2020-2024 BCST Foundation Training

Health is a deep and abiding part of each person’s essential nature, and is never lost. Deep within each of us, health is always available, and can be palpated (felt) as slow, steady rhythmic sensation, and as periods of deep resting, referred to as stillness.


The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Foundation Training

The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy foundation training is based on the “Breath of Life” perspective of craniosacral therapy by the founder of the work, Dr. William Garner Sutherland, and the continuation of the work by Franklyn Sills (author of Craniosacral Biodynamics). You’ll learn to experience the ever-present health within yourself and others in this revolutionary approach to healthcare. In gentle, non-invasive interactions between practitioner and client, you’ll experience how the Inherent Health of each client comes to the foreground and expresses its vitality. In this dynamic process, the client’s patterns of pain, stress and trauma also begin to appear, interact with the Inherent Health, and resolve.

This training occurs in a series of 18 class modules over a period of about two and a half years. All the modules are 3-day classes, and the topics of each module are described below. You can become a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST) upon satisfactory completion of this training, including attendance at all of the required classes.

Location and Class Times

This training will alternate between our Sebastopol location and our Marin location.  This alternating location plan is meant to equalize the driving / commute efforts as much as possible for students from all over the Bay Area.  Class is held from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.

NOTE: The start of this training is postponed due to the pandemic. Watch here for updates.

About the Presenter

Gary Peterson is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST ®) who has been teaching and practicing energy therapies for over 30 years. He teaches Craniosacral Therapy trainings, Polarity Therapy trainings, Settling ® trainings and Working with Babies classes at various locations around the United States, as well birth surround workshops and other therapeutic work for the nervous system.

His teaching and private practice are inspired by his strong desire to understand and alleviate the deep causes of suffering found with stress and trauma to the nervous system. He is especially motivated to help babies, moms and their families to resolve the crippling effects of traumas and stresses that happen during gestation, birth and early neonatal life.

Gary studied Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Franklyn Sills, a pioneer in the field of Craniosacral Biodynamics and author of several books in the field. Gary also studied Prenatal and Birth Therapy with Ray Castellino, himself a pioneer in the field of resolving birth traumas and imprints for babies and their families.

Gary’s first book, Settling: Simple Ways to Calm Your Nervous System, will be published soon. This self-help manual gives you a set of vital skills for regulating your nervous system in order to experience greater health,  balance and relaxation.

Gary and his wife Bonnie have 3 grown children and one grandson, and live in Sebastopol, CA.

Questions? Feel free to contact Gary at gary.peterson@starinstitute.us


Tuition is $435 for each 3-day module. Students bringing a massage table get a $5 per day fee reduction ($15 for 3 days). Tuition is due on the first day of each module.  There is also a $300 course application fee, which gets applied as a partial pre-payment for the final class (Module 12).

For more information or to register, contact Gary Peterson

Register Here

$435 without table • $420 with massage table discount

Table Option


Schedule of Classes

NOTE: The start of this training is postponed due to the pandemic.  We are now hoping to start with the Introduction to BCST on either April 9-11 or June 11-13. Module 1 would then be the NEXT date shown below (either June 11-13 or Sept 10-12), and the rest of the modules would drop into the dates shown below, plus additional dates in 2024  to complete the end of the training.  Watch here for updates and feel free to contact Gary (see email address above) with any questions.

2020 Pre-Training Introduction to BCST
POSTPONED: Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
(You can take this Intro without any obligation to take the full training).

2020 Classes

Module 1: POSTPONED: Skills of Stillness, Being and Relationship

2021 Classes

Module 2: POSTPONED:  Energy Fields and Their Subtle Motions

Module 3: April 9-11: Inherent Health: From Stillness to Form

Module 4: June 11-13: States of Balance and Stillness

Module 5: September 10-12: Inertia, Shapes & Augmentation Skills

Module 6: November 5-7: The Nervous System: Bodywide Intelligence

2022 Classes

Module 7: February 11-13: Working with Trauma and Chronic Stress

Module 8: April 22-24: The Midline: From Primitive Streak to Spine

Module 9: June 24-26: The Pelvis and its Mysterious Sacrum

Module 10: September 23-25: The Sentient Little One: Aware in the Womb

Module 11: November 18-20: The Occipital Triad: As Above, So Below

2023 Classes

Module 12: February 10-12: The Cranial Base: Reflecting the Whole

Module 13: April 14-16: The Face & its Origins in Implantation

Module 14: June 9-11: The TMJ & Hyoid Bone: Mirror to the Pelvis

Module 15: September 8-10: Visceral Explorations

Module 16: November 17-19: The Sentient Little One: Challenges of Birth

2024 Classes

Module 17: February 9-11: Ignitions: Lighting the Journey into Form

Module 18: April 12-14: Completions, Reviews, Commencement Celebration