Charles Ridley founded two schools for the evolution of consciousness: Sacred Body Rites (see below), and Dynamic Stillness, an international school with courses offered throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Taiwan, and Australia that train professional health practitioners in a year-long mentoring in Biodynamic Cranial Touch for the evolution of consciousness.
Dynamic Stillness also offers 2-day ‘Stillness Touch’ classes to anyone interested in personal evolution of consciousness – next class is at Kripalu, April 19-21, 2017:
Stillness Touch at Kripalu
Charles authored STILLNESS: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness published by Random House, published in English, Japanese, French, Italian, and Czech, (German, and Spanish in 2017)
Sacred Body Rites
“My Sacred Body Rites biography ran concurrently with my Cranial impulse (see below). In 1980 I studied internal pelvic work, organ work, adhesion work, and lymphatic work with Dr. Lawerence DeMann in Davenport Iowa; in 1981. When I moved to Manhattan I continued training with Dr. DeMann, working in his office for 3 years. In 1982 I deepened my internal pelvic studies with Dr. Ralph Failor in Manhattan. I also studied Rudolf Steiner’s Medical approach to healing that included rhythmic massage, which I incorporated with internal pelvic, and organ work. I was the first non-physician to be invited to present my work at the Annual International Anthroposophical Physician Conference in 1995 in Seattle.
Touch for the Evolution of Consciousness
I no longer touch from a clinical perspective. Rather, I have refined my internal pelvic, organ, lymphatic, and anointment to the skin based on Stillness-as-Flow, which combines Kashmir Shaivism, Tantric Buddhism, and Mary Magdalene anointment principles that are inherent to Biodynamic Cranial Touch.
I have five e-books to support students who take courses offered by Dynamic Stillness: Three books are for health practitioners: STILLNESS, Beyond Stillness, and The Missing Glossary, and two e-books to support those who take my personal development Stillness Touch Class at Kripalu: Stillness Practices and Stillness Touch. I have also written a Sacred Body Rites Training Manual that is only available after committing to the Sacred Body Rites Mentor process.
Biodynamic Cranial Touch
Charles’ school, Dynamic Stillness, is fortunate to have an incredibly accomplished teacher who offers professional development for health care practitioners through an “Initiatory Course” and a year-long professional training, “Biodynamic Cranial Touch Mentor Course.” Dynamic Stillness offers classes worldwide in 12 countries.
Charles remains steward of the Dynamic Stillness School; however, his new impulse has moved him into personal development, teaching how to integrate the principles of Stillness into the private lives of individuals and couples. Therefore, Charles’ service extends into domains that are outside the health professional parameters of the Dynamic Stillness School. He continues to offer a two-day “Stillness Touch” class at Kripalu designed for anyone who is earnest about the embodiment and transmission of Love through Stillness Touch. Charles offers Couples Classes, Sacred Body Rites Classes, Sacred Body Rites Private Intensives Sessions, and Training in Sacred Body Rites for those who want to work with ones partner, and an extended Sacred Body Rites Mentor Training for someone who wishes to offer Sacred Body Rites to others.
Brief Cranial Biography in Charles’ words: “The profundity of a single cranial session in 1973 in which my was consciousness expanded for 30 days forever altered my view that cranial work is a portal for the evolution of consciousness. Cranial continues to fire my heart with enthusiasm. Here it is, some 42 years later and I feel a stronger fire of enthusiasm and love for this work of transmitting Love through neutral touch. For fifteen years, I studied with Dr DeJarnette – a student of the founder of cranial work, Dr William Sutherland. When Dr DeJarnette talked about Dr. Sutherland he transmitted his essence to us. I also studied with Dr Marc Pick, author of ‘Cranial Sutures.’
