Monday, 8 November 2010

Conference Video

50 people attended the first Transgenerational Conference in Lisbon on 14th October, we had representatives from 13 countries worldwide.

Antonio Zanardo from Italy, very kindly and so creatively put together this slideshow of photos from the conference.

We look forward to welcoming you and informing you of the next conference.

Until soon.

Leandra, Manuela, Mark, Roger

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Reconnecting Ancestral Roots

First TransGenerational Conference
In association with
International Deep Memory Association IDMA

14th - 17th October 2010, Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal

"No man can cause more grief
than one clinging blindly to the vices of his Ancestors"
William Faulkner

The co-organisers of the conference are Manuela Maciel from Portugal, Mark Wentworth from the UK/Portugal and Leandra Perrotta from Italy. When presenting at the IAGP 2009 conference in Rome, we were inspired and somewhat overwhelmed by the desire to know more about how people could help heal their family patterns. It was out of this need, combined with our passion for this work that we came up with idea for the forthcoming conference. We are also very pleased to be organising this conference in association with the IDMA - International Deep Memory Association. This will feature as the IDMA's annual conference for 2010.

Manuela Maciel and Leandra Perrotta will bring their wealth of experience from working around the world with transgenerational psychodrama to offer us an experiential workshop of healing the invisible loyalties we all hold within the family.
Prof. Anne Ancelin Shutzenberger, pioneer of transgenerational work, will be the mentor of our conference and we will be honouring her as a teacher.
Roger Woolger, who will be joining us for this conference, has been fundamental in bridging the gap between psychology and spirituality. His revolutionary approach and compassion for the soul makes him a true alchemist with the ability to turn ancestral lead into pure family gold.
Mark Wentworth will be presenting his work with Dynamic Theatre in connection to honouring and celebrating our ancestral heritage.
Maurizio Gasseau, Jungian Psychodramatist and Chair of the IAGP Psychodrama Section, will be joining us for the theoretical panel on Transgenerational Transmission.
Maria Margarida Barros will bring her shamanic and sociodramatic experience to this conference.
"Reconnecting Ancestral Roots" will be the first international conference on Transgenerational transmission. Our wish is that by bringing together different working modalities we can all share in the knowledge and wisdom of bringing peace to communities and families of the past, present and future.

We look forward to meeting you in October,
Manuela, Mark, Leandra

For further information please email:


All workshops will be in English but will also have translations available in Portugues and Italian.

October 14th

Thursday Evening: Opening of conference and Shamanic warm-Up with Maria Margarida Barros.

Margarida is a Plastic Artist, Scoiodramatist by the Portuguese Association of Psychodrama, teacher of Shamanism. Works with transdisciplinar aproach with Arts, Sciences and Old Traditions of knowledge and wisdo,, in the human development, in group and one-to-one

Born to life and reborn in life

"He, who dances, encourages his allies to stay with himself. The dance of the body unifies the forces of great nature and reconstructs the old harmony"

Dance to connect with the value of human life, to strengthen personal power, through the vital energy and the creative information, the cosmic essence that we all are. To contact the strength and the light, the best in us, Life. Call all the ancestors from all kingdoms: mineral, vegetal, animal, to encounter them and welcome them.

Followed by Opening Ceremony "Welcoming Our Ancestors" with Manuela Maciel, Roger Woolger, Leandra Perrotta, Mark Wentworth and Maurizio Gasseau.

October 15th

Friday Morning - "The Sacred Ancestral Journey Home" through Dynamic Theatre – Mark Wentworth

Friday Afternoon - Integrating Light and Shadow of our Ancestors – Transgenerational Psychodrama, Geniosociogram and Dancetherapy with Manuela Maciel and Leandra Perrotta.

October 16th

Saturday Morning – Voices of the Ancestors – Dr Roger Woolger and Juanita Puddifoot.

Saturday Afternoon - Interview on Psychogenealogy with Anne Ancelin Schützenberger

Saturday Evening -

  • Concert - Tenor Filipe De Moura will entertain and swoon you with "old time" opera classics as well as his own rendition of Sinatra and other musical favourites.

  • Entertainment - PlayBack Theatre Performance by "Eras Uma Vez"
  • Fancy Dress Party - Honour your ancestors by "dressing up" in times gone by
  • Dancing - Dance the night away with music for all.

