Finding Creativity with the

Help of Disgust

In order to express ourselves creatively, we need to know the difference between “yes” and “no”. Join Sarah Peyton and Jaya Manske for a transformative exploration of the DISGUST circuit, and learn how finding your embodied boundaries can help you create space and support for finding your authentic voice through writing or other arts. 

When it comes to your creative expression, are the voices and judgements of other people louder than your own? Do you struggle to have a solid sense of what you need and want?

Is it nearly impossible for you to find the time for the creative expression you so deeply desire?

In order to create effectively, we need to know where our “no” is. Often, our inability to create the time and space needed for creativity and play is the outcome of us not having access to our own “no”s. Surprisingly, working with the DISGUST circuit can help us with this work: clearing our lives for our creativity and finding our voice.

This is because the DISGUST circuit is where we set boundaries, know what we want to do, distinguish between the many voices in our heads, and have access to clearing other people’s judgements from our creative processes. 

Over the course of six weeks, we will focus on the DISGUST circuit, and explore how attraction and repulsion occur in our bodies through unconscious contract work, time travel, and a deep investigation into the neuroscience of boundaries. This exploration will provide each of us tools and thoughtful inquiry into our boundary setting and space creating 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.

 This 6-Session series runs from Jan. 23 through March 5th, 2024

We will meet online from 8:00-9:20 AM PDT | 11:00 AM EDT | 4:00 PM BST (convert to your time zone here


  • January 23
  • January 30 (taught by Jaya Manske)
  • February 6
  • February 13 (taught by Jaya Manske)
  • February 27
  • March 5

(no class February 20)

This class will be taught primarily by Sarah Peyton with Jaya Manske supporting the course and leading certain sessions. Classes will include lecture, free writing, resonant feedback and breakout sessions with other participants.


The course will meet via zoom. Recordings will be made available to those who are registered for the live program.

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 disgust 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.

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.

Are CEUs available?

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.


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 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

Disgust is a VITAL emotion that serves as a protective and helpful force. Disgust can cause shame when turned toward the self and is often the source of our blocked creativity. Learning to work with our disgust is absolutely crucial for healing and creativity.

 – Sarah Peyton


  • 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.
  • Some additional partial scholarships may be available after January 11th, 2024. Please write our helpdesk to inquire on or after January 11th.

Recordings included.

Have questions? write to [email protected].



  • 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.

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.

About the Instructors

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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.


Jaya Manske is a transformative healing-centered coach and resonant healing practitioner with a passion for supporting people to cultivate kindness, compassion and gentleness for themselves and reconnect to their wholeness and mattering. She has been an empathetic practitioner since 2001 and is a member of Sarah’s team.

A former educator with a degree focused on developmental theory, Jaya has an in-depth background in attachment theory and how resonance transforms our ability to be in a kinder relationship with ourselves and others.

Informed by developmental theory, relational neuroscience, and the ways trauma impacts the brain and nervous system, Jaya offers resonant empathy, unconscious contracts/sacred vow work, time travel empathy, and is a certified mindfulness and wellness coach.

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