“A person’s greatness is that which makes him/her equal to others” – Bert Hellinger
I would like to introduce you to Bert Hellinger, the founder of this beautiful healing work, on which our camp is based. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and effective family therapists in the world today, Bert Hellinger is a humble man, now in his 90s and still running workshops with his wife Sophie.
Born in Germany in 1925 his youth was overshadowed by war and the growth of Nazi power. Respect for human freedom was important to him from a young age, living against the mainstream in order to follow his own judgement. This led him on a lifelong quest to understand the nature of collective consciousness, how a whole nation could move as one in such a blind, destructive direction.
Hellinger acknowledges several important influences on his life and work: his parents, whose faith immunized him against accepting Hitler’s National Socialism; his 20 years spent as a priest and missionary with the South African Zulus; and his participation in interracial, ecumenical training in group dynamics led by Anglican clergy. After leaving the priesthood, he immersed himself in the study of the major forms of psychotherapy, including Psychoanalysis, Gestalt Therapy, Primal Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Family Systems Therapy, out of which, Family Constellation Work evolved.
‘Bert Hellinger has rediscovered something about love in intimate relationships that grasps people and changes their lives. What he’s found is this; If you want love to flourish, you need to do what it demands and to refrain from doing what harms it, Love follows the hidden order of the Greater Soul. The therapeutic work documented in this book (Loves hidden symmetry) shows what happens when we injure love or ignore what it requires. It also shows the healing that happens when our intimate relationships are restored to order. It reveals how children’s innocent love blindly perpetuates what’s harmful, and how injuries to the Order of love by earlier members of a family affect the lives of later members, just as the waves and ripples in a river caused by a submerged boulder upstream still twist and swell far downstream.’ (Hunter Beaumont)
Having been trained as facilitators in Hellingers Family Constellations, We, as a group, wish to acknowledge our roots as we spread our wings.
– Roisin Fallon