Turtle Back Craniosacral Education
 with Margery Chessare, LMT, BCST, RCST    PLLC


Margery Chessare has offered coursework and mentoring in craniosacral therapy since 1999 to beginners through advanced practitioners. Our trainings are always small and personal, taught with love and respect for both the material and the participants. Hands-on exchanges are an important part of every class.

We also proudly present incredible guest instructors who come to beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY, to offer basic to cutting-edge courses to practitioners from throughout the US and Canada. Michael Shea, PhD, teaches regularly for Turtle Back; in fact, he presents advanced Biodynamic series here that are offered no where else in the US.

Turtle Back Craniosacral Education is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider (#451833-11). We are sponsored by NCBTMB to provide continuing education hours accepted by the state of New York for LMT license renewal.

For details on upcoming courses, valuable resources, practitioners and more, click on the menu items to the left. Please visit this website often; we'll be adding new classes and updating regularly.  To be added to our email list, please click here.

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Upcoming Course Offerings

Biodynamic Craniosacral Foundation Training

Three-year, 700-hour series will begin this Winter 2017.

Taught by Margery Chessare with many wonderful guest instructors.

Saratoga Springs, NY

Our ninth Biodynamic Craniosacral Foundation Training will meet two consecutive days every other month, from February 2017 through 2019. This popular in-depth training is the only one of its kind offered in upstate NY. Participants have the option to work toward BCST certification in the third year.

Please click here for details, dates and registration information.  Note that the prerequisite for this series is Biodynamic Basics or a similar introductory course in Biodynamic CST.

Biodynamic Approach to the Vagus Nerve, the Vascular System and the Viscera 

New three-part advanced series with Michael Shea, PhD

2017-18  •  Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Part 1 - June 19-22, 2017  (Monday-Thursday):  The Head–Face–Cardiac Connection
  • Part 2 - November 16-19, 2017  (Thursday-Sunday):  The Upper G.I. System
  • Part 3 - March 22-25, 2018  (Thursday-Sunday):  The Lower G.I. and Pelvis

Complete details and registration information will be posted soon. 

Biodynamic Practice with Moms and Babies

with Michael Shea, PhD

Ongoing in Saratoga Springs, NY

Three-Seminar Series Open to All!

• June 6-9, 2016  (Monday-Thursday)

• September 8-11, 2016  (Thursday-Sunday)

• December 1-4, 2016  (Thursday-Sunday)


Turtle Back Craniosacral Education is honored to host Michael Shea, PhD, one of the preeminent educators and authors in the fields of craniosacral therapy, somatic psychology and pre and perinatal development. He is the originator of Biodynamic cardiovascular therapy.

All qualified professionals who desire a greater understanding of the experience and science of pregnancy, birth and early life are invited. If you work with moms and babies, this unique training is for you. 

Please click here for course details.

Other Courses We Offer

Biodynamic Basics

An experiential introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

with Margery Chessare and Molly Deutschbein

Four-day workshop • October 20-23, 2016 • Saratoga Springs, NY

We are delighted to present an introductory workshop in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy--the perfect place to begin if you're curious to learn what makes Biodynamic CST so beautifully effective. This is also Part One of our Biodynamic Foundation Training.

Please click here for more information.

Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy

A four-day, two-part, hands-on workshop •  Next class dates TBA

with Margery Chessare, LMT, BCST, RCST

A much requested favorite, Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy is open to everyone, regardless of experience or profession. Come play! 

Please click here for all the details and registration information.

We are always happy to offer this class to small groups.  If you and a few friends and/or colleagues are interested in learning the basics of craniosacral therapy, please contact Margery by email or phone (518) 893-0421.

Experiential Craniosacral Anatomy

Four-day workshop for all bodyworkers with Ellen Mossman, CMT, BCST, VCSW

Craniosacral Therapy for the Jaw and Temporal-Mandibular Issues

Advanced workshop with Ellen Mossman, CMT, BCST, VCSW

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Questions?  Please click here to email Margery or call (518) 232-2838.


"Listen to the song of the sky woman.
She who fell to Earth.
She sings to turtle who offered his back
as a place for the world to grow."

- Iroquois Creation Myth