The 2023 Resonance Summit is over… but you can watch select replays for free!

An Invitation from Sarah

Listen in as Sarah describes what’s included in the 2023 Resonance Summit Recordings Package.

If you missed the summit, you can Purchase the Full Recordings Package or Watch Select Free Replays!


The 2023 Summit featured expert keynotes and experiential workshops to help you harness the healing power of self-compassion and resonance.


  • How  do the words we choose change our brains?
  • How does relational neuroscience help heal trauma?
  • Why and how do relationships make our brains healthier?
  • What does embodiment give us and how do we do it?
  • How do we integrate what we’re learning here into our life’s work? 

The understanding of trauma and its consequences brought to us by relational neuroscience changes the world in radical ways, making emotional healing accessible to everyone, and making our brains good places to live.

2023 Resonance Summit Keynote Speakers


Kristin Neff, PhD.

Author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, Co-Founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology Dept., University of Texas at Austin

Keynote Presentation
Fierce Self-compassion, Trauma and Resilience
Self-compassion allows us to tenderly comfort ourselves when in pain, just as we might a friend who is struggling. But self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender. To alleviate our suffering sometimes we need to take action, say “no” to others who are hurting us or draw our boundaries firmly. During this talk, Dr. Kristin Neff will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with coping and resilience, especially for those with trauma histories. The concept of backdraft will also be discussed, which refers to the discomfort that can arise when giving ourselves compassion.

In this talk, she will teach a short practice that will allow participants to offer themselves compassion when needed in daily life.


James A. Coan, PhD.

Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, co-Director of the University of Virginia Engagements Curriculum, Principal of Brown Residential College.

Keynote Presentation
Why We Hold Hands: The Fundamentals of Social Baseline Theory

For this presentation, James A. Coan will teach you how social relationships regulate the brain’s response to perceived threats, why the brain regards social relationships as bioenergetic resources, and how close proximity to those resources economizes both cognitive and bodily effort diminishing subjective stress, improving health, and prolonging life. In short, he’ll teach you about Social Baseline Theory. Along the way, he will show you how the simple question “why do we hold hands?” leads us almost inevitably to deep insights into what kind of animal the human being is.


Douglas F. Watt, PhD,

Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Adjunct Prof. Lesley University Graduate School of Psychology, Consulting Neuropsychologist

Keynote Presentation
Empathy and the Prosocial Brain

While most neuroscience-oriented discussions of empathy are typically hyper-focused on functional imaging, but often, this is missing the forest for the trees. Although neural network correlates are important in understanding anything, that’s all they really are – neural network correlates and not a full understanding of a process or its evolutionary/adaptive context.

What’s missing from most conventional treatments and what Douglas Watt will focus on heavily during this special 2-hour event are the modulators of empathy, its cohorts in terms of other selected pro-social processes, and also its ‘opponent processes’ – discussions of the latter being pretty much absent from the empathy literature. This includes a focus on tribalism and psychopathy, which are conjoined in underappreciated ways. The common disconnect in empathy research between some kind of scientific or theoretical awareness of empathy disorders and the lack of attention they get relative to how much harm they may cause. And we may not have seen the worst on this point by any stretch, particularly as societies, including our own, become increasingly tribal and polarized.

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Matthew D. Lieberman, Ph.D.

Director of the UCLA Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab, Co-founder of Resonance Inc., Editor-in-chief of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Keynote Presentation
Resonance: How to Find it in the Brain and in Real Life

We each see the world in different ways from one another because of how our brains use our past experiences to shape our understanding of current ones. With all the hidden complexity of our conscious minds, how can we ever know when we are resonating with another person such that they are experiencing things in similar ways? Dr. Lieberman’s talk will examine how both neuroscience and the Resonance model of our distinctive psychological lenses can answer this question and help people find more meaningful connections.

