Deepening Quietude

(Cranial 2)

Developing practitioner heart and pineal skills to track quietude in deeper waters.

This workshop will be presented in White Salmon, WA.
Taught by April Straus, L.Ac., MAcOM, LMT, and Monica Rudestam, L.Ac.
$200 non-refundable deposit. 3% additional for credit card payments
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9am-1pm and 2:30-6pm, Friday thru Sunday
9am-1pm on Monday

27 CEUs  |  maximum 8 students
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Prerequisites: Open to all licensed health-care providers. After completing Cranial 1, receive 10 biodynamic cranial treatments (5 from lineage-endorsed bodyworkers) and give 10 one-hour biodynamic cranial sessions. Hand in your practice log documenting giving/receiving times.



ultraviolet sunThis intermediate course in biodynamic cranial therapy will carry you deeper into the art and science of embodied presence. Using the neutral as an access point, we will cultivate a relationship to developing quietude. It is this relationship to quietude that trains us directly itself, carrying us beyond tides, techniques and teachers.

Encounter new depths of being within yourself as we shift from the beginning of the neutral spectrum towards the end, approaching stillness. Receive personalized, hands-on assistance with the application of awareness and refinement of interfaces. Gain confidence by profoundly feeling the deepening quietude which brings unmistakable health. Daily morning question and discussion periods to clarify understanding and explore meaningful aspects of the work.

course highlights

  • physical preparations – in addition to qigong shaking, we add arm transitions to amplify the heart to hand to hub connection when treating clients biodynamically
  • heart-hand-hub connection – form a circuit that links the healing event unfolding within the client to the practitioner’s heart, and then back to the client. put the heart back into healing, giving clients a profound sense of being acknowledged, heard and accepted
  • pineal palpation – learn to palpate with your pineal gland to sense the location of hubs and the palpable texture and other properties of quietude in them
  • central channel palpation – learn how to palpate the diameter, continuity and other aspects of the client’s central channel, so you can track long term progress. learn how to feel your own central channel, so you acquire a felt sense way to discern where to be placed in space during biodynamic work
  • awareness modes – understand how concentration affects the interface, when to apply it and when to relinquish it
  • deepening neutrals – palpate the difference between, and relationship between, tissue neutral and hub neutral to witness enhanced transformation
  • phase change – learn to track quietude as it transitions from compacting to expansive states, giving you and clients access to deeper neutrals
  • intuitive clarification – understand how intuition and inner sight differ from felt sense and how to ensure perception is minimally affected by personal bias, aspirations, and beliefs
  • quietude model development – understand the relationships between the spectrum of quietude, motility, neutral, hubs, pith, phase change, reservoirs and transits. the words are symbols that point to healing resources that cannot be contained, yet the words are necessary to convey our shared experiences in biodynamic practice, so that we can find common ground and orient understanding from there


monica rudestam

Monica Rudestam, LAc, strives to understand the uniqueness of the individual’s constitution and his or her personal blocks to health. She combines her acupuncture training, herbal and dietary therapy, and hands-on physical and energetic modalities in order to bring awareness to the physical and energetic blocks in the body that inhibit reaching our full potential. Monica completed a Biodynamic Massage mentorship with Todd Jackson in 2012, in addition to completing all advanced coursework in biodynamic cranial therapy. She now provides hands-on assistance at his intermediate and advanced trainings and teaches the beginning courses.


April Straus

April Duncan Straus, LAc, MAcOM, LMT graduated from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a masters degree in 2003.  An NCCAOM Diplomat since 2004, and an LMT since 1997, she continues her studies in craniosacral therapy, biodynamic massage, kiko style acupuncture and LifeLine Technique. April completed a Biodynamic Cranial mentorship with Todd Jackson in 2017, in addition to completing all advanced coursework in biodynamic massage. She now provides hands-on assistance at his intermediate and advanced trainings and teaches the beginning courses.



student feedback

What was the most significant moment for you personally or professionally during this workshop?

“The first time I felt the pith dissolve and change and the health spread throughout the client.”

“Finding my hands deep within my client’s body and flowing along with them.”

“Witnessing that the work happens no matter how I see it, as long as I am fully present and connected to my heart.”

“Feeling the healing stillness healing me as the practitioner while it was also healing the client.  Wow.”

“Finally ‘wanting’ to meditate rather than ‘needing’ to.”

“Learning to ‘not do’ – and how it moved my felt-sense and inner-body more deeply within the client.”

“Feeling my central channel move my entire body towards the client’s quietude.”

“Pushing myself to the limits of my current ability to be exquisitely attuned and tender while keeping a precise focus on quietude”

“Learning to feel beyond motility/neutral to deeper aspects of queitude.”


What did you like most about this event?

“The amount of hands-on time.”

“It kept its level of challenges & intensity from start to finish. There was no time to sink back into ‘comfort zone’ or self indulgent processing.”

“The ‘moulding’ experiences following qi-gong warm-ups were quite amazing – one organism.”

“All the bodywork received !”

“The amount of calmness and control that I now carry with me.”

“It was worth every penny.”

“The setting of safety and kindness and positivity is so appreciated.”

“The most profound aspects I learned are without words to describe them.”


What made the biggest difference in your ability to understand and share this work?

“Having you close-by, often hands on top of mine, and acknowledging when I was getting something.”

“Your amplification when you place your hands on top of mine continues to wake up my system to more subtlety.”

“Todd’s hands on me when I was practicing, providing feedback and energetic/tactile guidance.”

“Being more willing/able to stay open to moving my own body when working.”

“When I had a big change as the client. Todd was working on me through the student working on me. I don’t know how to explain it very well, but I could feel everything when normally I can’t as the receiver.”

“Getting very clear permission to “be with” and not “to seek.”

“Receiving when I clearly felt how it feels different when the practitioner works from a non-personal space.”

“The shift in perspective that came from the exercises. Very powerful.”


What would you like to share about the assistants?

“Her warmth and openness are wonderful to work with.”

“It was amazing to work with assistants who’ve been doing this a really long time, who have cultivated the presence of and connection to quietude to great depths.”

“Her presence is so direct, yes gentle and sensitive.”

“Everything is amplified in my perceptive field when she assists. Super grateful for her presence.”

“Thank you for your patience and regularly helping me relax and soften into each session.”

“So helpful, gentle, amazing; couldn’t have done the work without you!”

“Very supportive. Good use of words to describe the process when clarifying perceptions at the table.”

“Great suggestions about how to be more grounded/centered. Very encouraging. Humble and kind.”

“Her presence at the table is as light and clear as her heart.”

“She condenses understanding into words with great clarity.”

“Loved their willingness to speak up, share their perspectives and articulate their own experiences.”

“Solid loving presence and dedication, unique spot-on insights.”


Any other feedback you’d like to share?

“I am so thankful for this way of working. Thanks for the bountiful snacks and tea. Handouts are fantastic learning tools.”

“Huge gratitude for the way you support us during our learning.”

“I love the small class size and the ambience of the classroom.”

“I’m feeling more clear and confident about what I’m feeling. I sense a greater level of trust in my felt sense and connection to quietude.”

“Thank you for making the teaching available in a palpable, patient way.”

“I’m grateful for the safety of the environment, the lack of ego, the palpable quality of being present and available.”

“I learn so much from receiving. It was wonderful to spend so much time on the table.”