The Five Realms: Expanding Systemic Constellation Work

The Realms program is part of CSC’s continuous professional development offering for graduates of family constellations training. It provides advanced lived learning by increasing the delineation of the Field and thus providing new ways of facilitating constellations and it is run in partnership with Nic Turner. Nic is co-founder of CSC and founder and director of Fieldwork.

An understanding of the Realms is particularly important as constellation work is expanding well beyond the original thinking and teaching of the last two decades. The work is now widely regarded as having value in many different realms such as the body, the personal field, and the wider collective and archetypal fields. Further still, constellation work is used as a way to connect to the divine.

This training will introduce the Five Realms and their use in Constellation Work, invaluable when exploring personal, political, educational and social issues. By including a number of different perspectives the Five Realms will undoubtedly widen the range and application of systemic constellation work for all practitioners.

Over the three days together we will inter-weave teaching on the Body, Personal, Systemic, Archetypal and Divine Realms, with experiential exercises, personal inquiry, ritual and practice. It will be a dynamic and explorative learning journey. 

The Five Realm model originated, and was further developed and taught, by Judith Hemming, one of the founders of CSC.

Who is it for?

This training is for all those who have an interest in Constellation Work and would like to deepen their connection with the Field.

This is not a training in the basic principles of the work and some understanding of phenomenology and the Field and the nature of Systemic Orders is required. Thus we recommend participants to have completed systemic constellation foundation training or at the very least, participants need to have attended some constellation workshops. This professional development training is very relevant for therapists, coaches, consultants, educationalists and social activists.

What will your learn/develop?

Understanding the Five Realms enables people to explore questions, issues and ideas from a number of perspectives provided by different energetic sources.

It provides a way of clarifying direction and intent.  Each realm can be experienced physically as a vibration with different frequencies and connecting to the subtle chemistries of the body that our bodies can register from the field or source.

The Five Realms is a model developed by Judith Hemming (inspired by original concepts provided by Jim Kepner) and below is a brief outline of each of the Realms.


This is the realm of the body, and although we may not know all that our body is trying to deal with, the information about this aspect of our health is core. Some sensations are immediate or transitory e.g. they give off faint but powerful messages.

For example, a person in love gets a special kind of attention even as they walk down the street. We receive information through changes in breathing, and of course we see the long-term consequences of allergies, or a depressed immune system, or dealing with trauma or serious illness such as cancer.

These issues need to be dealt with directly or they may undermine a person’s more conscious plans. This realm is often attended to by doctors, (including those with ancient forms of knowledge), and by diet and other kinds of bodily support.  It connects us to what has taken place over many generations manifesting in epigenetic structures that help us understand what our bodies are trying to express.


The personal realm carries information about our personal history, especially to do with what we have done or failed to do, received or avoided – our personal responsibility – and the costs and consequences that have arisen as a result. This realm often acts as a barrier to being sensitive to other realms as we may have desensitised ourselves and therefore cannot register anything more subtle.

This realm registers unfinished business; especially with those we have hurt or cut ourselves off from. It remembers such things as abortions and unexpressed grief, as well as our moments of courage. It knows about longings. It can burn brightly when we connect to the richness of what we have achieved and worked for.

This realm is most commonly attended to in our society by traditional psychotherapy.


The systemic realm is what constellations work opens up. This realm takes us into the much wider territory in which we are situated and is experienced more directly as coherence and alignment – or the lack of it. It is about the all-important context in which our lives unfold and is obeying powerful universal laws. It is therefore hugely influential. and thus less personal, less fixed.

We are blessed to be able to register this realm and work with it. We discover hidden motivations, the impact of missing elements, the demands of balance, and the powerful impact of events and people from the past.

Many hitherto stubborn problems become clear in this realm and solutions appear.


The archetypal or mythic realm is less personal still. It deals with eternal themes that are part of being human – birth and death, war and peace, passion, envy, loss, hope and despair, choice and constraint. Religions often characterise it in terms of creativity and destruction.

This realm takes us a long way past therapy or medicine or management consultancy and into spirituality, mythology, philosophy, and our attitudes to fate and freedom. It’s full of surprising gifts, especially for those who find the same problem relentlessly re-visited.

It costs us our high hopes and sometimes, grandiose views that anything is possible if only we have strong enough intentions. This is the realm where the field connects us to themes that are eternal and much bigger than we are.


Beyond the archetypal realm lies source energy, the field or the divine realm. This is the source of everything, and what comes from it arrives by grace – if we are able to discern the way it travels so as to be an ‘instrument of reception’.

This realm sources all the others but is not given much attention in this century and our materialistic, western world. Sometimes only this realm can help, restoring hope and inspiration and wisdom

Course Dates

This is a 3-day workshop which will run from  the 7th to the 9th of November 2023 (Tues – Thurs), from 9.30 am-5.30 pm daily.


The Early Bird price is £395 – to secure this reduced price you need to book by 31 July 2023The price after that is £495.

Please note: CSC is a Not for Profit organisation and does not, therefore, charge VAT.

How to book your place

To book a place click through to our booking page to secure your place:

You will receive an email confirming your place. If this does not arrive, please contact the office at [email protected], as your booking may not have gone through.

The Facilitators

Gaye Donaldson (BACP) 

In 2021 Gaye became the Creative Director of CSC having held the position of Managing Director for many years. She is a member of the Senior Teaching Faculty and, with faculty input, she also designs many of the Centre courses. She found constellation work in 1994 and has trained extensively in both family and organisational constellations. She teaches, facilitates workshops, and works as a systemic coach & consultant in film, theatre and other creative initiatives both in the UK and abroad         

Nic Turner 

Nic Turner, is a co-founder of CSC and thought-leader in consciousness with over 45 years supporting thousands of people in their learning journeys and catalysing creativity and innovation in some of the world’s most influential organisations. He has passed his practice, named Human Process Design, on to therapists, coaches and businesses leaders  all over the world so that the contribution continues to grow and evolve.

Following on from the success of his first book ‘The Way of Nowhere’ published by Harper Collins, Nic realised the importance of passing on the practice which is a unique integration of teachings he has received over decades from masters like Osho, Ram Dass, Alan Watts, RainbowHawk and WindEagle, Hameed Almaas, along with the formal training he’s undergone in Psychotherapy, Organisational Development, Constellations and Earth Wisdom.

Nic collaborated with Judith Hemming on the first Realms program and since then has developed the realms model by running many Realms programs in partnership with spiritual teachers in Brazil, China, Austria and the UK. Whilst still being a vital source of guidance for constellators in discerning the level of intervention, Nic’s Realms practice has evolved still further. It has become a practice that enhances our connection to the field overall and our ability to evoke that field in the service of others.

Committed to the role of the natural world in our realisation, Nic has developed a simple retreat centre on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. On “The Land”, the name of this centre, the Realms practice continues to evolve. Nic is delighted to be co-creating the next evolution of the Realms with his old friend Gaye Donaldson and the CSC community.


Venue and Directions

The course will be held at:

St Andrews Church,
Short Street,
London, SE1 8LJ

Email: [email protected]
Tel:020 7633 9819


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Public Transport

Waterloo station – this is the nearest train/bus station (a few minutes walk from the venue)

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