2022 BERKSHIRE RETREAT-September 15-18, 2022


Disruptions in the flow of love, either through trauma, loss, or exclusions, create disturbances that, if carried across generations, often lead to illness, emotional distress, addictions, and broken relationships. Because the longing for repair and balance runs deep, children, out of love for mother or father, will try to carry their parent's pain and grief in an attempt to restore balance. The unconscious movement is to stay focused on the parents or grandparents and not find fulfillment in one's life. 

"I will carry this (pain, grief, etc.) out of love for you" are the unspoken words of the contract that keeps us entangled with our family system. Thus, we suffer. 

What are you carrying for your family, mother, father, grandparents, and further back? 

Have you taken on burdens out of love and loyalty that keep you from living an authentic life? 

Is it time for a new conversation, time to break a promise or a vow you made unwittingly? 

We'll take an in-depth look into what we carry for our families through rituals, exercises, and Family Constellations. We will find gentle ways to surrender what is not ours and step onto our path with love and grace.  


Thursday, September 15th:
Arrive anytime after 4:00, relax and settle in.
Gathering, 7:00-10:00 PM

Friday & Saturday, 9/16 & 9/17
7:30-8:45 Breakfast
9:00-12:00 Workshop
12:00-2:00 Lunch and Rest
2:00-5:30 Workshop
5:30-6:30 Relax
6:30 Dinner

Sunday, September 18th
9:00-12:30 Workshop & Closing the Circle
12:30 Lunch and Farewells

55 South Farm Road

Hillsdale, New York

The Retreat is a lovely private home surrounded by 32 acres of woods, fields, streams, and the Berkshire Mountains. Hillsdale NY-two hours from New Haven, CT, and Manhattan. Click Here to see the house.

Fee $495: Limited to 14 participants! A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to register and to guarantee your place. You cannot hold a place via text, email or a phone call. In past years, the retreat sold out in 10 days! 

After you have registered, you will receive an email regarding a link and instructions for the remaining payment of $445. You cannot pay in full at this time. The fee includes workshop, lodging, breakfast, lunch, and Dinner on Friday & Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday. On Thursday evening, a light fare and snacks will be available. The food will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections. There will be gluten-free selections. However, I will not be able to accommodate strict diets. You are welcome to bring your wine, beer, etc. 

NB: Accommodations and bathrooms are shared. 

Click HERE to pay the deposit and reserve your place. 


"Heartfelt thanks for making space for a beautiful memory. I feel complete and filled up from the life-affirming weekend retreat in Hillsdale. 


Although terrified, I arrived at the prospect of almost three days and three nights with strangers. I felt quickly at my ease in the energy of that beautiful house and its surroundings, the openness, warmth, and humor of my fellow retreaters, and, of course, Bill's strong and gentle presence and his expertise with creating a safe atmosphere. 

The movie title for the weekend would be "Cry Eat Laugh": Everyone who wanted to be the subject of a Constellation was able to flow in with time, space and reverence. We were all touched deeply by the Field and the magical dynamics of Constellating, whether as subject, representative, or witness. Then we ate, family-style, around a beautiful big table: Delicious food, nature's abundance, washed down with laughter. We entertained ourselves in the evening and learned more about each other with a series of fun parlor games. People flowed in and out of these too. The loving, respectful, and welcoming space w held throughout the weekend. 

When I tuned in for my morning practice today, I noticed a distinct relaxation in my lower belly. I could access a place that my "less-than," my "votes of no confidence for me"- my neuroses..previously occupied, and find it open and spacious for the first time I can remember. I feel I have come home. I am indeed grateful. "KC

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

    • You will be entitled to a Full Refund of fees paid if you cancel at least 30 calendar days before the event's start date.
    • If I cancel the event for whatever reason, you will be entitled to a Full Refund of any fees paid.
    • Special consideration allowed for emergencies and pandemic-related issues. 

The Power of Connection

November 2-6, 2022

With Stephanie Hartung & Bill Mannle

In times of Corona, we disconnected to protect our lives and those of our beloved ones.

The isolation has significantly impacted our immune system, which only stays strong in a constant interchange of bacteria by touching – shaking hands, embracing, and kissing.

Not only do we depend on the physical connection, but our mind also depends on being connected for any feedback – a look, a smile, a word, a laugh, a different opinion.
The withdrawal seemed to be the perfect answer to the pandemic. It became our solution. However, anxiety, depression, and the inability to enjoy togetherness increased. Separation makes people ill. The continuous threat to existence creates stress.

In addition, the war in Europe brings lasting upheavals, the extent of which we cannot yet foresee but fear all the more.

To change our memory of withdrawal and distance, we need to change the solution; we need to reconnect to overcome the fears, the depression, the loneliness, the sadness, and the anger.

The power of connection not only keeps us alive but brings us a bucket of richness, intensity, vitality, and connectedness. Because this is what connection to ourselves and others is. It is about life.

Together with you, we will celebrate the power of connection in a four-day intensive. From Wednesday evening until Sunday noon, we will meet in a beautiful church in the medieval centre of Brugge in Belgium.

Stephanie and Bill created a program to meet, connect, share, understand, laugh, and enjoy.


Bring your beloved ones and give them the gift of a few days in one of the most beautiful places in Europe. With its canals that criss-cross the entire city, the medieval Bruges is called the Venice of the North.

