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CE's and Refund 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 in size and require a non-refundable pre-registration. Payments can be made online through the website, through Venmo (@Janet-Evergreen) or by sending a check in the mail.

Refund policy – If class has not already begun and we can refill the spot, we are happy to give a full refund minus $50. The other option is to reschedule for a future class.

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Location & Directions

Map to RiverBluff SanctuaryRiverBluff Sanctuary

RiverBluff Sanctuary is located at #115 RiverBluff Circle. Our light 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. Our neighborhood has limited street parking. If the space in front of my house is open, you may park there. Take care to not block the neighbors driveway. Extra parking is indicated in yellow on the map. If you need a space in our driveway, call (434) 906-4181.
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Exploring the Vagus System: The Health That is Never Lost

Part 1, 2 and 3

Students learning at a massage tableNCBTMBThrough 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.

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 individual’s 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.

Each part: $300
NCBTMB 18 CE’s per part

3-day Weekend 9am-5pm EST in person at Riverbend Counseling, Charlottesville, VA
Part 2
Sat June 22 – Mon June 24, 2024       Registration Payment
Part 3
Sat Nov 9 – Mon Nov 11, 2024       Registration Payment
Mondays 2-5pm EST/EDT* in person with RITT Fellows at Riverbend Counseling, Charlottesville, VA
Part 1
Sept 16, 23, 27 (Friday); Oct 7, 14, 21, 2024
*meets once on a Friday
Registration Payment
Part 2
Nov 4, 8 (Friday), 18, 25; Dec 2, 9, 2024
*meets once on a Friday
Registration Payment
Part 3
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar 3, 10, 2025 Registration Payment


Organs and the Vagus System

Students learning at a massage tableNCBTMBWith 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.

Spring 2023 classes will meet by Zoom with 4 participants in-person at RiverBluff Sanctuary.

Each part: $300

By Zoom and in person
6-Week Series
TBD Request

Biodynamic Approach to Craniosacral Therapy

Part 1, 2 and 3

Students working togetherNCBTMBCraniosacral 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.



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 class begins with Zapchen somatic skills to develop perception followed by 90 minutes of touch skills practice. 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.

Each part: $300
NCBTMB 18 CE’s per part

Thursdays 9am-12pm EST/EDT, in-person at Riverbend Counseling, Charlottesville, VA
CST Part 1
Apr 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23       Registration Payment
CST Part 2-3
TBD       TBD


Zapchen Support Group

People stretching while in a lotus positionNCBTMBZapchen 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.

Spring 2024 Texts: Study and practice somatic exercises from Embodying WellBeing and deepen their understanding with The Zapchen Somatic Yi Jing oracle by teacher Julie Henderson, Ph.D.

Zapchen Flyer Spring 2024

Proceeds from this class go to INEPE, a whole-child community school in Quito, Ecuador.
To submit your donation to Zapchen class, select the button below. When submitting your donation, please add the note “Zapchen class” in the additional instructions box before completing payment.

NCBTMB 6 CEs per series

Mondays 5:30-6:30pm EST/EDT by Zoom
Zapchen Spring 8-week Series April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10 (no class May 27) Donate


Somatic Dialogue for Relationship Attunement and Attachment

Part 1

In this class, Janet and Howard Evergreen share their life experience of 50 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.

Part 3

Continue the somatic exploration. 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.


Each part:

In person or by Zoom
Somatic Dialogue
Parts 1 and 2
Dates TBD Request


Sundays 4-6pm EST/EDT by Zoom
Somatic Dialogue Part 3
(ongoing closed group)
Sept 15, Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 17, Dec 1     Registration* Payment

*If you have already filled out a Registration Form for Parts 1 & 2, you don’t need to fill it out again, unless you would like to share updated information

Birthing Yourself Process Workshop

There are two Birthing Yourself formats. The groups are limited in size to five participants.

In Person Retreats are facilitated by Janet Evergreen and Tonya Ridings with assistants present. The group meets for three full consecutive days, 9am – 6pm. 

Zoom group meets weekly for 5 weeks facilitated by Janet Evergreen with one or two assistants

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 turn to explore her/his own physical and emotional patterns from prenatal, birth or early origin. The whole group is present and often supporting with some form of contact, as each participant has a turn. These turns are followed by a brief sharing from each group member, integration and discussion. Not all turns involve prenatal/birth/attachment themes. Each turn is unique and participants may also make important discoveries from other periods of their life. The intention of each participant is the guiding theme for the individual turn.

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 by Ray Castellino and Myrna Martin to support transformations which can happen in a small group setting. The time allows space for integration of material from the turns, and each person will receive a debriefing time, usually the next meeting day after their turn, which further supports integration.

