Professional and Personal Development

International Alliance of Healthcare Educators

International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) is an educational and clinical resource center that integrates the best of conventional healthcare with advanced complementary techniques. Dedicated to the natural enhancement of health, it’s recognized worldwide for its continuing-education programs, clinical research and therapeutic services. Since 1985, patients and healthcare professionals have trusted our gentle therapies and benefited from our personalized solutions to better health.

IAHE’s curriculums include:

The Upledger Institute (UI) – a healthcare resource center recognized worldwide for its comprehensive education programs, advanced treatment options and for its unique outreach initiatives. Over 90,000 therapists have benefited from the training they’ve achieved through The Upledger Institute. And with new programs and new opportunities to come, tens of thousands of new therapists and millions of more patients will benefit as well. The Upledger Clinic provides intensive therapy for extreme ailments involving brain and spinal cord dysfunction such as: traumatic injury, vertigo, chronic pain, autism and many more. See the UI website for further information.

The Barral Institute – an international organization providing continuing education and certification based on the innovative manual therapies developed in clinical practice by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. These include Visceral Manipulation, Visceral Vascular Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, and New Manual Articular Approach. The Institute also offers manual therapy seminars in related modalities such as Fascial and Membrane Technique developed by Peter Schwind, PhD, HP, as well as Muscle Energy Technique as organized by Kerry D’Ambrogio, DOM, AP,PT, DO-MTP. Alumni include osteopathic physicians, allopathic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, doctors of Oriental medicine, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other professional bodyworkers.

The Esalen Institute

Esalen was founded in 1962 as an educational center devoted to the exploration of unrealized human capacities. It became known for its blend of East/West philosophies, its experiential/didactic workshops, the steady influx of philosophers, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers, and its breathtaking grounds blessed with natural hot springs. Once home to a Native American tribe known as the Esselen, Esalen is situated on 27 acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising sharply behind.

The Shift Network

The Shift Network is a transformative education company that partners with the top teachers, experts, and healers on the planet, across many diverse fields, to offer powerful experiences that support your growth and transformation — and the evolution of the collective.

Through events, courses, and media, they are committed to helping you create a conscious, meaningful life where you bring your greatest gifts forth in inspired action.

They aim to empower you with the wisdom of the planet’s brightest teachers, connect you with a global community, support you to give your greatest gifts and work together to create a better world.

Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust

The Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust has been training practitioners in Craniosacral Therapy since 1989.

The founder and principal of the school is Michael Kern, author of the highly acclaimed book “Wisdom In The Body – The Craniosacral Approach To Essential Health“.

The Trust’s offerings include a comprehensive program of continuing professional development courses with leading teachers of Craniosacral Therapy and allied fields and the landmark bi-annual Breath of Life Conferences.


Continuum is a visionary inquiry into our capacity to innovate and participate with the essential, generative, and biological movement processes of life. Much of Continuum explores embryogenesis allowing each one of us to enter into the great mystery of creation as an existential and spiritual unfolding.

Continuum Montage

Continuum Montage is a body of work developed from Susan Harper’s teaching, living and relating for over a quarter of a century around the world. Continuum Montage explores the body and the self as a fluid process in interaction with an ever-changing environment.

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.

Kripalu Yoga Center

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of yoga to produce thriving and health in individuals and society. For more than 30 years, Kripalu (kri-PAH-loo) has been teaching skills for optimal living through experiential education for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.

Conscious Woman

Conscious Woman, Inc. is an online resource for personal, community and global issues related to women’s health and the environment. Through WebEx, the most technologically advanced and user-friendly online learning system in the market, we will take you into virtual classrooms where you can interact directly with the experts. And all in the comfort of your home!

Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University

The mission of The Institute for Transformational Leadership (ITL), part of the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, is to develop and sustain worldwide communities of transformational leaders and leadership coaches dedicated to awakening, engaging and supporting the leadership required in the world today to create a more sustainable and compassionate future. ITL serves a global audience of leaders in the public and private sectors, leadership coaches, executive coaches, organizations and communities. Among other initiatives, the Institute is known for providing a multidisciplinary approach that develops executive leaders and leadership coaches both as individuals and within an organizational systems context – combined perspectives that are critical for leadership growth, set within classroom experiences that incorporate cohort-style class sessions and experiential Learning Circles, providing unparalleled trust, feedback and support from peers and Learning Circle Advisors.

The Nebo Company

The Nebo Company develops innovative, visionary individuals and organizations to lead for a better and more sustainable future. Our mission is to help people to make their visions real. We provide executive coaching, leadership courses, mentoring solutions, visioning and organization development consulting to Fortune 500 companies, professional services firms, non-profit organizations, social ventures, and small to mid-size businesses.

