2017: Agenda

Thursday, October 13th

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

Applying Quantum Understanding to Diagnosis and Treatment

Nan Lu, OMD

Illness and disease are not isolated factors, but act as communications created to achieve spirit’s purpose. Relationships among the body, mind and spirit are unbreakable. From the microcosm to the macrocosm, science has proved everything is energy and everything is connected in the field. How to read this field is a skill that is slowly being lost. After 40 years of clinical and personal practice, Grand Master Lu shares what he has learned.  Using case studies he guides participants to understand how to see the root of the body’s imbalances⏤ from emotional issues to physical ailments to reproductive problems.

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

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

Christine Page MD

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 consciousness, self-discovery and everyday health. Christine Page guides participants to focus on the body, mind and spirit as one and consciously feel the connection to the source of Universal life.

Friday, October 14th

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

Qigong Practice

Irma Jenne

Through deep meditative practices, ancient Chinese masters discovered many mysteries of the Universe. Qigong, a meditative practice, is one of the spiritual paths to unlock the healing powers of the Universe.  Through Qigong practice, you will feel more balanced in your everyday life. Join gifted, award-winning teacher Irma Jenne each morning to practice simple yet powerful movements. Once learned, they are yours to practice forever.

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: The Tao, Healing and the Quantum Universe: Living in the Presence

Menas C. Kafatos, PhD.

We live in an era of integration, a time of unity awareness. In science, the view of the underlying unity of everything is due largely to quantum physics. Quantum mechanics is not just theory, it is very practical. Its laws apply throughout the universe, everywhere. They apply to true well-being, to Oriental medicine and healing. The world of the quantum field and the world of everyday life are one. Awareness of oneness leads us to a profound vision of true living in the Presence, which is living and eternal, and connects us all beyond space and time. The Tao and science, the inner realms and the outer realms, are in constant dialogue, change, and evolution, while the underlying unity allows the Presence to hold everything together. The mysteries of life can be opened to us if we are willing to make the jump in our own bound sense of so-called individuality and embrace the Way.

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

Self-Discovery and Qigong:Reducing High Blood Pressure

Irma Jenne

The body’s power source lies within the meridian system.  To use this source wisely, we turn to Qigong practice. In this session, you will practice Qigong movements that can help the body resolve high blood pressure.

Self-Discovery and Qigong: Enlightenment is Under Your Feet

Elaine Katen

It has been said by many sages that enlightenment is under your feet. How can we interpret this statement and tap into this message in our everyday lives? In this experiential session, you will discover its meaning.

Self-Discovery and Qigong: Inner Peace

Inner peace, inner peace, inner peace.  Now doesn’t that sound nice? In this session, we will learn Qigong movements to help you achieve that sense of inner calm.  When the body and mind feel calm, energy can flow more freely and stress doesn’t do damage to the body.

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

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Irma Jenne and Elaine Katen

There’s a flow that is unique to women. It’s powerful, miraculous and daunting! This power comes from the manner in which our energy flows and expresses itself. Together we will explore this inner intelligence and learn how to use it in meaningful and empowering ways.

Meditation on Parables

Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM

Sages use parables to teach us about mysteries too deep to convey in words. Our meditation will use parables to help us explore a few (perhaps familiar) parables in a new way.  In the process we may discover something new about ourselves.

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


Mapping the Internal Landscape

Evan Rabinowitz, MAc

All traditional cultures consider humans to be mirrors of Nature.  This microcosmic-macrocosmic relationship has both outward and inward dimensions.  In Chinese Medicine, the outer dimension is reflected in acupuncture point names, many of which evoke natural forms- rivers and mountains, sun and stars.  The inner dimension of this mirror is described in Daoist and alchemical writings, most famously the Neijing Du/Chart of the Inner Channel. This class will explore the universal aspects of the inner landscape of the body as microcosm.  Focusing on our  foundational structures– the pelvis, the chest, the head – participants will gain a concrete experience of the energies that animate these regions.  Embodied discernment of the inner landscape facilitates self-discovery and clarifies the path of healing

Awakening Mystery: Becoming Aware of All You Are

Christine Page, MD

Amid all the information flooding our consciousness every moment of the day, there’s mystery. Existing within the realms of the unknown and unexplored, mystery is revered as the path to oneness and enlightenment for the spiritual initiate. Ancient wisdom states that mystery is accessed when our lips and eyes are closed but our heart is open. Our masculine, logical mind is often critical of such feminine allure, fearful of losing control and having to face chaos and confusion; but our heart and soul rejoice. They know that when we fearlessly embrace the undefinable and have the courage to step into the unknown, we enter the loving ocean of unlimited possibilities with the potential to experience oneness or wholeness; to be healed. Here we feel alive and realize that up until now, we’ve been asleep. Here we come to understand true spiritual fulfillment. Intuition is the voice of mystery; its language includes symbols, images, dreams and synchronicity. To hear the voice of our soul, we must quiet our chattering mind, release our need to have all the answers before moving and allow ourselves to be embraced in the mists of love, magic and creativity. 

