Professional Enrichment Series

For Practitioners, Students, and Teachers of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Join us to hear experienced BCTA/NA teachers speak on topics to enrich your Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) practice and study.  

Upcoming Professional Enrichment Webinars
Recordings of 2020 Professional Enrichment Series Webinars

If you are not a BCTA/NA member:  If you have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need to create a username and password to register for events or gain access to recordings.


UPCOMING:

The Breath & Its Connection to Autonomic Nervous System Balance
with Josef Steiner, RCST®, TRE
Sunday, May 2, 2021  ~  10:30 am Pacific (1:30pm Eastern)

This webinar will focus on the breath Anatomy & Physiology and its relevance for the BCST paradigm.  Josef will explore how the form of the upper palate, and its bony landscape, the tongue position and the resulting breathing patterns are deeply connected to our autonomic nervous system balance.  He will also discuss how we can use simple breathing techniques to correct dysfunctional breathing patterns and reinstate autonomic balance. This is not only valid for our personal breathing health but can also be very beneficial to support and guide our clients towards breath awareness and self regulation.

The webinar will include a guided practical breath exploration and time for Q&A.

Josef Steiner runs a busy Biodynamic Craniosacral practice in at Naduir Center in Galway, Ireland. He trained in BCST at Karuna with Franklyn Sills, and has been involved as a tutor for Body Intelligence Ireland with Steve Haines from the very beginning. He has studied Aikido for 30 years and has been an Aikido teacher for over 20 years. He also plays the Violoncello and practices and teaches the Argentine tango. Since his childhood in the Austrian Alps he has kept a deep connection to the natural world and maintains a self-sufficient lifestyle exploring organic gardening methods, nutrition, food preservation, and beekeeping. Learn more about Josef at: https://www.j-steiner.com

REGISTER HERE
TUITION
BCTA/NA RCST® & Approved Teacher Members:
Tuition + unlimited access to recording are included in Membership Benefits
~ ~ ~ 
BCTA/NA Student , Associate & Affiliate Members: $10
CSTA & PACT Members: $10
Non-Members: $20
Fee includes access to a recording of the webinar until 30 days after the live event


Three Stone Stories: About Resourcing and Secure Attachment
with Brigit Viksnins

Wednesday, May 19, 2021  ~  12:30 pm Pacific, 3:30 pm Eastern

In this session you will hear Brigit tell three stories of direct experiences when practicing BCST deep listening skills with Nature, specifically stones. Sacred stones are an important part of her Baltic heritage. War trauma created refugee immigrants of her parents, and after surviving bombs and Displaced Persons' camps, there was a new reality created in the U.S. Listening for the Breath of Life played a role in Brigit's reconnection with indigenous roots in her ancestral homeland. She invites you to come along, and witness part of the journey of BCST-informed post-traumatic repair and new life. This session will last 60-90 minutes.

Brigit ViksninsMAT, RCST®, SEP, BCTMB, teaches her own version of working with the body security system, Alchemical Alignment, based on various modalities: Somatic Experiencing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Aikido, Polarity principles, Pre- and Perinatal Healing, myofascial and metaphysical work. In private practice since 1996, and a student of Aikido since 1991, Brigit enjoys synthesizing and presenting the essential elements of her clinical experience regarding alchemizing states of danger and imprint, and cultivating states of safety and blueprint. Learn about programs offered by Brigit at: AlchemicalAlignment.com 

REGISTER HERE
TUITION
BCTA/NA RCST® & Approved Teacher Members:
Tuition + unlimited access to recording are included in Membership Benefits
~ ~ ~ 
BCTA/NA Student , Associate & Affiliate Members: $10
CSTA & PACT Members: $10
Non-Members: $20
Fee includes access to the webinar recording until 30 days after the live event

 


The Contributions of Robert Fulford, DO, to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
with Roger Gilchrist

Monday June 7, 2021 ~ 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern

In this webinar, Roger Gilchrist will delve into the contributions to cranial osteopathy and BCST by Robert Fulford, DO. While less known than Rollin Becker, Fulford was the most direct link of cranial work to energy medicine. He was a good friend of Randolph Stone, DO, and his integration of Stone's work into more traditional osteopathy is inspiring. Fulford influenced a generation of potent osteopathic teachers with international reach, such as Anthony Chila, Zachary Comeaux, Tom Shaver, Jim Jealous, and others. Gilchrist has studied with osteopaths who were closely mentored by Robert Fulford, DO.

There will be time for Q&A.

Roger Gilchrist, MA, RCST®, RPE, is a transpersonal psychotherapist who practices teaches Craniosacral Biodynamics and energy medicine. He is the author of the book Craniosacral Therapy and the Energetic Body, and teaches classes worldwide through his school, Wellness Institute.

REGISTER HERE
TUITION
BCTA/NA RCST® & Approved Teacher Members:
Tuition + unlimited access to recording are included in Membership Benefits
~  ~  ~ 
BCTA/NA Student , Associate & Affiliate Members: $10
CSTA & PACT Members: $10
Non-Members: $20
Fee includes access to the webinar recording until 30 days after the live event

 

An Appreciation of the Teachings of Rollin Becker, DO
with Scott Zamurut

Held March 17, 2021 ~ Register below for access to the recording

This webinar will offer an exploration of Dr. Becker’s teachings, and his place in the history and development of Biodynamics, including his original use of the term “biodynamic” and the meaning he ascribed to this term. A member of Dr. Sutherland’s teaching faculty, Dr. Becker served as President of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation for 25 years after Dr. Sutherland’s passing.

Dr. Becker taught a generation of practitioners and teachers, including Franklyn Sill and James Jealous, DO, who’s recent passing we mourn. More than this, he took the inspiring life work of Dr. Sutherland and strove to ground this vision in a clear and comprehensive way.

Scott will share Becker’s view on facets of the work which have become important in our current times, including the relational field, shock, The Breath of Life and it’s Intelligent Potency, and most of all the nature of healing within the Biodynamic view and the organic process by which healing occurs.

Scott Zamurut, RCST® is a founding board member of the BCTA/NA, and has served the Association in collaborating on the creation of founding principles and documents, in particular the original Standards of Practitioner Competencies, and the newly revised version called the Core Curriculum & Competencies. Scott has been teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since 1994, and also offers specialized trainings in Pre- and Perinatal Education. Scott's gift is his ability to convey the deepest principles of Biodynamics in simple, clear language.  His rigorous, spirited, and hands-on classroom style is a result of over 30 years of observation, practice, study, and the experience gained in training practitioners.

REGISTER NOW
TUITION
BCTA/NA RCST® & Approved Teacher Members:
Tuition + unlimited access to recording are included in Membership Benefits
~ ~ ~ 
BCTA/NA Student , Associate & Affiliate Members: $10
CSTA & PACT Members: $10
Non-Members: $20
Fee includes access to a recording of the webinar until 30 days after the live event (April 17, 2021)

A Message to Our Community: Professional Enrichment Program Tuition for 2021

In 2020, due to the world pandemic, we were pleased to introduce Professional Enrichment Series webinars as support and education at no charge for all of our members and colleagues worldwide. We are extremely grateful to the presenters who donated their time, and to those participants who contributed to the administrative costs of this program. To continue offering this program in 2021, we find we must charge a small fee for some webinars to cover our additional expenses.

If you are a BCTA/NA Professional Member (RCST® or Approved Teacher) these webinars will continue to be part of the membership benefits included in your annual membership fee.

Thank you for being part of our community!

You can still access free recordings of webinars in the 2020 Professional Enrichment Series below.


2020 Enrichment Webinars

Enjoy recordings of these live Professional Enrichment webinar events:

A Conversation With Franklyn Sills & Cherionna Menzam-Sills 

Embodied Sensing, with Margaret Rosenau 

Embodying the Breath of Life, with Scott Zamurut 

Remote Sessions: Another Perspective and Q&A, with Joyce Harader 

The Immune System, with Dr. Kate Klemer 

Michael Shea: Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy as a Compassion Practice

Accessing the Holistic Shift, with Franklyn Sills

Pre- and Perinatal Influences in Biodynamics, with Cherionna Menzam-Sills

The Embodiment Tide, with Scott Zamurut


A Conversation With Franklyn Sills & Cherionna Menzam-Sills
Held Tuesday, May 5, 2020

You can access a recording of this event here.  (You must log in to view the recording.)

