At Center for Richer Living, we offer a variety of groups, all facilitated by Katherine Revoir
Happy Brain Groups
Wednesday Online Group
Happy Brain groups are for anyone who is very motivated to make their brain a happy place to live. If this is your first Happy Brain group, you are welcome to jump in!
Our upcoming 8-week online Happy Brain Group is titled:
Feel It! Write It!: Exploring our 8 Circuits of Emotion Through Writing, is September 6th – October 25th, 2023.
For me, the greatest gift of studying social neuroscience with Sarah Peyton is that my brain has become more regulated. Regulated brains are calmer, with more equanimity. They are also more organically empathic and less reactive.
One of the fastest ways to a more regulated brain is to name and express our emotions. This relaxes our brain. The neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp identified 7 Circuits of Emotion and Motivation. These circuits are like bus lines that run throughout our brain, carrying our different emotions. The circuits are: FEAR, RAGE, PLAY, SEXUALITY/EMERGENCE, PANIC/GRIEF, CARE, AND SEEKING. Sometimes our circuits get entangled, e.g., I spent most of my life crying when I really felt anger, or expressing anger when I really felt fear. Before his death a few years ago, Jaak Panksepp was researching disgust as a circuit, and Sarah Peyton has found enough evidence to add it to the list, so now we have DISGUST as the 8th circuit.
I’ve discovered that the process of writing my truth about anything, without editing for possible retribution or loyalty, and then having my writing witnessed in warm community, has a very calming and grounding effect on my nervous system. It’s as though my brain is confirming, “Yes, this happened, I wrote about it, and it was witnessed. It really did happen.” Afterward I always feel my feet a little more solidly on the earth. I believe this registers experiences differently in our brain than simply talking about them. Also, learning to love our emotional circuits and what blocks us from them can bring "sensemaking" into our lives and help us understand and have compassion for other folks' emotions.
In our upcoming 8-week Happy Brain group, we will:
• Explore the 8 Circuits of Emotion and Motivation, and during each group have one or two free-writing experiences about each circuit
• Encourage a writing practice that supports the movement toward free expression
• Create an emotionally safe space for sharing and resonant responses to each other’s writing.
Although we are all writers, this is NOT about becoming professional and publishing our writing. It’s a self-resonance practice where we allow ourselves to be seen and heard, giving ourselves the treasure of telling our truth, and doing it vulnerably. This helps us see how valuable that experience was to us.
- Prerequisite: No previous experience necessary
- Where: We'll meet via Zoom
- When: 8 weeks, Wednesdays, September 6th – October 25th, 2023, 9:00 – 10:45am PDT
- Facilitated by: Katherine Revoir
- Cost: $192.20, which includes the PayPal fee. if you are paying from outside the U.S. add $5 to the total. Or you can send a check. Contact us if you need a reduced rate.
- Register: PLEASE register by emailing Christina – give her your name, phone number, and let her know you want to join the Wednesday Happy Brain group and that you have paid. Use PayPal to pay on our Happy Brain page (or you can send a check).
“Katherine, I’ve been sending my therapy clients to your Happy Brain groups and every 8 weeks, and as I talk with them, I’m getting so much satisfaction as they tell me about the deepening and strengthening they are experiencing. I’m thrilled! I’ve been waiting for a resource like your groups for a long, long time!"
~ Cynthia McReynolds, MFT
Warm Bath Resonance Hour
NOTE: These ongoing drop-in group are open for those who have participated in a Happy Brain Group in the past year. Both our Monday and Wednesday groups are open, starting September 6th.
You are welcome to join and practice in our warm resonant community. We honor the agreements from Happy Brain Group to create a safe container for us to practice giving and receiving resonance for whatever is on our hearts and minds. We use focused time-keeping and intend for everyone who wishes to participate to have a chance.
When: Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 11:00 –12:15pm, Pacific time
Cost: No cost, donations are welcome
Family Constellation Groups
Online Constellation Group: Your Life Makes Sense
I’m excited to be offering this group, as Family Constellations are the most powerful tool I know of for resolving stuck patterns of behavior and harvesting the inherent wisdom in our bodies. The first 6 people who register and pay $150 (+PayPal fee) are guaranteed to receive a constellation (see details below). Or, you can also send me a check for $150. You are also welcome to register as a representative for $40.00 (+PayPal fee). Each week I facilitate one constellation, and others in the group support the constellation as representatives. I use the whiteboard on Zoom to draw the constellation.
Prerequisite: No previous constellation experience necessary
Where: We'll meet via Zoom
When: 6 weeks, Mondays, September 11 – October 16th, 6:30 – 8:15pm PDT.
Time: 6:30 – 8:15 pm Pacific Time
Cost: $155.93 if you want to receive a constellation. This includes the PayPal fee. If you pay from outside the U.S., add $6 to the total. Or, if you're within the U.S., you can send a check for $150. To be a representative, the cost is $41.95 (includes PayPal fee) to represent. Contact us if you need a reduced rate. Pay with the secure PayPal button below. Please check with Christina before paying, as we may already have the quota for those who want to receive a constellation. You can join as a representative, even if the group has started.
Register: VERY IMPORTANT : If you want to join as a seeker, FIRST CHECK to see if there's an available spot before paying. PLEASE email Christina – give her your name, phone number, and let her know that you are joining Your Life Makes Sense, and if you are joining as a seeker or representative. Use PayPal to pay on the Constellations page (or you can send a check), and please also let Christina know that you have paid.
FREE in-person Sunday Group Constellations
I lead a FREE day of constellations every 6 weeks or so. They are currently being held online, via Zoom. Click here for more information. If you’re interested, send me an email at KatherineQ@RicherLiving.org to get on my email list. Upcoming constellation days are:
- August 27th, 2023
- October 1st, 2023
- December 3rd, 2023
- January 14th, 2024
Please Note: Family constellation work is an opportunity for personal growth and transformation. It offers ways to see the world and yourself with new levels of compassion. This work is not therapy and is not a substitute for therapy. If you have a sense that you would be destabilized by others speaking about difficult events, it would be better not to join us for these programs.
Individual Constellations — in person or ONLINE
I can facilitate your individual constellation in person in Mill Valley, CA, or online via Zoom (like Skype, but easier). With Zoom I use the whiteboard to draw representatives of different elements in your constellation, e.g., goals, blocks, family members, emotions, countries, and states of mind. The only person in your family needed to be present to do this work is yourself.
Email me for scheduling and rates.
More information here
Other Group Constellations
These can take place in a few ways:
- In person, where you would supply at least 5 friends and/or family members to participate in your constellation as representatives. Sometimes I can bring one or two representatives.
- Via Zoom, where you bring together at least 5 friends/family to participate as representatives for you. We can try to schedule your constellation during a time zone that works for everyone. Sometimes I can bring one or two representatives.
- I’m available to travel to facilitate for you or multiple constellations for your group. If it’s a weekend, I often combine some teaching of relational neuroscience with the constellation facilitation.
Email me for scheduling and rates.
More information here