Craniosacral Therapy Association of South Africa Online Conference

Friday, 25 November 2022

17:00 to 20:15 SAST


Saturday, 26 November 2022

08:30 to 20:45 SAST

Sunday, 27 November 2022

15:45 to 20:15 SAST

Online via Zoom

Link to be confirmed

Cost - Entire Program

  • Members: R1000
  • Non-Members: R2000 ($120)

Cost - Individual sessions

Individual sessions (2 Topics)

  • Members R500
  • Non-Members: R700 ($40)

This is South Africa’s first Craniosacral therapy online conference – an opportunity to meet some experts in the field.

Speakers and Topics

Session 1

Friday, 25 November 2022 17:00 to 20:15 SAST

Nadine Moses

Chair: Craniosacral Therapy Association of South Africa

Friday, 25 November 2022

17:00 to 17:30 SAST

Topic: Welcoming and Opening address

Mimi Iklé-Khalsa


Friday, 25 November 2022

17:30 to 18:45 SAST

Introductory talk: Dancing with the Tides

In this opening presentation, participants will be skillfully guided through an enriching embodiment process offering time and space to arrive, settle and deepen into the rich felt sense of craniosacral therapy.

Through this mindfully paced meditation, as our brain waves slow from Delta to Theta, individuals will gain access to wider perceptions of the holding field our conference participants share.

There will be an opportunity for people to discuss their insights with a partner privately, followed by the option to share those experiences with the whole group.

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Mimi Iklé-Khalsa has been in the healing profession since becoming a licensed massage therapist in 1995. She became a Registered Polarity Therapist in 2001 and a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist in 2003. Shortly after graduation, Mimi began her teaching career as an assistant teacher. She joined the BCTA/NA Board of Directors in 2010. In 2012, Mimi became an approved teacher of BCST and opened her school Heartwaves Healing Institute. She served as the president of the BCTA/NA from 2012 to 2018 and advised the board until 2020. She loves taking the basic biodynamic principles of presence, relational fields, holding space, and supporting integration into her corporate role, her home life, her many volunteer jobs and the world in general. Dancing with the Rhythms Held in the Breath of Life

Scott Zamurut


Friday, 25 November 2022

19:00 to 20:15 SAST

The Tide: Health Is Polyrhythmic

The Tide is a central aspect in the practice of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since it is through a direct, perceptual engagement with the Tide by a practitioner that the healing process can unfold within a client. In this presentation, Scott will explore the history of this term while linking it to the Breath of Life, and Primary Respiration. He will talk about perception in relationship to the Tide, including his own experience of cultivating his perceptual skills over his 30 years of practice. Once the nature of the Tide is established he will ensure the participants understand the specific Tides and rhythms. He will clarify in turn, about how healing occurs in the context of each tidal rhythm. He will share how in his experience, a clear understanding of the Tide allows us as practitioners to relax into the experience of a session, to “navigate” the unfolding healing process, and to best support our clients in their journey to a greater expression of health.

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Scott Zamurut, RCST®, is a senior teacher in the field of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. He devoted a dozen years of study in Biodynamic practice and teaching with Franklyn Sills, and other senior teachers from England. His rigorous, spirited, and hands-on classroom style is a result of 30 years of study, private practice, and the training of both practitioners and new teachers.

Scott has served the profession as a founding board member of BCTA/NA. He was also the Standards Committee Co-Chair for the original and 2016 revisions of the association’s educational standards. Scott is dedicated to clarity in the history and lineage of BCST.

Session 2

Saturday, 26 November 2022 from 08:30 to 13:15 SAST

Deidre Curle

Saturday, 26 November 2022

08:30 to 09:00 SAST

Abhinaya: A movement and a rest

The title of this session comes from quote from the Gospel According to Thomas. It is an answer to a question which possibly enquires about our source and divinity. The rather surprising answer raises questions about how present we are in our daily activities. When greeting someone, what are we greeting? How do we meet ourselves every day? How conscious are we in each moment of the day, in each movement? This session explores rest within movement, or perhaps, movement within rest…

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Deirdre has been dancing in one form or another her whole life. Her background is western classical dance (Classical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet). Many years ago she discovered Abhinaya within the School of Practical Philosophy, which resonated and seemed like a perfect fit.

Abhinaya is a Sanskrit word meaning to guide, to lead or lead home. Abhinaya is a means of discovering the stillness that is behind all action, and from which all movement comes. Abhinaya allows one to explore and express the intelligence, freedom, beauty and divinity within.

