Offering innovative education in somatic therapy since 1992.


About us

We teach therapeutic approaches at the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern science.

We offer professional training courses in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Verbal Skills and Polarity Life Coaching, as well as continuing education in Embryology, Pre- and Perinatal Therapy and Working with Babies. Students graduate from our programs with a broad base of knowledge including in-depth study of anatomy, the Autonomic Nervous System, and leading scientific research, as well as embodied understanding of energetic anatomy, mindfulness, presence and clinical skills to use in practice with clients. Trainings blend experiential and didactic learning to offer learning that is transformative, both in clinical practice and lived experience. Our programs are developed for those with extensive experience in the healthcare field and newcomers alike.

Our primary teachers, Anna and John Chitty bring over 40 years of study, practice and research to our courses. We partner with leading teachers, including Ray Castellino, Jaap van der Wal and Franklyn Sills, to offer a cutting edge education in somatic therapy.

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Honoring John Chitty’s Legacy

In February 2019, we lost our dear John - husband, father, grandfather, teacher, therapist and friend. As we continue our work at CSES, we continue to honor his legacy, teaching and vision.


Download a copy of Elizabeth Chitty Sandoval’s eulogy and Dr. van der Wal’s dedication for John.

Learn more about the John Chitty Memorial Scholarship Fund and make a contribution.


Upcoming Trainings


Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

BCST Intro

with Anna Chitty and Elizabeth Chitty Sandoval


October 9-13, 2019
August 5-9, 2020

2020-2021: GROUP V

with Anna Chitty


**January 3-7, 2020
March 25-29, 2020
June 17-21, 2020
August 26-30, 2020
November 4-8, 2020
January 6-10, 2021
March 24-28, 2021
May 26-30, 2021
July 21-25, 2021
September 15-19, 2021

**Note that the first module of this training doesn't adhere with our regular Wednesday-Friday training schedule, due to the holiday.

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Polarity Therapy

with Anna Chitty and Elizabeth Chitty Sandoval



April 9-12, 2020
May 21-24
July 9-12
September 17-20


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Verbal Skills

with Anna Chitty




Module 1: Feb 14-17
Module 2: Apr. 25-29
Module 3: Jun. 12-16
Module 4: Aug 21-25
Module 5: Sept 25-29

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Additional Workshops


with Holly Johnston + Elizabeth Chitty Sandoval
November 14-16, 2019

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One of my favorite things about this course has been the way that ‘esoteric’ philosophy combines so skillfully with human anatomy. I now have a deep understanding about energy as the underpinning of matter.

Words are hard to do this course justice. I’m grateful, humbled and inspired.
— BCST Graduate 2016
So superb, interactive, dynamic, soft, sincere, humorous, full of potency, leaving me always satisfied and wanting more! This is the class I’ve been looking for 7 years. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
— Polarity Therapy Graduate 2014
I am in deep gratitude. This class has blown my mind open so far; I couldn’t have comprehended how much I would have learned or how deep I would have gone into the experience of being connected with everything around me.
— BCST Graduate 2016

Learn More


We have a large collection of articles, course handouts, videos, recorded audio and other materials that we have produced in support of our programs over the years. We make these freely available to share information about our programs and support learning in the field.

Articles and Handouts

These are articles, handouts and presentations from our courses over the years and include information on: Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Trauma, The Autonomic Nervous System, The Heart, Embryology and more.

Audio Recordings

These are recordings of meditations and practices from our courses that can be helpful for students, practitioners and clients.


These are an assortment of video lectures recorded in classes, for online presentations and specifically as short tutorials. Topics include: Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Working with Babies, The Autonomic Nervous System, Two Chair Counseling, Embryology and more.