RiverBluff Sanctuary Classes

    • CE's and Policy

      Participants who enroll in Exploring the Vagus System, Biodynamic Approach to CST,  and Zapchen are eligible to receive 18 CE’s from NCBTMB. These classes meet for 6 half days or 3 full days. Participants who enroll in Healing Arts and Ethics are eligible to receive 6 CEs. 

      In order to receive CE’s and certificates, the student must attend all sections of the class. Make-ups for missed classes can be arranged. Classes are limited to 6-10 students and require a non refundable pre-registration. Payments can be made online through the website or by sending a check in the mail.

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      RiverBluff Sanctuary is located at #115 RiverBluff Circle. When you arrive at the circle, go halfway around. The sage green house is on the right just past house #116. The house numbers are not in order. When you arrive, walk through our driveway and down the outside stairs on the left all the way to the ground level.

      New Parking Guidelines
      All parking needs to be off RiverBluff Circle due to changes in the neighborhood. Please park on the lane as you exit the Circle as illustrated in the top photo. This is a small neighborhood with a narrow street and the neighbors need the spaces in front of their homes. If you must park in the Circle please do so only in front of my house and check that your car is not blocking the neighbors driveway. Thank you for your understanding.

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    115 RiverBluff Circle, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Exploring the Vagus System: The Health That is Never LostPart 1, 2 and 3

    Through study of the Vagus nerve learn the importance of self-regulation of the Triune Polyvagal Nervous System and increase your understanding of the fight, flight and freeze patterns wired into body memory. Experience how gentle touch can facilitate co-regulation by connecting and repairing the social nervous system. This supports healing, accurate perception and development of healthy boundaries.

    Exploring the Vagus System
      • Part 1

        Learn how to listen deeply, gently touching through the body layers with kind loving presence to support healing from stress, fear and shock. Slow guided explorations will help renegotiate relationship to past present and future, for Self and with others. Beginning with skin, connective tissue, kidney/adrenals, brainstem and gut you will discover systems of inherent health that move in the direction of wellness.

      • Part 2

        Deepen your understanding of each individuals healing matrix, explore how to release trauma from falls, work with the vestibular brain for balance and coordination, contact the kindness of the heart and mediastinum, and learn to balance the endocrine system in relationship with the Polyvagus system.

      • Part 3

        Learn to work with boundary issues, double binds, and trauma coupling.  With these skills you will increase your awareness of how early developmental and basic human needs can be met through appropriate touch while healing recent injury or trauma.

      Vagus 1: Saturday- Monday 9am-5pm, June 22-24 in Roanoke, VA 

          Please go to Uttara Yoga Studio https://uttarayogastudio.com to Register

      Vagus 1: Friday-Sunday 9am-5pm, July 5-7 at RiverBluff Sanctuary 

      Vagus 2: Saturday-Monday 9am-5pm, October 26-28 at RiverBluff Sanctuary

      Vagus 3: Friday-Sunday 9am-5pm, December 6-8 at RiverBluff Sanctuary


      Vagus 1


      Vagus 2


      Vagus 3

      Organs and the Vagus System

      We begin with liver, stomach, kidneys, bladder, colon and their interrelationship with CNS and brain. In this way a mind and body connection is facilitated. Mobility, motility, caving, recoil, arcing and other techniques will be explored. Sound and movement will be used for facilitating healing in ourselves and for our clients.

      Organs and Vagus System: TBA


      Biodynamic Approach to Craniosacral TherapyPart 1, 2 and 3

      Craniosacral Therapy classes are taught with a biodynamic orientation—an appreciation to listen deeply, go slow and allow the body’s inherent well-being to lead the process.

      Exploring the Vagus System
        • Part 1

          We learn concepts for healing by listening to our fluid body and its inherent potency with a 12-step protocol. Simple, fun Zapchen exercises create a dynamic field for our group process. Texts, models and demonstrations of cognitive and practical skills show how to support well-being in tissue, bones, muscles and organs. Students learn to facilitate the cranial-sacral pump and to increase movement in the sutures of the skull, the sacrum, and the dural tube with respect that is non-invasive and allows a natural process of healing to unfold.