Evening entertainment is all of the above in the main conference room.

October 17th

Sunday morning - Discussion Panel with Manuela Maciel, Roger Woolger, Mark Wentworth, Maurizio Gasseau and Leandra Perrotta with questions and sharing from the audience.

Closing Ritual and Ceremony with Dancetherapy.

Death: the passage to the light

"Don`t forget that the ashes of your ancestors are sacred and the place where they rest or the water of the rivers that carry them are also sacred"

Ritual of psychopompo, from the greek word psyche (soul) and pompos (guide). Guiding the souls, take the ancestors that left life into the passage of death. Maybe they have left the body but their journey hasn`t ended yet. To take them to the intermediate worlds to the light. To honnour the ancestors.

Post Conference Excursion (see further down for information on our post conference tour of Lisbon and surrounding areas)

"It is the responsibility of the living

to heal their ancestors"

Malidoma Somé

Mark Wentworth

Mark Wentworth

"The Sacred Ancestral Journey Home"


Dynamic Theatre & The Medicine Wheel

"To forget one's ancestor's is to be a brook without a source, and a tree without roots"

We will explore, listen to, and work with the Individual Soul, the Family Soul, the Tribal Soul, and the Collective Soul. Each soul exists within its own right and yet cannot exist without the other three, within one we find all, and within all, we find home. Our journey home means we go everywhere but actually we go nowhere, and in going nowhere we must be prepared to stand in the soul fire of each of the four directions. In each direction we find the gifts and legacies left by those who came before us, here is where we begin to share and to tell their often untold stories, knowing that within these histories there was someone who prayed and wished for someone just like us. Dynamic Theatre© allows us to go deep into the soul of life itself, and it is here where we can come home to ourselves, our families, our tribe and in so doing we welcome and bring everyone home, for home is where the heart is.

“A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home.

You the people must give it this soul”

Pope John Paul II

Dynamic Theatre (DT) was created by Mark Wentworth and Filipe De Moura in 2003. With a simple mission statement that embraces a desire and a passion to make a difference in the world. Inspired by Psychodrama, Shamanism and Systemic Therapies, it is an "action method" using spontaneous drama to help people understand the underlying issues which run through their everyday lives.

As Mark explains “...this is a time when our societies and communities are in the process of change, we are moving from the “I” and “Me” phase into the “Us” and “We”...with a sense of purpose and everyone making a valid and worthy contribution to their own societies and community...”

Dynamic Theatre is one way of reconnecting people with all that they are, it is a way of exploring, through acting out and play, the shadows of society and openly and honestly working with the wounds that need to be healed. Time and time again one of the comments Dynamic Theatre receives is the truth that it brings to any given situation. It is now being taught in many parts of the world. It is a technique which offers hope, inspiration and resolution to the challenges of daily living facing young and old throughout the world today.

"When we become the impossible,

the impossible then becomes possible"

Mark Wentworth

Manuela Maciel

Manuela Maciel

Integrating Light and Shadow of our Ancestors

Transgenerational Psychodrama, Genosociogram and Dancetherapy

with Manuela Maciel and Leandra Perrotta

Transgenerational Psychodrama works with family co - uncounscious.

The concept of Co-Unconscious from J.L. Moreno is one of the main key to our understanding of what is called now “transgenerational links".

This is also related to “unfinished business”, with trauma and death, with “wound of love” events that tend to repeat themselves, following the rule of “unfinished tasks” that will be perpetuated in the family over and over until its meaning is finally clarified.

Our goal is to clarify and remove the psychological undesirable invisible loyalties and “scripts of life” from people of previous generations with whom there was some “unfinished business” or traumatic event. It is also to make people more aware of their resources and positive legacies they have received from their families.

We will use active methods such as psychodrama, toys sculptures, genosociogram and also we will have a short theoretical presentation about the main concepts involved.

Manuela Maciel

Clinical Psychologist, Psychodramatist, Sociodramatist, Psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor and Vice-President at the Portuguese Psychodrama Association (SPP). President of Portuguese Association of EMDR.Chair of Psychodrama Section of IAGP – Intenational Association og Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (2003-2009). Co-Editor of book „Advanced Theory and Practice in Psychodrama” by Routledge (2007)

Manuela travels the world giving lectures and workshops on her work with transgenerational psychodrama.

