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Fri, 16 Sept


Skylight Centre

LONDON - Facing Our Organisational and Cultural Shadows

A one day workshop for leaders and change agents working on societal transformation

LONDON - Facing Our Organisational and Cultural Shadows
LONDON - Facing Our Organisational and Cultural Shadows

Time & Location

16 Sept 2022, 09:00 – 17:30 BST

Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT, UK

About the event

Most change work is forward-facing – yet often it is unresolved trauma from the past that prevents us from moving ahead, whether individually, organisationally or within communities and wider social systems. If we have not faced our shadows, they keep us stuck. True freedom to move forward only happens when we face our past, acknowledge injustices and restore balance.

In this workshop we will use Systemic Constellations to bring a spotlight on to the wounds of the past that need to be acknowledged and healed before we can move forward more freely into a different future. We will face into parts of our collective past that are hard to look at and accept. Those things that we share some responsibility for, whether that be because we have been a part of some wrong that has been committed by our country, our culture, or an organisation that we have been a part of; or because we have benefitted from past injustices committed by those who went before us. We will create the space to grieve for what has been done and what cannot be changed. We will explore what now needs to be said or done in order to allow for healing and reconciliation so that balance and dignity can be restored.

We will explore questions such as:

  • What historic legacies of exploitation, extraction and oppression do I need to face up to and acknowledge – whether in my organisation or in the wider culture?
  • Who or what was exploited by my… family, organisation, gender, class, ethnic or racial group, religion, country or culture?
  • How am I still benefitting today from injustices from the past and those that still live on in the present?
  • How can I restore balance and equity through my work so that everyone is given dignity and respect?
  • What does this tell me about what is needed now to move forward on creating the change I want to see in the world?

About Systemic Constellations

In Systemic Constellations we use "living maps" where workshop participants stand in as "representatives" to represent different parts of the system we are looking at. This is a remarkably powerful diagnostic tool that helps us see the system in a new light. Through this map we can explore who may have been exploited, oppressed or excluded; what historic injustices have not being fully admitted or acknowledged; where historic loss and trauma has not been fully grieved or released. We can then work to recognise and remember those who have been exploited and oppressed; to acknowledge the painful truths of what they have suffered; to grieve what has been lost; and to understand what might be done now to repair, rebalance and restore.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for those who are working for positive social and environmental change, particularly if you are aware of how past traumas and injustices are still alive today and somehow block our progress in addressing important societal challenges.

The workshop is open to those with experience of Constellations and those who are new to it. Systemic Constellations are very embodied and intuitive, so the most important thing is to be open and willing to trust the process. Constellations can be powerful and intense, but typically they bring a great sense of release, relief and hope for the future.


To make the workshop accessible to all, we offer a range of prices so that you can pay according to your means. If you can afford to pay more, please pay the "supporter" rate - which helps us to continue to offer discounted rates to those who can't afford the standard rate.

(The payment system only allows us to charge in one currency on this website, which is why the amounts are quoted in GB Pounds for all locations.)


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    Paying this rate enables us to continue offering reduced price places to widen accessibility to these workshops.

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