Embodied Compassion: Belonging as a Free Soul
June 8-9th, 2019
9:30 – 4:30 pm
With Chris Halas Wood and Nikki Mackay
History is far more complex and interconnected than we are taught in school. Traumatic events exert a force long after the participants have died. This force can be energetic or biologic as science has found that trauma can be genetically passed down the generations.
Ancestral trauma and wounding also affects how we move in the world individually and collectively. Belonging and safety are fundamental human needs that influence our beliefs, reactions, and actions. Unacknowledged ancestral trauma can prevent a compassionate response to others and to ourselves and can create a place for fear, hate, and racism.
This is our 4th workshop, in an unfolding series exploring the system of belonging operating in Madison that is not inclusive of all in our community. On Saturday, we will explore the invisible inherited cost of European migration into Madison that fractured families and helped to facilitate slavery. On Sunday, we will begin to presence the unseen trauma and displacement of the peoples Native to Madison.
Transformation and healing are possible. Family Constellation is a therapeutic approach that allows the invisible influences from the present and past to be made visible, acknowledged and made whole. This process allows an individual or collective to uncover the hidden historical narrative that they are unconsciously holding in order to bear witness and give place to the trauma before fully and freely moving forward with their own life.
This is a highly emotive subject and our approach will be both gentle and supportive as we truly bear witness to the collective past trauma. By consciously presencing the past we can create a more hopeful, just and equitable future for everyone.
Chris Halas Wood is a scientist, teacher and social justice activist, who has worked extensively with Nikki and experienced the transformational power of this work. Their work continues to explore the healing connections and possibilities between the personal and collective fields working toward a more just world.
Nikki Mackay is a highly skilled Family Constellation facilitator who has come to Madison regularly for the past five years. She brings her extensive skills as a facilitator, teacher, therapist and scientist with 17 years Family Constellation experience to bare in her work.