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The Generations~Dialogue Workshop: 23-25 Sept 2016

September 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - September 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm UTC+0


Greetings Friends

It is serendipitous and fitting that our good friend and colleague of many years, ♡Dorsey Cartwright from Texas, USA is one of the main reasons that we are choosing to make a new beginning in our business following our not having had the energy to plan, organize and present any WORKSHOPS or RETREATS for the past 2 ½ years.  The devastating 12 January 2014 Parkerville-Stoneville  Bushfire impacted and changed our lives in so many ways and still is….

My former partner ♡Russ and I discovered Imago Relationship Therapy at a seminar about Imago presented by ♡Dorsey at the Voice Dialogue Summer Kamp in California, USA in 1994.

Following our totally falling in love with Imago, and ♡Dorsey, she came to Australia at our invitation in June 1995 – Yes that long ago!……. 21 long years!…..and presented the first IMAGO GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT COUPLES WORKSHOP in PERTH and seeded Imago in Australia, which ♡Shelton and I went on to spread after Russ’s death in 2000…

Some of you will know ♡Dorsey from way back then, and for others meeting her and learning from her is a pleasure that awaits. She brings an amazing amount of experience, understanding, passion, dedication and generosity of heart and soul to every Workshop she teaches. Her tenderness and respect for everyone and their process is a pleasure to experience.

The Workshop ♡Dorsey will be teaching for the first time in Australia is the new GENERATIONS~DIALOGUE WORKSHOP in MELBOURNE on the 23-25 September, 2016. It will be co-led by ♡Yvonne Pauling, a skilled Imago Therapist and Workshop Presenter from New Zealand.

For this Workshop a parent attends as a pair with their adult child. Either you as a mother or father invite and attend with your adult daughter or son, or you as a child invite and attend with one of your parents.  The minimum age for children is 20 years old. Only one child and one parent per family can attend per Workshop.

There is a very high ratio of participants to clinically trained Assistants in this Workshop with an Assistant coaching each pair through each of the dialogues making for a very intimate and safe Workshop. ♡Shelton and I will be part of the team of  6 Assistants.
Please read below for full details about this new and exciting  Workshop that we highly commend to all.

The Generations~Dialogue Workshop

For Mothers and Fathers with their Adult Sons or Daughters


September 23-25, 2016 Melbourne, Australia

Co-Led by M. Dorsey Cartwright and Yvonne Pauling

Created by Imago therapists, Roland and Sabine Bösel of Vienna, this brilliantly designed, profound, and fun Workshop supports a parent and adult-child to spend a weekend together in safe conversations. This precious time together enables the shifting of inter-generational patterns and lays the foundation for a more conscious, authentic adult-to-adult relationship.

For this Workshop a parent attends as a pair with their adult child. Either you as a mother or father invite and attend with your adult daughter or son, or you as a child invite and attend with one of your parents. 

The minimum age for children is 20 years old. Only one child and one parent per family can attend per Workshop.

Sponsored and Assisted by Susie Itzstein and Shelton Huettig

Institute for Relationship Development

The power of our family’s emotional legacy

This Workshop is for mothers/fathers and adult daughters/sons who have the courage to safely work on an authentic, mutually satisfying relationship. Unresolved family patterns can sabotage individual growth, subtly emerge in romantic relationships, and influence parenting styles. Thus, often unconsciously, they will be passed on to the next generation. Through guided structured dialogues that support empathic listening, the parent/child pair becomes conscious of relationship dynamics within their own family, gaining the opportunity to rewrite old family patterns and create a legacy of loving and supportive relationships. Generation work also uncovers unique resources found in each family, which are honored as a source of strength.

Generation work is peace work within your own family

Healing repetitive family themes not only positively impacts your relationship with your own parent(s) or adult children, but also fosters your individual growth. Thus, generation work opens you to your full potential and facilitates a self-determined life through which you may find your own path in your relationships.

