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FREE 2024 Resonance Summit: Explore the Healing Power of Play

April 5 @ 8:00 am - April 9 @ 5:30 pm PDT

Cost: FREE

About the Event

Do you love the moments when you experience spontaneous bubbles of exploration and joy? And are these moments too few and far between?

Are you often holding your breath waiting for the other shoe to drop and for the goodness in your life to disappear?

Experience the healing power of play in a deeply immersive five-day FREE event! Learn more about the 2024 Summit here.


Delight is one of the most joyful experiences humans can have. From bursts of spontaneous laughter, to genuine smiles shared, to shared exploration of ideas, to goofy and rambunctious expression.

Are you curious to learn how to cultivate the safety and self-care that will allow your nervous system to turn towards playfulness and joy with ease?

Do you long to be surprised, enlivened, and nourished by your healing journey?

Did you know that each of us has a neural circuit and body system dedicated just to play?

Play is our birthright.

The experience of playing lets us and our brains become who we are meant to be.

Playing brings balance into the body’s and the brain’s endocannabinoid system, which is the system that is responsible for our homeostasis. When we play, we balance every tissue in our body.

And it feels so good.

Play–not the shallow, competitive kind, but the deep play that comes with both emotional discovery and surprise, and with truth-telling in safe environments– is spontaneous, emergent, and unexpected. This form of deepest play can only arise when our nervous systems are fully supported and in the company of people with whom we feel known and understood. Without supported and safe nervous systems, our bodies are unable to experience the absolutely spontaneous and unexpected expressions that come with our PLAY circuit.

Play in its purest form requires the interaction of two or more beings (people, pets, anyone that can be responsive). It also requires safety.

But what do we do if people have not been safe?

How can we support ourselves to have nourishing playful social connections and a sense of belonging even when we have lived through difficult things?

Resonance has a gift for us. It has the transformative capacity to connect and heal us by offering new experiences of safety and acceptance to our nervous systems, which opens the door to play.

With the help of a neuroscience-based understanding of what makes us safe, Resonant Language works directly with the nervous system to restore our birthright of safety so that true delight becomes possible and even frequent.

Resonance enables us to have the experience of making sense to ourselves and others, sometimes for the first time. Often social safety is the missing piece that allows our bodies to find relaxation and open to joy.

As our nervous systems become fully supported, the movement towards spontaneous emergent play is actually unstoppable: like a bubbling brook cascading down a mountainside after the snows melt.

The fourth annual Resonance Summit, hosted by Sarah Peyton, offers a deep exploration of the latest neuroscience research on play plus wonderful interactive sessions, and an opportunity to immersively experience and learn resonance in community.

Each morning of the Summit features a keynote address by five exciting voices in the field of relational neuroscience, play, and trauma healing:

  • Judith Herman, M.D.
  • Douglas F. Watt, PhD
  • Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.
  • O. Fred Donaldson, Ph.D.
  • and of course, Sarah Peyton

Following keynotes, the days unfold through workshops and practice spaces led by some of the most creative and rigorous resonance practitioners working today.

Join us for this free five-day experiential learning immersion to begin to change your brain into a kinder and more playful place, discover your own relational self, and catch a glimpse of the rich world of emergence that resonance and play can make possible for you.

How to Register

Watch Select Free Replays from the 2024 Resonance Summit


The 2024 Summit is over, but you can watch select free replays now to experience the healing power of play and how resonance helps us heal.

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Sponsored by Sarah Peyton

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Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal personal and collective trauma with exquisite gentleness. Sarah is a sought-after expert who brings neuroscience expertise together with depth work, self-compassion, and the transformative potential of language. She works with audiences internationally to create a compassionate understanding of the effects of relational trauma on the brain, and teaches people how words change and heal us.

Sarah teaches and lectures internationally and is the author of four books on relational neuroscience and self-compassion: 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, and The Antiracist Heart: A Self-Compassion and Activism Handbook, co-authored alongside Roxy Manning, PhD.

Sarah’s work with resonance invites people from all walks of life to make relational neuroscience and relational connection their own. She brings together depth work and self-compassion in ways that integrate the understanding that we make sense. 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.

She has had a hard road to find her own play, and is very aware of the impact of trauma and insecure attachment on our ability to play. After her own healing journey, now she enjoys exploring this path with others. She loves laughing with friends, has been learning cello for ten years so that she can play with Bach, she is co-writing a mystery novel, and her corgi’s wagging tail is an endless source of delight.


April 5 @ 8:00 am PDT
April 9 @ 5:30 pm PDT
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Curious about the Resonant Healing Practitioner Certification?

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

This recording has the most up-to-date info about the program so you can see if it's right for you! 

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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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