2019 Apprenticeship in Ukiah, California

This year our apprenticeship program will take place on a beautiful piece of land outside of Ukiah, California.  This land is full of epic mountain vistas, oak woodlands, fresh air, blue skies and abundant wildlife, including wild ponies!

Students will camp in their own gear, anything from a regular camping tent to a canvas wall tent, trailer or volkswagon bus, whatever you have.  This allows the students to immerse themselves in nature and its seasons in a connected way.  Most students find the thought daunting at first, then leave the program feeling completely empowered.

The first thing we are most excited about with our new site location is the prospect of starting a Chinese Herb garden.  Here we will cultivate our own Chinese herbs such as Angelica, Mugwort, Dandelion, Plantain, Honeysuckle, Yellow Dock and many more.  Students from this year’s courses will hopefully get to take part in the start up of that project.  In the future we hope to provide herbs for our courses in medicine making, liniments, herbal concoctions and other TCM therapies, as well as supply healers and acupuncturists with a sustainable source of herbs.

The second thing we are excited to announce for this year’s apprenticeship program is bringing on Guest Instructor, Loan Guylaine Tran, Daoist title Cheng Feng.  Cheng Feng is my Daoist sister of 9 years.  We have trained, translated and taught together under our Shi Fu at the Five Immortals Temple and shared many life experiences.

She will be bringing a richness of knowledge in Daoist Medicine after having participated and taught multiple years of courses at the Five Immortals Temple, as well as having completed her clinical training in Acupuncture and TCM in hospitals in China.

Another very special area of expertise which she holds is in Daoist Scripture Recitation and Ceremony.  With her musical background, powerful voice, and dedication she is playing an important role in the transmission of such Daoist culture to the west.  She is one of the few westerners who is proficient at the complete chanting, singing, instrumental, and ceremonial components of Daoist Morning and Evening Scripture, Zao Wan Gong Ke.

Participants of this year’s apprenticeship, July 1st- August 11th, will follow a daily schedule of waking up with the sunrise to morning qi gong, mid morning martial arts training, and afternoon theory classes on Daoist Medicine, Internal Alchemy, and Scripture, finishing each day with sitting meditation at night.  There is nothing more healing than the experience of being in nature, and the consistent daily movement of the body.  Movement is life.  Breath is life.  This 6  week program is just long enough to gain momentum and stride in these habits and have, what we hope will be, for all, a memorable and sacred experience that one can look back on in joy and continually gather strength from the practices they have learned.

Explore our website to learn more about the program and how to sign up!

End of the training week, Saturday Recovery

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At the end of a long training week, Saturday mornings can feel like a natural time to do some healing and recovery work during our normal kung fu class.  We typically do kung fu basics and a body conditioning hard qi gong, however, occasionally we will devote time to massage, deep stretching, and Daoist healing methods, such as Huo Liao, Fire Healing, cuppings, moxibustion, and gua sha.  We also had everyone pitch in on bottling our new liniment -formula created by my master on Bai Ma Shan for pain, injury, swelling, contusions and bruising.  We now offer it online for anyone who it might benefit.  And with each moon it grows stronger!  https://themovement.academy/shop/.  Everyone in class got to go home with a liniment soak wrapped around an area of pain or injury.  Some chose knee, shoulder, or ankle.  We soaked pieces of gauze with liniment, placed them on the problem area, covered with plastic wrap and and then secured in place with sports tape.  Thanks for a great class everyone!

Healing & Recovery ‘Cuppings’

Occasionally on a Saturday Kung Fu class we will devote the time to Healing and Recovery from the week’s worth of training.  This past Saturday we practiced cuppings.  We used the cotton ball and alcohol method, as well as the traditional Daoist method of lighting prayer paper into the cups.  And, there was, of course, a bit of Huo Liao Fire Healing as well!  We helped each other with lower back pain, knee pain, pinched shoulder and some strains and sprains .

 

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Healing & Recovery ‘Moxibustion’

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Warm the Meridians and Alleviate Stress.

This Sunday, experience the healing power of Mugwort through the Traditional Chinese Medicine technique of Moxibustion.

We will focus on specific acu points that everyone can safely use Moxa on for self-care, boosting energy levels, supporting the immune system, and increasing a sense of well-being.

This is our second event in the Healing and Recovery workshops. Everyone is welcome. We focus on recovery from acute and chronic ailments, as well as general tonifying to maintain balanced health. This Sunday we will be focusing on the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of Moxibustion. The ancient and powerful herb Mugwort is harvested, dried, crushed and rolled into “sticks” or other shapes. It is then burned over meridian points to stimulate circulation of qi and blood, and draw out dampness or cold. We will cover the theory behind Moxa, as well as common acu-points that one can use for immune support and boosting energy levels/ combating fatigue.

Co-Instructed by Graham Lankford L.Ac. and Lindsey Wei

By Donation
Sunday, August 28th
Noon-3pm

Wudang White Horse Academy
7758 Healdsburg Ave,
Sebastopol, CA