Róisín Fallon is a Family constellations facilitator and trainer. Having trained with Barbara Morgan in 2013, Róisín now works alongside Barbara as her assistant trainer and facilitates workshops in Lithuania and many parts of Ireland. Róisín also works with clients one to one, and is one of the founding members of Constellations Camp Ireland. She lives in Dublin with her four young adult children, some dogs and hens, who all participate in her ongoing learning process.
Poppy Altman has been practising and teaching as a homeopath for over 15 years in the private and voluntary sector, specialising most recently in mental health issues, addictions and eating disorders. She is a highly intuitive, empathetic and intelligent healer. An advanced apprentice on Barbara Morgan’s Coming Home training, she leads Family Constellations group workshops and offers individual constellations in South-West London. Originally from Richmond-upon-Thames in Greater London, Poppy still lives with her two adult daughters and her dog in this beautiful part of the world.
Workshop Title: Exploring the Diaspora and the question of belonging (with Poppy Altman)
Presentation (15 minutes)
When we think of belonging to a country, what do we mean? The country where we are in the moment? Where our parents lived and were born? Where we were born? There are so many variables, and so many ways of holding different nationalities within ourselves. I come from Ireland, my linage on both sides is Irish as far back as I know and I feel profoundly Irish, yet I can feel a familiarity in the strangest of places. I live in a country where, since the late 1700’s, and the ‘Great Hunger,’ people have left in their thousands and settled all over the globe. The estimated number of Irish diaspora is thought to be 70,000,000, people claiming Irish roots and Irish pubs are to be found in many nooks and crannies of the world.
The term diaspora originates from the Greek “diaspeirein”, meaning to scatter or sow. The history of the dispersal of Greek peoples and ideas has significantly impacted the economic, political and cultural formations of Western nations, influencing modern conceptions of democracy and citizenship.
Today, migration and emigration continues for many reasons and this great melting pot of nationalities shows up again and again in constellations. Presenting as issues like longing for place, desire to belong, longing for home, the inability to settle anywhere and the inability to fully thrive when your country of origin has been excluded.
Observation (20 minutes)
Take a moment to feel into the question “what does ‘home’ mean to me?”
What countries do you consider a part of your linage?
What countries do you feel comfortable/uncomfortable in?
Where have you always wanted to visit?
Now choose a partner and speak about what came up for you (5 minutes each)
Ritual from Daan Van Kampenhout (25 minutes)
Group stands in a large circle, one by one everyone steps into the centre
“I am ……. I bring with me my ancestors from (name all the countries/cultures/faith)”
Group replies “We welcome you all”
Step back into the circle
Exercise (20 minutes)
In groups of 4 set up belonging, the countries of your ancestors, the country you live in. Client observes, then moves in to constellation.
Feedback from representatives only.
When we think of belonging to a country, what do we mean? The country where we are in the moment? Where our parents lived and were born? Where we were born? There are so many variables, and so many ways of holding different nationalities within ourselves. I come from Ireland, my linage on both sides […]