Location: Regents Conference Centre, LONDON
Duration: 2 days
Leader: Katie Brewster & Conference Team
Frequency: N/A
Eligibility: Open to all osteopaths (see note below)
CPD: 16 hours

*Discount available to paid Members and Fellows

For breath is life, so if you breathe well you will live long on earth.

Sanskrit Proverb

We are absolutely delighted to announce the next SCCO Conference. This is a two-day weekend conference of lectures and workshops exploring the breath, its role in Health, and its many facets; from the perspective of the apparatus for gas exchange, embryology, its role in voice, in infancy, in philosophy and theoretical physics and more.

Our insightful and generous speakers come from diverse disciplines including osteopathy, physics and the voice. We will deepen our appreciation, curiosity and understanding of this subject which is so fundamental to health in our daily life from the microscopic to the macroscopic. We will also consider the ways in which breathing and The Breath of Life inspire our osteopathic philosophy and practice, connecting deeply with the source of life and health.

This course is non-residential but lunch and refreshments on both days will be provided at no extra cost.

A drinks reception is also included on the evening of Saturday 8 June celebrating 150 years of our profession. For catering purposes, please state at the time of booking (where requested) whether you will be in attendance. 

Open to all osteopaths. If you are not registered with the General Osteopathic Council but are interested in attending please contact the SCCO office before booking.

If you are not registered with the General Osteopathic Council but are interested in attending please contact the SCCO office before booking.

SCCO Course Providers: All SCCO courses are run by a resident Course Director, who is an Osteopath and a member of the SCCO Faculty. Pathway courses are delivered by SCCO Faculty and may be supported by guest speakers. Short courses are usually delivered by a visiting guest lecturer.  SCCO Faculty members all hold recognised osteopathic qualifications but may not be GOSC registered osteopaths.

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Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Susan Turner

LECTURE: One osteopathic point of view of The Breath of Life

Sue Turner has been in osteopathic practice in London since 1979 when she graduated from the European School of Osteopathy. She taught at the ESO from 1980-2000 and 2015-2020, establishing the school’s undergraduate children’s clinic, cranial, BLT, paediatric osteopathy and MSc programmes. From 1997 to 2012 she taught on the ESO’s osteopathic training programme in Russia.

She was a member of the founding team of the Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC) London, where she worked for its first 4 years and since 2012 she has taught on the OCC’s paediatric osteopathy diploma course in Italy.

Since 1986 she has taught cranial osteopathy at post-graduate level, first with the British School of Osteopathy and since 1992, with the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (SCCO) where she has contributed to the development of its course pathway.

Through the inspiration and tuition she received from WG Sutherland’s close friend and student, Anne Wales, DO (USA) through the 1990’s, she has helped to establish annual courses for osteopaths in Balanced Ligamentous Tension in UK and Germany and has also taught this approach in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Austria and Sweden. Her book ‘Balanced Ligamentous Tension in Osteopathic Practice’ is due for publication in May 2024.

Ben Katz

LECTURE: The Breath of Life at the margins of life

Since discovering osteopathy in my late teens, I have been striving to make sense of what it’s all about. I qualified from the BSO in 2004 and worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children until 2013. I have drawn inspiration from the Institute for Classical Osteopathy foundation course, the SCCO Pathway and the nine phase Biodynamics curriculum, as well as many influences from other fields.

I joined the SCCO faculty in 2015 and returned to the OCC in 2022 to run its project in the Neonatal Unit at Barnet Hospital. I also led development of the ODG Guidance for osteopaths who work with children and young people (2020) and devoted a decade to unifying the UK profession through my work with the Osteopathic Alliance and the Institute of Osteopathy, where I was President from 2017 to 2019. My private practice is in East London

Amy Hunter

Amy Hunter

LECTURE: Anatomical consideration of the lung fields

A practicing Osteopath and self proclaimed Anatomy addict, I lectured in Anatomy and Embryology at the ESO for years before concentrating my efforts on prosection classes at Brighton and Sussex medical School. I am constantly in awe of the incredible structure we are privileged to inhabit and hope to inspire and excite you too!

Ashley Stafford

LECTURE: The Breath behind the Voice

Ashley Stafford is a professional musician, singer, teacher and osteopath. His 45+ years experience of teaching voice and singing ranges across every age group and experience level. His singing career which started as a boy treble in Westminster Abbey, rapidly progressed to an international level after he left Oxford University (English Literature and Language) and he appeared in major concert halls and venues in Europe, USA, the Far East and Australia, and participated in many recordings and broadcasts.

