I can rarely find words to describe the beauty, culture, smell and taste of my far away homeland to those who have never visited. So it was quite a pleasure to be with members of the BCST community at the Breath of Life Conference at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico this September 15th to 18th.
Ghost Ranch is famous as the home of Georgia O’Keefe and is recognizable as the subject of many of her paintings. Although it is now a conference center, it is still a pretty remote place. The landscape has a surreal beauty that embodies both deep stillness and immense space; a living archetype of biodynamic principles. We were held in beauty and stillness throughout our work together.
Lots of important work gets done with meetings of the Board of Directors and meetings of the teachers. At this time the organization is working on updating standards of practice for BCST practitioners, last written 17 years ago. It is important for our members to have this document to refer to and to inform the public about our training and expertise.
The conference also includes presentations by members. We began with a moonlight ritual labyrinth walk guided by Sheila Spremulli and Lorna Richman. Presentations ranged from the heartful, to the anatomical, to the spiritual, and were all very inspiring. I learned a lot that I will be integrating into my classes.
My short presentation was “Dancing With Your Demons”: A Creative Way of Integrating Shadow. Videos of all the presentations will be available for purchase (not expensive) on the website. Go to https://www.craniosacraltherapy.org/ and click episode 39. I encourage you all to take advantage of these wonderful educational tools.
We also had a special guest, Ryan Hallford who makes The Craniosacral Podcast. Here is a link to his interview with BCTA/NA conference organizer Mimi Ikle-Khalsa. : http://www.craniosacralpodcast.com/episode-30-mimi-ikle-khalsa-the-2016-north-american-breath-of-life-conference/. He interviewed many of the presenters including myself so stay tuned for upcoming podcasts. Again, a wonderful ressource!
And speaking of resource, this sense of community is the most important thing for me about belonging to a professional organization. Our work is very young and, in my region at least, not well known. It was so refreshing to be with colleagues who are also working in the field and drink in their experience, heart and wisdom. I feel supported, acknowledged and held in love. I teach to widen the field of this practice. I encourage more of you to partake of the resource that is BCST/NA.