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Sarah Peyton

Author, Constellations Facilitator, Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, and Neuroscience Educator, integrates constellations, brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma with exquisite and warm gentleness. Author of Your Resonant SelfYour Resonant Self Workbook: From Self-Sabotage to Self-Care and Affirmations for Turbulent Times

Keynote Presentation
The Surprise of Self-Resonance: When Empathy and Understanding Turn Toward Inward

“I’m too selfish,” “Who do I think I am?”, “Walk a mile in the other’s shoes”

Many of us receive the repeated message that unless we put others first, we aren’t in integrity with being a good person. We are told that being compassionate is what’s most important, so when we are hurt or lose resources, we are always supposed to think about what the other person needs. This is what makes the airline message of putting on our own oxygen masks first so essentially confusing. But what if, just like oxygen, self-resonance is most important for us, first? How would this practice, this commitment, change the world we live in? Join Sarah Peyton for an exploration of the neuroscience and practice of self-resonance.

2023 Resonance Summit Teachers

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Elena Veselago

One of the leading Russian constellators, director of the Open Field Institute in Moscow. She studied with Bert Hellinger and other international masters. She also learns shamanic practices. Elena teaches constellations, having developed her own concept for this, based on reading the field and healing actions on it. Trained more than 5000 people in Moscow.

Mothers: Growing Up and Loving Them

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Dan Miller

Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, Musician, Performer, Wilderness Rescue instructor, Organizational Transformer

The Art of Self- Resonance and Relationship Repair


Jaya Manske

Certified Resonant Healing Practitioner, Transformational Healing-Centered Coach, passionate about supporting the emergence of self-love, fully expressed authenticity & creativity through repairing attachment. Survivor, artist, and lifelong learner.

Embracing Your Oddness and What Makes You You: Loving and Celebrating Yourself as You Are



Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication and Family Constellation Therapy Facilitator

Releasing Unconscious Contracts of Verbal Abuse

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Kristin Masters

Social Change Agent, Certified NVC Trainer, Trainer in Liberation & Work That Reconnects, Grief-Worker, Bringer of Song, Art, and Synergy, Creator of Community

Why & How – Reaching for Impossible Dreams


Gail Donohue

Advanced Certified Resonant Healing Practitioner, NVC Trainer, Olympic coach, Leadership Trainer, Constellation Facilitator, lifelong learner and lover of neuroscience committed to making a difference.

Transforming the Burden of Self-Blame

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Mika Maniwa

Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) 

Empathy for the Cells


Joshua Blaine

Community songleader & organizer, Resonant Healing men’s work facilitator & coach, Jewish ritualist & storyteller

Grieving Systems of Supremacy & Releasing Our Resistance to Liberation


Pernille Plantener

NVC-trainer, transformational coach, survivor of a childhood without relationality and an abusive marriage, and deeply grateful of life.

Climate Grief and Caring for Mother Earth Without Falling Apart


Rajkumari Neogy

epigenetic coach and executive consultant focused on the intersection of neurobiology, culture, and empathy in today’s business world

Building Resonance in Times of Crisis


Bruce Nayowith

Practitioner of emergent processes for collective resourcing

Resonant Encounters of the Third Kind


Francesca Mason Boring

facilitator of family & human systems constellation, developer of nature constellations, author, bi-cultural: enrolled member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, gardener and listener

The Resonance of Reciprocity & Relationship with Nature


Olga Nguyen

Shaman initiated in Russian speaking tradition, Art Therapist, Systemic Constellations Facilitator, Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, Certified Management Accountant (GCMA), MSc Accounting

Resonance and Empathy and Ongoing Trauma (during the war in Ukraine)


Tamara Laporte

Mixed Media Artist, Art Teacher, Practitioner of Nonviolent Communication and Author

Tree of Life with Tamara Laporte: Expressive Watercolour Painting Expressing Feelings and Needs
*art supplies recommended for this session, please check schedule page


Mali Parke

CPC Leadership, Culture & Relational Health ICF Certified Coach, Systemic and Integrative Somatic Trauma & Attachment Trauma Specialist, Tranformative Justice/Practices Trainer & Women Circles Keeper

Oops, Failures, Mistakes, Oh My! Accompanying Ourselves and Others After a Fail

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Eric Bowers

Trauma-informed Counselor and Sound Healer, Musician, Author, Community Builder, Neophyte Farmer

A Resonant Sound Healing Constellation


Katherine Revoir

Student and teacher of Sarah Peyton’s work, constellation facilitator, grandmother, counselor, artist, minister, Happy Brain Group leader.

