Level Two Teacher Certification Photo
with Master Mingtong Gu
Level One Teacher Certification
Ceremony photo on left
Group photo on right
Level One Healing Facilitator Certification Group
(Missing from photo – Jeff de Castro)
Click here for a video done at my Healing Facilitator Certification Retreat in October 2018
sharing part of my own Healing Story through Wisdom Healing Qigong.
Level Two Teacher Certification Group June 2019
A list of Wisdom Healing Teachers world-wide can be found in the Teacher Directory
See class and retreat information and flyers below.
Winter 2020 class flyer 8-week classes attached here for easy reference and easy printing and sharing.
Fall 2019 Saturday Retreat Day flyer attached here, again, for easy reference and easy printing and sharing. Keep watching for any Winter 2020 Saturday Retreat Days.
As a Certified Level Two Wisdom Healing Qigong Instructor and Level One Healing Facilitator I offer classes in St. John’s at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road, and also special Saturday Retreat Day sessions at Virginia Water Retreat House, 47 Parsonage Drive, St. John’s, off Logy Bay Road ( opposite NTV) as life and time allow.
Simply come along for the 8-week Lantern sessions and register at the first class you come to … drop-ins welcome for a “Come and See” class … with strong encouragement to attend regularly and build a daily practice as life and time allow for optimum, lasting benefits.
Virginia Water Retreat Days need to be preregistered … by phone or e-mail … for new and returning participants.
Fall 2019 Wisdom Healing Qigong 8-week classes beginning at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road, St. John’s, on October 1st, then skipping a week and resuming classes October 15th until the end of November, as the weather allows. If class is missed for weather, a week will be added on at the end.
Beginners classes Tuesdays at 10:30 and 7:00
Beyond Beginners classes at 1:30 and combined with Beginners at 7:00.
Please continue to check the NEWS page on this web site as well as my Facebook page for any updates regarding classes and any Saturday Retreat Days. Retreat Days would be held at Virginia Water Retreat House located on beautiful Virginia Lake at 47 Parsonage Drive, off Logy Bay Road, across from the NTV building.
What is Wisdom Healing Qigong?
Qigong itself is an ancient healing technology and revitalized science of energy healing, developed through more than 5000 years of Chinese history. Energy is alive. Energy wants to move. Energy wants to connect. The more freely energy flows, the more alive and healthy we are, body, mind and spirit, and the more happy and joyous and free!
This energy which animates all life is referred to as Chi, (pronounced ‘Chee’) or spelled “Qi” as in Qigong. Qi means “life energy” and “gong” means working with it and cultivation of its benefits, cultivating our capacity and our confidence in fostering greater health, happiness and well-being.
Wisdom Healing Qigong with its “Qigong for Life” focus guides your mind to access more directly, more deeply and more gently the natural universal energy of life all around us and within us. As Wisdom Healing Qigong Master Mingtong Gu so often reminds us, “Where the mind goes, energy flows”.
The practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong itself as taught by Master Mingtong Gu guides you to access this energy of life to calm your mind, re-energize your body and your life by releasing the energy blockages caused by stress.
Through posture alignment, gentle movement, visualization, sound, breathing and conscious intention, the ancient practice of Qigong energy healing dynamically restores the life energy and creative power within you.
A key and constant focus with Mingtong is the releasing of energy blockages, whatever their source, and thus the creating and fostering of new, healthier energy patterns for greater health and happiness and fulfillment of life.
As the underlying causes of life’s challenges are released, you reconnect with the universal source and bring new and vital energy streams into the flow of life. With consistent daily practice, you amplify a web of positive changes for you, your loved ones, and all life on all kinds of levels.
Among the many styles of Qigong, Zhineng (Tszu-nen) Qigong, known as Wisdom Healing™ Qigong, is said to be one of the most powerful. Translated literally, Zhineng Qigong means “Cultivating Wisdom Energy Ability.”
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About Mingtong Gu
“Mingtong lives what he teaches, exudes vibrancy and love,
supports the empowerment and health of each person
and shares his experience and knowledge
as a wisdom master.”
