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Charlie has been a self-taught lucid dreamer since the age of 17 and a practicing Buddhist for the past 11 years, after taking refuge with the late Akong Tulku Rinpoche. In 2008 at the age of 25 Charlie started teaching lucid dreaming within the context of Tibetan Buddhism at the request of his mentor and well known meditation instructor Rob Nairn.
Soon after he started teaching, Charlie received the traditional Tibetan Buddhist “authorisation to teach” from his teacher Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, which was not only a great honour to have received, but also a valuable seal of approval from such a highly regarded Lama.
In 2010 Charlie and Rob began to create and pioneer a new holistic approach to lucid dreaming and conscious sleeping called Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep.
Since then Charlie he has run lucid dreaming workshops and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep retreats around the UK, Europe, Africa and America. He has featured on BBC Radio 4 and lectured at Goldsmiths University, Cape Town Medical School, the Royal Geographical Society and douzens of Buddhist centres and retreats. In 2011 gave the ever first talk on lucid dreaming at one of the well-known TED conferences in San Diego.
In late 2011 Charlie received the support of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche to begin teaching a new set of workshops around the subject of Lucid Living and The Science of Happiness which now form a small but significant part of his teaching schedule.
Publishing with Hay House
In early 2013 Charlie signed a worldwide publishing deal with the esteemed Hay House for his book Dreams of Awakening. Based on 13 years of personal experience, cutting edge neuroscience and some great Tibetan dream yoga teachings, the book provides a synthesis of the finest dream practices that the East and West has to offer. Dreams of Awakening was released in November 2013 and became a number 1 bestseller on Amazon! To by a copy CLICK HERE and to hear Charlie talking about the book see the video opposite.
Lucid Dreaming World Tour
Over the past 6 years Charlie has had the pleasure to co-facilitate workshops with some great teachers including Sergio Magana, Tim Freke, Robert Waggoner, John Lockley, Rob Nairn and Ya’Acov Darling Khan.
But the teacher he worked most frequently with is Mexican Toltec teacher Sergio Magana Ocelocoyotl. In early 2014 Charlie teamed up with Sergio for the LUCID DREAMING WORLD TOUR: a series of unique workshops happening all around the world (UK, Mexico,Italy, Sweden,USA, Holland, Spain and Canada) which bring the lucid dreaming knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, Mexican Toltec and Western science & psychology together for the first time!
The 2nd book
In early 2015 Charlie’s second book Lucid Dreaming: A Beginners Guide was released through Hay House. This new book is an entry level guide to lucid dreaming which uses real life case studies to explore the “Wow! Why? How?’ of becoming conscious within your dreams and waking up to life.
From Breakdance to Buddhist chants
Before being asked to teach lucid dreaming Charlie studied Drama at Queen Mary’s University which led him to work as an actor, scriptwriter and even rapper in a Buddhist hip hop group! To hear one of Charlie’s Buddhist hip hop tracks click here: Rainbow Light. Alongside this he was also the manager and company director of a collective of break-dancers and hip hop artists called THROWDOWN UK who toured extensively round Europe.
Although Charlie is now teaching dreamwork full time he still has strong links to the hip hop dance scene as discussed here in his YouTube video Hip Hop and Spirituality.
Living in London
Charlie lives at Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre with his fiancée Jade and in his free time he likes practising martial arts (he has a 1st Dan blackbelt in kick-boxing), watching cinema & theater and going surfing!
Want to learn more about Charlie? Watch the Conscious TV interview with Charlie here: