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Note: This course began December 7, 2023 and goes chapter by chapter through October 31, 2024. Please see below for course details and dates.

About the Event

What happens when we find the gifts of turning toward the world with full, wide-awake appreciation? What are the blocks to awe as a regular practice? Does unhealed trauma inhibit experiences of awe? What happens when we understand the impact of trauma on our brains? What happens when we release some of the contracts that keep us tied in knots?

Do you want to truly take in the world of resonance and unconscious contracts? Do you love this work, but is it hard to do it alone? Would you love to experience the journey to an invitation to a bigger life with support and community? Would you like to live through a year of healing through the release of self-sabotage?

Join Sarah Peyton for another exciting, rich year-long exploration of the Your Resonant Self Workbook, Inviting Awe. Each of the 13 chapters of this book is covered in two classes (three classes for chapter 8), in a series of twenty-nine 90-minute classes including two bonus sessions. Each class will include lectures, Q&A, discussion of exercises, demos, and personal explorations of the abilities and growth that make our brains good and comfortable places to be. This journey will take us from December of 2023 through to October of 2024, and move participants from removing the blocks to self-warmth to claiming their right to a practice of awe. The class series also includes the monthly Neuroscience and Resonance webinars during the period of the course plus opportunities for community practice.

As a participant you will:

  • Take an extended journey through the brain’s networks and systems
  • Find your way toward an invitation to experiencing wonder while exploring the fundamental concepts of resonance through the YRS Workbook
  • Learn in-depth in community
  • Welcome the parts of yourself you’ve never known how to love
  • Release the contracts that separate us from self and from awe
  • Know yourself more fully and compassionately
  • Allow for new levels of complexity and paradox in this experience of being human
  • Infuse self-care into your everyday life
  • Delight in new freedom and access to joy
  • Transform your brain into a more comfortable and kind place to live


Thursdays, 10:30am-12:00pm Pacific time, December 7, 2023 –October 31, 2024.
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See below for a detailed list of dates and topics for all 29 sessions
Classes will meet online via zoom.
Each class will be recorded for viewing in different time zones and for review, and for sale after the series is over.

Continuing Education Credits

We are delighted to offer up to 42 CEU hours for psychologists and social workers for this course ($60 additional fee). Chicago Counseling Associates has been approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to sponsor continuing education for social workers and psychologists. CCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Live attendance is required to receive CEUs. Read more about CEUs


The price of this series is $900

Payment plans are available if needed. Please write to [email protected] to inquire.
Purchase of this class does not include the purchase of the Your Resonant Self Workbook. Please purchase the book separately.


  • Your tuition payment is non-refundable and transferrable.
  • Some partial scholarships may be available after November 30. Please write to Sarah to inquire.
  • This work is not therapy and is not a substitute for therapy. If you have a sense that you would be destabilized by yourself or others speaking about difficult events, then this course may not be for you. While we hope that the processes and information that we share can be of use in your journey, we do not have the resources to support extreme psychological difficulties.

Bonuses for those who enroll in the full series:

  • Access to bonus Q&A session with Sarah + Closing session
  • Access to Sarah’s Monthly Neuroscience and Resonance Webinars throughout the extended journey
  • Opportunities to work in small groups and/or with Resonance Partners to develop your resonance skills, learn and transform in community
  • Assistant Support during classes – experience resonant support from experienced practitioners when you need it during class times

