Our Mission

The goal of Castellino Prenatal and Birth Training is to make Prenatal and Birth Therapy available to the world community for children, adults, and especially for babies and new families with the highest possible integrity, efficiency and compassion.

Dr. Raymond F. Castellino facilitates people of all ages to resolve and repattern prenatal and birth trauma imprinting. This includes facilitating babies and children in the family setting and adults in individual and small group settings. He also offers phone support for parents, adults, and professionals seeking supervision. He works both alone and together with midwife Mary Jackson.

In addition to working with people and their families himself, Dr. Castellino also offers educational services to train others in these skills. His educational services include a two-year (48-day) Foundation Training, as well as numerous presentations and seminars both locally and worldwide.

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News

August Seminars in Switzerland and Germany

Ray will be speaking at three events in both Germany and Switzerland in August this year.

APPPAH Congress Pre-Conference Workshop

On November 14, 2013 in Pacific Grove, CA, Ray will be presenting a workshop titled Birth to Breast and Supported Attachment before the 2013 APPPAH Congress.

Infant and Toddler Sleep web seminar

Consciously Parenting & About Connections, with Rebecca Thompson, Ray Castellino, and Mary Jackson, are thrilled to present a 4 part audio series web-seminar on Infant and Toddler Sleep. You are invited to go to http://www.consciouslyparenting.com/ondemand/LPBC to find out how you can hear this program.

Interviews with Rebecca Thompson

Ray Castellino and midwife Mary Jackson are teaming up with Rebecca Thompson of Consciously Parenting to share cutting-edge information that brings scientific research to you in ways you can actually use in your parenting. These audio interviews will cover some of the most popular parenting topics. The first of these classes, Infant and Toddler Sleep, is available online for free, and more are currently in production.

Interview with Chloe Faith Wordsworth

On September 24th, 2009, Dr. Ray Castellino was interviewed by Chloe Faith Wordsworth of Resonance Repatterning on her internet radio show. You can listen to the show online for free (scroll down to #43, "From Birth To Breast"), or purchase a transcript for $12.00.

About Dr. Castellino

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Raymond Castellino, DC (retired), RPP, RPE, RCST®, draws on over four decades of experience as a natural health care practitioner, consultant and teacher. His current practice focuses on the resolution of prenatal, birth and other early trauma and stress.

In addition to his work at Castellino Training, Ray is currently involved in two other projects:

  • He is co-founder About Connections with home birth midwife Mary Jackson, where they prepare families for birth, support the birth process, do follow up integration. The methods they have developed has reduced home birth transfers to the hospital from 20% to 3% in over 100 births. They also work with families and individuals of all ages to resolve the effects of early imprinting.
  • He is the Clinical Director of BEBA (Building and Enhancing Bonding and Attachment), a non-profit research clinic in Santa Barbara devoted to strengthening the bonds between babies/children and their parents and optimizing children's physical, emotional and mental development.

Dr. Castellino is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Association for Pre- & Peri-natal Psychology and Health, the American Physical Therapy Association, the Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America, and others. He was a founding board member of the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.

He has been practicing and teaching prenatal and birth therapy since 1993.

(Read full curriculum vitae).

least one of the following:
  1. Graduate of Ray's Foundation Training
  2. Graduate of the Chitty's Biodynamic Cranio-sacral Training
  3. 5 years of professional experience working with people
  • We will not accept applications from anyone who uses nicotine or recreational drugs in any amount for any reason. Applicants must have a commitment to themselves and the people they work with that they will be nicotine and drug free from the time of application through completion of the training and must have the intention to abstain for the rest of their lives.
  • A commitment to abstain from alcohol the day before and during all workshops and training modules including breaks & evenings is required.
  • Content

    Content Layers Throughout the Training

    Overview

    Anna and Ray have been talking for years about teaching together. They both particularly love to create and share in a spontaneous way, being present with what is and making up exercises as appropriate to fulfill a need. They look forward to co-creating with the upcoming group of practitioners. They recognize that we are all on a frontier in which each of us hopes to deepen our skills, which will in turn deepen the transformative effect of our work with clients. This training is designed to provide a container for that deepening to happen where each trainee can explore their own leading edge and gain more insights, perceptions and tools for their work.

