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Emerge, Grow and Bloom
An Alchemical Constellations Retreat
Facilitated by
Emily Blefeld, LICSW, Dan Cohen, PhD
& the Seeing with Your Heart Leadership Team
May 15 - May 17, 2024 (Check-In May 14)
Held in the Serene Environment of Menla Retreat & Dewa Spa
Catskill Mountains, Phoenicia New York, USA

The earth awakens after the dream of winter. Animals birth, buds swell, and spring’s expansive vibrant energy invites us to emerge, grow, and bloom in our one precious life. Do you trust what lives in you? Are you ready for your life force energy to flower?

Come immerse yourself in an alchemical retreat experience designed to cultivate the desires that move within you and root them into your life – your family, business, relationships, passion, and authentic self.

Supported every step of the way by Emily Blefeld, Dan Cohen, the Seeing with Your Heart Leadership Team, and the group itself, participants transmute their inherited patterns of negative mind chatter, self-destructive impulses and hijacking emotions and learn to step powerfully forward unencumbered and more fully resourced

The Co-Founders of Seeing with Your Heart, Emily and Dan, are internationally renowned Systemic Family Constellations trainers and facilitators who are adept at traveling the unconscious pathways of hidden intergenerational patterns. With their guidance, you will gain insights into your family, your purpose, your doubts and dreams. Together, we will dive into the deepest parts of human experience where you can feel, in an entirely new way, how you and your ancestors remain in relationship and can together contribute to a deeper assertion of life. When you learn to see with your heart, you see yourself and the world in new light.

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud became greater than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin
Join us for a transformational experience!
About Emily Blefeld & Dan Cohen's Alchemical Constellations

Constellations are a unique and powerful method of unearthing the systemic roots of the issues we face in our lives. The process is powerful, deeply transformational, and helps us to see and understand the landscape of our life, relationships, challenges, and aspirations in an expansive and clear way. 

Many of us recognize that what is unconscious will continue to permeate our lives until it is made conscious; however, have you extended that idea to include what is unconscious in your family lineage?  What was unresolved, repressed, and irreconcilable in our grandparents’ and great grandparents’ lives finds its way into our unconscious and wreaks havoc on our everyday pursuit for happiness, health, passion, and purpose.  

While yearning to embody a vibrant, regenerative, creative, and loving self, we find ourselves living the resounding echoes of an incomplete past (near and distant).  As our higher self reflects on the suffering of our present situation or relationship, we greet an awareness that in some way we have sought out the characters in the drama of our life to bring healing and transformation to generational burdens with intention to liberate not only ourselves but those that stand behind us and those that come after us.   

Shed old patterns, transform outdated stories, unlock the river of love, and manifest the life you are here to live.

Seeing with Your Heart restores the long evolved human capacity to engage with the organ of perception that evolved in the human species over millions of years. The Retreat experience will consist of large group and smaller guided Constellations, Knowing Field exercises and meditative ceremonies to help you heal the embedded generational wounds and personal traumas that flatten your expression. Together, we will share what is alive and access the ancestral and spirit resources that are the source of true liberation.  

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Transmute Inherited Patterns and Awaken Life Force!

Menla Retreat

Join Us in a Breathtaking Glacial Valley in Phoenicia, NY

Menla is a hidden oasis set in a secluded valley beside an enchanting stream in the heart of the Catskill mountains. A truly unique venue, Menla is a project of Tibet House US – the Dalai Lama’s cultural center in North America.

330 acres of private wilderness are at your feet. Clear your mind. Let nature reignite your creative passion and life force. Menla is an official Audubon bird sanctuary, and the calming sound of birdsong is with you from dawn to dusk.

Stay in a range of deluxe accommodations or shared cabins set in fragrant woods and gardens with murmuring streams and trails nearby.

