The Conference Team is responsible for organizing the now 2021 NASC Conference with sacredness, collaboration, and fun in union with the NASC trueline, the 2021 Conference Vision, and with support from the NASC Non-Profit Board of Directors.
This all-volunteer team includes the following steering teams (please see below for more information):
If one of those topics calls to you and you would like to volunteer for one of the committees or are called to chair a committee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Co-Directors of the 2021 Conference
Susan Miller Macknin, RN, Long Beach, California
Conference Team Co-Director
Susan is a Registered Clinical Nurse Supervisor and Interim Director of Nursing in home health currently specializing in IV infusions for auto-immune illnesses. She is a graduate of the 4 year Barbara Brennan School of Healing Program, and has also completed the three year Immersion Training Program in The Constellation Approach™ with Jamy and Peter Faust. Susan had specialized for several years and wrote a case study working with children with brain injuries and learning disabilities using her energy healing modalities.
Susan added a private practice alongside her Nursing career in 2005 using her Indigo Biofeedback device, hands-on Energy Healing skills, and Health Coaching specializing in pain management and stress management. She has been facilitating constellation workshops since 2009 and has led meetup groups, support groups and weekend retreats combining all her skills.
Susan has attended several NASC conferences and volunteered on committees for the 2015 and 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conferences. Her website is www.BalancedWellness.net.
Michaelene Ruhl, Psy.D., Metro Detroit Area, Michigan
Conference Team Co-Director
Michaelene Ruhl, Psy.D., earned her doctoral degree from the APA accredited Michigan School of Psychology in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology. She researched and wrote her dissertation on Clients' Experiences of Family Constellations in Psychological Healing. Concurrent to her doctorate, Michaelene completed a three-year immersion training program as a certified practitioner and facilitator of Family Constellations via Jamy and Peter Faust’s The Constellation Approach™ and has been facilitating since 2012.
For over 10 years, Michaelene has been in private practice working with adults and adolescents in areas of anxiety, belongingness, depression, team building, grief, loss, and trauma as well as working with couples and the LGBTQ population utilizing her trainings. In addition to her private practice, workshop, and speaking schedule, Michaelene creates classes, workshops, and weekend retreats with Carrie Landrum, M.A., through Dragonfly Journeys. She has attended and presented at several conferences and volunteered on committees for the 2015 and 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conferences. Her websites are: www.ConstellationHealingArts.com and www.DragonflyJourneys.org.
Your 2021 Steering Committee Chairpersons
Peter Faust, M.Ac., Belmont, MA
Ceremony & Sacred Space Chair
Peter and his wife Jamy have been facilitating Family Constellations for over 17 years, completing their initial learning with Bert Hellinger and many of his original trainers in 2001. They continued to study and do their personal constellations with various facilitators for several more years incorporating innovative forms of family constellations in their approach while maintaining the classic style pioneered by Bert Hellinger.
Peter and Jamy’s book; The Constellation Approach, Finding Peace Through Your Family Lineage published in 2015 is the foundation for their three year Immersion Program. Their approach combines traditional systemic constellations, understanding of the individual and family energy field with particular emphasis on Soul awareness.
Graduates of the Immersion Program are currently facilitating The Constellation Approach in 15 states, British Columbia and Newfoundland Canada. Between individual sessions, public seminars and The Immersion Program Peter has facilitated over 2000 Constellation sessions. Peter's website is www.faustfamilyconstellations.com.
Vivienne Lucksom, Metro Detroit Area, MI
Representative of The Field
"It is my intention to prepare the way as soulfully as I can.
To allow Spirit to guide my heart, my mind, my eyes and my ears,
my voice and all I am.
I would love to create a field of consciousness
that will surround us, hold us, embrace us,
trigger us, heal us and prepare each of us for our gathering of souls."
While setting up the field and the path leading up to the 2020 NASC Conference, The Lighthouse of The Soul: Illuminating the Wisdom of The Ancestors, Vivienne is drawn to music and art, to words and no-words, to poetry, dance and film and all expressions of our human-ness that spring from our souls.
In calling out to our ancestors, and calling them in, what better way is there to invoke all their blessings for us and the conference?
Jim Shine, Ph.D., Alexandria, Virginia
Presentation Selection & Program Chair
Jim retired from his first career doing mapping research for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2013. He first trained as a Constellations Facilitator in 2007 with Joanne Lynch-Bachbauer and took further training with Francesca Mason Boring in 2015 and 2017.
He has co-facilitated and facilitated constellation workshops since 2008 and has attended numerous conferences, extended workshops, and intensives in the United States and Germany. He was a volunteer at the 2015 NASC Conference and a member of the Program Committee for the 2017 NASC conference. His article "Creating New Rituals to Strengthen Constellation Work" was published in Issue 27 of The Knowing Field. Jim's website is www.nextgenerationconstellations.org.
Website Editor & Printed Program Designer
Sarah is a Systemic Constellation Facilitator, Healing and Sacred Art practitioner, artist, and ancestral researcher. For the past twenty years, she has trained in various modalities that are complementary to whole-body healing. Sarah has been spirit-led in the past eight years to focus on intuitive and ancestral healing. Her keen interest in genealogy, training in Systemic Constellation work and a deep foundation in animistic beliefs provide her a strong foundation to help others connect with and rewrite family history in a way that reveals truth, to celebrate the gifts passed on and to create flow and harmony in a family system. She believes healing is a whole-body process that extends both backward to our ancestors and forward to our descendants. By nurturing and living our highest potential in the present we honor the lives of all those that came before and provide an inspired and strong foundation for all of those yet to come. Sarah’s website is www.awakenedheartandmind.com.