Me, in the Caribbean, tuning into the Water Dragon Year. The I Ching Sand Castle was built by Jem, my bride. I am SO happy to be marrying a woman whose inner child has such a playful Taoist imagination! And glad to be marrying her in a Dragon Year – an auspicious, dynamic start. There is still room for a few more folks if you want to come to the wedding in China (see spectacular new Huashan photo below). We’ll be calling in the dragons of all directions from the top of Mt. Hua. If my meditations today are any indication, lots of Dragons will be showing up….
What will the Year of the Yang Water Dragon Bring?
With the second new moon after Winter Solstice on Monday Jan. 23, the Chinese lunar calendar welcomes in the Year of the Yang Water Dragon. Hope you are ready for the exciting ride!
Note: this is NOT my Dragon Year Chinese astrology reading. That will be delayed a few weeks while I finish my Tai Chi – Way of Enlightened Love book on Wu Ji Gong/Primordial Qigong.
The first full month of the Dragon year still begins on Feb. 4, 2012 (Chinese solar calendar, midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox). So those born between Jan. 23 and Feb. 4, 2012 will be considered by Chinese astrologers to be on a very wide cusp between the 2011 Mettal Rabbit and the 2012 Water Dragon, sharing qualities from both.
Just as I do a meditation on the Western New Year (Dec. 31st at midnite), today I did a Dark Moon meditation to capture the chi from the Asian half of the planet celebrating their New Year. I’ve been on the phone (late at night, 12 hours difference) to China arranging my China Dream Trip for next May, and all the Chinese are hurriedly saying, “Can this wait a week? Let’s talk after the Spring Festival!”.
Today I did the same triple qigong ceremony that I did to initiate the Metal Rabbit Year in 2011. Those ceremonies were so successful (i found the perfect Love Goddess!!!) that I repeated them this year: Deep Healing Qigong, Big Dipper Shamanic Star Stepping, and Wu Ji Gong/Primordial. (The former and latter available on my website; Star Stepping doesn’t yet have a DVD, you have to come to China to learn it).
This time, I energetically created a Black Water Pearl to be a vessel to hold the chi of the spinning Black Water Dragon. And held the intention that I will live in deep alignment with the Black Water Dragon and surrender to its watery wisdom in order to manifest my highest destiny for this year.
Being at the beach myself, I can relate to this Water Dragon. 🙂 It is clearly in charge of having FUN in 2012 – the other zodiac animals will follow its lead. Image from CLSA Feng Shui Index.
Dragon Years are great opportunities to shift your life, to make a leap to a new level of self-cultivation. One of the best ways to do that ii to get with other people on the same track. You’ll find a bunch of folks who love to ride Dragon Chi at Healing Tao University’s summer retreats in Mars Hill, near Asheville N.C.
Apparently folks are really picking up on the Dragon energy, as immediately after Winter Solstice I started getting a lot of summer bookings. Of course, it helps that we haven’t raised the already inexpensive price for 5 years – only $495. tuition or the week, plus big discounts for foreigners, juniors/seniors, instructors, and reviewers. The retreat tuition is subsidized by my non-profit organization, by generous donors and by sales of online Tao homestudy courses. And all of it is tax deductible.
If you want to commute, there is only a $100/week facility fee plus tuition. Every room has its own kitchen (you must bring your own cooking/eating utensils), and this year everyone can buy meals individually rather than committing to a whole week at the Dining Hall.
To book a retreat, you can just click on the webpage copied below. OR visit our website, http://www.HealingTaoRetreats.com, OR call our Dragonette Registrar, Tynne Clifford, at 828 575 3825 (her cell) OR email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lineup of master instructors this year is STELLAR. The Week 1 we have my Spiritual and Medical Qigong Fundamentals 1-4 retreat, plus Minke de Vos teaching Medical Qigong to Energy Healers. David Twicken is coming from California to teach a fabulous mixture of Primordial, Macro-orbit, and Bone Marrow Neigong.
Karin Sorvik is back with complete Chi Nei Tsang 1 & 2 training, plus Taoist Dream Practice and Tao Yin (Yoga). Marie Favorito will teach her fabulous Fusion course, plus the top rated Yang private family 13-move Tai Chi Qigong short form.
I have my usual mix of Inner Alchemy kan and li (water & fire) retreats, designed to melt down anyone who happenes to wander into the powerful group cauldron of cosmic chi that we create. Judith Poole has one of the most practical courses for energy healer and healees, Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology. Kazzrie Jaxen is back with an updated version of her Earth Beauty Qigong, perfect for anyone seeking a weekend only.
Week 5 ends with a Big Bang. Lee Holden (of PBS TV fame) is back with more smooth moves and deep qigong – I love his teaching style, he is one of the best. Frank Allen shares his 40 years of skills and deep insight combining Bagua Zhang and the I Ching as a Moving Meditation. Tina Zhang always wows with her Women’s Earth Qigong.
Click on the links below for detailed info about the retreat that excites your Inner Dragon!
That is the summer lineup. Before that are some Spring seminars to get your chi flowing: Fusion 1 in Asheville March 10-11, just hit reply to book. Fusion 2/3 is April 21-22.
I’m making (first time) a special trip to LOS ANGELES April 7-8 to teach the inside secrets of Primordial Qigong/Tai Chi for Enlightened Love. It’s a certification course as well, for those practicing from the DVD, come get the live transmission. See details below, or contact: Rob Hoffman at email@example.com
I’m again teaching Primordial in NYC at the Open Center Sat. April 28, with Inner Smile the Friday eve. The 1-day course at the Open Center will count for Certification if one day has been previously taken.
Flower Mountain, aka Huashan. Seen from a distance it’s dramatic power is evident. Taoists have been meditating here for over 3000 years, and more immortals are recorded as having achieved themselves here than any other sacred mountain in China.