This Workshop provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Address previously unspoken feelings.
  • Clear up misunderstandings and heal old injuries.
  • Facilitate reconciliation and peace.
  • Call forth potentials that were previously inaccessible.
  • Practice a kind and respectful way of interacting that will help you create a mutually satisfying relationship in the future.
  • Recognize that even painful experiences can foster the development of personal resources and strength.
  • Ensure that difficult emotional experiences and interactions will no longer be passed on to future generations.

This Workshop is for you, if you:

  • Would like to tend to your relationship with your mother, your father, your adult son, your adult daughter, or stepchild.
  • Would like to safely address an issue, which you have carried for a long time.
  • Would like to express your love and validation for each other.
  • Would like to free yourself from restricting family patterns.
  • Have experienced hurtful interactions or transgressions of personal boundaries and long to have your pain heard and acknowledged.
  • Want to utilize your family as a source for healthy personal growth.
  • Want to serve as a role model for growth within your own family.
  • Want to engage in a dialogue to release your daughter or son into adulthood, creating a mutually satisfying and respectful relationship.

What to expect:

  • We support you in defining your specific goals for this Workshop.
  • We demonstrate structured dialogues and assist you while you engage with each other.
  • We support you in finding the right words to express your concerns and feelings.
  • We help you activate your inner resources to strengthen your confidence.
  • You will find support and personal exchange within your own generation group (parents group, sons/daughters group).
  • We will present theoretical concepts underlying the difference between a conscious and an unconscious relationship, e.g., respectful closeness and enmeshment, healthy boundaries and emotional distance, and between connection and codependency.
  • Your privacy will be respected. Personal issues will only be addressed with your generation partner. In addition, all participants agree to keep utmost confidentiality.



 M. Dorsey Cartwright, M.Ed., LMFT

I am a licensed Marriage & Family therapist, as well as a certified Imago Advanced Clinician and Workshop Presenter. In the mid-90’s I had the privilege of giving the first Getting the Love You Want couples Workshops and Keeping the Love You Find for individuals in Australia. In recent years my focus has been Voice Dialogue Trainings with my partner, Neil. However, after attending Generation~Dialogue Workshops with each of my sons, and then assisting at three more, my heart said we must share this unique, healing experience with other families. I am delighted that this desire brings me back to Australia.

Image3Yvonne Pauling, Dip.So.Wk. MNZAC

Throughout my 26 years experience of working with people, I have been passionate about helping couples and families to find more positive and loving ways to be in connection with each other. I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Workshop Presenter, and present the Getting the Love You Want Workshops for couples in the South Island of New Zealand. Earlier this year I had the privilege of attending a Generations-Dialogue Workshop with my daughter, which was a profoundly healing experience for us both. Sharing deeply with each other using the structured and safe dialogue processes was an amazing experience. I look forward to co leading this Generations-Dialogue Workshop with Dorsey in Melbourne.

Dorsey and her partner Neil Meili, and Yvonne have each attended these Workshops with their own children and they are inspiring us with the strong and passionate commitment they have to introducing this important work to Australia and the southern hemisphere and spreading it as widely as possible.


In addition to the leaders you will have the support of clinically certified Therapists to coach you through the dialogues.There is a very high ratio of participants to clinically trained Assistants in this Workshop with an Assistant coaching each pair through each of the dialogues making for a very intimate and safe Workshop.
THERAPISTS – Please email us of your interest – if you feel called to be an ASSISTANT.

What participants have said about the GENERATIONS~DIALOGUE WORKSHOP:

“I attended a Generations~Dialogue Workshop with my adult daughter and felt it was the gift of a lifetime! Her trust and honesty with me was a gift for sure, but the greatest gift was in learning how she experiences me today and receiving that message as an invitation for growth and a deeper connection. Before each process there was a full explanation of what each dialogue intended to achieve, with lots of examples, so that I felt well guided and got the most out of the weekend. I highly recommend the experience to any parent/adult-child combo ready and open for a deeper connection.”  J.G. (mother)

