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Wild Goose Qigong
Wild Goose (Dayan) Qigong is a beautiful movement practice that is thousands of years old. Wild Goose is a Taoist Medical Qigong form with direct health benefits. It contains a vast series of sets, with different qualities and movements. There are more energetic movement sets, as well as meditation-based sets of practices.
Qigong, or “the practice of moving energy” is an ancient Chinese self-healing tradition that enriches your vitality and expands your movement and intellectual capacity. Qigong has been known to have curative effects on illnesses, improve one’s sensitivity, physical stability, and offer people greater vividness of spirit. There are a wide variety of qigong forms. Based in Chinese Medicine and the energetic philosophy of Five Elements, and the meridian systems (energetic flows through the body), with Wild Goose, one can cultivate health by focusing movement, breath, and attention.
Some Wild Goose Roots
Wild Goose belongs to the Taoist Kunlun School, and so is also called Kunlun School Qigong. The most famous practitioner of Wild Goose was called Dao An, who spread the form during the Jin Dynasty (265 – 420 A.D.). Because he was a famous and earlier practitioner, he was crowned the founder of the form. The lineage was practiced in the mountains (Wutai Mountain), and then passed through the imperial system in temples throughout China. Later, at the end of the Qing Dynasty, the form came through to the family of Yang Meijun. Starting at 13, Yang Meijun studied Wild Goose from her grandfather, and it was she who popularized this magnificent set of practices and brought them into the public. By 1998, she was 104 years old, practicing daily, and living a healthy life.
Website for teachers of Wild Goose through the lineage of Dr. Bingkun Hu
Margit practicing Set 4, Spiral Qigong. Photo by Christina Bertea
Some Options for Studying Wild Goose in the East Bay I offer weekly classes in Wild Goose Qigong, taught as an ongoing series. If you are interested in trying a class or signing up for my mailings, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at (510) 761-6097. My classes take place outdoors in Oakland Parks, as well as in the warmth of local studios.
Some East Bay Wild Goose Teachers:
Dr. Bingkun Hu Berkeley, CA
Micheline Bogey Berkeley, CA
Wen Wu School El Cerrito, CA
Wild Coast Qigong Site has listings of many Wild Goose Teachers
Making sense of the vivid grove site... how to experience the sensation of overview? A stone for each facet of the constellation, suggested by Sade Gryffin ~ Cariad Healing. So, then, it can be held, touched, and therefore brought into sensations of the body-being.
Cave Forms Archive
Show-In 2014 was a process-based arts residency, presented by UC Riverside’s ARTSblock. It was organized by Brianna Skellie and myself. We sent out a call to California artists who were swarming through / near Riverside at this moment, to use the resource of the museum space and work on respective + shared creative practice. We were bequeathed two rooms – a lovely upstairs studio and the main atrium – and incredible tech support. We formalized our discussions with the microphone, and got a lot out of basic activities that engaged the procedures of making work.Thanks to the participants Crystal Sepulveda, Mara Poliak, Mary Anna Lachman, Nancy Popp, Olive Noire, Rebecca Bruno, and Taisha Paggett for joining in, and countless others who tried their best to make it there. We shared space through practice, inter-independently. Personally, I found an incredible support in the format, in our warm-ups together. Within it, an easy expansion of my nascent project arose without effort, that which rarely comes alone in the studio. This was also the first sharing of the nascent Cave Forms
What follows are a few images from the few days, Instagram-style:
ARTSblock, Brianna Skellie, California artists, Crystal Sepulveda, Culver Center, Mara Poliak, Layton Lachmann, Nancy Popp, Olive Noire, process, Rebecca Bruno, residency, Taisha Paggett, UC Riverside
Originary Art Blog ~ “Introduction in”
…did you ever see a dog- which is, as Plato says, in the second book of his Republic, the most philosophical creature in the world- discover a marrow bone? If ever you did, you will have noticed how devotedly he eyes it, how carefully he guards it, how fervently he holds it, how circumspectly he begins to gnaw it, how lovingly he breaks it, and how diligently he licks it. What induces him to do all this? What hope is there in his labor? What benefits does he expect? Nothing more than a little marrow.”
-Abstractor of the Quintessance (François Rabelais)”