John and Anna Chitty are the co-founders and primary faculty for CSES. Their formal health care training began in 1979, with Polarity Therapy.
In her 40-year career, Anna has focused on understanding how body, emotions, and mind are essentially interdependent and unified in their function. Anna is the director of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 700-hour training program. She has developed a unique approach to teaching that combines experiential and cognitive approaches based on an understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System.
In the 1980s she was the lead teacher and director of the Polarity Therapy and Holistic Health programs at Murrieta Hot Springs, CA. Her responsibilities included curriculum development and teaching staff management for five training tracks, from weekend seminars to months-long professional programs.
She contributed to the creation of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America and served as a teacher liaison to its first Board of Directors. She was also a co-founder of the International Association of Biodynamic Trainings. She has been a keynote speaker and presenter at many professional association conferences.
In addition to directing her own programs at CSES, Anna has collaborated with many other holistic health leaders, including courses relating to birthing, embryology, group dynamics, Autonomic Nervous System, End-of-Life and other topics. She was a co-facilitator of Matrixworks and co-teaches trainings with Ray Castellino. She is also an approved teacher of the Diamond Approach and an ordained Zen Practitioner in the Rinzai Zen Lineage.
She has been a guest teacher in many places around the country including Santa Barbara, Ojai, Los Angeles, Portland and Asheville.
John was Manager of Meadowlark Health Center (Hemet, CA) in the late 1980s. He is author of Dancing with Yin and Yang: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Psychotherapy and Randolph Stone’s Polarity Therapy. He also co-authored Energy Exercises: Easy Exercises for Health and Vitality Based on Randolph Stone’s Polarity Therapy. He has produced educational materials for the CSES YouTube channel, and written numerous articles for various publications. He served five terms as President of the American Polarity Therapy Association and also served on the Boards of Directors for associations including Polarity, Biodynamic Craniosacral and Peter Levine’s Foundation for Human Enrichment (the organization for Somatic Experiencing®). He has also been a guest teacher at energy therapy schools in various locations such as Zurich, Austin, Santa Fe and Minneapolis. With CSES, John is director of the Polarity Therapy programs.
Anna and John met in college and married in 1973. They shared an interest in holistic health from the beginning.