2018: Agenda

Thursday, October 11th

Preconference Session

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Five Element Consciousness: Digesting Food Allergies Through a Quantum Framework

Nan Lu, OMD

Chinese medicine successfully treats and can cure the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States—allergies—and they are on the rise. While a cure eludes science, managing symptoms through avoidance and drugs limits our way of life, including family and social relationships.  For the first time, Grand Master Nan Lu leads this clinical preconference for practitioners, patients, and parents on using the Five Element Consciousness Framework to diagnose and treat the root causes of food allergies, including how to prevent them.  Novel acupuncture protocols, acupressure points for self-healing, exercises, and herbs are among the tools he offers.  Another theme is creating Health Consciousness to not only address food allergies but also limit potential health risks from genetically modified food. These themes also run throughout the conference.

Main Conference Begins

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Exploring the Meridian Pathways

Renee Lehman, MS, PT, MAc

The body is a web of pathways that have the potential to carry unlimited life force. Chinese medicine knows that good health and emotional well-being is predicated upon energy flowing smoothly through these pathways known as meridians. In this interactive workshop you will learn more about meridian function and trace 12 major meridians.

7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Evening Meditation with Sound

Ellen F. Franklin, PhD with Maren Good, MA, LMT
Sound has the power to heal our wounds, ignite our spirit, and reunite us with the divine harmony and wisdom of the Universe. In the Eastern tradition, the idea that sound is the generator of the Universe dates back to ancient texts from China and India. The sounds of the Universe are brought into healthcare through the use of precision calibrated planetary tuning forks and symphonic planetary gongs. Join Dr. Franklin assisted by Maren Good as they take you on a meditative journey through the Universe accompanied by Sun, Moon, and Earth gongs.

Friday, October 12th

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

Touching Harmony with Taiji

Nan Lu, OMD

Start your day with Grand Master Nan Lu in his role as Qigong master and experience how the smooth movements of Taiji can help you achieve balance and harmony. We guarantee this experience will be uplifting.

LifeForce: Tao of Medical Qigong—All Levels

Private Session: For all Medical Qigong students.

The Dragon’s Way® Instructor Certification Training

Private Session: For certified instructors and trainees of The Dragon’s Way® Program.

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Complimentary Breakfast Buffet with Conference Attendees

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

Welcome

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

KEYNOTE: Unwrapping Health Consciousness

Nan Lu, OMD

Why focus on Health Consciousness? Because being healthy is much more than the physical condition of our bodies.  Behind health is Health Consciousness in countless forms—food, lifestyle, environment, energy, and our relationships with others and everything around us. This approach is part of a framework and diagnostic tool that can help us change our concepts and beliefs about health and healing. Grand Master Nan Lu deeply explores the Five Element Consciousness Framework where all of Nature’s Elements are assembled into a single energetic framework of interrelated systems. To discover the root cause of illness involves understanding interrelationships, the laws of Nature, and the Consciousness of each Element. Everyone is also born with a dominant Element—a mind–body–spirit gateway. Health isn’t based on one single thing or event. It’s the cooperative effect and unity of all forms of Consciousness.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Coffee and Tea Break

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

Experiential Workshops

Qigong movements enhance the connection between Five Element Consciousness and associated physical and emotional issues. Choose one of the following workshops.

Health Consciousness and Qigong: Undoing Shoulder Pain

Tatiana Philippova, MS, LAc

Various meridians run through the shoulder area. Learn how to open the flow of energy through these meridians and eliminate pain.

Health Consciousness and Qigong: Accessing the Four Main Energy Gates

Larry Stoler, PhD

Learn how to stimulate four key areas of the body for self-healing. These gates have been used for thousands of years to rebalance the body. Today we use them for treatment and preventative care.

Health Consciousness and Qigong: Lower Your Blood Pressure

Irma Jenne

When issues such as high blood pressure become a consistent problem, it’s best to discover the root cause of what’s creating the pressure. By simply quieting this sign, the body becomes lazy. Learn how to use Qigong movements to work in partnership with the body to resolve high blood pressure.  

Health Consciousness and Qigong: Meridian Tune-Up

Elaine Katen

Experience the impact of a full-body energy shower. Learn how to detox your energy stagnations and release emotional baggage and daily stressors. Meridian tune-ups increase energy flow and ultimately become a preventative routine.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunchtime

Give yourself a gift of these ancient healing energy practices—Qigong Meridian Therapy® and Life Force Tao of Medical Qigong®. Each practitioner is highly trained and selected by Grand Master Lu. Schedule your session in advance. Treatment times are Noon–2:30 p.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Visit our unique Exhibitors.

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

Dragon's Way® for Total Health

Elaine Katen and Irma Jenne

Energy animates all living things. A healthy state of being is possible with practices that nurture your energy foundation. The mind limits our ability. Learn why and how Qi goes beyond the mind to open up the healing wisdom of the body. Experience one of the most powerful Qigong postures that can guide you to discover the mysteries of health and life.

