Family Constellations Introductory Presentation
Friday, August 23rd 10:00 - 12:30
2295 Parklake Dr NE, Suite 145, Atlanta, GA 30345
Align Wellness Solutions presents Chuck Cogliandro from Constellation Journeys to present this 2.5 hour introductory presentation of Family Constellations, a method of experiential and embodied healing for family wounds.
No CEU credits are provided for this introductory presentation. With sufficient interest, additional training opportunities equipping therapists to lead this work, with CEU credit will be provided.
Email Melanie with any questions about this event.
For some people, part of their life's purpose is to be the one in their family who chooses at the soul level to carry some part of the difficult family that was experienced in previous generations. A young sibling who died in an accident, a child who was given for adoption and distanced from connection to the birth family, or a parent who was killed in war are just a few examples of ancestors who may need remembering, honoring, and to be given their rightful place. Out of a child’s innocent love and loyalty to the family, a person may tune into an ungrieved loss of someone who went before, and hope to make it better for those who were impacted. An individual may have taken on the impossible, unconscious task of changing an ancestor's fate, or taking the place of the still unresolved ancestor. "Better me than you" is a child's unconscious wish that can continue to impact life into adulthood if it remains in shadow. A constellation can be a soul-remembering ritual that restores balance, harmony, and the natural flow of love through a family system.
Setting up and exploring a constellation lets you bring an inner image you have of yourself, or your place in your family, into three-dimensional reality in order to observe and replace an old pattern with a new, more healthy solution-oriented image. If the inner image is a difficult one, formed from previous painful experience, it may have rooted into deeper levels of awareness, and could be influencing your ability to form satisfying relationships or achieve your life's goals. The method has roots in shamanism, psychology, and the ancestral practices of the Zulu people of South Africa, one of the Earth’s first tribes. The work is done in a group, with representatives standing for key family members and phenomena that influenced the family. Representatives also receive healing, often on an issue that comes from their own life. Because the work is holographic, and the roles of parent, child, sibling etc. are archetypal, each participant helps contribute to the collective healing of the soul field of humanity.
Chuck will teach some of the themes and principles of the work, lead experiential pieces and a meditation, and work with the topics participants bring for exploration or healing. To prepare you might ask yourself, what is unresolved for me? There will be time to do a Constellation for at least one person if there is interest. You’re invited to bring a family photo or other meaningful object that connects you to your family for the Ancestral Altar.
Chuck's passion since he was a child has been music and drumming, although his soul chose a family which discouraged his drumming interests. At age 24 Chuck took a leave from his engineering career with General Motors, bought a Honda CB900 motorcycle, and roamed the United States, visiting 40 states while nurturing his decision to step into his real love- music. Since 1992, Chuck has been a musician, bringing people together in the shared joy of West African drumming. He has taught all over Georgia including at Georgia State University and annually in residency at Paideia School, and directs an annual week-long West African Drum and Dance Retreat in North Carolina. He has worked with many special needs populations, including seniors, populations in recovery from addiction, children diagnosed with autism and ADHD, and has drummed at a birth. In 2003 Chuck expanded the healing he had been doing with his hands on the drum, and began studies at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, graduating and opening a healing practice in Atlanta in 2007. He attended his first Family Constellations workshop in 2009 and received a profound healing related to his mother’s lineage, and decided to study that method of ancestral healing. Chuck and his wife, Kelly, trained together for three years and were certified as Family Constellations facilitators with Peter and Jamy Faust’s Constellation Approach in 2014. They serve individuals and groups in Atlanta, and Chuck has traveled to Dubai, Beirut and many U.S. locations sharing the work.