    Anna and Ray started their bodywork/healing arts careers in the 70s as Polarity Therapists, Polarity Therapy teachers and major contributors to Polarity Therapy's growth in the US. The Polarity Pardigm ,developed by Doctor Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND, infuses all their work, giving an overview through which to understand the rhythmic flow/blockage of life-energy in the body, a guide to perceiving basic rhythms and challenges. Polarity Therapy also offers specific modalities – all designed to address the core of the client’s needs.

    The goal is to support each student’s growth in the areas of:

    1. Gaining insights through paradigms for energy flow: Polarity Paradigm, birth/attachment, SE work, cranial, neuroscience, embryology
    2. Deepening perceptual skills
    3. Expanding the toolkit from which to draw

    All of these lead to knowing what to do to facilitate the client’s next growth steps.

    For those of you who wish to revitalize/reshape your practice– support and supervision will be provided to facilitate taking your practice in the direction that you want to go.

    Ray comments that “ Perceiving through the polarity paradigm into the work …organizes the way we perceive. That act streamlines our work, conserves our energy as practitioners and allows us to literally ride the wave and be energized by the end of our day’s working”

    Understanding basic paradigms for energy flow.

    They will be lecturing and sharing charts/ maps / videos that illustrate their integration of the various modalities they draw from and help give form to perceptions. The class will be designed for the students to learn by doing and use the theory to integrate what they perceive through their senses .

    A lot of the focus will be on understanding energy flow through what may be called The Polarity Paradigm . Dr Stone, who originated Polarity Therapy, drew from eastern and western healing modalities, always expanding his toolkit of skills and relating particular treatments to a few comprehensive, broad ideas or paradigms for the way energy flows. It is to the various aspects of this paradigm that Ray and Anna continue to return as they integrate all the other modalities they use.

    They will bring alive the various Polarity maps of energy flow including the integration of the 2 poles (Involution/Evolution, Expansion/Contraction), the 5 and 6 pointed star, the triune function of the nervous system (and it’s relationship to Porges’ work), the sacrum /occiput and spine, as well as the atlas/occiput junction in relation to the above.

    They will share their integration of polarity, cranial and Somatic Experiencing perspectives on the Nervous System and relate these to the emerging scientific validation of brain integration through therapeutic work and the practices of wisdom traditions.

    Anna will share a map of Embryology and how it relates to bodywork and working with families, focusing on the principle of formation, embryological rhythms, phases the body goes through and phase shifts as an adjunct to understanding the tides in the cranial sense.

    Those of you who have experienced Ray’s work in Womb Surround Process Workshops will recognize what you’ve seen and will gain a better understanding of how to use tracking skills to follow the client and facilitate the next step or movement.

    Deepening perceptual skills

    All the theory and experiential exercises will revolve around perceiving where the facilitator/client is in relationship to his/her own ability to be present/engaged in dealing with dis-ease/pain and determining the core needs including applicable bodywork to most effectively support the client as well the facilitator.

    The focus will be on deepening and perceiving with specific exercises designed to develop specific perceptual skills. The more the practitioner deepens and perceives, the more profound and transformative the work becomes. And the safer both the practitioner and client feel.

    Anna speaks of cranial work as giving the possibility of access to both states of settledness and dynamism, within the window of tolerance, as the system regains its full range of motion. She talks about understanding ground, volume, spaciousness, coming into relationship, relational fields. She also has models for group dynamics to share.

    Ray talks about stillness, orientation, intention, movement, movement facilitation, resistance, creative opposition, layers of support, attachment styles, birth patterns.

    They use the same or similar techniques and each has integrated them a bit differently. So the class will benefit from their sharing and expanding each others’ consciousness and vocabulary.

    All this will be related to subtle energy patterns of Polarity as well as to the tides that are the core of biodyamic craniosacral work and the SE model of trauma resolution with the understanding of the window of tolerance. Being able to follow the embryologic rhythms including those of expansion and contraction, the various phases the body goes through, as well as cranial rhythms, allows the client to go through deeper phases of settling and opening to the inherent dynamism in a balanced way.