Deirdre has been teaching Abhinaya in the School of Practical Philosophy as well as to the children of St James Preparatory School for the past two decades.

Anja Korber and Amy Mongie

Combined talk

Saturday, 26 November 2022

09:15 to 11:30 SAST

Assessment of baby’s wellbeing through the fascial system and the importance of the reflex system in organising the baby’s brain and development.

In this talk Amy and Anja will discuss the beauty of the fascial system and how it impacts a baby’s birth. The participants will be shown how to recognise babies with tight fascial systems and how to do fascial stretches to release and bring ease. 

This presentation will also address the baby’s reflex system and why it is important for baby’s brain development. A practical guide will be given on how to recognise and assess key reflexes and how to assist in reflex integration.

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Anja Korber
Craniosacral and Neurodevelopmental Therapist, BMus, BEd, BCST

When Anja isn’t in a therapy session you’ll find her feeding her chickens or with her hands in the soil of her veggie garden

She has a passion for working with children and their developing brains and considers her own 3 children to be her biggest teachers

Amy Mongie
Craniosacral Therapist, Doula and Doula Trainer, Pre and Perinatal support, CST-R

When she’s not juggling clients, home-school activities or the irregular hours of birth work you’ll find Amy gently grounding herself under the trees on her stoep.

Her greatest joy comes from working with women and their babies, holding them as they transition into brand new versions of themselves.

Kitya Nowicky

BSc Physio, BSC

Saturday, 26 November 2022

12:00 to 13:15 SAST

The Therapist in difficult and challenging times

It could be said that: ‘Health is our greatest wealth’ ,

For all of us, the concept of ‘maintaining health’ has been challenged by Covid conditions, giving rise to  the questions of  how we keep ourselves well. 

The Craniosacral world began 100yrs ago in a pandemic. Andrew Stills improved immune systems with gentle holding and touch. 

We as Craniosacral therapists are in an ideal position to assist ourselves and our population.

 2022 has been a year of reset and re-organisation. The health industry has taken a turn. Integrated healthcare is growing. 

Join Kitya to learn ways you can resource yourself in these dynamic times.

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Kitya qualified as physiotherapist in 1986. Since then she has explored an integrated approach to health. She includes reflex muscle monitoring, nutrition and craniosacral principles, in her therapeutic practice.  Here she has found that symptoms educate us to evolve as best we can.    

Kitya has her practice in Rondebosch Cape Town.  

Session 3

Saturday, 26 November 2022 from 14:30 to 17:00 SAST

Dr Drupad Kara

Dentist and craniosacral therapist

Saturday, 26 November 2022

14:30 to 15:45 SAST

Craniosacral therapy, dentistry, and trauma resolution

At the intersect of Dentistry and Craniosacral Therapy; this talk is presented from a broader perspective of the application of treating dental patients with Craniosacral Therapy. Success in the combination and adaption of the treatments comes from an intuitive sense of when and here to bring these disciplines together.

Several interesting cases will be reviewed to highlight the role and importance of Craniosacral Therapy in the field of dentistry and trauma resolution. We will also have the opportunity for some experiential exercises to demonstrate the  effectiveness of treatment.

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Drupad Kara is a general dental practitioner. He has been in private practice since 2001. He has completed two-year Craniosacral Therapy training with the South Africa Cranial Institute and followed up with Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy training with Body Intelligence in India. He has also completed a mindfulness-based intervention training with Stellenbosch University. He Practices Craniosacral therapy and facilitates meditations part time.

Dr Dharmesh Mistry

Specialist Orthodontist, BDS, MSc(Dent)Witwatersrand, FCD(SA)Orthod, MChD(Orthod)(Pretoria), BCST

Saturday, 26 November 2022

15:45 to 17:00 SAST

Craniosacral therapy in Dentistry- An orthodontic Perspective

In this presentation, with the background knowledge of the Craniosacral system and its influence on the body, the diagnosis and treatment of Orthodontic patients will be explored from birth to adulthood. Using clinical examples we will inquire into how the various dysfunctional patterns may be identified clinically, relate to the radiographic findings, treatment plan the corresponding corrections and evaluate the outcome thereof. Furthermore, we will explore the influence of our ever-changing daily lifestyle patterns on our teeth and suggest possible strategies that we may adopt to keep them in check.

