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Relational Constellations are a great way to Work with Attachment Wounds & Traumas & to Deepen our Connection to Presence, Embodiment & Soul.

  • Family Therapy Institute - Santa Barbara 111 E Arrellaga St Santa Barbara, CA, 93101 United States (map)

The Power of Being Present

The Power To Be

As we allow our minds to silence we allow in the possibility of presence. Ultimately power is the power to be & fully embody presence. When we are capable of experiencing that, presence acts on us & thru us. The more we experience essence the more there is a transformation of our souls’ unfoldment. It allows the optimizing force of being to overtake us, we become the servant of it - spiritual work. We need to be comfortable with not knowing because we don’t know what will come through. 

We begin to feel the power of presence -the magnificence & immensity. We see its beauty, the magic of it, its incredible dazzling effect on us. 

This weekend can be attended as a one time workshop or as part of the 6 month Learning Program. The ongoing program is an experiential Personal Process that is done in a Community with a safe holding environment. 

The actual training consists of  24 weekends, done over a 2 year period. Participants are only required to commit to 6 months at a time & then they can decide to continue or not. All participants must fill out an application to see if they are a good fit for the training.

This training will be an experiential learning experience. Participants will learn to navigate and resolve their own personal and systemic trauma issues, along with acquiring skills to work with others who have trauma.  Focus will also be given to learning to work with the activation in the nervous system, self-regulation, cultivating presence and embodiment.

Participants will also learn about Constellation Work concepts, and for experienced constellation participants, there is a  possibility to go on the facilitator track in the second year. The training will have occasional drop-in workshop participants in it.

This month's theme: Pre & Peri Natal Issues & Birth Trauma. Divine Homesickness, Vanishing Twin Syndrome
Renegotiating Early Trauma. Embodiment, Cultivating Presence & Bodyfulness

We will begin and end the training with working with heart qualities, before we open the trauma dynamics. The ultimate goal of the training is to reconnect to our life force that has been usurped by traumatic interruptions in our life and open the heart again to love and belonging. For more information about this training, go to Trauma Training.

The following pages on this website will also inform you of the theoretical concepts included in the training: Learning Program, Relational Constellations, SE Trauma Work, Somatic Psychology, and Sacred SoulWork

New Trauma & Constellations Training

You are welcome to join us either as a Learning Program participant or as a regular workshop member

Heal Intimacy Wounds &
Live a More Embodied & Fuller Life

Family Constellation Learning Program
Healing Traumatized Hearts: 

Theoretical Basics of Trauma & Bonding
New Advanced Trauma Training

Clearing Love Trauma Supports new connections: Connection to Ourselves, to our Body, to our own Heart & Soul, to our Family Soul,  to Embodied Presence, to our surroundings & to the Universe.
What You will Learn:

Cultivating Presence
Intra-Psychic Dynamics
Develop more Resiliency
Connecting with Ancestors
Tools to Heal Relationships
Accessing Resourcing Skills
Increase Basic Trust in Life
Resolve & Metabolize Trauma
Finding your place in the World
Recognize Psychological Splitting
Deepening Embodiment Practices
Understand The Impact of Trauma
Increase Your Window of Tolerance
Differentiate True & False Autonomy
Release Trans-Generational Trauma
Experiential & Collaborative Learning
Personal Development Process Work
Reconnect to Internal Family Systems
Develop a deeper Connection with Soul
Learn to access the Body as Home Base
Access Essential Qualities as Resources
Power Point Presentations On the Theory
Become part of a like-minded Community
Access the Power Of Being Fully Present
Practice Facilitation Skills, after 6 months
Self-Regulation & Co-Regulation Practices

Theory of Trauma & Bonding, we will address:

Love Trauma
Birth Trauma
Intimacy Issues
Entanglement Trauma
Differentiation Dynamics
Pre & Peri Natal Trauma
Symbiosis and Autonomy
Victim Perpetrator Trauma
Family Conscience Trauma
Attachment Styles & Trauma
Divine Homesickness Trauma
Internal Family System Trauma
Merging & Separating Dynamics
Understanding Retraumatisation
Multi-Generational Trauma Theory
Heal Ruptures between Self & Soul
Interrupted Reaching Out Dynamics
Early Trauma, including Birth Trauma
Release Trauma from Nervous System
Effects of Dissociation & Disembodiment

We will  include constellation themes such as: Family Conscience, Orders of love, Fate, The Informing Field, and The Art of Facilitating etc.

Orientation For the Trauma Training
We will approach the themes from the perspective of the influences in our bonding patterns, from the ancestors, our ego, our relationships, the body and essence, soul and the divine.

• Ancestors – We will look at systemic & trans-generational patterns we inherit from our families and entanglements with past events, which may have major influences on our current relationships.
• Personality – We will explore our personal history, ego, developmental issues and personal traumas, that limit us in life.
• Relational and Interpersonal – We will explore our ways of being in the world, along with our entanglements in relation to self and others, parents, partners and life relationships.
• Somatic & Embodiment – We will include awareness of landing home in our bodies, self-regulation, nervous system activation, the body as the gateway to the informing field.
• Transpersonal – We will deepen our connection to our essence, our soul, and to the sacred.

Trauma Training Logistics
The Training is 2 years long. 
There are Four 6 month segments.
Participants can join the group as an active learning program participants and come to the entire program, by registering & committing to 6months at a time or participants can join as a passive learning program participant, and come
to occasional weekends.

Spaces are open for those wishing to undertake a personal constellation, observe, or join the ongoing monthly Learning Program. We ask all participants to be scent-free.


The fee to join for the first 6 months is $2,400. If paid 1 full month (no exceptions) before, then the fee is $2,300.

To register for this workshop, request an application first by emailing us. Please include an application with your check and also email us a copy of your application.

Make check payable to JoAnne Chartrand (note date of workshop in memo section) and mail to:
JoAnne Chartrand
333 Old Mill Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Kindly include your most pertinent contact information, as well as your email address so we can be in touch with you.

We are able to offer full refunds for cancellations made within three days of the workshop with a $50 cancellation fee. After, we are not able to offer refunds. Ensure you are committed before registering. There are no refunds for the training after the first weekend.

Please arrange your own housing and meals.

Learning Program Times:
Saturday from 9a to 6p
Sunday from 9a to 4p


For questions related to this workshop, email us or call 805-563-0558.