QIGONG PROGRAMS


Qigong Programs

All our regular Qigong programs and intensives are indicated in our Program Schedule.

For the descriptions please go to the page on the Path of Taoist Qigong.



Qigong Special Programs


Activating Your Energy Centers with Qigong
June 5 (orientation), 6,7 (ends 6pm), 2020

Sky Lake Shambhala Ctr. Rosendale, NY. USA
With Eva Wong

Our bodies are filled with qi, the essence of life. Nourishing and circulating qi are the keys to health and longevity. Some of the most important aspects of Xiantianwujimen qigong are designed to activate energy centers that gather, store, and nourish this life force.

The lower, middle, and upper Gates are control stations that move qi along the spinal column. The lower, middle, and upper Dantiens are containers that store, transmute, and purify the generative, vital, and spirit energies. Various cavities (called xue) are areas where energy is concentrated and focused. Some parts of the body, such as the kidneys and tail bone, are reservoirs capable of storing tremendous amounts of energy. Throughout the body are pathways that circulate qi between energy centers.

In this program, you will learn how to identify and activate these potent energy centers and clear blockages in pathways that connect them.  Stimulating our energy centers and maintaining a clear flow of energy in the body are critical to preventing illness and enhancing health.

Requirement: Qigong 1-5


Alchemist, Warrior, Meditator
June 7 (orientation and opening talk), 8,9,10,11 (ends at 6pm), 2020

Sky Lake Shambhala Ctr. Rosendale, NY. USA

With Eva Wong

Alchemists seek the path of health and longevity. Martial artists walk the path of the warrior. Meditators live a life of stillness and clarity. All three paths embrace simplicity, virtue, and impeccability in thought and action. For centuries, internal alchemy, martial arts, and meditation have been practiced by Taoists to enhance health, build discipline, and cultivate mind. In many ways, the key to the simultaneous cultivation of body and mind lies in the crossing-training of internal alchemy, martial arts, and meditation.

Join Eva Wong for a four-day retreat in integrating the alchemist, warrior, and meditator within you. Experience how martial arts can enhance the practices of qigong and meditation. Learn how to use qigong to cultivate stillness and clarity. Become a meditator who is strong in body, simple and clear in thought, and virtuous in life.

Requirements: Qigong 1-5


Creating Benchmarks for Your Qigong Practice - Chicago
September 12, 13 2020

with Eva Wong

Benchmarks are invaluable tools for tracking progress in your qigong practice. They can also help us measure how qigong has repaired injuries, improved strength and flexibility, and enhanced relaxation in your body.

 

In this program you will learn how to create a system of feedback to chart the development of health in your tendons, ligaments, joints, and spine. Having learned the basics of qigong in levels 1-5, it is time to use them to fine tune your practice and increase awareness of your body’s physical abilities and vast energetic potential.

(Requirement: qigong 1-5)


Creating Strategies for Your Qigong Practice
Sept 25 (begin 8pm) - 27 (ends 6pm) 2020 at Karme Choling, VT, USA.
with Eva Wong and Suzann Duquette

How can you optimize your qigong for health? How do you set up immediate and long term goals in your practice? Now that you have learned many qigong forms, it is time to strategize your practice to give you an edge in improving, enhancing, and repairing your body, as well as expanding your consciousness. Strength and flexibility of the muscular-skeletal system, optimal functioning of the internal organs, unblocked energetic channels, a high level of the three treasures of life - jing, qi, and shen - are the keys to good health and longevity. Stability of mind allows the qi to penetrate bones, meridians, and energy centers. An expansive consciousness creates space for energy to flow unblocked.

Join Eva Wong and Suzann Duquette in using principles of strategy from Sunzi’s Art of War to design, develop, and implement an effective plan of qigong practice to optimize the simultaneous cultivation of body and mind. The best way to combat illness is not be ill in the first place.

Requirement: Qigong 1-5


Qigong for Spinal Health
Krakow, Poland Oct 10,11 in 2020
with Eva Wong

Spinal problems are now a common health issue in modern society. These problems not only cause physical pain, but can affect the functioning of the nervous system and the flow of energy (or qi) in the body.

There are three aspects to spinal health - physical, internal, and energetic.

 

  1. Physical health of the spine is defined by its mobility, flexibility, strength, and alignment.
  2. Internal health of the spine is defined by the effective functioning of the nervous systems located along the spinal column. A misaligned spinal column can have negative effects on digestive and respiratory functions, as well as the potency of sexual arousal.
  3. The third aspect of spinal health is linked to the energetic pathway, the Du meridian, that runs parallel to the spinal column. This energetic pathway is responsible for circulating cerebral spinal fluid from the base of the spine to the top of the head. This spinal fluid is now believed to be critical to learning and memory.

In this program, we will use the qigong practices of Xiantianwujimen to address all three aspects of spinal health. The participant will learn how to use qigong forms from levels 1 to 4 to repair, improve, and enhance spinal strength and mobility that contribute significantly to our physical, internal, and energetic health.