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Dr Dharmesh Mistry qualified as a general dentist in 1996. Since then he has been interested in treating Craniofacial deformities and joined the University of Witwatersrand’s Orthodontic Department’s Cleft lip and Palate clinic on a part-time basis and worked as a locum dentist waiting to specialise in Orthodontics. He qualified as a specialist Orthodontist in 2005 at the University of Pretoria and has been in private practice since then. He qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist in 2018 and since then was determined to integrate it with Orthodontic treatments. Recently he has completed an advance diagnostic course at the Medical University of Vienna which has aided him to get closer to this integration which he will share with us.

Session 4

Saturday, 26 November 2022 from 18:00 to 20:45 SAST

Margaret Rosenau


Saturday, 26 November 2022

18:00 to 19:15 SAST

Nervous System Dynamics: How the body remembers 

This Lecture will explore the nature of trauma and the role of the autonomic nervous system in both remembering and resolving difficult experience. participants will be introduced to simple and powerful skills with which to support themselves and their clients. This lecture will explore how the nervous system works and support participants to gain a deeper understanding of their own nervous system through felt sense explorations.
The nervous system is a skilled keeper of time and story. One of its many strengths is the ability to live and remember more than one memory at the same time. One way to describe what someone experiences when triggered is this collision.
As Craniosacral Therapists we know that these memories can be stored in different anatomical layers and that unresolved experience isolates over time. When we as practitioners can recognize and genuinely appreciate the story a person’s nervous system is telling, connection and healing can unfold across multiple layers of time.

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Margaret is a Registered® Craniosacral Therapist (2003), Somatic Experiencing® practitioner (2002), Pre and Perinatal Therapist (2004) and Polarity Therapist (1998). She also holds a master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California (2012). She is also a wife, mother, writer, and activist deeply committed to amplifying the aliveness in the world and repairing the systemic disconnection between people and their bodies.

Margaret has over fifteen years of experience teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and is an approved teacher for the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America, (BCTA-NA). She is a master teacher with a remarkable capacity to support students and clients from a place of depth and breadth. The human body is truly her medium for connecting people to the aliveness within themselves and the world. Margaret is the owner and director of the School of Inner Health in Denver, Colorado, USA, as well as the lead instructor in the school’s Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Training Program.

Kate White


Saturday, 26 November 2022

19:30 to 20:45 SAST

Healing Trauma in Babies: Prevention and Treatment

Baby bodywork is needed as a modality today, with the rise birth trauma, and maternal and infant morbidity. Working with babies is a “whole family approach.” If there has been birth trauma, we want to take the time to listen to the parents, and help them heal from birth trauma, as well the baby. This presentation will include the whole family approach, and more specifically address working with babies as a bodyworker, particularly a craniosacral therapist. It will ask and answer the question: How DO we work with babies? There will be one case study for illustrative purposes of the answer, and three take-aways:


  • Best approaches combine skills on a continuum from subtle to spacious to specific and firm.
  • Support for the parent-baby dyad relationship in different ways is important.
  • Skills of recognition start with a special welcome and grow into assessment of tissue states, autonomic nervous system states and early experiences. Additional stories will be told as time allows.

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Kate White is an award-winning educator, advanced bodyworker and trauma resolution therapist. She is trained in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in parent-baby dyad care using somatic prevention and trauma healing approaches for over 20 years. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy, birth preparation, recovery from difficult birth, breastfeeding support, trauma prevention and resolution, and neurodevelopment to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. From 2013-2019, Kate founded and ran the Department of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, producing their renowned Certificate in Prenatal and Perinatal Educator program. She runs a private practice and offers seminars and training as the Founder and Director for the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs, In 2019, she founded the online school, Prenatal and Perinatal Healing Online, where she focuses on skills training in prenatal and perinatal somatic therapies for professionals.

Session 5

Sunday, 27 November 2022 from 16:00 to 20:15 SAST

Ellen Grosser

MSc, HP, BCST, RCST, Biologist – Naturopath – Teacher, Craniosacral Therapy - Osteopathy - Homeopathy – Immunoregulation

Sunday, 27 November 2022

16:00 to 17:15 SAST

The role of Fascia in Uncontrolled Cell Growth and Tumour environment

This talk is presented by a self-described “Fascia Fanatic”, with insights and points of interest from extensive experience in the field. Together with, ‘in-practice’ knowledge gained from working and teaching in both an Osteopathic and Biodynamic Way, across a range of conditions and various age groups. A deeper explanation into the role of Fascia Cells in tumour progress, from a scientific basis, is presented here from a neutral point of view of the topic. Together with interesting information and anecdotes from ongoing research with practical application into Craniosacral Practice

The talk will include a guided meditation and a brief tutorial as part of the learning experience.

