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QiGong Levels 4-5

with Suzann Duquette

August 15 - 19

Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems: the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. This is through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong. Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong." Eva Wong is the 19th-generation carrier (quanren) of this lineage. The Yiquan School was founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century. Yiquan is best known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan. One of Master Wang's students was the Luhe Bafa master Sun Di. Suzann Duquette has received the transmissions from Dr. Eva Wong.

In Level 4 students will learn:

  • The Tiger and Dragon postures from the Wudang Shan lineage of Five Internal Animals Training (tiger, dragon, leopard, snake, and crane forms). The Tiger form builds bone strength, and the Dragon form trains the union of spirit and body. In addition, by immersing themselves in the spirit of these animals, participants will eventually come to embody the patience of the crouching tiger stalking its prey and the playfulness of the dragon frolicking in the sky.
  • Part 2 of the Immortals' Guide to Self-massage and Breath regulation. This system combines self-massage and breath control to facilitate the conservation and circulation of internal energy.
  • Part 2 of Chen Xiyi's Red Phoenix Calisthenics System. This system combines tendon-changing, calisthenics, self-massage, and breath regulation. The last two postures of Zhangzhuan (Standing Qigong).

In Level 5 students will learn:

  • The Leopard, Snake, and Crane postures of the Five Internal Animals Training from the Wudang Shan lineage. The leopard form trains tendon flexibility and strength; the snake form trains flexibility in the spinal column to facilitate the circulation of qi; and the crane form enhances the ability of the body to conserve and store generative energy (jing). In addition, by immersing themselves in the spirit of these animals, participants will eventually embody the explosive power of a leaping leopard, the elusive movement of the snake, and the balanced stillness of a crane in repose.
  • Part 3 of the Immortals' Guide to Self-massage and Breath regulation. This system combines self-massage and breath control to facilitate the conservation and circulation of internal energy.
  • Part 3 of Chen Xiyi's Red Phoenix Calisthenics System. This system combines tendon-changing, calisthenics, self-massage, and breath regulation.
  • The cultivation of body needs to be balanced by the cultivation of mind. Therefore, Shambhala shamatha meditation will be integrated with qigong practice throughout the program.

If you wish to take only Level 4 or Level 5, you may register for those individual classes here: 

Arrival & Departure

Please plan to arrive between 3 and 6 p.m. EDT, on Monday, August 15, 2022. in order to register and settle in for the program. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. The opening session will be at 7:30pm. The program will conclude by 6:30pm on Friday, August 19th, 2022. 

If you would like to extend your stay at KCL in order to depart Saturday morning, contact KCL Guest Services at info@karmecholing.org.

COVID Protocols

Karme Choling's COVID protocols will evolve throughout 2022, based on CDC recommendations. It is likely that you will need to have a negative COVID test prior to, or on arrival. Masks may be required for certain indoor events. You will receive specific guidelines in the welcome letter for this retreat. You may check our current COVID protocols regarding on-land participation, at this link: https://www.karmecholing.org/visiting-us/covid-policy

  • Please NOTE: You must be fully vaccinated to stay overnight at Karme Choling.

 

Prerequisites:

Successful completion of QiGong 1-3.


Pricing

Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

FULL PRICE: $775
This is the actual price of the program.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $620
We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations.

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
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.

Online registration is not currently open.


Teachers

About Suzann Duquette

Suzann Duquette has been a student in Shambhala for 45 years, and has served as a leader in the governing, teaching, and protection service areas of the community. Previous co-director and director of Karmê Chöling, Suzann is now the center’s Senior Teacher in residence. Suzann has taught widely on the Art of War, is an instructor of Daoist-Qigong in the lineage of Dr. Eva Wong, and is a senior teacher of Mudra Space Awareness, as presented by Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Through body disciplines and awareness practices, she emphasizes embodiment in all of her teaching.

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