    The treatment plan evolves through tracking the client’s rhythms and emerges often minute by minute from the work with the client. This is very clear to anyone who has participated in one of Ray’s womb surrounds. One step leads to the next without having to preplan. The practitioner has a toolkit from which he/she can draw appropriately.  And all this is done within a structure that creates safety for all.

    And the results, as Anna notes, ‘are fantastic’ in terms of profound transformation.

    Among other things, in that dynamic settled state, the cranium has the pliability closer to that of a newborn so any cranial work done from this state has a profound long-lasting effect.

    Expanding the toolkit from which to draw

    They will also share particular techniques used extensively in their practices including an understanding of the circumstances under which they chose a particular approach/technique.

    Ray draws on an understanding of structure developed in 25 years practicing chiropractic as well as polarity and cranial work. He will share the bodywork he uses with up to 1/4 of his clients, which frees the atlas/occiput junction and promotes spinal harmonic resonance thus affecting everything from newborn's ability to latch on and nurse and develop appropriate movements to adults' physiologic functioning, movement coordination, general health and level of available energy.

    Anna will teach the deep perineal technique which helps bring the whole nervous system into balance which in tern opens up the cranial system. Polarity techniques include palpating the vagus nerve, the superior cervical ganglion as well as the whole ventral-vagus system – all of which work with the whole triune nervous system.

    Both Ray and Anna both are long time craniosacral therapists and have integrated Somatic Experiencing into their practices so will draw from those approaches, including how to know if the person is in a trauma response and when to utilize particular approaches to work with that. Again, the perception will be integrated with the understanding of energy flow, which comes from Polarity Therapy.

    Ray will share the supported attachment process he uses with newborns as well as polarity and other techniques he finds particularly useful in the childbearing years, for working with adults processing early material and for simple bodywork needs. As he says, many of the skills you need to work with babies are the same skills for working with any age.

    There will be many more techniques shared. Which specific ones will depend on which Anna and Ray are most excited about at the time in their practices (which will evolve over the 9 months) as well as the needs of the group.

    Format

    The class includes a balance of theory (lectures, diagrams, videos) and practice or exercises with 'harvesting' or sharings that arise from exercises/practice sessions. These exercises and harvesting build skills & understanding from the inside out. Experiential understanding will be supplemented by the latest research in neurobiology and related fields. Much of the class content will arise from the specific needs of the students.

    Community / Supervision

    Part of the focus will be the conscious building of a supportive community. Anna has an extensive background in group dynamics. Ray brings experience using layers of support, doing hands-on work in groups, practicing effective principles of supervision (see Ray's article on this). There will be time for supervision around what’s going on in your practices, your own leading edges and help with integration of what you’re learning and your practice at home.

    Content by Module (this is only a partial list)

    Interviews

    People with many years of experience have asked what more they can expect from this training beyond those they have taken previously. We have recorded interviews with both Ray and Anna which will give you a sense of their vision for the training.

    Sandra Castellino interview with Ray

    Sandra Castellino interview with Anna

    About the Facilitators

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    Raymond Castellino, DC (retired), RPP, RPE, RCST®

    Ray has over four decades of experience as a natural health care practitioner, consultant and teacher, integrating modalities including Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Pre and Peri-natal Therapy. He also draws on his structural understanding as a retired chiropractor. He is the founder and director of Castellino Training through which he offers five-day Womb Surround Process Workshops, two-year Pre and Peri-natal Foundation Trainings, as well as private sessions and phone consutations; the co-founder of About Connections, together with with home birth midwife Mary Jackson, which prepares families for birth, supports the birth process, does follow up integration; the Clinical Director of BEBA, a non-profit research clinic which is devoted to strengthening the bonds between babies/children and their parents. He is also a frequent presenter and seminar leader at national and international conferences.

    (Read full curriculum vitae).

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    Anna Chitty, BCST, RPP, SEP

    Co-owner and co-operator of the Colorado School of Energy Studies, Anna has over three and a half decades experience as a therapist and teacher, exploring the interface between body, emotions, mind and consciousness, through many disciplines including Polarity Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Pre- and Peri-Natal Therapy, the Diamond Approach, Matrixworks Leadership, and the wisdom traditions of Peru and India. She is also a frequent presenter at national conferences.

