June 6-9 2019

Hotel Villa Cesi
Via delle Terre Bianche, 1 – Impruneta – Florence

Facing Your Grail Wound with Charles Ridley

Post-graduate advanced biodynamic cranial course

This advanced class explores the descent of consciousness (Shiva) into your cells to unite body with Love (Shakti). For this depth of embodiment to occur, you have to thoroughly navigate the hidden aspects of shadow that prevent the embodiment of Pure Consciousness that will naturally unite with Universal Love in the body.

When we remain present and can feel our deepest emotional intensity, it transmutes to unwavering presence by which we can face, recognize, accept, be with, open to, and identify with shadow created by the Core Erotic Wound or Grail Wound.

Core Erotic Wound

The Core Erotic Wound, or Grail Wound, is possibly the most painful event of our life. It is the first time that we were abruptly separated from our Eros at an early age. The onset of the Core Erotic Wound not only fragments our consciousness, it also creates our personality structure that defends against Wholeness.

One of the effects of the Core Erotic Wound is it distributes patterns of armor in the body that create our personality structure which expresses specific behaviors to avoid the free flow of Eros in the body. Eros is then co-opted by the shadow and is used to feed ego’s narcissism to “get” for selfish gain. The presence of these selfish narcissistic behaviors indicates that the Grail Wound is in control of our will. When our will is controlled by the Grail Wound, it is called the snake.

When asked “for whom does the Grail serve?” Snake’s answer is “me.”


Snake misuses your Eros to do ego’s bidding. Again, when snake controls your will, which is your personal Eros, it is mis-used to “get” from others. Snake uses Eros through subtle forms of control, manipulation, charm, charisma, seductive body language, mixed messages, sexual innuendo, sexual teasing or withholding, predator behavior, deception, and other sexual bait and switch tactics, on the one hand. And on the other hand, snake also can operates from the dissociative, limiting disposition: “I am not my body. I am not my thoughts, I am not my feelings, I am not my emotions, I am not my sensations, … only Self is real.” This is classic spiritual by-pass that leaves one happily “stuck in emptiness” that leads to an even deeper hypermasculine dissociative wounding called hyperfemininity.

Hyperfeminine Disposition

In the previous classes, we explored in detail the hypermasculine disposition, and in this class we will navigate one of its deep manifestations, the hyperfeminine disposition. The hyperfeminine can be characterized as a state in which the feminine principle is “runaway”, which means it functions without being grounded in the body, nor having a center in the midline. This is considered a state of freedom, yet in reality the hyperfeminine disposition actually operates from a deep, hidden fear-based perspective that cripples the will, leaving one unable to face intensity, be with discomfort, confront conflict, make decisions, take a stand, follow through with commitments, or manifest ones life purpose. Hyperfeminity is commonly described as being “in the flow”, when actually one is stuck in the periphery and at the whim of each and every shift in life with no ground or center, leaving one lost, confused, bereft, and lonely. Sadly, there are also mysterious, chronic health issues.

In either case, whether it is the narcissistic misuse of will, or dissociative by-pass, both are expressions of a hypermasculine wounding. In either

expression, snake effectively prevents the realization of ones Spectral Wholeness that deprives one of the enjoyment of the Sacred Union between

body, Pure Consciousness, and Universal Love, which is our fundamental birthright.

In the previous classes we practiced the disposition: Orient inwardly and sense what is present, while you let it be, leave it as it is, and let go into open-hearted repose in “don’t know”.

In this class we will add: Sensually unite Consciousness and Love in the body, while you fully identify with your shadow’s expressions, especially the deepest, hidden, most feared and dreaded.

This is the gateway to Enfleshment in which Body is Love.

Aspects of the core erotic wound may arise during stillness touch. The innate bliss that arises during advanced stillness touch gently reveals these stored aspects of the recipient’s history and resolves them without process.

Your touch is based in stillness, so the tempo is slow enough that a recipient can be with intense emotions and memories and can digest the insights that arise, which cultivates sufficient trust and grounding in presence to remain receptive to the process. The recipient can then confidently navigate personal shadow issues one by one that are stored as emotion-laden armor in the body, moment by moment, as it self-reveals.

As a recipient increasingly learns to be present to each aspect of shadow one by one, it gradually opens his or her body to Love. Cultivating stable awareness prepares the recipient and practitioner for being with the deeper core erotic wound issues when they arise, to cultivate and enjoy unwavering presence, safety, implicit trust, grounding, and the cultivation of authentic boundaries.


This class is specifically for those who sincerely feel a longing to realize the Completion Stage, which involves thoroughly navigating deepest aspects of shadow that have prevented the descent of Consciousness into the cells of the flesh to utterly unite body with Love.

If you possess the willingness, heart courage, and desire to fully identify with, be present to, and unite with all aspects of your most hidden shadow you will thrive in this class!

Charles Ridley is a professional and teacher of craniosacral biodynamics with more than 45 years of training and experience. Charles Ridley founded two schools for the evolution of consciousness: Dynamic Stillness (http://www.dynamicstillness.com/), an international school that offers professional training courses taught by Giorgia Milne in America, Europe, Taiwan and Australia, and Sacred Body Rites (http://www.sacredbodyrites.org). He is the author of Stillness: Craniosacral Biodynamics and the evolution of consciousness.

Charles lives near the Pacific Ocean in Nayarit (Mexico) and teaches post-graduate courses in Europe on non-doing biodynamics and on Stillness Touch for Couples.

Charles’ inner stillness practices can help any practitioner navigate the ego’s strategies of recoil.

Recommended Reading: Stillness: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness

The requirement to register: you have taken previous Charles’ Post Graduate Classes in Florence, Basel, Copenhagen, or, you are a graduate of or enrolled in the Biodynamic Cranial Touch Mentor Course.

The course venue

Hotel VILLA CESI – Via delle Terre Bianche, 1 – 50023 – Impruneta (FI)
Telefono: +39055201 1186 – info@hotelvillacesi.com

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Payment information:
Na.Me. is an association therefore the courses/seminars are intended mainly for our associates who share our statute. Therefore the amount indicated below refers only to the contribution to the seminar. To this amount you must add either THE ASSOCIATION FEE of € 30 for 2019 (for those who want to became Na.Me members) or VAT at 22% (for those who do not want to become Na.Me members).


Members € 430 +€ 30 for the 2019 membership
NON-members € 430 + € 94.60 VAT (€ 524.60)


Members € 480 +€ 30 for the 2019 membership
NON-members € 480 + € 105.60 VAT (€ 585.60)

Terms of payment:
A deposit of € 150 is to be paid upon registration. In case of cancellation before March 15th 2019, the refund will be 100%; by April 30th it will be 50%; after this date, the deposit can not be returned due to organizational needs.

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