The Constellator's 'Stance'

The Constellator's 'Stance'


This workshop helps develop the optimal orientation that enables us to facilitate a constellation. When we are learning to constellate, at first we pay great attention to developing skills and technique. Yet when we look beyond our usual ways of considering skills as learned capabilities, to the more demanding orientation of stilling our mind, taking in the whole situation and listening to our inner voice, we see that a crucial element of the ‘success’ of a constellation is our stance as a constellator. A stance is a posture, an embodied way of relating, and of comporting ourselves dynamically in a situation. Through developing our skills and stance, our own signature style can emerge and we can be better supported in our alignment to the relational field with our client. Bert Hellinger described ‘love’ in practical terms as ‘seeing + distance – judgment’, and this formula defines the essence of our stance as constellators.


Structure & Ethos

The programme will include a lively mix of demonstrations, using personal case material from participants; as well as teaching inputs, discussions and practical opportunities to facilitate mini-constellations in triads. While the teaching style will respond to the unique needs of the group as they arise, basic content will cover the following areas:

  • How a constellator’s stance is different from a coach’s or consultant’s
  • Putting the system first
  • Working phenomenologically
  • The Orders of Helping
  • Holding ‘creative indifference’ to outcomes
  • Balancing scientific and poetic perspectives
  • Working on our ‘self’ – attending to our ‘inner game’ as constellators


Who should attend?

This workshop is for coaches, OD consultants and other practitioners engaged in organisational and social change, who already have some experience of constellations work. Participants need to have completed at least intermediate level training in organisational or family constellations, and understand the basic ‘mechanics’ of a constellation. Ideally, participants will be beginning to run their own constellations and wish to develop their own signature style.



Participants in this workshop will improve their ability to facilitate a constellation. In particular, participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of Constellations theory, method and practice
  • Understand how the stance of a constellator differs from coaching and consulting
  • Clarify the dynamics that we can become caught in when trying to change or help someone
  • Develop a practical and empowering approach to leading change in both individual clients and in client groups, that will support and extend their current coaching and consulting practice
  • Receive opportunities to explore their own ‘live’ work-based issues in a confidential setting
  • Gain fresh insights in to themselves; their organisations and their client situations


Refund Policy

In order to keep prices affordable, we do not offer refunds on cancelled places. It might be possible to transfer your place to another person you nominate, with sufficient notice. In exceptional circumstances we will consider offering you a place on another programme within 6 months of the date of your original booking.



Ty Francis PhD