For the Evolution of Consciousness
"Charles Ridley is one of the most authentic practitioners I have ever met in 40 years of working in this field. He is also an explorer and a courageous one. His long career has seen successive waves of profound inspiration, research, exploration and practice, the fruits of which are lucidly laid out in his splendid book, Stillness. It encompasses a lovely combination of Western and Eastern thought -- it is a book about consciousness, from beginning to end. The clarity with which the connection between tides, waves, and consciousness is made, coupled with his vivid anecdotes and practical practitioner exercises, makes this an inspiring and helpful book for beginner and advanced practitioner alike."
~ Hugh Milne, founder, and teacher of Visionary Craniosacral Work; author of Heart of Listening.
"It is a rare thing to find an instructor who both embodies the essence of his teaching and is able to convey its finest complexities with clarity and precision. Blending didactic instruction with experiential practice and group processing, Charles creates an environment conducive to learning at the deepest levels of comprehension. After 20 years of formal instruction, I find Charles' classes to be a welcome oasis where, each time, my understanding of cranial work grows exponentially. Thank you, Charles, for bringing this work to light with such brilliance!"
~ Elizabeth Pimentel, ND
Naturopathic Physician and Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at the Maryland Unversity of Integrative Health.
“Studying with Charles as he teaches biodynamic cranial work has taken my work to a new level. I have spent 25 years in private practice and 18 of those years learning cranial from the Upledger Institute, S.O.R.S.I., Applied and Clinical Kinesiology, Cranial Osteopathy, and most recently teaching the wonderful work taught by the Milne Institute. Charles has challenged me to extend my skills and relax my ‘I’ll fix it’ attitude that I have carried for so long. This work has changed me personally, as I relax into and trust that there is an Intelligence at work separate from me in my client that knows the blueprint for health. I am no longer alone in my office with my client and responsible for ‘fixing’ them. To me, the legacy and teachings of William Garner Sutherland, DO is very much alive in the Biodynamic Cranial Touch work taught by Charles.
~ Steve Schumacher
Senior teacher for the Jin Shin Do® BodyMind Acupressure Institute; Trained in the Hakomi Method of Bodymind Psychotherapy; Certified Teacher in Visionary Craniosacral Work for the Milne Institute.
“I have been studying Craniosacral work for the past 19 years and Biodynamic work with Charles Ridley for 18 months. For me, it has not been a new paradigm or set of techniques, but a deepening into what is. In my clinical practice, my clients have reflected back an appreciation of the space they feel, a sense of being more fully present to themselves. The gentleness is astounding, nothing is being done to; everything is coming from within. Biodynamic Cranial Touch has become a metaphor for my life, a path to deeper mysteries. Charles is a dynamic and resourceful teacher, drawing on a deep well of knowledge and experience. As a mentor, he is not only able to respect the unfoldment of the Breath of Life in each person, but also to share his own experiences with humility and delight. This Biodynamic Cranial Touch mentorship program has been one of the richest experiences of my life.”
~ Eloise Graham, PT
"My experience with the Biodynamic Cranial Touch mentoring has enriched both my inner explorations as well as the client based cranial work that I do. Each interaction with a client changes my life and the depth of my exploration. I feel that the mentoring has allowed me to connect to the inner depth of the tides, as well as the expansion to the outer depths, an event that can only be experienced and not fully described. The classes were a beautifully woven and well organized honoring of the Feminine nature of the work that we do both within and without. I am overjoyed to welcome Her back into my life and my spirit and am grateful to Charles for his part in that."
~ Leigh Pickenpaugh, BS, MS, DDS
"Charles is truly a mentor, without ego; his teaching is honest, authentic, heartfelt, and loving. His workshops reveal all the power and subtleties of gentle touch while infusing the student with skill, confidence, and humility. The material of the workshops, and the teaching itself are free of any hint of covert authoritarianism. We detach from the traditional protocols and mental planning so common in therapy and learn to honor the client by feeling the wisdom inherent in his or her body. Charles gives a firm foundation of technical knowledge and the creativity to apply it. And he teaches what is most precious, how to respectfully sit and listen. We learn to trust ourselves, and listen to another's communication, to get out of the way, and allow Healing to be."
~ Allison Post
Author of Unwinding the Belly: Healing with Gentle Touch
“Charles Ridley's Biodynamic Cranial Touch mentor course seamlessly builds upon the foundational cranial education I received in the Milne classes and have enhanced the depth of my work and daily life. Cranial work came together and became clearer for me in Charles' mentor course. The result is an overriding unity in my work and a greater trust in the process. Charles' mentor courses provide the opportunity and simple guidelines for making a direct and tangible encounter with the Breath of Life and, indeed, a most profound sensing experience.”
~ William Evans
Cranial Practitioner, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist.
“Here is what impresses me deeply about Charles Ridley, his cranial work, and his teaching: Although Charles is obviously brilliant, well studied, and is a highly accomplished master of cranial work, he has not lost touch with the genius of simplicity! After all his years of study, practice, and teaching, rather than having an inflated ego or getting lost in the trappings of endless technique, Charles is still a humble devotee of the Great Stillness that moves the entire universe. He always makes space to allow this Universal Stillness and Intelligence to express Itself through his teaching and cranial work. To me, this is pure genius. This is a true healer. This is a true teacher."
~ Neil Steven Cohen
Psycho-Spiritual Integrative Awakening, Author of Voice of Heart
"My work and learning with animals as a Vet over the past 24 years as a professional started my search for my personal meaning of humanness. I came to this work after initially taking Milne Institute classes with Charles and was amazed at the depth and breadth of his work. Charles is a master at getting out of the way of what needs to go on for each of us while supporting whatever the Breath of Life has in store for the individual. What a rare and beautiful gift! This work does not involve the ego; often to our detriment, the ego is in charge, which hinders our awareness. Charles teaches and encourages each of us to remember that the ego is only a small functional part of the human being that we are, and he beautifully facilitates our re-membering the center of our being, the Breath of Life in the Dynamic Stillness. I wholeheartedly recommend him for those who are truly searching for wholeness in their human experience."
~ April Linson, DVM
Veterinarian, veterinary acupuncturist, cranial practitioner.
"Since about 1967, I have been involved with Zen, yoga, and various other avenues to find out who I really am and what life is all about. A conclusion that I have reached is that the problem in seeing into the true nature of things is the blockages that we all have in our minds and bodies. All we have to do is to get our ego out of the way, and strong, true messages come through. Easily said, but how to do? Charles Ridley has been of great help in allowing my blockages to be removed. Don't ask me how he does it; in fact, he doesn't seem to do anything, but the results can be both subtle and dramatic. Your mind and body want to be free, and this freedom can be a valuable asset in your spiritual journey. Charles can definitely help you along the way!"
~ Robert McCullough BA, BS, MBA
"That session was so amazing. Initially, the session was so much focused in on me, then even before you touched me "things" got really, really big (imagine BIG arm gestures). I felt a few things move and shift, then things got really still, and I think I fell asleep. I was awakened by something/someone asking me a BIG question. I don't know what the question was, but I KNOW I said YES, then a big breath-like wave moved into me (hand motions again straight up the midline), on top of and through the peace. I feel great and totally charged now. I can't wait to do this again."
~ A client's report after her first Biodynamic Cranial Touch session.