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Insight, Growth, and Connection!

For this year’s Conference, we can’t bring you to the Colorado Rockies, as originally planned . . . so we are bringing the Rockies experience to you! Please join us online for four days full of nourishment, insight, introspection, growth and connection.

As tough as the past year and a half has been for many of us, we must now attend to the Stillpoint, Groundswell, and subsequent Ignition as we re-enter into a new, hopefully healthier rhythm. Let's come together to share in a united field, to grow deeply and learn more about what we all love to do. And to Embrace Change.

Each day of the Conference will be balanced with a movement or settling activity. There will be breaks for meals, pet walking, child care, or whatever you need. And if you if are unable to tune in for any of the presentations, you can watch a recording later.

Your Conference registration will include access to video recordings of the live presentations for at least 30 days after the Conference. You will be able to access recordings from a Conference Packet web page.


Enter the Benefit Raffle

This Conference will include a special raffle to benefit the Stephanie Abramson Educational Fellowship Fund, established to assist BIPOC students in learning craniosacral biodynamics and sharing the work in support for their communities.

We are currently collecting a number of raffle prizes including books, sessions and more. You can purchase raffle tickets when you register for the Conference. See the ongoing list of prizes below.

Please contact us if you have an item you would like to donate to our Raffle!


Conference Speakers

Paula Potts, M.Ed., RCST®, BCPP
Keynote Speaker

Paula Potts is an author, poet, healing arts practitioner and creator of the #FeelBETTERChallenge: Self-Care Practices for Daily Living-A Call to Action. Paula credits energy medicine as the life-saving treatment process that restored her health, her vitality and her return to purposeful living after a decade long struggle with disability and dis-ease.Paula has published three books which serve as invitations to “feel better”:  a memoir, Yesterday When I Was CRAZY: A Sacred Contract with HEALING, and two poetry books. The most recent, ZEN-Tabulous: The New Age FABULOUS, was completed during the pandemic to support the idea that “good things can be born during chaotic times”. Paula enjoys many passions as a music producer and jewelry designer with her daughter and business partner, Sylver Logan Sharp.  Learn more about Paula at paulapotts.com.

Roger Gilchrist, MA, RCST®
Distinguishing Stillpoints and States of Balance

Roger Gilchrist leads BCST trainings internationally as the director of Wellness Institute.  He originally studied with Franklyn Sills and later with various osteopaths.  Roger is the author of the book Craniosacral Therapy and the Energetic Body and numerous professional articles on BCST.  Following the traditions of Sills and Robert Fulford, DO, Roger is a deep believer in cultivating precision to enhance skillfulness in our work. Learn more about Roger at wellnessinstitute.net.

 

Prue Jeffries, CMT, RCST®, RSME
The Fluidity of the Midline; Exploring the Three Centers

Prue Jeffries is a Continuum Teacher and Approved Teacher of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. She is a pioneer of Women's Surfing with 20 years on the ASP World Championship Tour, and founder of Body of Wonder, Somatic Education and Awareness Seminars. Water, wave forms, stillness and movement have been her life. She weaves experiential learning from nature and her body with the study of healing, spiritual and somatic approaches for wholeness. Learn more about Prue at bodyofwonder.com

 

Aaron Johnson, co-founder of Holistic Resistance
& Barbu Panaitescu, RCST®, ERYT
Holding BIPOC Experience in BCST Training and Practice

Aaron Johnson is a co-founder of Holistic Resistance, a black-led group with a long history of working with healing arts practitioners and organizations. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possesses to end racism. Aaron leads a mentoring program called Turn It Up Now that focuses on elevating the power, talent, love, and work ethic of youth. He believes that deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism. Learn more about Aaron's work at holisticresistance.com.

Barbu Panaitescu is a BCST practitioner and Certified Yoga Instructor. He weaves a variety of somatic, trauma-informed techniques into his work and studies healing justice principles. He has also studied Interpersonal Neurobiology and Coherence Therapy and is a master Reiki trainer. He has facilitated group classes, retreats, and workshops for over a decade. Learn more about Barbu at barbupanaitescu.com.
 

Together, Aaron and Barbu will highlight racial and gender dynamics that might arise for BIPOC individuals within session work and BCST learning environments.

Kate White, MA, BCBMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP
The Shimmering on the Pond and Other Embryological Midline Adventures 

Kate White is an award-winning prenatal and perinatal educator and an advanced bodyworker. She is trained in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in mother-baby dyad care using somatic prevention and trauma healing approaches for nearly 20 years.  She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy, birth preparation, recovery from difficult birth, trauma resolution and  brain development to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. She was the Founding Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, and currently runs a private practice and offers her own seminars and training through the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs, ppncenter.com.

