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west coast systemic constellations intensive 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM (PST)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Regular - Double room, shared bath
One bed in a double room, with no private bath. Communal bathroom facilities are down the hall. Registrants will be sharing a room with one other registrant, each requiring their own ticket. If you are coming as a couple, you each can tell us the name of your room mate on the registration form. If you do not have a pre-planned room mate, you will be matched with one. Registration includes bed in double room, all meals and program.
3d 4h 21m $1,195.00 $0.00
Regular - Campsite
Enjoy the beautiy of the Mount Madonna Center by camping on the property. You must provide all of your own equipment (Tent or small RV, Bedding, etc.) Nearby enclosed showers and outhouse, or short walk to conference center communal bathrooms. Registration includes campsite, all meals and program.
3d 4h 21m $1,045.00 $0.00
Regular - Commuter
For those traveling from home or off-site. Registration includes meals and program, but does not include lodging.
3d 4h 21m $995.00 $0.00

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Event Details

Welcome to the Third Annual West Coast Constellations Intensive!

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A chance to dive deep into the world of constellations with three world class trainers:

Sarah Peyton, Peter deVries, Suzi Tucker


A Call To Optimism:
From Isolation to Resilience

In a culture that feels increasingly fragmented and divided, with challenges that invite us into the most serious action and commitment, we long to feel connected, supported, and open to each other in our diversity. To really be there for ourselves and each other.

Healing can be defined as bringing together parts that have been separated. We move from a kind of fragmentation that happens in the face of great strife, whether in communities or within the individual soul, to the reparation that naturally occurs when we commit to truly seeing one another — and ourselves — with compassion.

Our theme this year, A Call To Optimism: From Isolation to Resilience, is an invitation to rediscover the power of the shared space in which all are welcome and to rise up to declare the full force of love. It is an invitation to walk in the company of caring others as we seek out the wisdom of our ancestors to move forward more boldly and in greater unity.

What is Family & Systemic Constellations Work?

This Intensive is centered in the practice founded by Bert Hellinger, and since developed as a means of cross-generational inquiry and healing. The traumas of history linger when they can’t be fully acknowledged and dealt with at the time. That unresolved history shows up in our personal and collective pain. Through constellations work we can include all that has taken place, release what is over, and receive deep strength for our paths ahead.

If you are new to constellations work, go to our What are constellations? page to find out more. We invite you to take this journey in a beautiful place, with fellow explorers, guided and supported by our world-famous faculty.

Who is this event for?

This event is for:

  • People longing for resolution of some deep patterns of sadness, guilt, anger or fear, and suspect connecting with your ancestors might be what you need.
  • Seekers of all types, curious about growing in wisdom and love, and intrigued by new approaches.
  • Constellation “fans” who enjoy the idea of deep-diving for five days into this beautiful and soul-stirring work.
  • Constellation facilitators and trainers who are looking for new approaches to the work, and who seek an upleveling on their practice.
  • Admirers of Sarah, Peter and Suzi, who know their fine work, and want to work with them more!

All levels of constellations experience are welcome! Whether brand new to constellations, or an experienced facilitator or trainer, the program is designed to provide ample opportunities for participants to do their personal work and/or professional learning in a safe, supportive environment. The structure of the Intensive means that the work will be customized for the learning and growth level of the participant.

For Personal Work and for Collective Healing

Bert Hellinger once defined healing as bringing together parts that have been separated.  He was describing a movement from the kind of fragmentation that happens in the face of great strife, whether in communities or within the individual soul, to the reparation that naturally occurs when we commit to truly seeing one another — and ourselves — with compassion. Our theme this year, A Call To Optimism: From Isolation to Resilience, is an invitation to rediscover the power of the shared space in which all are welcome. It is an invitation to walk in the company of caring others as we seek out the wisdom of our ancestors to move forward more boldly and in greater unity.


Meet the 2019 Faculty

Sarah Peyton

Sarah Peyton is an international facilitator and trainer of Family Constellations. Her specialty is the integration of resonant and precise language together with constellation experiences and an understanding of relational neuroscience in order to heal trauma and resolve blocks to human expression and creativity.

She is the author of the new book Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, published by Norton Publishing in September, 2017. It is an experiential exploration of the world of relational neuroscience. She teaches and lectures internationally, is a regular contributor to The Knowing Field, was the author of a chapter for Stephan Hausner’s book Salutogene Aufstellungen (Healing Sentences), and is an annual guest speaker and teacher at the Bernried Intensive in Germany.

