Newsletter & Important Rule Changes - July 2017


Hi everyone and thank you to all of you who contributed ideas, feedback or attended AGM events in May.

It was heartwarming to be at our yearly meeting and to be able to connect with members there and at the satellite events.  By the sound of it everyone enjoyed it too, so let's see if we can grow the event in the coming years. 

In this newsletter we'll be introducing our two new committee members Karin Lidgaard and Anna Thomson. Anna has jumped in feet first and contributed an article on the recent post grad in Auckland with Steve Haines.  (Thanks Anna!)  

We also catch up with Ged Sumner from Body Intelligence and have a chat with him about India and also where BI is heading in the next 10 years.  

There's news on rule changes as voted on at the AGM.   Staying with the AGM... we have a report about the day and a link to my report which rounds up the last PACT year.

We got a link to the work of Stephen Porges that has some great portals into a deeper understanding of the autonomic nervous system.

Also in case you've missed it we've included a picture of the new logo which will start to appear on all things PACT as we continue to roll out our revamp all of correspondence, the website and marketing material. Tim (our web guy) has put the logo on the website so you can down load it for use on business cards and websites etc. 
There's information on our brochure sale too.

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new professional members:

Teresa Booth (NZ), Sofia Poly (AU),
Angelene Joy Dryland (NZ), Steve Haines (EU), Samantha Louise Wolfe (AU), Amanda Jayne Dickie (AU) and Barry Mills (AU).

And our new student members:

Alina Acevedo (US),  Tracey Bell (NZ),
Thailambal Chandramohan (IN), T.A. Garraghan (ASIA), 
Karoliina Munter (CA), Jennifer Plotnikoff (CA), Naveena Goffer (NZ), Sally Ann Barraud (NZ), Natasha Rickit (NZ), Caroline Panesar (NZ), Sophie Haviland (AU), Mandy Mead (NZ) and Joan Chua (CA).

Michelle Driscoll - PACT Chairperson




Post Grad Learning Opportunities
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

What is Emotion? Working with the Heart, Belly and Throat
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

Biodynamics of Blood
KL 23-26 November 2017
June 2018

Advanced Cranial & Relational Skills with Babies and Families
Canada 14-17 June 2018

Somatic Psychology & the Potency of Psyche
New Zealand 9-12 August 2018
Australia 16-19 August 2018

Stillness Trainings
For information about Stillness Trainings please email Stillness Trainings - Terry Collinson (Australia) or Brendan Pittwood (New Zealand) for information on upcoming post grad training opportunities with Stillness Training



We are very excited to welcome Anna Thomson and Karin Lindgaard to the Committee.  Karin joined us for the AGM via Skype and must have had a great time because by the end of the meeting she had officially joined us as a new committee member.  Anna was discovered at the recent post grad in Auckland.  Her enthusiasm for all things BCST and for getting the word out there made her stand out from the crowd and it wasn't long before we'd enlisted her to help with our mission.  Here's a little bit about Anna and Karin.  Welcome to you both and we look forward to having you on board.

Karin Lindgaard completed the Body Intelligence course in Melbourne in 2016.  She is currently relocating to set up a practice in Castlemaine in Victoria, Australia. 

Karin is really inspired by BCST’s effectiveness in treating trauma and trauma-related illness. BCST relates well to her academic studies in philosophies of nature and consciousness, and her years of meditation practice. Karin hopes to use this background to contribute to the growing field of BCST.








Anna Thomson practices Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in Wellington, New Zealand. She works out of The OM Clinic (

Anna’s focus is on helping people find wellness, energy and authenticity through both BCST and coaching.  Anna likes to focus on areas in which she has had personal experience - stressed professionals, anxiety, depression and acute injuries.

Anna’s motto is “Dream, Focus, Roar” and this is the process she takes clients through in both BCST and coaching – what do they want, how to focus on that and then ‘roaring’.  This is Anna’s metaphor for living a life of wellness, energy and being true to yourself. 




Interview with Ged Sumner

We caught up with Ged Sumner before his departure for Bangalore, India.  He'll be there for the upcoming The Brain In Depth post grad seminar.

PACT:  Hi Ged, it’s been at least two years since you’ve been in India teaching a post grad.  What are you looking forward to about being back in India?  

GED:  The life of India is amazing.  There’s nowhere like it that I’ve ever been to in my travels and people have got this unique spark to them.

PACT:  BI has been teaching the foundation course in India for many years now, we’ve heard that you get record numbers of students on courses and BI courses are held in a number of cities.  Can you tell us why you think you’ve been so successful with the foundation trainings in this part of the world?  

GED:  Yes it all started in Mysore in September 2010 and there’s now trainings going on in 5 cities with 4 more planned. I think the Indian culture lends itself perfectly to the work.  The smart Indian intellect combined with a deep comprehension of meditation and spiritual practice means you are teaching people who innately understand the work. 

PACT:  What special qualities do you think your graduates in India bring to the work that might be a little different from other parts of the world?

GED:  A depth of understanding that goes back to the vedas.  That's quite a lineage.  Plus a huge healing tradition that goes back thousands of years.  Also a universalism - an ability to be ok with something new because there are so many religions, philosophies and healing traditions within the Indian culture.  Why not add another? 

