Fostering the Taoist tradition through cultivation, education, and the arts.
6:00 pm Friday March 14th – 4:00 pm Sunday March 16th
The art of Chinese calligraphy and painting is an expression of Qi -the energy of life- through the brush onto paper. Qigong cultivates the Qi in the body and connects oneself to the Qi of the nature. In this retreat we will explore the juxtaposition of these two disciplines.
Participants will experience the nourishing effects of qigong and how to apply qi cultivation to the use of the brush in calligraphy and painting. Chinese calligraphy is itself a method of Yangsheng, nourishing life.
Both beginners and those experienced in calligraphy and East Asian watercolors are welcome. This retreat will include demonstrations and one on one instruction. Evening lecture-discussions on the Art of the Brush, Chinese Aesthetics & Qigong practice.
Hunyuan gong is designed to bring in the qi, the vital energy of nature, to nourish the body and improve vitality and increase longevity. Fang Song Gong develops deep relaxation, balance and nimbleness. These gentle and effective methods are suitable for all experience levels.
Zhu Yuming is a very passionate and well-known artist in the Greater Seattle area. Originally from Shanghai, China he began studying painting under master artists at age 10. He participated in the “Five Thoughts of Asian Art” program that was offered through the Seattle Art Museum and KCTS Channel 9.Yuming also teaches and does demos of Sumi art through National and regional Sumi Associations, art institutes, and art stores. His art is also showcased at galleries locally and internationally.
Harrison Moretz is director and founder of the Taoist Studies Institute, Harrison has been practicing and teaching Qigong, Taoist cultivation and internal martial arts for 40 years. He has dedicated his life to penetrating and disseminating the essence of traditional Taoist practice and culture.
Zhan Zhuang, or Standing Post meditation, is one method of cultivating stillness. Standing is basic training for Qigong as well as internal styles of martial arts. Standing cultivates qi, develops internal connection, and strengthens the body from within. Participants will learn several standing postures, the principles of standing practice, and methods of developing internal connections.
The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination.
Its principles coincide with Taiji’s first principle of “empty the neck so the intrinsic energy can reach the top of the head.” Practice of this technique helps refine and heighten kinesthetic awareness.