Menla’s Facilities Include:

  • Deluxe private and standard shared accommodations (camping and commuter option available) ranging in price from $167-$304 per night (meals included)
  • 9 Meals: Gourmet vegetarian farm-to-table organic meals straight from the gardens
  • A world-class Tibetan destination and day spa offering a full menu of services and specializing in ancient Tibetan and Ayurvedic therapies (additional fee)
  • A meditation sanctuary
  • Outdoor pool, tennis courts, and fitness room
  • Nature Trails
  • Lounge Space

Your lodging cost includes three meals per day, as fresh as it comes. Menla’s vegetarian farm-to-table menu features organic dishes straight from Menla’s gardens. Click here to learn more about Menla Retreat Center: www.

The closest airports are Albany International Airport in Albany, NY, Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY, and LaGuardia Airport in NYC.

Discover the Ancient Restorative Therapies of Tibet at Dewa Spa

Menla’s world-class healing spa is one of the few places in the West where you can experience the Tibetan Ku Nye massage. The Dewa Spa also offers a wide range of Eastern and Western spa treatments including personalized well being massages, deep tissue, Ayurveda, Shiatsu, acupuncture, reflexology, herbal baths, energy healing, customized facials, sound therapy, intuitive readings, as well as saunas and steam rooms to stimulate and detoxify your system.

Dewa’s selection of treatments and journeys are a unique experience that will leave you feeling thoroughly renewed and regenerated.
You can book your appointment online.

Together with Your Ancestors, Embark on an Alchemical Quest!

Retreat Facilitators

Emily Blefeld, LICSW,  co-founder of Seeing with Your Heart, is internationally known as a trainer, Systemic Family Constellations facilitator, and psychotherapist. She specializes in supporting change-agents, visionaries and entrepreneurs to dismantle the old paradigms, outdated narratives, and ancient codes that hold them back and open to the full expression of their life’s purpose and soul’s path.  Her intuitive gift of sight and knowledge of the hidden pathways of consciousness help clients trace inherited family and soul trauma through multiple generations or incarnations to release the burdens and blocks that interfere with living their truth, expressing their love, and embodying their passion.

Drawing from over two decades of experience and training, she combines expert psychotherapy, coaching and mentoring with Constellations and practical rituals to help free clients from the traps of limiting beliefs, patterns and habits. Emily holds a Masters of Social Work and is certified in multiple therapeutic modalities including Systemic Family Constellations, Compassionate Spirit Release, ADHD treatment, Core Energetics, Women’s Mystery Traditions, etc. In addition to her private practice, she regularly travels throughout the US and internationally, including presenting training and workshops in Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Hawaii, Hungary, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Brazil. 

Dan Cohen, PhD, co-founder of Seeing with Your Heart, specializes in helping individuals, couples and families heal the effects of inherited trauma and fulfill their desires for having more love and deeper impact in their lives. Combining a near-encyclopedic knowledge of world history, mythology and culture with an uncanny psychic awareness, Dan offers clients profound and transformative healing while expanding understanding and restoring peace of mind. Prior to obtaining a PhD in psychology and training with Bert Hellinger as a Constellations facilitator, Dan was internationally known for his work in violence prevention and conflict resolution. Since 2000, he has become a leading voice for incorporating personal, ancestral and spirit consciousness into therapeutic practices. Dan holds a PhD in psychology from Saybrook University and an MBA from Boston University. He is author of I Carry Your Heart in My Heart: Family Constellations in Prison and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Dan has led Seeing with Your Heart workshops and training courses in 18 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South America and throughout the United States.

