Shifts researches and elaborates systemic and regenerative practices and approaches
Shifts is intrigued by navigating in complexity
Shifts is hosting and stewarding spaces that restore and enliven the relational fabric across multiple `boundaries` allowing healthy eco-systems to emerge
Shifts encourages collaboration across diversity
Shifts is active within a worldwide growing network of people, consciously living and working together into a life affirming future for all NOW !
Shifts aims to create spaces of trust and respectful communication to encourage honest and transparent collaboration and processes to unfold. This allows a widening such that deeper connections and shared visions emerge and genuine actions can get implemented with ease and clarity. It inspires participative design and the co-creation of “structures” that serve the individual, the group as well as the shared intention and the larger context.
"The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener"
We live in a time where complexity and uncertainty are more and more tangible (again), and we are called to deal with emergence in creative ways. Yet there is need for more and more methods that can support us is this larger transition.
Systemic Constellation offers a grounded way of exploring and illuminating pressing personal, professional and collective issues, and to be resourced to deal with situations that challenge, confuse or are hard to resolve.
A constellation creates a kind of living map of any issue and provides a new perspective on complex, enduring or apparently intractable challenges.
The map (made up of 'representatives' - people in workshops, or objects in one-to-one coaching) which a constellation creates, allows to access the wider system, see the hidden forces at play and recognize new paths to long-lasting resolutions.
If we wish to transform an unhealthy system into a healthy one, we must be able to identify the current state of relationships in the system.
The field of Systemic Constellations has numerous applications - from healing personal and ancestral trauma, to helping businesses perform better, to providing teachers, social workers, activists etc. with new techniques to more fully understand the individual, collective and global dynamic and patterns that are at play, and to be able to see what reasonability we can take and contribute constructively to societal change.
It is a practical method that can be used in a whole range of ways, with simplicity and direct impact.
When business leaders and their organizations face a time of change or challenge, when they face an inflection point, a facilitated constellation allows for deeper insight, clarity and fresh direction. It reveals the underlying dynamics and patterns that both limit and resource leaders, teams, organizations and the wider system. By creating this special kind of relational map of an issue, one can see how lasting change can begin and endure in a confidential environment. Constellations are particularly useful when the source of the issue or the solution is not clear, where previous attempts to change have not endured or where there is a sense of 'being stuck' in the whole or part of a system. Standing in the 'what is' illuminates dynamics, softens hidden loyalties, completes missing conversations and opens up fresh paths to resolution and 'what could be'.
It support releasing inertia, confusion and dilemma, easing the opening or closing of a project cycle or work, prepare for leading a change or resolve dynamics that limit movement. Clarity about direction, responsibilities and actions are tangible outcomes, on an individual as well as group level.
"... to be human
is to become visible
what is hidden
as a gift to others..."
A space to listen with grace and gentleness to the stories, pain points and needs of ones system and give time and attention to the unfolding healing movements.
We train our muscles of empathic listening towards others and ourselves more openly, allowing to drop judgments and to speak authentically.
There, spaces of trust can emerge.
Through awareness the re-alignment of a body, family or land system can be perceived, received and encouraged. We allow a more healthy way of being to take shape, in our bodies and relationships. Its a journey to deepen our ability to cultivate inner and outer health and resilience and to apply it in our daily life.
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." R. Buckminster Fuller
An important emphasis in any change and development process is to establish healthy relationships within teams, our families & communities, cultures, ourselves and the environment that bring forth aligned actions and solutions.
It's the capacity to grow beyond the known and to step up and into a shared responsibility and care for often exciting and yet challenging endeavors. Core elements are the practice of stewarding and navigating through times of individual and collective transition and complexity. It invites the inherent potential of the whole to emerge and to create environments where aligned intention, attention and attitude can be practiced and re-connected to our daily work and lives.
Shifts draws experience, knowledge and wisdom from a diverse spectrum of innovative, inclusive and generative methods and approaches to accurately design processes for the specificity of any given context or situation; incl. Art of Hosting, Dragon Dreaming, Theory U, Systemic Work, etc, as well as alternative and indigenous practices.
This transversal weave enables to swiftly respond and adapted in the shared process. Moments of not knowing are held consciously by the ability to navigate in complex systems.
The practice is inspired by the action researcher approach as defined by Hilary Bradbury and Peter Reason: "Action research does not start from a desire of changing others 'out there' ... rather it starts from an orientation of change with others"
Shifts is initiated by Luea Ritter. She weaves together innovative change and process work, arts, trauma and healing approaches as well as community building practices to strengthen generative, participatory and multi-sector dialogue and collaboration.
In her work with societal transition processes, she brings a focus on working with the land and a regenerative and whole system design lens.
She has a background as an art curator, has led many different international trans-disciplinary organizations and initiated festivals that worked at the cross-road of the arts, social and ecological education and research activities, creating spaces for inspiring encounters and creative dialogue.
She trained and practiced as a cranio-sacral and trauma therapist and over many years explored a range of holistic methods of healing, including in the recent years the inquiry around how to co-host spaces for collective healing.
Through her work as a practitioner of collective systemic constellation and as a systems and complexity thinker, she facilitates, advises and stewards various multi-sector change and community enhancement processes. She works internationally in diverse sectors (such as sustainability, arts, education, civil society engagement, social entrepreneurship, etc.) advising and doing action research on healthy organizational, community and cultural development. She has developed in depth experience and knowledge of large project facilitation and management, human psychology and indigenous practices, participatory and inclusive longer-term transformation design and work with land.
She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Field Way, an action research hub with the focus on understanding and building knowledge on the shared capacities for collective transitioning and strengthening collaboration across sectors and cultures to cultivate generative "eco-systems". www.fieldways.be
"...small islands of coherence in a sea of chaos
have the capacity to shift the entire system to a higher order".
Noble Laureate, Ilya Prigogine
Recent projects and organizations she is involved include :
The Rainmaker -an Inspirational Story
"There was a great drought; for months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic. Some groups made processions or made prayers, some others burned joss sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the demons of the drought, but with no result. Finally someone said: We will fetch the rainmaker. And from another province, a dried up old man appeared. The only thing he asked for was a quiet little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days. On the fourth day clouds gathered and there was a great snowstorm at the time of the year when no snow was expected, an unusual amount, and the town was so full of rumors about the wonderful rain maker that somebody went to ask the man how he did it. He said: "They call you the rain maker, will you tell me how you made the snow?" And the little man said: "I did not make the snow, I am not responsible." "But what have you done these three days?" Oh, I can explain that. I come from another country where things are in order. Here they are out of order, they are not as they should be by the ordnance of life. Therefore, the whole country is not in Balance, and I am also not in the natural order of things because I am in a discorded country. So I had to wait three days until I was back in inner Balance, and then naturally the rain came."
Shifts is inspired by the question "How can we - as global citizens - become circles and collectives of Rainmakers" ?