Conscious Embodiment Trainings
Conscious Embodiment Trainings was founded in 2007 by Matthew Appleton and Jenni Meyer to promote awareness of how our experience in the womb, during birth and early infancy impact us as individuals and in society. Since then we have trained many practitioners to work in this field and supported many individuals in experiential workshops to discover how these early experiences have shaped their lives. We have a growing international community of people who have worked with us over the years, spanning a multitude of backgrounds.
Matthew Appleton MA RCST UKCP
Matthew is the co founder and director of Conscious Embodiment Trainings. He was also co-founder of the Institute of Craniosacral Studies and a co-director and senior teacher with the Institute for 12 years. Matthew is a registered Craniosacral Therapist and psychotherapist living and working in Bristol. He trained in Body Psychotherapy at the Wilhelm Reich Institute of Integrated Therapy in Germany and in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in Devon. He further trained in Pre and Perinatal Education with Karlton Terry in Switzerland and assisted Karlton in the UK. He is a senior co-teacher with the Institute of Pre and Perinatal Education and a member of the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. For ten years he worked as a houseparent at A. S. Neill’s famous democratic school Summerhill and his book ‘A Free Range Childhood’ (1999) based on his experiences at Summerhill has been published in several languages. A second book ‘Transitions to Wholeness. Integrating Prenatal, Transpersonal and Somatic Psychology’ (2020) draws from more than 30 years of clinical work with adults, children and babies. He has more than 20 years experience of lecturing and facilitating workshops in the UK, Europe, South Africa and America. His work is also informed by ongoing studies in Jungian psychology and work with indigenous elders and Buddhist teachers. Drawing from these influences, he has developed a form of embodied dreamwork called ‘Dream Gestation’.
"Conscious Embodiment Trainings is where the various paths of my life’s work meet and weave together. I have learnt not only from the many teachers I have trained with, but most of all from the children, clients and students who it has been my privilege to work with over the years. Being with others who are working to become more conscious and to embody who they really are is a constant source of enrichment in my life."
Jenni Meyer RN RM BSc Hons RCST
Jenni is co-founder and assistant director of Conscious Embodiment Trainings. Growing up in Africa gave Jenni a sense of how important it is to have a close connection with the natural world for physical, emotional and spiritual health. She trained and worked as a nurse in South Africa, before coming to Europe to work as a nurse and train as a midwife. For many years Jenni worked as a community midwife in London with women wanting home births and also with women with mental health needs who were having babies. Jenni has a BSc Hons. in Human Biology and has also studied massage, naturopathy and Craniosacral therapy. She has studied with teachers from various different Buddhist and Yogic traditions. One of Jenni’s passions has been Okido yoga (a Japanese Yoga with a Zen Buddhist tradition, amalgamating traditional branches of Yoga and some concepts from martial arts). Her interest in Yoga continues and she is currently exploring Scaravelli inspired Yoga. Jenni trained in Pre and Perinatal Education with Karlton Terry and assisted on some of Karlton’s UK trainings. She has also assisted and taught Craniosacral therapy with the Institute of Craniosacral Therapy. Jenni now teaches on many of the Conscious Embodment courses. Her home is now in Bristol where she has a busy Craniosacral Therapy practice.
"I have experienced and seen in others how transformative both Craniosacral Therapy and Birth Process work can be. It is the chance to engage with the patterns that organise us. Some of these ways of being were laid down in us very early and are still influencing the way we are now. Bringing into consciousness how we react from these unconscious places frees us up to live in more connection with our true selves and the universal consciousness"
Kate Rosati RCST, RM, IBCLC
Kate is a registered Craniosacral Therapist, Midwife and Lactation Consultant living and working in Alton, Hampshire.
She has worked as a table assistant for the Institute of Craniosacral studies and has assisted Graham Kennedy with his birth process work both in England and Italy. Kate has attended a number of pre and perinatal courses including Karlton Terry’s and also his baby therapy training
"Little thought is given to the way we do things and why. Often lives are shaped by our earliest experiences without understanding why. Through my experiences as a mother, therapist and from my own personal journey I have developed a much healthier relationship with myself and my ways. I truly believe this work offers the potential for change and from this change, freedom. My greatest pleasure is witnessing this process unfold in those I work with"
Julie is a Registered Craniosacral and Shiatsu Therapist and Supervisor , and has run a fulltime practice in London for 25 years. She has also taught Shiatsu both in London and abroad over much of this time. Since 2006, Julie has been studying with Karlton Terry, and has completed the Foundation training in Pre and Perinatal Trauma Resolution, the Embodiment Journey and Baby Therapy. She has also completed a Foundation training in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in Devon.
