Still Learning Programme 2023/24

At the moment  most workshops are taking place on Zoom , participants are encouraged to have a body to practice on or get together with another course member .


Trauma /Protected States Series Autumn 23 on Zoom with Sarah £100


Trauma Review 1 Working with Activation September 21st
Review of skills for working with stress and trauma, combining an understanding of key anatomical structures we can relate to with our hands and the work of Porges and Levine within CST practice. Refining verbal skills around resourcing and slowing process down.

Trauma  2 – Working with Dissociation October 26th
Continuing our look at safely working with trauma that has led to freeze states in the body. Deepening into supporting our practice verbally and in our hands on contact

Trauma 3  Developmental Trauma November 23rd
Looking at complex and developmental trauma, how we are with holding the depth of safety required, self support, clinical approaches and the framework needed to work with this level of challenge to being in the world.

Rewiring for Joy  March 7th 2024

How do we support our selves and clients to make the most of opportunities for post traumatic growth and resilience ?   An approach to   establishing  and  remixing  neuroendocrine soup recipes towards a  more joyful blend !

Working with the Ancestry May 2nd 2024 on Zoom  with Mary  £120 Postponed for now 

This day follows on from the work on Death and Dying  at the end of 2022, Mary will continue to create  bridges  from her osteopathic studies with  Jim Jealous for us  to deepen and expand our biodynamic  craniosacral practice  through self exploration and clinical examples .

 A Day in the Garden with Mary  Saturday June 22nd   2024  £130

A chance to be together in person  in Sarah’s garden supported by the wider field of nature and stillness of Boxhill with Mary guiding your hands on work , with  the exquisite lightness and precision  characteristic of her approach .

 Source and Soma  July 18th with Sarah £100

Understanding how the embryo is always present in the adult can sound very esoteric and out of reach in your clinical practice, the intention is to simplify and help support an embodied sense in ourselves and in our hands-on work.

Working with Pregnant Women, Mothers and Babies (Zoom )

with Sarah Nesling ,Penel Meredith and guests ……   running  again by popular request

Sept 26th ,Oct 10th ,Oct 24th and  31st Oct  2024

This is a very practical course covering the anatomy, physiology and psychoemotional aspects of pregnancy, birth, obstetric interventions, the postnatal period, and common ailments. It has emerged from the twenty years working in the Low-Cost Mother and Baby clinic in London where Sarah and Penel treated hundreds of babies alongside each other, sometimes sharing tricky cases and being available to support each other. They developed a down to earth, flexible way of working with mothers and babies and hopefully partners together as part of a whole early field where everything cycles between mother and baby. Ideally this is supported by partners family and friends. The approach is Biodynamic, orienting to mother and baby, recognising specific patterns presenting in the baby alongside any birth issues cycling in the mother. There is an emphasis on the verbal skills needed for this sensitive and wonderful work and on developing the supportive holding field.

Film footage of treatments will be used and guided practical sessions which you may have a partner at home for or possibly get together with another course member depending on location. The course comes with a comprehensive handbook.

Working with Families Series on Zoom  

with Sarah or Mary £120  ……..finished for this year new dates TBA

These days are offered to support craniosacral therapists (who have completed a mother and baby course) in working with and understanding the practicalities and dynamics of supporting a whole family when one member presents with a problem. This begins with the necessity of treating mothers with their babies and can carry on into supporting the whole family around teenage health or behaviour issues. Relevant anatomical and clinical approaches will all be covered in a simple and practical way.

High Maintenance Babies –the most common complaint -won’t settle, cries a lot, doesn’t sleep ,often alongside digestive issues and stress cycling in the parents .This day will focus on the hard to settle fractious babies, how to be with crying and ways of working with stress cycling in the family field perhaps following a stressful pregnancy or birth where the autonomic set points are compromised. These are hard cases to hold as exhaustion is usually cycling round the family and our own buttons of self doubt are likely to be pressed.

Mobile Infants – How do we contact stillness while crawling round on the floor? We will also look at common ailments in toddlers and how to adapt sessions so that mother and baby can both be treated. Flexibility in approach is key.

 Supporting Early Attachment  -Early attachment patterns form a template for later relationships  and come into our personal parenting styles ,importantly they are malleable .A look at the Polyvagal system and the role of  the cranial nerves  in Attachment and clinical approaches arising from this will be explored. We will also gently investigate Artificial Reproductive Technology which increasingly makes up a large part of Mother and  baby clinical practice .

Puberty and Teens  with Mary Bolingbroke
A look at the changes in brain organisation that start before puberty. How to engage with older children, and  areas that cause parents to seek help anxiety,  self harming and other presenting issues. Children develop within the family field and often the young person is expressing a family issue, we will explore what we can handle as CSTs and when we refer.

 Booking and Further Information  for all workshops  contact Sarah