Color, Organ, and Healing Sounds: Five Elements Meditation

Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM

Consistent with the conference’s theme, Brother Seif will lead a meditation on the Five Elements. The Five Elements express the luminous web that is the underlying blueprint of Chinese medicine.  Visualizing the color associated with each Element and related organs, while gently chanting a healing sound, is a dynamic and balancing process that invites us back to the basics of Chinese healing philosophy and our best selves. 

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

Hard to Stomach: Treating the Root Cause of Acid Reflux

Thea Elijah, MAc

Acid reflux, or heartburn, is a common physical ailment indicating on some level we are finding life “hard to stomach.” Western medical strategies, such as antacids and proton-pump inhibitors, treat symptoms but often without lasting success. Long-term use can increase malabsorption and lead to malnourishment. By listening to what acid reflux is telling us about the inner world of our digestive system, we can learn to find nourishment no matter what life puts on our plate. Together, in an educational and interactive workshop, participants will learn how to support each other in having the heart and the guts to accept, digest, and transform life’s most difficult gifts.

Energy, the Quantum Mind, and Well-Being

Menas Kafatos, PhD

Energy as the primary force in our lives is the focus of this workshop. Energy is not just movement, it is focused effort, which is not only pleasant, but also is the foundation of our lives, well-being, and health. Dr. Kafatos examines the quantum mind and how it applies in our lives as well as the three fundamental Laws of the Universe, how they pertain to all levels of experience, and how the quantum mind is in touch with them. How can we realize our fundamental quantum mind and the benefits of these laws? Energy in the physical and mental realms is explored from different perspectives. Einstein’s equation E = mc2 as well as quantum effects that relate to healing and well-being will be explored.

Can Healing Intention Be Stored and Delivered in a Practical Fashion?

William F. Bengston, PhD

Reliable data from experiments conducted for more than 35 years in controlled and natural settings have led to several distinct findings: “healing” can cure cancer; dose is a factor; healing proceeds nonlinearly and is not fundamentally energy but information; and rather than being correlated with a particular state of mind, healing functions more as an autonomic response to a person’s needs. Dr. Bengston’s current work involves whether healing can be “captured” and “reproduced” without the healer. Can we store healing and independently deliver it in a practical and scalable fashion? Research on whether biological systems can recognize “stored” healing will be presented, along with work designed to measure the genomic effects of recorded “healing potential” on cancer cells in both in-vitro and in-vivo models.

Treating Infertility Through Chinese Medicine

Lorne Brown B.Sc., CPA, Dr. TCM, FABORM, CHt

In the field of fertility acupuncture, regardless of diagnosis and outcome, treatment involves more than inserting needles. Mind and body work helps patients become more receptive to conception and better prepared for any outcome. In addition to a mind and body approach, Dr. Brown will share acupuncture points and combinations including laser acupuncture for treating conditions such as unexplained infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and male infertility as well as providing in vitro fertilization support.

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

Crossing the Integrative Bridge with Guidance

Various Integrative Practitioners

Building an integrative practice can be a daunting experience, but with guidance from those who have successfully crossed that bridge, the process is easier and more gratifying. It is no accident that you are at this conference. We are providing the opportunity to network with others you were meant to meet and ask your questions. This is an informal gathering with a specific purpose—to cross the bridge and integrate mind–body–spirit practices.

Saturday, October 13th

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

Taiji

Nan Lu, OMD

The journey continues with early morning Taiji practice to increase flexibility.  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.

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

Complimentary Breakfast Buffet with Conference Attendees

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

Genetically Modified Foods: Consequences for You and the Environment

Steven M. Druker, JD

Agricultural bioengineering attempts to add greater precision and safety into crop development. Yet, artificially changing the genetic code of the world’s food supply is at odds with nature. Genes are reconfigured so modified organisms can function in foreign environments, which disrupts their natural purpose and induces risky metabolic imbalances. Altered plant cells are compelled to develop into adult plants through an unnatural and highly mutagenic process. Proponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) often misrepresent natural processes as more random and unruly than they are. The GMO food venture prevails based on distorted facts. As a result, natural principles are ignored, truth is devalued, and the importance of living in harmony with nature is lost. Steven Druker will disclose conflicts between the GMO food venture and the natural order as well as the consequences for people and the environment.

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

Experiential Workshops

Qigong movements enhance the connection between Five Element Consciousness and associated physical and emotional issues. Choose one of the following workshops.

Health Consciousness and Qigong: Undoing Shoulder Pain

Tatiana Phillipova, MS, LAc

Various meridians run through the shoulder area. Learn how to open the flow of energy through these meridians and eliminate pain.

Health Consciousness and Qigong: Accessing the Four Energy Gates

Larry Stoler, Phd

Learn how to stimulate four key areas of the body for self-healing. These gates have been used for thousands of years to rebalance the body. Today we use them for treatment and for preventative care.

Health Consciousness and Qigong: Lower Your Blood Pressure

Irma Jenne

When issues such as high blood pressure become a consistent problem, it’s best to discover the root cause of what’s creating the pressure. By simply quieting this sign, the body becomes lazy. Learn how to use Qigong movements to work in partnership with the body to resolve high blood pressure.  

