Additional Workshops

Continuing education from world leaders in somatic therapy


CSES offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for therapists of all backgrounds. We bring therapeutic leaders to offer programs on Embyrology, Pre- and Perinatal Therapy, Advanced Biodynamics, Psychotherapy, Energy Medicine and more. We are proud to offer a host of exciting opportunities to deepen practice and understanding.

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Upcoming Workshops


Responsive Body

Movement and Embodied Practices to Awaken the Body’s Intelligence


with Holly Johnston & Elizabeth Chitty Sandoval

Dates: November 14-16, 2019
Cost: $350 for full Workshop; $25 for Movement Lab Drop-In

Responsive Body is an embodied process for encountering the body's inherent capacity as a response system for transformation and healing. Through guided movement, dialogue and hands-on body-to-body-work, we will explore how our bodies can speak directly to us, move us through challenge, and be a deep resource for recovery. Utilizing principles from Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy and Dance as Embodiment, the workshop will deepen our sense of being-body, through full-bodied listening and encounters with intelligent unfolding.

This workshop is tailored towards somatic therapists looking to expand their sense of embodiment and capacity to feel sensation; and dancers looking to strengthen their understanding of movement as bodied language and practice for transformative healing. No dance experience necessary to participate, the movement lab will guide everyone through an experience of their body’s capacity to move and express.

Daily Schedule:
10am-12pm: Biodynamic Movement Lab @ The Circus Center
12-1pm: Lunch Break
1-4pm: Dialogue & Body-to-Body Work Practice @ CSES

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Holly Johnston is a transdisciplinary creator-maker-thinker-healer whose work intersects with art, culture, education, civics, and causes related to social justice, equity, and diversity. Holly lives in California with her family where she teaches her approach to biodynamic practices, dance as embodiment, somatics, dance pedagogy, yoga for dancers, improvisation, partnering, choreography and practice-based movement research. She is the creator of Responsive Body - a biodynamic movement practice and therapy.

She is the director of LEDGES AND BONES, a company of artists collaborating to create and present choreographic events that explore experiences of being and feeling human. LEDGES AND BONES tours nationally and abroad offering performances, workshops and master classes. Holly was named by Dance Magazine as “25 to Watch” and recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle as a choreographer who “pursues answers through primal, vulnerable dance that grabs for your soul.” She is an award-winning choreographer and performer receiving several Lester Horton Nominations and Awards throughout her career. She is the recipient of a choreographic fellowship from the Maggie Alesse Center for Choreography, ODC Artist in Residence, SCUBA National Touring Artist, Joyce Theater A.W.A.R.D.S. Show! Finalist Grant, Rainin Opportunity Grant and Zellerbach Foundation Grants.

Holly holds a MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University and BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. She has taught dance as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Guest Artist at dance departments across the country. Holly shares her work through public events, written spaces, workshops and movement intensives as well as one-on-one in her private practice.


Elizabeth Chitty Sandoval is a dancer, somatic therapist, teacher and independent artist. She holds a BA in Dance and Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and has taught and performed both in the Bay Area and in China. In addition to her private therapy practice, she teaches courses in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Polarity Therapy with Anna Chitty at the Colorado School of Energy Studies.

She holds certifications in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Polarity Therapy, and has studied in-depth under her parents at the Colorado School of Energy Studies in Trauma Resolution, Nervous System Regulation and Counseling. She has also studied Structural Integration at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute and currently studies Pre- and Perinatal Therapy with Ray Castellino. She has been studying and collaborating with Holly Johnston since 2011 and has a deep passion for supporting personal freedom through the practices of movement and somatic therapy.

Past Workshops


How do Energy Therapies Work?
with Dr. James Oschman

Introduction to Pre- and Peri-natal Therapy
with Ray Castellino and Anna Chitty

Body into Being
with Ray Castellino and Anna Chitty

Embodied Presence & the Healing Impulse
with Mukara Meredith and Anna Chitty

Advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
with Franklyn Sills

Understanding Fascia
with Jaap van der Wal, MD, PhD, Judith Roberts & Michael Solberg

Embodying Embryology
with Cherionna Menzam-Sills

Understanding the Embryo
with Jaap van der Wal, MD, PhD

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and the Brain
with John Chitty

Birth Process Workshop
with Ray Castellino, DC

Working with Babies
with Claire Dolby

Core Process Psychotherapy
with Maura Sills

Healing with Sound
with John Beaulieau

Craniosacral SELF Waves
with Olaf Korpiun