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The eighth landmark Breath of Life Conference and Workshops featured internationally acclaimed speakers from Craniosacral Therapy and allied fields. The Conference explored key factors that organise how we function, beyond just the physical form, providing a forum and meeting place for exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of holistic health. Each speaker gave an individual presentation and a panel discussion completed the weekend. The Conference was followed by seven days of workshops.


The Conference was held in London on 13th - 14th May 2017 and featured the following presentations:

“Heart-Brain Dynamics And The Impact Of Self-Regulation On Health” by Dr. Rollin McCraty - director of research at the HeartMath Institute, fellow of the American Institute of Stress, co-author of Heart Intelligence and author of The Coherent Heart as well as numerous published research papers about the subtle physiology of the heart and emotion.


“Finding The Health” by Robert Lever - osteopath with over 40 years’ experience, former lecturer at the European School of Osteopathy, recipient of Medal of Honour for services to osteopathic education, and author of At The Still Point of the Turning World and Finding Health.


“The Biology of Loss: What Happens When Attachments Are Impaired And How To Foster Resilience” by Dr. Gabor Maté - renowned speaker, teacher and clinician on addiction, stress and childhood development, and author of In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts, When The Body Says No and Scattered Minds - The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder.


“Little Women, Big Ideas” by Katherine Ukleja & Dr. Cherionna Menzam-Sills - Therapists and international educators of Craniosacral Biodynamics, and 'grandes dames' in this field. Cherionna also has a background in pre-natal psychology and Continuum Movement, and Katherine originally trained in osteopathy. With more than half a century of joint experience they bring a profundity of understanding to the continual enquiry into the nature of Primary Respiration.


“The Fourth Phase Of Water: A Central Role In Health” by Dr. Gerald Pollack - professor at the University of Pennsylvania, founder of the Pollack Laboratory, pioneering researcher into the properties of biological water and author of The Fourth Phase of Water, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life and Muscles, Water and the Cell.


“The Multidimensional Wholeness Of Babies” by Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty - former chair of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology programmes at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and author of Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies’ Wholeness from the Beginning of Life - An Integrated Model of Early Development and 30+ publications.


“Synchrony, Attunement And Self-Regulation: The Neurobiology Of Childhood Abuse And Neglect” by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk - clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post traumatic stress, and author of Psychological Trauma, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society, and the best-selling book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma.


Michael Kern Breath Of Life 2017Panel Discussion with all the speakers facilitated by Michael Kern.


Post Conference Workshops took place with the following speakers:

  • Dr. Rollin McCraty: Heart Rhythm Coherence: Practical Techniques and Technologies for Improved Self-regulation, Health and Cognitive Functioning on May 15th 2017.
  • Dr. Bessel van der Kolk: Healing Traumatic Stress: Helping Mind, Brain & Body To Let Go Of The Past with on May 16th-17th 2017.
  • Dr. Gabor Maté: Trauma and Healing: An Exploration of Mental Illness, Addiction and Disease on May 18th-19th 2017.
  • Dr. Stephen Porges: The Transformative Power Of Feeling Safe: A Master Class On The Polyvagal Theory on May 20th-21st 2017.

For information about previous Breath of Life Conferences please click on the margin links on the left.