New Depths is a groundbreaking approach that at last makes it possible to heal the persistent patterns of pain and dysfunction that are the heritage of unresolved childhood pain and trauma, including anxiety, painful relationships, reactivity, and addiction.

In the Intensive Program, Susan and Sarah have integrated the latest discoveries in brain science, trauma treatment, and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to create a uniquely effective program that literally rewires our brain and restores our birthright of well-being.

The Intensive Program is delivered over a nine-month period, and includes:

  • Three week-long residential retreats in a pastoral setting outside of Portland, OR
    • October 10-17, 2016
    • January 20-27, 2017
    • May 19-26, 2017

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  • One hour-long individual consultation with Susan Skye
  • Monthly in-depth empathy conference calls facilitated by Sarah and recommended weekly empathy buddy calls that provide ongoing access to the transformational power of a resonant, compassionate community throughout the entire 9-month program
  • Monthly Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) teleseminars with Sarah on subjects like addiction, sexuality, motivation, gender, & more

As a special bonus, you’ll also receive four powerful tools that enable you to begin your New Depths healing journey as soon as you register: Susan’s “Healing Childhood Trauma” (MP3), Susan’s “Living Energy of Needs” (Video and MP3), and two of Sarah’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Teleseminars of your choice (MP3s).CLICK HERE to REGISTER NOW

Click here for a brief, downloadable Intensive Program flyer (2 pages).

Click here for a downloadable Intensive Program flyer with complete details (PDF).


PROGRAM CONTENT:2011 New Depths Participants (small group)

Our time together will include a combination of experiential process work, conceptual learning, breathing and meditation, and small group work. Topic areas will include:

The “Brain Map” of Human Well-being

  • The nine characteristics of a healthy brain
  • How to create new neural pathways that restore integration & function to our brains
  • How to assess our own level of brain integration as it develops over the course of New Depths & beyond

The Limbic Alarm System & The Impact of Unmet Childhood Needs and Trauma

  • The role & function of our limbic (emotional) alarm systemSusan Skye
  • How persistently unmet life-needs caused by modern parenting practices, poorly attuned parenting, neglect, & abuse damage our brains neurologically, biochemically, & physically
  • How brain damage caused by unmet childhood needs and trauma creates lasting negative effects, including:
    • ongoing or recurring stress & anxiety, hypervigilance, anger, emotional reactivity, unsatisfying or dysfunctional relationships, etc.
    • a distorted sense of self that includes persistent critical inner voices, self-blame, & a pervasive sense of unworthiness & inadequacy
    • unresolved traumatic memory that shows up as traits in ourselves that that we dislike & criticize

Understanding the Healing Process – Methods for Repairing Our Brains & Resolving Emotional Triggers & Reactivity

  • How to calm our emotional alarm system
  • How to develop & sustain emotional equilibrium & self-regulation
  • How to use deep process work to repair & create the brain circuits that support warmth & intimacy

Experiencing the Healing Process & Stable ChangeSarah_NEW

  • Experience the New Depths processes & tools that enable us to connect in a transformational way with our unprocessed pain/disconnected parts or energies (“inner orphans”)
  • Experience how integrating these unprocessed traumatic memories reduces or resolves trauma-based symptoms, & allows us a compassionate, empowered, & heart-connected relationship with our painful past
  • Experience a shift in our negative beliefs & assumptions about ourselves into a positive, life-affirming sense of self
  • Create a coherent narrative of our life that completes the integration process & empowers empathic self-connection

Deepening Our Capacity For Emotional Connection & Sexual Intimacy

  • Understand the four relationship survival patterns (“attachment styles”) that explain why relationships fail
  • Learn how to interrupt dysfunctional patterns & restore our natural capacity for satisfying, life-giving relationships
  • Understand the neurobiology of intimacy & how to restore satisfying sexual function

Understanding & Addressing Addictive Behaviors

  • Learn how brain damage from early childhood trauma creates addictive behaviors (food disorders, workaholism, substance abuse, compulsive shopping & gambling, etc.)
  • Learn how to use empathy & compassion to create a sense of meaning & self-value that heals addictive patterns
  • Develop sustainable, life-supporting strategies that nourish & support us


The following is a list of values that we’d like our participants to resonate with:Inner Path

  • A desire to learn about brain research that relates to healing unresolved childhood pain and promoting well-being
  • A willingness to engage in or witness inner work that may involve intense emotional content
  • A willingness and ability to be part of a group and to speak in the group
  • A willingness to value both your own needs and the needs of the other members of our community



Your program investment includes all fees for 21 retreat days, 2 individual sessions, 16 group telecalls, plus room & board for the three week-long retreats:

  • $5295 double occupancy ($3000 program tuition, $2295 room & board)
  • $5895 single occupancy ($3000 program tuition, $2895 room & board)

Available Program Tuition Discounts (can be combined if you qualify for both, for a current total possible discount of $1800):

1) CNVC Trainer Early Registration Discount:

  • Save $1500 when you register by June 30, 2016

2) Multiple Person*

  • Save $300 each, when 2 or more people register together

* Multiple person discounts apply when all members of your group identify each other on your registration form, and submit your registration forms and make your deposit payments within 14 days of each other.



Deposit and Payment Information:

A $600 registration deposit must accompany your application. You will receive a confirmation e-mail and payment schedule when you’re accepted into the program. Once you’ve been accepted into the program, your registration deposit is non-refundable. (If you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded in full.)

Full payment is due by August 1, 2016 or within 7 days of your acceptance into the program (whichever is later). Payment plans are available for an additional administrative fee; click here to request more information.

Transfer, Cancellation, and Refund Policies:

  • You may transfer 100% of your registration fees and discounts to another participant if that person meets the program prerequisites and is accepted into the program.
  • If you cancel on or before August 1, 2016, you’ll receive a full refund, minus the $600 non-refundable registration deposit.
  • If you cancel after August 1, 2016, you’ll receive a full refund, minus the $600 non-refundable registration deposit, only if we can fill your place in the program with another paying participant.
  • If we cancel the program for any reason, you will receive a full refund (including your $600 registration deposit).

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Refunds are not available if you cancel after the start of the first retreat, if you do not show up, or if you leave the program early.



Click here for a brief, downloadable (2-page) Intensive Program flyer (PDF).

Click here for a downloadable Intensive Program flyer with complete details (PDF).

If you have any other questions about the New Depths Intensive Program, please click here to contact us by email, or call us at 503-862-9224.



Click here to register for the New Depths Intensive Program. We’re delighted you’ll be joining us!