “I am at peace.” And then, constellations allows one more healing movement:
They help us receive strength from our ancestors – all of them. From the victims, the perpetrators, the “winners,” and “the losers.” We are able to receive our full life – which is our birthright – from our complex ancestors, and discover they want full life for us.
…you still have one or two big problems you want to change, and which have resisted other attempts to make things different
…you are intrigued by the idea of receiving strength from your ancestors, and want to connect with them more closely
…you are a healing practitioner or coach who wants another way to support your clients in their personal growth
…you are a constellation geek (you know who you are!)
Friday Night Presentation: This event will be open to the public, and will include both lecture and constellation practice. This will serve as a great introduction to constellations work, as well as for the weekend workshop. This event can be attended on its own, or included in the two-day weekend workshop. It will be fun, engaging, playful, and surprisingly deep for a short event.
Saturday & Sunday Workshop: This two-day workshop will jump off from the work of Friday night, and take us deeper. We will become a community together as we do constellation work together. This is when we’ll begin to really address individual issues and problems, as well as gain insights that will be useful for our larger communities. Again, we will have some lecture to frame what we are doing, but mostly we will be in large and small group practice together, revealing the invisible aspects of our family systems, and discovering some of the core suffering that we are carrying today. In order to stay resourceful, we will shift from heavier to lighter and back through our time. These days will have 1.5 hour breaks for lunch, and shorter breaks in the morning and afternoon. The Friday night presentation is included for free if you register for this workshop.
Monday Training: (For this event, this one-day training has been cancelled.) This one-day intensive will be a mini-training in how to facilitate family constellations. This will be a hands-on introduction on how to integrate this work into other modalities, and give a taste to people who are considering pursuing more in-depth training for themselves. This day will also have a break for lunch, as well as shorter breaks in the morning and afternoon. The preceding workshop is not required to participate in this training, but it is highly recommended; participating in constellations is almost always the first step in understanding how to facilitate them. The Friday night presentation is included for free if you register for this workshop. There will also be a special deal for anyone who chooses to register for both the weekend workshop and the Monday training (see below).
My name is Leslie Nipps. I have seven years of experience leading constellation events, and over twenty years of gathering people for spiritual and healing work as an Episcopal priest. I have trained with Bert Hellinger, the founder of Family Constellations work, and many other leading trainers.
I have taken a leading role in supporting and developing Family Constellations work nationally and internationally. I’ve presented at the last three national constellation conferences (including in 2015 as Co-Director); I’ve been on the leadership board for the International Systemic Constellations Association (ISCA); and I am the founding organizer and on the faculty for the West Coast Constellations Intensive taking place May, 2017 in Los Gatos, CA.
I have been in private practice since 2009, working with individuals and couples, applying Family Constellations principles and practices in a wide diversity of situations: marital trouble, depression, addiction, fertility issues, food problems, anxiety, employment and money challenges, and much more. I lead a constellations group in Berkeley that has been meeting every 2-3 weeks for seven years. At the same time, I’ve led many short workshops and longer change work programs and trainings. I am a skilled and experienced group leader, and know how to help groups do intimate, adventuresome work in a safe, supportive environment.
For more information about me, go to my website.
My name is Tania Manfredini. While living in the Bay Area I attended several Family Constellations facilitated by Leslie. Each time I was deeply moved and inspired by the strong connection I felt with each participant in the circle, our unity, and the palpable presence and guidance of our ancestors. Leslie’s keen perception, intelligence and compassion, combined with her artful facilitation created a fertile space for deep trust, insight, and healing to occur.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to host this weekend workshop in our home, overlooking beautiful Mt. Shasta, and bringing Family Constellations to the community here.
About our Venue & Mt. Shasta:
All events are just north of beautiful Mt. Shasta, in the charming town of Weed. (Don’t you love that name? It immediately conjures up old California!) We’ll be meeting at the Spiritist Center, home of Tania Manfredi (see above).
The Mt. Shasta area is well-known for its dramatic local volcanic mountain, its beautiful quiet countryside, and it’s surrounding historic towns. You might consider combining this workshop with a vacation (depending upon the weather) to hike, snowshoe, cross country ski, visit a ghost town, or take in a spa.
Find more information at Visit Mt. Shasta. This site has information about activities in the area, as well lodging if you are coming from outside the area. Mt. Shasta is located about an hour north of Redding, CA, conveniently located right on Route 5.
Time, location & other details:
Weekend Workshop: 10a-6p, Saturday, March 4th; and 10a-5p, Sunday, March 5th, 2017
Monday Training: 10a-6p, March 6th, 2017 – cancelled
Location: 445 Shasta Cove North, Weed, CA, USA
Space limit: 50 people
Lunch: There will be an optional lunch offered, or you may bring your own. Details will be sent upon registration.
So, what does it cost?
Weekend Workshop (Friday night presentation included): Through February 15th – $195; February 16th – March 3rd – $245; “at the door” fee on Saturday – $290
Friday Night Presentation ONLY: $15 beforehand; $20 at the door (free for registrants for the weekend workshop and/or Monday training)
Refund Policy: Full refund until 48 hours before the event starts on Friday night, minus a $25 admin fee. In the 48 hours before the event starts on Friday night, 50% refund. No shows: no refund. (Barring an emergency.)
We understand! This may all be new to you. Please contact Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions you still have.
We hope to see you in March in beautiful Mt. Shasta!