Kristin Sipley, RCST®Certified Womb Surround Facilitator; Polarity Life Coach
The Dance of the Embryo: Connecting to the Original Rhythms and Movements of Life

Kristin Sipley is a somatic wellness consultant, facilitator, educator, and mentor who assists individuals, couples, families, groups, and other professionals across the globe to connect with the wisdom and health within themselves and the field around us. Her integrative, holistic approach recognizes the inherent intelligence and health that supports each of us and combines aspects from her training in pre- and perinatal (PPN) somatic health, parent-infant mental health, lifespan development, trauma integration, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, and adult education. Kristin is a certified Castellino Womb Surround Process Workshop Facilitator and contributes to various PPN and bodywork trainings throughout the US and Canada.

 Alison Hazelbaker, RCST®, PhD, IBCLC
The Impact of Trauma on Infant Breastfeeding as a Midline Behavior 

Dr. Alison Hazelbaker has been a therapist for over 30 years. She specializes in cross-disciplinary treatment and has taken training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, a Pre and Perinatal Psychology Educator, a Rhythmic Movement practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She maintains a private practice in Columbus, Ohio. People recognize her as an expert on infant sucking issues and the treatment of same. She has used craniosacral therapy to treat infant sucking problems for nearly two decades with tremendous success and to date has performed nearly 10,000 infant treatments. Learn more about Alison at alisonhazelbaker.com.

Clara Favale, MS, PT, RCST®, BCST Certified Instructor, Focusing Instructor
Shannon Dailey, LMT, RCST®, BCST Certified Instructor
The Science Behind Remote Session Work and Beyond

Clara Favale started her career with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy, working with both children and adults. Treating people with traumatic injuries and disease motivated her to inquire more deeply into the nature of healing, and this led her to Craniosacral Therapy. She studied CST for 15 years, before learning of Franklyn Sills and his approach. Her journey with BCST began with studies at the Karuna Institute in 2000. Clara’s background includes different modalities of healing, Focusing Training, ILS Safe and Sound protocol provider, as well as many BCST postgraduate courses. She has taught continuing education courses in pre- and postnatal PT. Clara is on the teaching team at at Stillpoint. Learn more about Clara at clarafavale.com.

Shannon Dailey is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Registered Craniosacral Therapist, and a certified practitioner in Realization Process, a meditational therapy. She studied Somatic Experiencing, and completed  training in pre- and perinatal therapy with Ray Castellino of the BEBA Foundation. On faculty at the Swedish Institute, she has taught Craniosacral Therapy, Shiatsu, and Professional Development. She has served as a Teaching Assistant for Roger Gilchrist, Franklyn Sills, and Ray Castellino. Shannon has been practicing therapeutic body work since 1997, and currently has a private practice in NYC and upstate New York. Shannon is on the teaching team at Stillpoint.

Annette Herwander, RCST®, Pilates Practitioner
Pelvic Floor, Understanding Dysfunction and Health

Annette Herwander has studied dance, movement and the body for the last 20 years. Her journey through embodiment began as a dancer, choreographer, Pilates practitioner and a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist​. In 2008 she became a certified Pilates practitioner, and while professionally dancing she also completed courses at in Functional Anatomy for Movement & Injuries (FAMI) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and was on the staff at Westside Dance Physical Therapy. She has studied with Pilates professionals from around the country as well as Iyangar Yoga, Body Mind Centering through Movement Research, Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais. She draws on these experiences to open the door to curiosity and creativity in her practice. Learn more about Annette at integratingmovement.com.

Movement & Experiential  Presenters

Cator Shachoy, RCST®, CIAYT yoga therapist, YACEP instructor
Yoga & Mindfulness for Self-Regulation & Joy

Cator Shachoy began the practices of yoga, Buddhist meditation, and Craniosacral in 1990 to heal chronic illness. Through the regular practice of these disciplines, she recovered her strength and vitality. For Cator, personal growth and development is a healing path inviting us to become more intimate with everything. Her bodywork, movement and meditation practices are deeply integrated. Cator is a CIAYT yoga therapist, YACEP instructor, Mindfulness teacher and Visionary Craniosacral work practitioner with private practice in the SF bay area. She is the author of, The TMJ Handbook: How to Relieve Jaw Tension with Yoga & Mindfulness, forthcoming fall 2022 from Shambhala publications. Cator teachers online & internationally. Learn more about Cator at catorshachoy.com and youthyogadharma.org.

Ruti Wagaki, RCST®
Medical Qigong

 Ruti Wagaki is an experienced bodyworker with 25 years in private practice with special emphasis on Structural Integration, Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. She has extensive teaching experience and is a certified Qigong Instructor, a Teaching Assistant at the Barral Institute for Visceral Manipulation and has been practicing various iterations of Craniosacral Therapy for 22 years. Learn more about Ruti at rutihealth.com.

