Qigong: Level 4
Iron and Silk
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Tuition - $275
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Strengthening the Body, Cleansing the Internal Organs
Iron has the quality of hardness, but tempered by fire, will become soft and flexible, ready to form limitless shapes. Silk has the quality of softness, but when the fibers are woven together, they form the strongest bonds.
Qigong 4 is the balance and integration of Iron and Silk. Enter the world of Wudangshan qigong to build the Iron of external strength. Continue your exploration of breath regulation to weave the Silk of internal strength.
Your introduction to Iron begins with the Tiger and Dragon forms of the Wudangshan Five Animals. Wudang means martial-art dominant, and its qigong is used to build the strength and flexibility required for martial arts training. The Tiger builds bone strength and the Dragon trains flexibility in the spine. When you practice these forms, the Iron of your muscles, tendons, and bones will become strong yet soft and pliable.
Your experience of Silk is through the qigong of Immortals’ Guide and Red Phoenix, when you use breath to move qi through the muscles, tendons, and bones. Through breath regulation, the Silk of your muscular-skeletal system will become soft yet strong and firm.
The highlight of Qigong 4 is a special evening of practice devoted to Organ Cleansing. Toxins enter our organs daily, introducing impurities into qi that is stored in them. Learn how to strengthen your organs, cleanse them, and make them suitable vessels for holding qi.
This level ends with the final two postures of Standing Qigong, the culmination of stabilizing the benefits of your Iron and Silk training.
The Qigong of Xiantianwujimen Taoism
Xiantianwujimen is a Taoist lineage founded by Chen Xiyi in 10th century China. “Xiantian” means prmordial, “wuji” means limitless, and “men” means gate. The translated name of the lineage is Primordial Limitless Gate.
This lineage specializes in using qigong to simultaneously cultivate and transform body and mind. A hermit and household tradition, Xiantianwujimen has been transmitted uninterrupted for over a thousand years. Qigong techniques favored by this lineage include self-massage, tendon-changing, calisthenics, marrow washing, and breath regulation.
Instruction of Xiantianwjimen qigong is offered by Eva Wong, a 19th generation carrier of the lineage, and by instructors authorized by the lineage.
For more information on the teachings and programs offered by Xiantianwujimen Taoism please go to limitlessgate.com.
Arrival & Departure:
On Tuesday, April 30th please arrive between 3:00 - 6:00pm for registration.
Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.
The program will officially begin at 7:30pm.
On Thursday, May 2nd the program will finish by 6:00pm.
Qigong Levels 1-3
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.
Qigong Instructor - Suzann Duquette has been a student of body-focused disciplines since 1974 and a student of Daoist Qigong in the lineages of Dr. Eva Wong since 2007. Suzann is an authorized instructor of Dr. Wong for Daoist Qigong Levels 1 through 5 and Strategic Leadership, based on the writings of Zhuge Liang. Student in the lineages of Chögyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham, Suzann is a former director and senior teacher of Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center in Vermont. Suzann includes body-focused disciplines in her teaching as methods for health, well-being, and the embodiment of wisdom. She lives in Barnet, Vermont, with her husband, where they own and run Blue Skies B&B.