Still Learning is the name I’ve given to a collection of ongoing day workshops and courses that arose from needs noticed during supervision. Courses take specific areas in depth such as trauma skills and the nervous system, the pelvic floor, breath. Learning, especially practicing verbal skills is facilitated by the small group size where asking questions and getting feedback is comfortable. The groups offer support and community as well as education and the shared lunch, always delicious offers a chance to socialise.
Other tutors in the field are invited in around particular topics. Tutors have included Penel Lee on working with teenagers and other days in the Working with Families series and a day with Viola Sampson on the Microbiome. I am now welcoming Nicky Withers
Courses can be taken singly or work well as a sequence. They take place at my home on top of Boxhill where there is a quality of stillness that supports the learning and deepening into the work. On a good day we can take the couches into the garden and find a tree to work under.
Given the restrictions we are currently living under I will be weighing the balance of meeting in person with masks and visors and all that comes with that , offering the days online or a combination where there are a small number of people in class and the rest online according to individual comfort . If the days go online you would ideally have someone in your bubble available to practice on .
What participants have said
“A really worthwhile workshop which has given me a more secure framework from which I feel I can more confidently work with trauma should it arise. It was good to be reminded that body sensation is where CST is at, even when verbally engaging with a client. The work we did with verbal skills has given me plenty to think about and I hope will encourage me to listen to a client’s story in a slightly different way and with greater awareness to invite them to notice their body sensations in order to SLOW THINGS DOWN.”
“Many thanks for your wonderful classes. I learn so much from it and also it is wonderful to meet so many other practitioners with a mix of skills.”
“Thank you, it was a grounding workshop, top venue, and I love your teaching and the way you share your knowledge, I also loved meeting everybody in the group, people I knew and did not know. Delicious food too, and adorable cats.”
“I love the way you demystify and make things that seemed very complicated manageable. It was great to be able to ask questions, I have always been terrified to speak in large groups. I cant wait to get my hands on and practice what we learned. More please.”
The Still Learning Teachers
Sarah Nesling – I have been a cranial practitioner for thirty years with a special interest in Mother and Baby work and working with psycho-emotional issues including anxiety and depression . I am a senior tutor at CTET and have coordinated their Living Anatomy course for the last ten years. I am also a Feldenkrais practitioner and find being in our own bodies one of the best ways of bringing grounding to the work of CST where it can rest on the precision of both understanding and developing a felt sense of the anatomy.
Penel Meredith – has been working as a Craniosacral Therapist for over 20 years, is a qualified teacher and holds a foundation training in Psychotherapy and Counselling. She is also a Bach Flower Remedy practitioner. Before that she established and ran The British School of Complementary Therapy based in Harley Street in London. Her focus on pregnancy, postnatal women and babies emerged early on working at The Active Birth Centre and a specialist low cost Mother and Baby clinic with Sarah. She currently runs a busy Craniosacral Therapy practice in Oxfordshire, providing individual and family sessions.
Nicky Withers -has worked in complementary healthcare for 30 years with a background in Osteopathy and Remedial Massage and she now runs a busy practice as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist in Somerset working successfully with a ride range of conditions in people and animals . She enjoyed teaching at CTET for the last 10 years where her depth of clinical experience always shone through. Nicky is currently developing her Hands Free Healing work finding that working at a distance can be even more effective than working with hands on.
Sarah , Penel and Nicky are all registered Supervisors for CSTA and passionate about offering the highest standards of teaching and sharing in a friendly non hierarchical atmosphere that facilitates learning .
Courses run on a Thursday 10.00—6.00 at Headley View, Headley Heath Approach, KT207LL
Students meet at Dorking Station which is 45mins from Waterloo, Vauxhall or Victoria and either share a 10 minute journey up the hill or are met by another student who is driving.
There are a maximum of 10 participants.
Days cost £85 , the Working with Families days with Sarah and Penel are £100, each counts as a day’s CPD for CSTA.