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SHADES: A Community Constellations and Social Justice Event

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Sat 5th - Sun 6th December 2020

2pm - 5pm GMT

SHADES - Colour Entanglements in a Time of Change

Overview

At the end of this eventful year, Sonya Welch-Moring and Beatrice Millar are co-hosting a weekend of reflections and personal and professional development centred on the theme of SHADES. This is the final Social and Community Constellations workshop of the year and we continue to develop an emergent feel to the weekend.

The Offer: A Weekend of Conversation - Online Via Zoom

On Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 December Sonya Welch-Moring (Ancestral Constellations www.ancestralconstellations.com) and Beatrice Millar (PCSR www.pcsr.org.uk) will be hosting two online workshops.

The SHADES workshop aims to explore the colour entanglements that arise in families and communities, leading to open and honest conversations on how these issues can impact us in our personal and professional lives.

Shadism in families can create conflict between family members and have an adverse effect on a person's sense of worth and well-being. These issues are found across diverse cultures around the world. And yet we often do not talk openly about them; guilt, shame and fear often get in the way.

Seeing and Sensing Beyond Colour Dynamics

We will be holding this event online using the systemic constellations method. Figurines or ‘dollies’, sourced and made in South Africa by Zimbabwean women will be ‘representatives’ for family members enabling us to ‘see’ and ’sense’ the impact of colour dynamics on a family or community.

Back in 2015, Sonya had a vision of building a community constellations approach, using the creative potential of the dollies. She has built a collection of over 150 dollies and we will be using some of these to help bring the systemic constellations process alive.

We will draw on the resources and the energy of the group to create an embodied, visual, narrative - illustrations of the conversations taking place, asking questions like……..

• How do we examine colour dynamics in different communities, are there similarities and differences?

• What is the impact on siblings and other family members of ‘colour favouritism?’

• How do we explore colour dynamics in our own family of birth when parenting bi-racial children?

The Flow of the Weekend Sessions

Day 1 - Focus on Social and Community, we will map a Constellation that includes the theme of the day, centred on Colour Dynamics in society, the format will emerge on the day

Day 2 - Witness Pods, the day will focus on what participants bring from their professional and personal life. These will be short 30-40 minute consultations.

Such complex and challenging issues demand setting their own time and space. We will not know until the day how the dialogue will emerge on Saturday.

On Sunday we will build on the themes that arise from the previous day, to shape a Super-Vision session that explores personal and professional constellations in social justice movements.

Each day will be stand-alone, come to one or both. We want to create a space of safety and containment so that everyone can feel free to express themselves.

A Focused Holding Space

The Black Lives Matter movement has helped to raise the public awareness of SHADISM as an issue affecting Communities worldwide. At the end of a traumatising year what can you do, what can we do, individually and collectively to make sense of colour dynamics from a personal professional and societal perspective?

These workshops are open to people of all backgrounds, colours and ethnicities. Facilitated by Sonya and supported by Bea, we are encouraging participants to move beyond just looking and fully engage in what it will take to examine some of these issues at a deeper level. In this way, together we help to make change for current and future generations.

Agreements and Disclaimer

We are standing at the crossroads of an extraordinary time and it requires those who attend to show up and be willing to self-reveal. As an online workshop, we will ask for people to be willing to be seen, to have their video on.

Please note that this is not a therapy group, it is a personal and professional learning circle, open to people from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. However, you may experience strong emotions connected to emotional wounds from the past, or feelings of guilt, shame or anger.

We ask you to think about your emotional health before coming on the workshop. Think about whether you are in a good enough frame of mind personally and professionally to benefit from the day.

For more information contact sonya@sonyawelchmoring.com

https://ancestralconstellations.com/

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