Biodynamic Cranial Touch/Stillness Touch INITIATORY Courses
(CE CREDITS: 24 NCBTMB)
(Provides the prerequisite orientation and preparation to join the next Mentor Course)
Presenting foundation principles and practice of BCT based on STILLNESS:
Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness by Charles Ridley
(required reading). Focus is on expressions of the Breath of Life (cranial wave, fluid tide,
and long tide, sourced from dynamic stillness, originating from Pure Breath of Love)
as recognizable body-felt-sense-awareness dimensions of consciousness.
Emphasis is on practitioner development and cultivation of: the fulcrum of presence, a neutral disposition, abiding in stillness and responsive openness to motion as it is. This reveals the non-separate nature of: the ascending~descending current of Pure Breath Of Love, masculine~feminine, and spirit~matter, evolving.
Open to anyone called to the transmission offered here. We welcome craniosacral practitioners and non-practitioners alike as well as practitioners of somatic, psychotherapeutic, yoga and movement modalities. This class has value as a stand-alone and is required before joining a Mentor Course.
Cost: $600/3-day USD
For more on BCT visit www.dynamicstillness.com
Biodynamic Cranial Touch/Stillness Touch MENTOR Courses
(CE CREDITS: 120 NCBTMB)
(Dynamic Stillness BCT Initiatory Course AND teacher approval required)
A year-long immersion in Biodynamic Cranial Touch as pathway to potentially become a practitioner of BCT. However, it is not at all limited to that purpose. Many people have participated in a Mentor Course for personal growth, realizing the benefit of the practices and approach in their current inner work, career, and everyday lives. Initiatory Course and teacher approval required.
Offered as a 16-day 4 x 4 or 15-day 3 x 5 series, or occasionally, as an immersion. Mentor Courses take place when there is critical mass of minimum participants that declare full commitment to the entire series and completing full payment of the course prior to the start of Week #3. A potent and intimate field is created, in part, by the power of the same group of people gathering over time.
Dates are collectively navigated once a committed group has formed. Occasionally date selection will be limited due to venue and travel logistics.
For more on BCT visit www.dynamicstillness.com
Cost: $4000 USD
Biodynamic Cranial Touch/Stillness Touch GRADUATE GATHERING
(For graduates of BCT/Stillness Touch Mentor Courses and Mentor Private Intensives)
Serves as recertification, retaining/regaining BCT/Stillness Touch Practitioner status, and remaining current with the community and latest evolution of the work.
BCT/Stillness Touch is oriented to the evolution of consciousness rather than to treatment of symptoms. Given that distinction, it is important to continue to cultivate, deepen, and remain current with the ongoing transmission as it evolves.
We require a physical connection with a teacher once per year because of the ongoing evolution and transmission of the work. Additionally, your actual physical presence becomes invaluable to other practitioners! Where else can you practice BCT/Stillness Touch in such a dedicated way, share experiences, or consult on the kinds of things that come up specifically related to this work? When available, this Graduate Gathering of Mentor Course Graduates provides one of the best opportunities for these purposes and is the sole BCT/Stillness Touch graduate-only field of immersion.
The format, like our practice, can vary according to the alchemy of participants, and rarely has an “agenda.” Generally the structure is like an MC day: Meet-n-greet, meditation, table practice, and discussion. Some people come purely to be able to dive into Stillness Practice and don’t want so much talking. Others come with things to share and have questions. How far it goes in any direction depends on the group process in the moment. Your engaged presence and participation adds richness to whatever will unfold. Certainly I will bring in any updates, news, new information, trends, and experiences from all the various groups worldwide, as well as any updates from Charles. And, this is not only about all that, it is the ground within which we all can immerse more deeply into The LOVE. Alone. Together.
2020 Graduate Gatherings are scheduled for Europe and the USA.
See Courses-Schedule for links to registration and logistics.
Cost: $425/3 day USD
These past couple of years we offered alternatives for those unable to attend a local GG or when none were locally available to them. Feedback and experience from former graduates who chose to retake these courses is very positive. Certainly, the experience within the field will be different in a Stillness Touch or Initiatory Course compared with a Mentor Course or Post-Graduate Course. However, it is none-the-less delivering current transmission and a valuable revisiting of familiar principles experienced at another depth.
Please click here to view a list of the equivalent alternatives available as fulfillment of your annual Graduate Gathering.
Biodynamic Cranial Touch STILLNESS TOUCH Courses
(CE CREDITS: 18 NCBTMB)
(Essence of BCT for anyone. This does NOT qualify as an Initiatory Course.)
For more information visit: www.stillnesstouch.com)
Stillness Touch is for anyone, practitioner or non-practitioner alike. It is the “general
public” version of Biodynamic Cranial Touch based on Ridley's book: STILLNESS.