Moving Beyond Theories to Application

Nan Lu, OMD

This session lays the foundation for a deeper appreciation of the role Chinese medicine theories plays in the understanding of the body’s Oneness and consciousness. Often the power behind theories such as Yin and Yang are applied as theories but not truly viewed as proof that healing happens within a cooperative framework.  Other theories such as Five Elements are not theories rather a framework for viewing man’s relationship to nature and within himself.  In this session Master Lu will use case studies to show how to move beyond theory into application.

Mapping and Tracing The Body's Invisible Power: Meridians

Renee Lehman, LAc

The meridians contain all the wisdom of the body.  They are invisible pathways that communicate internal to external.  Learning more about how energy flows through these meridians and where they are located will support your understanding of how the body communicates.  Through pain and discomfort often we determine which meridian is “speaking.”  In this session you will also trace the meridians for future reference.

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

Evening of Movement: Experience Your Inner Vib

Irma Jenne and Qidrummers

Let it go… experience what your body feels like when you drop your mind and allow energy to move freely through you. Every age and culture has used rhythmic movement or dance to connect to Spirit. Qidancing offers one of the most powerful spontaneous moving meditations of Chinese culture. This experiential learning opportunity illuminates the purpose and possibilities of Qigong, TCM’s ancient self-healing energy practice.

Saturday, October 15th

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

Qigong Practice

Irma Jenne

The journey continues with early morning Qigong practices.  These energy movements open gates of healing that allow the body to improve health and sustain balance.

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: Consciousness, Self-Discovery and Everyday Health: The Anser Lies Within

Nan Lu, OMD

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11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
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 and to hear about experiences various instructors have had in teaching this body⏤mind⏤ and spirit program.  Learn more about how you too can bring The Dragon’s Way to your community.

Guided Meditation

Brother/Doctor Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM
Sages use parables to teach us about mysteries too deep to convey in words. Our meditation will use parables to help us explore a few
(perhaps familiar) parables in a new way. In the process, we may discover something new about ourselves.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

Behind the Mask: Uncovering Your Original Face

Lillian Bridges

Most people wear a mask created by the roles they play and the projection of the self they want others to see. These roles inhibit the expression of the true self, which the ancient Daoists called the Original Face. Enlightenment was seen as the ability to know yourself fully by returning to this innate self and being that self in the world.  Face Reading can assist in this process of self-discovery.

In this workshop, participants will be given an overview about what the face shows about the true nature. They will learn how to: evaluate the epigenetic structure of the features that reveals personality; recognize coloration in areas of the face that show blockages in the organs; gather the wisdom gained from life experiences shown as markings on the Facial Maps of Life Experience and the Emotions; and track the special light of the Spirit called Shen that shows through the eyes and skin and that lights up when someone is being authentic. Special attention will be paid to the health consequences of living behind a mask and techniques will be offered to help release people from their societal roles. Participants will also learn how to utilize the signs on the face as clues about their true self. Taking the steps that help yourself or your patients return to their Original Face is a powerful method of enhancing consciousness. 

SHORTER VERSION??

Most people wear masks that inhibit the expression of their true self, which the ancient Daoists called the Original Face. Enlightenment was considered the ability to know oneself fully and return to this innate self. Face Reading can assist in this process of self-discovery.

In this workshop, participants will be given an overview about what the face shows regarding one’s true nature. They will learn how to: evaluate the epigenetic structure of the features revealing personality; recognize the coloration on the face showing blockages in the organs; understand the markings on the Facial Maps of Life Experience and the Emotions; and track the special light of the Spirit called Shen that glows through the eyes and skin when someone is authentic. Special attention will be paid to the health consequences of living behind a mask. Face Reading can be a tool for enhancing consciousness on the journey back to the Original Face.

Fearlessness

Larry Stoler, PhD.

Today, so many people are gripped by fear. There is fear in the political realm; fear about the climate, from financial insecurities; fear about aging and future health problems and more. As a psychologist, I know that fear, anxiety and panic cause so much personal distress and are common reasons for people to seek professional help. These problems are behind many of the physical symptoms patients report to their doctors as well. Over the years, my patients used many therapeutic approaches including conventional psychotherapy, hypnosis, medications, and even new and promising approaches like energy psychology. Each approach has benefits but also limitations. In recent years, I work with fear and anxiety using the mind-body-spirit framework of Chinese Medicine and Wu Ming Qigong. This approach can help people build an internal foundation for fearlessness and courage.

