Welcome to African Constellations

African Constellations is committed to acknowledging and honouring the first people of the African continent, as well as sources of knowledge that inform Systems Constellation theory and practice.  Our aim is to build a local community of highly trained professionals in South Africa that represent the diversity of our beautiful country.

As well as highly qualified and experienced South African trainers, our international trainers to date have included: Dr Ursula Franke-Bryson,  Bertold Ulsamer, Daan van Kampenhout, Frank Gallenmueller, Johannes Schmidt, Stephan Hausner, Guni Baxa, Francesca Mason-Boring, Marianne Franke-Gricksch and Ria Verlinden.

African Constellations now also produces dollies and cards to be used for Systems Constellations in individual therapy. The dollies are our first women’s economic empowerment initiative in South Africa. We support mothers to learn doll-making as a source of income for their families, and help to market and distribute the dollies worldwide.

Founder of African Constellations:

Tanja Meyburgh, counselling psychologist, is a renowned Family and Systems Constellations trainer and supervisor and regular contributor to the international constellations journal, The Knowing Field. As founder of African Constellations, she has taken 15 groups through a full facilitator training and is the primary pioneer of constellations work in South Africa with 18 years of experience specialising in this field. She has assisted organisations in South Africa involved with addiction, adoption, trauma, political violence, community development and diversity. More recently Tanja has co-founded Ancestral Connections integrating dance and constellations, and the REAL Academy, an online resource for Embodied and Ancestral Learning. Tanja has also presented at the international intensives in Germany, South Africa and Australasia, and accepted invitations to teach at conferences and workshops in Germany, Austria, Belgium, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Netherlands, Portugal and the USA.
Tanja’s MA (Psych) in Narrative Therapy has had a big impact on how she views power relations and work with marginalised voices and communities. She also has training and experience in wilderness therapy, art therapy, expressive movement and Southern African lineage wisdom. Tanja provides a creative and experiential learning space that brings a sense of soul and spirit in a psychologically grounded way. Her interest in self-growth, personal & collective ritual and embodiment supports her to hold a broad and deep container for clients’ personal and professional process. Her work is described by those who know her as gentle and incisive. Tanja lives in Cape Town with her two children.