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Dreaming the Next Evolution of BCST

What dream do we want to create together to propel the world into greater compassion, acceptance, balance and increased resilience? How can we collectively hold the “Health” in a more global, inclusive perspective? We invite you to participate in this gathering to hold the field for this intention of global interconnectedness.

Join us in building our ability to understand and function in an increasingly multicultural, international, yet interconnected environment.  

Your Conference registration will include access to video recordings of the live presentations until March 31, 2023. You will be able to access recordings and other Conference materials from a Conference Packet web page.

For Our Community

Scholarships

It is our goal to have this conference accessible to people of all different cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, and economic statuses. If the cost of the conference is a limiting factor, please submit a request for a partial or full scholarship here.

This request is confidential and need only include your name and amount of scholarship requested. 

Bid in the Benefit Auction

Participate in a special online auction that will be open exclusively to Conference registrants. You will have the opportunity to bid on sessions from some of the most sought after therapists in North America, listed here. All proceeds will benefit the Stephanie Abramson Educational Fellowship Fund.

The Auction will be open for bidding August 15 - September 1, 2022. Winners will be announced at the Conference.


Conference Speakers

A program of inspirational presenters will bring you their perspectives on the evolution of biodynamics at this time in history. Below are their presentation topics and bios.

 

Jamie Figueroa, MFA
Engaging Our Sovereign Heart

Jamie Figueroa is Boricua (Afro-Taíno) by way of Ohio and long-time resident of northern New Mexico. She is author of the critically acclaimed novel Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer which "brims with spellbring prose, magical elements, and wounded, full-hearted characters that nearly jump off the page" (Publishers Weekly).  Her writing has appeared in Elle, The New York Times, Emergence Magazine, McSweeney's, and American Short Fiction, among others. Jamie’s teaching and collaborative community work facilitates equitable engagement with underrepresented voices that highlights intergenerational, multi-racial & multi-ethnic as well as gender & sexual diversity. Currently, she facilitates modern myth making for personal and collective restoration and healing where she sources her guiding belief that story—the act of telling story and listening to story—is the most powerful tool we have as human beings to enact compassion and change. Learn more about Jamie at jamiefigueroa.com
 

Katherine Ukleja, DO, RCST
Wholeness

Katherine Ukleja has been a practitioner for 35 years and one of a small band of leading international teachers of Craniosacral Therapy for the past 25 years, spreading the biodynamic model across continents. Her entrée into the field of touch medicine was via massage and osteopathy, but it was Craniosacral Therapy that beguiled her. She qualified at the Karuna Institute under the inspirational guidance of Franklyn Sills, and then had the privilege of teaching alongside the great man for many years. For her, the biodynamic approach is the most potent way of returning the intricate organism, that is a human being, to the state of ongoing emergence that is original health. She is continually awed by the simplicity and eloquence of Primary Respiration. Learn more at katherineukleja.co.uk.

Anna Meyer, BCST Practitioner, Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master and HeartMath Certified Trainer
Restorative Connection with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Natural World

As the Founder of Formation Healing Arts, Anna Meyer is an organizer, holistic healing practitioner, and artist who has been working in local and national LGBTQ and BIPOC communities for over 25 years. Anna’s focus is on supporting the health of our communities through healing individual and collective trauma and orienting toward restorative connection and holistic health. Anna's healing justice work is grounded and centered with queer, trans, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, people of color, black and indigenous folks and all are welcome; creating a safer space to be, to connect in, and to find resources to first, survive, and then move beyond surviving to thriving. Anna is a light-skinned mixed race (white, mexican, and native), disabled non binary queer who lives, loves, and works on Dakota land in South Minneapolis and beyond. Learn more at formationhealingarts.com

Bill Harvey, M.A., C.A.R. (Certified Advanced Rolfer), ISBCT (Full Instructor through Michael Shea)
From Embodiment to Enspiritment 

Bill Harvey has been a Certified Rolfer since 1984, Certified Advanced Rolfer since 1990, Rolf Movement Practitioner since 1999, and Biodynamic Craniosacral practitioner since 1984. Early on in his practice Bill couldn't help but realize two things: no matter how skilled and connected Bill was, the results were limited by his own as well as the client's belief systems and nervous systems; and, the most profound healing experiences for his clients were the result of forces that were ultimately outside of Bill's actions and control. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy expands both of these domains.  But there's so much more that we as practitioners can do. Spiritual maturation is the answer, but what pathway can work for client and practitioner alike?  How can we work around our cognitive and nervous system limitations of how we live our lives?  Mudras work directly with our being-ness offering this crucial bypass of our thoughts, beliefs and wiring. Learn more at billharvey.org.