Through Stillness Practices and non-doing Stillness Touch - letting what is be as it is -
we will learn to embody Stillness as a sensing of tone in our inner body space; to touch
in a manner that does not interfere with the freedom of the flow of life in the recipient’s
inner body; and to be with all that is illuminated amid the self-revealing depths of Dynamic Stillness.
We will navigate the tonal stages of Stillness Touch - via the gateways of Stillness Practices - by learning hands-on Bodily Contacts, Waiting in Stillness, Coming off the body, Closure, Integration, Support, and Validation - in a way that frees the recipient's flow of inner body Wisdom, Consciousness, and Love.
At its essence, this work is altogether simple, profound and inherent to the human capacity for unconditional love and kindness transmitted through embodied touch.
Cost: $400/2-day USD
Biodynamic Cranial Touch/Stillness Touch PRACTICE FORUM ~ Stillness Practice Days
(For students, graduates and practitioners of BCT/Stillness Touch. Pre-requisite: completion of a BCT/StillnessTouch Initiatory or Stillness Touch course, or private intensive from a certified instructor)
This is a forum primarily for students, practitioners, and participants of Biodynamic Cranial Touch/StillnessTouch Initiatory or Mentor Courses. We will meditate, open to sharing Q&C, and exchange sessions. We are using an audio-video conferencing technology called Zoom to share greetings and meditation with groups and individuals in our global community. Yes, an opportunity to meet others who are practicing this work all around the world! To get directions for using Zoom to join this meeting and to donate from afar, click here.
A circle like this can be tremendously supportive and deeply nourishing. It is a gift to practice together in what sometimes can feel like an alone journey: being a-part, yet not separate. We’ll abide in BCT/Stillness Touch principles and practice; authentically open inwardly and towards each other, with maturity and respect, into a dynamic field of stillness, intimacy, immediacy, reciprocity and motion as it is as Love.
Craniosacral Anatomy ~ Distinction within the Functional Whole
(CE CREDITS: 24 NCBTMB)
(Recommended foundation class for any CST and of great value for other modalities. Suggested pre-requisite for Brain)
An introduction and overview of foundation anatomy, structure, function and energetics of the craniosacral system. Open to anyone from any school. This class benefits cs students and practitioners of all levels as well as those from other touch and movement modalities. The teaching approach and atmosphere supports a variety of levels of background and learning styles. Whether you are just beginning your exploration of cranial anatomy, are seasoned practitioners, or anywhere in between, you will discover something of value in the transmission field of how this course is presented. Emphasis is on the “parts” related to a functional whole.
Topics include and are not limited to: embryogenesis, formation of midline and early development, principal bones, muscles and ligaments of the cs system, origins of bones, ossification centers, sutures, joints and craniometric points, reciprocal tension membrane, cerebral spinal fluid production and circulation, venous sinus flow, intro and overview of CNS, brain function and cranial nerves.
Cost: $525 USD
Brain ~ The Matter of Mind
(CE CREDITS: 32 NCBTMB)
(CS Anatomy and CS experience recommended or teacher approval)
The brain, being a fluid~chemical~hormonal~electrical field with inherent motility, requires contact from a quality of presence and touch that is in tonal resonance with it. This class provides the practitioner greater confidence working with brain related issues. It covers basic anatomy, structure and function of the brain as well as the disposition required to approach it. “Dis-ease” states are addressed and related to as part of a functional whole.
Open to experienced practitioners and students of craniosacral and other allied health modalities wishing to better understanding the brain and deepen their sensing skill. Approached primarily from biodynamic principles emphasizing practitioner development, quality of presence, and attuned touch rather than a series of techniques designed to “do something” to the brain.
Cost: $695/4-day; $350/2-day USD
Embryology ~ Spirit & Essence
(CE CREDITS: 24 NCBTMB)
The structures found in us as adults are present, in miniature, by the eighth week of gestation. Prior to that, amazing transmutative forces are at play. Differentiation, all the seemingly “separate parts,” take shape and form as a continuum of unified functional wholeness arising from a core of stillness called the primitive streak: Midline. There will be daily hands-on work exchanges. Emphasis is on the body-felt-sense-awareness presence and healing potential of these creative forces.
Open to anyone interested in the subject and particularly applicable to biodynamic approaches. Prior anatomical knowledge helpful though is not required as this is a unique foundational territory and the ground from which various other studies can be based. The implications of what you discover here has the potential to expand your understanding and capacity as a practitioner of just about any modality.
Cost: $525/3-day; $350/2-day USD
Fulcrums ~ Portals of Wholeness
“A fulcrum is a pivot point of stillness that provides the power to organize a specific activity. Fulcra are portals that connect all the dots between separation and oneness. Because stillness is the core of every activity, it is the constant uniting principle through which each part connects with other parts, and with the whole. In this way, the infinitesimal connects with the infinite.” Charles Ridley: STILLNESS, pgs 23-24
This course focuses on the depths and dimensions of Fulcrum. We will explore the spirit, matter, and essence of fulcrum beyond its classical description. Through the combination of lecture, experiential exercises, hands-on work, and discussion we'll take a multi faceted view of the manifold and even fractal nature of fulcrums. This supports the understanding and integration of Wholeness as Health, and its implication for any practice modality, as well as in everyday life.