 

Bob Lehnberg, RSME, EAY, EDMY
Embryological Qigong

Bob Lehnberg is a certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering R. He also has teacher certifications for BMCTM Yoga, Integral Yoga®, and Supreme Science of Qigong®. He has been teaching in schools of massage therapy and programs of somatic training since 1990. He has taught BMC and somatic practices in the U.S. and internationally in Germany, France, Canada and China.From 2007 - 2018 he was on the core faculty of the Kinesthetic Learning Center in Durham, NC teaching and coordinating the Body-Mind Centering Somatic Movement Educator and Practitioner certification programs. Learn more about Bob at boblehnberg.com.

James Foulkes, RCST®, RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist
Qi Gong for Health and Well Being

James Foulkes is a 19th Generation Wu Dang Dragons Gate practitioner and has been practicing Qi Gong Yoga, and Kung Fu for 15+years.  He is a registered yoga therapy practitioner, with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and works with clients and students in Washington DC and on retreats and courses around the world. His first book on Yoga Therapy came out in 2017. He has been studying craniosacral therapy for 15+ years and is a teacher in training in BCST in Washington DC, as part of Roger Gilchrist’s Wellness Institute, based in Colorado. Learn more about James at jamesfoulkes.com.

 Robert Castellino, RCST®, BCST
Visual Meditation – Becoming Present Through Nature

Robert Castellino passion for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) originated with his personal health challenges, multiple life traumas/events. Through BCST he has learned and continuously learning new skills to comfort made possible as a registered and certified professional practitioner. Robert is also a professional photographer, writer, author coach, speaker, and book publisher. He has written six best selling and critically acclaimed books on Colorado. Learn about Robert's photography at robertcastellino.com.

Sheryl Lee, RCST®
Following Your Path of Change: A Finger Labyrinth Walk

Sheryl Lee is a BCST practitioner, Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator, former tai chi instructor, and long- time student of qigong. She has been leading meditative movement classes and facilitating group labyrinth walks for more than 10 years. With a biodynamic approach, she loves helping others use the labyrinth as a tool to quiet the mind, connect with the body and gain insight for life's questions and challenges. Learn more about Sheryl at connectedsteps.com.

Libby Kirkpatrick, RCST®
Grounding With Sound Music

 Using Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Biofield Tuning, Libby Kirkpatrick offers a hybrid of energy work, Sound Healing and Somatic therapy to help rebalance and revitalize any body with stress or pain. Her work has included  the development of writing and performing music as a healing modality unto itself. Learn more about Libby at onewomanwellness.com.

  


 

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Registration Fee:  $150 USD per person

Registration includes access to video recordings of live Conference presentations until October 12, 2021.
Registration fees are non-refundable.  
A limited number of partial scholarships for Conference registration fees are available to BCTA/NA Members. If you are a BCTA/NA Member, you can apply for a partial scholarship HERE.


  

Conference Raffle Prizes

Below are prizes generously donated by BCTA/NA members for our raffle to benefit the Stephanie Abramson Educational Fellowship Fund.  Prize donations are still being accepted. If you have an item you would like to donate, please contact us!

This prize list will be updated as additional items are donated:

Books & Posters
  • Yesterday When I was Crazy: A Sacred Contract with Healing, by Paula Potts - donated by Paula Potts
  • ZEN-Tabulous: The New Age FABULOUS, by Paula Potts - donated by Paula Potts
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Volume 2, by Michael Shea - donated by Michael Shea
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Volume 3, by Michael Shea donated by Michael Shea
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Volume 5, by Michael Shea donated by Michael Shea
  • Poster Series, the Baby's Experience - donated by Kate White
Sessions & Classes
  • Online Supervision session - donated by Ryan Halford
  • Astrology Reading -  donated by Ruti Wagaki
  • Online Distance Session - donated by Jared Power
  • Online Self-Care Session - donated by Jared Power
  • Five Animal Frolics Animal Qigong online classes - donated by Bob Lehnberg
  • Online Session - donated by Robyn Michele Jones
  • Online Session - donated by Dee Powers
  • Two-hour one-on-one Zoom Continuum Class - donated by Beverly Bajema
  • Phone or Zoom Mentoring Session - donated by Margery Chessare
  • One-hour Professional Supervision - donated by Roger Gilchrist
  • One-hour Zoom Restorative or Therapeutic Yoga Class - donated by Stephanie Rogers
  • 30-minutes Online session: Therapeutic yoga, Guided meditation, or Healing - donated by Cator Shachoy
  • Qigong Classes - donated by James Foulkes
  • Online session/class - donated by Annette Herwander

Prizes will continue to be added!

Please contact us if you have an item you would like to donate to the Raffle!