Truth and Reconciliation: It Begins in the Family
48-hour residential retreat

Friday, September 28 at 1 pm to Sunday, September 30 at noon

Aldermarsh Retreat Center on south Whidbey Island, WA

Guide: Lisa Iversen, MSW, LCSW
Host: Julie Pigott (juliemae@whidbey.com)
With support of Family Matters Learning Partners.

$525 includes program & retreat fees, nourishing meals, and lodging at Aldermarsh

With credit card through Eventbrite: pay in full or pay deposit
With cash or check through Julie Pigott at juliemae@whidbey.com


This event is a rare opportunity to spend a weekend in the knowing field with systemic family constellations in a Pacific Northwest, nature-based residential retreat setting.

The theme for our time together is “Truth and Reconciliation: It Begins in the Family.”

Truth does not go away. It waits until the time, place, and circumstance is just right to be welcomed into visibility, guiding us in remembering: all that is, belongs. In all of these places of the family and collective soul exists our parents, siblings, grandparents, the whole landscape of our ancestral blueprints. Visibility of truth promotes the natural movement of reconciliation where there has been separation or division.

More than ever, we need each other: there is one human family. The influence of historical, collective movements of immigration, colonialism, slavery, war… these collective movements cannot, nor are meant to be, processed by the individual. These histories take place in the context of groups, and they require groups to bring forth movements of truth and reconciliation.

This retreat is truly a phenomenal opportunity to reclaim more fullness of your humanity. You will leave feeling more connected, embodied, gratitude, and human, and nourished in the soul, spirit, body, and mind. The time is now. Truth is nothing to prove or run away from. Join me in remembering that love guides all that has, does, and will be.

Guide: Lisa Iversen, MSW, LCSW, founding director of the Center for Ancestral Blueprints (CAB). With support of Family Matters Learning Partners. (Learn more about the Family Matters Learning Program.)



Experience with systemic family constellations. “Good enough” personal and life stability. Emotional maturity. Practiced in self-care. If you sense rightness of fit for this gathering, yet are without experience with constellations, Lisa welcomes inquiries at register@ancestralblueprints.com for further discernment about participation.


This 48-hour retreat is held at the Aldermarsh Retreat Center on South Whidbey Island.

From their website: “Aldermarsh is both a beautiful wetlands and a human-created space where community, collaboration and sustainability thrive. Aldermarsh is dedicated to educate and inspire spirit and soul based stewards of the Earth. We host programs and retreats for individuals, groups, and organizations who share our commitment to deeply listen to and steward Earth and human communities in sustainable ways.”


Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is the nearest major airport, located about 2 hours south of Whidbey Island. Participants flying into Sea-Tac can reach Aldermarsh by driving north on I-5 (though Seattle) or I-405 (through Bellevue) to Mukilteo, then taking the ferry to Clinton on Whidbey Island.

Participants driving from British Columbia may take BC-99 south, cross the border and continue on I-5 south to WA-20 W then WA-525 S to Whidbey Island.

Cost & Lodging

Cost includes lodging at the retreat center, nourshing meals, and program fees.

A $50 discount is available for those lodging off-site. When registering with Eventbrite, use the code “offsite” to receive this discount. Using this discount means a room will not be arranged for your lodging at the retreat center.

Payment Options

Deposit or full payment is required to reserve your place. Participants may pay in full or reserve their place with a deposit via credit card through Eventbrite (links below). Full payments and deposits also accepted via check or cash by contacting host Julie Pigott at juliemae@whidbey.com.

Pay in full with credit card through this this Eventbrite listing.
Pay deposit with credit card through this Eventbrite listing.

Remaining balances are due at the event unless other arrangements (e.g., payment plans) have been made. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

Refund Policy

Payments and deposits may be refunded minus a $50 processing fee through September 7. No refunds after September 7.


Please direct inquires about this event to host Julie Pigott at (360) 632-9390 or juliemae@whidbey.com. After registration, Julie will contact participants with arrangements and details.

Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Ancestral Blueprints provides fifteen (15) Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) in parternship with the NASW Washington State Chapter for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors for this event. Please send your interest to ceu@ancestralblueprints.com. Note that there is a $20 processing fee for administration of CEUs.