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Shame and Privilege: Exploring and Healing with NVC and Neuroscience

April 30, 2021 @ 6:30 am - May 2, 2021 @ 9:30 am PDT

Cost: $90 – $450

About the Event

What makes it so hard to create large-scale change? A part of the answer is humans’ natural resistance to change. Another part of the answer is the way that power changes humans.

The experience of having more access to resources and less immunity to stress changes our brains. It makes us less compassionate, less empathetic, and more likely to believe we have the right to our resources and immunity. It can also make us ashamed to look, and ashamed to see what is true.

Humans generally don’t want to look at inequality, often because we want to believe that our world makes sense and that everything is turning out for the best. But without our vision and participation, nothing will change, and we cannot put our shoulders to the wheel with blinders on.

Luckily for humans, our Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practice, combined with leverage from the world of relational neuroscience, can bring us energy, calm, acceptance and even joy in our efforts to make the world a better place.

Join Sarah for 3 days (9 hours) of exploration of the interplay of shame and privilege and experiences of healing and self-connection.

In this class, participants will:

  • Explore the effects of power and privilege on the human brain
  • Learn about the 8 different levels of shame
  • Discover the restrictive effect of our “do no harm” vows
  • Experience the release of unconscious contracts
  • Take away skills and practices that lead to deep acceptance and life-serving energy


This will be online via zoom. To register click here


This programme is 9 hours spread across 3 days, from Friday, April 30th to Sunday, May 2nd. Each session will be 3 hours long.

7pm to 10pm IST (1.30pm to 4.30pm UTC)

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Who is This Event For?

This programme is open to all, no NVC experience needed! If you have ever experienced shame around your own privilege or stress around the privilege of others, this programme is for you!

People who may particularly benefit from this programme are community builders, social change activists, NVC practitioners and candidates, and people seeking personal and professional growth!

Cost and How to Register


This programme is offered in the spirit of giftivism; it does not have a fixed cost and it is also not free. A contribution in the Sliding Scale would serve both sustainability and accessibility. And we are open to receiving more and for scholarships requests. 

Suggested Sliding Scale:
We are suggesting two wide Sliding Scales across two different currencies to accommodate for the differences in income and expenses across the globe. 
Sliding Scale – INR 15000 – INR 3000 or USD 450 – USD 90
Find out what this is in your currency here.

The money Living Bridges receives from this programme will contribute directly to our grassroots work. Please click here to find out more.

Do connect with us if you have any questions or concerns.

Please do not let money be an obstacle to your attending this programme. Contact us at livingbridges@encompassion.com if you would like to request a lower contribute or full tuition waiver.

About Sarah

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Sarah Peyton, international constellations facilitator, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates constellations, brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma. She teaches and lectures internationally, is a regular contributor to The Knowing Field International Constellations Journal, was the author of a chapter for Stephan Hausner’s 2014 book Salutogene Aufstellungen, and is an annual guest speaker and teacher at the Bernried Intensive in Southern Germany. She was a featured presenter at London’s 2017 Trauma Through the Systemic Constellation Lens and is the author of the book “Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing,” published by Norton Publishing in September of 2017


April 30, 2021 @ 6:30 am PDT
May 2, 2021 @ 9:30 am PDT
$90 – $450
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