Introduction to Emergent Constellations Masterclass

Learn how to unwind and unravel the frozen strands of trauma and buried nervous-system vows through the emergent constellations. This masterclass is an introduction to a participatory, body-centered modality that works with resonant knowing field to heal at the ancestral and collective level. 

How have your ancestors’ journeys impacted you and how can you transform your family trauma so that it changes from being something that stops you in your tracks into something that becomes a resource?

Family Constellation work heals trauma at the family level, transgenerationally and historically, as well as at the personal level. Constellations are a way of unwinding and unraveling the frozen strands of trauma and buried nervous-system vows from our essential beings, so that we can flourish, live, and contribute our gifts with ease.

Sarah’s approach encourages facilitators to integrate relational neuroscience and an understanding of relational vs instrumental language into the work. Participants learn the basics of constellation work within the framework of emergent constellations, and enter into a meaningful partnership with reps and clients to harvest all the wisdom that is present in the field.

This 3-day, 15-hour class will take participants from an interest in constellations, or from the directive view of constellations, to a deeper experience of constellations occurring both within their bodies and in the field. We will explore the invisible web of patterns that support the unfolding movement of constellations to bring new freedom and choice to human systems.

Also available as part of Sarah’s 2024 constellation masterclass series: Wound as Portal. This year’s masterclass series explores woundedness and shame, and how we can use constellation facilitation as a frame to investigate how our work with our deepest wounds opens us to contribute most fully with others, and the ways in which our shame is a doorway that helps us to discover this pattern in our lives and in our bodies. 

You are welcome to register just for this masterclass, or the full series immersion program which includes this Introductory Workshop for free with the purchase of the full masterclass series.

15 hours of class over the course of 3 days to
deeply immerse yourself:

The schedule will be as follows (All times are in the Pacific Time zone. To convert to your time, please click here)


  • February 20: Tuesday, 9am-12pm, 1pm-3pm
  • February 21: Wednesday, 9am-12pm, 1pm-3pm
  • February 22: Thursday, 9am-12pm, 1pm-3pm

Sarah’s Approach to Family Constellations:

Family Constellations are a healing exploration that let people take all the elements of a question or a problem and place them into physical space, where everything can be seen and experienced. This modality allows the person receiving the constellation, the seeker, to take unprecedented giant steps toward clarity and resolution.

This work is done internationally along a continuum from very directed by the facilitator, to very emergent, arising from the contributions of the representatives and witnesses participating in the circle. When we are working as facilitators in the emergent style, it may seem that we are doing very little, but the facilitator’s body is the central point of resource and calm that allows the movement to occur, and meaning to arise.

When I first became acquainted with Family Constellations, I wondered what it would be like if the facilitator brought warm curiosity and an understanding of consent to the representatives (rather than telling the reps where to move and what to say), and if would be possible to still do deep and effective work for clients. Based on this curiosity, I began to study and to facilitate, integrating both relational neuroscience concepts and resonant language into my constellation work. As an outgrowth of this, I began to explore the tool of Unconscious Contract Work, an approach to resistance that appears early in Hellinger’s transcripts and shows up in Stephen Hausner’s book title, “Even If It Costs Me My Life.” The convergence of attention to language, the understanding of relational neuroscience and the power of Constellation work has indeed brought deep, life-changing experiences to many clients.” ~ Sarah Peyton

What to Expect:

Each day we alternate between short lectures on neuroscience and constellation concepts with mini-constellations to explore and practice the concepts, and then we do large group constellations. If you’re a visual learner you can imagine small islands of didactic learning, surrounded by slightly larger islands of small-group learning, and then interspersed with large, full-group constellations.  Small group work will be done in small groups or dyads via breakout groups on zoom.

This 3-day immersion will cover the following material:

  • Interviewing the client: what to ask, what to look for
  • Choosing the initial elements for representation
  • What creates movement in a constellation
  • Experiencing the resonant field
  • 4 ways to ask the field to respond
  • The narrative arc of the constellation
  • When to resource
  • Healing words and sentences
  • Unconscious contracts
  • Ways to move to completion


Who is this for?

All are welcome. Whether you’re experienced or brand new to constellations, this workshop will support you in stepping towards emergent facilitation online. For beginners, this class will give you the vocabulary and experience you need to enjoy other facilitation classes.

Sarah’s approach encourages facilitators to integrate relational neuroscience and an understanding of relational vs instrumental language into the work. Participants learn the basics of constellation work within the framework of emergent constellations, and enter into a meaningful partnership with reps and clients to harvest all the wisdom that is present in the field.

For experienced facilitators of emergent constellations, this three-day class (15 hours) will be an opportunity to deepen their approach to this style of work. For beginners, this class will give you the vocabulary and experience you need to enjoy other facilitation classes, including Wound as Portal: the 2024 Constellations Facilitation Masterclass Series. For facilitators who are not as familiar with emergent constellations, this class will be an opportunity to step into exploration of online work.

People who are enrolled in the full masterclass series program for 2024 have the option of attending this workshop for free.

If I’m interested in Sarah’s language and neuroscience work, why would I want to learn about Constellations?

Constellation work takes people farther into their healing journey than any other modality, and it takes effect more quickly. It is the rocketship of personal transformation. In Constellation work, you will see both resonant language and relational neuroscience bring their best gifts to individuals and groups. As you work with Constellations, you will discover that every depth process, every time travel, and every unconscious contract is its own constellation and that once you begin to perceive the elements of the work that people do in this light, your client work will have more power and assurance, and be able to integrate more facets and dimensions.

If I already know about Constellations, why would I want to study with Sarah?

Many people have taken Constellation facilitation training programs, and very few of them end up being facilitators themselves, or even trying facilitating on their own. Sarah’s trainings focus on building experience and confidence, based on the following foundational beliefs:

–       New facilitators need 100% advocacy and safe environments to practice facilitation
–       Everyone is exactly where they need to be
–       Each facilitator creates the constellation that is needed in that moment
–       At the same time, we can always improve our capacity to see patterns and learn new things, and then the field just keeps bringing us more complexity, and the ability to stretch to create ever deeper opportunities for healing

Cost and Registration Information


$800 Regular price

Have questions or need financial assistance? We will know if partial scholarships are available on February 15, 2024. Write to [email protected] on or after February 7 to inquire.


  • In order to secure the early-bird rates, you must register and pay by the dates above.
  • Your tuition payment is non-refundable and transferable.
  • 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.

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 personal and collective trauma.

Sarah teaches and lectures internationally, is a regular contributor to The Knowing Field International Constellations Journal and has authored chapters in Stephan Hausner’s Salutogene Aufstellungen and Francesca Mason Boring's The Nature Constellations Handbook: An Invitation to Connection: Re-Membering Nature in Systems.

Sarah is a regularly featured keynote speaker for international constellation events including ISCA and NASCA 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, 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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