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Self-Healing Practices for Troubled Times

Qigong and Western Bodymind Healing

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

During troubled times, ancient wisdom traditions—a lineage passed down from our spiritual ancestors—can help us find a healing pathway. Join Michael Mayer, PhD, for a workshop on the spirit and soul of tai chi and qigong drawn from a tradition of self-healing, spiritual unfolding, self defense, and changing your life’s stance.

Experience a fusion of ancient and modern approaches to body-mind healing, including anthropological research, stories from ancient wisdom traditions, two-person tai chi practices, tai chi dance, Western body-mind healing methods, and psycho-mythological work.

Discover why standing meditation has been called “the million-dollar secret of qigong,” and why Yi Chuan walking meditation adds something vital to other traditions of walking meditation.

In this weekend workshop, you will explore:

  • How to enter into a new way of being—likened to rebirth—through the transformative traditions of standing meditation, tai chi, and qigong
  • Tai chi movements and self-defense practices and qigong animal forms to reactivate your primordial self and drive your self-actualization process
  • How to return to the source of healing, and how to “reel silk” to alchemically transform your relationship to the space around you
  • The Mythic Journey Process: a narrative, somatic, psycho-mythological process that uses storytelling and imagery to shift a current life issue and break out of stuck patterns
  • Self-healing practices you can share with loved ones or patients to transform negative beliefs, work through challenges, and help with stress, anxiety, and trauma.

Michael Mayer, PhD

February 2 - 4, 2018
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$300 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

During troubled times, ancient wisdom traditions—a lineage passed down from our spiritual ancestors—can help us find a healing pathway. Join Michael Mayer, PhD, for a workshop on the spirit and soul of tai chi and qigong drawn from a tradition of self-healing, spiritual unfolding, self defense, and changing your life’s stance.

Experience a fusion of ancient and modern approaches to body-mind healing, including anthropological research, stories from ancient wisdom traditions, two-person tai chi practices, tai chi dance, Western body-mind healing methods, and psycho-mythological work.

Discover why standing meditation has been called “the million-dollar secret of qigong,” and why Yi Chuan walking meditation adds something vital to other traditions of walking meditation.

In this weekend workshop, you will explore:

  • How to enter into a new way of being—likened to rebirth—through the transformative traditions of standing meditation, tai chi, and qigong
  • Tai chi movements and self-defense practices and qigong animal forms to reactivate your primordial self and drive your self-actualization process
  • How to return to the source of healing, and how to “reel silk” to alchemically transform your relationship to the space around you
  • The Mythic Journey Process: a narrative, somatic, psycho-mythological process that uses storytelling and imagery to shift a current life issue and break out of stuck patterns
  • Self-healing practices you can share with loved ones or patients to transform negative beliefs, work through challenges, and help with stress, anxiety, and trauma.

Faculty Bio

Michael Mayer, PhD

Michael Mayer is a licensed psychologist and qigong and tai chi teacher who specializes in offering patients self-healing methods for health problems. A keynote speaker, Dr. Mayer presents his approach to body-mind healing at professional conferences, national and international workshops, universities, and hospitals.

A pioneer of the integration of qigong and psychotherapy, Dr. Mayer was the first person in the United States to train doctoral psychology students in these methods at an accredited university. The American Tai Chi and Qigong Association has certified Michael as a master tai chi instructor. He is the author of 20 publications on body-mind healing, including six books and various articles.

Michael’s guiding image of “two streams becoming one” directs him as he joins East/West, mind/body, and ancient/modern in his work. His interest in joining ancient wisdom traditions and psychotherapy led him to become a cofounding faculty member of John F. Kennedy University’s transpersonal psychology program.

His interest in mind-body medicine led him to cofound and practice at the Health Medicine Center, a multi-disciplinary medical clinic providing integrative health care. He is a fellow of the American Association for Integrative Medicine.

 

Why Attend

  • Experience the Bodymind Healing qigong approach to tai chi and qigong and learn how to use movement for transformation and to shift old life patterns.

  • Discover ways to work with common ailments such as insomnia, anxiety, hypertension, and chronic pain as part of a lifetime preventative medicine program.

  • Experience an integral combination of psycho-mythological storytelling, somatic practices (from qigong and tai chi), Western body-mind healing methods, and experiential practices.

  • Find your way through troubled times, learn to help others do the same, and apply these traditions to your life and your health care practices.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • What to Wear

    Loose, comfortable clothing

  • CEs Available

    Various formats of this workshop have received CEUs for all health professions. Please ask for details.

  • Recommended Reading

    This workshop is oriented to both health professionals and anyone wanting to learn self-healing methods. Reviewing the following resources in advance will enhance your workshop experience.

    For all program participants, articles to read (required for participant letter):
    Michael Mayer, “Qigong and Behavioral Medicine: An Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain,” Qi Journal (Winter, 1996).
    Michael Mayer, “Tai Chi Chuan: A Postmodern Metaphysical Point of View,” Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts (Summer, 2012).
    Michael Mayer, “What Do You Stand For?: Standing Meditation Qigong,” Qi Journal (Summer, 2004).

    For health professionals to read:
    Same as above, plus:
    Michael Mayer, Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy: Ancient Pathways for Modern Health (Orinda, California: Bodymind Healing Publications, 2007).

  • Special Interest to

    Mental health professionals, clergy, psychiatric nurses, and helping professionals who are suffering from burnout

  • Special Details

    This workshop, though taught at an advanced, leading-edge level, is suitable for lay people and professionals.

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in mid-February 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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