Daoist Sitting Meditation $180 (4 wks)
Sept 17- Oct 12, 2017
Sun, Mon, Thurs 8:00-9:30pm
This course will provide students with a foundation in stillness- which is essential to all other aspects of our training. An emphasis will be placed on proper sitting posture, as well as integration of Daoist Principles of internal practice. Students should have a will to go deeper into their spiritual development as well as be willing to sit for 45-50 minutes at a time. We will begin with instruction and methods, but for the most part this course is about experiencing the process of what occurs when one devotes time to stillness. There will be time to ask questions and discuss each individual’s own experience so that students have guidance on this path and know what to do and when. Students will be encouraged to adjust their diet slightly as well as do sitting meditation on their own in the days we do not meet as a group. Some areas we will touch upon, but not limited to, are breathing, emptiness, how to preserve life force energy, opening and closing rituals surrounding the sitting practice such as lighting incense and bowing, practicing compassion, brightening the magnetic field, Daoist internal cultivation philosophies…and much more!
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Daoist Medicine: 6 Part Series ($50 per/ $240 entire series recommended) Oct – Nov – Dec 2017
Tui Na Massage – Oct 8 (Sun 10am-1pm)
- Anatomy, meridians, intro to Five Element Theory, learn hand techniques and set, personal diagnosis
Moxibustion – Oct 15 (Sun 10-1)
- History and method, commonly used acu-points and indications, herbal properties of Mugwort, how and when to harvest, learn to roll your own moxa sticks with prayer paper
Gua Sha – Oct 29 (Sun 10-1)
- Method, uses and indications, lymphatic system, tools and technique
Cupping Therapy – Nov 5 (Sun 10-1)
- History and technique, use glass or bamboo cups with fireball or prayer paper, introduce diagnosis and pulse reading
Herbs and Making Liniment – Nov 26 (Sun 10am-1pm)
- How to make liniments, identify, sort, grind, and suspend Chinese herbs in alcohol, help prepare our school’s own dit da jow/ die da jiu, go home with a bottle of our previous batch, understand different herbal properties and how they aid in recovery, acute and chronic conditions, warm and cold therapies
Huo Liao Fire Healing – Dec 10 (Sun 10-1)
- Introduction to rare Daoist medicine technique of Huo Liao, Daoist medicine values- changing one’s environment, habits, diet, thoughts. This class only open to those registered for entire series.
Daoist Scripture and Music Healing $180 (4 wks)
October 20 – Nov 11, 2017, Fridays + Saturdays 3:00pm-5:00pm
This is an introduction to Daoist Ceremony, specifically the recitation of the Morning Scripture and it’s musical accompaniment. First we will learn the basics of pronouncing, writing, and reading han zi (Chinese characters), with an emphasis placed on specific vocabulary for the purpose of studying Daoist Scripture. Once a basic foundation in Mandarin is reached, we will begin to focus more on the recitation of Zao Wan Gong Ke (Morning and Evening Scripture) which is practiced in most Daoist Temples everyday, and includes some of the major Daoist texts such as Qing Jing Jing (Scripture of Purity and Stillness), Ba Da Shen Zhou (Eight Spirit Mantras), and Xin Yin Miao Jing (Jade Emperors Heart Seal Classic). For more information on scriptures, check Five Immortals Temple website. The wisdom of the scriptures is profound and can guide us along our path- a must learn for any aspiring Daoist as well as a valuable resource to us all in how to protect our life force and practice compassion within society. It is said that recitation of Scripture can clear karmic afflictions and heal the body.
Dragon Heart Ba Gua -Stepping Patterns and Daoist Principles: ($240/ 6wks) November 2 – December 8, 2017, Thursdays + Fridays 10:00am – 12:00
“The Eight Step Heavenly Big Dipper Palm is ancient and unadorned, refined and rare,transcending the mundane, and casting off the conventional.”
In this course on the complex art of Ba Gua, we will cover basic circle walking stepping methods, the sacred patterns, Daoist theory, and begin to learn the 8 steps of Chun Yang Sect’s Ba Bu Long Xin Zhang form. This is not only a martial art but also a ceremony and healing practice. To read more about Ba Gua from the Five Immortals Temple website click here.
Past Seminars: (new dates TBA soon! please write us if you have interest!)
We offer 2 day weekend seminars on specific Wudang arts. These events begin Saturday 2:30-5:30pm, and continue on Sunday 10am-2pm with a 30 min. break for a packed mini-lunch. All Seminars are $150, preregistration required, held at SHDWBX Studio, unless otherwise noted. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Register at: SHDWBX.STUDIO
Heaven and Earth Fan Weapon for Women: Dec 17/18, 2016
Heavenly Horse Tai Ji 36 Postures: Jan 28/29, 2017
Seven Star Sword 49 Postures: Feb 18/19, 2017
Ba Gua Stepping Patterns: March 11/12, 2017
Heaven and Earth Fan Workshop for Women: Dec 17/18, 2016
Heavenly Horse Tai Chi 36 Postures:
In this seminar we will learn the 36 postures of a tai chi form from White Horse Mountain. We will introduce the methods of Fire and Water, 2 ways to approach the practice of Tai Chi. When Tai Chi is executed in the Fire method, it is characterized by low stance work, spiraling movement, and fa-jing power (wave or whip-like strikes), it is invigorating and demanding. When Tai Chi is practiced in the Water method it is soft, relaxed and for the main purpose of health and longevity. Both methods are a moving meditation which can help ease stress, provide peace of mind-body, correct structural alignment, and offer strength and flexibility. Students will learn basic movements such as Tai Ji Pillar, Standing Meditation Alignment, Cloud Hands, Silk Reeling, as well as stepping patterns like Brush Knee and Part the Horses Mane. Beginners welcome! Experienced practitioners will also get a lot of technique and knowledge out of this workshop. Participants will also get to experience a traditional pouring of Pu’er tea to refresh and hydrate the mind and body each day.
Seven Star Sword 49 Postures: Feb 18/19, 2017
This is a double edged straight sword form from Wudang Mountain Chun Yang Sect. It is characterized by ba gua stepping, fluid and circular movements, like the spirit of the dragon. It is as much a ceremonial practice, enriched with prayer and empowerment, as it is a container for developing traditional martial weapons skills. In this seminar we will learn the 49 postures of this form, its ceremonial elements, as well as some practical applications of how to wield a sword in combat. Those attending must bring their own sword. Please contact us ahead of time if you need help ordering one.
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