She and her students have developed the integration of representing the brain and the nervous system—in particular, emotions researcher Jaak Panksepp’s circuits—into constellation work. This innovative and powerful approach allows the disentanglement and mobilization of pathways of feeling and living that have been compromised and paralyzed by trauma.

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Peter deVries

For more than 20 years, Peter deVries has been a principal teacher of the Family Constellation approach. Born in the Netherlands and educated in Europe, Peter has studied psychology and its many aspects with his formal training in the Constellation approach with Victoria Schnabel.

Peter is also trained in Somatic Experiencing as well as, extensive training and experience in Hakomi and Internal Family Systems giving him a unique view into the workings of systemic and intergenerational trauma.

He has worked closely with Gabrielle Borkan and Joseph Culp to develop “single representation” and the unilocal “Walking in your Shoes” (WIYS) embodiment practice. He has made a particular study of working with constellations in the individual context over the last 10 years.

His work also incorporates practical tools from the Diamond Approach of Almaas, IFS Internal Family Systems of Richard Schwartz and Authentic Movement.

Peter is a counselor and mediator for individuals, couples and families. He also leads workshops and trainings throughout the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. Peter maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founder of ConstellationWorks since 2001.


Suzi Tucker

Suzi Tucker maintains an active private practice, teaching, and workshop schedule that includes serving as guest faculty at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the New York Open Center. 

Her first encounter with Family Constellations was in her capacity as a psychology publisher in 1998. Before long, Suzi was deeply involved in putting together Love’s Hidden Symmetry, Bert Hellinger’s first core book, which was published by Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc.

Suzi went on to work with Hellinger for some 15 years on the majority of his books published in English, including having written the foreword for his 2014 Looking Into the Souls of Children. Along the way, she and family therapist, Harald Hohnen, established the first trainings in the United States under Hellinger’s guidance.

Over the years, Suzi’s teaching continues to evolve as she seeks to steer clear of dogma even under the name of Family Constellations and instead breathe in the brilliance of multiple intelligences, traditions, and ways in the world. Suzi is author of Gather Enough Fireflies (2014), a contributor to numerous books and journals, most recently to One Person at a Time (2018), and she is currently at work on several manuscripts, including a book of essays and a facilitation workbook.


2019 Intensive Schedule

Day 1: Friday, March 8th


Registration Opens

5:30 – 6:15PM



6:30 – 7:30PM

Opening Large Group & Welcoming Ceremony


7:30 – 9:00PM

First Cohort Circle


Days 2: Saturday, March 9th

7:00 – 8:00AM    

Morning Activity (Optional) — Participant Led

8:15 – 9:00AM


9:15 – 10:30AM    

Morning Large Group Gathering

10:45 – 12:45PM

Morning Cohort Circle

1:00 – 1:45PM


1:45 – 2:30PM

Free time

2:30 – 4:45PM

Afternoon Cohort Circle

5:00 – 5:45PM


6:30 – 8:30PM

Open Space Workshops — Participant Led

Days 3–4: Sunday & Monday, March 10th–11th

7:00 – 8:00AM

Morning Activity (Optional)—Participant Led

8:15 – 9:00AM


9:15 – 10:30AM

Morning Gathering

10:45 – 12:15PM

Faculty-led Workshops

12:30 – 1:15PM


1:15 – 2:15PM

Free time

2:30 – 4:45PM

Afternoon Cohort Circle

5:00 – 5:45PM


6:30 – 8:30PM

Open Space Workshops (Sunday); Community Celebration (Monday)

Day 5: Tuesday, June 12th

7:00 – 8:00AM

Morning Activity (Optional)–Participant Led

8:15 – 9:00AM


9:15 – 11:15AM

Morning Cohort Circle

11:30 – 12:15PM

Final Celebration and Closing Ceremony

12:30 – 1:15PM





1. Morning Activity (Optional)–Participant Led

Do you lead a practice that would make a good morning activity? Yoga, tai-chi, sunrise walks, meditation, or something else? Let us know what you would like to lead and share.

2. Morning Constellation Gathering with Faculty Reflections

Each morning will begin with a short faculty talk on the theory, practice or history of Constellation work, followed by a large group Constellation exercise. Large group constellations might include welcoming the land, as well as addressing social issues that are of interest to the group. The goal will be to connect the group and to go on adventure with each other with our personal and global concerns. And to have fun!