PACT:  BI has had rapid expansion over the last 10 years and is now offering foundation courses in 41 cities world wide.  Where do you see BI heading in the next 10 years? 

GED:  Next stop mars! I just think the work will really start to get established across all these countries with bigger and bigger communities of practitioners and BCST will really start to get recognised for how remarkable it is.  The public will become more aware of it and it will stop being the best kept secret in the world.  I think too the course will keep expanding out to new cities and new countries like China and South America.

PACT:  Thanks Ged all the best and we look forward to welcoming those Martian students and grads to PACT.

​Rule Changes

There were two rule changes voted on at the recent AGM that may effect you.  Supervision - it is now mandatory to have 6 sessions of supervision over two years (instead of of one year) for all new members with less than three years clinical experience.  There is a minimum number of three sessions in the first year.  For more information about supervision, please login to the website and read our updated FAQ's sheet. Which you can also find on the PACT Connect Facebook page.CPD Points - To simplify the process of point accrual we have removed the non-BCST categories from CPD requirements.  We will now only be asking for points from Category 1 and 2 which are as follows - Formal Education (minimum of 20 points from category 1 and 2) 
1 hour = 1 point (a two day workshop would equate to 16 points)
•   Accredited and unaccredited hands on BCST courses
•   Post-graduate BCST course
•   Repeat of a BCST foundation course
•   Assistant or assistant/trainee tutor in a BCST course. Course tutors are expected to attend another tutor’s course as a participant, assistant or observer. 
•   Courses useful to work as a CST (e.g. shock and trauma education, attachment styles, etc- these will require committee approval prior to using these courses for formal education points).2.      Professional Activity 
•   Supervision.  (Maximum points accruable is 6 hours in 3 years)  1 hour = 2 points 


A great time was had in Melbourne at the recent AGM day.  A bunch of us gathered to get into a bit of Chi Kung and then to share our insights into potency and discuss Franklyn Sill's theories about the 3 functions of potency.  As always it was wonderful to do some hands on swaps and just being around fellow BCSTers never fails to be fabulous.  Lunch at Lentil as Anything was a hoot with mountains of delicious vegetarian food to sustain us through the formal meeting in the afternoon.   We connected with a handful of PACT satellite stations in New Zealand for the AGM which was very fruitful.  We followed the meeting with the official dinner at Ladro in Richmond and we can confirm the rumours... Melbourne has the best food in Australia.  

Our Chair, Michelle Driscoll, continues to do a stellar job at PACT HQ.  After many years in the role we don't want to lose her to volunteer burn out!  Please consider if you would like to one day be at the helm of this growing and evolving association.

Here's a link to Michelle's Chairperson Report

New Logo

The logo is inspired by the colours of the Pacific, the wave like symbol evokes a tidal connection and the centre of the spiral depicts a safe holding.  We hope you like the new logo.  It is available for downloading, simply login to the PACT website and select 'promotional material' from the website.

Exploring the Emotions with Steve Haines

“Don’t come to Craniosacral Therapy to relax. Come to feel” (in a safe way!)
This was the defining comment from Steven Haines during the recent Auckland post-graduate training.

“What is Emotion” was held in Auckland 15 -18 June 2017. This was the largest ever gathering of Craniosacral therapists for any Body Intelligence training with many attendees travelling from outside of Auckland, including many from Australia and beyond.

The desire to go to this training (for me and many of the attendees) was of course, Steve himself. None were left disappointed. Steve delivered a practically focussed seminar with poise and humour. I was blown away as were many others.
Thanks to Simon Gosling who assisted on the training and Dianne Saville for her assistance and organisation of the event.

Key learnings included:

  • different theories on what emotion is, encouraging us to debate and consider our own experiences to determine our position;

  • revision of the vagal axis including different ways to stimulate and tone the vagus nerve,

  • safety and how people know they are ‘safe’ with experientials ensuring we can create this with our clients

  • self-regulation and the importance of this. Experientials included work around the signs of distress; and

  • a session on releasing trauma with clients that can be performed seated before a client gets to the table if needed. 

(Article by Anna Thomson)

Polyvagal Theory 

Stephen Porges Polyvagal Theory and his research of more than 40 years is a useful tool for helping to understand some of what happens in a BCST session.  His explanations of Social Engagement is particularly interesting to therapists in this field. has a number of links to podcast interviews, articles and Youtubes that are a very accessible way to engage with his work.

Brochure Sale

We are in the process of creating a new brochure but still have some stock of the current ones. If you are in Australia, Canada or Asia you can purchase the current brochures for half the regular cost. Unfortunately we do not have any available in New Zealand.

The current brochures are still a really nice brochure and may suit your budget better than paying full price.

If you would like to purchase these brochures please " href="http://This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: rgb(43, 170, 223); text-decoration-line: underline;">email Michelle
AUSTRALIA   1000  -  $130 Au, 500  -  $  75 Au, 250  -  $  50 Au
CANADA  1000  -  $  80 CAD, 500  -  $  50 CAD, 250  -  $  30 CAD
ASIA  1000  -   2190 RS, 500  -   1320 RS, 250  -      820 RS

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.

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.


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