Tanja Meyburgh

Tanja Meyburgh, counselling psychologist, is a reknown Family and Systems Constellations trainer and supervisor and regular contributor to the international constellations journal, The Knowing Field. As founder of African Constellations, she has taken 15 groups through a full facilitator training and is the primary pioneer of constellations work in South Africa with 18 years of experience specialising in this field. She has assisted organisations in South Africa involved with addiction, adoption, trauma, political violence, community development and diversity. More recently Tanja has
co-founded Ancestral Connections integrating dance and constellations, and the REAL Academy, an online resource for Embodied and Ancestral Learning. Tanja has also presented at the interna-tional intensives in Germany, South Africa and Australasia, and accepted invitations to teach at conferences and workshops in Germany, Austria, Belgium, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Netherlands, Portugal and the USA.


About Tanja Meyburgh

Tanja’s MA (Psych) in Narrative Therapy has had a big impact on how she views power relations and work with marginalised voices and communities. She also has training and experience in wilderness therapy, art therapy, expressive movement and Southern Afri-can lineage wisdom. Tanja provides a creative and experiential learning space that brings a sense of soul and spirit in a psychologically grounded way. Her interest in self-growth, personal & collective ritual and embodiment supports her to hold a broad and deep con-tainer for clients’ personal and professional process. Her work is described by those who know her as gentle and incisive. Tanja lives in Cape Town with her two children

Tanja will offer an embodiment dance workshop with Sian Palmer and also a workshop with colleague Veronica King

Workshop 1 – Tanja Meyburgh and Veronica King

Longing for Land and Belonging: acknowledging and healing from the trauma of dis-possession through colonization, slavery and Apartheid.

One of the deepest traumas of the oppressed is colonization and the dispossession of land. The loss of land created the displacement and the absence of a sense of belonging.

Land is intimately connected to our identity and our sense of belonging to this earth. Ancestral lands contain the graves, the blood and the bones of our ancestors who lived and died here. The land holds the roots of our family trees.

Humanity holds extensive histories of displacement, and the impact of these ill-gotten gains is the intergenerational trauma experienced by oppressed people. This trauma severely impacts all aspects of their lives.

  • Is acknowledgement enough, or what will it take to come into right relationship with the land?
  • How does this impact our healing from the legacies of colonization, slavery and Apartheid.

This session will include a constellation ritual created for the group by Tanja and Veronica.


Workshop 2 – Tanja Meyburgh and Sian Palmer

I am, because you are: ancestral connections through movement and dance.

This session focuses on returning to our linage roots; to a sense of con-nection with ourselves, previous generations, and the embodiment of the gifts and resources available to us through perception of the field through guided movement meditation. Many of us experience a sense of separa-tion or loss as we lead more disconnected lives and long for a sense of community and belonging. Reconnection to our body wisdom, reclaiming the lost parts of ourselves, and exploring relationships in this way allows us to live a more embodied, conscious and connected life. It brings us in alignment with our vitality; reconnecting us to our purpose, to the beauty of life, and reawakening in us joy and overall wellbeing.

This is an experiential session that includes music and movement.


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