SEXUALITY IN THE BRAIN: Healthy Development & Trauma Recovery (Optional 4th day to ACEs Event)

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SEXUALITY IN THE BRAIN: Healthy Development & Trauma Recovery (Optional 4th day to ACEs Event)

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day-long workshop will explore sexuality through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology, including what contributes to humans developing an easeful relationship to their sexuality, and how attachment patterns and trauma can lead to difficulties in staying relaxed and self-connected during physical intimacy.
  • Jak Panksepp’s 7 Circuits of Emotion and Motivation, including the Sexuality Circuit and the different paths to a diminished connection to sexuality, as well as paths to renewal and awakening
  • The role of the vagas nerve (responsible for engagement and fight/flight/freeze) in sexuality
  • The Prefrontal Cortex and the role it plays in sexuality (the whole brain is our largest sexual organ)
  • What we need to know to heal from sexual assault and abuse


This is an optional “add-on” day to the Transforming Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) event which occurs March 7-9, and builds on to information learned during the first 3 days. When combined with the ACEs event, the cost is $460 for all 4 days.

If you’d like to attend ONLY the sexuality workshop as a stand-alone, it’s important that you have attended a 3-day IPNB workshop with Sarah previously in order to support your learning and clarity, as the 4th day builds on to the neurobiology Sarah will share in the 3-day ACEs workshop.


The Hutchinson Center, University of Maine
80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, Maine
Lunch included

– the human brain is able to grow and become more integrated no matter what your age or past experiences?
– the language we use can transform the way the brain holds its memories?
– every experience of effective empathy helps the brain recover from trauma?

Deeply rooted in the science of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), CNVC Certified Trainer and internationally published author Sarah Peyton offers three days of learning experiences that help participants integrate an understanding of trauma and how to work with it. Both Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and recent findings in the field of neuroscience will be included to support the participants in experiencing why and how resonant language works to heal brains. The workshop is fully interactive and will consist of practical, applicable theory, demonstrations and practice.

SPACE IS LIMITED – Register for this event online:
CEU’s available. For more information: 207-789-5299 /

Developing clarity about the way we use language and how we affect one another brings precision and ease to relationships with clients.

Reactivity is the intrusion of unhealed moments from the past into the present. The brain believes that all of our unhealed memories still exist in present time. And from the new understandings in brain research we now have a map for healing, repairing and integrating the parts of the brain that are required for emotional stability under stress and successful interrelationships.

– Knowledge and information of how our brains work
– An understanding of the contribution of trauma to addiction and difficult behaviors
– Experiences of the transformation that resonance brings to brains that are struggling
– Reflections on how to use this knowledge and skills after the workshop

Open Communication –
Open Communication is dedicated to bringing Nonviolent
CommunicationSM consciousness and practical skills
to people of all ages and life circumstances. Open
Communication helps people develop skills we all can
use to foster sustainable human relationships.

Clarity Services, LLC –
At Clarity Services, LLC we understand that groups of people
working together face many challenges and we specialize
in offering basic tools and skills that will not only get
you through a time of challenge, but will also improve the
effectiveness of your group process going forward.

Maine Resilience Building Network
Our Mission is to promote resilience in all people by increasing
understanding of the impacts of traumas and stressors
such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the
importance of protective factors like positive relationships.
We focus on comprehensive, cross-sector and systematic
approach to foster education, awareness and action.


March 10
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hedges Hall, Point Lookout Conference Center
67 Atlantic Way
Northpoint, ME 04849 United States
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