Your Life Makes Sense: An Introduction to Constellations and their Healing Power


Warren Hooley

Facilitator of Compassionate Communication, Healthy Masculinity & Indigenous Allyship, Music lover & Beatboxer

Navigating Consent in Resonant Communication


Shannon Casey

Abolitionist, Mama, Queer, Holistic Resistance & Constellation Facilitator, Song leader

Shannon Casey – Let This Body Be A Bridge: Acknowledging and Addressing/Shifting Impacts of Oppressive Systems


Pavla Haluskova

Resonant Healing Coach, Spiritual Guide, Artist, Yoga Teacher, Sound Healing Practitioner, Intuitive Energy Healer and Visionary for a New Consciousness that Supports Creativity, Beauty and Love

Restorative Yoga to Reclaim Your Body


Sasha Soreff

Empathy/Movement Facilitator, Certified Resonant Healing Practitioner, Transformational Coach, Choreographer, Dance Teacher, Liberationist, Writer, Jewish artivist, Cancer Journeyer

What Don’t You Want to be True? Transforming Blame into Mourning with Embodied Expression


Kellita Maloof

Artist, Healer, Conscious Burlesque Mentor, Embodiment and Constellations Facilitator, Author, MC, TEDxSpeaker

Transmuting Shame Into Self-Welcome Through Resonant Witness


Tony 'The Empathy Guy' Scruggs

Spiritual being exploring life as an american of african-ancestry (& an athlete turned actor turned trauma-informed empathy-coach)

Finger-Hugging Your Thumb: Self-Empathy, Feelings & Needs

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Amanda Blaine

Scale-Up Culture Coach for Start-Ups, Facilitator, Teacher, Leadership Coach, Advocate for Women’s Empowerment

Nonverbal Resonance – Relief and Understanding Without Words


Ken Anno & Shigeko Suzuki

Shigeko Suzuki: Vocalist, CNVC certified Trainer, Alexander Technique Teacher; Ken Anno: Translator, CNVC certified Trainer, Alexander Technique Teacher

Listening to the Marginalized Inner Silence and Exploring it Through Voice


Peggy Smith

Gardener of the heart, student of Kingian nonviolence, mom, certified Nonviolent Communication trainer, Plum Village Dharma teacher, dog walker

The Empowering Magic of NEEDS


Clare Crombie

Constellator, Psychotherapist, Artist

Being Enough: An Exploration with Image/Metaphor and Constellation


Ann Malabre

Certified Practitioner of Resonant Healing, Emergent Constellation Facilitator, Advocate for Healing Processes in Response to Sexual Violence, PhD Motherhood

Children & Babies Welcome: Unburdening the Lonely Load of Motherhood Through Building Resonant Support Circles


Carey Smith Sipp

Director of Strategic Partnerships, PACEs Connection. Passionate promoter of preventing childhood trauma; true believer in the power of positive childhood experiences and why we need to help make them happen!

Preventing and Healing Childhood Trauma; Building Resilience with PACEs Connection!


Timothy Regan

Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Co-Host & Producer of Talk It Out Radio, and Wrestler with Care and Despair for All Life at this Moment in History

Political Resonance: Speaking Up to Decisionmakers in Our Lives while Staying True to Connection

Sponsored by Sarah Peyton

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Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, constellation facilitator and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma and nourish self-warmth with exquisite gentleness. Sarah teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of three books: Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, the companion Your Resonant Self Workbook: From Self-sabotage to Self-care, and Affirmations for Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body and Mind.

Sarah’s work with resonance invites people from all walks of life to make relational neuroscience and relational connection their own through depth work, self-compassion, and the transformative potential of language. The transformative power of resonance offers great healing, and flows through many channels. This summit offers participants the chance to find that many different doors to healing are unlocked by accompaniment and resonant support, together in experiential community!



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When we change how we speak to ourselves, we change how our brain works.


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Curious about the Resonant Healing Practitioner Certification?

Watch the recording from our live Q+A call from March 26th, 2023.

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Resonance Summit: Harnessing the Healing Power of Self-compassion


Join this free 5-day experience to begin to change your brain, discover your own relational self, and experience resonance in community.

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Healing from Betrayal & Abandonment is Possible


Begin the journey of self-resonance by attending the FIRST CLASS FREE on May 31st: Clear Your Circuits - Write from Your Heart: learning the healing practice of resonant writing.

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