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Healing Family Patterns – A Family Constellation Workshop in Bristol

October 7, 2017: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Healing Family Patterns – A Systemic Constellation Workshop in Bristol with Gaye Donaldson

Saturday 7th October 2017

Please find below the information you will need to attend. Do please to read this information carefully. If you have any further queries please contact Gaye on 07810 434 699 or email gaye@gayedonaldson.com

Venue:       Yanley Court Complementary Therapy Centre, Long Ashton Business Park, Yanley Lane, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9LB

Venue Website:                       http://yanleycourt.co.uk/

Directions:     Yanley Court is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Bristol although it can be a little hard to find on your first journey so do allow a little extra time. From Bristol you travel into Long Ashton and driving down the LONG ASHTON ROAD you will see the ANGEL INN on your left. Turn left after the pub into GLEBE ROAD. At the bottom of Glebe Road turn left into YANLEY LANE.  Follow this lane down hill where you will pass a school and drive over two speed bumps – you will the A370 on the bypass overhead. Follow signs to the Business Park and when you arrive turn right into the gates and follow the road around to the left. You will see Yanley Court as you get to the end of the lane. 

You will be sent more detailed directions (including bus and important sat nav information) after registration.

 Parking:     There is plenty of free car parking at the venue

Access:   There is limited wheelchair access – please call for further details

Times:        Arrive from 9:30 for tea/coffee

Workshop Starts:       10.00    Workshop Finishes: 17.30

Please note the workshop is non-residential

Refreshments:         Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided during breaks. There are two pubs in Long Ashton that serve lunch, but it is recommended that you bring a packed lunch. Local shops are available for sandwiches etc.

Participants:      The group will be kept to a maximum of 20 people. There may also be some student representatives attending.

Fees:          £118 per person to be paid before the workshop. Bookings can be made on the ‘workshops’ page at www.kindredconstellations.com.

Cancellation Policy:     Cancellations after 17th September 2017 will result in a complete forfeit of the fee.

Request:        Please be sure to disclose any physical or mental health issues that might adversely affect your participation at the workshop, prior to your attendance, so that your needs can be met and any concerns can be discussed.


 Gaye Donaldson is a constellations practitioner and registered BACP counsellor, who has worked in the community and the private sector. She became a student of systemic constellations in 1994, training extensively in both family and organisational constellations in the UK and abroad. She has worked as a facilitator and trainer of the work since 2005. Gaye is the Managing Director of the Centre for Systemic Constellations (www.thecsc.net) and is on the teaching faculty for both the Foundation and Professional Trainings. She also works with the constellation approach in film and theatre, and is a trainer for ‘ Healing the Wounds of History’, an organisation that brings new perspectives to conflict resolution in the Middle East. Gaye is a mother and grandmother and lives in Bruton, Somerset.

Mobile: 07810 434699                                 Email:                         gaye@gayedonaldson.com


Systemic Constellations offer a methodology that enables us to explore what’s needed and helpful for a healing movement or resolution to occur in complex or sometimes seemingly intractable personal issue that arise from family, relationship, career or existential and spiritual difficulties. At the workshop we will discuss the principles and practices that support our wellbeing in the various groups (or ‘systems’) to which we belong. We will learn about the systemic forces that underpin healthy, loving connection and then, through the process of observing or participating in a Constellation, we will experience how key events and traumas (which often include issues from previous generations) influence us and may even have led to ‘entanglements’ or ‘hidden loyalties’ that affect our life today.

What is a constellation?

A constellation begins with a conversation in which the difficulty is presented and the hopes for resolution are identified. The participant is then asked to select group members to represent elements of the system under consideration.  Aspects represented are typically individual people, but may include groups, organisations, countries or abstract concepts. These representatives are then ‘set up’ to stand in a configuration called a Constellation or ‘living map’ and asked by the facilitator to feed back basic information which both contributes towards a fuller understanding of the present difficulty and supports movements towards resolution. By creating a ‘living map’ of the issue, we can begin to see what is blocking movement or what it is that needs aligning to complete, and therefore bring peace, to the whole system. The system may of course be our family system, our relationship, our working environment or our own integrated health and wellbeing.

Resolutions come from what Bert Hellinger, the originator of this work, calls ‘the Orders of Love’ or ‘Movements of the Spirit’ and are based on naturally occurring universal forces, such as time and place and inclusion, which govern the balance and health in all systems.

As well as discussion and teaching, there will be space to look at 5 or 6 issues during the day. We will simply ask the group who would like to do a personal piece of work and will select who ever feels ready at that moment. As a result, please be clear that the opportunity to present your own issue is not guaranteed. It is however our consistent experience in this work that those present will, in one way or another, have an equally powerful experience. Whether you have brought the issue, actively participated as a representative, or held the space for the work in the outer circle, each constellation offers profound insight and opportunities for everyone in developing new perspectives and clarity on aspects of our own experience. We will of course all reflect on each piece of work together at the end.

I provide a confidential, safe and supportive environment for this work to be undertaken. The process can be profound and engaging on both intellectual and emotional levels.  Please come prepared to participate with a spirit of openness and generosity.

Please text or telephone Gaye if you are running late.

If you would like further information about the constellation process, please go to www.kindredconstellations.com where you can read a little more about what happens in a workshop.  If you have any further queries about this specific workshop please do not hesitate to get in touch.  I wish you a very inspiring and nourishing day.





October 7, 2017
10:00 am - 5:30 pm


Yanley Court Complementary Therapy Centre
Long Ashton,EnglandBS41 9LBUnited Kingdom


Gaye Donaldson