Congress 2018



VI International Congress of Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy

Organized by the Spanish Association of Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy

From 4 to 9 october 2018


The congress, the workshops and the assembly will be held in: Tossa de Mar (Girona)
Hotel Golden Bahía de Tossa & Spa **** S
Av. Puerto Rico 29


BEFORE 07/31/2018 AFTER 07/31/2018 BEFORE 07/31/2018 AFTER 07/31/2018
CONGRESS PRICE (days 6 and 7) 100 € 140 € 160 € 200 €
MICHAEL SHEA WORKSHOP (days 4,5 and 8,9) 500 € 600 € 650 € 750 €
JIM FEIL WORKSHOP (day 5) 125 € 140 € 160 € 180 €
(1) The inscriptions will be made by transfer, indicating in concept: the full name of the assistant, as well as if it is inscribed in: only 2018 Congress, 2018 Congress and workshop (specify which) or only workshop (specify which) and a copy will be sent of the same to the association by means of electronic mail to .
The account number of the AETBC is:
ES41 1491 0001 2121 5593 2425

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Saturday 6

Sunday 7



Michael J. Shea, Ph.D. received his master’s degree in Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, and a doctorate in Somatic Psychology at The Union Institute. In 1986 Dr. Shea became one of the first certified Full Instructors of CranioSacral Therapy by the Upledger Institute. He was adjunct faculty and taught human embryology in the Pre & Perinatal Psychology doctoral programs at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He is the developer of a 600 hour training in Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy. It combines research on the development of the heart and blood with light touch manual therapy as a mindfulness based practice.

As a long time student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his teaching style is grounded in his spiritual practice of developing mindfulness and compassion with the use of Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy. Because of the influence of the Dalai Lama he has started a center for the study of the human heart.

He is a founding member of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings (IABT). He makes his home in South Florida with his wife, Cathy where he grows mangos.


Dr. Jim Feil, MA, DC, RPP, began his studies in Polarity Therapy in 1970 with Randolph Stone, Doctor in Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Naturopathy and founder of Polarity Therapy. Jim opened his first practice in San Francisco in 1973 and in 1974 started his career facilitating alternative therapies. His studies in complementary therapies include Formative Psychology with Stanley Keleman, Cranial Biodynamics with Franklyn Sills and Pre and Peri-Natal with Ray Castellino, among many others.

From 1977 to 1984 he worked in the John F. Kennedy Univerisity of California as instructor and manager. He organised the program for
dissertations at the Master level and he taught energetic healing arts in the Master’s Degree of Education in Holistic Health. After he
joined the Palmer College Chiropractic in California and earned his Doctorate in Chiropractics in 1997.

In 1988 he opened his office of Chiropractics and Polarity Therapy in Boston area, Massachussets, until he moved to Barcelona in 1992 and
started his practice and training in Spain and Europe. His main interest is creating an integrated health method incorporating manual techniques, verbal and in movement; and all of them based in the somatic-energetic model coming from Polarity Therapy, in order to work safely and efficiently with the variegated needs of the health from the bigger audience.


Born 1960;
Studies in Communications LMU Munich 1986;
Yoga Teacher Training India 1988;
Rolfing Training 1991 / 1993;
Life Sciences Faculty Rolf Institute 2001;
Biodynamic Training 2001-2003;
Editor for the writings of Erich Blechschmidt for the
“Kiener Verlag Munich” since 2010;


Next year Mike will be celebrating 50 years as a therapist and, the following year his 90th birthday.

Many years ago he stopped maintaining a clinical practice on a regular basis, in order to concentrate on teaching.

What really excites him is the way that he understands and experiences the work is evolving all the time. Nothing seems to be fixed and he continually learns from the revelations that the students bring to the work, rather that following a dogmatic  model.

Very modern science and the most ancient wisdoms seem to converge more and more closely every workshop.

At the moment Mike is teaching about 33 courses a year, in 13 countries, mostly residential and of either three or four-day duration. There are occasional talks to larger audiences, perhaps for charity and in between there is writing. There is an egoic, he says, urge to write “the big one” but it does’nt seem to come out like that. More like snippets, really.

His forward planner seems to indicate that courses will get bigger but fewer. Mike is passionate about the powerful dynamic of a large, safe, group. When the safety is there, the work does the work.

Perhaps the pivot of his recent work is, simply, trust as all knowing is, by definition, a limitation. The is no limitation to Intelligence, based in the heart (call it wisdom) but there is to intellect, based in the brain and personal.

Who knows what the future will bring and what the duration might be? After the inbreath, the outbreath. How else would you have it?

There is virually no dogma, the truth is something that is present in the group not something the teacher or the students bring with them. Thinking cannot reveal the preverbal. Only surrendering the dictates of the knowing and limiting self can allow the heart to express the infinite wisdom of the Universe.