At the heart of every fulcrum, there is love.
Be Still And Love
Cost: $525/3-day; $350/2-day USD
Fulcrum of Being
"A fulcrum doesn't do anything itself; it creates possibilities."
Fritz Smith, M.D., D.O.
Embryogenesis and the concept of fulcrums are inherent to one another. Experientially understanding their essence individually and together offers a doorway into the spirit~matter of existence, and the non-separate nature of Being-ness. Directly sensing the power and creative force at the heart of every fulcrum, and of embryogenesis itself, is to be at the transmutative edge of development and evolution. The resulting paradigm shift in our perceptual capacity, disposition, and outlook in turn leads to a more harmonious way of living and being, where we abide as our authentic selves with each other and the world around us.
“You are your most you at the moment of conception. Everything after that is a differentiation” Erich Blechschmidt, M.D. Embryologist
“The Fulcrum of the Whole is The Whole”
Jim Jealous, D.O.
This embodied and integrated paradigm shift, when applied through touch regardless of the modality, opens the portal to Health as Wholeness. These principles then apply to everyday life.
"A paradigm shift occurred in the Osteopathic profession when Sutherland asked Osteopaths to consider that the power for functioning is at or in the fulcrum, and not at the ends of the lever." Bonnie Gintis 2007 p229
In the process of alchemy or transmutation, the original form returns to its origin - its fundamental parts, and then reconstitutes or re-forms into a higher form. It becomes something of a higher order.
One has to see that in any process of paradigm change arguments and controversy is inevitable. You can't change the paradigm without people seeing how the argument's played out.
Join us in this exploration of our creative origin, and rest in its inherent health and wellbeing.
Cost: $525/3-day USD
Fluids and Space ~ Explorations Between and Beyond
“It is the not-yet in the now
The taste of a fruit that does not yet exist
Hanging the blossom on the bough.”
Laurens van der Post
The focus of our exploration is this ‘not-yet in the now.’ Sensing into the space within and what moves between; the ‘fruit that does not yet exist’, and its potency of becoming.
Fluids are everywhere – on earth, in the air, in the cosmos, and they dwell in every space of our bodies. At the beginning we are completely fluid and our bodies are still primarily composed of fluids… and space.
Physicists tell us that every atom is 99.9% space.
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of Osteopathy, was very aware of the importance of the fluids. He talked much about the “irrigation systems” of the arteries, veins, lymphatic’s and cerebrospinal fluid, how they are connected among each other and their relation to the Health.
This course is an introductory overview of about the fluids that dwell in the spaces of the body, the space within the fluids and the tissues, and their inseparable relation to each other and the creative forces of life. Our main focus in this course is to experientially explore ‘Fluids and Space’ and the disposition required to sense and perceive the subtle ebb/flow/rest interface.
The approach to the touch sessions will be from the disposition of Biodynamic Cranial Touch also simply called “Stillness Touch,” which orients to the Health. In other words, this course is not conducted in a medical symptom/diagnosis/treatment paradigm. There will be much to discover that can inform any approach or practice, as well as enhance one’s inner development and perceptual capacities.
Cost: $525/3-day USD
Navigation Skills ~
Presence and Tonality of “Verbal Touch”
(CE CREDITS: 16 NCBTMB for two-day course. Fewer credits for shorter course lengths.)
(For bodywork & somatic therapists)
How you navigate your inner territory reveals how you relate to yourself, others and the world. Awareness deepens as you relax into direct sensing. Embodied presence then accesses all your unique gifts and skills in service of what’s needed.
This 2-day experiential course will introduce you to practices that land you in direct body-sense-awareness, which guides the quality, tone, and tempo of touch.
We will explore approaches for energetic, manual and verbal communication and learn ways to reflect, mirror, ask questions, and give feedback that uncovers and deepens understanding. Open to anyone; integrates into any modality.
Cost: $350/2-day USD
Stillness and Waves ~ In Collaborative Embrace ~
with Linda Chrisman (Continuum) and Giorgia Milne
Combining the essence of stillness and movement practices, this weekend workshop is an open-ended exploration into the loving and inseparable embrace of dynamism and stillness. We will silently sit, breathe, sound, move, sense, and open to our evolving depths supported by the in-the-moment alchemy of our collective presence.
Join us for this collaborative, explorative, illuminating experience. Open to anyone; integrates into any modality.
Cost: $375/2-day USD
Click here to see information about continuing education credits that may be awarded for completion of courses taught by Giorgia Milne.
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