What are Family & Systemic Constellations?
Developed by German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger in the 1990's, Family Constellations is an alternative form of therapy work. It involves a group of people who come together, seated in a circle, offering their awareness and presence and thus creating a, what Constellations Practitioners call, “work field”.
The work itself is confidential and stays within the room. The basic principle of Family Constellations is based on the idea that certain issues and patterns one encounters in their daily life (on the surface or the subconscious) are always connected to and are deeply rooted in their ancestry. Sometimes even so deep that one is not aware of them.
What happens in a constellation?
A person who has a specific issue they want to look at presents a question related to any field in their life: family, relationships, work/career, etc. to the facilitator, who will guide a process of setting up other participants from the circle (so-called "representatives") in the center of the circle (the “work field”) who then will start following their impulses.
This will take place in such a way that it offers insight into the hidden dynamics at play, eventually leading to significant healing movements. The process is intuitive, dogma-free, and helps people connect with their own authenticity, inner wisdom, and soul force that build the foundation of change.
Participants can either do their own constellation or function as representatives in other people's constellations. This workshop is offered as first-come-first-serve. It is highly encouraged to participate either way when attending a workshop but no one is required to do a constellation in order to attend. This work goes very deep and does not live or function in the head but in the soul. In German it is called "Seelenarbeit" ("soul work").
"What we do in this work is initiating movement." -- Luisa Muhr
Luisa Muhr is a New-York-based Family and Systemic Constellations Coach and Facilitator, originally from Vienna, Austria. She was first introduced to Family Constellation Work and Astrology at a very early age and has been exposed to and shaped by both since. She studied with one of Germany's most prominent Family Constellations Facilitators: Dr. Peter Orban, who was one of Bert Hellinger's early students. Inspired by her mentor, Luisa's Constellation work can also include archetypes (rooted in Carl Jung's teachings). Apart from her work as a Constellations Facilitator and Coach Luisa is a multi- and interdisciplinary performer and theater-maker, specializing in vocal, movement, sound, and installation arts. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the performing arts company FENGARI Works and runs New York's leading interdisciplinary womxn and non-binary artists series Women Between Arts (at The New School Glass Box Theater).