The whole town centre is a UNESCO world heritage and offers the most amazing buildings from different centuries and stunning art collections.

Moreover: Bruges is the place for delicious food and – by the way – close to the seaside.

Fee: €750,00

Click HERE for specific details, schedule, nearby lodging, and Registration



with Bill Mannle

Fairfield Inn, Weaverville, North Carolina, 28787 (Asheville) 
December 2, 3 & 4, 2022

"The past doesn't haunt us; we haunt the past." Augusten Burroughs

"Every day is a gift. With the acceptance of life as an unearned gift, strength arises even in the face of fear and death." Bert Hellinger

When we say yes to life, we stop the old conversation of wishing our past was different. When we stop, a door opens, inviting us to enter. We become free when we honor the price our ancestors paid to pass on life, this gift. When we say yes to life, we shed the unmerciful ways we have kept ourselves stuck, the old stories and conversations. We step onto a new path, where, vulnerable and amidst the unknown, grace finds us.

"Healing is figuring out how to co-exist with the pain that will always live inside you, without pretending it isn't there or allowing it to hijack your day. It is learning to confront ghosts and to carry what lingers."

Suleika Jaouad Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir Of A Life Interrupted

What do I mean when I say "making peace with the past?" Our past informs us. Even though we live in the present, our choices are often reactions to the past and are deeply unconscious. Making peace with the past is about seeing, recognizing, and settling that it's your past. It's about giving up shoulds and should-nots, wishes and desires for a different outcome. Making peace is about ownership. It's about taking possession, so it does not keep possessing you.

Through rituals, exercises, and Constellations, we'll lean into fear and uncertainty, find strength in vulnerability, and learn new ways to take hold of our lives and live as we choose.


"Bill is connected and immersed in a place of wisdom bigger than his person. He is part of that, and contributing in the 
same, to fuel that place with his own wisdom." DR

Fee: $350 
Click HERE to Register

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

You will be entitled to a Full Refund of fees paid if you cancel at least 30 calendar days before the event's start date.

If I cancel the event for whatever reason, you will be entitled to a Full Refund of any fees paid.

Special consideration allowed for emergencies and pandemic-related issues.



SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2023 9:00-5:00

The Mercy Center By The Sea

167 Neck Road

Madison, CT 06443

Unresolved issues from the past may cause the heart to shut down. If left unattended, this disruption in the flow of love, carried across generations, ripples into the shadows of the family landscape, often emerging as illness, emotional difficulties, and broken relationships.

A kind of “living map,” Family Constellations provide a creative and profound way of seeing into these hidden dynamics that shape us and prevent us from living authentic lives. It is a unique, phenomenological approach to healing old wounds. The work deepens the respect for the mystery of life. The result has the potential to touch us on a deep energetic level, often leading to a transformation in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Come and experience the vitality of this method! Learn how old family patterns and entanglements keep us from experiencing deeper selves. Unblock the primal energy that flows through all of us, and make deeper connections to those we love, past and present. Spend a day of learning, discovery, and healing.

Fee: $120

A whole Vegetarian Lunch is included. NB-If you have any dietary restrictions please contact me upon registration so I can inform the Venue. They will do their best to meet your requests. 


Bill Mannle, LMFT is a Gestalt and Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Connecticut, USA. He has been involved with Family Constellations since 2003. As an international trainer and facilitator Bill has conducted seminars in Connecticut, New York, California, Hawaii, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia and China. 

Interested in Constellation’s ever-expanding form, he is exploring its deeper spiritual, heart opening nature, and the affects along the path. 


Cancellation/Refund Policy:

You will be entitled to a Full Refund of fees paid if you cancel at least 30 calendar days before the event's start date.

If I cancel the event for whatever reason, you will be entitled to a Full Refund of any fees paid.

Special consideration allowed for emergencies and pandemic-related issues.


From Barcelona: "Still under the positive effects it had in me the amazing workshop with Bill Mannle and Cecilia Altieri about constellations. Again Thank you!!!! Greetings to everybody in the workshop!!!" Susanna B.

"What a remarkable class yesterday!  It really was an extraordinary experience with stunning results, which the colleagues and I deeply appreciated.  It is a courageous, loving group, and you gave them a brilliant instrument through which they could express these qualities. You offered them an unusual opportunity to dive into that difficult-to-get-to space where the past and present are one.  It was amazing to watch as they accessed and recognized the origin of their suffering, and then shifted perspective, and thereby their reality, in a way that resulted in a vivid unburdening!  The circle became a liberating, pain-killing time-machine! It is a fascinating and wonderful process, and you facilitated the circles beautifully, with insight, sensitivity, and wisdom.  Wow!"

"I loved the workshop.
It was profound personally, and has greatly impacted my work, and how I see the world. Thank you so much. You have a wonderful energy and way of connecting so quickly and un-intrusively."   B

"It is important to know that so many people live their lives enduring such painful experiences, and it is like a miracle that a 15-minute constellation intervention can be so powerful and give them the insight and support they need to recognize their issue and find relief.  Your sensitivity and intuitive involvement was very impressive."   R

"The workshop was incredible
and I cannot thank you enough.
Whether you were a participant in the actual family or an observer, it was equally powerful!  Thank you for holding all that space for everyone, and you do so with such ease and grace."   L