Constellations in the Cowshed - Making Space for Animals in the System

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Constellations in the Cowshed – Making Space for the Animals in the System

A Special Constellation Workshop with Gaye Donaldson

Kindly hosted by Angel Cottage Organics at Haddon Copse Farm

Friday 4th August 2017

Please find below the information regarding this workshop

If you have any further queries, please contact Gaye by email info@gayedonaldson.com or on 07810 434 699.


Haddon Copse Farm


Fifehead Neville

Dorset DT10 2AQ

We have been invited to Haddon Copse Farm by Tom Mettyear and Mark. Together they have created an inspiring and award winning organic farm from scratch in this beautiful spot in Dorset.

Haddon Copse Farm is a 30 acre Soil Association certified organic farm in
the heart of Dorset’s Blackmore Vale. The farm produces award winning
organic meat, under the brand name Angel Cottage Organics, with an emphasis
on high quality, high welfare, local produce. As well as being a working
farm, Haddon Copse Farm also provides a home and haven for all: there is an
abundance of wildlife, an ‘away from it all’ campsite and a growing
programme of courses, workshops and retreats which embrace the philosophy of
nurturing the soul through a return to nature. For more information please
visit http://angelcottageorganics.co.uk/


The nearest train station is Gillingham in Dorset. South West trains run to and from Waterloo from this station. There are taxis available at the station, and it is a 25 minute taxi ride to the farm


Parking is available at the farm


Depending on the weather we may be working outside. Please call to discuss wheelchair access if required


Arrive from 09:30 for tea/coffee.

Workshop Starts: 10.00

Workshop Finishes: 18.00

Please note the workshop is non-residential.


Refreshments & Lunch:

Tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits and cake will be provided during morning and afternoon breaks.

A delicious organic lunch will be provided by our hosts and is included in the workshop price.



The group will be kept to a maximum of 12 people

Special Information:

As we will be either in the cow barn or outside, please wear clothes that support your comfort – sunhats or warm jerseys and waterproof jackets… strong shoes that are suitable for walking on grassland or wellies. The weather will determine what you need.

There will be a short farm walk after lunch for those who are interested. There will also be farm produce on sale – including the most beautiful organic blankets and fleeces.

If you would like to arrive the day before, camping is available on the farm. The small campsite at Haddon Copse Farm offers sweeping views over
the Dorset Downs (and dramatic glimpses of astronomical constellations at
night!) and participants are welcome to book a stay to coincide with
this workshop by visiting http://angelcottageorganics.co.uk/stay/


£135 per person to be paid before the workshop. This fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments and an organic lunch prepared by Mark who is an excellent cook!

Please either pay via PAYPAL on the website, alternatively an invoice or receipt will be sent to you separately; please secure your place by paying by return. Payment details are included on the invoice

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations after 1st July 2017 will result in a complete forfeit of the fee


Please be sure to disclose any physical or mental health issues that might adversely affect your participation at the workshop, prior to your attendance, so that your needs can be met and any concerns can be discussed


Gaye Donaldson is a constellations practitioner and registered BACP counsellor, who has worked in the community and the private sector. She became a student of systemic constellations in 1994, training extensively in both family and organisational constellations in the UK and abroad. She has worked as a facilitator and trainer of the work since 2005. Gaye is the Managing Director of the Centre for Systemic Constellations (www.thecsc.net) and is on the teaching faculty for both the Foundation and Professional Trainings. She also works with the constellation approach in film and theatre, and is a trainer for ‘ Healing the Wounds of History’, an organisation that brings new perspectives to conflict resolution in the Middle East. Gaye is a mother of 5 and grandmother to 2. She lives in Bruton, Somerset

Mobile: 07810 434699

Email: info@gayedonaldson.com


This is a very special and exploratory workshop in which we will focus, using the constellation method, on making space for animals in our system. This maybe the animals we live with, or an animal in our past that has a place in our heart, or perhaps a spirit animal that we feel walks with us.

We will be meeting in a circle, either outside or in the cow barn, depending on the weather. In both settings we will be surrounded by the animals who wish to come along…. There could be sheep, Ruby Red Devon cows, geese, hens or hedgehogs, field mice and others watching on.

We will work with what is arising, we will give voice to the animals and we will listen and follow and see…. Making space for the emergent and opening our hearts to the gifts and wisdom that animals give.

What is a constellation?
A constellation begins with a conversation in which the difficulty or issue is presented, and the hopes for resolution are identified. The participant is then asked to select group members to represent elements of the system under consideration – in this workshop we will include the animals. These ‘representatives’ are ‘set up’ to stand in a configuration called a Constellation or ‘living map’, and they are asked by the facilitator to feed back basic information which both contributes towards a fuller understanding of the present difficulty and supports movements towards resolution. By creating a constellation of the issue, we can begin to see what is blocking movement or what it is that needs aligning in order to bring peace, to the whole system. The system may of course be our family system, our relationship, our working environment or our own integrated health and wellbeing. The constellation approach is able to work with any issue.

Resolutions come from what Bert Hellinger, the originator of this work, calls ‘the Orders of Love’ or ‘Movements of the Spirit’ and are based on naturally occurring universal forces, such as time and place and inclusion, which govern the balance and health in all systems.

As well as discussion and teaching, there will be space to look at 5 or 6 issues during the day. We will simply ask the group who would like to do a personal piece of work and will select who ever feels ready at that moment. As a result, please be clear that the opportunity to present your own issue is not guaranteed. It is however our consistent experience in this work that all those present will, in one way or another, have an equally powerful experience. Whether you have brought the issue, actively participated as a representative, or held the space for the work in the outer circle, each constellation offers profound insight and opportunities for everyone in developing new perspectives and clarity on aspects of our own experience. We will of course all reflect on each piece of work together at the end.

I provide a confidential, safe and supportive environment for this work to be undertaken. The process can be profound and engaging on both intellectual and emotional levels. Please come prepared to participate with a spirit of openness and generosity.

If you would like further information about the constellation process, please go to wwwkindredconstellations.com where you can read a little more about what happens in a workshop. If you have any further queries about this specific workshop please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For further information please go to www.kindredconstellations.com

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