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Ellen Grosser, MSc, Naturopath, studied at first Human Biology. After her master’s degree in 1992 and two years of psychology studies, she worked in various management positions in the pharmaceutical industry. The birth of her twin babies in 2003 brought her back to the roots, she started a career as a Naturopath, including foundational trainings in Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy and Homeopathy at a full-time school for 4 years. She participated in various postgraduate seminars for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy for pregnant Women, Newborns and Children, Fascial and Children’s Osteopathy.

Since 2007, she works in her own private practice,

She is listed as a “Master Therapist” of the German Cranio Sacral Association and was part of their board for some years. She is also registered as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist of the BCTA/NA.

Since 2010 she is a student and assistant of “Dr. Michael Shea, B.A. M.A. Phd.”, Florida, holds an Advanced Diploma in Biodynamic CST.

Since 2015 she organizes and moderates the annual European Craniosacral Association Network (ECSAN) meetings in Europe. This European network was founded to increase recognition of Craniosacral Therapy, to support therapists on a European level, to set craniosacral training standards and exchange experience and information.

Ryan Hallford

Craniosacral Therapist

Sunday, 27 November 2022

17:45 to 19:00 SAST

Biodynamics of Blood and the Heart

Blood is said by some embryologists to be the first organ formed in the embryo. It is a fundamental transport medium and communication network in the body, a field of mobile potency. Blood is utilized by the nervous, endocrine, immune, and other systems to continuously serve the quest for equilibrium in the body. It is the focal hub for much of the activity of life. Blood is incredibly dynamic, and yet maintains a field of deep biological neutrality that stabilizes the entire organism. The heart and blood, when perceived through the lens of the slower movements of Primary Respiration, demonstrate different qualities than those attributed to them by modern models of physiology. We find that the heart actually acts in the service of the blood, regulating the inherent motion and potency found in the blood field itself. For the conference Ryan will give an informal talk on these topics and share insights gleaned from over two decades of clinical experience.

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Ryan Hallford has been actively involved in the teaching and practice of craniosacral therapy since 1998. He operates The Craniosacral Resource Center, a clinic offering treatment for adults and children in Dallas, Texas. Between 2015-2021 Ryan produced and hosted the first podcast covering craniosacral therapy, The Craniosacral Podcast. This project brought together many of the leading figures in the field, helping to increase understanding between the various schools engaging the work and clarifying how craniosacral therapy is practiced around the globe. The podcast has received almost 500,000 individual episode downloads in over 20 countries. Ryan currently serves as a Senior Tutor for Body Intelligence Biodynamic trainings, teaching mostly in North America.

Lianne Tiley


Sunday, 27 November 2022

19:15 to 20:15 SAST

Distant Healing and Closure

Distant Healing utilises the presence and observation of the Practitioner with the natural capacity, within all of us, to connect at a distance. Over the past few years there has been a necessity to offer therapy and treatments over one or other technology platform – Zoom or WhatsApp. This adaption is readily applied to Cranio Sacral Therapy and has proven itself as effective as, and often more convenient than, an ‘In Person’ treatment. It serves as a ‘Home Visit’ – if the patient is unable to get to the Practice or the Practitioner unable to get to the Patient.

The treatment protocol is the same or similar: applying the basic tenets of Cranio Sacral Therapy, engaging with the Patient in bringing to awareness the body’s inherent ability to heal, to restore, to balance and revitalise – with the healing being equally effective over any distance.

Distance Healing draws on principles and concepts from the Living Matrix, Quantum Physics and Imagination.

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Lianne Tiley holds a Master of Science in Osteopathy,

She is a Registered Cranio Sacral Therapy Practitioner and holds a Fellowship in Visual Optics. 

Lianne began her medical studies and practice as an Optician – those early years were the beginnings of insight into the human body and the nature of disease in the body – as it affects vision and literally ‘how we see the world’.

She takes an integrated approach to healing, and deeply acknowledges the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit. Her practice incorporates other healing modalities, lessons from life on well being and practical encouragement to seek out the answers on a wonderful journey of knowing and health.


Sunday, 27 November 2022 20:15 SAST