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Charles

Stillness Touch:
For the Evolution of Consciousness

A brief biography of the founder of the Dynamic Stillness School that offers Initiatory and Stillness Touch Mentor Courses taught by Giorgia Milne: Worldwide Classes

Listen to Giorgia’s Craniosacralpodcast

Charles Ridley’s love for cranial began 45 years ago in 1973, after a single cranial session expanded his consciousness for 30 days. Charles realized first hand that the potency of cranial work evolves consciousness. From 1974 to 1990, he studied with osteopath Dr. DeJarnette, a student of Dr. Sutherland the  founder of all three types of cranial work, and with Dr. Marc Pick, author of Cranial Sutures.

In 1981, Charles was invited to practice with four master cranial practitioners in Manhattan. Charles mentored with renowned Jungian therapist Robert Johnson author of 15 books for 12 years; Robert crossed the threshold on September 12, 2018.

In 1992 Charles took a year-long series of professional courses at Palmer College West in California that combined Dr. Viola Frymann’s cranial osteopathy with all of four of Dr. Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy courses. When Hugh Milne met Charles in 1997, he asked him to teach. 

Charles worked with the founder of holistic dentistry, Dr. Alerod Fonder, author of The Dental Physician on cranial work with the TMJ. During his Manhattan practice, voice specialist Wilbur Gould, MD gave Charles access to his Vocal Dynamics Laboratory at Lennox Hill Hospital to research the effects of TMJ work on 20 professional opera singer's voices.

Charles wrote a regular column for three years for Whole Life Times magazine and lectured nationally at the Whole Life Expos. In 1985, he co-founded with Ronald Hoffman, MD one of the USA's first integrative holistic medical facilities. 

Charles' clinical experience includes five years working with Waldorf school children in collaboration with Ingun Schneider, the head of Remedial Education at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, CA. This extensive experience with children informs his work with adults who have suffered difficult births, trauma, and experience perceptual, attention deficit, and emotional issues.

Charles has written five books that are available to the public:

STILLNESS: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness  (Random House 2006)

Stillness Practices: A Biodynamic Practitioner Workbook 

Stillness Practices as a rewrite for the general public.

Stillness Touch: The Art of Transmitting Love is a rewrite of Stillness for the general public specifically for Charles' Kripalu Stillness Touch Lay class.

The Missing Glossary contains terms that editors removed from Stillness.

Stillness by Random House, has been translated and published in Japanese, French, Czech, and Italian; a Spanish translation is in preparation.

Presence in Stillness is due Spring 2019 with up to date material in German. 

Beyond Stillness: Union of Body and Love an English  sequel to Stillness will be published in 2019 by Dynamic Stilness. 

The Dynamic Stillness School

Charles wrote his first biodynamic cranial touch piece in 1998, after which his cranial students began to ask him to teach biodynamics. This led to the inception of the Dynamic Stillness School, which has distinguished itself by offering a non-medical training for the evolution of consciousness.

Our courses offer no anatomy, no diagnosis, no cranial techniques, no visualizing of cranial lesion patterns or of tides, nor are there efferent methods that involve objectifying a client to fix or heal them by orienting to the nervous system. Instead, we yield the power that is prior to the nervous system, the Breath of Life, that evolves into Pure Breath of Love.

December 2009 was Charles' final Mentor Course, and he then passed the Initiatory and Mentor Courses to Giorgia Milne.  In 2010, he was invited to teach a Post-Graduate Course to Osteopaths in France that lasted five years until 2104. During that time Charles continued to teach Stillness Touch Lay Classes and Couple Classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Evolution of Consciousness Trainings by Giorgia Milne Thrives World Wide.

Since 2010 the Dynamic Stillness Initiatory and Mentor Courses have been taught exclusively by Giorgia Milne.

Her evolutionary training is spread into 15 countries and 4 cranial institutions in the USA, Australia, and Europe because her classes are for the evolution of consciousness.

Earnest students take Giorgia’s classes because they want a quality curriculum, as opposed to quantity, i.e., an exhaustive drawn-out, and unnecessary, medical curriculum that is available from BCST schools in the name of “biodynamics.”

Recognition has spread like wildfire and Giorgia Milne has nearly reached her capacity to offer classes. She holds a deep, steady dedication to non-medical principles without wavering into mixing biomechanical and functional cranial work with non-doing biodynamics. Giorgia has graduated hundreds of practitioners dedicated to the evolution of consciousness.

Charles, semi-retired since 2009, offers Private Intensives, teaches group Stillness Touch Lay Classes that are open to everyone, Stillness Touch Couple Classes, and Postgraduate Courses. In 2018, 450 graduate practitioners attended his classes in Europe.

Why do I have to read the book Stillness?

Stillness is required reading because it characterizes the classical biodynamic cranial map derived from Dr. Sutherland's original transmission of all three types of cranial work. However, the school’s transmission has evolved beyond what is characterized in the book, Stillness

Giorgia Milne’s Initiatory and Mentor Courses teach the inner practices to access Pure Breath of Love, a fifth enfoldment of consciousness not previously mapped in biodynamics, and from here the inner journey becomes mapless.

Giorgia’s Mentor Courses are a deep dive into the Love that creates all that is (See Stillness Chapter 9). Her Initiatory and  year-long Stillness Touch Mentor Courses flourish, and continue to be refined, articulated, and evolved because her teaching are based not on a curriculum. Rather it is a living transmission of Pure Breath of Love.

Even though the Mentor Course abides by the definitions and principles of Dr. Sutherland's original transmission, Giorgia does not teach biodynamic cranial osteopathy. Rather, she offers a non-medical, evolutionary approach to Stillness Touch that explores 'body is consciousness that expresses Love.' 

Many of her more dedicated graduate practitioners can transmit love through the art of touch, via entrainment, through a combination of an inner oriented presence and direct hands-on Stillness Touch. Inevitably, body itself leads to a mysterious 'silent' inquiry of what is body?

Giorgia supports practitioners of any modality, and provides specific inner-body practices that deepen inner-body sensing abilities. If practiced, you can enjoy a felt, living contact with Pure Breath of Love. Giorgia emphasizes 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.

In 2016 Charles developed the Stillness Touch Class for Kripalu and he trained Kripalu's Health Services staff in Stillness Touch two years in a row. This April 2019, Giorgia Milne begins to teach the Stillness Touch lay class at Kripalu, based on e-book, Stillness Touch: The Art of Transmitting Love. Kripalu's Stillness Touch lay class extends the Dynamic Stillness principles into everyday life.

In 2019, Charles will offer Private Intensives, Post-Graduate Classes, Stillness Touch Lay Classes and Stillness Touch Couple Classes in Europe.

Stillness, published by Random House, has a life of its own being published in French, Italian, Czech, Japanese, and soon a Spanish translation will be complete.

For more information on the Stillness Touch course at Kripalu: Stillness Touch at Kripalu

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Here is an interview with Charles: Prague Interview

Listen to a Podcast with Charles: Craniosacralpodcast

 

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