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.

    Meeting via Zoom with 3 participants at RiverBluff Sanctuary.

    Saturdays 2-5pm EST/EDT

        Part 2: Sept 11, 18, 25 Oct 2, 9, 16

        Part 3: Nov 6, 13, 20 (no class Nov 27) Dec 4, 11, 18

    Mondays 9am-12pm EST/EDT

        Part 1: Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 4, 2022

        Part 2: April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2022

        Part 3: June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 4, 11, 2022

    NCBTMB 18 CE's per part.


    Vagus 1


    Vagus 2


    Vagus 3

    Organs and the Vagus System

    With gentle touch learn to explore mobility, motility, caving, recoil, arcing and other techniques to facilitate healing of the liver, stomach, kidneys, bladder, colon and their interrelationship with CNS body/brain. We will explore sound and movement, structure and emotion to discover our inherent well being and potency. We will draw on teachings by Dr. Tom Shaver, Dr. Jean Pierre Barral, Teri Lee and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Learn visceral manipulation to balance organs for yourself and others. Listen to the innate healing wisdom of the body.

    Dates TBD

    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.

      Meeting via Zoom with 3 participants at Riverbluff Sanctuary

      Mondays 9am-12pm EST

      Required Text: Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics: The Breath of Life and Fundamental Skills by Franklyn Sills

      Recommended Text: Zero Balancing Expanded—the Art of Awaiting a Fish by Judith Sullivan

          CST Part 1:  Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18 

          CST Part 2:  Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec 6 

          CST Part 3: Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb 7, 14 2022

      NCBTMB 18 CE's per part.


      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.

      Meeting via Zoom with 3 participants at RiverBluff Sanctuary.

      Mondays 5:30-6:30pm EDT

          Late Summer 5-week Series: Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

          Pay-What-You-Can $25-$100. NCBTMB 6 CE's.

      Mondays 5:30-6:30pm EDT

          Fall 10-week Series: Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, (No class Oct 25) Nov 8,15, 22, 29 Dec 6, 13

          Pay-What-You-Can $50-$200. NCBTMB 9 CE's

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      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.





        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.

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        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.

        Janet is a wonderful teacher and embraces 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

        Class Co-facilitated by Janet Evergreen and Tonya Ridings, LCSW

        Cost: $3,200.00. Payment plan available.

        Meeting via Zoom

        Thursdays 6-8pm EST

            Year 1: Sept 16-Dec 9, 2021 (no class Nov 25), Feb 10-June 30, 2022 (no class Apr 7)

            Year 2: Sept 8-Dec 1, 2022 (no class Nov 24), Feb 2-June 22, 2023 (no class Apr 6)


        1 year tuition.


        Half year tuition.


        Two-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.


        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. 


        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.

        Friday Morning Supervision 9:00am-12:00pm EDT/EST

            Aug 24, Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 22

            NCBTMB CE's available

        Friday Afternoon Supervision 2:00-5:00pm EDT/EST

            Aug 13, Sept 17, Oct 18, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11 (Make up date if needed)

            NCBTMB CE's available

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

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        Charlottesville, VA 22902
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