Seminars

 

The Taoist Sanctuary hosts world class Taijiquan and Qi Gong teachers from all over the world. Grandmasters Chen Xiaowang and Chen Xiaoxing, Masters Chen Ziqiang, Ren Guangyi, Jan Silberstorff, David Gaffney and Davidine Sim, and Stephan Berwick have all taught seminars in Chen style Taijiquan. Master Ken Cohen, renowned Qi Gong instructor and author, holds a winter seminar series at the Sanctuary. Bill and Allison Helm give periodic workshops on Taijiquan, Qi Gong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Anatomy of Taijiquan.

Workshops are not part of the monthly or session fees. Costs for the workshops will be available in the shop and are payable online or in person. Some workshops are limited to experienced students, and this will be clearly noted in the calendar event. Workshops rarely fill up, as the Taoist Sanctuary has plenty of space for all interested students.

 

Master Chen Ziqiang  - Head Coach, Chenjiagou School of Taijiquan, 20th Generation Chen Family Taijiquan
October 10-14, 2018

October 10 Wednesday 6pm - 9pm Short Spear form correction (1 module) 
October 11 Thursday 6pm - 9pm Sword form correction (1 module) 
October 12 Friday 6pm - 9pm Push Hands all levels (1 module) 
October 13 -15 Saturday/Sunday 9am - 12pm, 2pm - 5pm Eyebrow Level Staff Form Instruction  (4 modules) 

Cost: $75 per module
$300 for staff workshop
$500 for entire workshop if purchased together ($25 discount) 

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Taoist Energy Healing/Medical Qi Gong with Bill Helm
Saturdays Monthly
9/29, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15

This class will be focused upon developing sensitivity and abilities to perceive and direct the Qi energy flow in the student's own body and in another person's body. Taoist Energy Healing or Medical Qi Gong is an ancient practice that has a specific set of Nei Gung exercises which will be taught in the class. There are specific protocols for balancing the Dan Tians (Energy Centers), Acupuncture Channels and organ systems.

The class will meet once a month on Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm.
Cost: $25 per class.
Class Dates:  Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15

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Taught by Bill Helm, Tao Shih


 

David Gaffney and Davidine Sim
November 29th - December 2nd, 2018

Taijiquan theory, basic training, form correction
Open to all levels

Details coming soon 


Ken Cohen
Why Taoist Immortals Drink Tea: Tea Tasting, Appreciation & Culture

Three Tuesdays, November 27, December 7, December 11
7-8:30pm $90 for the course, preregistration required

Ken will introduce the basics of Chinese tea and tea appreciation, including the differences between types of tea such as Green and Oolong, how to open the senses to the extraordinary aroma and flavor, the properties of spring water versus well water, how the shape and size of the leaf influences flavor, the influence of terroir (soil and landscape) on tea qi (energy), the medicinal properties of tea, tea as a path to enlightenment, and much more. You will hear entertaining tea stories, some fascinating, some bizarre-- why some teas cost more than $600,000 per pound! Ken will also discuss how to honor guests by creating a beautiful, harmonious tea gathering. Each session includes both demonstration and instruction in the Chinese Art of Tea (Cha Yi): a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony during which you will taste two or three single estate, hand-picked teas. You will feel the qi of tea spread through the palate and the body, awakening every cell. 

Session 1, Nov 27, Intro to Tea Culture and Healing Benefits, Green Tea Tasting

Session 2, Dec 4, Oolong Tea Tasting: The Mind-Transforming Dimensions of Aroma and Taste

Session 3, Dec 11, The World of Puerh Tea, Ancient Forests and Mystical Landscapes

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Ken Cohen (www.kennethcohen.com), former student of Alan Watts and Joseph Campbell, is a world-renowned Taoist scholar and Qigong and Tai Chi Master. He has also followed the Way of Tea for more than 40 years. Ken is the author of The Way of Qigongand more than 200 articles on spirituality and health. 

 

 

Ken Cohen
The Eight Postures of Tai Chi: Essential Skills for All Tai Chi Students

Jan 8, 15, 22
7-8:30pm, $75 for the course, preregistration required

In Tai Chi (also spelled Taijiquan), function refines form. That is, whatever your level or style, knowing the martial applications of the movements improves posture, coordination, and mindfulness, and makes your practice a richer and more rewarding experience. Safe application practice also trains you in skills that can improve health, balance, strength, stamina and performance in any sport. Open to anyone who has had at least 3 months experience in any style of Tai Chi.  

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Ken Cohen (www.kennethcohen.com), former student of Alan Watts and Joseph Campbell, is a world-renowned Taoist scholar and Qigong and Tai Chi Master. He has also followed the Way of Tea for more than 40 years. Ken is the author of The Way of Qigongand more than 200 articles on spirituality and health. 

 

 

Ken Cohen
The I Ching: Predicting the Future, Understanding Change

Feb 22-23
9am - 12pm, 2pm - 4pm each day
$295 early bird discount (prepay by Jan 15), $325 later registration

The Yi Jing (or I Ching), the Classic of Change, written more than 2,000 years ago, is the world’s only spiritual classic devoted to the theme of change itself. It presents a way of understanding all phenomena as interactions among yin, yang, and the elements. You will learn how to actually use the text to answer questions, find solutions, predict tendencies, and navigate the currents of change to avoid pitfalls and bad decisions. We will explore the rare “Plum Blossom Numerology”, simple formulas that allow you to find answers to personal dilemmas by interpreting omens in nature. The Yi Jing is also a book of wisdom, with instructions in alchemical meditation—how to transform the “fire” of spirit and the “water” of the body into the “gold” of long life We will practice these rare Taoist meditations. The course is open to beginners. 

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Ken Cohen (www.kennethcohen.com), former student of Alan Watts and Joseph Campbell, is a world-renowned Taoist scholar and Qigong and Tai Chi Master. He has also followed the Way of Tea for more than 40 years. Ken is the author of The Way of Qigongand more than 200 articles on spirituality and health.