About The Teacher

I was first introduced to this understanding when I started qigong practice in

1974, and this in turn led me to take up meditation in the following year. Also,

in 1974 I learned how to cook natural wholefoods through macrobiotic cookery

classes and following this I took up shiatsu Massage which led to my interest in

traditional chinese medicine (TCM).

Whilst it felt to me like I was already familiar with this approach to wellbeing,

sadly it was obvious that this holistic understanding was underdeveloped and

misunderstood in western culture. So in 1975 a group of us started the first

natural wholefood restaurant and shop in Ireland in Crow Street, Dublin called

The Golden Dawn. We also founded the East West Centre where we facilitated

visiting teachers and gave classes and courses on : The Nutritional Benefits of

Wholefoods, Natural Foods Cookery, Do-in, (Japanese Dao Yin Qigong) Yoga,

Meditation, Tai Chi, Aiedo, Aikido, Dowsing and Shiatsu Massage.

We were quite successful and received a lot of publicity, appearing on T.V. and

being interviewed on radio and in the newspapers. We closed in 1982 because

of the recession.

I continued to study acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland

until I qualified in 1989 and subsequently did my clinicals in The Institute of

Acupuncture in Colombo South, Govt. General Hospital, Kalubowila, Sri Lanka.

Over the period 1982 to 1999 I continued to study and practice qigong,

meditation and hatha yoga whilst doing voluntary work and giving classes and

courses. I interspersed this with regular retreats in the various disciplines in

Ireland, U.K., France, India, Sikkim and Nepal.

At the beginning of 1999 I began a Post-graduate Medical Herbalist course in

Milltown College with the Acupuncture Foundation and qualified in 2001,

completing my clinical experience in Nanjing University Hospitals in Nanjing,


I completed a two year Training Course in Wild Goose (Da Yan) Medical Qigong

in 2015 with the Shulan College of Chinese Medicine U.K. Following this I also

completed a two year Teacher Training Course which covers Classical Medical

Qigong forms with the Qigong Teachers Association U.K. in 2017.

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