Qigong Workshop: Movement, Energy & Meditation – June 2019
- The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
- Gaston, Oregon, USA
- Jun 15, 2019 (1 day)
- $108.00 - Program Price
This one-day workshop will explore the ancient Chinese healing art of Qigong (chi kung). “Qi” (or “chi”) means “life energy” and “gong” (or “kung”) means “skill gained through practice”. The simple, accessible movements of qigong use posture, breath and mental focus to help us feel, develop, direct and balance the flow of life energy in our bodies.
In this workshop, you will learn:
- how to feel qi moving in your body
- the structure of your energy body
- the connection between posture, breath and mental focus
- a simple qigong form to cultivate and balance your qi
- qigong as a meditation and spiritual practice
- how to apply qigong principles to other forms of movement
This practical, experiential workshop will engage both your mind and body. Qigong forms are slow and gentle and accessible to most people. They can even be adapted and performed sitting in a chair. But like any form of exercise, it is advisable to check with your doctor before starting a new program of physical fitness.
Your instructor, David Seybert, was privileged to learn taiji and qigong from the first-generation American students of several traditional Chinese Taoist masters, including Cheng Man Ching, Jou Tsung Hwa and Marshall Ho. He is also practices kriya yoga in the lineage of Paramhansa Yogananda. He finds that taiji and qigong are very complementary to his yoga and meditation practice. All 4 disciplines work with the same fundamental building blocks of posture, breath, subtle energy, inner stillness and mental focus.
9:30 am Check-in – Harmony Hall lobby
10:00 – 10:30 am Intro: Historical background and key concepts (Expansion Hall movement room)
10:30 – 11:00 am Beginning Practice: Sensing energy in your body (Expansion movement room)
11:00 – 11:15 am Break
11:30 – 12:30 pm Advanced practice: 8-Posture Energy Balancing Form (1-4) (Expansion movement room)
12:45 – 1:30 pm Lunch – Green Hill Cafe, Harmony Hall
2:00 – 3:00 pm Advanced practice: 8-Posture Energy Balancing Form (5-8) (Expansion movement room)
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 – 3:30 pm Walking meditation (Outdoors, weather permitting)
3:30 – 3:45 pm Sitting meditation (Expansion movement room)
3:45 – 4:00 pm Q & A, wrap-up (Expansion movement room)
The Center at Ananda Laurelwood is an ideal environment to quickly “unplug” from life’s daily stresses and learn lifelong techniques for an improved quality of life. The retreat center has great energy, beautiful surroundings, and warm, open people. The food was excellent and the lodging comfortable.
Venue HighlightsThe Center at Ananda Laurelwood is located 45 minutes west of downtown Portland in Oregon, surrounded by farmland, forest, and wetlands, with vistas of gently rolling hills stretching west to the coastal range. Quiet, serene, and inspiring, the landscape itself rejuvenates the soul.
The campus was originally designed and built as a residential high-school for the Seventh Day Adventist community. Retreat buildings are updated and comfortable, while retaining the charm and nostalgia of mid-century architecture.
Classrooms are sunny and bright, with plenty of room to stretch out and immerse yourself in a workshop, discussion group, or movement class.
Afternoon yoga classes are offered almost daily, year round.
Group meditations are held each morning and mid-day. Meditation instruction can be arranged.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineAll meals are vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options available. Grace Kitchen tries to accommodate special dietary needs.
AccommodationsMost of the accommodations at the Center at Ananda Laurelwood are dorm-style bedrooms with shared bathrooms down the hall. Most rooms have a sink in the corner. All rooms have ample closets and are quite spacious, light, and airy with good-sized windows looking out either across Laurelwood valley or onto the hillside above the retreat center.
You can choose your sleeping preference: twin, double, or queen bed. A small number of rooms have an en suite bathroom. A 2-bedroom apartment with kitchen and bath is also available.
DirectionsFrom Portland airport (PDX), take the MAX light rail to the Beaverton Transit Station. Uber or Lyft are available for the picturesque, 30-minute drive to the Center at Ananda Laurelwood.
For GPS directions, enter Academy Way, Gaston OR.