If you are not a BCTA/NA member:  If you have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need to register on the website to gain access to the recording.

Franklyn offers a short meditation for these times, and he and Cherionna respond to questions submitted by event attendees on various topics, including

  • Remote sessions: supporting clients remotely to settle into resource and wellness; working with babies online; using biodynamic and trauma skills in a relational field created online
  • Deepening our relationship with the midline
  • Experiencing dynamic stillness
  • Role of supervision for RCSTs
  • Our relationship with transition
  • Addressing conditions versus orienting to the whole

They also share the direction of their work doing online teaching and supervision.



Embodied Sensing, with Margaret Rosenau
Held Monday, May 11, 2020

A recording of this webinar is available here  (You must log in to access the recording.)

If you are not a BCTA/NA member: If you have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need register as a user on our website to access the recording.

In this experiential session you will get a chance to drop into yourself and resource through your body. Margaret will guide participants to meet the challenges of this moment as we are experiencing them physically, and then lean into the Health that is present in us all. She will guide participants to remember and sense into Bone, Tissue, Fluid, Potency and Nerves layer by layer, to end by being with all layers simultaneously, something we all become capable of when the Breath of Life grants access. This session will last 60-90 minutes.

 Margaret Rosenau, MA, RCST®, SEP, APPis a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy teacher, who is also trained in Somatic Experiencing®, Pre and Perinatal Psychology, and Polarity Therapy. She teaches BCST at her School of Inner Health and has been seeing individual clients in her private practice since 1997.

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Embodying the Breath of Life, with Scott Zamurut
Held Monday, May 18, 2020 

A recording of this webinar is available here  (You must log in to access the recording.)

If you are not a BCTA/NA member: If you are not a member and have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need to register as a user on our website to access the recording.

This learning session will focus on the free expression of the animating force of Life. Scott will be sharing formative stories to illuminate the root teachings of Biodynamics found in the words of Drs Sutherland and Becker, and how we can bring these teachings to our practice as a ground of simplicity. He will close this offering with an experiential integration exercise.  This webinar will be 60 - 90 minutes in duration.

 Scott Zamurut, RCST, began his study and practice of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in 1992, and has been teaching this work for 26 years. Scott served the community as a founding board member of BCTA/NA, and is a past Vice President of the American Polarity Therapy Association. 

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Remote Sessions: Another Perspective and Q&A, with Joyce Harader
Held Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A recording of this webinar is available here  (You must log in to access the recording.)

If you are not a BCTA/NA member: If you have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need to register as a user on our website to access the recording. 

Joyce shares her experience of working with remotely with people and animals, and answers participant questions. 
(This book is referenced by Joyce during her talk: Awakening the Planetary Mind: Beyond the Trauma of the Past to a New Era of Creativity (revised edition 2011) by Barbara Hand Clow.)

Joyce Harader, RCST®, has been a Biodynamic Cranosacral Therapy Teacher since 2008. She has been helping people to realize their own healing potential for over 25 years, working primarily from a foundation of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST), and incorporating other complementary modalities when needed. 

If you are not a BCTA/NA member:  If you have not previously registered for a program on our website, please register here in order to access registration for this program.

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Basic Principles of Our Immune System and How We Help, with Kate Klemer
Held Monday, June 15, 2020

A recording of this webinar is available here (You must log in to access the recording.)

If you are not a BCTA/NA member: If you have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need to register as a user to access the recording.

 Kate talks about how our immune system works and how Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy supports it. We will delve into general information about the immune system organs, cells, and categories. Which part of the immune system are we supporting , and when?  From this perspective, how does our work with the autonomic nervous system support a regulated and healthy immune system? How does intention of orienting to the Health influence our immune systems? 