In this workshop, we will apply the Chinese Medicine understanding that everything is energy and that all energy has consciousness to the problem of fear. We’ll go over how fear can be understood from a 5 Element framework. You’ll learn a Wu Ming Qigong approach to building inner fearlessness that you can use to in your life.

The Path of Endarkenment:  Transforming Anxiety into Inquiry

Thea Elijah, LAc

Anxiety can be debilitating for our health—it may rob us of sleep, distort our appetite, and undermine our immune system.  It can cause us to hold back from living our lives fully, and leave us doubting even what we know to be true.  Many health issues can stem from anxiety—or it can become the starting point for a path of inquiry, first inward, and then outward into our lives.  Join us for an exploration of embodied practices that allow us to make use of uncertainty as a doorway into self-discovery.  We can learn to find confidence by standing deep in the mystery and heal our body mind spirit through healing our relationship with the unknown. 

EYE HEALTH

Andy Rosenfarb

TCM and Eye Health

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Meet With the Speakers: A Forum to Ask Your Questions

Stephen Cowan, Thea Elijah, Br. Seif, Menas Kaftas

Often questions arise from workshops and interactions with others that lead to deeper questions. During these evening sessions, we invite you to choose which speaker you would like to share your thoughts and ask your questions.

Menas Kafatos, PhD: Quantum physicist, cosmologist, consciousness expert, author of You Are the Universe

Stephan Cowan, MD  Board-certified holistic mind-body-spirit oriented pediatrician, author

Thea Elijah  Chinese Medicine and cross-cultural energy medicine expert, Whole Heart Connection

Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM  Psychologist, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Chinese Medicine Specialist, author

Sunday, October 16th

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

Qigong Practice

Irma Jenne

Qigong practice for self-discovery.  Every Qigong movement is a gateway to help you discover your healing skill.

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

Self-Discovery

Menas Kafatos and Nan Lu

What have we discovered in the convergence of consciousness and everyday health? How do we see ourselves in this context? This lively dialogue between a physicist and an evolved master answer your questions on how to move forward from here.

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

Embracing Our Oneness

Christine Page, MD

Our inner being is like a flower, our soul in its center surrounded by many beautiful petals. Each petal represents a different aspect or facet of the self. All of them need to be open and fully expressed, for us to know wholeness or oneness. However, it’s not uncommon for us to favor one or two of these petals – subpersonalities – dedicating much energy each day to their expression. Even though we may not always like their behavior, their outcome is predictable and won’t upset our status quo. 

The other aspects of the self patiently wait for our attention. At times, these shadowy subpersonalities may reveal themselves to us, yearning for us to embody their gifts and strengths to enrich our presence. But it’s just as easy to turn our back on them, returning to old habits. We may even project our discomfort by judging or trying to fix someone else who embodies the aspects of ourselves we wish to ignore. 

Yet without the courage to enter the shadows and accept all aspects of the self into our center – the heart – we cannot be whole. Come with me as we embrace our oneness.

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The Extraordinary Powers of Healing

Stephen Cowan, MD
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Ancient Chinese symbols hold wisdom that can unlock our powers of insight.  Using painting and qigong exercises, in this workshop, we will we explore the symbols associated with the Extraordinary Vessels and discover hidden connections with common Western Medical diagnoses.

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Behind the Mask: Uncovering Your Original Face

Lillian Bridges

SHORTER VERSION??

Most people wear masks that inhibit the expression of their true self, which the ancient Daoists called the Original Face. Enlightenment was considered the ability to know oneself fully and return to this innate self. Face Reading can assist in this process of self-discovery.

In this workshop, participants will be given an overview about what the face shows regarding one’s true nature. They will learn how to: evaluate the epigenetic structure of the features revealing personality; recognize the coloration on the face showing blockages in the organs; understand the markings on the Facial Maps of Life Experience and the Emotions; and track the special light of the Spirit called Shen that glows through the eyes and skin when someone is authentic. Special attention will be paid to the health consequences of living behind a mask. Face Reading can be a tool for enhancing consciousness on the journey back to the Original Face.

Flowing from Image to Likeness

Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM

Life invites us into a process of Transformation.  Scriptures and philosophies of various traditions talk about returning to our true selves, returning home.  They imply that we have an indelible Image of goodness or God within and that life is a journey of self-discovery in order to awaken that into Likeness.  Through the use of Jungian archetypes we will explore the Five Element theory and see what we can discover about ourselves.  NB:  This workshop is not a form of diagnosis or treatment. Please bring paper and pen/pencil. 

Qigong Meridian Therapy

Tatianna Philopova

The ancient art of Qigong Meridian Therapy (QMT) is based on an understanding of the meridian system and knowing which meridians to stimulate. The effectiveness of QMT is in direct correlation to the practitioner’s knowledge of the meridians, ability to use proper hand techniques, and energy level. The discussion will center around how and when QMT can be used,  and a technique will be taught for take-home use.