Workshop: Qigong And Bodymind Healing: The Self-Healing Path – Esalen Institute, August 12-17 2007

Esalen Institute

August 12-17 2007


Qigong and Bodymind Healing:
The Self-Healing Path

Michael Mayer, Ph.D.

“Human Beings, in our deepest essences are “shape shifters.” We are elements of creation: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. We are empty space, as modern physics shows us. Qigong practices show us how to change our life stances by becoming like a tree, or moving like a silk worm reeling silk, transforming our identities with the lightness of Being that can be as colorful as that of a butterfly. And if current research is accurate, when we shape shift into the appropriate element for the occasion, and return to our primordial selves, natural health is restored and we live younger longer.”

– Secrets to Living Younger Longer;
The Self Healing Path of Qigong, Standing Meditation and Tai Chi
– Michael Mayer PhD

This workshop opens the pathway to your experience of the thesis of Dr. Mayer’s new book…. that Tai Chi and Qigong is an initiatory tradition which stems from a long- lost lineage that includes self- healing, spiritual unfoldment, self-defense and changing your life stance through “shape shifting.” You’ll become initiated into the ten-system, integrative method, Bodymind Healing Qigong, that Dr. Mayer synthesized over 30 years of training with some of the most respected Tai Chi and Qigong masters. Learn why Standing Meditation Qigong has been called “the million dollar secret of qigong”, how the animal forms of Qigong can help you reactivate your primordial self, and why Yi Chuan walking meditation adds something vital to traditions of Walking Meditation. Here you’ll find a blend of anthropological research, case examples from his work in an integrative medical clinic, imaginative teaching stories from cross-cultural ancient sacred wisdom traditions, and Tai Chi dance. Two person self-development practices (Tai Chi joining hands practice), Western Bodymind healing methods and inner psycho-mythological work help to round out this unique blend of ancient of ancient and modern approaches to bodymind healing.

You’ll discover ways to work with common ailments including insomnia, anxiety, hypertension, chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome as part of your lifetime preventative medicine program. Oriented towards health practitioners, and anyone wanting to learn self-healing methods.

Registration: , 831-667-3005, Extension 7321

Additional Information

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a many thousand year-old method of cultivating the energy of life through integrating breath, movement, posture, intention, touch, sound, and imagery. Recent scientific research has demonstrated that Qigong has the ability to lower blood pressure, increase balance, and helps ameliorate a wide variety of chronic diseases. Tai Chi is the best known system of Qigong. Time Magazine (August, 2002) calls it “the perfect exercise.” The Wall Street journal says it’s “the hottest trend in stress relief.”

If you can’t make the workshop and would like to order the books, DVDs, and CD upon which it is based: Please click on my website store:

My Books and DVD Recommended for the workshop:

1. Secrets to Living Younger Longer: The Self-Healing Path of Qigong, Standing Meditation and Tai Chi about which Dr Wayne Jonas says,

A wonderful guide for learning the ancient healing practices of Qigong.
Full of clear and practical exercises.

– Dr. Wayne Jonas, Former Director,
National Institute of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine

2. Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD about which Dr Bessel an der Kolk says.

I liked your Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD so much that in the course I taught
we started with two or three sections of it every day.
Bessel Van der Kolk, MD, Medical Director, The Trauma Center,
Boston University School of Medicine

3. Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy: Ancient Pathways to Modern Health about which Dr Ken Pelletier says,

… a seminal contribution to the field of mind-body interventions for a wide range of common disorders. His book is profound in its scope, evidence based, bridges eastern and western traditions, and provides practical insights and skills that can be of enormous value to individuals seeking to attain optimal health.


Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Clinical Professor of Medicine,

Author of The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not?

For more information on the book Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy: Ancient Pathways to Modern Health:

Table of Contents

Complete list of endorsements from leaders in the field of mind-body healthcare

Contributions to the field of Bodymind Healthcare

Book Cover and Purchase

Michael Mayer, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist, and Qigong teacher who specializes in giving his patients self-healing methods for health problems. Dr. Mayer presents his approach to bodymind healing at hospitals, universities and professional conferences, and is a keynote speaker. He is a co-founder and staff member of The Health Medicine Institute, a multidisciplinary team practicing integrative healthcare. Dr. Mayer pioneered the integration of Qigong and Psychotherapy, and was the first person in the United States to train doctoral psychology these methods. The World Institute for Self-healing gave him an award for outstanding research and contribution to the advancement of mind-body medicine. He is the author of ten publications on bodymind healing including four books, a video tape Bodymind Healing Qigong, audio tapes on cancer and chronic disease, and articles on chronic pain and anxiety and peer reviewed articles on Qigong and hypertension.,

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