New World Library

New World Library publishes books and audios that inspire and challenge us to improve the quality of our lives and our world. The ultimate goal of the company is a sweeping one: personal and planetary transformation – awakening both individual consciousness and global social potential by publishing inspirational and practical materials in spirituality, personal growth, and other related areas.

1440 Multiversity

1440 Multiversity is a unique learning center in the redwoods of Santa Cruz County, California. Named for the number of minutes in a day, 1440 Multiversity champions the idea that each moment is an opportunity to live fully. 1440’s immersive experience supports integration of the relational, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of our lives to help us better connect to others and ourselves.


Healing From the Core Instructors, Presenters and Practitioners

Our certified Instructors, Presenters and Practitioners demonstrate and share the Five Principles of Full Body Presence, and…

International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners

International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP) is a professional network of more than 100,000 therapists who have taken continuing-education classes from Upledger, Barral, & IAHE affiliates. It’s also home of one of the world’s premier online directories of bodyworkers which is accessible by the public 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

IAHP’s Find a Practitioner tool is a terrific resource for finding therapists trained in Healing From the Core, CranioSacral Therapy, and a host of other prominent modalities. Search for practitioners by name, location, modality and specialty, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Amelia Mitchell – Alchemy Healing Arts Center

Amelia Mitchell, LMT, NCBTMB, LLCC, co-owner of Alchemy Healing Arts Center in Annapolis, Maryland, provides deeply restorative and nurturing Therapeutic Massage that heals and enhances health, relaxes sore muscles, and soothes the spirit. She is a Certified Healing From the Core Presenter and workshop sponsor who has been an instrumental part of the team in bringing Healing From the Core to where we are today. She specializes in Lymph Drainage Therapy, and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (LLCC) working with people facing health challenges such as Lyme Disease and auto-immune challenges, surgical recoveries, and lymphedema. She also specializes in Pre-Natal Massage as a certified Nurturing the Mother therapist, Fertility Massage and has Oncology Massage training.

An’ Marie – Photography and Words

An’ Marie is a gifted photographer and poet, whose book Resonance speaks powerfully of abuse, vulnerability and liberation.

Ann Randolph – writer, performer, educator

Ann Randolph is an award-winning playwright and performer. Her current solo show, LOVELAND played for two years straight in San Francisco where it won the SF Weekly Award for “Best Solo Show” and garnered the SF Bay Critic’s Award for “Best Original Script”. (Read more about LOVELAND, and her other solo works,on her website.) Ann’s personal essays and interviews have been featured on NPR, PBS and the BBC.

She is also a nationally recognized educator and keynote speaker touring throughout the US and speaking and performing at universities, conferences, and mind/body/spirit centers. Her widely popular “Write Your Life” workshops are offered in cities across the US with annual stops at Kripalu, the Omega Institute and Esalen.

Belleruth Naparstek – healthjourneys

Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, creator of the healthjourneys audio series and author of Your Sixth Sense, is a gifted writer-psycholtherapist and guided imagery innovator with a Masters in clinical social work, and an unlikely background in musical comedy. She is a popular teacher who mixes panache, wit, presence and style with uncommon depth, substance and warmth.

Dr. Carlos Durana – Seasons In Our Life

Carlos Durana, Ph.D., Mc.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCA) is a practitioner of traditional acupuncture and a clinical psychologist, body worker and writer-researcher with a background in meditation, medical-sprirtual T’ai Chi Chuan and Qigong, Chinese herbal medicine, life coaching skills, and stress management. He is the developer of the Seasons in Our Life seminars for self-development, healing and relationship enhancement.

Christine Kent, RN – Whole Woman Inc.

Whole Woman Inc. provides an informational resource for women seeking alternatives to surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse is the most common women’s health disorder of the developed world. It is estimated that more than half of all women who have given birth experience some level of prolapse. For the past century radical pelvic surgery has been the only conventional treatment for prolapse. Yet, these conditions are not cured by surgery, but often traded for chronic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, sexual loss, and emotional devastation. Come join women the world over who are stabilizing and reversing their symptoms naturally. We invite you to learn to live well with prolapse.

Gina Ogden – Expanding Sex Therapy

Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT has had a distinguished career as a sex therapist, family therapist, researcher, teacher, and author. She conducts retreats and trainings internationally, lectures widely, leads teleseminars attended by professionals all over the world, and has appeared on the media from talk radio to the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has written seven books on women’s sexual health, pleasure, and the meanings of sexual relationship. Her most recent books are: The Return of Desire, Women Who Love Sex, and The Heart and Soul of Sex. Her book for therapists and other health providers is Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy—An Integrative Model for Individuals, Couples, and Groups.

