The Yi Quan Qigong Intensive:
Health, Balance, & Inner Strength
With Ken Cohen
At Gray Bear Lodge
April 18-23, 2017
Please be sure to register early as Ken Cohen’s programs generally fill many months in advance. We limit registration to create a more personal and rewarding learning experience.
Ever wonder why, in spite of the miracles of modern medicine, more than 2.5 million Americans practice ancient healing exercises from China? Qigong is one of the world’s most popular and best-researched methods to improve health and vitality. Regular practice makes the mind tranquil, reduces stress, and deepens your connection with nature. In this program, learn the secrets of one of the greatest qigong masters in Chinese history: Wang Xiangzhai, equally renowned as a healer, athlete, and spiritual mentor. Wang’s Yi Quan style of qigong consists of healing exercises (quan) and meditations that open the mind (yi) to the energies of the universe. This comprehensive system teaches you, in exquisite detail, the principles upon which all qigong is based.
You will learn:
- Standing and Walking Meditation: to promote mind/body harmony while improving posture, breathing, balance, and coordination.
- Experimenting with Energy: to clear the body’s energy channels.
- Peng Jing (Resilient Energy Training): to increase strength and prevent injuries.
- How to Store and Release Energy: create healthy boundaries to conserve energy and increase your capacity to give to others.
- Yi Quan training to improve your ability in Basketball, Baseball, Swimming, Golf, Tai Chi, or any sport.
- Yi Quan Somatic Therapy: Use Yi Quan movements to help a client or friend improve their functioning or recover from injury (no previous experience necessary). Massage and Physical Therapists will learn practical tools to vastly improve their effectiveness.
- Yi Quan Meditation: to relax and awaken the qi (life force) of the body.
- The Health Dance: your own, improvised qigong routine.
There will be time for discussion of the fascinating philosophy and science of qigong, including inspiring stories of the old masters. Yi Quan is a highly enjoyable practice that, with patience and dedication, leads to a more fully alive body and mind.
Ken Cohen, M.A.(Website) is a renowned qigong grandmaster with 50 years experience. The first person to teach qigong in U.S. medical schools, Ken was one of nine “exceptional healers” studied in the Menninger Institute “Copper Wall” project. He is the author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing (Ballantine Books), popular Sounds True audio and DVD courses, and numerous other works in both Chinese and English. In 2004, Ken won the International Lifetime Achievement Award in Energy Medicine.
Please note that this program is for education, well-being, and personal development only. It is not meant to prevent, cure, or treat disease or to take the place of care by a physician or licensed health care professional.
We'll begin with guests arriving after lunch (2-6pm arrival) on Tuesday 18th. Dinner is at 6:00pm, Orientation & opening circle follow. Sunday the 23rd, finishes with closing circle, lunch, and checkout is at 2:00pm. (*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the airport, so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.
Workshop discounted at $965 if paid in full by March 15th. Space is consciously limited. To reserve your place please register by sending your $200 non-refundable deposit (or full payment) to: Gray Bear Lodge, PO Box 682, Hohenwald, TN 38462. Price includes tuition, lodging, meals and full use of facilities. Late registration fee increases to $1045 with balance due before the retreat begins. Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent.
Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.
With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:
- Working flashlight ...it gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
- A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
- Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
- A bath robe/sarong
- House slippers or socks to wear indoors ...no shoes inside please
- Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
- Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
- Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga
Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.