2016: Agenda

Thursday, October 13th

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Your Body Never Lies

Nan Lu, OMD

Our bodies are faithful mirrors of our mind and spirit. They act as visible screens to let us know something is out of balance. If we ignore these signs of imbalance, they can evolve into major health issues like hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes and more. To rebalance the body, we have to understand Oneness. This allows us to recognize illness and disease, not as isolated factors, but as communications created to achieve spirit’s purpose. Relationships among the body, mind and spirit are unbreakable. Each of us is complete; when we gather in one location, our individual “ones” become a powerful energy field. From the microcosm to the macrocosm, science has proved everything is energy and everything is connected in field. The energy field of Building Bridges for TCM draws participants into a deeper appreciation of oneness and its successful application in integrative practices.

Wu Ming Qigong for Breast Health: Beyond Early Detection Training Session

Elaine Katen; Irma Jenne

From the traditional Chinese medicine perspective, before physical problems appear in the breast, they occur as energy stagnation in the Stomach, Kidney and Liver meridians that run this through this area.  This preconference session offers training in how to correctly perform and demonstrate unique Wu Ming Qigong movements for breast health.  It is designed to teach these energy movements and equip participants with the tools to bring this vital prevention technique into the community.  It allows practitioners and others to help women go beyond early detection, strengthen breast health and help prevent breast cancer.  (Participants receive a complimentary DVD of Dr. Nan Lu’s “Wu Ming Qigong for Breast Health.”  Proceeds benefit TCM World Foundation’s Breast Cancer Prevention Project.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Dragon's Way® Instructor Certification Training

Private Session: Prerequisite, The Dragon’s Way® Instructor Certification Training Enrollment

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Basics of TCM

Renee Lehman, MS, PT, MAc

With this informative session, Building Bridges for TCM continues to build bridges. Over the past decade, we have seen an exciting evolution in participants as we welcome an increasingly diverse group of healthcare professionals, not all of whom have a deep background in traditional Chinese medicine.  If you would like to learn more about the fundamental principles and theories of TCM’s body-mind-spirit medical system, this session will help you appreciate the main conference offerings more deeply.

8:00 p.m.

Opening Meditation: Being One

Nan Lu, OMD

We can no longer ignore the astonishing fact of our existence: we are all energy beings! We, as humans, are woven into the energy field where everybody and everything is connected. This special opening meditation sets the tone for the exploration of oneness, consciousness and everyday health. In this session, Dr. Lu guides participants to focus on the body, mind and spirit as one and consciously feel the connection to the source of Universal life. He leads us to the recognition of the biological reality of spirit in every cell and the creative, multidimensional actions it takes to achieve our life’s purpose.

Friday, October 14th

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Taoist Stretching

Irma Jenne

Studies show Taiji offers many health benefits, including helping you become more flexible and improve balance.  Learn special Taiji stretching techniques with gifted, award-winning teacher Irma Jenne. Join her each morning to practice simple, powerful movements that you can take home and add to your own health regimen.

LifeForce: Tao of Medical Qigong – All Levels

Private Session: For participants training in all levels of this energy healing art under the guidance of Nan Lu, OMD

The Dragon’s Way® Instructor Certification Training

Private Session: For participants completing training as certified instructors of The Dragon’s Way® Program

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Conference Welcome

Ellen Schaplowsky, VP, TCM World Foundation
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

KEYNOTE: Oneness, Consciousness and Everyday Health—Life's Puzzle

Nan Lu, OMD

Our lives are magnificent puzzles, each connected to the other within an unimaginable energy field. When we die, these pieces come together and life is complete. Within this construct, we can no longer look at illness and disease as an isolated event, unconnected to body and mind, or spirit’s purpose. At the spiritual level, everything is perfect; the visible and invisible are connected. To live more profoundly in good health, it is essential to see that everything in life is connected—our creativity as well as our challenges. What are the real connections? They’re nature, seasons, the energy field of which we’re a part—all are powerful influences on our lives. Can we see this angle? Or, do we continually look for separation and differentiation? Applying this framework to everyday health, we need to consider the body’s physical reactions and its energetic responses. This morning, Dr. Lu paints the big picture as it relates to conditions of metabolic syndrome. He explores how understanding Oneness can effectively address the root cause of conditions instead of continually fixing isolated problems.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Beyond Spirit the Supreme Illusion: Consciousness at the Intersection of Science and Spirituality

Eben Alexander lll, MD

Dr. Eben Alexander will discuss the complete shift in world view that he derived from his coma experience and his ongoing interpretation of it, all around the fundamental nature of consciousness itself. The true power of mind over matter is best exemplified in achieving health, beginning with the placebo effect, but much further. Realize our mind has tremendous influence on emerging actualities and allow for the fullest manifestation of our free will.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Secrets of Qi and Qigong

Nan Lu, OMD

Qi and Qigong are the foundations of China’s fine arts, including its healing arts. In ancient times, famous masters and doctors were trained in Qi and Qigong so they could reach the highest level of self-cultivation. This knowledge was a closely guarded secret, only meant for a special few. It was never shared widely with others. Today times are different. People are searching for a more profound kind of healing wisdom. Dr. Lu shares his journey of self-cultivation and why and how Qigong can play a major role in delivering maximum healing benefits to practitioners as well as patients. He also explains why—at the subconscious level—the energy field between practitioner and patient is the key factor that produces true healing. He also explores why strengthening practitioner energy is one of the most vital parts of patient healing.