Recenly, Mike is developing a 21 day course, split into 5 parts which focuses, stage by stage on the journey to  the core, which going to the scientific point of view, is cellular and in the sensate body.


This presentation will demonstrate exciting new information on the gradual development of the human heart starting with its first four phases during the embryonic period. This will include how arteries and blood develops. The fetal period of heart development will be detailed with new research showing the critical timing of its structure and function during four days in the second trimester. Research on the importance of fetal heart rate variability synchronized to the mother’s heart will be detailed. Finally, at birth the infant heart goes through the most active phase of metabolic remodeling than any other time of life. The importance of microcirculation in the gut, lungs and brain will be detailed and how to influence normal development with Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy. Participants will learn several important practices that can be applied immediately in clinical practice with pregnant mothers and newborn babies.

Biodynamics share the principles of its methodology with other interesting therapies, including Polarity Therapy and Formative Psychology. In this talk we will examine the shared links between these three therapies. Franklyn Sills, for example, was a therapist and instructor of Polarity Therapy before he was a teacher in Craniosacral Byodinamics, and nowadays he still acknowledges his debt with the founder of Polarity Therapy, Dr. Randolph Stone. Stanley Keleman, founder of Formative Psychology, in his way, he also talks about the dynamic stillness, and also what he calls “deep pulse,” what sounds like the Large Tide. Each and every therapy can carry on evolving and enriching themselves with material coming from a different source; the goal of this talk will be to show a way through which this can be possible.

The international Biodynamic and Osteopathic community appreciates the work of the German Embryologist Erich Blechschmidt. Speaker Konrad Obermeier presents a few aspects of the Developmental Movements of the early Embryo: cells changing Position, Form and Structure describe the unfolding of an ontogenetic Morphology stabilized by information and organized by forces. These forces unfold their potential in specific metabolic fields of amazingly beautiful simplicity.

«To be human / is to become visible»  (David Whyte)

The anatomist and embryologist Erich Blechschmidt developed a coherent way of describing how the human body is forming during the amazing journey of the fertilized ovum through time and space. In his words development can be understood as a movement. This opens the classical descriptive anatomy of Vesalius to becoming a seamlessly flowing series of stages.

The information and wisdom hidden in the developmental growth and differentiation of the human body holds an enormous promise for understanding much more than the physical structure only.

The stability of genetic information elegantly answers the need of adapting to a continually changing environment. The expansion of the human body is a process, finding not only its form but also the gestalt of its potential.

Position, form and structure are seen as morphing movements. In this fluidic field the activities of molecules, cells, tissues and organs are unified to form the body as a whole. This continuum includes the universal biological forces of fluid pressure and surface tension. These forces contribute substantially to influence the developmental unfolding in differentiating metabolic fields of the living biodynamic expansion.

The continuity of integrating itself is the normal function of every Embryo. It is initiating and sliding through stages while shaping not only the human body but the whole individualizing being as well.

The formative forces active in embryological development are the very same forces that maintain and regenerate the adult human body. Understanding these forces and orienting ourselves to perceiving their activities can provide a rich background to the listening hands of all practitioners in the manual field.

Speaker Konrad Obermeier will introduce basic concepts from the work of the embryologist Erich Blechschmidt. He is a somatic practitioner since 1991 and edits selected writings of Erich Blechschmidt for Kiener Verlag, Munich.


  1. There is, on one hand, the purely mechanical adjustments to the body/mind complex resulting from application of protocols, based on precedent and resulting from other people’s taught experience. This is very useful in the amelioration of a currently held pathological symptomology. This may be a medical procedure or something from a wide range of alternative therapies. It may be very useful. This level is defined by the experience and training of the therapist and limited by that. Perhaps this could be called the leveel of the body. Not exclusivly but largely.
  1. Another level seeks to find the cause of the symptom and work with the symptom presenting as a habit that is retained in the system from the original trauma by bringing the cause into the present.. This is going deeper into the system but again, there must always be the judgement and skill of the practitioner that is the limitation. I think we could label this group the level of the mind even if the approach is sometimes via the body.
  1. Then there is the level of the Spirit. The damage, or pathology is perceived to be at a very deep level of the psyche, taking physical form, in many cases, though not always obviously so. This traumatology is approached and engaged with at a very sensitive level by the practitioneras, in the best cases, simply an observer mirror, perhaps we could say. Great sensitivity and skill on the part of the practitioner, is required. Very valuable and demanding a rare compassion from the practititioner.

Summary of outline

  1. What becomes obvious in all these is that success or otherwise is practitioner dependent. These levels are all useful and to be encouraged and they are to a degree disempowering of the client! “I will do my best to give you what I think you need, and, of course, take into account what you have asked me to give you.,” i.e. in most cases, relief of a particular suffereing.
  1. What comes out of discussing these three levels of therapy, is, for me, the observation that they are all model dependent and basically not client centred.. That is the disempowerment. It is about knowing, and that is the limitation (unless we know everything, of course ). It is all about applying the skills I have acquired, as a practitioner, and giving them to the client. Put it another way, it is all about –shock, horror – me, the practitioner and my conceptualisation of your need. This is kind, this is skillful, this is useful and it is not biodynamic. The word biodynamic needs opening up to its true meaning which is action of or by life; not something that the attempt at seperation from the whole, called me, tries to do to someone else.
  1. In other words again., therapy is system oriented not client oriented.. This is not only true of most therapies but also medecine, including psychiatry.

Another Level

  1. Is there, then, another level? I suggest there is and I call it the “ level of not knowing”or Trust. Knowing, in this context, means, implies an activity of the Intellect, normally based on precedent.. It can only ever be partial and dualistic. all knowing must be limited unless we claim to know everything. Itself imposssible as what is to be known is constantly being added to by the expansion and contraction of the universe – at the speed of light-. Pathology must be identified by making the patient meet some syndrome. Or a new syndrome must be invented so that the patient’s problem can be codified and the symptom treated from the precedent.. It is not the patient, who is, to a degree, irrelevant, but the symptomatology, that is treated..
  1. The most prestigious and best funded forms of science, once Physics and now possibly, Biology, have evolved theoretical models for empowerment of the patient, a far cry from most medecine, which empowers the doctor and takes away the patient’s power, through, among other recent methodologies, Epigenetics which says that genetic expression can be altered by the aware patient deliberately producing benficial hormones, through choice of environment and sensory input, that will counteract the negative effects, in the genes, of the once protective but unconsciously stored expressions that damp down the immune system and use the saved energy to get out of immediate trouble.
  1. What science does not do and connot, without becoming un-scientic, is offer a therapeutic model which applies at the level of unknowing.
  1. The earliest of these unconsciously ingested flight or flight hormones are taken on board at a preverbal stage of life where there can be no rational digestion of what has been ingested and therefore, no elimination.. By definition, the preverbal cannot be reached in verbal therapy, later in life as it remains cellular and not subject to rationality which embrionically comes later.
  1. The answer, as I presume, nervously, to experience it, in myself and in students, is to myself work from, enter is a better way of putting it, a preverbal level and not even try to know what I am treating, what form it takes or how to get rid of it.! Simply be, a a level where there is no seperation from the patient. I trust that Intelligence, that intelligence, which took form as the universe and continues to modify that form, not my little intellect, you notice, will do the work of bringing  back into balance, the original blue-print of the individual, from mine.. WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM ME AS TO HOW THAT SHOULD BE! How could I possibly know? I trust letting go and just jump off the cliff.
  1. That and only that is bio-dynamic..This is the wisdom, located in the heart and perrenial, at work, not the intellect, personal, limited and located in the brain. Wisdom is Feminine, the intellect is masculine ( Carl Jung ). We, the world, could do with a little more feminine. Happily it is not dead, just suppressed.


This is an advanced seminar on Primary Respiration and stillness. It is the embodiment of Health. The foundation of the therapeutic and healing process will be the Long Tide Model of biodynamic practice as applied to the cardiovascular system. This training will focus on the metabolic changes taking place in a newborn baby’s heart and vascular system. The heart of a newborn baby goes through extensive remodeling starting moments after birth. The neonatal time is the most active metabolic period in a human life.

New palpation skills to stabilize the entire cardiovascular system in newborn babies and young children will be taught. This new neonatal-metabolic protocol includes learning the importance of the valves of the heart, abdominal aorta, the brachial, renal, tibial and femoral arteries. This protocol is based on balancing the microcirculation of blood in the gut-lungs-brain and the sympathetic nervous system regulating blood perfusion.

Birth from the point of view of new research on the immune system and the infant-maternal microbiome will be discussed. If time permits, specific biodynamic skills will also be taught to help the mother rebalance her body after birth.

  • Learn deeper skills to support infants and caregivers with Primary Respiration and stillness.
  • Develop a specific metabolic protocol for newborn babies that can be applied to a client of any age.
  • Advance your understanding of how the infant gut- heart-brain develops metabolically.
  • Learn the importance of the immune system initiating birth and the infant-maternal microbiome in health.

The Formative Process is a core principle for Craniosacral Biodynamics Therapy, Polarity Therapy and Formative Psychology of Stanley Keleman. The therapist who can understand how the body forms, step by step with its transitions (understanding first its origins in consciousness and the mind, and after in its genetic origins), has at hand a great tool to help develop therapeutic and healing processes that can access the deepest resources of the body. The three tides, especially the Large (also known as “deep pulse”) and the dynamic stillness, are the great referents in that work. For example, the “Five Steps” of Keleman suggest a methodology that boosts communication and coherence between the Deep Pulse, mental activity, emotional and motor. This daylong seminary will show the key elements shared by these therapies, how they come together into a unified therapeutic view and how they can guide the therapist in his or her practice.