Next Friday evening, April 11, the organization through which I study qigong—the Institute of Qigong & Integrative Medicine of Bothell, WA—is hosting one of its monthly programs for the community at a church halfway between Woodinville and Duvall, WA.
It will be a special program for me, partly because I will be speaking about my qigong journey in the very place it began, but also because my teacher, IQ&IM founder Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, will be talking about his own qigong journey, which started when he was 9 years old growing up in rural China.
Dr. Sun drops comments about his life and training into seminars on other subjects, so I know that it was his Daoist grand-uncle who first taught him qigong at a time when teaching qigong was forbidden. But I’ve never heard a beginning-to-now talk about his training and about why he gave up a career doing research in molecular genetics to teach and promote the system of qigong he developed as a pathway to health and wholeness, Yi Ren Qigong.
In fact, I don’t think he’s ever given such a talk before, so the April 11 talk will be special for many people.
The details are that the program will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the church at 19020 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, across from Cottage Lake Park. (Because IQ&IM is renting the facility and this is not a church event, I can’t name the church—but there will be an IQ&IM sandwich board at the foot of the driveway so you can find it.)
In addition to Dr. Sun’s talk, and my talk, there will be time for questions and discussion, and I will lead some Yi Ren Qigong exercises because, after all, you can talk about qigong until you’re blue in the face but the person you’re talking to won’t really know what it is until they’ve seen it and tried it. (As well, those of us who already practice Yi Ren Qigong appreciate every opportunity we can get to practice together.)
There will also be tea and “community nourishment,” which is IQ&IM’s term for healthy yet wonderfully tasty snacks.