"Pre and Perinatal healing has an important role to play in helping us to free up deeply held and limiting behaviour patterns that are getting in the way of our capacity to be present and to live more full and satisfying lives. It is wonderful to witness, both as a student and as a therapist when more space and more grace becomes available"
Rosella Denicolò RCST, BCST
Rosella is a registered Craniosacral Therapist, Cousellor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, living and working in Italy. She is co-founder and co-director of In Flow, Somatic Studies Centre and Craniosacral Biodynamics School. He trained in Craniosacral Biodynamics at Karuna Institute in Devon and in Somatic Counseling at IPSO, the Alexander Lowen Institute of Italy. She trained in Experiential Anatomy at Pensare col Corpo Institute. She further trained in Pre and Perinatal psychology with Matthew Appleton in Italy. She practice meditation since 1989. She has two children, Amanda and Rocco
"A miracle occurs when I find a not judgmental space of deep listening of the earliest stories of my life. I found this space in the field of Craniosacral and Pre and Perinatal and with all the community of people who are working to became more present and embodied. In my work is an everyday surprise to see how much this attunement to the early events of life can be transformative. People feel recognized and seen and I’m honoured to witness that."
Julie is the course administrator for Conscious Embodiment Trainings. She is also a MBACP registered Counsellor working with Children and Young People. Julie’s personal journey of conscious embodiment has covered various modalities including Stan Grof’s Holotropic Breathwork, Embodying Embryology with Cherionna Menzam-Sills and Integrative Baby Therapy with Matthew and Jenni.
"Through my own personal work exploring body sensations and self limiting beliefs I have arrived at the beginning! I am curious about how I have been shaped by my most formative experiences of conception, life in the womb and the process of birth. I am interested in exploring body memories left over from these experiences to discover how my psyche has been imprinted, and ultimately to transform ways of being which no longer serve me."
Carol has been called a visual and linguistic communicator. A painter and artist fluent in five languages, parents from Budapest, born in the U.S.A., and living in Italy for nearly half a century, she developed a deep interest in pre and perinatal psychology through her long-term friendship and collaboration with Silja Wendelstadt, a Reichian body psychotherapist and pioneer in the field. Together, in the mid ‘90’s, they established the Eva Reich Research Centre in Rome. There Carol began translating for Thomas Harms in a five-year body psychotherapy training program in Emotional First Aid. In 2006 she became the official translator for the newly founded Italian program of the School of Body Mind Centering°, in trainings of somatic movement education and infant developmental movement education. In 2010 she joined the Inflow/In Origine team as Matthew Appleton’s translator for all his Italian trainings and workshops.
"With my love for linguistics and my total respect for deep communication in all phases of life, what great good fortune to have been introduced to Baby Body Language – so passionate, so profound, so universal!"
Lisa runs a practice for osteopathy and integrative baby therapy (IBT) in Berlin, Germany. She completed her state exam in naturopathy two years before opening her practice in 2012 and obtained her Master of Science in Osteopathy in 2016. For her IBT skills she trained with Conscious Embodiment Trainings (CET). Further professional developments include Fascial Distorsion Model, Somatic Experiencing and alternative medicines.
Lisa grew up bilingually with German and English and has been translating for osteopathic seminars and conventions for many years ‒ and for CET since 2015. More information can be found at www.osteopathie-onnertz.de
"Treasured answers have been revealing themselves as to why we as humans act the way we do, collectively and individually. This work simply makes sense to me ‒ intrinsically."
Ursi is a mother of three children, works as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist and IBT baby therapist with babies, children and adults. IBT has significantly changed her work, so that the pre- and perinatal imprints that strongly influence life have become the main subject of therapy, with babies, children and adults. She has done several trainings and continues with ongoing education in this field. Mainly, her great teachers are her own children and the babies and children who seek help in her practice every day. She is also on the board of the International Society for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine Switzerland and organises Matthew and Jenni’s courses in Switzerland with great dedication and gratitude.
"The fascination to make everything invisible and subconscious, visible, to help babies and their families every day and to bring people into their feelings and power, that makes me happy and probably never lets me go."
Claire is a Craniosacral therapist and Integrative Baby Therapist and IBT Supervisor living and working in Bristol. Claire has attended a number of pre and perinatal trainings since 2008 with Graham Kennedy, Karlton Terry and Conscious Embodiment Trainings. She is currently assisting on the IBT course in the UK and has also been assistant and assistant-in-training in various process workshops for Conscious Embodiment Trainings.
"Exploring this work has been such a profound gift for me and has enabled me to make a deep enquiry into my earliest experiences and how they have impacted me. Understanding how these experiences have shaped me has enabled me to make changes and enrich my life in ways I would never have thought possible."