Family Constellations Schedule
Institute for Identity Development
7817 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
for all gatherings as spaces are limited.
First timers please watch the video on this page as an introduction to the work. You also may come witness without participating actively, as holding space is an important part of each constellation.
Participation as a representative is by donation and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Sunday, March 22 Cancelled.
with great regret, the gatherings on the 22 are cancelled in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While it may not be dangerous for most of us, if we practice social distancing we may be able to prevent overload of the hospital system which can cost many lives. Thank you for your patience and looking forward immensely to resuming in May!!
9:30 - 1P Morning session for experienced constellators only
2-6 p open to all
Do you long for more ease and flow in your life?
Are you curious how it feels to experience directly our deep and timeless connection with all other beings?
Would you like to let go of habitual patterns that prevent you from flourishing?
Then come join us!
Family Constellations is a powerful group transformational modality that allows us to uncover the family systemic entanglements that keep us repeating patterns we no longer need.
It is a way of tapping in to what founder Bert Hellinger calls the "knowing field", the vast and timeless source of information that connects us all and can be directly experienced when we are willing to open to the unknown and see what needs to be seen.
This is a work of unconditional love, of perceiving all beings as essential parts of a greater whole, without judgment or shame. In acknowledging what has been repressed, we no longer need to resist, and all that vitality and energy becomes available for living the life we want.
Embrace the past to free the future!
What to expect:
Each workshop several clients will have commissioned a constellation for an issue that is blocking them from living fully. The group assists to uncover what the past source might be.
Constellations are appropriate for all issues: from relationships or career to illness or emotional difficulties. Usually the places we feel blocked and cannot change are where we are paying unconscious allegiance to a family survival pattern and repeating it in our daily lives without even knowing its origin.
Members of the group will be chosen to represent family members and ancestors of the client. This is a mysterious process that looks a little like psychodrama but is very different because the representatives are not playacting. They are performing as conduits for feelings that are not their own, but are coming in to them from the family system that we are engaged with. It is astonishing how accurate total strangers can be in representing members of a family that they know nothing about!
During a constellation we are not trying to change the past, or even to heal it, although amazing transformations do happen. We desire simply to acknowledge how things actually are, without resistance or judgment. The paradox is that in agreeing to things as they are, we open the door for new possibilities in the future.
The process of acting as a representative is usually deeply healing as it often connects the representative with places in their own lives that are blocked and need flow. When you represent, you step outside of your familiar patterns and experience a different perspective, which opens doors to new possibilities in your own daily life. The compassionate nature of constellations is contagious. The more you swim in it, the less likely you are to judge yourself and others. Simply coming to represent repeatedly in Constellations frequently leads to big changes in people’s lives.
This is a direct experience of something completely outside of how we move through daily life. Whether you represent, or simply witness, most people find Constellations extremely joyful, even when the subjects we deal with are painful or intense.
It is a wonderful modality for doubters because it does not require belief in anything. You do not need to have any training or special practice. You simply have to show up and be willing to be curious and openhearted!
We currently meet once a month at La Maida Institute. Check the schedule for actual dates.
Admission is free for those who simply want to witness or wish to participate as representatives, although we rely on donations to pay the rent, so they are gratefully accepted!
To commission a constellation please email for rates and availability.
If you are new to Constellations, please watch the introductory video below before you come!
If you’re inclined to believe that we are all connected, but want proof—come to a constellation. Whether you are participating as a representative or watching your own family constellation unfold as a client, being a part of a constellation is a deeply moving, liberating experience. Each time I’ve participated, I’ve felt a physical release and a shift in my family dynamics. You don’t get to repeat your old story in a constellation. Rather, you step inside an experience of your family history that you may never have known, with new compassion, new understanding.
As a representative, I found myself effortlessly embodying others’ family members in ways that defy description and felt changes in my being just as if I had been participating as a client. You don’t have to worry about “performing” at a constellation event. Kato puts everyone at ease with her deft blend of focused leadership and subtly deployed wisdom. Her knowledge of the Family Constellations and her lengthy experience with other healing modalities form a secure foundation for the group.
I tell almost everyone I know who is interested in healing—even from seemingly intractable issues---to come to these events. Family Constellations have radically altered the way I view what is possible in healing and confirmed for me that we really are all One. A. H. Artist
Family Constellations Resources
Bert Hellinger.com is the website of the ninety year old German founder of Family Constellations.
The Hellinger Institute of Northern California: A good simple description of Constellations and links.
The Relational Constellation Institute of California: A number of videos on Constellation work, including wonderful interviews with Hellinger. Every Constellation facilitator has a different style, and you get to see some heavily guided constellations and one that is more like my Rosen based version which is more organic.
Institute for Identity Development: Wonderful videos of Franz Ruppert, creator of Intention Constellations/ID sessions leading Intention Constellations/ID sessions. And ongoing seminars and workshops being held by Stephen Gyllenhaal, director of the Institute. Intention Constellations are a very powerful form of constellating that works with the psyche directly through a sentence of Intention. We are currently making Intention Constellations a regular part of our gatherings, although we do them differently than ID Institute because we do them without the resonators knowing what the sentence is, so that there is no attachment on the part of the resonators to conscious meaning, only to the movement in the field. However, the videos on this website will give you a good idea of how Intention Constellations work, and the Institute provides the opportunity for regular participation online during the quarantine, if you want to participate.
Franz Ruppert's Website: The originator of Intention Constellations/ID sessions. Information on the theories behind Intention Constellations.
Systemic Family solutions: A good description of Constellations with links.
Systemic Family Constellations Interesting videos and theory.
Symptoms that don't make sense By Betsy Hostetler
Family Constellations and the Orders of Love by Dale Schusterman
Constellations group Resources: Useful resources.
Family Constellations, Phenomenology and Therapeutic Streams: good brief background to Constellations
It didn't start with you. Mark Wolyn gives a very useful lecture on the ways we inherit patterns from our families.