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January
Heaven and earth fan workshop

In this online workshop, we will explore the dynamic and fluid movements of fan weaponry.  Originating in the Kun Lun Mountains of China, then later popularized in Wu Dang, this Qian Kun Shan Zi set is both beautiful and strong.  It is characterized by slicing, thrusting, elaborate stepping, parrying, and swift changes from high to low with cross stance.  Movements can be done slow, with integration of breath, for health, longevity and joy.  Alternatively, movements can be done faster and sharper with an emphasis on understanding the martial principles. 

 

In this class we will be making modifications to adapt to those tuning in from home with minimal training space.  We recommend tuning into this class from a training space no smaller than 10’x10’, indoors or outdoors.  Please order a fan ahead of time. We suggest any of these fans in 13” if in the US: go to store. You can also check online at amazon or ebay or any site that ships to your location. 

Open to all levels.

Monday - Friday
January 18-22
9-10:30 a.m. PST

$200

In January I will be hosting another Wudang martial brother from the San Feng Sect on topics we feel are important to bring into the dialogue surrounding the emergence of traditional Wudang Daoist culture into the mainstream or modern western world, and how we may hold that culture in a conscious way within ourselves.  

    

Find out more about Jeff and his offerings here:  

https://www.wudangdaoism.com/about-jeff 

View teaching in Modern encounters with daoism:
guest lecture with Jeff Reid

We live in a time where information about anything and everything is available with a click. As such, the spiritual marketplace is inundated with thousands of different methods and practices.  And yet many of these practices come to us bereft of a grounded view teaching when encountered indirectly. As a result, we often naturally supplant them with our own pre-existing, underlying view. In this dialogue, Jeff will be discussing the contemplative and reflective aspect of the Daoist tradition and it's approach to finding ground in view teaching as means of true connection to practice which extends before, into, and beyond method, where method simply becomes a celebration and natural movement of view.

Tuesday,  January 12
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST
$45
 
Cutting through Illusion: Martial Arts' Role in Daoism:
guest lecture with Jeff Reid

Contemporary understandings popularized by novels and movies generally emphasize Wudang’s profound martial tradition more than any of its other rich domains and deep traditions. What role, then, do the martial arts and their tools associated with violence play in a tradition popularly understood to emphasize harmony, quietude, and withdrawal? In this lecture, we will be looking at and discussing the martial arts as means of self-cultivation, how this praxis arose, and how it continues to flourish as an important facet of the greater Daoist tradition.  

Tuesday,  January 26
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST
$45
February 
Intermediate Ba Gua Workshop

This course will be a review and expansion upon the art of Chun Yang Eight Step Dragon Heart form through applying time and effort into building skill and proficiency.  Ba Gua patterns are used to stabilize, protect, adjust or restore balance in one's life by analyzing or structuring any given space, external or internal.  We will focus on stepping method, striking sequences, and pattern walking as well as empowering the ceremonial process of unifying with the 10 directions.  The time we will put into circle walking is highly therapeutic for the longevity of our lower limbs, ankles, knees, hips and lower back, as well as our overall health and wellbeing.  Through all ancient movement arts we can gain circulation, balance, relaxation, embodiment, and connection to the fabric of our existence.  This practice furthers our knowledge and understanding of Daoist Universal Principles and offers depth at any stage of life. 

This course is open to anyone who has studied Chun Yang Ba Bu at WWH or Five Immortals Temple previously. 

You can also prepare for and qualify for this course by taking the archived  Online Ba Gua Camp

Please have your training space prepared with the symbols marked on the ground.       

Monday - Friday
February 1-5
9-10:30 a.m. PST

$150

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