Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Training Outline

Practitioner Certification Training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

About the training

A 2-year foundation training program with over 700 hours of instruction for anyone interested in becoming a practitioner of  Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. The training provides an ecosystem for safe and nurtured personal transformation that supports students in becoming dynamic and grounded practitioners from within themselves. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy works with the primary, intelligent organizing force of life. This force is unconditioned and free, it is considered the primary animating intelligence of existence. In the Biodynamic Approach to Craniosacral Therapy we call this the Breath of Life and it supports all of Health. Practitioners learn to be still and centered within themselves so that they can orientate to the Breath of Life and therefore be present in their relationships with their clients, acknowledging and differentiating the conditional forces within the client and supporting the many expressions of Health that emerge.





What you will learn

Learning objectives and outcomes

Principles of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Presence & Relational Skills

Contact, Palpatory & Perceptual Skills

Recognizing & meeting conditional forces & trauma

Supportive Fields of Interest

Treatment & Clinical Applications

Embodied, Relational & Applied Anatomy

Self Development & Self Care

Training Format

The Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner foundation training is delivered through a diverse format, with the safety and authenticity of the experience being the foundation of teaching approaches. A container is built for the training that is seen as an alive, organic ecosystem that we all co-create together.

The practitioner training program is 700 hours in total and delivered as follows:

350 class hours are in-person education with the value placed on small intimate groups.

150 hours of home study as a process for enhancing understanding of the work and supported through an online learning portal.

150 hours of practice sessions with trainees with focused supervision and feedback on sessions.

40 hours of a personal project. A choice from 3 subject matters with support and guidance in project development by teachers.

Trainee to Teacher ratio is 1:5

Emphasis on direct experience and table time with focused and personal support from educators.

Small and large group check-ins and feedback.

Subject matters related to applicable real-world experiences working as practitioners.

Experiential delivery of most topics, anatomy is embodied, relational and relevant to informing the support of clients.

Small group and partner exercises.

Movement and creative experiences to enhance embodied understanding.

Multi-media delivery of didactics.

Credentials once complete


Once the 2-year training is completed and all other requirements satisfied trainees receive a Diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and can apply to be Registered Craniosacral Therapists RCST® with a membership in the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America


Requirements for Credentials


The whole training is a 2 year, 50-class days at 700 hours in total and follows the guidelines for training structure as set forth by the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America for practitioner training. If trainees wish to recieve a diploma and apply to the association then these are the requirements to be met.


350 Class Hours

Class hours are in person for direct, relational and experiential learning. Class hours consist of 10 X 5-day seminars over a 2 year time period.

150 Hours of Homestudy

Homestudy requirements consist of various materials and readings on variety of relevant topics.

150 Hours of Practicum

Trainees must provide practice sessions with family & friends that are written up and reviewed.

40 Hour Personal Project

A personal project to be undertaken from a choice of 3 options. Completed project will be reviewed.

10 hours sessions

Trainees to receive 10 hours of personal sessions from a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist ~ RCST®.

Open book Exam and Feedback Sessions

An open book exam and 3 feedback sessions to be completed.

Program Prerequisites

3 Personal Biodynamic Craniosacral Sessions

Receive 3 Biodynamic Craniosacral Sessions within 6 months before the start date of the training with the director of training.

Introductory Seminar in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Take at least 1 x 4-day Body of Wonder Introductory seminar in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy within 1 year prior to full training start. Breath of Life Emerging or Bioception and Being.

Submit Application Form & Fee

Fill out and submit the application for training and submit with the non-refundable $75 fee.

Recommendation Letter

A letter of recommendation from someone close to the trainee on a professional, educational or working level that has been in contact with in the past year and that is supportive of trainees good conduct in a group setting towards other individuals.

Interview with training director

A 1-hour face to face interview about what the training means for trainees and teachers. The interview can be in-person or via platforms such as skype or zoom.

Fill out and sign Foundation Training Contract

Due 6 weeks prior to start of training. This is a commitment and agreement for both parties to undertake and complete the full foundation.

Pay Training Deposit

A deposit of $1600 is due 6 weeks prior to the start of the training. The deposit is the costs of the 1st Seminar and also of the 10th Seminar combined.

Bring Yourself Along

Whilst, not a requirement, it is recommended to have some prior knowledge of Anatomy. Some brush-up or pre-study may be supportive of the training ahead, as well as delving into various books, videos and more on the Biodynamic Approach to Craniosacral. A reading list is provided.

Program Location

San Diego, California, USA

Program Dates

January 2021 – December 2022

Each of the 10 seminars has specific dates over the 2 year period. The Training is divided into 5 seminars per year spaced approximately 2 months apart for integrating and pacing. 

Program Logistics

There is 700 hrs of training required for certification. 350 of these hours consist of classroom hours. There are 10 seminars delivered over 2 years, 5 seminars each year. Each seminar consists of 35 classroom hours. Seminars commence at 10 AM each day and conclude at 6 PM. There is a 1 hour break for lunch.

Tuition & Fees


There is a non-refundable application fee of $75. The deposit is $1600. It comprises the fees for the 1st and 10th seminars. 

Each 5-day seminar from 1 through 10 costs $800.00. The fee for the entire training of 10 seminars is $8000.00.

There are additional costs such as reading and study materials, travel, lodging, and meals. 

There is a requirement to receive 10 sessions from an RCST®. Session fees range from $85 to $150 depending on the practitioner’s fee scale.

See policies.

Program Application & Enrollment

Please download and fill out the application and enrollment forms provided. Call or email [email protected] if you would like to discuss more about the training or need help with forms.




Schedule & Syllabus

History, Breath of Life and the Tides, Practitioner Fulcrums and Centering into Presence, Relational Field and Touch, Attachment Theory, Neuroception and Trauma, the Craniosacral System.

Embryo, Development of Midline, Spine and Heart.

Nervous System, Cranio Nerves 1-6 and related tissue structures and organs, Embryology, nociception and more.

Nervous System and Cranio Nerves 6-12, related tissues structures and organs, embryology.

Diaphragms, Pelvic Floor, Viscera, Organs, Muscles, and Fascia.

Diaphragms- Thoracic, Viscera, Heart and Lungs, Throat/Neck.

Circulatory and Lymphatic System. CFS, Interstitial & Fascia. Whole body interconnection.

Cranial Base, Facial Bones, Fascial, Mouth Tongue, Brain, Birth Patterns

Ignition, Birth, Being

Cellular and Primordial life, wholeness, completion, and integration.

Each seminar has a particular focus. As well, interwoven throughout are influences pulled from relevant trauma approaches – somatic experiencing, polyvagal theory and more, as well as fields such as neuroscience, biology, biophysics, pre, and perinatal psychology, psychology, osteopathy, and more.