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Craniosacral Biodynamics
Craniosacral Biodynamics staff


Franklyn Sills

Franklyn Sills MA RCST BCST UKCP

Franklyn is the co-Director of the Karuna Institute and has been teaching in this field for over 31 years. He is the early pioneer in the worldwide development of a biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy and has influenced many of the current teachers in the U.S.A. and Europe. He has presented at many Conferences over the last twenty years and his books, Foundation in Craniosacral Biodynamics Volumes 1 and 2, are seminal texts in the field. Franklyn has also help develop Core Process Psychotherapy, a mindfulness-based psychotherapy form and continues to lecture and train students in that field. His published works include The Polarity Process, Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics vol. 1 and 2, and Being and Becoming, Psychodynamics, Buddhism and the origins of selfhood. Franklyn also offers teachings internationally, including America, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

Tanya Desfontaines

Tanya Desfontaines MCSP SRP RCST BCST

Tanya is a registered biodynamic craniosacral practitioner & educator; a dedicated clinician for almost 30 years, she has thriving clinics in Dartington and Exeter, specialising in complex cases. Tanya began her career as a physiotherapist at the Royal London Hospital in 1988. She has mentored students as a senior physiotherapist, practice educator, lecturer and tutorial facilitator for the University of Plymouth. Her growing interest in holistic medicine and commitment to Buddhist practice led her to the professional training in craniosacral therapy at the Karuna Institute, where she graduated in 2009. She returned to Karuna in 2012 to join the tutor team and is now a Senior tutor, teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Her teaching style is accessible and grounded in clinical practice. Tanya is also a mother of two and lives with her family near Totnes, South Devon.

Jo Féat


Jo's professional background includes fifteen years in counseling and mediation work. She trained in Craniosacral Biodynamics with Franklyn Sills in 2001, and has been part of the craniosacral teaching team at Karuna since 2005 on both the foundation and post-graduate trainings. Her primary focus lies in a deepening exploration and awareness of the importance of the relational field in cranial work and how our earliest experiences exercise a profound influence on our ongoing sense of connection and well-being.

Hugh Harrison

Hugh Harrison RCST

Hugh completed his post-graduate training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy at the Karuna Institute in 1997 and was a tutor between 2004 and 2006. Subsequently, he has undertaken many advanced trainings at the Karuna Institute as well as assisting with Franklyn Sill’s Advanced Trainings. For the past 20 years Hugh has been an accredited supervisor with the CSTA and has a deep commitment to supervision and reflective practice. He also has a special interest in clinical research and audit, was Chair of the CSTA Research Committee between 2014 and 2016, in addition to publishing on both subjects for professional journals and the Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network . Hugh integrates the combined therapeutic disciplines of Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy and classical homeopathy and has family-based practices at the Brackenbury Natural Health Clinic in London as well as Watchbell House Natural Therapy Centre in Newport, Isle of Wight.

Vanessa Hodge

Vanessa Hodge RCST BCST

Vanessa graduated from Karuna as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist in 2009. She has a private practice in central London and is completing an MA in mindfulness based psychotherapy. She is trained as a yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga and Tibetan Buddhist meditation for 15 years. Vanessa runs several retreats a year, which combine yoga, meditation, pranayama and craniosacral biodynamics to create a whole health approach to wellbeing. She has been on the teaching team at Karuna since 2011.

Cherionna Menzam-Sills PhD RCST BCST

Cherionna Menzam-Sills has practiced Craniosacral Therapy since 1991. She became certified as a teacher by the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America in 2006. She has conducted her own practitioner trainings in the U.S.A. and Canada, as well as tutoring with her husband, Franklyn Sills, in North America and Europe. Cherionna is also an authorized Continuum Movement teacher and incorporates this fluid somatic awareness practice into her classes, as well as teaching Continuum across North America and Europe. A therapist for 35 years, Cherionna draws on her varied experience as Occupational Therapist, Somatic Psychotherapist, and Prenatal and Birth Therapist. She holds graduate degrees in Somatic Psychology and Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and has taught in both fields.

Judith Rawlings

Judith Rawlings M.A., MCSP, RCST, UKCP

Judith is a qualified Physiotherapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and Core Process Psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience in both NHS and private settings. She is also a qualified Yoga Teacher with 35 years of yoga and meditation experience.
She trained in Craniosacral Biodynamics with Franklyn Sills between 1999-2001, and returned to Karuna in 2008-10 as an assistant on the professional training. Since then she has also supported Franklyn on weekend introductory courses on Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy.
Judith has a special interest in working with people who live with persistent pain and has been able to offer cranial work and mindfulness based approaches to patients within an NHS environment.
Her interest in holistic medicine, relationship and the impact of early experience inspired her to undertake a post qualification MA in Buddhist Psychotherapy Practice and accredit as a Core Process Psychotherapist in 2012.
Judith has a busy private practice in Frome, Somerset. She brings to Karuna a depth of experience across a range of fields and is delighted to be re-joining the tutor team in 2016.

Satya Sheperd

Satya Shepherd RCST BCST

Satya has extensive knowledge and experience through 25 years as a midwife and health educator. She has managed birthing units worldwide and set up village midwife trainings in Papua New Guinea, and Maori-led birth education and care in New Zealand. Satya was introduced to cranial work while studying in India, leading to her graduation from the Karuna Institute in 1999 where she is now a senior tutor. Since 2001 Satya has taught foundation and post-graduate craniosacral courses around the UK to which she brings creativity, movement and humour. She is currently completing an MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, which supports and inspires her cranial practice. Satya is a certified Voice Dialogue Counselor and has training in Trauma Work and Body Mind Centering. She is also a qualified Yoga Teacher with 35 years of yoga and meditation experience. Satya runs a vibrant clinic on Dartmoor, Devon where she lives with her family.

Angela Tressider

Angela Tressider RCST BCST

Angela trained on the first Foundation Course to be held at the Karuna Institute, some 24 years ago, during which time she was also studying with Misha Norland at the School of Homoeopathy. She now lives in the West Country, working as a Craniosacral Therapist and supervisor in Brighton, where she has been in practice since 1991. Angela has been assisting regularly on Franklyn's post-graduate courses since 2000, during which time she has enjoyed welcoming practitioners from all parts of the globe and with many different training backgrounds. Eight years ago, she joined the staff on the 2-year practitioner training course. Five small grandchildren keep her busy, and she enjoys being able to combine the joy of having them around, with work in her Practice and at the Institute.

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