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Foundations of Qigong

Eastern Wisdom for Western Minds

January 1 - 5, 2018

Monday - Friday, 4 nights

$375 Tuition

Plus 4 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Qigong is the “new yoga.” No matter your age, fitness level, or mobility, you can start off the new year with this high-energy, fun, 5-day program, and dive deep into the foundations of qigong.

Using movement that engages the whole body, conscious breathing, and posture awareness, you will experience balance in mind, body, and spirit through Eastern traditions and wisdom.

Medical qigong expert Chris Shelton will share easy-to-use tools for maintaining, enhancing, and protecting the health and vitality of your body and mind. This course is appropriate for novice and seasoned practitioners of holistic health and anyone seeking an effective, uplifting practice to reach lifestyle and wellness goals.

You will learn:

  • How to use breath, posture, and intent to positively affect the well-being of your body, mind, and spirit
  • Simple meditations to restore harmony and balance to your inner and outer life
  • How the five elements manifest in our bodies and what happens when elements are out of balance
  • Gentle, anyone-can-do-them movements to accelerate healing and alleviate chronic pain.

You will leave each session with self-healing techniques you can incorporate into your life and share with others, to protect the body from disease and emotions from blockages, while increasing vitality and resilience.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Chris Shelton

    Qigong teacher and award-winning martial artist

    Chris Shelton, a certified qigong practitioner and teacher, is also an author, professional speaker, workshop leader, and an award-winning martial artist.

    Chris first experienced the powerful effects of qigong while recovering from a devastating back injury as a teenager. In 1988, after studying with some of the most revered Chinese medicine masters, he started his own medical qigong practice. He now teaches self-healing techniques to a range of ages, skill levels, and abilities‰—from youth to Special Olympic athletes to professional fighters.

    At the Morning Crane Healing Arts Center, which he opened in 2000 in Willow Glen, California, Chris teaches kickboxing, qigong, and tai chi, and treats clients using traditional medical qigong practices.

    Due to the outstanding results his clients have experienced, he has been interviewed on Showtime, UFC, and NBC Sports, among other media outlets.

    He was the 2010 Tiger Claw grand champion in tai chi and has been featured in Kung Fu Magazine. He is the author of Qigong for Self-Refinement: Total Health with the 5 Elements and works alongside his wife, Parisa Shelton, to promote the beneficial effects of qigong.

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  • Why Attend
    • Spend five days practicing qigong as it has been passed down from Chinese masters, then continue to enjoy this self-healing practice at home to balance body

    • Reduce stress and feel more alive by unblocking stuck energy and emotions through easy-to-learn movements and breathing techniques.

    • Reinvigorate your commitment to a life of happiness and well-being as you head into the new year.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Special Interest To

    Health practitioners and anyone experiencing physical aches and pains

  • 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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