Newsletters and Articles

PACT:  Hi Terry, thanks for your time.  We’re looking forward to introduce you to our members who don’t know you.  We’ve got a couple of questions for you from our committee, but first can you tell us a little bit about your back ground.  How long you’ve been a BCST therapist and when did you start teaching?


TERRY: In the UK I was at University studying Soil Science although my passion was to be a nurse.  There I met a Physiotherapy student and, realising that this therapy would probably involve more direct ‘curing’ than nursing offered, I began my Physio training in Edinburgh, graduating in 1972. Married and three children later, plus several years in Physio practice, in 1979 we emigrated to Tasmania (apparently part of NZ as one Sydney-based professional indemnity insurance rep assured me!!).  

During my time in both public and private practice in Tasmania I specialised in women’s and men’s health and began teaching students, lecturing to the medical community, teaching childbirth education classes to couples, attended many births including that of my first grandchild, and was consultant for the Nursing Mothers Association.  

From a foundation of belief and practice in listening to people’s health needs and offering well-health services and advice, our small team of “Women’s Health Group” physios helped to revitalise Physiotherapy as a worthwhile profession in the wider Australian community as well as empowering women and their partners in their birth choices and therapy choices.  

Towards the end of my time in Tasmania my colleague, Judy Reeman, introduced me to a few Upledger techniques, which we used successfully with difficult-to-“cure” patients.  Around that time another colleague, whom some of you may know (the amazing Joan Marshall) introduced me to reiki - and the die was cast.  

I returned to the UK in 1996, decided to train in a CST module with ‘Upledger’, but as fate would have it I spoke with Maureen Vogt (Franklyn Sills’ coordinator and my now long-time friend, supervisor and teacher) and instead began the one-year training in London and Karuna graduating in 1997 with Franklyn Sills and CTET.  At that time the training was packed into one year, or 10 months in our case, where the biodynamic approach and delivery were very much in their infancy and not named as such.  Paul Vick was Franklyn’s co-tutor and during the training his mindful meditations offered me a space of being and presence that married so well with my experience of reiki and ‘observing’ the body making its healing decisions.  


 Newsletter & Important Rule Changes - July 2017


Hi everyone and thank you to all of you who contributed ideas, feedback or attended AGM events in May.

It was heartwarming to be at our yearly meeting and to be able to connect with members there and at the satellite events.  By the sound of it everyone enjoyed it too, so let's see if we can grow the event in the coming years. 

In this newsletter we'll be introducing our two new committee members Karin Lidgaard and Anna Thomson. Anna has jumped in feet first and contributed an article on the recent post grad in Auckland with Steve Haines.  (Thanks Anna!)  

We also catch up with Ged Sumner from Body Intelligence and have a chat with him about India and also where BI is heading in the next 10 years.  

There's news on rule changes as voted on at the AGM.   Staying with the AGM... we have a report about the day and a link to my report which rounds up the last PACT year.

We got a link to the work of Stephen Porges that has some great portals into a deeper understanding of the autonomic nervous system.

Also in case you've missed it we've included a picture of the new logo which will start to appear on all things PACT as we continue to roll out our revamp all of correspondence, the website and marketing material. Tim (our web guy) has put the logo on the website so you can down load it for use on business cards and websites etc. 
There's information on our brochure sale too.

We welcome contributions of all kinds to this newsletter, please let me know if you have feedback too so that we can continue to improve what we do.  Feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your feedback or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with newsletter contributions

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new professional members:

Teresa Booth (NZ), Sofia Poly (AU),
Angelene Joy Dryland (NZ), Steve Haines (EU), Samantha Louise Wolfe (AU), Amanda Jayne Dickie (AU) and Barry Mills (AU).

And our new student members:

Alina Acevedo (US),  Tracey Bell (NZ),
Thailambal Chandramohan (IN), T.A. Garraghan (ASIA), 
Karoliina Munter (CA), Jennifer Plotnikoff (CA), Naveena Goffer (NZ), Sally Ann Barraud (NZ), Natasha Rickit (NZ), Caroline Panesar (NZ), Sophie Haviland (AU), Mandy Mead (NZ) and Joan Chua (CA).

