Newsletter - May 2017

News from the Chair

Dear PACT Members

We've got a number of things to let you know about in this newsletter including AGM info, a word from the Vice Chairperson, some exclusive content from some BCST thought leaders and a look into what's happening behind the scenes at PACT HQ.  

We'd like to let you all know too that after much feedback from the PACT membership, and knowing that committee members contribute many, many hours to keeping PACT going, the Executive Committee have voted to remunerate the Office Bearing members to the amount of $1000 per year. This certainly does not come close to covering the hours put in by these committee members but aims to acknowledge the invaluable effort that keeps our association afloat.

Our decision to make the Registrar’s role a paid position twelve months ago has proven to be invaluable. Danielle Rowarth has managed to get on top of membership issues and processing of new members and renewals is running smoothly.  We have had some wonderful people unpaid in this role in the past and we are forever grateful for their contribution to this time consuming and important role. As our membership grows and so too the workload, we have come to see that it is essential to have somebody who can dedicate their time to the role in this way so we can maintain our efficiency as a professional body.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new professional members:
Laura Young (CAN), Naomi Cassrels (NZ), Myrna Martin (CAN), Darlene Marie Musser (CAN), Ana Thomson (NZ), Eveline Jasper (NZ), Erin Dunlop (NZ), Jill Stewart (CAN), Johanna Andreasen (AU), Fiona Ross (NZ), Daniela Transchel (CAN), Megan McGibbon (NZ), Lindsay Fox (NZ),  Susan Smeeton (AU), Lucille Rayner (CAN), Renee Simpson (NZ), Manuela Homer (CAN) and Lisa Edwards (AU).

And our new student members:
Neshat Mehrnoosh (CAN), Victoria Camplin-Welch (NZ), Stephanie Bissiere (SINGAPORE), Derryn Keep (AU), Marilyn Watson (CAN), Felicia Schwartz (AU), Lysanne de Graaf (AU), Andrea Finta (MALAYSIA), Verena Nistler (AU), Amanda Jane Dickie (AU), Gillian Kumar Das (MALAYSIA), Joanna Klar (NZ), Winawati Husman (INDONESIA), Anna Craig (AU), Hana Campbell (NZ), Samantha Wolfe (AU), Gaylene Jakicevich (NZ), Christa Beate Thoma (NZ), Mary Barlow (AU), and
Monique Henry (AU).

Michelle Driscoll - PACT Chairperson


Our member schools, Body Intelligence Training and Stillness Trainings, have a number of post graduate study opportunities coming up in 2016-17.

For courses with 
Body Intelligence  please see the website for more details

Pain is Really Strange - Australia 9-12 June 2017 

What is Emotion?  Working with the Heart, Belly and Throat - New Zealand 15-18 June 2017; Canada 9-12 March 2018

The Brain in Depth - India 6-9 July 2017; Australia 26-29 October 2017 Perth, Australia 31 May-3 June 2018 Melb


Stillness Trainings

For information about Stillness Trainings please email Stillness Trainings - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Australia) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (New Zealand) for information on upcoming post grad training opportunities with Stillness Training



A Word From the Vice Chair...

PACT is now asking for nominations for the Executive Officers and committee positions. Being a member of the committee will give you the opportunity to be a part of the decision making process. These decisions can have a major impact on the future directions and success of the association, its members and our profession.  You may think that you don’t have enough time, but why not give it a go for a year?  You’ll find that you won’t spend hours every week,  but you may enjoy a concerted effort working with others on something you find yourself passionate about, that peaks your interest, or where you can make a significant difference because of your special skill set. 