Dr. Kate Klemer  is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy teacher, practitioner of craniosacral therapy since 1986, Genetic Nutritionist, and Doctor of Chiropractic. She has been in private practice since 1988 in Northampton Massachusetts. She opened her School of Divine Structure in 2013, and recently renovated an Odd Fellows Hall to host residential trainings, and multidisciplinary courses in the mind-body field. Learn more about Dr. Kate here



Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy As A Compassion Practice, with Michael Shea
Held Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A recording of this webinar is available here (You must log in to access the recording.)

If you are not a BCTA/NA member: If you have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need to register as a user on our website.

 

Michael talks about the Vagus nerve and the relationship of safety and compassion. He introduces a model he has developed called the Multivagal System, that includes four types of safety in relation to specific parts of the body.  

 Michael J. Shea is one of the preeminent educators and authors in the fields of somatic psychology, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy. He leads seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Dr. Shea received his master’s degree in Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, and a doctorate in Somatic Psychology at The Union Institute. His books include: Somatic Psychology and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – Volume 1 through 5, Myofascial Release Therapy and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: The Heart of the Practice.


 

Accessing the Holistic Shift, with Franklyn Sills
Held Tuesday, July 21, 2020 

You can access a recording of this event here.  (You must log in to view the recording.) 

If you are not a BCTA/NA member:  If you have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need to register as a user to access the recording.

 In this presentation, Franklyn reviews the nature of the holistic shift and its importance in clinical work. He also take participants through meditations on the tides and inner awareness of the holistic shift and answers audience questions.

Franklyn Sills is the early pioneer in the development of a biodynamic understanding and approach to Craniosacral Therapy. 

 

 

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Pre- and Perinatal Influences in Biodynamics, with Cherionna Menzam-Sills
Held Tuesday, August 11, 2020  

You can access a recording of this event here.  

You must log in to view this recording, which is available to all RCST, Student and Teachers members of BCTA/NA as part of their member benefits. It is also available to other members and non-members who registered for this event in August.

 This webinar explores different ways early pre- and perinatal history may arise in Craniosacral Biodynamics, both for the client and the practitioner. Cherionna will address ways to meet this material when it arises within the therapist, often as counter-transference, and/or within the client. 

Cherionna Menzam-Sills, Ph.D, RCST®, ISMETA, RSMT/E, is a prenatal and birth therapist, movement therapist, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist.  Her work draws on over 40 years of experience and an extensive background in Somatic Psychology (Dance/Movement Therapy) and Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, as well as Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy, and intensive study of BMC and Body-Mind Psychotherapy.

 

 


 

The Embodiment Tide, with Scott Zamurut
Held Wednesday, November 18, 2020 

You can access a recording of this event here.  (You must log in to view the recording.)

If you are not a BCTA/NA member: If you are not a member and have not previously registered for a program on our website, you will need to register as a user to access the recording.

This webinar explores the Embodiment Tide, a 20+ minute cycle of primary respiration. Scott Zamurut will contextualizes its place within the various Tidal expressions as recognized in biodynamic practice.  He covers the history of its discovery, reviews the attributes of its expression, and considers its clinical dimensions, including the way in which this Tide resolves subtle inertias that organize Embodiment Shock. He also offers some guidance in how to attune your perception to the Embodiment Tide in your clinical practice.

 Related Articles:  

The Embodiment Tide, by Scott Zamurut, RCST®, & Roger Gilchrist, MA, RCST®
Experiencing the Embodiment Tide - an Interview with Stephanie Abramson, by Mimi Ikle-Khalsa, RCST®

Scott Zamurut, RCST® is a founding board member of the BCTA/NA, and has served the Association in collaborating on the creation of founding principles and documents, in particular the original Standards of Practitioner Competencies, and the newly revised version called the Core Curriculum & Competencies. Scott has been teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since 1994, and also offers specialized trainings in Pre- and Perinatal Education. Scott's gift is his ability to convey the deepest principles of Biodynamics in simple, clear language.  His rigorous, spirited, and hands-on classroom style is a result of over 30 years of observation, practice, study, and the experience gained in training practitioners. 

 


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