When Our Seeking is Blocked: A Creative Writing Workshop
December 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:20 am PSTCost: $125 – $400
About the Event
Does your writing or creative expression sometimes feel hard to access?
In order to write effectively, we need to be mobilized. What many people call “writer’s block” is actually an immobilization of our brain’s capacity to create movement, which occurs within the part of the brain called “the seeking circuit”.
The seeking circuit is the fuel for movement in our writing, for getting words onto paper, for turning our ideas into embodied realities. The seeking circuit is like our rocket fuel for letting us get out of the atmosphere and into orbit, where we can be in a state of flow. Understanding how the seeking circuit operates, and how it is working in our own subconscious, will allow us to better access our own flow. And by studying the ways that seeking can be predatory in our culture, we will work to detoxify the predatory qualities of our seeking circuits, as we reach for clean expression.
Over the course of six weeks, we will focus on the seeking circuit, and explore how mobilization and immobilization occur in our bodies through unconscious contract work, time travel, and a deep investigation into the neuroscience of predatory aggression. This exploration will provide each of us tools and thoughtful inquiry into our mobilization and immobilization as writers, artists, and creative livers of life.
Experience what’s possible when you explore and create within a resonant and welcoming space that honors the uniqueness of your truth and your voice in this 6-session series dedicated to creative process and exploration.
The course will meet via zoom. Recordings will be made available to those who are registered for the live program.
This 6-session series runs from November 1st through December 6th, 2023 with classes meeting each Wednesday morning. 8:00am-9:20am Pacific Time.
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- November 1
- November 8
- November 15
- November 22
- November 29
- December 6
Who Is This Course For?
For writers, artists, explorers and creatives looking for a resonant space in which to support their creative expression. The creative process work that we’ll explore in this class is for anyone involved in, or longing to be involved in, any kind of creative pursuit.
What to Expect?
A warm space that creates room for the flow from thought into expression, support and resonant feedback, all in service of unblocking your creativity and more fluid expression.
In each 80-minute class, we will:
- Begin with a free writing period
- Explore the relational neuroscience connected to the seeking circuit, and how it impacts the ability to express and tell our truth.
- Offer a resonance exercise or demonstration to support the movement toward free expression
- Continue with a second free writing period
- Create space for sharing and resonant responses to each other’s work
The classes will be recorded for participants in many time zones
This Course Includes Resonant Support
Get assistant support during classes – experience resonant support from experienced practitioners when you need it during class times. Often, this work can have unexpected depth and touch on deeply held subconscious awareness and pain. Getting support when we need it most helps participants to integrate, regulate, and have a felt experience of the transformative power of resonance.
Here’s what a previous participant shared about having assistant support available during courses: “Thank you so much for offering the in-class 1:1 support with a resonance assistant as part of the course. This opportunity has gone a long way to provide me with a personalized felt sense of the impact of this process when working with a trained and skilled person to a greater depth than I had experienced on my own. Such a gift.” ~ Dorothy
- This course is set up so that participants can contribute what they can.
- Please choose a variation that considers your financial resources as well as the contribution you would like to offer Sarah and her team.
- The standard tuition for this course is $300. If you choose to pay more, your contribution will go toward supporting those with fewer resources to attend.
We are delighted to offer 8 CEU hours for psychologists and social workers for this course ($30 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.
- Your tuition payment is non-refundable and transferable.
- This course will be recorded for those who want to learn asynchronously for some or all sessions.
- 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.
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.