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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.

Sally Belcham

Sally Belcham RCST BCST

Graduating from Karuna in 2012, Sally came from a background working in mental health and with people with learning disabilities. She had a growing sense of just how fundamental quality of attention and presence are when working with vulnerable people. The craniosacral training offered just this. She runs a practice near Brighton and works in Portsmouth with a military charity supporting veterans diagnosed with PTSD and their families. A further interest in all things pre and perinatal led Sally to study with Ray Castellino. Her work now includes assisting Cherionna Menzam-Sills in womb surround process workshops. She recently qualified as a yoga teacher, having been a regular practitioner for almost two decades. She lives in Sussex with her husband and their two dogs.

Jo Coole

Jo Coole

Jo has been working as a therapist for over 20 years, initially working as a Sports Massage Therapist in a specialist Physiotherapy clinic in the French Alps. She became inspired by Craniosacral work and graduated in Craniosacral Biodynamics in 2004. In 2013 she joined the teaching teams on Craniosacral and Living Anatomy Trainings, and also teaches Anatomy on Yoga Teacher Trainings. Jo loves exploring the breadth and depth of the human body and how it reflects the nature of being and relationship. She has a Business Studies degree, was a semi-professional skier, and has spent extensive time with whales and dolphins. Her spiritual practice is an important foundation in her life, and she enjoys retreats and going on mini-adventures with her daughter. Her clinical practice is at the East Cliff Therapy Centre, Bournemouth.

Emma Dalton

Emma Dalton BCST, MICrA, BSc(Hons) Herbal Medicine, NIMH, LCPH, RSHom

Emma has been a multidisciplined practitioner since 1993 having originally trained as a spiritual healer and reflexologist.
She graduated from Karuna as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist in 2007 and currently has a busy fulltime practice in Suffolk offering homeopathy, herbal medicine and biodynamic craniosacral therapy.

Emma studied Buddhism in the 1990s and has explored many other spiritual practices alongside her Complementary Medicine training.

Emma has a special interest in women’s health, pregnancy and children.

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 graduated from Karuna as a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist in 2009. She has a Private Practice in central London and Somerset where she sees Craniosacral and Psychotherapy clients. She practices as a Core Process Psychotherapist and is accredited with the UKCP. She is trained as a Yoga teacher and has been practicing Yoga and Tibetan Buddhist meditation since 2000. Vanessa runs several retreats a year, which combine yoga, meditation, breath work and her therapeutic mind body skills to create a whole health approach to wellbeing. Her area of special interest is the healing capacity of presence and stillness; this is an ongoing contemplative inquiry in all of her practices.

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.

Lucy Scott

Lucy Scott

Born in London, Lucy has over 20 years of Yoga teaching and Bodywork experience. Lucy began her Yoga studies with Shri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India 1993 and continued to study with him until his death in 2009.
Lucy was given the blessing to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1997 and remains dedicated to teaching this method of Yoga today. Lucy was involved in the writing of Lino Miele’s “Astanga Yoga” played an active role in the Writing of John Scott’s “Ashtanga Yoga” and co-developed the John Scott Yoga Teacher Training Programme. 2003 - 2018. Lucy now provides Yoga Teacher Trainings, International Yoga Workshops and Practice guidance sessions.

Lucy graduating from the Rayworth Centre of Sports Medicine in 1990 as a Holistic Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist. she continued her study of Massage and Bodywork at the Ken Eyerman Institute of Bodywork & Massage in London, Chavutti Thirimal (Ayurvedic Foot Pressure Massage) in India, and Energetic Healing (College of Healing, Malvern). Lucy qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist at the Karuna Institute in 2004 and has continued practising CS Therapy alongside her teaching of Yoga, to the present day. Lucy has more recently joined the teaching team at the Karuna Institute, having been the assistant Tutor on the Foundation Training in 2016.

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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