Ashley was a founder member of the Tallis Scholars, worked and recorded with the Hilliard Ensemble, and John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir. For 20 years in addition to many other professional ensembles he sang as a vicar-choral at St Paul’s Cathedral. He was a vocal professor at the Royal College of Music for 21 years and currently teaches singing privately in London, Cambridge and at Goldsmiths College.

Ashley Stafford’s osteopathic career began in 1990 at the European School of Osteopathy (ESO). His particular interest is the integration of vocal and instrumental performance with osteopathic philosophy and principles. He strives to develop a holistic, integrated approach to musical interpretation and performance and seeks to make sense of the complex polyphony and harmonies within his patients and pupils.

Jane Easty

Jane Easty

LECTURE: The Emergence of the Lungs

Jane Easty graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in London in 1982. In those early years she feels fortunate to have studied on Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation courses under the great teachers of that era.

Jane still enjoys studying different disciplines whilst having a long-term fascination for the clinical application of embryonic fluid dynamics; she feels an understanding of these developmental forces, guided by the work of embryologist Erich Blechschmidt, facilitates a deeper resonance with the anatomy of our patients.

Jane is a longstanding SCCO faculty member and teaches courses in the UK and beyond. With over 40 years of clinical experience, Jane brings this experience to her teaching which reflects the full range of traditional osteopathic values. She is also the current Chair of the SCCO.

John Lewis

LECTURE: Inspiration and Respiration

A 1995 BSO graduate, John Lewis spent from 1997 to 2002 in Kirksville, Missouri, researching the founder of osteopathy’s life, philosophy and principles for his book A. T Still: From the Dry Bone to the Living Man. He currently practises in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd.

Daniel Brener

LECTURE: The Universe, Imagination, the Breath of Life – how a theoretical physicist perceives the natural world

Daniel Brener is a final-year doctoral student at The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Edinburgh.

His primary research focus revolves around unravelling the intricacies of turbulence and chaos theory within the Navier-Stokes equations.

Daniel’s research pursuits encompass atmospheric physics and astrobiology.

In science engagement, Daniel has collaborated with institutions such as the BBC, Met Office, and the Royal Meteorological Society, organizing public science events.

At the University of Edinburgh he has enjoyed teaching undergraduate quantum mechanics for several years.



Two workshop sessions will run on each of the conference days offering you a chance to take two of the three options offered for each day; that’s four of the six options over the course of the conference. Just sign up for the sessions you wish to take on the relevant morning.

Please be aware that workshop numbers are limited.

Saturday 8 June

The Vagus and its Variations – surface anatomy considerations
Amy Hunter
This workshop explores the practical considerations of the neck, ears, larynx, upper ribs and diaphragm surface anatomy in relations to the path of the Vagus and its variations.
Please be prepared to reveal shoulders, neck and upper chest if you are happy to act as a model.
“We need to sort out your breathing”
Ashley Stafford
This workshop incorporates the detail of the “Vocal Diaphragm” and what the breath is actually doing in vocalisation. We look at what forms functional and dysfunctional breathing and explore the health benefits of the functional breath
Coherent Breathing and Breathing Pattern Improvement 
Ramona Peoples
Ramona Peoples, founder of Body Orchestra, will lead a movement based workshop exploring some of the concepts of the morning lectures, with particular consideration of “coherent breathing” and ways in which we can improve our patients’ breathing patterns with movement.
Loose clothing and comfortable shoes or socks will enhance your experience in this movement workshop.

Sunday 9 June

Dr. Still’s approach to Lung and Breathing Problems
John Lewis
Dr Still’s biographer, John Lewis will be extending the examination of Still’s work in this field to explore the techniques used in the treatment of lung and breathing presentations.
Breathing as a gateway to The Breath of Life
Ben Katz
This guided workshop will investigate the multi-dimensional nature of our breath, tracing the origins of its relationship with The Breath of Life. Focusing on the mechanics of breathing, its relationship with fluid physiology and the embryonic unfolding of the lungs, we will explore each landscape to uncover the therapeutic forces at work.
Breathing and the Interstitium 
Clare Ballard
This highly practical Qigong and movement workshop will be an enquiry into Breath and its support of fluid flow within the interstitium.
Please wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes or socks.



Praise from students from our last SCCO Conference

“What a fabulous curated group of lectures and delightful listening to the enthusiastic experts. Came away feeling such positivity for the skills we have as osteopaths.”

“I found the Lectures were of excellent quality and packed with recent research, describing the biophysics and biochemistry that dances under our palpating hands.”

“It offered much clear detail with a wide scope of understanding. There was a lot to be able to take away to think about for our diagnosis and treatment of patients.”

“It exceeded my expectations.”