Any correspondence send to

Roger Woolger

Roger Woolger


Roger Woolger & Juanita Puddifoot

Ancestral Field Work:
Can we Prevent the Woes of Europe’s Past
Leading to more Calamities in the Future?

We each have our individual ancestral patterns but they are inextricably interwoven with the collective woes our larger human communities and our national groups. Such inherited psychic residues mean that we all carry a portion of our ancestors’ struggles with poverty, war, colonial misery, sexual abusiveness, catastrophe, persecution and exile. Roger & Juanita will invite the group to participate in an experiment with Ancestral Field Work, which is powerful a way of intuitively tuning into and healing these ancestral residues that live in what Rupert Sheldrake, the biologist, calls the morphogenetic field of the planet and which others have called the akasha, the collective unconscious, the anima mundi or world soul.

Roger Woolger is a psychotherapist, lecturer and author specializing in past life regression spirit release and shamanic healing.

He was educated at the University of Oxford and King's College London, where he gained degrees in psychology, religion and philosophy. He then trained as an analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich. His method is today called Deep Memory Process.

He began his practice with conventional Jungian therapy methods, including dreamwork, but through this began to discover images which seemed to be past life memories. He found a therapeutic and spiritual value in this method, which entails trauma release,psychodrama, deep body therapy, Tibetan "bardo" work and shamanic spirit release. His synthesis is today called Deep Memory Process.

The International Deep Memory Association (IDMA) was created for those interested in Roger's work and other aspects of transpersonal psychology. The IDMA has held annual conferences in different parts of Europe for the past 5 years with varied themes including: "War and Soul Loss" with Ed Tick, "Exile and the Longing to Return Home - Welcoming our Ancestors Home" For more information please see

This is what Roger has to say about the need of continued healing and work with the ancestors:-

"There is no question in my mind that what Jung called the ‘collective unconscious’, the Vedantists termed the ‘akasha’ and the Hermeticists called ‘anima mundi’, the world soul, is clogged and heavy with so much misery and unpurified psychic residue from the strife, sorrow and guilt accumulated over many centuries. I believe that groups of dedicated people like ourselves can do much to lighten this collective density, this cloud of tears, this ocean of lost souls, for the greater good and healing of the planet."

For further information please see or

Anne Ancelin Schützenberger

Anne Ancelin Schützenberger

Interview with Anne Ancelin Schützenberger on the main concepts of Psychogenealogy and her clinical and academic experience and evidence on Transgenerational Transmission.

Anne Ancelin Schützenberger is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nice, France. She was trained in psychodrama by J. L. Moreno and by Jim Enneis in the United States; in group-dynamics and psycho-sociology with Kurt Lewin’s group, Leon Festinger and Ronald Lippitt. She worked with Carl Rogers, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, Leon Festinger and the Palo Alto group.

Professor Anne Schützenberger is a co-founder with J.L. Moreno of IAGP (International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes). At 91, she is still working, running groups, lecturing, and training in psychodrama, non verbal-communication, group-psychotherapy, unfinished tasks and transgenerational links.

She is one of the main pioneers in the field of transgenerational therapy (genosociogram, encompassing five to seven generation and "coined" the term "psychogenealogy"). She became a bestseller at 80 with her books on transgenerational links - The Ancestor Syndrome - translated in seven languages.

Leandra Perrotta

Leandra Perrotta

Integrating Light and Shadow of our Ancestors

Transgenerational Psychodrama, Genosociogram and Dancetherapy

with Manuela Maciel and Leandra Perrotta

See Manuela's post for workshop information

Leandra Perrotta is a psychologist, jungian psychodramatist and dancetherapist. She is contract Professor at the Università della Valle D'Aosta. She is a Board Member of the Associazione Mediterranea Psicodramma - (affiliated to Federation European Psychodrama Training Organization F.E.P.T.O.); Member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes I.A.G.P., Consultant of the 17th IAGP Congress in Rome 2009. She has a keen interest in the arts and has a degree in English and French literature. She has published articles and chapters in books on jungian psychodrama and transgenerational therapy. She has led groups of psychodrama and dancetherapy in Argentina, Brazil, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. She lives and works in Torino, Italy.