I'm Leila G. von Stein and I run Blue Desert, main campus of the Peirsman CranioSacral Academy in the US. I am also one of Etienne's students, a PCA graduate, and PCA's director, 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.
PCA is expanding its borders (both literally and figuratively). In addition to Etienne's traditional cranio classes, we have started a non-profit branch of PCA called Inward Bound.
The creation of holistic, hybrid CranioSacral Therapy programs for Everybody, including youth ages 8-18.
Inward Bound's Story
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 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 (conveniently located directly behind the school), 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.
The North American campus of The Eagle Condor Alliance of Colombia will also be created here.
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.
Melsa Manton's first series, Gemination, consists of six near-future sci-fi, psychological thrillers. Books 1 and 2 come out in 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 the Blue Desert Hale glampground in a lotus belle for two/for the family with 2 cranio sessions (or bodywork sessions 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.