What You’ll Explore…

  • Weeks 1 & 2: December 7 and December 14, 2023: Chapter 1 – How Affection for the Self makes a Foundation for Awe
    These two classes investigate the blocks to self-warmth that arise from unconscious contracts, and their effect on the Default Mode Network (DMN). How the DMN can block access to awe.
  • Weeks 3 & 4: January 4 and January 11, 2024: Chapter 2 – How Trauma Blocks Wonder, and Blocks our Life Energy
    In these two classes, we bring our learning about unconscious contracts as a tool into relationship with the resonance skill of time travel empathy, demonstrating the integration of these two approaches to healing.
  • Weeks 5 & 6: January 25 and February 1, 2024: Chapter 3 – From Reduction to Reenchantment: Understanding our Two Lenses for Viewing the World
    These two classes address contracts that have negative results on our daily lives in simple ways. We learn about the instrumental brain and the relational brain and their relationship with awe. Links between reductivism and self-sabotage will be explored.
  • Weeks 7 & 8: February 8 & 15, 2024: Chapter 4 – How Healing Shame Opens Access to Wonder
    These two classes introduce Beatrice Beebe’s work in detail, integrating it with Jaak Panksepp’s Circuits of Emotion and Motivation, which help us understand the nervous system’s drop into shame when we inadvertently break a contract. We discover the interrelationship of shame and awe, and we further our resonance practice with metaphors.
  • Weeks 9 & 10: February 29 and March 14, 2024: Chapter 5 – Awe as an Antidote to Anxiety
    These two classes explore the connection between anxiety and the emotional circuits of both FEAR and PANIC/GRIEF, and how awe can open the door to a profound sense of accompaniment, reducing anxiety. We will start a practice of embracing our fears and bringing affection to the experience of self-acceptance. We will experience resonance remedies for anxiety.
  • Weeks 11 & 12: March 28 and April 4, 2024: Chapter 6 – Life-Serving Rage as Fuel and Doorway to Moral Beauty
    In these two classes, we trace the development of contracts, that can be made during traumatic moments, to either never be angry, or to punish ourselves or others for getting angry, and learn how to release them, making more room for an appreciation of moral beauty. We also learn that when others’ actions cause us to break our own contracts, this can bring about rage. We will also connect our work with Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory and practice resonant language skills.
  • Weeks 13 & 14: April 18 and May 9, 2024: Chapter 7 – The Movement from Dissociation into the Embodiment of Awe
    In these two classes, we continue integrating Porges’ Polyvagal Theory with the unconscious contract tool to uncover and transform patterns of dissociation, including contracts that keep us from fully entering or inhabiting the body, both in terms of classic dissociation and in terms of the left shift into the instrumental brain and out of relationship. We look at the contracts we make not to feel anything, or to hide from real participation in life. We bring our resonance skills to support exquisite gentleness in the face of immobilization, and track the journey from collapse to immobilization without fear, and we learn to rejoin the real life of relationships.
  • Weeks 15, 16 & 17: May 16, May 30 and June 13, 2024: Chapter 8 – Awe and Attachment
    These three classes take us into the contracts we make to maximize well-being in response to our parents’ ways of being with us and being with emotion. These contracts are our foundations for every bit of relating that we do. As well as reviewing the basics of attachment, we discover a resonant language practice that holds our connection patterns as “just right,” which is a radical move into secure attachment with ourselves, no matter what contracts we are dealing with, and no matter how much regret we have for our pasts. We look at avoidant patterns and contracts, we have the delight of looking at ambivalent patterns and contracts with special guest teacher Jaya Manske, and we enjoy the signs of the movement into secure attachment.
  • Week 18: June 27, 2024 **Bonus Q&A Session**
    The Q&A session will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you have about resonance, contract work or course content.
  • Weeks 19 & 20: July 11 and 25, 2024: Chapter 9 – Clearing Disgust and Contempt in Service of Wonder
    The use of self-hate, disgust and contempt to manage emotions is an aftereffect of traumatic attachment, and so makes sense in the context of our lives. As we understand this, the root causes of the contracts made in disorganized attachment start to become clear. We learn how we can turn predatory aggression against ourselves and others as a distortion of our SEEKING circuit, and this illuminates an avenue for work. The dissolution of trauma-based contracts is supportive in opening the door to wonder. The work we have done to this point in this series supports us in looking at these knots of trauma, and untangling them to move us toward well-being.
  • Weeks 21 & 22: August 8 and 22, 2024: Chapter 10 – A New Look at Depression
    Contracts that limit our life energy can lead to hopelessness and depression. Without an understanding of the nervous system, people often think these conditions are set in stone. The release of these contracts in these two classes supports the reclamation of movement and agency. Both contract work and resonance skills are needed in this life-changing journey toward joy. We also take a look at the attachment contracts that can prevent connection in order to support a movement away from the life-long loneliness that can also be a contributing factor in depression.
  • Weeks 23 & 24: September 12 and 26, 2024: Chapter 11 – How Addiction is a Hunger for Awe
    It has taken a long time for the world to begin to understand that addictions are related to trauma. Our deepest hungers are for relationship and for awe, and when we can’t have them, our emotional starvation leads us to our addictions. Just as our brain makes contracts with us to keep us safe, our brains can be said to make contracts with us on behalf of our addictions. These two classes explore what happens to us in relationship to our addictions and addictive strategies when these contracts are dissolved. Resonance skills will be practiced to support self-compassion during this process.
  • Weeks 25 & 26: October 3 and October 10, 2024: Chapter 12 – The Relationship Between Sexuality, Emergence and Awe
    The delight of the SEXUALITY circuit is that it carries us from childhood into our full individuation, maturity and authenticity. No matter the level of our sexual interest or activity, this circuit is important for well-being and growth. There are many entanglements that stop us from becoming who we really are, and many of them are connected with our sexuality and our emergence. The contracts that diminish this circuit diminish our life energy and our awe. We will work with these contracts in these two classes and practice supportive resonance skills to help with both personal issues and internalized oppression from the way that society judges and ranks bodies in terms of mattering.
  • Weeks 27 & 28: October 17 and 24, 2024: Chapter 13 – Reclaiming Joy and Awe
    In these two classes examining the final chapter of the workbook, we will look at what supports the development and expression of joy and awe, and how the experience of joy becomes deeper and richer when we fully accept and have affection for our shadow selves. We will learn how joy is a dyadic experience (we co-create joy!) and that contracts that block trust and connection also stop joy from happening. We will dissolve these contracts and celebrate and practice the resonance skills which support the feeling and expression of joy and awe. These classes include a look at false Bodhisattva vows, contracts made when children first perceive that there is pain in the world and commit their whole beings to a better world, no matter the cost. Commitment and contribution are very important and life-serving when they do not cost us everything.
  • Week 29: October 31, 2024: **Closing Session**


Event Details

Do you sometimes ache for meaning? Awe is our human birthright, we only need to be awake for a small moment to catch a glimpse of great beauty and be moved by it. Being awake, though, is a complicated request of ourselves. Join Sarah Peyton for this 29-week beyond-the-book course based on the Your Resonant Self Workbook, for a full year of radical, life-changing, self-love and love of others.



The price of this series is $900, 

Payment plans are available if needed. Please write to [email protected] to inquire.

Purchase of this class does not include the purchase of the Your Resonant Self Workbook. Please purchase the book separately.

We are delighted to offer 42 CEU hours for psychologists and social workers for this series ($60 additional fee).


  • Your tuition payment is non-refundable and transferable.
  • These sessions are recorded for those in all timezones.
  • This work is not therapy and is not a substitute for therapy. If you have a sense that you would be destabilized by yourself or others speaking about difficult events, then this course may not be for you.
  • While we hope that the processes and information that we share can be of use in your journey, we do not have the resources to support extreme psychological difficulties.

How to Register

If you have questions, please email [email protected]

About Sarah

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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.


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