ZY Qigong is one of the world’s most ancient and complete healing and self-development systems, a practice combining movement, breath, and the meditative mind to store and focus energy for personal transformation and healing. This practice also builds our immune system and we will also learn meditations to strengthen and nourish our lungs and promote healing during this COVIS-19 pandemic. Wednesdays • 4-5:15 p.m.
Qigong Classes • Workshops • Events
Earthgym Classes • Workshops • Events
In this 2-week series, we will do three specific meditations given by my Qigong Grandmaster, Xu Mingtang. These Qiqong meditations will: bring healing and bright white light to our Earth; bring healing and bright light to our lungs and the lungs of our human family, and help dissolve phlegm in the lungs of those who need it. These practices are simple and extremely powerful, and are derived from the branch of Chinese Medicine called Image Medicine, Yi Xiang 意像. Fridays, 4/3 & 4/10 from 10-11 a.m. PDT
I’m excited and honored to have been invited to share in The Qigong Effect! It’s an international online summit with Qigong teachers around the world sharing of the transformational effects of Qigong in building our good health, reducing stress, promoting vitality, creativity, joy and living our soul’s purpose. See recording on my Videos page.
Do you miss play in your life? Play is as essential for our wellbeing as sleep and in a culture that places high value on busy-ness and “productivity”, time for play, wonder and wandering are lost arts. Yet, these things, especially when done outdoors, fill our body with happy feelings, the abundant Qi of Nature, and the sense of awe and enchantment we were born with. They are keys to our creativity, aliveness and our soul’s purpose. Through simple qigong, outdoor play and a culminating quest , a solo “wonder wander” (with its roots in Chinese medicine), we will reclaim the power, vitality and joy innate to us all! Sunday 2/16 from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
In this day-long immersion class on 12/7, we will look at how to face the darkness, heaviness, and stillness of the winter season by stoking our inner warmth and fire. Drawing on nourishing life wisdom from around the world, we will look at foods, herbs, and practices that keep us alive and vital through the darkest time of year. Why do we crave spices like cinnamon and nutmeg? Why is there a tradition of bringing greenery into the house at this time of year?
We will answer these questions and more as we sample herbal teas, learn to use mugwort as moxibustion to warm and strengthen vital areas of the body, learn about local trees and their medicinal properties, and even practice some fire meditation to strengthen the body inside and out. (Saturday 12/7, 9:30a-4p)
Mugwort is amazing and used in traditions around the world. It can be taken orally to warm the womb and alleviate menstrual pain; placed under one’s pillow for dreams; and used externally in Chinese Medicine to warm the body, stimulate circulation and smooth Qi flow, and expel pathogenic influences. This herb also holds teachings of self-compassion, mindfulness and inner nourishment. Let’s explore the ways of magical mugwort, gathered from our Cascade river valleys, for self-care, prevention and alleviation of common ailments. Join us at the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference on Vashon Island, Sept 20-22, 2019.
Wild Wandering & Wild Food ~ Plant Medicine Class Incorporating Qigong & Springtime Nourishing Practices
It’s spring – time of lessening yin and and growing yang. So it’s a perfect time get outside, play and nourish our growing qi with wild foods, qigong and the ancient arts of free and easy wandering. That’s why we’re offering our next seasonal Plant Medicine & Qigong class called Wild Wandering & Wild Food on Saturday April 27 from 9:30a-4:00p. Come join us to optimize your and your family’s health in the springtime! 🙂
Deep Nourishing: Winter Roots ~ Plant Medicine Class Incorporating Tonic Herbs, Super Foods and Qigong
It’s winter – time of extreme yin and nourishing our roots. So it’s a perfect time to learn about plant medicines, including tonics and superfoods, and qigong and meditation practices that do just that!! That’s why we’re offering our next seasonal Plant Medicine class called Deep Nourishing: Winter Roots on Saturday January 19 from 9:30a-4p. Come join us to optimize your and your family’s health in the winter months! 🙂
Let’s learn about plants and how their medicine can keep us healthy and strengthen our immune system!! This is our first of a series of seasonal Plant Medicine and Nourishing Life Classes held on Saturday, November 10th from 9:30-4ish. In this class, entitled Optimum Wellness and Immunity During the Fall, we’ll: learn how to keep ourselves healthy during cold and flu season (Yay!); learn how to make remedies with local forest plants and simple ingredients in our kitchen (so empowering!!); make some herbal infusions, a tincture, and our very own cough medicine to take home! (Fun and good medicine for the whole family!); learn about our immune system from an energetic and holistic point of view based on Chinese Medicine. (way cool!!:)); and gain simple concepts, acupressure points and exercises to increase our vitality and strengthen our immunity to stay healthy (and they’re fun! :))
In this Plant Medicine Immersion, students will dive into the world of our green friends and allies and learn about different branches of Herbal Medicine! We will cover different herbal realms such as: Forest Medicine, Exotic Elixirs, Aromatic Medicines, Garden Medicines, and more. In each session, we will learn 5-10 plants, create plant medicines, and…
Yay! I’m excited to be teaching this class with my awesome husband, Nate Summers!! Free, natural, rewilding movement is something we are both passionate about, and between the 2 of us, we have 40 years of teaching experience in this field. We actually began our relationship with several play dates to share our various natural movement practices! (So fun!!) This is going to be a fulfilling, revitalizing, inspiring and FUN class and I’m excited to share it with you all!