This workshop is also helpful for professionals who wish to experience the profound changes possible with group presence, at times embodying family constellations for healing of prenatal, birth and attachment issues. This is directly applicable to most professional therapeutic practice involving the healing arts. Participants need to arrange to attend the entire workshop, and are encouraged to include the day before as a day of preparation and the day after as a day of integration. 

Registration Instructions

    1. Due to the nature of this workshop, please request admission before completing the registration form or submitting payment.
    2. If this is your first Birthing Yourself workshop, please complete the “long form” by selecting the registration button for the relevant workshop below.
    3. If you are a current or former PPN student or you are a returning participant, you may complete the short form instead.
    4. Your payment confirms your spot in the workshop.
In-person weekends, Saturday to Monday 9am-6pm EDT
May 25-27, 2024
HeartSong Sanctuary
Afton, VA
$800 plus optional $45 for lunch and snack
Sessions are 9am – 6pm daily
Registration Payment
Aug 7-9, 2024
Pifo, Ecuador
$800 plus optional $45 for lunch and snack
Sessions are 9am – 6pm daily
Sept 28-30, 2024
Riverbend Counseling,
Charlottesville, VA
$800 plus optional $45 for lunch and snack
Sessions are 9am – 6pm daily
Registration Payment
Oct 26-28, 2024
HeartSong Sanctuary
Afton, VA
$800 plus optional $45 for lunch and snack
Sessions are 9am – 6pm daily
Registration Payment
Dec 7-9, 2024
HeartSong Sanctuary
Afton, VA
$800 plus optional $45 for lunch and snack
Sessions are 9am – 6pm daily
Registration Payment
Meeting by Zoom
Dates TBD $600 for all 5 sessions Request

Pre and Perinatal Study Group

Glowing image of two ovaCo-facilitated by Janet Evergreen and Tonya Ridings, LCSW

Two-year training covered in 11 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 childbearing and early years.

  • Year One Modules 1-5: Explore attachment, preconception, birth imprinting, surgical and chemical imprinting, loss and double binds.
  • Year Two Modules 6-11: 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

Upon completion of the 2-Year Study Group, participants will receive a PPN Educator Certificate. Participants have the option of certifying as a PPN Practitioner by doing additional independent learning. PPN Practitioner Certificate requirements are:

            1. Participate in the 2-Year Study Group
            2. Watch Myrna Martin’s Healing Early Developmental Trauma 78hr Video Series
            3. Complete the Creative Home Projects
            4. Attend four Birthing Yourself Process workshops

Contact Janet for more information about PPN certification.

PPN Trifold Flyer Sept 2024 – Dec 2025

Cost: $3,200
$800—half-year tuition
$1,600—one-year tuition
$3,200—two-year tuition
Payment plan available

Registration Instructions

    1. Due to the nature of this workshop, please request admission before completing the registration form or submitting payment.
    2. Please complete the PPN Registration Form & Contract.
    3. Your payment confirms your spot in the class.
2023-2025: Wednesdays 9am-12pm REGISTRATION CLOSED
Year 1
Sept 13 – Dec 6, 2023 (no class Nov 22)
Feb 7 – Jun 19, 2024 (no class April 3)
Year 2
Sept 11 – Dec 4, 2024 (no class Nov 27)
Feb 5 – Jun 18, 2025 (no class April 2)
2024-2025: Thursdays 6-8pm EST/EDT by Zoom REGISTRATION CLOSED
Year 1
Feb 15 – June 20, 2024 (no class Apr 4)
Sept 12 – Dec 12, 2024 (no class Nov 28)
Registration Payment
Year 2 Feb 6 – June 19, 2025 (no class Apr 3)
Sept 11 – Dec 4, 2025 (no class Nov 27)

Mommies and Babies

Janet with two babiesEach 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.

Dates TBD

Healing Arts and Ethics

Pink flowersFor 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 NCBTMB Standard V requirement. With respect for diverse spiritual paths and ethics, we study the Buddhist Bodhisattva vows and Judeo-Christian teachings.


Cost: $85

Sundays 2-5pm EST/EDT in person
Healing Arts & Ethics April 21, 28       Registration Payment

Biodynamic Approach to Craniosacral Therapy—SuperVision Group

A butterfly among red flowersNCBTMBPrerequisite: 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 Polyvagal Theory in Therapy by Deb Dana, Seven Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency by Sharon Roszia, What Happened to You by Oprah Winfrey

18 NCBTMB CE’s available

Friday Morning Supervision 9:00am-12:00pm 
Oct 6, Nov 10, 2023; Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, June 14, 2024 Payment
Friday Afternoon Supervision 2:00-5:00pm 
Oct 20, Nov 17, 2023; Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, June 14 2024 Payment
Saturday Morning Supervision 9:00am-12:00pm 
*optional 8-9am group meditation
Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18 2023; Feb 17, Mar 16, April 27, May 18, 2024 Payment


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