Mary
Ganzon, RCST®
The Spaces in Between

Mary Ganzon moves, cultivates moving and movement. In between  she sits in the stillness, resting and being held. She practices biodynamic craniosacral therapy and lives on a small island in the Salish Sea.

 

 


Thalbert Allen, 
Shiatsu Practitioner, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Chi Kung Instructor
Balancing the 5 Elements in the Body

Thalbert Allen is director and principal tutor for the College of Elemental Chi kung. He is a qualified Shiatsu practitioner as well as a qualified Craniosacral Therapist. Thalbert started practicing Chi kung (now spelled Qi Gong) in 1995 while practicing Tai chi. He has been teaching teachers to teach Chi kung for the last 20years. Learn more at elementalchikung.com.

 

Rostislav Nedosekin, BCST
Impacts of Communication & Language on Therapy and Client Health 

With technical background and education (physics of plasma), Rostislav has always been attracted to health giving practices. He started his education in health in 2013 with Ayurveda, then in 2014 continued with osteopathy and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and in 2021 he graduated as a physiologist. All these disciplines, and schools he has  chosen are common in terms of holistic approach to perceive and treat our clients on all three layers mentioned by A.T. Still - Mind, Body, Spirit. Nowadays Rostislav is exploring how to bring the best from all these disciplines into practice and will be glad to share this with the community.  Learn more at lifecontact.pro (in Russian, please use Google Translator to explore the site).

Candice Marro, BCST and E.M.I Certified Mindfulness Teacher, P.E.A.C.E.®  schools founder, author
Wise Bodies Education

Candice is a trained psychotherapist and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist, EMI certified mindfulness teacher and author. She is the founder and director of P.E.A.C.E ® mindful education Inc. providing mindfulness program for schools and educators, also conducting research on the effects of mindfulness for the development of pro social skills for students and teachers. Candice co-teaches eco mindful oriented courses for higher education and a post grad “embodied mindfulness and experimental neuroscience” for body oriented therapists. She authored 2 books (in French) : « La méditation avec les enfants, ça marche » and « Mon enfant médite en pleine conscience » with Ilios Kotsou PhD. Learn more about Candice's work at: meditation-enseignement.comwww.mindful-education.fr, and elearning.peace-mindful-education.com.

Liza Borodkina, C.S.T.
Uniting Cultures Through the Tide

Liza Borodkina trained in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy at the Karuna Institute in the UK in 2005, followed by extended graduate studies with Mike Boxhall, Ray Castellino and Anna Chitty. She practiced and taught BCST globally, including countries like Argentina, France, India, and Egypt. In 2008 she introduced BCST to the Middle East where she taught and empowered women becoming craniosacral therapists, a profession they consider their life’s work. She has also trained in yoga, Vipassana and Transcendental Meditation at the birthplace of these practices in India. In addition, Liza is a life-long artist with extensive performance experience in classical piano and Argentine tango. Currently she runs a stillness-based teaching and treatment practice, supporting clients and colleagues through the stillness approach to cranial work. Learn more at sacredrecreation.com.

 Kathy Clayton, Licensed Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Spiritual Healer
We Are One

Kathy was captivated after attending an open house at the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC. She fell in love with massage therapy. This began her adventure into bodywork and healing. Reiki training was next. In 2005 she began training in craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute. Then the TIDES introduced themselves to Kathy and she discovered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Studying the shamanic path has been the next step in this journey. She is also a student of Brigit Viksnin’s Alchemical Alignment. Learn more about Kathy at katherinehearthealing.com.