“The Generations~Dialogue Workshop last year has done so much and is still doing so much for us. It has changed our family dynamics all the way to the roots and has brought a new openness and honesty that is so amazing to all of us. (And sometimes very difficult!) I am still at awe.”  R.C. (father)
“I arrived at the Generations~Dialogue Workshop feeling like a child and left feeling adult. Now, when I interact with my mother, I no longer have the shadows of childhood weighing on my shoulders. While she will always be my mom, I experience us more as two growing individuals in an evolving relationship.”  J.K. (son)
“Having attended a Generations~Dialogue Workshop with my mother, I am so much richer for the experience. Dorsey, as our assistant, I wanted to thank you again for all of your skillful, kind, and generous work with mom and me. You have a true gift!” C.P. (daughter)
“When Claudia Luciak-Donsberger and Mikael Luciak gave a Generations~Dialogue Workshop in Dorsey’s and my home in Austin Texas I attended with my youngest daughter. It was such a positive and moving experience that I decided to participate in their workshop in Vienna with my oldest daughter. I am now looking forward to sharing this rich and important work with our Australian friends – old and new.” Neil Meili, (father and Generations~Dialogue Workshop Assistant)
“I LOVED the Generations~Dialogue Workshop and I am so grateful to have been present at this amazing experience. It is never too late to give your children the childhood you wish you had given them and to work with them to build new relationship patterns for the next generation. I am looking forward to attending this workshop with my children” Maya Kollman (Imago Master Trainer and Host and Generations~Dialogue Workshop Assistant)


Friday 23 September | TIME: 3 – 9pm

Saturday 24 September | TIME: 9:30am – 7pm

Sunday, 25 September 2016 | TIME: 9:30am – 3pm

VENUE: Habitat Uniting Church [formerly The Augustine Centre]

2 Minona Ave, Hawthorn VICTORIA 3122 | Phone 03 9819 2844


$1200 perImage4 pair ($600 per person) OR

EARLYBIRD (2 weeks prior) $995 per pair ($497.50 per person) BY SEPTEMBER 9th




Bank Transfer (Preferred)

Bank Details: National Bank Account: BSB 086-288 Acc # 597 28 6848. Name S. Itzstein & L. Huettig. 
 Include your name when paying & email susie@graduate.uwa.edu.au to advise of your payment.

OR by PayPal credit card (add 2.5% fee)



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First and Last Name_______________________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________City | State| P/C |Country Home phone (       )__________________________Mobile_________________________ Email_______________________________________________________


Email SUSIE at susie@graduate.uwa.edu.au  OR DORSEY at mdcartw@aol.com or call 512-466-3637


THANK YOU for your Registration.

An email with the FULL details will be sent 1 week prior to the Workshop.



We deeply thank our teachers; Claudia Luciak-Donsberger and Mikael Luciak, for their skillful, attuned guidance through the Generations~Dialogue Workshop with our adult-children as well as the training they have provided. We are profoundly grateful to Sabine and Roland Bösel (www.boesels.at) for their wisdom and skill in developing this Generations~Dialogue Workshop and their generosity in freely passing it along to us and the coming generations.

From Our Teachers

“We are so excited that Dorsey and Yvonne are bringing this work to  Australia. In our workshops, we got to experience them as such brave and  committed mothers and highly experienced therapists; surely able to create a  safe environment for your encounter.” Claudia and Mikael.

“I have supported Sabine and Roland Bösel as a co-therapist in various generation, sibling, and couples workshops and am deeply touched by the impact of the structured dialogues I experienced with many couples and generation pairs as well as with my own children. Just recently I participated at a workshop with our youngest daughter, one of the most moving experiences of my life.” Mikael Luciak. (father, international Generations~Dialogue Workshop presenter)

“I am writing these lines in Southern Crete during a mother/daughter trip, a week long one-on-one journey of mutual presence, kindness, fun, love, and authentic relating. This is one of many long time benefits from our attending a Generations~Dialogue workshop over 10 years ago.” Claudia Luciak-Donsberger. (mother, international Generations~Dialogue Workshop presenter)



September 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm UTC+0
September 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm UTC+0
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Habitat Uniting Church [formerly The Augustine Centre]
2 Minona Ave
Hawthorn, VIC 3122 Australia
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