About Systemic Constellation Work (SCW)

Knowing Field Designs facilitation is rooted in Systemic Constellation Work.

Systemic Constellation Work is:

  1. A philosophy and a perspective holds a systemic perspective, understands families and larger collectives are living systems , is also an inner attitude or stance of the facilitator in relation to the “Knowing Field.”
  2. A body of knowledge including premises, principles and themes based on the understanding that living systems are guided by principles of balance, internal order and exchange. This knowledge was originally gathered phenomenologically
  3. An experiential process and practice that allows for embodied energy and information to be made visible.
  4. A world-wide community of practitioners, trainers and institutes practising in Europe, South, Central and North America, Russia, China, Japan, Australia, South Africa — in almost every country around the world.

As SCW evolved, this naming was coined to include the two main branches of the work — Family Constellation Work, founded by Bert Hellinger, and Organizational Constellation Work, inspired by Hellinger and developed by Gunther Weber, Jan Jacob Stam and many others. It is now a term in general use for all applications of the process.

SCW is used with systems: individuals, families, organizations, and larger collectives like cities, or countries.

There are many different types of constellation processes that have evolved over the last thirty years. These processes range from a non-directive approach, allowing Information to emerge from the field to a structural approach using a pre-designed structure or map as template for the process. The creativity and flexibility inherent in the process allows for its application to many issues. [link to stories from the field]

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Why is it called 'Constellation' work - family, organizational, or systemic?

Originally known as Family Constellation Work or Hellinger Constellation Work, SCW started in Germany and so much of the original German has been translated into English. The nearest translation of the original German word “Aufstellung” was “constellation,” which means “placement, assembly.” So “Constellation” has a double meaning in this work: Constellations are groupings of elements within their home group — in families these are all the family members; and in organizations, these are all the roles


Over the last 30 plus years Hellinger Family Constellation Work (FCW) was developed by Bert Hellinger, a German philosopher (as he calls himself). Hellinger is in his late-80s and is still travelling and teaching his work. After WWII he became a Catholic priest, and was sent to South Africa and worked with the Zulus for 16 years. He was influenced by their stance in life — when we are in right relationship with our ancestors, life goes well. He returned to Germany, left the priesthood and began to work as a therapist, exploring many modalities, including primal scream, transactional analysis, Satir’s family sculpting, psychodrama and others. Weaving these processes into his own ways of working, and using a phenomenological (learnings come from experiencing) approach), Hellinger began offering his work and training facilitators from around the world.

In the mid-90s, Hellinger was asked to facilitate an organizational constellation, which he did and then decided it was not the work he was called to do. Gunther Weber, a long-time colleague, began to develop this work with organizations. In 2000, Jan Jacob Stam and his wife Bibi Schreuder started the Bert Hellinger Institute of the Netherlands, where they have now trained over 800 facilitators of Organizational Constellations (OCW). Through networks and learning circles formed to further the professional development of OCW, the concepts of Bert Hellinger, Gunthard Weber, as well as Insa Sparrer and Matthias Varga von Kibéd (Structural Constellations) and many others have further developed the field.

Hellinger, with his wife Sophie, continues to evolve the work, expanding from family systems work to family soul work to spirit-mind work and now cosmic power constellations. Facilitators have been trained at each of these levels (which accounts for some of the variety in the ways SCW is facilitated) and not all facilitators have evolved with Hellinger.

Hundreds of constellators from around the world are also evolving the work, finding many new adaptations of the process and new applications for it. There are now constellators specializing in Ceremony Constellations, Healing Constellations, Dream Constellations, Creativity Constellations.

Diana bows to her teachers: Bert Hellinger, Carolla Castillo, Judy Wilkins-Smith, Suzi Tucker, Francesca Mason Boring, and Mark Wolyn (and many others). Diana is deeply happy to have found her place at this time in the Constellation Family and pleased to pass on to others the gifts given in this work.

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