Jesse Kalu – Musician

The Music of Jesse Kalu

“If you ever spent quiet time in the vast empty space of the southwestern desert, you will understand the essence of Jesse Kalu’s meditative journey. One in Spirit brings the sweet sounds of nature alive through Kalu’s mystical hand-made bamboo flutes. The wind, water, whales, dolphins, hawks & eagles gently call out to your spirit, slowing your mind and inviting you into the ancient wisdom of nature’s heart. The healing powers of this recording gently vibrate into the center of your soul to melt away the tensions of your mind & emotions. The flow of the flute melodies transports your spirit to the magical red rocks of Sedona, where this sound therapy was inspired & developed. Peace, tranquility and transcendence is the experience that One in Spirit offers.”

-Michael Silveria, Whole Life Times.

Joanna Haymore – Body Map Skills

Specializing in integrative therapy, Joanna Haymore‘s skills combine her training as an Occupational Therapist with Body-Mind Centering, CranioSacral Therapy, and Healing from the Core. Body Journeys individual therapy sessions are for children and adults. Joanna accepts clients through self-referral and by referral from physicians and health care professionals. Body Map Skills workshops and classes offer opportunities in somatic movement education for individuals and professional development for therapists.

Kate MacKinnon – From My Hands and Heart

Kate MacKinnon, PT, CST, is a passionate advocate for CranioSacral Therapy. She is the author of From My Hands and Heart: Achieving Health and Balance with CranioSacral Therapy. She maintains a a thriving CST practice in the Livermore Valley in California. Suzanne writes about her book: “From My Hands and Heart is an excellent guide to helping you understand the healing power of craniosacral therapy (CST). From Kate’s description of her clients’ experiences you will see how CST can play a pivotal role in promoting health and balance in your life. In addition you will discover practical ways to integrate your CST experience into your everyday life.”

Kelly Dorfman – Health Program Planner & Nutritionist

Kelly Dorfman, M.S., L.N.D. is a nutrition detective who works collaboratively with other medical professionals around the country to help people with complex ailments and symptoms. After twenty-nine years of listening to clients describe their situations, she knows how to identify core issues quickly. She then carefully employs tried and true strategies ground in research to attain the best results over time.

Kelly’s special talent for integrating information from many sources and finding practical solutions has made her a popular speaker and workshop leader. She has lectured extensively throughout the United States and has been featured on numerous television programs including CNN’s American Morning and Fox News.

One of Kelly’s special interests is children. Her book, What’s Eating Your Child? The hidden connections between food and childhood ailments, was published by Workman Press in June 2011. Publishers Weekly rave review claimed the book was full of “fascinating and potentially life-changing advice”. She also co-founded the non-profit organization Developmental Delay Resources (DDR). The purpose of DDR is to educate parents, teachers and health professionals who deal with children facing attention, behavior and cognitive challenges.

Kim Falone – Poetry and Teaching

Kim Falone’s poems and parables explore continued opening and the resulting transformation.

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, developer of Healing From The Core, describes Kim Falone’s book as “…both a journey into the psyche of a fascinating woman and a transformational tool. I have shared these poems numerous times with individuals and groups; to my delight, listeners are always catapulted into more insight, open-heartnedness and deeper healing.”

Rachel Abrams – Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine

Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, MHS, received her Medical Degree at the University of California-San Francisco and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Health and Medical Sciences from the University of California-Berkeley. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. She is also Board Certified in Holistic Medicine and a member of the American Holistic Medical Association.

Her seven years as a family medicine physician in full practice at the Santa Cruz Medical Clinic have given her invaluable experience in knowing what works, and doesn’t work, in conventional medicine. She has published two books on Taoism, holistic health and sexuality, The Multi-Orgasmic Woman and The Multi-Orgasmic Couple. She teaches workshops regularly at the Chi Center and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California (Esalen Workshops). She has trained with Mantak Chia, a Taoist Master, and is a certified Healing Love instructor in the Universal Tao system.

Read more about Rachel and her practice.

Steven Harper – Wilderness guide, Consultant, Author, and Artist

Steven Harper has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions in the North America and internationally for almost 40 years.

With an MA in psychology, Steven focuses on wild nature as a vehicle for awakening, and his work is inspired by a deep connection to inner wild nature. He has contributed to and written in the emerging field of ecopsychology, and has taught workshops at both Esalen Institute and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for over 35 years.

As a naturalist and avid explorer, he has experienced many of the wild areas of world and lived with several indigenous native peoples. Working as a wilderness guide, Steven has taught for numerous organizations, including the National Outdoor Leadership School and Colorado Outward Bound, leading expeditions on five continents.