Michelle Driscoll - PACT Chairperson

Newsletter - May 2017

News from the Chair

Dear PACT Members

We've got a number of things to let you know about in this newsletter including AGM info, a word from the Vice Chairperson, some exclusive content from some BCST thought leaders and a look into what's happening behind the scenes at PACT HQ.  

We'd like to let you all know too that after much feedback from the PACT membership, and knowing that committee members contribute many, many hours to keeping PACT going, the Executive Committee have voted to remunerate the Office Bearing members to the amount of $1000 per year. This certainly does not come close to covering the hours put in by these committee members but aims to acknowledge the invaluable effort that keeps our association afloat.

Our decision to make the Registrar’s role a paid position twelve months ago has proven to be invaluable. Danielle Rowarth has managed to get on top of membership issues and processing of new members and renewals is running smoothly.  We have had some wonderful people unpaid in this role in the past and we are forever grateful for their contribution to this time consuming and important role. As our membership grows and so too the workload, we have come to see that it is essential to have somebody who can dedicate their time to the role in this way so we can maintain our efficiency as a professional body.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new professional members:
Laura Young (CAN), Naomi Cassrels (NZ), Myrna Martin (CAN), Darlene Marie Musser (CAN), Ana Thomson (NZ), Eveline Jasper (NZ), Erin Dunlop (NZ), Jill Stewart (CAN), Johanna Andreasen (AU), Fiona Ross (NZ), Daniela Transchel (CAN), Megan McGibbon (NZ), Lindsay Fox (NZ),  Susan Smeeton (AU), Lucille Rayner (CAN), Renee Simpson (NZ), Manuela Homer (CAN) and Lisa Edwards (AU).

And our new student members:
Neshat Mehrnoosh (CAN), Victoria Camplin-Welch (NZ), Stephanie Bissiere (SINGAPORE), Derryn Keep (AU), Marilyn Watson (CAN), Felicia Schwartz (AU), Lysanne de Graaf (AU), Andrea Finta (MALAYSIA), Verena Nistler (AU), Amanda Jane Dickie (AU), Gillian Kumar Das (MALAYSIA), Joanna Klar (NZ), Winawati Husman (INDONESIA), Anna Craig (AU), Hana Campbell (NZ), Samantha Wolfe (AU), Gaylene Jakicevich (NZ), Christa Beate Thoma (NZ), Mary Barlow (AU), and
Monique Henry (AU).

Michelle Driscoll - PACT Chairperson

Upcoming courses and info on the Breath of Life conference 


Below is a copy of an email recently sent by Stillness Trainings advising of an upcoming course in New South Wales.  

We are also sending you information about the Breath of Life Conference to be held in London this coming May.  Please contact the organisers directly if you would like more information.

We also have some information about Steve Haines', (Co-Founder of Body Intelligence) Post Grad workshops in Australia and New Zealand 

Best wishes


agm banner 2016

Hi PACT members, Here are the details for the upcoming AGM

Date:    Saturday 27th May 2017

Time:   10.00am  Potency Lab
           4.00pm    PACT 2017 AGM
           6.30pm    Dinner (included in cost for those attending Lab and AGM)

Linen Room - Abbotsford Convent - 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne

Skype:  If you wish to join by Skype, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Secretary

Cost:     AU$25

All current members are more than welcome and are encouraged to attend.  

Please contact Hinu Komene, PACT Secretary, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

This workshop and dinner is limited to the first 20 applicants.  To secure your place workshop fees must be paid in full. Registrations close 19th May, 2016.

Current financial members, please click on the paypal button below

If your membership has expired please login to the website and renew your membership before registering for the AGM and workshop.

Please note that members can also gather in the following NZ locations where there will be therapist swap sessions and a group Skype to join the meeting:

Papakura:        Lyn Mackay    027 206 2166
Northland:       Alice Grant    0210 248 0569
Hawkes Bay:    Nadine Vollmerg    0211 401 331

Please call the relevant contact for address details.