– Bruce Fabric, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist
Master Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer, teaching Qigong to thousands of people in the USA, China, and Europe. He trained with a variety of Grandmasters in China, including Dr. Pang Ming, a Qigong Grandmaster trained in Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Pang synthesized his profound medical knowledge of old and new healing sciences into this ancient Qigong practice of self-healing for our modern pragmatic world. He had founded in the 1980’s what later grew into the world’s largest Qigong hospital, a “medicine-less” hospital, the Zhineng Qigong Center, in China which has treated over 200,000 patients, with over 185 different illnesses, and with a 95% effective improvement rate.
Click here to read more about how it works, what the research says, and overall benefits
In 1997 Mingtong returned to China to study with Dr. Pang and to train at the hospital. There he observed thousands of cases of chronic and “incurable” diseases being healed.Witnessing these profound healing experiences inspired his dedication to the teaching and practice of Qigong healing.
Through this practice, he recovered from his own chronic conditions of severe asthma, scoliosis, back pain and kidney weakness. In working with his students he found his life passion, purpose, and fulfillment in this union of spiritual practice and healing wisdom.
Mingtong was named Qigong Master of the Year by the 13th World Congress for Qigong and TCM in 2012, and is the founder of the Chi Center, formerly based at EarthRise at IONS in Petaluma, California, and relocated in October 2016 to an amazing site in Galisteo, NM.
Despite having earlier also earned several Masters Degrees while studying in the US, including in Math and The Fine Arts, Mingtong is quick to claim that the most important Mastery is that of oneself for one’s own self-healing and empowerment and for the healing of our whole Earth.
Master Gu’s teaching emphasizes activating the power of inner self-healing which facilitates the release of chronic illness, while improving health and well-being. Deep awakening and transformation typically arise in this process of healing. Wisdom Healing™ Qigong integrates many forms of traditional Qigong with Eastern and Western medicine. It is a concentrated and powerful system engaging all levels of physical, mental, emotional, and soulful healing.
Through posture, movement, sound, vizualization, breath and mental concentration, Qigong offers a methodology to rediscover the inner medicine – chi, the vital and natural healing resource within us. It does more than magnify the exchange of energy between ourselves and nature. In the process it enables us to fuse as One with the infinite creative power of the universe that ultimately is the origin of love, compassion, and the source of all healing.
“Master Mingtong Gu has brought a level of transmission of mind-body practice
that is unparalleled in my experience. Since making these teachings available to patients
in my medical practice, they become healthier and happier.”
– Brian Bouch, MD, Director of Hill Park Medical Center
“Mingtong is full of vitality, wisdom and skill. He is a real healer,
and the practices he teaches can change your life.”
– Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
and the author of several bestselling books.
To Read More of Mingtong’s Biography and Dr. Pang click here:
What are the benefits of Qigong?
By tapping into this ancient healing technology, you will develop powerful tools for self-healing.
Common Qigong Benefits:
• Strengthening your endocrine and immune systems
• Reducing stress, anxiety and depression
• Achieving a deeper sense of well-being, emotional stability and balance
• Becoming empowered to attract positive changes into your life
• Enhancing other mind-body-spiritual practices you may be following
• Deepening your connection to universal healing energy
Research has found Qigong training:
• Initiates the relaxation response; decreasing heart rate and blood pressure
• Alters the neurochemistry profile moderating pain, depression and addictive cravings,
as well as optimizing immune capability
• Enhances the efficiency of the immune system through increased rate and flow of the
• Improves resistance to disease and infection and increases the efficiency of cell metabolism
and tissue regeneration
• Coordinates right/left brain hemisphere dominance promoting deep sleep, reduced anxiety
and mental clarity
• Induces alpha and theta brain waves which reduce heart rate and blood pressure, facilitating
relaxation, and mental focus
• Moderates the function of the glands, as well as the fluid of the brain and spinal cord,
which mediates pain and mood, potentiating immune function
Numerous wonderful links to information about on-line options, as well as on-site options, can be found by visiting the Chi Center Home Page at www.chicenter.com These can be for a day, a weekend , a week or several weeks or months, including special shorter or longer retreats, and professional trainings.
