Collective Memories – Online Short Group Constellations

Who we are in the present is knowingly and unknowingly influenced by the energetic field of influence that we belong to and that we come from. Our history lies coiled within us. The untold stories of our ancestors are present in our blood.

For me, constellation is a way to access the hidden stories and the silenced voices of the ancestors. It is easy to accept a version of events that is passed down from one generation to the next, from one person to the next, but with each telling the story can change and those missing parts of the story can be held unknowingly by us.  

The collective memory classes are powerful ways to break open the ‘single story’ that we may be holding of our ancestors and give voice to the voiceless within the untold stories. As their silence is broken you begin to release your own voice too.

Stories are powerful. Giving language to a silenced story gives a place to it.

In these online constellation gatherings we will be working with collective memories within a created constellation field to explore the entanglements within our family and ancestral dynamics.

We will be stepping into collectively themed stories that are relevant for each one of us.

The classes will be on zoom and will be a combination of group and paired constellation. Your zoom link will be sent to you after booking your place.

There is more information about what to expect from online constellation events here.

Monday 24th May 7-8.30pm UK time (1-2.30pm central time). £25.

May’s topic focus is the ‘Untold stories from the Magdalene Laundries‘. A significant collective memory impacting the maternal line and field. This is the 2nd collective memory class on this topic and in this one we will be focusing on the wound between the children and mothers through an individual ancestral story.

The Persecution of Women
Monday 14th June 2021, 2-5pm UK (8-11am Central)
£45 With Nikki Mackay on Zoom.

In any collective constellation that touches into the persecution of the feminine, whether it is exploring the stories of women punished for having a baby outside of marriage, women punished for holding a different belief, women accused of witchcraftt, or living too loudly, too brightly, too boldly, in all of these stories there is a wounding and fracturing that appears time and again. 

It is the gaping fracture between the descendants in the present, us, and our ancestors who are entangled with the persecuted women. Whether they are the women themselves, those that accused, or those that persecuted.

This entangled space between the ancestors and descendants is a vast ravine filled with numbness and disconnection. It is filled with shame, fear, silence and wounding. 

Listening and bearing witness to this wound is important. Sitting with this wound and these ancestors is an offering, not only to them, but to yourself and the descendants. 

Come sit a while in this space, witness the stories and begin the breaking of the silence.

You will be emailed a zoom link and registration email after booking your place. Please email for more information.

Collective stories from the Irish Hunger
Monday 23rd August, 2021,  5.30-8.30pm UK (11.30am-2.30pm Central)
£45 
With Nikki Mackay on Zoom.

One of the collective inherited memories that I am seeing repeatedly show up, in different ways, in individual sessions and group sessions at the moment is the legacy of the Irish Hunger from the 1800s. Entanglements around ‘lack’ and fear of ‘lack’, betrayal, persecution, displacement and fractured belonging are being stirred in our present. The Irish Hunger isn’t the only animated collective historical memory of trauma in the present moment but it is a highly significant and often unseen one.

These unacknowledged memories stretch well beyond the land and shores of Ireland. The weaving of the influence of Britain as well as the host countries of the Irish diaspora is part of this legacy. 

Step into the field of the individual stories within the collective memories of the Irish Hunger as we explore this together, gently, on zoom.

We will be working with a blend of group constellations, small groups and pairs. 

In honour of the unseen, silent, displaced and forgotten souls. 

This class will be hosted on zoom and login details will be sent after registration. There is more information about what to expect from online constellation events here.

Monday 20th September 7-8.30pm UK time (1-2.30pm central time). £25.

September’s topic focus is ‘The Land Underneath Your Feet’. This is the second class exploring an ancestral story connected to Native American land loss and forced displacement. This time we are looking at the Cherokee in Georgia and the legacy of colonialism that changed everything. We will be looking at the ‘cost of belonging’ for those ancestors as well as the legacy for us, the descendants in the present. This story will be resonant for land loss and forced displacement in other countries and cultures, it is a deep wound that has a significant impact on belonging.

Untold and Silenced Stories of Uganda: Uncovering Wounds of Colonialism 
Mon 1st November, 5.30-8.30pm UK (12.30pm-3.30pm Central)
£45 With Nikki Mackay on Zoom.

From 1894 to 1962 Uganda was under British colonial rule. The period following independence in 1962 has seen many violent conflicts including dictatorship under the regime of Idi Amin.

Uganda has the youngest population in the world and they are living in the midst of continuing political conflict.

The intention of this collective memory class is to explore the untold and silenced stories of the ancestors, the legacy of empire and the cost of belonging on the land for the descendants in the present.

The wounds of colonialism are often silenced and denied place by the single story that is told from the perspective of colonisation. It is a deep, tender, uncomfortable and painful wound with stories of loss of land, voice, autonomy, beliefs and a denial of the place for grief held within the forbidden wounding.

My hope with this class is to create a space to sit with the voiceless in these stories that haven’t been told, and to begin to break some of the silence.

When we collectively witness stories that have been silenced in this way we move beyond the ‘single story’ version that displaces and dehumanises. We honour the souls within the untold stories and welcome those souls back home to belonging. Their voices belong too. We also discover the parts of ourselves that are resonant with the voiceless, whether that is through similar voicelessness in our ancestral stories or through the need to deny the involvement of our ancestors in such stories. Shame and voicelessness within our ancestral stories are not benign, we – the descendants in the present – are still living the cost of the silence. Sitting with and witnessing the stories allows us to come home too.