I'm Leila G. von Stein and I run Blue Desert Hale, main campus of Peirsman CranioSacral in the US. I am also one of Etienne's students and PCS's program coordinator, the-behind-the scenes logistical hustler. If you've taken a class in New Mexico, likely you've met me. If you've contacted us, likely I've been the one to respond.
I moonlight as Melsa M. Manton, sci-fi/fantasy author with Evolved Publishing. What do Sci-Fi and CranioSacral have in common? Thanks for asking. I'll get to that in a minute.
PCS is expanding its borders (both literally and figuratively). In addition to Etienne's traditional cranio classes, we have started a branch of PCS called Inward Bound, cranio hybrid classes for kids, as well as adults.
The creation of a holistic, hybrid program combining CranioSacral Therapy and Equine-assisted therapies for Everybody, including youth of all shapes and sizes (ages 8-18), as well as children with mobility issues and at-risk youth.
The seed of Inward Bound was planted by Mason, one of my horseback riding students. Mason was a stellar kid with a great attitude. Mason also had cerebral palsy, a congenital disorder that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It is the most common motor disability in childhood.
While working with Mason and his horse, I came to understand the therapeutic value of horseback riding from a purely physical level. Mobility issues disappear on a horse. Atop his steed, Mason was not limited. As a bodyworker who had seen complimentary medicine benefit a wide range of people, I naturally began to think of how Mason would benefit from an integrative approach, specifically the addition of CranioSacral Therapy.
Interestingly enough, animals, specifically horses, also respond well to CranioSacral Therapy. The idea of a hybrid program combining CranioSacral Therapy and Therapeutic Horseback riding took root. A program where both horse and student would receive CranioSacral therapy on a daily basis, further strengthening the bond between horse and rider.
The seed of Inward Bound sprouted with Etienne Peirsman, founder and teacher of Peirsman CranioSacral. In class, he used to say, “If I was younger, I’d create a school for children called Inward Bound and teach them cranio.” At some point, I realized our vision was the same, I’d only added a large animal, and he’d included teaching the students CranioSacral as well.
The sprout of Inward Bound grew further when I met Lynne Whitbeck, a horsewoman who expanded my awareness on the therapeutic abilities of horses, beyond just riding them. In addition to riding, she worked with horses on the ground, focusing on connection and communication, specializing in Somatic Awareness and Equine Guided Education. Lynne became the other half of Inward Bound, the facilitator between student and horse. True horsemanship is the art of mastering our own movement, thoughts, emotions, and behavior, not the horse’s.
The Target for Inward Bound’s Expansion
A 215-acre tract in the high desert of New Mexico, forty-five minutes from the Albuquerque airport. On the land, we will build an eight-bedroom housing facility for students, an eight-stall barn for horses, and a CranioSacral Therapy treatment/teaching space. Gardens, greenhouses, and other non-horse livestock are also part of the vision.
And this is where you come in
Back to the magical powers of science fiction and CranioSacral Therapy combined.
At its best, fiction is a vehicle for social progress.
My first series, Gemination, consists of six near-future sci-fi, psychological thrillers. Books 1 and 2 come out in early 2020, 3 through 5 in 2021, and the very last in 2022. If 108,000 people order/preorder the series at $108 (choice of ebook, audiobook, or paperback - shipping included for all U.S. bound books), that's everything we need to take Inward Bound to its fullest expression. So, you get a binge-worthy sci-fi series and get to support a great cause...but wait...there's more!
I'm also giving away 108 prizes. If you "Join the 108", you'll be entered into a contest with three prize levels.
36 people will win a PCS retreat/class with accommodation - $900+ value
36 people will win a 4-night, 3-day stay in the best Airbnb in North Carolina's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains - $600+ value
36 people will win a weekend stay at Blue Desert Hale in a lotus belle for two/for the family with 2 cranio session (or bodywork session of your choice) - $300+ value
Prizes are transferrable, prizes have no expiration date. 108% of profits will profit Inward Bound.
Supporters can also make three monthly payments of $36 or six payments of $18.
And there is one lovely prize for everyone, to be revealed at the completion of the 108.
Hint: Involves natural wonders in New Mexico.