        • Part 2

          We will review the materials in Part One and enhance skills in balancing cranial base dysfunctions between the sphenoid and occiput. There will be an introduction to the hard palate, with gentle touch inside the mouth to balance the maxillae, palatines, zygomatic bones and vomer. Students will learn appropriate dialogue and mediation skills to use with their clients to reduce stress and promote healing. Janet will demonstrate how CST benefits babies and teach a basic infant protocol. Zapchen exercises will continue to support a dynamic and lively field for learning and growing.

        • Part 3

          We review Part One and Part Two and learn strain/counter-strain, emotional process and trauma resourcing, and develop the skills to effectively work with others in a healing team. Each day begins with Zapchen meditation and self-awareness skills to develop perception followed by extended periods of practice in triads. We will explore how to listen for the inherent treatment plan of each client, study trauma responses and techniques to restore health and deepen our understanding of the motility of the central nervous system. At the end of each day we gather as a group for discussion and Q&A.

        CST 1: Wednesday 9am-12pm June 5, 12, 19, July 3, 10, Aug. 28

        CST 2: Wednesday 9am-12pm September 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 

        CST 3: Wednesday 9am-12pm October 30, November 6, 13, 20, (no class Nov. 27), December 4, 11

        CST 1: Weekend Saturday-Monday 9am-5pm June 8-10

        CST 2: Weekend Saturday-Monday 9am to 5pm October 5-7

        CST 3: Weekend Saturday-Monday 9am-5pm November 9-11

        You can take CST 3 before CST 2.

        CST 1


        CST 2


        CST 3

        Zapchen Support Group

        Zapchen is a practice of simple exercises for development and change for yourself, family or your clients. The exercises are playful, never forced and profound. They point to possibilities of change and maturation deeper than we can guess. Zapchen gives real and immediate access to the possibility of well-being. This group supports gentle, radical levels of change in the face of the fascinations of old habits of worry, pain, misery, depression and the other common challenges of the human condition. Beneficial for honoring relationship with oneself and with others. We learn together to generate and contain creativity and potency in life.

        We will be using the book Embodying Well-Being or How to Feel as Good as You Can in Spite of Everything by Julie Henderson.

        Zapchen: Monday 10:30-11:45 am July 22- August 26 at Common Ground Healing Arts.

        Zapchen: Monday 10:30-11:45 am Sept. 9- Oct. 7 at Common Ground Healing Arts.

        Zapchen: Monday 10:30-11:45 am Oct. 14- Nov. 18 at Common Ground Healing Arts.

        Go to commongroundcville.org to register. Class is open until the day class begins.  

        Pay-What-You-Can $20-$80 to Common Ground.

        Somatic Dialogue: Relationship Attunement and Attachment

          • Part 1

            In this class Janet and Howard Evergreen share their life experience of 40 years together. With their guidance and humor you will learn to settle yourself with mindfulness techniques and Zapchen somatic exercises. Explore your Attachment Style and how to strengthen secure attachment. Using the process in the book you will understand how to repair relationships with your loved ones during difficult times. Reading Hold Me Tight, by Dr. Sue Johnson is recommended. For individuals OR couples. 

          • Part 2

            This is an on-going adventure for those wanting to continue to explore Zapchen and Somatic Dialogue. Pre-requisite for this series is that you have attended this group before with Janet and Howard and reading Hold Me Tight By Dr. Sue Johnson is required.

          Somatic Dialogue: Wednesday 6:30-9pm March 13, 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 22





          Birthing Yourself Process Workshop

          Facilitated by Janet Evergreen and Zakira Beasley.
          Participants have the opportunity to heal and re-pattern early experiences and then bring this healing to their current primary relationships and life. Each participant has an approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hour session to explore her/his own physical and emotional patterns from prenatal, birth or early origin. Individual sessions are followed by a sharing of group members, integration and discussion. Not all sessions involve prenatal/birth/attachment themes. Each session is unique and participants may also do important work from other periods of their life. The intention of each participant is the guiding theme for the individual session.

          Safety is established through interactive principles for the participants to actively support each other throughout the workshop. This group creates safety and a nurturing container to do deep inner work. This format was created to support the most powerful transformations which can happen in a small group setting. The time allows space for integration of material from the sessions, and each person will receive a debriefing time, usually the day after their session, which further supports integration of the session.

          This workshop is also helpful for professionals who wish to experience the profound changes possible with healing of prenatal, birth and attachment issues. This is directly applicable to most professional practices involving the healing arts. Participants need to arrange to attend the entire workshop as this is important for safety and security in the group.