Natural Chinese Behavioral and Spiritual Approaches to Everyday Health

Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM

After providing a brief overview of the Eastern and Western views of cardiovascular health, including high blood pressure, Brother Seif looks at the role of Chinese and Western herbal formulas and supplements, exercise/Qigong, and meditation as facilitators of cardiovascular health. A brief communal meditation will also be offered.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Faces of Anger

Thea Elijah, MAc

Chinese medicine has many subtle methods for tracking how emotions are affecting our bodies for better or for worse. Anger, for instance, when constructively expressed, can stimulate profound healing but when it stagnates or erupts out of control ways, it is unhealthy for everyone! Physical signs and symptoms, including pulse and tongue, can let us know whether the anger is cold and tight, or hot and volatile. Body language can let us know whether anger may be a way of expressing outrage, or a way of hiding fear.  As healers it is important for us to be able to recognize the many different face of anger, so that we can offer many different forms of healing. In Chinese medicine, the most important determinant of whether anger will affect us in healthy or unhealthy way is whether it is in service to the Heart, as a profound and renewable creative force in our lives.

Herbs, Consciousness and Resonance: "Medicine/Yi is Intention Yi."

Evan Rabinowitz, MAc

In Chinese, the terms for “medicine/yi 醫” and “intention/yi 意” are closely linked. This linguistic relationship gives us insight into a profound inner connection between healing and consciousness. Plants, like people, have levels of consciousness. Herbal medicine utilizes these various aspects of a given plant for engaging complex and lasting healing, beyond what can simply be understood through phytochemistry. Viewed in their wholeness, the capacity of plants as teachers is opened. The “faculty of intention” gives us access to understanding and utilizing plants more fully as both practitioner and patient.

Motion Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Pain

Decheng Chen, LAc, Phd

Motion Acupuncture (MA) refers to a unique acupuncture technique where a patient performs exercises under supervision of doctors with needles inserted and retained in the points throughout the acupuncture session. It is a comprehensive acupuncture therapy that combines channels and meridians theories, tendons and sinews theories, anatomy, kinematics, and acupuncture, which is mainly for the treatment of soft tissue injuries and a variety of pain conditions. In this workshop, the three major procedures of MA, i.e., examination of target points, insertion of needles, and methods of exercises will be described and discussed.

How a Body-Mind-Spirit Clinical Approach Can Reframe the Art of Women's Health

Tonya Heyman, MD; Melissa Thiel, MD

Dr. Tonya Heyman and Dr. Melissa Thiel, with a combined fifty-year plus experience in women’s health, discuss their clinical framework for the integration of a body–mind–spirit framework into their clinical wellness practices. Modalities of therapy, including Medical Qigong, “Energy” medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation and light (laser) balancing systems, are discussed. The rationale for the use and application of these healing modalities for optimizing wellness at the body–mind–spirit levels in different clinical situations are discussed and examples of patient cases are presented. Together they share the evolution of their medical practices, as they became the bridges they were building in their patient-centered care.

7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Sound Experience: Expanding Our Soul Awareness

Eben Alexander III, MD; Karen Newell

Join Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell for an experiential sound journey riding on the power of group energy and Sacred Acoustics’ innovative audio technology to achieve thinning of the veil and opening of awareness into universal consciousness.

Saturday, October 15th

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Taoist Stretching

Irma Jenne

For millennia, Taiji has been refined into beautiful, rhythmic movements for self-healing. Its benefits are also well documented in modern scientific research. Continue learning with gifted, award-winning teacher Irma Jenne.

