‘Coco’ is a new animated feature by Pixar and it has just won the Oscars!
Ancestors. Blessings. The relationship between the living and the dead. Hidden loyalties. Family secrets. Entanglements and resolutions. This wonderful, beautifully made animation is full of systemic wisdom about belonging, place and movement of families through the ever flowing river of time. A delightful magical watch for constellators and children alike!
Keeping a family strongly linked from one generation to the next gives all members a sense of history, belonging and connection to one’s roots. Some families are particularly good at doing this. Brought together by shared history, values and goals, they practice inclusion, transparency and sharing as some of the ways to stay rooted, connected and strong.
‘Keeping the Family Tree Alive’ is an article from the New York Times that looks at such families, describing traditions and practices that can be of use and inspiration to us all.
The Harmony Conference, hosted by the Sustainable Food Trust in July, was a wonderful event inspired by the Prince of Wales’ book “Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World”.
The conference discussed how Harmony principles manifest in food, agriculture, education, health and music. Films were made of the many fascinating sessions – including Gaye Donaldson’s presentation with Nick Mayhew entitled “Reconciling Systemic Discord”.
This three-day symposium will provide a wide-ranging exploration of the effects of trauma in personal, social and environmental systems. We will learn about the neurobiology of trauma and how constellation work can heal our brains; we will explore personal trauma and examine how, as practitioners, we can work safely with unresolved traumatic issues in a variety of settings and situations; we will look at resilience and resourcing of both client and facilitator; we will learn about social traumatology and symptomatic pattern repetitions, which manifest trans-generationally, and we include addiction and the relationship with early and intergenerational trauma.