Creating embodied safety through Polyvagal-informed Continuum Movement and Craniosacral Therapy

Event Details

This event finished on 26 March 2023

“If you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safer” (Stephen Porges)

This five-day immersive workshop will explore how to create deep and lasting safety in the body through Continuum Movement and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. This is a rare opportunity to study with special guest facilitators Stephen Porges and Sue Carter who will join Donnalea Goelz and Jane Shaw to share their wisdom and research into the importance of creating safety as a path to deep healing.

A consistent embodied feeling of safety is the ground upon which we form more conscious relationships, make better decisions, and experience the passion and joys of a rich life. Continuum Movement and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy both utilize the body’s fluid movements to access a deeper knowing of truth—an innate wisdom and inner alignment. The workshop will weave together these practices to take you to a new level of safety, allowing you to express more of your true being.

The workshop will be held over five days, each day having a mixture of experiential practices and theory with the emphasis being on the participants experience. The experience will be led through Continuum Movement and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Dr. Porges and Dr. Carter will share their valuable researched knowledge on the physiology of safety offering individuals a framework and depth of understanding of their experiences.

This workshop is open to all and can be attended either in-person or online. Whether a beginner or experienced in Continuum Movement or Craniosacral Therapy this program has been designed to give everyone a rich experience of safety in practice.

Please note places are strictly limited, meaning for those attending this will be an opportunity to study as part of a select group with our special guest facilitators. 

Special Guest Facilitators

Stephen Porges Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.  He has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines that have been cited in more than 30,000 peer-reviewed papers.

Sue Carter PhD is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and also a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Carter is the scientist who first discovered the relationship between oxytocin and social monogamy and the formation of adult social bonds. She is currently examining the developmental effects of oxytocin pathways and their role promoting in the capacity for social bonding, parental behavior, and healthy relationships across the lifecycle. She is the former Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute and a Rudy Professor Emerita of Biology. She has authored more than 400 publications and edited 5 books including ‘Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis’ (MIT Press).


Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz has a PhD in Clinical Somatic Pyschology and is executive director of Continuum Movement, founded by Emilie Conrad Da’oud. She is founder and owner of Cobalt Moon Center, a center for integrative health and Somatics education in Neptune Beach, FL., where she has been teaching T’ai Chi for the past 30 years. She has taught and been on the faculty of several different educational institutes: University of North Florida, Esalen Institute, Hollyhock Educational Institute, Kripalu, and The Open Center. Currently she is involved in research at the University of Florida and University of North Florida.

Jane Shaw MA RCST marries Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Jungian psychology, and trauma-informed neurophysiology to support individuals to maximize their potential and their health. She teaches Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy internationally, drawing on her embodied presence, compassion, and deep listening to nurture true emergent potentials, in conscious relationship to self, to others, and to the natural environment. Jane is founder and director of The Elmfield Institute, an organization in Northern Ireland dedicated to sustainable holistic health education. She also has a twelve-year history of producing successful conferences at the cutting edge of mind-body medicine, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the globe. She holds an MA in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and an MA in Economics from The University of Edinburgh.


Live at Cobalt Moon Center, Neptune Beach, Florida.  The ocean and beach are less than two blocks away!

Online Virtual also available.



$495 tuition for Live or Virtual.

This workshop will be recorded and all participants will receive a link to the recordings at the completion of the event.

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Attune to the natural rhythms of the body in this beautifully held workshop on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Take time for yourself while learning from a wealth of experienced facilitators and teachers.