Biodynamic Cranial Touch:
For the Evolution of Consciousness
Brief Cranial Biography of founder of the Dynamic Stillness School that offers the Biodynamic Cranial Touch Mentor Course
Charles Ridley’s love for cranial work began 43 years ago in 1973 after a single cranial session expanded his consciousness for 30 days. Charles realized first-hand the power of cranial work to evolve consciousness.
For twenty years, he studied with osteopath Dr. DeJarnette who was a student of Dr. Sutherland, the founder of biodynamic cranial work. Charles also studied during that time with Dr. Marc Pick, author of Cranial Sutures.
From 1981 to 1989 Charles' joined a practice with four cranial masters in Manhattan, and he served some of the most famous celebrities, politicians, business executives, and artists of that time.
Between 1985 and 2002 Charles mentored with renowned Jungian therapist Robert Johnson author of 14 books.
In the early 1990's, he took a year-long series of courses at Palmer College West that included Dr. Viola Frymann’s tutorials in cranial osteopathy and all of Dr. Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy courses. Then in 1997, Charles was asked to become a teacher of Hugh Milne’s cranial osteopathy, Visionary Craniosacral Work.
For four years, while studying with Dr. DeJarnette, Charles worked closely with the founder of holistic dentistry, Dr. Alerod Fonder, author of The Dental Physician, and in Manhattan he worked with the famed voice specialist Wilbur Gould, MD, who gave Charles full access to his Vocal Dynamics Laboratory at Lennox Hill Hospital to research the effect of cranial work on 20 professional opera singer's voices.
While in Manhattan, he wrote a column for three years for the national publication Whole Life Times as well as lecturing nationally at the Whole Life Expos.
In 1985 he co-founded an integrative holistic medical facility, the Whole Life Medical Center, with Ronald Hoffman, MD in Manhattan.
Charles has written five books:
STILLNESS: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness
(Random House 2006)
Stillness Practices: A Biodynamic Practitioner Workbook available as an e-book on the site store.
Stillness Practices a complete rewrite for the general public.
Stillness Touch: The Art of Transmitting Love is a rewrite of Stillness as an e-book for the general public specifically designed for Charles' yearly Kripalu class.
The Missing Glossary an e-book of the glossary terms that editors removed from Stillness.
Stillness has been translated and published in Japanese, French, and Czech. An Italian edition will be published in Spring 2018 and a German edition may be ready by late 2018, both of which contain updated material.
Beyond Stillness: Union of Body and Love a sequel to Stillness is in due by summer 2018.
Part of Charles' clinical experience includes five years offering biodynamic cranial work to Waldorf school children in collaboration with Ingun Schneider, the head of teacher training for Remedial Education at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, CA. This extensive experience continues to inform his work with adults who have suffered difficult births, trauma, or who have special perceptual, attention deficit, and remedial needs.
Charles has received thousands of hours of cranial training from numerous cranial masters, has given upwards of 50,000 sessions; he has taught several thousands of hours over the last forty years, including being a full-time teacher internationally for the Milne Institute for six years, during which he developed a postgraduate biodynamic course, Beyond The Stillpoint that he taught both internationally, and to Hugh Milne as well as his existing teaching faculty in the United States and Europe.
Charles founded his school Dynamic Stillness in 2000 offering the year-long Biodynamic Cranial Touch Mentor Course. Due to its popularity, Charles had to discontinue teaching for the Milne Institute in 2005.
The Dynamic Stillness School: Who Are We?
Since 2000 the Dynamic Stillness School has distinguished itself by offering training exclusively for the evolution of consciousness. We do not teach anatomy, diagnosis, cranial techniques, cranial lesion patterns, tides, or efferent methods that involve objectifying a client to fix or heal them because our curriculum is non-medical.
Our Training for the Evolution of Consciousness Thrive World Wide.
Dynamic Stillness also offers its biodynamic evolutionary training as post-graduate programs in 4 established cranial institutions in the USA, Australia, and Europe. These institutions appreciate that our training is non-medical and for the evolution of consciousness. In addition to institutional recognition, biodynamic osteopaths and biodynamic craniosacral practitioners worldwide consult with our school requesting we teach our evolutionary perspective as a post-graduate offering.
Earnest students take our classes in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America because they want the quality curriculum we teach - as opposed to an exhaustive drawn out medical curriculum commonly available in the name of biodynamics.
Recognition has spread like wildfire and we have reached our capacity to offer classes. A deep dedication to our principles, without wavering into the temptations of teaching medical model and mixing biomechanical and functional cranial work in the name of biodynamics, has given birth to a rich harvest of practitioners who are dedicated to the evolution of consciousness.
Why do I have to read the book Stillness?
Stillness: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness is required reading. It sensually characterizes the classical biodynamic cranial map derived from Dr. Sutherland's original transmission of all three types of cranial work, that includes biodynamics.
However, our transmission has evolved beyond what is characterized in the book, Stillness. Subsequently, the Biodynamic Cranial Touch Mentor Course has become mapless. For example, the Initiatory Class starts with inner practices to access Pure Breath of Love (the fifth enfoldment of consciousness), and from there the journey becomes mapless. The Mentor Course continues this deep dive into the Love that creates all that is (See Stillness Chapter 9).
The book Stillness has a life of its own being translated and published in several languages, and the year-long Biodynamic Cranial Touch Mentor Course continues to flourish, be refined, articulated, and evolved because it is based on a living body-felt direct sensual contact with the living substance of Breath of Life. So, even though the Mentor Course abides by the definitions and principles of Dr. Sutherland's original biodynamic transmission, Dynamic Stillness does not teach biodynamic cranial osteopathy.
Rather, we offer a non-medical, evolutionary approach to Stillness Touch that explores 'body as consciousness as an expression of Love.' Sessions are a transmission through the art of touch - via entrainment - through the combination of presence and direct hands-on contact. Inevitably, the body itself leads us to a mysterious 'silent' inquiry of 'what is body?'
We support practitioners of any modality and provide specific inner-body practices that deepen any practitioner’s inner body sensing abilities, and they will enjoy a felt, living contact with the Breath of Life. We emphasize orienting within the inner body space, resting in the heart's sinoatrial node in neutral, while reposing in the pelvic floor and sensing what lies within.
Presently, Charles teaches lay courses at Kripalu based on the e-book, Stillness Touch: The Art of Transmitting Love. Kripalu's yearly Stillness Touch course extends the Dynamic Stillness principles into one's personal life. He also trained Kripalu's entire Health Services staff in Stillness Touch for two years in a row.
Charles offers Private Intensives, he consults with Osteopaths, and teaches postgraduate courses in Europe.
For more information on the general public Stillness Touch course at Kripalu: Stillness Touch at Kripalu
For the Worldwide Schedule of Initiatory and Mentor classes click here: Worldwide Classes
To be placed on the email list for updates or more information on the Initiatory Class, the Mentor Program, or any of our offerings, please sign up on the appropriate list 'practitioners' or 'non-practitioners.'
Here is an interview with Charles in Prague:
To listen to a Podcast with Charles: