An amazing weekend with guest Taoist teachers from Brazil and California as well as the UK. This weekend is an exhibition and celebration that culminates a year of Heritage Lottery Fund(ed) work on the roots and heritage of the Taoist arts in London. There will be energetic immersive Taoist dance, a tea talk about Integrating the Feminine within the sacred Tao and a Taoism seminar, 'I AM Seaweed' medical qigong and ‘Come Explore!’ participative workshops. Wow! The donation for the whole weekend with be about £100 (£10 per hour) - mainly to cover some of the cost of our visiting world renowned expert Taoist from California (Sifu Dr Alex Feng and his partner Charlene). More info and detailed schedule to follow and on request. Please register interest.
Immersive Energetics Dance by Andrea Maciel 11am start
'This session invites you to immerse into the qualities of the senses existing in an authentic dance movement. We begin arousing the whole body-mind-spirit connections, freeing the breath and rooting the feet. In a dynamic dialogue with your Chi energy, you will be guided to connect with the primal feminine source and to mother Earth.
The practice initiates with an energetic floor work focusing on whole body connection, Bartenieff patterns and cellular breathing and then evolves to build lower body strength through Butoh rooting work, mobilizing the spine and finding length in the body through gateway movements. We will particularly look at the dialogue between inner space and outer space, simultaneous body rhythms, deep connection with central and peripheral body impulses achieving connectivity and integrity in the body whilst addressing performativity and presence.'
Sifu and Dr. Alex Feng
In 1997, Dr. Feng was named as one of the top ten practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine in a survey conducted by the San Francisco Focus magazine. He combined his passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine, martial arts, and Taoism by creating Zhi Dao Guan, one of the first Centers for the study of Taoism in San Francisco in 2002. An ordained Taoist priest, he is the lineage holder of Zhi Daoism and has been a leading force in bringing Taoism to the West.
In collaboration with Dr. Amy Matecki, Dr. Feng has developed integrative medicine programs for Alta Bates Comprehensive Cancer Center and for Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System. He is the founder of I Am a Seaweed Qi Gong – a method for teaching healing qi gong to practitioners and to patients.
Dr. Feng has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and has produced numerous state and national champions in the external and internal styles of martial arts.
Andrea Maciel is a dancer, teacher and scholar. Her academic and artistic work investigates the physical resonance of space in urban landscapes through dance, performance and installations. PhD in Performing Arts at PPGAC -UNIRIO and New York University - Performance Department, she has conducted several research groups in the field of Performance to undergraduate and posgraduate students at the Universities of Bristol, New York and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil. Andrea has 15 years of practice in physical theatre (Grotowski technique) training for dancers and actors.
Charlene Ossler, RN, PhD is Vice President of Zhi Dao Guan, The Taoist Center, in Oakland, California. She has a distinguished career in public health as a researcher and educator and is currently Vice President, Zenith Insurance, a workers compensation insurance carrier. A graduate of University of Maryland , Catholic University of America, and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Dr. Ossler co-founded the Taoist Center with Dr. Feng. She volunteers as Executive Administrator for the International Center for Integrative Medicine ICIM.
Dr. Alex Boyd received his PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis in 2014. In his dissertation he considers a 30-year immersion through a Taoist family system called Daojiao Lishi Quanfa or “Lishi” of which he is an inheritor, taught by grandmasters Chee Soo and Desmond Murray. Dr. Boyd has been teaching since 1991 and has built on the methodologies that he himself experienced in order to enable other westerners to learn and progress through the sophisticated syllabi and in-depth embodiments that Taoist practice brings about.
In 2000 Dr. Boyd began developing and resourcing educational and health-related programs in the UK and Europe so that disadvantaged and socially excluded young people and adults could benefit from Taoist practice. As a Research Associate at UC Davis, he is investigating how actors can cultivate and utilize their internal energy in performance.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the session and let the teacher know if you have a medical condition that affects you doing exercise. There will be audio-visual recording during the event, let the teacher know if you do not wish your image to be shown publicly.