Here are the details:
The Art of Movement: Rewilding Our Bodies, 10 Week Video Class, Thursdays 11a.m. PDT, July 9 – September 10.
Classes are 75 mins + extra time for Q&A.
Yay! I’m excited!! My husband Nate and I have been invited by 8 Shields Institute to offer a free webinar on Wednesday July 1st at 11am PST, entitled Rewilding Our Bodies. In this free 90-minute webinar, the two of us will share creative, fun, and easy ways to unlock the core patterns of tension and stress in your body. (So good!! :))
Feeling restless with the COVID lockdowns? Ready to move your body and fill your tissues with the bubbling Joy, fragrances, beauty and exquisite new life of Spring? If so, you’re in the right place!! Join me in my first-ever online Qigong with Trees ~ Earthgym class. This will be a natural pick-me-up and you can do it from anywhere!! You can join from your backyard, balcony, porch, patio, or even your apartment with your windows open! 🙂 Thursdays, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. PDT.
Step into your Joy and Vitality! This class is a unique practice combining the fundamental and powerful practices of Qigong 气功 with barefooting, staff dancing and stretching, stone-toning and tree weaving. When: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on 9/25, 10/9 and 10/23. Where: Green Lake Park (by the Bathhouse Theater on the NW side of the lake) Tuition: $10/class
Come play and connect with our Earth with simple Earth tools – sticks and stones! Earthgym taps into our childhood passions of using outdoor play to learn from life. It’s a movement way of learning from our habitat. Sticks and stones are powerful, alchemical training tools that awaken and strengthen our bodies and open doorways to aliveness, creativity & joy. From these states of being, the Earth’s immense Qi comes pouring into our biggest musing tool, our body. It’s super fun and a great addition to one’s yoga, martial arts, dance or other movement practices. Join us at the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference on Vashon Island, Sept 20-22, 2019.
Come play and connect with our Earth with simple Earth tools – sticks and stones! Earthgym taps into our childhood passions of using outdoor play to learn from life. It’s a movement way of learning from our habitat. Sticks and stones are powerful, alchemical training tools that awaken and strengthen our bodies and open doorways to aliveness, creativity & joy. From these states of being, the Earth’s immense Qi comes pouring into our biggest musing tool, our body. It’s super fun and a great addition to one’s yoga, martial arts, dance or other movement practices. Join us for this 1/2 day workshop on Saturday April 13, 2019 from 2:30 – 5pm at Two Rivers Yoga Studio in Carnation, WA.
Earthgym ~ Primal, Practical & Playful Ways to Strengthen Our Bodies & Learn from the Earth – Sunday 5/5
Primal, practical, playful and purposeful, Earthgym is a great extension of one’s yoga, martial arts or other movement/meditative practices. As our Earthgym is everywhere, you can use this practice with its simple nature tools in the wild, city parks, and/or your backyard to easily tap into your aliveness, creativity and joyous connection to one of our greatest teachers, Mother Earth. Join us for this full day workshop on Sunday May 5, 2019 from 10a – 4p at Two Rivers Yoga Studio in Carnation, WA.
Come join me at Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival at Masonic Park off the Mountain Loop Hwy!!! This is a super duper fun nature and family-friendly event with lots of amazing trees, a river to swim and play in, phenomenal dance music and performances, tea houses, yum yum food carts extraordinaire, creative customs and parades, cozy camping amongst the trees, and lots of AWESOME workshops to attend, including the Wonder of Wandering ~ Imagination Rocks on Sunday 7/29 10-11:30 a.m.! 🙂
Step into your Joy and Vitality! This class is a unique practice combining the fundamental and powerful practices of Qigong 气功 with barefooting, staff dancing and stretching, stone-toning and tree weaving. Trees, rivers, mountains, wildlife, and Nature are naturally Exuberant. Their strength is interwoven with all life and grounded in our Earth’s massive Qi. And…