Matthew Cohen: Five Element Qigong at 1440 Multiversity

The Practice at 1440: Design-Your-Own Yoga Retreat, Jan 17–20.


Five Element Qigong

August 5 - 10, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

Qigong is an ancient Asian system of health and self-development. Its slow, circular, repetitive movements invoke a sense of inner peace and relaxation. The practice involves meditation and movement, which develops internal calm and brings the body into greater harmony.

The ancient Chinese scholars believed that the universe consists of five basic elements—metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. Five Element Qigong works with these elements and what they correlate to within our bodies.

Join teacher Matthew Cohen, E-RYT 500, the only representative in the United States with the blessing of master Liu Xuyang to teach this style of qigong. You will learn:

  • The Five Element Qigong practice, which is done in alternating intervals of standing poses and walking meditation
  • How to transition smoothly and seamlessly, from the sacred to everyday activities
  • Proper alignment and use of the Taoist “natural breath.”

There will be plenty of time to answer questions and grow in this practice together. By the end of the weekend, you will have a complete practice to take home and continue on your own.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Matthew Cohen, E-RYT 500

    Qigong expert, creator of Sacred Energy Arts

    Sifu Matthew Cohen is the founder and creator of Sacred Energy Arts, an integrated system of health and self-development drawing from yoga, qigong, and martial arts. Matthew developed this method after discovering that even though yoga, qigong, and the internal martial arts each stand alone as great health systems, together they create a complete practice.

    At a young age, Matthew instinctively gravitated toward yoga, discovering the hidden secrets within the breath, balance, and strength of the poses. Matthew’s practice continued to grow, as he obtained certifications in ashtanga and hatha yoga under Tim Miller, Max Strom, Sarah Powers, and Saul David Raye.

    At age 12, Matthew began martial arts training at Kam Yuen’s School of Tai Mantis Kung Fu, eventually earning the rank of fifth-degree black belt. He went on to attain the title of Guru in Kun Tao Silat under the masterful Willem de Thouars.

    Inspired by these teachers and their ability to draw great inner strength from these practices, Matthew went on to study the three great internal martial arts of China: tai chi, xing yi, and ba gua. He is based in Malibu, California.


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  • Why Attend
    • Cultivate and manage a high grade of energy that you can bring into all aspects of your day.

    • Experience a full immersion into the ancient, energetic arts of qigong.

    • Build strength, grace, and calm in your practice and daily life.

  • Things to Know/Schedule


    Below is your daily schedule for your stay during your program. You will always be able to attend the meals and activities shown between your program sessions. You will also have opportunities to experience Healing Arts, walking trails, and many other campus amenities throughout your stay. To schedule a treatment at Healing Arts call 844-544-1440, ext. 304 or email [email protected]Click here to view our current menu: 

    Opening Day

    2:15 pm

    Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm

    Luggage storage is available

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    6:45 – 7:15 pm 1440 Guest Welcome Session (optional)

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Program Session


    6:45am – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    Breakfast at Kitchen

    9am – 12 pm Morning Program Session

    12pm-2 pm Lunch at Kitchen

    2pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Program Session

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Optional Events or Program Session



    Closing Day

    6:45am – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9 am

    Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9am – 11:00 am

    Morning Program Session

    12:00pm NOON Checkout Time

    11:30am – 1:30 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table—

    Departure day lunch is included in your stay.



    None required.


    None required.


    Comfortable clothing


    Martial artists, yoga and health care practitioners, bodyworkers, and acupuncturists


    Pregnant women in their first trimester are discouraged from attending.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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