Then, of course, comes the big prize (in my book) – the China Dream Trip May 18 – June 8, with my wedding on June 3 atop Mt. Hua. Just hit reply if you want one of the few remaining spaces!
» Primordial Qigong (+Certification) in Los Angeles April 7-8
» 30 Tao Summer Retreats: Put your deposit down now!
» Dragons at My Back…(photo)
PRIMORDIAL QIGONG April 7th and 8th, 2012
aka. Tai Chi for Enlightened Love
A very magical, and powerful 800 year old lineage qigong ceremony
With Michael Winn
Wu Ji, Infinite Openness: I LOVE this calligraphy!
9am-5pm at Infocus Wellness Institute, 717 Broadway, Santa Monica
(310) 576-2008, or Contact: Rob Hoffman (310) 806-1097 for more information.
Cost: $185. ($90 deposit). Reviewers (if have taken it live): $125.
I go far beyond the DVD during this class, revealing many things about the inner sacred geometric structure of the form, and how to intensify it with toning and focused intention, how to use it or alchemical self-transormation. Includes Feldenkrais applied to Qigong for Super-learning, moving your body effortlessly.
Note: course is the certification course for Wuji Gong/Tai Chi for Enlightenment. You receive a teaching certificate from Healing Tao University. Those seeking certification should have been practicing the form well in advance.
Learn the original 800 year old lineage form of Zhang San Feng, the
13th century founder of Tai Chi. This 15 minute form is easy to learn,
yet uniquely powerful. It is totally different from tai chi martial or soft
“health” styles taught today. Its ancient name was “wuji gong”, which
literally means “develops skill for entering the Supreme Mystery”. It is
often translated as “Primordial Qigong” or “Primordial Tai Chi”.
This form integrates the magic square of feng shui, the dynamic inner
coupling of Taoist alchemy, the healing benefits of medical qigong, and
the earthly transmission power of China’s original tai chi form!
For more about the form, and numerous testimonials about how
amazing the form is, please see http://www.taichi-enlightenment.com
Mantak Chia learned this form from me on a China Dream Trip, and loved it! He has made it a part of the Healing Tao curriculum, so you can also now use this course as hours towards becoming a Healing Tao Instructor. For more info: http://www.healingtaousa.com/instructorbecome.html
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|China Dream Trip|
|TCH12-00||China Dream Trip 2012||May 18 – June 08, 2012|| Michael Winn
|Heavenly Mountain Retreats Week 1|
|Medical & Spiritual Qigong: Fundamentals 1-4||June 22 – June 27, 2012||Michael Winn|
|Primordial Tai Chi + Healthy Bones Qigong + Open Psychic Channels
Wuji Gong, Bone Marrow Neigong & Macro-cosmic Orbi
|June 22 – June 27, 2012||David Twicken|
|Medical Qigong for Energy Healers||June 22 – June 27, 2012||Minka de Vos|
|Qigong Fundamentals: Levels 1 & 2 Weekend||June 22 – June 27, 2012||Michael Winn|
|Heavenly Mountain Retreats Week 2|
|Healing Love: Taoist Sexual Secrets||June 28 – July 03, 2012|| Michael Winn
Minka de Vos
|Fusion of Five Elements 1 & 2 + Iron Shirt Rooting||June 28 – July 03, 2012||Marie Favorito|
|Chinese Yoga/Tao-Yin, Dream Practice & Star Gazing||June 28 – July 03, 2012||Karin Sorvik|
|Heavenly Mountain Retreats Week 3|
|Chi Nei Tsang 1: Deep Organ Massage||July 05 – July 10, 2012||Karin Sorvik|
|Tai Chi 13 Move Short Form
+ Tai Chi 2 Fast Fighting Form
|July 05 – July 10, 2012||Marie Favorito|
|Tao Basics & Sexual Energy Yoga||July 05 – July 10, 2012||Minka de Vos|
|Inner Sexual Alchemy: Lesser Kan & Li
Get Pregnant with your Inner Sage
|July 05 – July 10, 2012||Michael Winn|
|Heavenly Mountain Retreats Week 4|
|Chi Nei Tsang 2 & 3: Opening the Wind Gates
Body as the IChing; Rebirthing Self.
|July 11 – July 16, 2012||Karin Sorvik|
|Energy Medicine & Energy Psychology||July 11 – July 16, 2012||Judith Poole|
|Sun-Moon Alchemy: Greater Kan & Li
Heal Ancestoral Bloodline
|July 11 – July 16, 2012||Michael Winn|
|Heavenly Mountain Retreats Week 4weekend|
|Earth Beauty Qigong
Reconnect! Creation in Womb = Creativity in World
|July 13 – July 15, 2012||Kazzrie Jaxen|
|Heavenly Mountain Retreats Week 5|
|Qi Gong for Everyone: Radiant Energy, Quiet Mind||July 17 – July 22, 2012||Lee Holden|
|Bagua Zhang as Moving I Ching Meditation||July 17 – July 22, 2012||Frank Allen|
|Earth Qigong for Women||July 17 – July 22, 2012||Tina Zhang|
|Star Alchemy: Seal the 5 Body Spirits
Unite Soul with Oversoul
|July 17 – July 22, 2012||Michael Winn|
On retreats, I always keep a Dragon and Lao Tzu to guard my back…
Loving the Black Water Dragon
Spinning inside my Pearl,
“Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Virtue as his home,
the Tao as his door, and who becomes change — is a
Sage.” — Chuang Tzu, Inner Chapters
“The Tao is very close, but everyone looks far away.
Life is very simple, but everyone seeks difficulty.”
— Taoist Sage, 200 B.C
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