Different people bring different skills to the committee and obviously there are some individuals who deserve special mention because they were primarily responsible for particular tasks.  However every committee member contributes via discussion and comment, leading to outcomes that everyone agrees to and that hopefully will benefit the wider membership.  Making a personal contribution of this kind is very satisfying.  Joining a committee helps you build relationships with practitioners throughout the Asia-Pacific region, you’ll exchange thoughts and make new friends, you’ll join a wonderful community of knowledgeable and helpful professionals. You might discover some new skills in the process, find your creative mojo, be the whiz who helps promote our wonderful profession and enhance awareness of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy all over the world. GIVE IT A GO!   -  Rikta Hawkins - Vice Chair

Editor's Note.... We are very sorry to see Rikta leave the committee.  Her contribution has been invaluable.  Rikta always provides a calm and reasoned presence.  You will be missed Rikta, thank you for all of your efforts. We know we can't really replace you, but If anyone would like to find out more about being on the committee, please contact our secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information 

​PACT Connect

Come over and join the conversation on Facebook in the PACT Connect group.  We're sharing the highlights of our clinical practice and celebrating the amazingness of BCST.  We'd love to hear about your experiences.

Exclusive Content for PACT Members

We are very excited to announce that we have been given access to an in-depth article by Franklyn Sills and an audio of Ged Sumner and Steve Haines in conversation.  This content is exclusive to PACT Members!  See below for a snippet of the article and more info on the interview.

The Three Functions of Potency - Franklyn Sills © 2016 

William Garner Sutherland, the founder of osteopathy in the cranial field, perceived that life is supported and maintained by a sacred presence that he called the “Breath of Life.” The Breath of Life maintains the relationship of all created things to the origin or Source of creation. When its presence comes to the forefront of one’s awareness, one’s heart is cast open in love and empathy. In 1945, when treating a dying person, it was Dr. Sutherland’s direct experience of the Breath of Life that dramatically changed his relationship to his work. The Breath of Life seems to arise from a depth of stillness––a ground state called Dynamic Stillness in biodynamic work. Sutherland clearly sensed that the Breath of Life generates fundamental ordering and healing forces active throughout the universe and throughout life itself.  read more

Ged Sumner Interviews Steve Haines
For anyone who has had the pleasure of learning BCST from either of the two founders and directors of Body Intelligence Training, Ged Sumner and Steve Haines, you will know that these two chaps are super smart and amusing and are at the forefront of teaching this evolving therapy.  We are very excited to have been given access to an as yet unreleased interview/conversation between them.  To access the audio, please follow these steps.

1. Login to the website
2. Copy and paste the following address into your browser

What's Been Going On Behind the Scenes?

We're all a bit excited to share with you the projects that we've been working on over the last year.  We'll unveil it all at the AGM so we won't give it all away in this newsletter... but get ready for a new logo (it's gorgeous), a new brochure (we're updating craniospeak for the 2000's) and we'll update you on the website project.  We're looking forward to the next PACT year where a lot of hard work will come together to culminate in a new and improved website and updated marketing material that you can be proud of.  

More importantly though, we are working on making PACT an Association that is recognised for its professionalism, its commitment to uphold standards and its ability to build community.  We are constantly working on improving our systems and always appreciate any feedback.  If you have anything to tell us please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. our secretary Hinu Komene, and she will forward your feedback to the right person. 

Email Glitches

It has become apparent recently that many members may have missed out on receiving emails.  The current website has not provided accurate emailing capacity.  We apologise for this and will post back dated newsletters and emails in the news and articles section of the PACT website.

Please note:  The email list contains expired members currently, we will be deleting all expired members from the database in the next month as we prepare to transition records.

AGM Time

Please go to the website to see all the information about the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Click here for more info.

If you are in Melbourne, we'd love to see you for the Potency Lab, AGM and dinner.  There are satellite events happening in New Zealand.  There's still time to organise your own satellite event in your region, please let us know if you'd like to do that so we can give you some guidelines for the day.  

Melbourne registrations must be paid by 19 May.  Please go to the website for more details to book your spot.


Rule Changes  

We recently emailed you about voting on two rule changes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you didn't receive those emails. 

A Reminder That Student Membership is now free....

The PACT Committee is dedicated to supporting members in many different ways.  One of the main ways is to build a sense of a supportive community that values it's members.  It has been suggested that making membership for students free is a great way to encourage  that sense of community.  Student members have access to the member only Facebook group and can purchase a limited number of brochures to provide information to prospective practice clients.  It is hoped that student members will feel welcomed and a part of the growing global community.


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