From 1981 to 1989 my cranial, and organ work practice flourished in Manhattan (see below), and I was fortunate to have served celebrities, politicians, and artists of that time. By great good fortune, I met Robert Johnson – Jungian author of “HE,” “SHE,” “WE,” “INNER WORK,” and 9 other books – and it was love at first sight. Beginning in Manhattan 1985 until 2002 in California, we developed a “4-D” relationship in which Robert mentored me in the unconscious realms of intimacy with Love – as a homoerotic relatedness. Most of my teaching style, and my lifestyle, came from Robert’s modeling – from the living of his own talk – as he writes so beautifully in his memoirs Balancing Heaven and Earth.
In 1991, I enrolled in a series of cranial courses that combined Dr Viola Frymann’s cranial osteopathy, combined with all of Dr John Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy courses. Then, in 1998, I was invited to be a teacher of Hugh Milne’s cranial osteopathy, Visionary Craniosacral Work, which lasted until my own school that I founded required my full attention in 2006.
For four years – in the late 70’s – I worked closely with the founder of holistic dentistry, Dr Alerod Fonder, author of The Dental Physician. In Manhattan, I collaborated with the famed voice specialist Wilbur Gould, MD. Astonishingly, Dr Gould generously gave me free and full access to his Vocal Dynamics Laboratory at Lennox Hill Hospital so I could conduct successful research on the positive effects of cranial work on 20 professional opera singer’s voices.
From 1985 to 1988, I wrote a regular column for the national publication, “Whole Life Times” and I lectured nationally at all the Whole Life Expo’s nation-wide, while teaching public classes on self-care. Meanwhile, I co-founded ‘Whole Life Medical Center’ with Ronald Hoffman, MD in Manhattan, which was one of the first integrative holistic medical centers in the USA.
Over the last several years I have been invited by various groups to offer my guided Heart Meditation; for example, at the “Symposium of the Heart” in Calistoga, CA. Then I was asked to demonstrate Stillness Touch at a Spirit Rock Meditation Center gathering of Buddhist healers that was organized for Dzochen teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Most recently I was invited by Kripalu to train all 62 of their bodywork staff, and to become a regular presenter of Stillness Touch.
“As mentioned above, I also offer Sacred Body Rites for those interested in personal development that extends biodynamic principles beyond the professional scope of the Dynamic Stillness School. This impulse began in 1980 after I took my first internal pelvic workshop; the impulse reignited in a new form in 2006 as a deep inner impulse to bring The Love back into our personal lives and into the bedroom.
This inner movement has clarified itself over the last 10 years to become a dedication to serve, validate, support, and stabilize anyone immersed in the realization of embodied union with Love – Enfleshment (also known as the Completion Stage of spiritual development). Subsequently, as mentioned, I’ve written supportive material, a Sacred Body Rites Training Manual, and another e-book about the power of abiding in inner Stillness, Stillness Touch, Sacred Body Rites, Intimate Relationship, and Enfleshment of Love.
In San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico I presently offer Stillness Touch Private Intensives for professionals, and Private Intensives for personal development for those who want to restore their bodies by receiving Sacred Body Rites. I offer Sacred Body Rites Trainings for those who want to offer Sacred Body Rites to their partners, or to others. Sacred Body Rites is open to anyone who is earnestly prepared to ‘Know Thyself.’
All my completed E-Books and Mp3 Audio Meditations are available from the Store:
Audios and e-books
STILLNESS: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness, Random House, 2006
Available e-books can be purchased here:
Beyond Stillness: A Biodynamic Practitioner Workbook – for health professionals
The Missing Glossary – for health professionals
The following are written for anyone interested in personal development:
Stillness Touch: The Art of Transmitting Love
Stillness Practices: How to Realize Body as Consciousness
Sacred Body Rites Training Manual This e-Book is only available to those who are training to offer Sacred Body Rites to others.
Dynamic Stillness School:
Stillness Touch Classes:
Dynamic Stillness School Email: Charles@DynamicStillness.com
Sacred Body Rites Site: Sacred Body Rites
Sacred Body Rites Email: SacredBodyRites@gmail.com