Constellating Narratives, Constellating Patriarchy

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Constellating Narratives, Constellating Patriarchy

July 6 @ 6:00 pm - July 10 @ 12:30 pm

This workshop will combine two compelling subjects.  First, how do aspects of story and narrative appear in constellation work?  How is story woven into the fabric of our lives and our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world?

Secondly, we will look at the stories imposed on us by society.  What happens if we invite the unconscious power of the systems we live within to show up explicitly in our constellation work?  How do our unconscious biases and the ways we have been shaped by the world around us show up within our own stories and how do they impact our own feelings of agency and personal power?  This is not comfortable work, but it brings great self-compassion in its wake.

Join Sarah Peyton for 5 days combining Constellation Work with explorations in Relational Neuroscience and Resonant Language.

See below for more details on what to expect during this 5 day exploration.

The retreat will be at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, near Portland, Oregon.

  • Participants will alternately experience Sarah as constellator, and participant-constellators who will begin to explore constellating with the help of relational neuroscience.

For people registering for retreats less than two weeks in advance of the start of the retreat, the Alton Collins Retreat Center cannot guarantee that they can support special diet requests.

Workshop Format

This event is an in-person retreat/intensive that stretches over 5 calendar days, starting with a dinner on day one, an evening session, three days of work from 9am until 9pm, and then a completion morning session on day 5, ending with lunch.

First Evening, then Days One and Two: What is the Story? The Use of Narrative and the Hero’s Journey in Constellation Work
In this workshop, we will take a look at all aspects of narrative as they appear in constellation work: the relational neuroscience of narrative; the journey into the question; the use of resources; who the story belongs to; timing and resolution. We will learn and practice constellations from the point of view of story, taking some time also to explore myth, legend and fairy tale, and where they may appear in constellations.

Day Three and final half-day: Constellating the Patriarchy
What is it that we do not know about ourselves in systems? What happens if we invite the unconscious power of the systems we live within to show up explicitly in our constellation work? What is it like to begin to see our own ceding of personal power to systems and authorities? How is it to see the shadow that has been cast on our family systems by the hierarchies of the past: laws; church; family patriarchies; the systemic holding of power? This is not comfortable work, but it brings great self-compassion in its wake.

  • Each day we alternate between short lectures on neuroscience and constellation concepts with mini-constellations to explore and practice the concepts, and then we do large group constellations. If you’re a visual learner you can imagine small islands of didactic learning, surrounded by slightly larger islands of small-group learning, and then interspersed with large, full-group constellations.
  • The large group constellations are alternately run by Sarah and by student constellators with Sarah’s support.
  • Both being a facilitator and being a seeker happen by lottery, this not all participants will have a chance to be a seeker or a facilitator.
  • For those participants with US passports, it may be possible we will have a day of constellations at the prison before the workshop begins when Coffee Creek permits this, at no charge to participants (please check with Sarah prior to making travel arrangements).


The per-workshop price is shown below and consists of tuition (different depending on when you register and pay), plus room and board.

  • DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY: Tuition = $1000 + double room & board $544, total $1,544
  • SINGLE-OCCUPANCY – Unavailable
  • COMMUTER: Tuition = $1000 + commuter rate (see below). Drive time is about 1 hour each way from Portland.  Commuters are required to purchase at least one meal through Alton Collins Retreat Center. Please add tuition rates to amounts on the chart below to get your total.


  • In order to secure the early-bird rates, you must register and pay in full by the deadlines above.
  • $500 of your tuition payment is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Payments are refundable up to 32 days before the program start date.
  • If paying by PayPal, please add 3% to cover PayPal fees. Please click the link above to let Sarah know if you prefer to pay by check or to get payment information for PayPal.
  • Final Deadline for Registration: 7 Days Before the Start of the Program


To register please fill out this form to send an email to Sarah. and let her know if you would prefer payment by check or by PayPal.

About Sarah

Sarah Peyton, international constellations facilitator, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates constellations, brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma. She teaches and lectures internationally, is a regular contributor to The Knowing Field International Constellations Journal, and is an annual guest speaker and teacher at the ISCA Intensive in Southern Germany. She was a featured presenter at London’s 2017 Trauma Through the Systemic Constellation Lens and is the author of the book “Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing,” published by Norton.


July 6 @ 6:00 pm
July 10 @ 12:30 pm
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Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
32867 OR-211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022 United States
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