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Visionary Craniosacral Work® is a soothing, noninvasive, hands-on therapy.

The craniosacral system includes the brain, the cerebrospinal fluid, the system of membranes inside the cranium, all 22 cranial bones, the spine and the sacrum.

What the Navajo call ‘the wind’s child,’ Genesis calls ‘the breath of life.’ It is a silent force, a field of chi, which blows through the craniosacral system, animates it, and infuses it with information and intelligence.

It is possible to listen to this field. The ability to do this is called ‘the heart of listening.’

A visionary knows how to touch a client with precise and gentle contacts that help the client feel more aligned, and more at home in themselves. Sometimes, by touching just the right place in just the right way, a visionary can help the client understand what troubles them, and what they need to reclaim their equanimity, and their place in life. Such work can also help the client access and release their healing potential.

The Milne Institute offers an avocational, in-depth training in the heart of listening, a visionary approach to craniosacral work. This may mean that students may not be eligible for certain kinds of CEU or vocational credit. What we offer is continuing education, not vocational education. Kindly check with your local licensing authority to be sure our training will give you the educational credit you need.

If you want to go deep, be deep.

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The Heart of Listening
by Hugh Milne

Who is Hugh Milne?

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What is VCSW?

A visionary is someone who can do four things equally well, and hold all four things as equal in importance. The four are:

First, they can perceive the entirety of the client’s
anatomy and physiology.

Second, can perceive the parts of their anatomy and physiology, and notice which parts have left concert with the whole.

Third, they can perceive the client’s inner spiritual journey, emotional state and energy level, and hold no judgment about what they perceive.

Fourth, they can perceive their own inner spiritual journey, emotional state and energy level, also without judgment.

Craniosacral Work is an evolution out of Cranial Osteopathy, a specialization of the osteopathic profession that was introduced to the world in the 1930s by an American osteopath and visionary called William Garner Sutherland.


Craniosacral work comes out of osteopathy. Osteopathy comes out of bonesetting, and bonesetting was practiced in Neanderthal times, 130,000 years ago, and probably much longer ago. Osteopathy never took hold in the USSR, so bonesetting continued there under its original name. When I first met a Russian bonesetter in 1990, I was astonished to see how similar their technique was to what I had learnt in osteopathic school in England in the 1960s.

In the Navajo understanding, the cranial wave is called ‘nilch´í hwii siziinii,’ the ‘little wind,’ or ‘wind’s child.’ They believe that a Wind is present within a person from the moment of conception, when a Wind from the mother meets a wind from the father. In Genesis it says ‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.’ The breath of life, a little wind.

(According to Tibetan Dzogchen embryology, when the sperm and egg first touch, there is a flash of bliss, the basis of the heart charka.) Coming from its sacred home in the four directions, the Holy Wind enters all living things. It is a messenger wind. “The one called Wind`s Child, this is just like living in water.”

Certificate Track Program

The Milne Institute is a minimum two year program. Milne Institute offers two different tracks in its Visionary Craniosacral Work® training. The experiential track consists of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. These classes should be taken in sequence. This experiential track is designed to give the emergent visionary student a basis in the intuitive and analytic facets of the work.

The Certification Track is a focused, in depth training sequence which core consists of intensive tutorial coaching. The components of the program are the 7 craniosacral classes, 7 advanced content classes, 14 professional sessions, and 70 completed Milne Institute ‘Client Records’ (submitted to a MI Supervisor never more than ten at a time) and 70 completed Milne Institute ’Sign-Off Sheets’ also sent to a MI Supervisor (never more than 10 at a time) Visionary Craniosacral Work® sessions.

Supervision of Client Records

Ideally, each student completes 10 Client Records (CRs) after each 4-day class, practicing the techniques they learned in that class. The student also gives an additional 10 Visionary Craniosacral Work® (VCSW®) sessions which they ‘sign off’ on the appropriate MI form, called the ‘Sign Off Sheet.’ (Both the CRs and the Sign Off Sheet can be downloaded from www.milneinstitute.com, under the heading ‘Forms.’)

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In Visionary Craniosacral Work®, presence is more important than technique, but accurate technique is the discipline upon which presence is founded and built. These classes honor the sacred nature of this work and offer a path to mastery in this most fulfilling of Ways.

Hugh Milne
David Kaminker
Matthew Kirsch
Rebecca Mae Bacon
Steve Schumacher
Ellen Lenson
Joyce Thom
Benjamin Shield, Ph.D.
Paul Brown

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