2019-2022 Dual Location 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.


This training will alternate between our Sebastopol location and our San Rafael location.  (Module 1 on May 23-25, 2019 will be at the San Rafael location, Module 2 on July 25-27, 2019, 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.

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

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$435 without table • $420 with massage table discount

Table Option


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

2019 Classes

Module 1: May 23-25, San Rafael Location:   Skills of Stillness, Being and Relationship

Module 2:  July 25-27, Sebastopol Location:  Energy Fields and Their Subtle Motions

Module 3: October 3-5, San Rafael Location:  Inherent Health: From Stillness to Form

Module 4: November 14-16, Sebastopol Location:  States of Balance and Stillness

2020 Classes

Module 5: January 9-11, San Rafael Location: Inertia, Shapes & Augmentation Skills

Module 6: February 27-29, Sebastopol Location:  The Nervous System: Bodywide Intelligence

Module 7: May 28-30, San Rafael Location: Working with Trauma and Chronic Stress

Module 8: August 6-8, Sebastopol Location:  The Midline: From Primitive Streak to Spine

Module 9: October 1-3, San Rafael Location: The Pelvis and its Mysterious Sacrum

Module 10:  November 19-21, Sebastopol Location: The Sentient Little One: Aware in the Womb

2021 Classes

Module 11: January 21-23, San Rafael Location: The Occipital Triad: As Above, So Below

Module 12: March 18-20, Sebastopol Location: The Cranial Base: Reflecting the Whole

Module 13: May 20-22, San Rafael Location: The Face & its Origins in Implantation

Module 14: August 12-14, Sebastopol Location: The TMJ & Hyoid Bone: Mirror to the Pelvis

Module 15: September 30-October 2, San Rafael Location: Visceral Explorations

Module 16: November 18-20, Sebastopol Location: The Sentient Little One: Challenges of Birth

2022 Classes

Module 17: January 20-22, San Rafael Location:  Ignitions: Lighting the Journey into Form

Module 18: March 24-26, Sebastopol Location:  Completions, Reviews, Commencement