Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Accessing the inherent healing power of the body with gentle somatic touch.


There is are inherent, intelligent and unexplained forces that create and maintain the human body.

Every second, 10 million cells are destroyed in the body, and have to be replaced immediately and precisely, otherwise the body would explode or dissolve. There is no way to predict where the cells will be destroyed. And yet - every minute, our bodies continue to re-produce themselves and we don’t even notice.

When we were formed as embryos, we first existed as fluid dynamics - before genes and neurons, fluid dynamics impeccably shaped our bodies.

What are the mysterious forces that reliably create and sustain life? What goes awry when they no longer function and disease, dysfunction and pain take over?

These are the questions at the heart of the practice of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST). While these mysteries go unexplained by modern science, the founders and innovators in the field of BCST found that there are subtle fluctuations and movements in the body, and that when these movements are augmented by therapeutic listening, patients recovered from a host of conditions.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle therapeutic approach based on the Osteopathic discovery of micro-movements in the body. Through extensive experimentation, early osteopathic physicians determined that when this motion has full expression, many conditions improve. The name “Craniosacral” specifically indicates the importance of the central structures of the body including cranium, spine and sacrum.

At its start, the work was very manipulative, but later practitioners discovered that less and less intervention was needed in order to make substantial changes, and that creating a supportive environment so that the client’s system generates therapeutic change from within, was actually very effective. This more subtle approach to the work was called “Biodynamic” Craniosacral Therapy.

A skilled biodynamic craniosacral practitioner listens to the subtle pulsations of the system as the body tells its story. The body speaks through its rhythms, micro-movements and especially through its experience-managing patterns of physical shaping. With deep listening the practitioner encourages revitalization of the inherent healing potential of the system, and facilitates the release of resistance patterns. This approach emphasizes hearing the health of the system and encouraging its expression.

Craniosacral Therapy involves gentle hands-on work that honors the client’s own self-healing process. The intention is not to fix problems, but rather to encourage the emergence of new levels of order in mind and body. Practitioners know how to recognize the presence of the Breath of Life in many levels and locations of the body, and use appropriate methods to support and nurture its natural expression.

Our BCST training program blends the development of practitioner skills for subtle sensing with thorough study of anatomy, the autonomic nervous system, trauma, and innovative scientific research. Our programs emphasize personal growth as an integral part of the learning process, creating an experiential and evolutionary approach to learning this work.


Any one can find the disease, the call of the true doctor is to find the health.
— Andrew Taylor Still, DO

I consider the fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid to be the fundamental principle in the cranial concept. The “sap in the tree” is something that contains the Breath of Life, not the breath of air– something invisible…

There is a deeper layer of activity that has barely been touched upon. This deeper layer has to do with the energies that integrate the animated, living, homeostatic body. The day will come when they too will be catalogued and their laws understood.
— William Sutherland, DO

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 Student - Group Q - 2016
This course was a jaw dropping, life changing, health restoring, amazingly nourishing initiation into new world of work supporting the growth and healing.
— BCST Group "Q" Graduate - 2016
This course has been the most profound learning I have experienced in my life. I have such a deep understanding and felt sense now of how we as humans are all connected and resourced with and between each other.
— Craniosacral Group Q Student - 2016

Training Dates


Annual BCST Intro

*This is not a pre-requisite for the full training. The dates below are for two separate courses.

  • October 9-13, 2019

  • August 5-9, 2020

Upcoming Practitioner Training: Group V

Please note that attendance in all 10 modules are required for graduation. Modules are presented sequentially and must be done with your cohort.

  • **Module 1: January 3-7, 2020

  • Module 2: March 25-29, 2020

  • Module 3: June 17-21, 2020

  • Module 4: August 26-30, 2020

  • Module 5: November 4-8, 2020

  • Module 6: January 6-10, 2021

  • Module 7: March 24-28, 2021

  • Module 8: May 26-30, 2021

  • Module 9: July 21-25, 2021

  • Module 10: September 15-19, 2021

    **Note that this module of the training doesn't adhere with our regular Wednesday-Friday training schedule. Due to the holiday, we will be starting on a Friday and ending on a Tuesday.

Ongoing Trainings (Enrollment Closed)


Group U

  • July 3-7, 2019

  • September 4-8, 2019

  • November 6-10, 2019

  • January 15-19, 2020

  • March 18-22, 2020

  • May 13-17, 2020

  • July 15-19, 2020

Group T

  • Jan. 16-20, 2019

  • Mar. 20-24, 2019

  • May 22-26, 2019

Curriculum & Logistics Overview



CSES Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training leads to BCST and/or RCST® practitioner status. The training consists of ten modules of five days each, held roughly nine weeks apart. Certification is for 700 hours of training, 350 in class and 350 in supervised independent study.

Price: $820 for each five-day module ($8,200 total). Administration fee ($20/module) is waived for payments received via cash, check, Zelle or Venmo. Tuition is usually paid incrementally, per module.
Instructors: Anna Chitty assisted by Elizabeth Chitty Sandoval
Location: Boulder, CO
Hours: Wed-Sat 9am-5:30pm (with 90 minute lunch) and Sun 9am-2:30pm (with 30 minute lunch)

Curriculum Overview:

Module 1: Practitioner Skills: Presence, Relationship and Listening

Module 2: Co-Regulation, Settling, Social Nervous System and Wholistic Shift

Module 3: Working with the Autonomic Nervous System: Anxiety, Depression and Trauma

Module 4: The Reciprocal Tension Membrane system

Module 5: Embryological Forces and the Spine

Module 6: Venous Sinus Drain & Cranial Base Dis-engagement

Module 7: The Face: Ethmoid, Maxilla, & Frontal Bones

Module 8: The Mandible, TMJ & Hyoid

Module 9: Birth Processes

Module 10: Completion

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