2023-2026 BCST Foundation Training

Health is a deep and abiding part of each person’s essential nature, and is never lost. This Inherent Health is within each of us. It is always available, and can be palpated (felt) as slow, steady rhythmic sensation, and as periods of deep resting, referred to as stillness. Connecting to this Inherent Health, we are able to slowly resolve our most painful and unyielding wounds and traumas.


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 surface, 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 and completion of out-of-class requirements.



This training will alternate between our Sebastopol location and our San Rafael location.  (Module 1 on April 20-22, 2023,  will be at the San Rafael location, Module 2 on June 22-24, 2023, is at the Sebastopol location, and so on, back and forth). This alternating location plan is meant to equalize the driving / commute efforts as much as possible for students from all over the Bay Area. Please also note that classes are on Thursday thru Saturday.


Class is held from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.
Each 3-day class (module) is $510 (or $495 if you bring a massage table)


About the Presenter

Gary Peterson is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST ®) and approved Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy teacher 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 two grandchildren, and live in Sebastopol, CA.


Questions? Feel free to contact  Gary Peterson


Schedule of Classes  (Note: classes are Thursday thru Saturday)

2023 Classes

2023 Pre-Training Introductory Event
February 23-25 (3 days): Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
(You can take this Intro with no obligation to take the 2-year training)

2023 Classes

Module 1: April 20-22, San Rafael Location:   Skills of Stillness, Being and Relationship

Module 2: June 22-24, Sebastopol Location:  Energy Fields and Their Subtle Motions

Module 3: September 7-9, San Rafael Location:  Inherent Health: From Stillness to Form

Module 4: November 9-11,  Petaluma Location:  States of Balance and Stillness

2024 Classes

Module 5: January 18-20, San Rafael Location: Inertia, Shapes & Augmentation Skills

Module 6: April 4-6, Petaluma Location:  The Nervous System: Bodywide Intelligence

Module 7: June 20-22, San Rafael Location: Working with Trauma and Chronic Stress

Module 8: August 22-24, Petaluma Location: The Sentient Little One: Aware in the Womb

Module 9: October 24-26, San Rafael Location: The Midline: From Primitive Streak to Spine

2025 Classes

Module 10: January 9-11, Sebastopol Location: The Pelvis and its Mysterious Sacrum

Module 11: March 20-22, San Rafael Location: The Occipital Triad: As Above, So Below

Module 12: May 22-24, Sebastopol Location: The Cranial Base: Reflecting the Whole

Module 13: July 24-26, San Rafael Location: The Face & its Origins in Implantation

Module 14: September 18-20, Sebastopol Location: The TMJ & Hyoid Bone: Mirror to the Pelvis

Module 15: November 20-22, San Rafael Location: Visceral Explorations

2026 Classes

Module 16: January 22-24, Sebastopol Location: The Sentient Little One: Challenges of Birth

Module 17: March 26-28, San Rafael Location:  Ignitions: Lighting the Journey into Form

Module 18: May 21-23,  Sebastopol Location:  Completions, Reviews, Commencement


Tuition & Other Fees

Tuition is $510 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 18).  Other fees include required books (which may be purchased new or used online) and required sessions you must receive from a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®).


Register Here for Each 3-Day Module

$510 without table • $495 with massage table discount

Table Option