"I recently took part in a Mandala making workshop: Windows of Connection, given by Michaelene. It was an online group, and I wasn’t sure how it would work - making art at home while connecting with others on my laptop. It was all new to me - I didn’t know very much about Mandalas either, but I can tell you - it was wonderful! You can be in your own space, with your own art materials, but connected with like-minded souls who may be miles away from you. The experience was fun and creative but also led me quite quickly into a tender, and somewhat surprising, inner space.
To begin with, Michaelene led us on a guided meditation which was really lovely. She has a wonderful voice and presence which created a beautiful, safe space for the imagery to unfold. Making the mandalas felt like an extension of the meditation because the memories, ideas and connections continued to unfold as I was creating the mandala.
I will continue to explore the imagery which surfaced during Michaelene’s class, and I expect to be making more mandalas in the months and years to come. I highly recommend this workshop. " - Tessa
I have both witnessed and participated in Michaelene's constellation work, which I find very powerful and deeply spiritual. I recently suggested that one of my own clients visit Michaelene for a constellation session. The client reported very positive changes after her work with Michaelene. There was a deep and grounding shift toward inner peace, which was present for her even during stressful family gatherings around the holidays. ~ Metro Detroit psychotherapist
“There’s like this whole community of people that are rooting for my healing and for what I’m up to day in and day out because they have been – they have, you know been there for me because they have been my mother, been my father. So it’s a whole – like through this work, I’ve built a whole community to support my healing that one little event.” ~ Ruby
I began hearing about the Family Constellation Approach to therapy from co-workers, and wanted to get a basic idea of what it entailed when I signed up for one of the workshops. I initially thought it would be a basic training introduction and was surprised when I realized I would be an active participant along with the other members of the group.
Although I consider myself a new age person and someone who is open to non traditional aspects of therapy I was a bit skeptical when I walked in and there was a strong scent of incense and a circle prepared with chairs, all with a box of tissue neatly arranged next to each chair. I had planned on taking lots of notes and listening to theory, not crying. The experience left me speechless and amazed at how powerful and honest our senses really are. The facilitators really created a safe place and were patient in allowing each participant to work at the level they felt comfortable. I left the workshop physically drained but restored with a sense of great insight into my personal relationships. I would strongly recommend these workshops and plan on attending more myself. ~ I.B.
“It’s a way of looking within yourself and within all the family members throughout the generations, their fate, their destinies… And that lets you make better decisions for the future, including emotions.” ~ Trixie
“It’s pretty interesting to see somebody around you change when they don’t even – they have no awareness of what you’re doing or understanding of it, but it changes them or it changes the way you are around them and it allows the next thing to happen… I was like wow.” ~ Teresa
“You know, it’s easy to think that sort of the foundation of what’s true in healing is purely psychological, and it isn’t … it just goes deeper than what we think of the psychological healing. It’s really soul healing, the way that I experience it. It’s developing more and more and more integrity, become more and more integrated. It’s [FC] just given me that much more compassion for why people are the way they are and why they do what they do. And I feel less blaming or less, just less judgmental.” ~ Amy