Leadership Team

Sarah Rehfuss Bastian, MS is a Subtle Energy Practitioner, Systemic Constellation Facilitator, Sacred Art Practitioner, artist, writer and Ancestral Researcher. For the past twenty-six years, she has trained in various modalities that are complementary to whole-body transformation. Sarah has been spirit-led in the past ten years to focus on intuitive, soul and ancestral healing and wisdom practices. Her keen interest in genealogy, genograms, Systemic Constellation work, ceremony and an animistic cosmology provide her a strong foundation to help others connect with, honor and rewrite their own past in a way that reveals truth, and creates flow and harmony in their present and future. She believes transformation is a whole-body process that extends both backward to our ancestors and forward to our descendants. By nurturing and living our highest potential in the present we honor the lives of all those that came before and provide an inspired and strong foundation for all of those yet to come. You can find out more about Sarah at

Elise Bish is a conscious sexuality educator, energy healer, and family constellation facilitator. She believes that sex is sacred, pleasure is healing, and desire is our motivation to grow. Elise has over a decade of experience in the field of sexuality and has supported hundreds of people in cultivating an inspired relationship to their desire through embodiment practices, ancestral healing, and conscious sexual skill-building. In her 1:1 coaching, workshops, and retreats, she holds sacred space where people of all genders can explore their relationship to their desire and sexuality in a shame-free, non-judgmental environment.

As the Desire Catalyst, Elise supports her clients in weaving new levels of awareness through their mind, body, and spirit. In 2006, Elise focused her academic studies on sexuality and gender, earning a degree in Communications and Women & Gender Studies from Muhlenberg College in 2010. She is a Certified Urban Tantra® Practitioner and has received several years of mentorship, sacred sexuality training, and breathwork practice from best-selling author and sexuality educator, Barbara Carrellas. Her training and education have equipped her with the knowledge, skills, and courage to work with desire, sexuality, consent, and sensual experiences. In 2014, she witnessed the tremendous healing power of Systemic Family Constellations and immediately felt the potential that the modality has for healing generations of sexual shame. Constellation work helps us to shed the echoes, impacts, and overculture of oppression so that we can embrace the differences that shape where we belong. Elise has completed multiple years of training with trainers, Dan Cohen and Emily Blefeld, with the intention of bringing deeper systemic shifts around how we relate to ourselves as sexual beings. You can find out more about her work here:

As a child Kimberly Daniels experienced premonitions and out of body experiences. In early adulthood, a near-death experience further confirmed the knowing in her heart of the connected consciousness beyond our physical world.

Believing in the power of just one person making the difference in a child’s life led to a career in teaching elementary children the past 36 years. A family issue in 2013 brought Kimberly to attend the North American Constellation Conference where she met Emily and Dan. A deep desire to heal herself for the sake of her daughters and live in the wisdom of love led her to complete the Seeing With Your Heart Program and the Empowered Empath Program Sage Soul programs as well as trainings with Sarah Peyton, and one led by Elena Veselago, who facilitated a life-changing constellation for her. Kimberly has years of group work experience with Compassionate Listening and Nonviolent Communication.

Ever learning and growing, she is currently receiving wisdom in the year-long International Systemic Facilitator Training. Kimberly is dedicated to constellation work. She is driven by a need to build community, contribute, live in love and spread joy.

Fabiola Robinson embraces modern and ancient knowledge in her unique synthesis of family constellations, mindfulness, energy healing, and meditation to assist clients in finding positive forward movements in their lives. In her coaching practice, she leads mindfulness and compassion processes and facilitates family constellations. Her gentle approach and deep listening help others connect to their hearts.

Fabiola is president of a software company where her compassionate management style encourages creative approaches to cost efficiency, problem solving, improved customer satisfaction, and overall business growth.

She trained in family constellations with Dan Cohen and Emily Blefeld, Mark Wolynn, and Leslie Nipps. After beginning her career as software designer and engineer, she completed numerous trainings in meditation, mindfulness, positive neuroplasticity, awakening joy, and the Buddhist perspective on death. You can learn more about Fabiola by visiting

Gozde Turkmen Redden, MBA is a systemic coach and constellations facilitator working with individuals, groups and organizations from around the globe. Since 2015 she has been guiding many to find their own rhythm in life. Beginning her professional career as an engineer, she always held a deep interest in human consciousness and a curiosity to study the orders of the cosmos. Through years of trainings, workshops and life’s events, she forged her masterful way of weaving ancient knowledge with new wisdom.

