Class Descriptions

Essence Qigong Level I
This is an 8 hour class for beginners with a 2 hour follow up decided by class. To see schedule click here.


Chinese Essence Qigong was developed by the Chinese Academy of Somatic Science after years of research and discussion among scientists, traditional Chinese medicine experts, philosophers and the major Qigong masters in China. It was first introduced to the public in China by Professor Fuyin Chen, the director of the Academy, in 1987. Since 1994, the form has been taught to hundreds of American students.

Chinese Essence Qigong is a form based on the summary of the major types of Qigong in China. It has all the merits of both traditional and contemporary Qigong. It includes the essence of Confucionist, Buddhist, Daoist, medical and martial art Qigong. It is easy to learn and is a good way to harmonize body, spirit and mind. Through years of practice by thousands of people, this form has been proven to be very effective in eliminating diseases, improving health, balancing emotions and refining the spirit. For more information visit Qigong.


A contemporary form of qigong developed by Master Zhao, Jin-xiang, Soaring Crane Qigong draws upon the movements of the crane, long known as symbols of health and longevity in China. This form coordinates movements and mental focus to help access your own innate healing energy. The movements of this particular qigong form are clear cut and easy to learn. With practice, the qi quickly cleanses the channels and strengthens the body’s immune system, often causing noticeable results in a short period of time. In addition to improving physical health, you may also notice increased mental clarity, creativity and intuition. More than just physical exercise, the practice of Soaring Crane Qigong decreases tension and stress, leading to more clarity, peace and happiness. For more information visit Qigong.


Awakening Light Gong is a contemporary form of practice that brings light into the body for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. According to Daoist understanding, the Dao is unseen and exists forever. The Dao is manifested in light, and light is manifested in qi. With a background in music, I think of these three aspects - spirit, light and qi - as octaves of the same note. Each octave lower brings pure spirit into denser, more physical form - and physical form continues to "vibrate" with spirit as well. In truth, the physical and spiritual worlds cannot be separated. For more information visit Qigong.

Compassionate Communication

Taught by Jeff Tretsven

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Do you communicate with other human beings? Do you think your messages are always understood the way you intended? Would you enjoy an opportunity to experience speaking and listening in a manner that increases the likelihood of your true intent being received by the listener? Imagine looking at the world and seeing people meeting their needs through their behavior, instead of seeing people as good or bad. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) was developed by Marshall Rosenberg as a way of connecting with people in a compassionate manner.

Why do I enjoy NVC? I grew up in a loving family but not very expressive. Most of my life has been lived in environments that encouraged me to be tough and not show feelings. Anger and happiness were the full range of acceptable emotions. I could have been described as a nice person but someone who came from a perspective of logic. My experience with NVC has changed me into someone who feels and expresses emotions very freely. I have heard it said the longest journey is from the head to the heart. With NVC I had a very quick trip going from a logic oriented person to a feelings oriented person.

NVC uses honesty and empathy with four steps. The steps are; Neutral Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests. Honesty is saying what's alive in us using a feeling and need based language. Empathy is being with someone without taking on their pain. We can be empathic by acknowledging the feelings and needs being expressed by someone else or we can just quietly be with them. For information on Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication go to The Center for Nonviolent Communication