Background Story

Una and I are both mothers and constellation facilitators, she in the U.K., me in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.

We first met at Germany’s first international training for constellation facilitators (at ZIST) with Bert Hellinger and many of the first generation European constellation teachers in 2001.

Fast forward to 2014. Without knowing the other had done so, we each named one of our constellation offerings, “Family Matters”. For many in the business world, this sameness of name would catalyze conflict around “branding”, trademarks, and the like. For us, it was a happy, synchronistic fate: our lives and work are guided by mothers’ hearts whose greatest interest is in what benefits children.

So when I learned about the work she has been so creatively doing integrating constellations with adults who work with and care about children, I said, “I want to bring you and your work to the U.S.!”

And when Una learned about the “Embodied Conversation with the Internalized Colonizer Series” I have been convening with my friend and colleague Kate Regan, she said, “I want to come to it!”

Una and I have been in rich, truth-filled conversation about the constellation field, colonialism, family, history, what it’s like to be a constellation facilitator and mother, and much more. Some of this conversation belongs to us, privately, as two women, friends, and colleagues. Some of it represents what belongs to the larger field of our human family as well as the systemic family constellation field. Time will tell what belongs to whom and where. I invite you to join us in the discernment in all that we know and don’t know, with remembrance that we all belong.

Dates to mark on your calendar for September of 2014

I am organizing weekend long learning/teaching/experiential workshops for Una to share her deep wisdom with all of us in the constellation field and those who work with children or who are parenting on September 12-14, 2014 in the Seattle/Bellingham/Vancouver, BC region. Details TBA. Email me at famconwest@yahoo.com to be on the mailing list to receive details.

You’re invited to meet Una in the Pacific Northwest on May 4, 5, or 12, 2014

Sunday, May 4   5:00-7:00pm  Seattle, WA. “Constellations, Family Matters, and Children with Una” in Seattle.

This circle at the former Present Sense, now Little Heart Space in Wallingford,  is an introduction to Una’s wisdom and work.  We will break bread together with a bring-your-dinner-to-the-circle gathering.  Fee: $25.  Registration online guaranteed at:  Register for Una Intro Session in Seattle.

Monday, May 5  7pm   Bellingham, WA. First Monday Systemic Family Constellations Circle hosts “Constellations, Family Matters, and Children with Una”.  Fairhaven Library.  Fee: $25. Payment in person on site.

Monday, May 12, 7pm  Vancouver, BC.   Heartquest Healing Collective. This session is combination of monthly constellation circle with Lisa and “Constellations, Family Matters, and Children with Una”.  Participation fee: $30. Setting constellations places are filled for this circle and being received for June circle. RSVP to Sharon Halfnight at circles@limina.ca.

To learn more about Una, visit her website at www.unaoconnell.co.uk.

Questions? Please, first re-read the above to see if your question will be answered. If it’s not answered, email me at famconwest@yahoo.com or call 360.223.3538.

With deep gratitude for all of us as stewards of children,

Lisa