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Laughter Club workshop to help families and individuals heal

Jessica Klinkenberg
Northern News Services
Published Friday, February 8, 2008

YELLOWKNIFE - A new-age therapy option to help people come to terms with past traumas will be offered this weekend in Yellowknife.

Called Family Constellations: Breaking the Cycle of Family Pain, the workshop promises to help participants uncover hidden family dynamics that potentially contribute to "illnesses, depression, anxiety and failed relationships," the poster states.

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Lone Sorenson holds up a book written by German author, Bert Hellinger on which the Family Constellations workshops coming to Yellowknife are based. Sorenson and the Laughter Club are bringing up two instructors from British Columbia to lead the workshops. - Jessica Klinkenberg/NNSL photo

Lone Sorenson of the Laughter Club is organizing the workshops.

"You have the ability to let in more love ... that's what you'll be able to take home with you from this workshop," she said.

Sorenson said she has taken the workshop before and discovered the tension between herself and her ex-husband was causing tension in her children.

She said after taking the workshop she spoke with her children and told them they didn't have to feel like they were picking sides.

"Because I had the awareness ... it benefitted (my children)," she said.

She said the workshops open people up and helps them notice the relationship dynamics between friends, family, and couples.

She said the workshops can be considered complementary to other forms of self-help.

"It complements counselling, yoga, breath work; it complements any form of self-improvement," she said.

Blanche Tanner, one of the facilitators of the workshop, will also hold a women's healing circle Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Aurora College room 308.

Attendance for the healing circle is by donation.