 

 Andraly Horn, LMT, BCST
Transparency to the Natural World

Andraly loves to spend as much time as possible observing and being still in the natural world. His love of nature is what informs him in his practice as a massage therapist. After graduating from the Florida School of Massage in 1993, he was asked to teach Kinesiology for their program. That foundation of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system deepened his desire to understand healing in the human body. That desire led him to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy where he began training with Michael Shea in 1998. He has been a teaching assistant to Michael since 2002 and teaches courses himself. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and he is an organic farmer. This connection to the land led him to become a Mindful Outdoor Guide through the Kripalu Center. He currently leads Nature Liberations on his farm Open fArms Retreat. His practice continues to grow in connection with the land he stewards, offering practitioners and patients an opportunity to heal in connection with the work they are coming to experience. Learn more at Andralyhorn.com.

John Wilks, MA, BTAA
Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves – the power of Craniosacral Therapy to bring coherence in extremely challenging times

John Wilks has been practicing and teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and The Bowen Technique for the last 27 years. In his early 20’s he developed a deep interest in body-centered psychotherapy, yoga and meditation and has since taught in many countries throughout the world including the UK, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Portugal, Norway, Israel, Australia, Central America, Brazil, Ireland, and France. He is the author of 6 books including Choices in Pregnancy and Childbirth (2015), An Integrative Approach to Treating Babies and Children (2017),Understanding Craniosacral Therapy and several books on the Bowen Technique. He was a co-founder of the Breath of Life Conferences in London and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. and hosted the recent Human Baby Human Being conference in Bristol. He runs two large internet based teaching programmes specializing in delivering high quality webinars and courses to health professionals, www.ehealthlearning.tv  and www.ourbirthjourney.com For more details see therapy-training.com.

Carey Benenson Taussig, D.O. (IT) 
Hive Mind and the Endocrine System

Carey Benenson Taussig is a traditionally trained Osteopath in Switzerland and in Canada with the Collège d'Etudes Ostéopathiques, and specialized in the brain, autoimmune disorders including symptoms related to Lyme Disease. Carey follows the biodynamic rhythms in her practice and applies structural integration when indicated by the system of the patient. She supports the three bodies concept and teaches the philosophy of the importance of the in between space as vulnerable vortexes. She also works with neuroplasticity and reflections in nature to assist in the rebuild from the original grid. Carey studied with the Native American Church, works with the bees to help the support the hive mind concept, integrating with bioresonance in her practice and medical intuition to support the three bodied system.  She is a published author (Massage Magazine) and public speaker on Microcirculation alongside the department in defense (IMIN, 2015) and the Rule of the Artery as Absolute According to Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. (Founder of Osteopathy). Carey is a Master Forest Bather taking patients into the sacred Etruscan Forests in Tuscany, Italy.

Dott. Paolo Bruno Casartelli, M.A., PsyD, BCST, LCPC, and Giulia Musumeci
Shared Humanity and Diversity 

Paolo Casartelli is the Educational Director of the Center for biodynamic craniosacral and mindfulness, instructor of biodynamic craniosacral and biodynamic mindfulness, master in mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy, MBSR instructor (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), molecular biologist, biodynamic counselor, instructor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and shiatsu, instructor of structural integration. Paolo published Mindfulness based Craniosacral Biodynamics in 12 steps. Paolo will be joined by Giulia Musumeci, a biodynamic mindfulness teacher, scientist of communication, expert in diversity and inclusivity projects for United Nations High Committee for Refugees, clinical psychology intern, and movement therapist, postural and yoga.
Learn more at www.paolocasartelli.comwww.centrobion.it, and www.centro-craniosacrale.it

 Ayo Handy-Kendi, The Breath Sekou
Deepen Heart Connections with Breathology

Ayo Handy-Kendi is  a 50+ years Breathologist/Wholistic practitioner, Counselor and Community activist, Author/Storyteller, Speaker/Trainer/Coach, Spiritual/Cultural Rituals Facilitator, Sound Healer/Composer, and Member of the International Breathwork Foundation (IBF). Learn more about Ayo at positivenergyworks.com.

 

 

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Thank you to Our Benefit Auction Item Donors!

The Auction will open August 15, 2022, for bidding on sessions from these respected teachers:

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