1. Editor’s Introduction

I would like to dedicate the first edition of the African Constellations Journal to Bert Hellinger, who will be 85 on 16 December 2010. Thank you for your wisdom and inspiration, and for your courage to venture into the wild lands of the earth and the soul.

Its exciting to be introducing the first journal specifically targeted to Southern African Family Constellations facilitators and trainees. The intention behind creating the African Constellations Journal is to create a platform for sharing the local knowledge that is building in Southern Africa as facilitators work locally and develop thoughts around their own experiences. I believe that Africa has a lot to offer the rest of the world, and look forward to interest and comments from around the globe. My vision is that this becomes a online community of sharing and exchange, and invite you to post comments as you read and make meaning from what others have shared here.

The first article is an interview with my dear teacher and mentor, Dr Ursula Franke, who I see as the mother of the local Family Constellations training. She shares of how she came to South Africa, her experience of setting up a training here, and what she encountered in South Africa in the years that she has been instrumental in initiating and supporting what has been developed here so far. Next I, Tanja Meyburgh, share an article that appeared in “The Knowing Field” journal earlier this year – sharing some experiences of learning that I had in introducing Family Constellations training to South Africa as a co-founder of Family Constellations Africa. This is followed by Karin Huyssen, family constellations trainer and supervisor, about an experience of a constellation that went wrong. Karin courageously looks at her own learning experiences in a way that both exposes her vulnerability when starting out as a facilitator, but also how this can become an invaluable learning experience when willing to self-reflect over time. My sense is that if more facilitators could share in this way, we could deepen our community of learning. Dr. Guni Baxa‘s article is one that reports on her experiences of co-hosting large ritual and constellation gatherings in Austria with Malidome Some, one of which I had the honor of attending a few years ago. I include this article as it gives an interesting perspective on the meeting between African spirituality and ritual, which has been an area of speciality and interest for Guni for many years. The final article is written by a student on the current African Constellations training who is also an initiated Sangoma. The thoughts of Annelie Jacobus de Wet, based in embodied experience of initiation, bring valuable insight to the links between African traditional healing and Family Constellations.

If you feel that you have something to contribute to the African Constellations Journal, please contact me for the submission requirements. Unfortunately we will not be able to publish all articles.

I wish you an interesting and inspiring read, and look forward to your comments,
Warmest regards from Cape Town,
Tanja Meyburgh

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