Why study qigong?
Modern living is challenging. This ancient tradition provides you with easy to learn tools to help you navigate life with ease and flow. Gain more flexibility, balance and serenity. Qigong can be done anywhere, any time - no special clothes or equipement needed. Simple, yet effective and powerful. All of our classes are currently being offered via Zoom.REGISTER FOR A CLASS
The Wild Goose Program
1st Set Beginner
This is when you begin your journey into the healing potential of Wild Goose Qigong. 1st Set lays the foundation, and is taught over the course of two 8 week sessions, Part A and Part B. Students may begin with either Part A or Part B.
1st Set Beginner Adaptive
Our Beginner Adaptive Qigong series is great for those recovering from an injury or illness, healing from surgery, those who have a disability or mobility challenges, and anyone who would benefit from personalized adaptations of the form. Workshop dates for this class TBA.
1st Set Intermediate
After completing Part A and Part B of the Beginner or Adaptive series at least twice, students are eligible to join the Intermediate series. These classes focus on detailed refinement of the 1st Set and on helping the students deepen their understanding of Qi.
Pick your preferred day/time.
*All times listed are (PT)
- Monday 9:30-11am w/Sue
- Wednesdays 9:30-10:45am w/Gail
- Thursdays 4:30-5:45pm w/Kirstin (except in January)
- Saturdays 10:15-11:30am w/Maureen
Other Opportunities to Practice
We also offer various free “all school” practice sessions throughout the year, open to students of any levels. There are also numerous study aids available, and we generally record the classes and make the replays avaiable. We do our best to support our students on the qigong path to greater health and well-being!
2nd Set Wild Goose Qigong
After a minimum of one year studying 1st Set, students are eligible to enroll in 2nd Set. This 64 movement form is more physically and energetically demanding than 1st Set, and is particularly useful for those who want to strengthen their own Qi to use in service of others (health care providers, teachers etc), and those who enjoy the challenge of learning a second complex form. It is taught offered once or twice a year.
If you are interested in enrolling, please take the 2nd Set Quiz to determine your eligibility and find out how to proceed.
If you are a returning 2nd Set student, or you know you are eligible for 2nd Set (must take 1st Set Part A and Part B twice before advancing to 2nd set, and you must start 2nd Set with Part A), you can click here to enroll.
Next Series Starts Week of April 10, 2023
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About the Teachers
Instructor - 1st Set, Adaptive 1st Set
Was I ever surprised when a friend showed me the Wild Goose Qigong she was learning. I immediately thought of the Canada geese that I often watched after stressful days at work. I could hardly believe how connected with the movements I felt as I watched my friend. I had no idea that a wild goose was within me and it would soon be my guide to opening energy pathways and better health, balance and flexibility.
My daily qigong practice and the intensive teacher training at the Wen Wu School has given me an opportunity to deepen my understanding of body mechanics, something in which I’m especially interested. Qigong has become the central element in my personal wellness program. My practice helped me heal from hip replacement surgery and two intricate hand surgeries. I am more flexible than ever, I sleep better, and enjoy lots of energy. It’s a great joy to watch my students at Energy Matters and Piedmont Gardens experience mind and body transformations as they learn Wild Goose Qigong.
Instructor - 1st Set & 2nd Set
I love teaching. I worked as an educator for 30 years and retired from the Oakland Unified School District in 2007. Qigong was the first commitment I made upon retirement. Little did I know how this commitment would impact me. Before retirement I was an intense superplanner, demanding colleague and 24/7 multitasking workaholic. Qigong helped me slow down and gracefully ease into retirement. After practicing for 7 years, I embarked upon a year long teacher training program at Wen Wu School where I received my teaching certification to teach Dayan Qigong.
Physically, I feel healthy and strong. I am more flexible than any time in my life. Qigong has also given me the confidence to self-heal my various aches and pains without relying on drugs and doctors. Several years ago, I experienced sharp pains in both knees which, through this gentle practice, have healed. I am learning balance in my life and in my everyday activities. Learning to be more mindful and present is still an ongoing challenge for me, but through Qigong, I now have tools.
I am becoming more accepting toward things that used to bother me and cause me grief. I have learned about the power of energy. I find myself focusing on positive energy and consequently generating positive energy.
Owner, Practitioner, and Qigong Instructor - 1st Set & Intermediate
I wear a lot of “hats”: business owner, manager, acupuncturist, teacher, and more. I am fortunate that I enjoy wearing them all! But bar none, my favorite time of the week is when I get to teach qigong. Why? Because in teaching qigong, I am sharing with you the heart of Chinese Medicine. No needles involved, no going to graduate school for years on end—just pure Chinese Medicine, embedded in the simple but powerful movements of qigong that once you learn you can benefit from for the rest of your life.
With over 30 years of studying and practicing Chinese medicine and over 20 years of studying, practicing, and teaching Wild Goose Qigong, making the invisible world of energy medicine accessible to everyone is my life’s work. I created Energy Matters in 2010 to carry out this mission. Because energy does matter.
“What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
~Antoine Saint de Exupery, The Little Prince
Instructor - Intermediate
Since my first class in 1998, I’ve been inspired and supported by the many gifts of Wild Goose qigong, and by my teacher, Master Hui Liu. I credit the practice for sustaining me through change and challenge, and am appreciative of an everincreasing sense of wellbeing.
I’ve studied, practiced and taught the Asian healing arts for more than 20 years, and value the wisdom of these ancient traditions, and the power of the teachings. Qigong is the foundation of my selfcare practice. It guides me into the day feeling balanced and centered, and calms me at night. As I move through the graceful, dancelike movements of the form, I imagine that like the wild goose I too can fly, and am at home in all the elements—land, water and air.
One of my passions is to share the gift of qigong, and witness its transformational power. Since I became a certified teacher in 2002, I’ve taught classes at Kaiser Permanente, Alta Bates/Summit Medical Center, The McKinnon Massage School and Novonordisk Corporation.
While it is important to learn the correct sequence of the 64movement form, I also emphasize the cultivation of mindfulness, good body mechanics, posture, and alignment, to ensure fluid, safe and comfortable movement. I also consult with organizations and individuals to develop and implement wellness and stress management programs.
I have a private Jin Shin Jyutsu Acupressure practice, where clients come to experience healing, relaxation, stress reduction, well being and a deeper connection to all aspects of the self.
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