Requirements: qigong levels 1-4


Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body

October 17 and 18; 2020
Amsterdam Shambhala Ctr. Amsterdam. The Netherlands.

With Eva Wong

As it is externally, so it is internally. The physical terrain of the external world parallels the energetic terrain of the body. In working with physical terrain, Sunzi’s Art of War is unparalleled in describing geographical features and the strategies to maneuver through them. In understanding the energetic terrain of the body, Taoist internal alchemy offers powerful approaches to identifying energy centers and pathways as well as techniques that allow energy to move smoothly and peacefully. In this program, we will use Sunzi’s system of terrain classification in conjunction with qigong to explore our internal universe.


Join Eva Wong in this unique program that integrates the of Sunzi’s Art of War with the qigong and a healthy lifestyle.


Requirements: qigong 1 and 2
Additional Material fee: Euro 10.
(THIS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR QIGONG 7 !).


Meditating Strategically - Integrating Meditation, Qigong, and Strategy
October 24,25 - 2020 - Stuttgart, Germany

With Eva Wong

The dual cultivation of body and mind forms the core of all spiritual traditions of Asia. In Daoism, the cultivation of the physical and energetic body builds the foundation of the cultivation of mind. Meditation provides a mind practice that makes the body safe and effective for gathering and storing internal energy.

In the Daoist teachings, it is said that qi, or internal energy, feeds whatever arises in consciousness. What arises - be it anger, kindness, fear, envy, generosity, and even wisdom - are all intensified by qi. It is therefore important for us not just to cultivate qi, but be aware of what is arising in our consciousness every moment. Meditation is the technique that can help us become aware of what arises, understand how thoughts and feelings emerge, and show us how to protect qi from being drained by destructive attitudes and emotions.

Since thoughts and emotions can arise in diverse circumstances and in different degrees of solidity, we need to be strategic in applying the appropriate form of meditation in the face of different adversaries. In Daoism, meditation is intimately linked to strategy. We use strategies and tactics to explore thoughts and feelings, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and engage them effectively. We forge allies with wisdom and compassion, kindness and generosity, courage and fortitude, so that we can be victorious over destructive thoughts and emotions.

This 2-day program will integrate streams of disciplines that define Daoist practice - meditation, qigong, and strategy. Practitioners will learn how to apply strategy in meditation, integrate qigong and meditation, and become strategic and intelligent meditators.

No requirement; no partial attendance


Strategies for Health
November 07, 2020; Santiago Chile
with Eva Wong

To be aware of the body’s energetic environment is the key to good health. As it is externally, so it is internally. The structure of the physical world parallels the energetic world of our body. If we can identify the energy centers and pathways of the human body, we can develop strategies for clearing blockages that prevent internal energy (qi) to run smoothly and peacefully within. In this program, we will explore the energetic terrain of the body with the qigong methods of 9 Self-Massage and 12 Devas, discover the causes of energy blockage, and develop strategic ways of removing qi blockages and attaining good health.
Requirements: qigong 1 and 2.


Wudangshan Animal Long Forms
April 12-16, 2021 at Dechen Choling France
With Eva Wong

The Wudangshan Five Animals Long Forms are designed to deepen tendon-changing and marrow-washing practices using advanced stances and internal martial arts-based postures. Totaling 48 movements, these animal forms train the practitioner to use the Tiger Form to strengthen bones and tendons, the Leopard Form to develop spring-like qualities in the tendons, the Dragon Form to train spinal movement, the Snake Form to enhance spinal flexibility, and the Crane Form to focus the qi.


Requirement: Tendon Changing/Bone Marrow Washing Intensive and Animal Forms Intensive


Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body

10-12 September 2021
Karme Chöling. Barnet. VT. USA.

With Eva Wong

As it is externally, so it is internally. The physical terrain of the external world parallels the energetic terrain of the body. In working with physical terrain, Sunzi’s Art of War is unparalleled in describing geographical features and the strategies to maneuver through them. In understanding the energetic terrain of the body, Taoist internal alchemy offers powerful approaches to identifying energy centers and pathways as well as techniques that allow energy to move smoothly and peacefully. In this program, we will use Sunzi’s system of terrain classification in conjunction with qigong to explore our internal universe.


Join Eva Wong in this unique program that integrates the of Sunzi’s Art of War with the qigong and a healthy lifestyle.


Requirements: qigong 1 and 2
Additional Material fee: Euro 10.
(THIS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR QIGONG 7 !).



Announcements for Qigong Level 6 and above


REQUIREMENTS FOR QIGONG LEVEL 7 AND 8

Qigong 7 Requirements

  1. Qigong 6
  2. Stoking the Scholar and Warrior Fire
  3. Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body
  4. Embodying the Tao in Your Qigong

Qigong 8 Requirements

  1. Qigong 7
  2. Any 2 Evoking Worlds programs
  3. The Star Culture of Taoism