    (Read full curriculum vitae).

    Payment

    Price: $5225 / $4975 depending on how you pay. First price is for VISA, MC or paypal. 2nd price is for check, cash, traveler's checks, MO. Payable as a non-refundable deposit of $210/$200 due 2 weeks after acceptance and $840/$800 due August 28th (2 months prior to the training) or 2 weeks after acceptance. Plus $835/$795 due one month before each module.
    Checks/MO, TC should be made out to Sandra Castellino , & mailed to Sandra Castellino, 1105 N Ontare Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
    Late fees apply.

    Format & Dates: Five 5-day modules starting October, 2013 (postponed from May 2013)

    mailing/wiring/give cc by/send paypal by Date Due Price Credit Card/Paypal Price cash/check/TC/MO
    9 days from email
    acceptance notification or August 24 [revised date]
    2 weeks from email
    acceptance notification or August 28 [revised date]
    $1050 $1000
    9/19/13 9/23/13 $835 $795
    11/7/13 11/11/13 $835 $795
    2/15/14 2/19/14 $835 $795
    4/10/14 4/14/14 $835 $795
    6/26/14 6/30/14 $835 $795
    Total cost   $5,225 $4,975

    Late fees are 5% per day up to $50 (for more details read the student contract).

    Accommodations

    See list of motels near the top. Below are alternatives for staying in private homes

  • Make sure that you meet our acceptance criteria. We do not accept applications from anyone who:

  • To reserve a place in a particular workshop, we require all of the following within one week of speaking to you:

    1. Payment of at least a deposit, or in full, as priced above:

      • Via credit card when speaking to Sandra.
      • Via a check postmarked by the day after you speak to Sandra.
    2. Your Birth History Form.

    We will tentatively reserve your place in the workshop for one week after speaking to you while awaiting these things. If we do not receive all of these within one week, your place will be given to the next interested person who requests to take that workshop.

  • Priority for taking Dr. Castellino's Process Workshops

    A process workshop is a prerequisite for applying to the Foundation Training. Since each workshop has only 7 participants, we will need to provide opportunities for those considering the training to attend a process workshop and priority will given to professionals in the healing arts (those who make a living as health care providers: nurses, doctors, massage therapists, craniosacral therapists, PTs, OTs, SE practitioners, Rolfers, etc, or those who work with babies/children) who meet one of the following criteria:

    So participants may be restricted to those on our 'priority list'. If wish to take a process workshop and do not meet our 'priority list' criteria, please contact Sandra anyway to be put on a list of interested persons. Each full workshop has its own waitlist and each workshop with space in it has an 'interested' list for those wishing to be considered if it doesn't fill one month ahead. You may ask to be on the waitlist and/or interested list of as many workshops as you wish.

    Ray also offers private sessions by himself and with Mary Jackson in Santa Barbara. Please see the About Connections and Private Sessions sections of this website for details.

    Process Workshop Forms and your Picture

    Please email a PICTURE of yourself, preferably a casual 'head shot' - this goes only in our database so Sandra and Ray know / remember who you are when communicating.

    Please send the birth history form within 1 week of signing up and paying for the workshop. Sooner is even better but we want you to have time to contact your parent(s) if appropriate. We appreciate your taking the time to let us know about yourself. All material is kept confidential. Only Raymond and Sandra Castellino read the form. Sandra's assistant may read enough to check for proper formatting and to print it. If Ray has assistants for the process workshop, he may verbally share relevent information with them so they can better support you.

    You can either mail your form to 1105 North Ontare Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, fax it to (805) 687-4719, or email it to Sandra@CastellinoTraining.com. If you email it, please email a MS Word document, not scanned images, and please bold your answers so we can tell them apart from the questions more easily. We cannot accept forms in word processing formats other than MS Word (e.g. WordPerfect, MS Works, Pages, or AppleWorks).

    Ray needs to review this to confirm your place. If you want a copy of the form for yourself, either fax or email it so you have the original, or make a copy before mailing it. Thank you.

    Please download and fill out only ONE of the birth history forms above: the long version if you have not taken a workshop with Ray before or filled in a birth history for private sessions; or the short version if you have.

    For logistical information sheets, please see the table above.

    After the workshop, we would appreciate if you would fill out both:

    Accomodations

    For each workshop, information about accommodations is included under 'logistics' next to the dates of the workshop. You will also find there the contact information for the host(ess), directions, etc.

    For workshops hosted in Ojai, Sandra Castellino is the contact person. Those attending Ojai workshops may want to consider staying at Sandra Castellino's home in Santa Barbara (about 55 min away) before or after the workshop. She rents 2 rooms. Pictures are available at www.castellinotraining.com/accommodations. These rooms are rented throughout the year so are available for those who would like a place to stay while enjoying Santa Barbara..

    Certified Workshop Facilitators

    Process Workshops whose faciliators are certified by Ray may be taken as alternatives to Ray's as prerequisite or required process workshops for trainees and potential trainees and are open to anyone for personal and/or professional growth. For information, please contact the relevant facilitator directly. They travel to offer process workshops, including to the USA. They all also offer other courses/workshops and work with families and individuals.

    In order to be certified, each has demonstrated competence, graduated from a Foundation Training, assisted another Foundation Training, is an R.C.S.T. (registered craniosacral therapist) or the equivalent, has taken at least 6 Process Workshops, has assisted at least 4 process workshops, has taken at least 2 Practitioner Training workshops including at least one as a practioner, and has successfully offered at least 5 process workshops on their own or 10 co-led with phone supervision afterwards with Ray.

    Name and Email or Website Location Phone
    Alison Greene-Barton, RCST®
    alisongb@aol.com
    Ojai, California
    (United States)
    +1 805 640-0710
    Chantek McNeilage, R.C.S.T.
    chantekmary@live.co.uk
    Essex, England
    (United Kingdom)
    +44 1799 527084
    Charisse Basquin, D.C.
    earlyimprints@btinternet.comm
    Fife, Scotland
    (United Kingdom)
    +44 1333 450 302
    Claudia Koehler, P.T.
    lebenswandel@gmx.net
    Dresden
    (Germany)
    +49 351-2679271
    David Haas, B.Sc.(Hons), R.P.P., R.C.S.T.
    http://www.first-expression.co.uk
    Surrey, England
    (United Kingdom)
    +44 1483 423352
    Judith Lee Cohen, R.N., M.Th., RCST®
    JLCEnergy@me.com
    www.judithleecohen.com
    Savannah, GA (United States) +1 520 241-8335
    Judyth Weaver, Ph.D., RCST®, S.E.P., S.A.L., R.M.P.
    http://www.judythweaver.com
    Seattle, Washington (United States)
    Cortes Island, British Columbia (Canada)
    +1 206 361-4124
    +1 250 935-8500
    Klaus Kaeppeli, dipl.psych.FSP
    klaus.kaeppeli@bluewin.ch
    Eggersriet, CH-9034
    (Switzerland)
    +41 7122 34891
    Mary Jackson, RN, LM, RCST®
    mjmidwife@gmail.com
    Ventura, California
    (United States)
    +1 805 649-3063
    Myrna Martin, MN, RCC, RCST®
    http://www.myrnamartin.net
    Nelson, British Columbia
    (Canada)
    +1 250 352-1655
    Regina Buecher, RPP, RCST, dipl.Heilpaed
    regina_buecher@optosolar.de
    Merdingen
    (Germany)
    +49 7668 950764
    Susan Lange, O.M.D., L.Ac.
    http://www.meridianholistic.com
    Santa Monica, California
    (United States)
    +1 310 395-9525 x2#
    Tara Blasco, PhD, RCST®
    tarablasco@gmail.com
    Ojai, California
    (United States)
    +1 805 646-1269
    dianholistic.com/"> http://www.meridianholistic.com Santa Monica, California
    (United States) +1 310 395-9525 x2# Tara Blasco, PhD, RCST®
    tarablasco@gmail.com Ojai, California
    (United States) +1 805 646-1269