          These downloadable application forms are available in either pdf or MS Word format. You do not need to download both. You can edit pdfs on both Mac and PC platform. Search online to find out how.

          Application Long Form PDF

          Use this form if this is your first time attending a workshop.

          Birthing Yourself pdf
          Application Long Form MS Word

          Use this form if this is your first time attending a workshop.

          Birthing Yourself doc
          Application Short Form PDF

          Use this form if you’ve previously filled out the long form and are repeating the workshop.

          Birthing Yourself doc
          Application Short Form MS Word

          Use this form if you’ve previously filled out the long form and are repeating the workshop.

          Birthing Yourself doc

          Birthing Yourself Workshop: Friday- Sunday 9am-6pm September 27-29 

          Limited to 5 people. 

          $500 for the workshop and $45 to cover all snacks/lunches.


          Pre and Perinatal Study Group

          Two year training covered in 10 Modules, supporting healthy attachment and repair. Recommended for bodyworkers, therapists, health professionals, midwives, doulas and somatic educators. Beneficial for those working with children, adults, families or couples and those supporting the child bearing and early years.

          Year One Modules 1-5: Explore attachment, preconception, birth imprinting, surgical and chemical imprinting, loss and double binds.
          Year Two Modules 6-10: Explore pregnancy loss, adoption, prematurity, treatments for newborns and couples work in attachment theory.

          Zakira and Janet are wonderful teachers and embrace the pre and perinatal field with depth, richness, and enthusiasm. PPN goes to the heart of being human. It provides an opportunity to work with our earliest strengths and wounding, with support that invites us to more fully embody and live life with joy. Myrna Martin, MN, RCC, RCST

          Cost: $1,600 per year. Payment plan available.

          Pre and Perinatal Class: TBA

          1 year tuition.


          Half year tuition.

          Mommies and Babies

          Each baby has pure innate wisdom and ways they communicate what they know and need. This group will learn non-verbal listening with Biodynamic CranialSacral concepts, Touch Skills, and fun, easy Zapchen exercises. Janet will share her favorite practical and easy ways to balance and center our selves. With these skills, moms can tune in to their baby and themselves. Using these principles in families, often parents and other family members notice that their relationships with each other improve and are enriched.
          We will read and discuss a 20-page booklet by Myrna Martin, Birth and Attachment, How to Totally Support Your Baby from Here On.

          Mommies and Babies group: TBA

          Healing Arts and Ethics

          For massage therapists and those interested in how to set safe boundaries and understand the issues of transference and counter transference. We look at ethics in private practice and review Code of Ethics, including the Standard V requirement. With respect for diverse spiritual paths and ethics we study the Buddhist Bodhisattva vows, and Judeo-Christian teachings. 

          Healing Arts and Ethics: TBA


          Biodynamic Approach to Craniosacral Therapy—SuperVision Group

          Prerequisite: Must have a private practice and have taken Vagus and Craniosacral Therapy Courses. This class is for practitioners to receive client supervision, group support and deepen their learning. We will use the SuperVision model developed by Myrna Martin, based on Pre and Perinatal Psychology/Attachment issues and include Touch Skills by Kathy Kain to support learning. There will be whole group sharing, Q&A, and small groups of three to take turns giving and receiving support.

          Suggested Reading: The Ethics of Caring by Kylea Taylor, In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van de Kolk, and Dancing with Yin and Yang by John Chitty.

          SuperVision: Closed Group Second Tuesday 9am-12pm Sept. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, May 12, June 9

          SuperVision: Closed Group Second Friday 2pm-5pm Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 7 (First Friday), June 12, Sept. 11

          SuperVision: Closed Group Third Friday 2pm-5pm Sept. 20. Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, May 15, June 19

          NCBTMB 18 CE's 

          Tuesday 9am-12pm
          2nd Friday 2-5pm
          3rd Friday 2-5pm

          Additional Services and Items

          If you would like to pay with PayPal for private sessions, books or other items, please use PayPal's Friends and Family option using your PayPal account.

          1. Log on to your PayPal account and go to tools and click on send money.
          2. Go to family and friends.
          3. Enter janet@janetevergreen.com.
          4. Enter amount to be transferred from bank account.
          5. Send it on.

          Exploring the Vagus System

          Janet Evergreen
          115 RiverBluff Circle
          Charlottesville, VA 22902
          mobile: 434 906-4181
          home: 434-293-2737

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