Gozde is naturally connected with the wisdom of Anatolia, the cradle of mysticism in the tradition of Sufism and Wise Women. Earth is her temple. She offers clients systemic constellations, rituals, and a wide range of somatic and energy medicine modalities. In her multidimensional perspective, journeying into consciousness are the path to connect with true desire and gain freedom from oppression, worn-out beliefs, and hidden loyalties. Like a modern-day doula, Gozde guides clients through levels of descent that lead toward the birth of one’s true self.

Gozde holds engineering degrees from Leeds University and King’s College London, as well as a BA in Finance. While working in industrial projects in Europe and Africa, she received energy medicine attunements that guided her towards many new fields. She later studied Life Coaching at Cambridge University and Yeditepe University in Turkey. She trained and participated in NLP, Systemic Constellations, trauma, consciousness and healing workshops with many masterful teachers including Dan Cohen and Emily Blefeld, Vivian Broughton, Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert, Cecilio Fernandez Regojo, Meghan Kelly, Sonia Gomez, Dr. Peter Levine, and Illi Adato. Learn more via her site:

Ginny Vinson nurtures positive change through courage, love, and meticulous attention to the ecology of individuals and organizations. In 2001, in the prime of her life, Ginny was rear-ended by a tractor trailer which left her as a quadriplegic. The life she knew was over, but she soon realized the utility of the two things she had left under her control: her mind and her voice. Like an oak tree, Ginny grew into a powerful, stable being with a benevolent spirit and mind. She is both light and shade, omnipresent for those who seek the wisdom of her insight and the comfort of her compassion.

At the rehabilitation hospital, she learned to advocate for herself, set boundaries, and reframe negative thoughts. She listened deeply for the positive intention behind every exchange to assist the nurses, doctors, and therapists who cared for her. Soon, this made a profound difference in her own life and in theirs. She not only survived the devastating accident but learned to thrive despite her physical limitations.

Ginny is the founder of Transitions, a coaching and consulting company which provided seminars, workshops, and personal services. She practiced for 25 years as a facilitator for Family Grief, a program specializing in support for sudden and traumatic deaths. She is trained in many modalities including Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) as a Certified Master Practitioner, Rape Victim Advocacy, Family Constellations with Bert Hellinger, Hunter Beaumont, Lutz Wesel, and others, receiving a Facilitator Certification from Sneh Victoria Schnabel. More recently, she completed multiple programs with Dan Cohen and Emily Blefeld.

Join Us for this Unforgettable Event!

Program Schedule

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 (Check-In Day)

3-6 pm Arrival and Check-in

6 – 7 pm Dinner

No Program Schedule This Evening – Casual Gathering in the Barn (Folks will be traveling from all over and arriving at different times, so we will enjoy a casual meet and greet)


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 Break

9:30am – 12:00pm Morning Circle

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch 

1:30 – 2:00pm Break

2:00 – 5:30pm Afternoon Circle

5:30 – 6:00pm Break

6:00- 7:00pm Dinner

7:00 – 7:30pm Break

7:30 – 9:00pm Evening Circle

9:00 -10:00 Open Space Moonlight Session


Thursday, May 16, 2024

6:50 – 7:50am Open Space Sunrise Session

8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30am Break

9:30am – 12:00pm Morning Circle

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 – 2:00pm Break

2:00 – 5:30pm Afternoon Circle

5:30 – 6:00pm Break

6:00- 7:00pm Dinner

7:00 – 7:30pm Break

7:30 – 9:00pm Evening Circle

9:00 -10:00 pm Open Space Moonlight Session


Friday, May 17, 2024

7:00 – 11:00am Check-out of Rooms

6:50 – 7:50am Open Space Sunrise Session

8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30am Break

9:30am – 12:00pm Morning Circle

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch 


*Please note that the schedule is subject to change. 
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