Special 3 day workshop “Family Constellations”


coming up on July 17 to 19 is an exciting workshop that you won’t want to miss!!


This same seminar was held at  Radhadesha, the ISKCON temple in Belgium, and the devotees really appreciated it, so we think you’ll also like it. If we get a good response from people here in New Vrindaban, Jaya Krsna das can then arrange more of such workshops in the future for the benefit of all.

 Date:                           July 17th – 19th, 2012

Place                           Under the Lodge

Time                           10:30am – 1:30pm     3:30pm – 6:00pm

Facilitated by Krsna Lila devi dasi, New York

CRISTINA CASANOVA, MA.,M.Ed.,SEP,FCF is a graduate of Columbia University, Counseling Psychology Department.  She worked as a school counselor and school administrator at the Department of Education in New York City for 33 years.  She is also a professor at New York University where she teaches Graduate course in Applied Psychology.  She is a certified trauma specialist, as well as a Facilitator of Systemic Family Constellation s. Besides the US, she travels and teaches in Europe and Latin America, and has a private practice.

Suggested donation:  $18 for six sessions


Below is a comprehensive summary of the work and of how a session would actually go.

Family Constellations is an experiential process that aims to release and resolve profound tensions within and between people.

In a single session, a Family Constellation attempts to reveal a previously unrecognized systemic dynamic that spans multiple generations in a given family and to resolve the deleterious effects of that dynamic by encouraging the subject to accept the factual reality of the past.

  • A group (workshop) is led by a facilitator. In turn, members of the group can explore an urgent personal issue. Generally, several members will be given an opportunity to set up a Constellation in each session.
  • After a brief interview, the facilitator suggests who will be represented in the Constellation. These are usually a representative for the seeker, one or more family members, and sometimes abstract concepts such as “depression” or a country.
  • The facilitator asks people from the group to stand in the Constellation as representatives. He or she arranges the representatives according to what feels right in the moment. The seeker sits down and observes.
  • Several minutes elapse with the representatives standing still and silent in their places. Unlike psychodrama, the representatives do not act, pose, dialogue or role play.
  • The facilitator may ask each representative to briefly report how they feel being placed in relation to the others. The facilitator, seeker, and group members may perceive an underlying dynamic in the spacial arrangement and feelings held by the representatives that influence the presenting personal issue. Often, configuring multiple generations in a family reveals that severe traumas continue to unconsciously affect the living long after the original victims or perpetrators have died.
  • A healing resolution for the issue generally is achieved after re-positioning the representatives and adding key members of the system who have been forgotten or written out of the family history. When every representative feels right in his or her place and the other representatives agree, the facilitator may suggest one or two sentences to be spoken aloud. If the representatives do not feel at peace with their new position or sentences, they can move again or try a different sentence. This is claimed, in an abstract way, to represent a possible resolution of the issues faced by the seeker. Sometimes the process concludes without a full resolution being achieved.
  • When the facilitator feels the healing resolution take hold among the representatives, the seeker is invited to replace his/her representative in the Constellation. This allows the seeker to perceive how it feels to be part of a reconfigured system. When everyone feels comfortable in their place, the Constellation concludes.



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