At the bottom of the Home Page you can also sign up for the free Chi Center Newsletter to keep up to date on happenings and offerings.
Wisdom Healing Qigong for Health, Happiness, and Well-Being:
A 4-Week Introductory Course
Health, happiness and well-being sums up the Qigong for Life (QfL) Program’s 3 key focuses, all 3 very deeply intertwined.
Click her to register Introductory Course, $97/Month
Apology … Clicking on the image for more details on this wonder-full introductory course is unavailable at the moment … will keep you posted …
This four week online course, “Wisdom Healing Qigong for Health and Happiness” is a wonderful opportunity to work with simple movements and sounds to increase your energy for more health and greater happiness.
It is a great starting place for exploring …you can start anytime and from the comfort of your home on your own schedule …
• You might consider registering now for the current 3-month on-line “Awakening Vitality” course which will introduce you to the Preliminary Movement Practices. It consists of a series of live on-line video and audio sessions. If you miss a live session, a copy will be available for you to watch or listen to at your convenience over the duration of the course and usually for a month after. A variety of daily practice material, audio, video and print, will also be available, with many of the items being available to download to your computer for keeping as part of a personal library of sorts for after the course ends as well.
Click on the Awakening Vitality icon on the Chi Center Home Page at www.chicenter.com for details about the course content and registration.
Local Community Practices:
• You are welcome to sign up for weekly local 8-week practice sessions Tuesday mornings from 10:30 – 12:00 and evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road in St. John’s. These practice sessions are open to both new and returning students.
Keep checking the NEWS menu for updates on other sessions to be determined as the year unfolds.
Cost for these introductory practice sessions will be a suggested voluntary contribution of $10/session … pay as you go … or according to what you can afford. Monies will be used to help support the continuation of Wisdom Healing Qigong as a Lantern Ministry and to help support the operation of the facility itself.
There are a variety of E-books to accompany on-line courses, as well as paperback books with CDs and DVDs that can be purchased from the Store in the menu bar on-line at The Chi Center
Visit You Tube for multiple videos of interviews and practices with Mingtong Gu by searching under Mingtong Gu or Wisdom Healing Qigong.
Below are several shorter and longer videos you may enjoy browsing, some are of Mingtong basic teachings while others are actual follow-long practices to give you a feel for Wisdom Healing Qigong. Some of the videos you can begin to incorporate into a daily practice of your own. Always welcome to join us for classes. See the HOME page for class schedules as well as the NEWS page for ongoing updates regarding classes and other related happenings.
*** Here is a You Tube link in which Mingtong tells his amazing personal healing story: (13:16)
“The Journey and the Vision” – https://vimeo.com/187993912
*** About Wisdom Healing Qigong (2:31)
*** Discover Qigong for Health and Wellness (7:04)
*** “How to Heal with the Light Ball” is one of the amazingly simple yet powerful healing practices we learn in Wisdom Healing Qigong. Here is an introductory teaching and practice session with Mingtong which can be found on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4JcTVd9Tv4
*** Here is a You Tube link for a 20 minute 100 Day Gong Challenge from Mingtong which again you can follow along with or simply watch and drink in for a taste. This was initially sent out to students and teachers 100 days prior to the opening of the new Chi Center in Santa Fe as a way of blessing the new Center in anticipation of its opening … Click here for the link … 100 Day Gong You Tube video
Click here for a printable handout I have created as an easy time-line reference to guide you through the various practices on the 100-Day Gong video.
*** Here is a link for a 23 minute Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down practice at the Ocean.
In this video Mingtong guides us as we follow along with Ling Ling, his wife, while she does the practice https://vimeo.com/147811001 . A wonderful daily practice, or as life and time allow, for connecting with deeper energy inside and from the Universe for powerful healing. Follow along as much as you like, as often as you like without trying to learn the sequence by heart. That will happen automatically over time. The first 4 minutes are a lovely Chi Field Setting leading us into the actual movement.