LifeForce: Tao of Medical Qigong: All Levels

Private Session: For participants training in all levels of this energy healing art under the guidance of Nan Lu, OMD

The Dragon’s Way® Instructor Certification Training

Private Session: For participants completing training as certified instructors of The Dragon’s Way® Program

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

KEYNOTE: A Science of Being: Remembering Our True Nature

Peter Russell

Western science has had remarkable success in describing the material world, yet encounters great difficulty when it comes to explaining the nature of consciousness. Integrating physics, psychology, philosophy and mysticism, Peter Russell shows how we are on the threshold of a revolution in worldview that bridges science and spirituality. The elements of this new understanding are in place. Nothing new needs to be discovered. All that is required is to put the pieces together and explore the new picture of the cosmos that emerges. When we do we arrive at a radically different worldview one in which the fundamental essence of the cosmos is not matter but mind. This revolution also reveals that beyond our everyday consciousness, with its hopes, fears, plans and concerns, lies the natural mind, untarnished by the stories we tell ourselves and the roles we play. Here, in touch with our true nature, we find the ease and happiness that we have yearned for. Furthermore, in discovering our own essential nature, we are realizing our essential oneness with the cosmos.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

Discover TCM: Interactive Workshops

  •   Stimulating Qi for Facial Beauty: Learn how to stimulate and guide Qi through meridians that run through the facial area with special acupressure techniques. A unique herbal mask will also be demonstrated. (Tatiana Philippova, MS, LAc)
  •   Tracing the Twelve Meridians: Experience the amazing three-dimensional, meridian bodysuit modeled by one of our own! Learn about the 12 meridians or energy channels that make up your body’s energy network and how to locate the root cause of health issues. (Renee Lehman, MS, PT, MAc)
  •   TCM Anti-Anxiety Protocol: This valuable take-home protocol can bring peace into your own life and help you become more balanced as well as help patients with conditions of anxiety. (Larry Stoler, PhD)
  •   The Four Energy Gates: The body has four master energy gates that allow for maximum flow of Qi. We’ll teach you these special self-healing Wu Ming Qigong movements so you can use them for your own healing benefit and with patients to enhance treatment. (Melissa Theil, MD)
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

The Dragon’s Way® Instructor Certification - Information Session

Elaine Katen; Irma Jenne

Most programs say lose weight and gain energy. We say gain energy and lose weight while regaining internal balance and health. The Dragon’s Way® self-healing program is based on Wu Ming Qigong. Everything we do centers around TCM’s Five Element energetic framework that encompasses relationships, including emotions, food, lifestyle choices and your environment. You’re invited to this educational session to learn more about how to being this successful body⏤mind⏤ and spirit program that has helped tens of thousands of people into your practice or your community.

Guided Meditation

Brother/Doctor Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM

Join Brother Bernard for this meditation that can help you experience the joy of connecting with your inner spirit.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

A Child’s Journey toward Infinite Freedom

Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP, CAc

What’s the point of growing up? How can we learn to get along with each other? What can we trust in this ever-changing life? Over the past 30 years, children have been teaching me how to live an unlimited life. We are all born open-ended. Why do we close ourselves off? The Dao of Humanity is rooted in communication. In this workshop we will explore child development as a series of open-ended questions that serve as a model for living an unlimited life. The keys to developing healthy relationships with the world are linked to early exposure to natural diversity and change but when we raise our children to maintain secure connections to the source of their creativity, we discover our own personal growth flourishes through a deep sense of wholeness.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

An Integrative Chinese Medicine Understanding of the Psychological and Neurological Factors in GI Disorders

Haihe Tian, PhD, MD (China)

Western Medicine has established the reciprocal causal relationships between psychological and neurological factors and a variety of Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. All the functions of the GI system are controlled by the Central Nervous System (CNS). CNS disorders will affect the GI system and show corresponding symptoms, such as Gastric Neurosis, Celiac disease, IBS, Gastric Paresis, etc. Acupuncture and herbal treatment can regulate CNS function and benefit most GI diseases. At the same time, there are many neurological cells in the GI tract (gut) affecting both GI and CNS function. In addition, GI neurological connections affect immune function (eg. allergic reactions), insulin metabolism, memory, emotions, and sleep. For this reason, the GI is referred to as the body’s second brain. In this workshop, Dr. Tian explores how Chinese Medicine addresses the root causes of imbalances in the GI-CNS relationship. Clinical examples will be provided showing how the use of acupuncture, herbs and diet can achieve this deep treatment of these disorders.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

Lessons from the Lab: Energy Healing Experiments on Cancer

William F. Bengston, PhD

Dr. Bengston has conducted more than a dozen experiments on healing mice in half a dozen labs, including three medical schools.  The data from these experiments indicate reliable full lifespan cures of mice infected with normally fatal cancers.  These cures have been replicated by skeptical volunteers using “energy healing” techniques which he helped to develop.  In addition, his research has looked at some correlates to healing, including EEG and fMRI entrainment, and anomalous geomagnetic micropulsations in the surrounding space of healing events.  His workshop summarizes some of this data and offer some thoughts on what “lessons” can be learned from the research, including how states of mind relate to healing.  Further, brain data that indicate healing may be a non-conscious response to healing need will be discussed.  His continuing exploration for reasons for his experiments’ success has led him to consider the influence of consciousness and love on the outcomes.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

Healing in the Heart of Consciousness: Meditation with Sacred Sound

Eben Alexander III, MD; Karen Newell

In the years following his coma experience, Dr. Eben Alexander discovered audio technology that enabled him to return to the realms first encountered during coma. He realized others could benefit from such tools. He collaborates with Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, to demonstrate how brainwave entrainment recordings assist in achieving expanded states of conscious awareness. The sound vibrations can activate energies in a person’s larger connected energy field to reveal insights and guidance as well as a pathway to wellness.

7:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m


Qi Drummers

Modern science has helped us understand that we live in a world where everything is energy or energetic frequencies. Since we’re energy beings, all frequencies affect s in some way. Our bodies respond to the harmonics of Nature and the Universe. Our organs joyfully respond to musical vibrations that can quicken their function or calm them down. This event is everyone’s favorite, let-loose-and-let-Qi-fly tradition at Building Bridges for TCM. Don’t miss our exhilarating free-form energy practice.

Sunday, October 16th

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Taoist Wake-Up Energy Movements

Irma Jenne

During this final Taiji session, you can refine your practice of these simple, powerful energy movements. Make them yours so you can take them home to strengthen your energy foundation and support good health.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Life beyond Life: An Exploration

Peter Russell; Eben Alexander lll, MD; Nan Lu, OMD

What is life? Where is life? How do we know we’re alive? This morning, a scientist, a Western doctor and a Taoist spiritual leader explore the concept of Oneness and how it can be applied for personal growth and everyday health. They also consider the impact of Oneness on the larger Life that is ours where death and birth, birth and death, are transformative transitions of spirit’s purpose.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

San Jiao Medicine: The Key to Food Sensitivities, Intolerance and Allergy

Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP, CAc

As a pediatrician, Dr. Cowan sees an increasing number of children and families complaining of food sensitivities. These children are living lives dominated by constant fear. Eating, an activity that should be a time of connection and good feelings, has become a time of vigilance and vulnerability. Western trained physicians even when they acknowledge the problem have little to offer. The typical “fixing the parts” approach is not adequate in the face of a broader systemic problem. Addressing food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies requires that we see the whole person, and recognize that the whole is so much greater than the sum of the parts. In this workshop we will explore how Chinese Medicine addresses the root cause of allergies. We’ll look at how Chinese Medicine understands the inseparable unity of the neuro-gastro-immune system, known for centuries in Chinese medicine as the San Jiao (triple heater) and discover practical ways we can heal mind-body-spirit fractures that lie at the root of all food intolerances.

Two Paths Cross the Bridge: A Practitioner and Client Share Their Transformational Healing Experiences

Larry Stoler, PhD

From a spiritual perspective, it is said there are no accidents. When a client seeks therapy and meets a therapist, this is not an accident but an opportunity for both to be transformed. This is all the more true when both are engaged in a transformational Qigong journey. In this workshop, Larry Stoler, PhD will share how his practice as a psychologist changed as he embraced the importance of energy and consciousness in healing and became a Wu Ming Qigong practitioner under Grand Master Lu. In the workshop, Paula Graham, a past client of Dr. Stoler’s, and now a Dragon’s Way® instructor, will share how therapy inspired by Wu Ming Qigong aided her in healing from severe trauma and disconnection from herself to reclaiming her life, spirit and her suppressed artistic and healing gifts.

Purify the Heart: The Healer’s Journey to Connect to Infinite Love and Compassion

Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM

As a lifelong Catholic Monk, Qigong practitioner and psychologist, Brother Seif has learned that each healing path places purifying one’s own heart at the core of healing and transformation.  This purification leads us to face our inner prejudices and beliefs that block us from being open to Love and Compassion.  During this workshop. He shares personal experiences of using each of these paths on to progression an inner journey of the spirit.  This workshop will be partly experiential and include Qigong and meditation practices, Bates movements for better inner and physical vision, and teaching how to identify and remove personal blind spots.

Shen Xiang Therapy: A Complementary Approach for Cancer Care

Ruan Jin Zhao, OMD, PhD

This workshop introduces a new, comprehensive integrative theory regarding the onset of cancer. Central to this theory is the fact that cancer is present in everyone; cancer genes are coded in our body. Usually latent and controlled by the immune system, cancer gets activated when the immune system continually receives negative messages from the mind. The immune system turns against the host and releases cancer’s self-destructive potential. Therapy is aimed at reversing this process by strengthening the relationship between the central nervous system and immune system, which can put cancer back in its box. In this workshop, participants will be taught acupoints and techniques in Chinese herbal medicine that work that support this healing effort. This session will explore how this therapy, used in an integrative oncology practice, is coordinated with chemotherapy and radiation, and reduces myocardial damage and circulatory failure, often the immediate cause of death for most cancer patients.