3. Morning and Afternoon Sessions: Cohort Circles

All participants will be assigned to a Cohort Circle with whom they will learn and travel during the entire Intensive. Faculty will rotate through leading each group so that all participants will be able to work with all of the faculty. This builds a sense of group safety and trust that allows us to go very deeply into our work.

Although we will assign participants roughly by their experience level, all Cohort Circles will have the following activities and goals:

  1. Individual and group growth, evolution, and exploration as participants represent in constellations led by the faculty.
  2. Group learning facilitated by the faculty and each other (peer learning).
  3. Reflection on constellation experiences as a means for deeper engagement.
  4. Different ways of doing constellations together as a way to pursue diverse healing movements and learning.
  5. Discussion, questions and reflection together on the work.
  6. For those who want and who are experienced facilitators, the opportunity to facilitate under the guidance and mentoring of the faculty.

Because of these group goals, we ask that all participants agree to the following guidelines.

Cohort Group Guidelines:

  1. Participants agree to hold confidentiality and support each other in creating a safe space for the work, offering and respecting each other’s vulnerability.
  2. Participants take care of themselves, respecting the needs of the entire group as well as their own, and ask for what they need.
  3. Participants engage the process in a spirit of inquiry and adventure.
  4. Participants who ask to facilitate must have experience as facilitators.
  5. Participants are willing to explore personal issues under the leadership of the faculty and other experienced facilitator/participants.
  6. Participants who agree to facilitate accept constructive feedback with an open mind and offer it to others with honesty and kindness.

4. Morning Constellation Workshops

The faculty will offer constellation workshops on a variety of topics for deeper inquiry into and practice of different areas of constellations work. They will be rich constellation experiences on various themes. Registrants will make workshop choices when they arrive on-site.

5. Open Space Gatherings (Optional) – Participant Led

The evenings are devoted to constellations, workshops, conversations, presentations, music, dance or other offerings. We want what you have to offer! Space will be available based on upon the interest of participants. This is a great time for budding facilitators to try something new. Open Space is organized on site, but we would love to hear about your offerings in advance.

Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants as part of their Intensive fees. It is the responsibility of each participant to limit the application of this approach to those clients and situations for which he or she has the appropriate qualifications. This Intensive does not qualify participants to practice psychotherapy or constitute a certification to practice Constellations.

Continuing Education Credit (CEUs)

Regrettably, due to stringent California CEU certification policies, we are unable to offer them at this time. If that changes, we will inform you. If you are interested in CEUs, please let us know!


We’ll gather at the beautiful Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA

Mount Madonna Center is a conference and retreat center nestled among Redwood groves on top of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is also a yoga community, dedicated to creating a warm, beautiful and gracious environment for a wide range of programs and interests. It is located over beautiful Monterey Bay, with a 180 degree overlooking the ocean.  

This is a great location if you decide to add vacation time to surrounding areas — San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Monterey and many other world-class vacation locales are nearby.

“You are in the mountains where there is fresh air and water, where there are trees and plants and  streams. Sit with them and enjoy the creation of God. God and creation are not separate. The idea is to attain peace.” – Baba Hari Dass



“There is a sacredness that permeates the property and the programs.”

This year, our venue offers a wide variety of comfortable and modern lodgings, from singles, to doubles, to quads, and campsites. Most of the lodging is in the same building as our programs; other lodging is a short walk down the hill from where we will be doing our work.

 Meals & Dining

“The food is just great and I haven’t eaten so well in ages, delicious and quite nourishing with a varied vegetarian selection served cafeteria-style.”

Since Mount Madonna is, in addition to a conference center, an ashram, all food is vegetarian. The food is bountiful and made with love. Gluten free and vegan options are always available. Most special diets can be accommodated by request.

Location & Travel

Mount Madonna Center is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. It is quite rural, about fifty minutes drive south of San Jose Airport (SJC) and about a one and a half hour drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO). We recommend flying into SJC, and carpooling with others to get to the venue.

Within about an hour of Mount Madonna, you can enjoy the boardwalk, beaches and amusement parks of Santa Cruz; camping in the Santa Cruz Mountains; history, whales and the world-famous Aquarium in Monterey; otters, seals and an old fishing village at Moss Landing; and much more. San Francisco proper is about two hours away.

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Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Road
Watsonville, CA 95076

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM (PST)

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