*** Here is a link for another 35 minute Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down for Love and Peace practice
*** Here is a lovely shorter 17 minute Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down practice with Mingtong as he leads a large group from the stage. Though he is further away, it is still easy to follow along with.
Click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgRsoPlYHvY
*** Below are links for two Awaken Vitality guided video practices. The first one is a short 8 min demo just meant for watching to get a feel. The longer one is great for a follow-along practice as life and time allow, doing only parts of it if you wish as you are ready. They both have the full set of the 5 Awaken Vitality movements – Spinal Bone Marrow, Hip Rotations, Crane’s Neck, Bending Spine, Chen Chi, with an opening Chi Field Meditation and a closing as energy “bookends”.
The 8 minute demo, simply for watching only, shows a brief walk-through for 4 of the 5 moves, with wonderful teaching bits from Mingtong. Great to simply watch over and over again!
The other is a 28 minute full practice video. We would be learning and practising the moves in more detail and with more guidance in a regular class so you could do them with optimum care and for optimum benefit. You may enjoy following along with the full video and seeing how they flow one into the other. Simply practice along with the simpler movements – Spinal Bone Marrow, Hip Rotations, Chen Chi – as much as you like. I recommend mostly watching Bending Spine and Crane’s Neck at first until you get more of a feel for them. Becomes simpler with practice over time … may feel like a lot at first. Easy does it! One bit at a time! As life and time allow … hopefully some each day and gradually for longer periods of time.
*** This video of Mingtong at an Institute of Noetic Sciences Conference (IONS) (28:53) is excellent regarding the “Science” of Qigong – so simply put! It includes a follow-along Sound Healing practice for 3 of the 5 organ systems organs about 13 minutes through the video. The first half has some simple yet profound teachings form Mingtong leading into the practice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKilv8QmwbE
*** Another of the healing practices we do is called The Inner Smile Meditation.
Here is the link to my very favourite “Mind to Heart” Inner Smile Meditation … about 23 minutes …
Here is a 16 minute You Tube link to another Inner Smile Meditation called “Happiness Practice – Inner Smile”
*** Here is the link for the 3A’s Meditation Practice link from our class …
En-JOY it over and over … amazing …
*** From time to time the Chi Center sends out invitations to participate in free one-hour on-line live sessions with Mingtong. It’s easy to be added to their mailing list. See Contact Us link in Menu. Click below for a link for the Free Class on July 23, 2016 which you can follow along with … well worth revisiting and practicing with repeatedly … even in small chunks … whole class is about 75 minutes. The class was attended by people all around the world on five continents! We created a wonderful Chi Field together, that you can share through watching this video recording. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO RECORDING
*** Chi and Food: How to eat energetic healing foods ( and much more!) (23:11)
More about HOW rather than WHAT we eat! This is especially good if you follow to the end re
how Qigong can help heal any disease and can also be an amazing support for those taking
medicines or doing treatments such as for Cancer or other major illnesses. Mingtong invites us
to a new understanding of all food and all medicine as powerful energy.
*** Here is another easy access set of videos you may enJOY browsing … recently put together by The Chi Center and can be found by clicking this link … Chi Center You Tube Videos & access to practice videos
*** Here is a blue link you can click for a personal audio recording I did of the Chi Field Setting Script we have used in class. I would encourage you to use the Chi Field Setting as a meditation every day as life and time allow, before a practice or simply to start your day or during the day to help focus your energy and thoughts before some important happening.
Here is the blue link to the paper copy of Master Mingtong’s Chi Field Setting Script for easy reference and copying.
Note: I would strongly encourage you to eventually do a recording of your own you can use … there’s something amazing about our own voice that resonates deep within us, too, though it may feel a little funny when we listen to ourselves first. Most phones have a Voice Recorder. Perhaps record part of it and stop and then do some more, as a practice, and then start fresh and do the whole recording. EnJOY the adventure if so inclined to do the recording. You may both surprise and delight yourself!
The movements, the sounds/chanting, the visualizations
can be done in any position,
standing, sitting or lying down,
according to each one’s ability, for whatever reason.
As Mingtong says repeatedly,
all you need is “your own best effort”
and the Chi will do the rest!