Brief biography of founder of the Dynamic Stillness School who developed the following courses offered through three programs:
Charles Ridley’s love for cranial began 46 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 can evolve consciousness. From 1974 to 1990, he studied with osteopath Dr. DeJarnette, a student of Dr. Sutherland the founder who developed all three types of cranial work practiced today.
In 1981, Charles was invited to practice with four master cranial practitioners in Manhattan where he also met and mentored for 12 years with renowned Jungian therapist Robert Johnson author of 15 books - Robert crossed the threshold on September 12, 2018. During his Manhattan practice, Charles worked with the founder of holistic dentistry, Dr. Alerod Fonder, author of The Dental Physician, and voice specialist Wilbur Gould, MD who gave Charles access to his Vocal Dynamics Laboratory at Lennox Hill Hospital to research the effects of TMJ work on 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.
In 1991 Charles took a year-long series of professional courses at Palmer College West in California that combined Dr. Viola Frymann’s cranial osteopathy tutorials with all of Dr. Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy courses. Charles' clinical experience includes five years of practice 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 suffered difficult births and life trauma and experience perceptual, attention deficit, and emotional issues. When Hugh Milne met Charles in 1997, he immediately asked him to teach.
Charles has written ten books, of which six are presently available:
Evolution of the Dynamic Stillness School
Charles' first biodynamic piece was written in 1998, which evolved into class notes for his Mentor Course that gave birth to the Dynamic Stillness School. The Mentor Course has distinguished itself as non-medical for practitioner development that is oriented to the evolution of consciousness. Therefore, the Dynamic Stillness School offers no anatomy, no diagnosis, no cranial techniques for treatments, no visualizing of tides or primary respiration, nor do we offer efferent methods such as objectifying a client to heal them by orienting to the nervous system and treating areas in need. Instead, we yield the power that made the body, which is prior to the nervous system, which is known as the Breath of Life that evolves into Pure Breath of Love.
December 2010 was Charles' last Mentor Course and he passed the teaching mantel for the Initiatory and Mentor Courses to Giorgia Milne (see below).
Charles continued teaching his Stillness Touch Lay, Couples Classes, and Post-graduate Classes. In 2011 Charles was invited to teach Post-Graduate Biodynamic Courses to Osteopaths in France for four years, which led to the beautiful French Edition of STILLNESS translated by Olivier Fourteau, DO. Dr. Forteau also translated the e-Book Stillness Practices into French, available in the STORE.
Then, in 2013, Charles was invited to teach BCST graduates in Italy that led to the publication of STILLNESS in Italian that was lovingly translated and published by Bea Arico and Annalisa Martini. Charles invited Giorgia to write the Forward.
In 2014, Kripalu invited Charles to teach his Stillness Touch Lay Class, which Charles passed to Giorgia Milne in 2019.
The next year 2015, due to the hard work of Martin Srdce of the Czech Craniosacral Association he had translated and published STILLNESS in Czech, and he asked Charles to teach post-graduate courses in Prague. Charles' Prague courses gave birth to Giorgia Milne being invited as a main speaker and presenter at their annual celebration of Dr. Sutherland's birthday. Giorgia is offering her first Initiatory Courses in Prague in 2019 followed by a Mentor Course in 2020.
Meanwhile, in 2015 Daniel Agustoni asked Charles to teach his post-graduate classes in Basel. Daniel's subsequent labor of love gave birth to the publication of a new book in German Präsent in der Stille translated by Sabine Tobi Miller. Charles asked Giorgia to write the Forward. Sabine Tobi Miller also translated e-Book Stillness Practices into German that is available in the STORE. Daniel organizes all of Charles' courses in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
The publication of STILLNESS created a huge demand worldwide for the Dynamic Stillness Schools' Initiatory and Mentor Courses. Now that STILLNESS is in 6 languages, the demand for Initiatory and Mentor Courses have exploded. Giorgia Milne has exclusively taught these classes since 2011, and her evolutionary trainings have since spread into 15 countries and 4 cranial institutions. This is because her classes are for the evolution of consciousness. Earnest students take Giorgia’s Biodynamic Cranial Touch (BCT) Mentor Courses because they want a quality curriculum, as opposed to an exhaustive drawn-out, and unnecessary, medical curriculum that is available from BCST schools in the name of “biodynamics." Giorgia holds a deep, steady dedication to non-medical principles without wavering into the mixing of biomechanical and functional cranial work with biodynamics. Her Initiatory and Biodynamic Cranial Touch Mentor Course provide the inner meditative practices to access Pure Breath of Love, a fifth enfoldment of consciousness not previously mapped in biodynamic osteopathy, where a practitioner enters a Post-Biodynamic domain to begin an endless inner journey that is mapless.
The Initiatory and year-long Biodynamic Cranial Touch Mentor Courses continue to be refined, articulated, and evolved. Giorgia's Milne's teaching is not based on a fixed curriculum, rather it is a living transmission of Pure Breath of Love. Even though the BCT 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 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 touch. Inevitably, body itself leads us into a mysterious 'silent' inquiry of what is body? Giorgia supports practitioners of any modality, and provides specific inner-body practices to deepen inner-body sensing abilities. If practiced, any practitioner 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.
Why do I have to read STILLNESS?
STILLNESS accurately characterizes the osteopathic history of biodynamics and presents the classical cranial map derived from Dr. Sutherland's original transmission that birthed all three types of cranial work practiced today. Please note that the Dynamic Stillness School’s transmission has evolved beyond what is characterized as 'biodynamic cranial work' that is characterized in Chapters 6-8 in STILLNESS. Chapter 9 introduces to the cranial field for the first time a post-biodynamic mapless domain that we call Pure Breath of Love that shapes our present orientation to the alchemy of touch that transmits love.
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