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Maura Sills

Maura Sills
Director and Founder of Training

Maura Sills is the Founder of Core Process Psychotherapy which offers an innovative psycho-spiritual approach to therapy. The Karuna Institute integrates western psychotherapeutic models with Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices. Drawing on over 30 years of experience, Core Process Psychotherapy offers a depth understanding of what helps and hinders healing insight and transformation.

Maura is an Honorary Fellow of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Director of Training at the Karuna Institute which offers Master Degree Programmes in Buddhist Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy along with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Retreat.

Franklyn Sills

Franklyn Sills M.A., R.C.S.T, U.K.C.P.reg.

Franklyn has been a major influence in the worldwide development of a biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy. He has been teaching in this field for over 30 years, and has influenced many of the current trainers in the U.S.A. and Europe. He has presented at many Conferences over the last twenty years and his books, Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics Volumes 1 and 2, are seminal texts in the field.

Having originally studied medical sciences, Franklyn has a long history of study and clinical practice in psychotherapy as well as in craniosacral therapy. His original psychotherapeutic orientation was in humanistic psychology, working with neo-Reichian and pre-natal and birth psychotherapy. He has studied and collaborated with Dr. William Emerson, one of the prime developers of pre- and perinatal psychology. In the Core Process Psychotherapy Trainings Franklyn offers his expertise through lecturing on Buddhist psychology, mindfulness practice, trauma, and pre-natal and birth psychology. He also teaches the neurobiology of mindfulness, stress and trauma, and he has brought this into the Institute's Trainings. Franklyn has helped to develop the integrated paradigm of being and selfhood used in the Core Process training.

Franklyn was a Buddhist monk under the most venerable Taungpulu Kaba Aye Sayadaw of Northern Burma, and also studied in the Zen and Taoist traditions. His experience in the cranial field has convinced him that the body must be included in any form of therapy. His published books include The Polarity Process, Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics vol. one and two, and Being and Becoming, Psychodynamics, Buddhism and the Origins of Selfhood. Franklyn offers teachings internationally, including America, Belgium, Italy. Spain and Switzerland.

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