Health Consciousness and Qigong: Meridian Tune-Up

Elaine Katen

Experience the impact of a full-body energy shower. Learn how to detox your energy stagnations and release emotional baggage and daily stressors. Meridian tune-ups increase energy flow and ultimately become a preventative routine.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunchtime

Give yourself a gift of these ancient healing energy practices—Qigong Meridian Therapy® and Life Force Tao of Medical Qigong®. Each practitioner is highly trained and selected by Grand Master Lu. Schedule your session in advance. Treatment times are Noon–2:30 p.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Visit our unique Exhibitors.

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

Lifeforce: Tao of Medical Qigong Information Session

Irma Jenne and Elaine Katen

LifeForce Tao of Medical Qigong® is taught in a traditional manner to serious students who want to go deep and experience a profound relationship with their personal Qi. Once learned, the student of Medical Qigong is trained to use Qigong for healing purposes. When properly used, Qigong is a tool that can heal. When used improperly, it can cause negative effects. Instructors discuss the why, what, and how of Qigong training.

Quantum Functional Medicine: The Future of Medicine in Practice Today

Melissa Laborsky, MD

Western medicine continues to rely on the doctrine that everything in reality is ultimately physical. For example, the mind is physical, and pain is a brain process. In contrast, modern science establishes that everything is energy, and quantum field principles, such as nonlocality, entanglement, and complementarity, contradict classical science and embody eastern concepts. A new medicine is emerging based on a deep understanding of the ancient wisdom contained in Chinese medicine. It leads to more complete diagnoses and treatments for the multidimensional self. Dr. Laborsky will share how she applies quantum, functional, and spiritual principles in her clinical practice.  

Tonglen: A Practice for Personal and Global Transformation

Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM

Tonglen can be translated from the Tibetan as “sending and receiving.”  It is a deceptively simple meditation practice learned by Brother Seif in Nepal, and its goal is the transformation of Darkness into Light, both personally and collectively.  All of the Five Elements are involved, especially the Fire of the Heart and the Air of the Lungs. After exploring the philosophy beneath Tonglen, attendees will practice it, which takes some courage (as you will find out). 

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

Grasping the Wind: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and the Hundred Diseases

Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP, CAc

Understanding the concept of wind offers a unique bridge where eastern and western medicine can meet. Chinese medicine has a long history of recognizing wind as a primary manifestation of disease, yet it remains relatively ignored in the West. Mast cell activation syndrome, an immunological condition, corresponds to Chinese medicine’s view of wind manifesting in the body in a host of ways, from itchy rashes and allergies to the recurrent pain of arthritis, headache, and fibromyalgia. In this workshop, participants will explore the practical value of lifestyle changes, herbs, and diet that support the circadian rhythms of life and improve our chances of sailing through the ill winds of modern culture. 

Healing Your Eyes: Integrative Ways to Preserve and Recover Vision

Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAC

Degenerative vision loss is a serious problem affecting young and old. One contributor is, people are simply living longer. Stresses and lifestyle issues common to modern life also underlie these problems. Effective prevention of vision loss requires identifying issues before serious vision problems occur. Although modern medical approaches still offer little hope, treatments integrating Chinese medicine are shown to help restore and prevent vision loss. Common causes of degenerative vision loss will be discussed along with the basics of an innovative, effective, and integrative program that acupuncturists and physicians are bringing into their practices. 

Good Vibrations:  Sound Therapy and Self-Care

Ellen F. Franklin, PhD

Everything in the universe vibrates at every level—cosmic, biological, and molecular. Sound used with conscious intent can heal deep wounds, shift consciousness, and reunite us with the harmonies and rhythms of the Universe. Examine the science of sound, frequency, and physiology and the human body as a perfect receptor for sound vibration. Explore the use of planetary tuning forks and musical intervals along with how sound works on three aspects of meridians—organic, emotional, and psychospiritual. Taoist concepts of the Three Treasures, as well as the use of related acupuncture points serving as powerful gateways for deep healing work with sound, are discussed and demonstrated. Participants can discover a well-studied, self-care approach to reduce stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue.

Clarifying the Facts About GMOs: Risks, Natural Processes, and Choices

Steven M. Druker, JD

Delve into facts to alleviate confusion over the risks to health and the environment from GMO foods and production, and to understand how these risks are systematically misrepresented. Lessons learned from computer science will be applied to illuminate the shortcomings of genetic engineering, such as the danger from using advanced gene-editing techniques in food production. A special focus will be on remedial actions that can be taken by individuals, healthcare practitioners, and society to avoid consuming GMO foods and help restore methods in harmony with natural principles and healthy living. Agricultural systems and our food supply can become safer, more sustainable, and more productive. 

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

Movement and Expressive Consciousness

Nan Lu, OMD

Consciousness can express itself through movement. Dance is a vehicle for waking up Qi, allowing a freedom that brings the full expression of one’s self to the surface. Grand Master Lu will show how to use dance and music to access higher forms of healing. Guided movement lets your feelings rise to the surface and begin to flow more easily. Drumming and Qidancing follow.

Sunday, October 14th

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

Taiji

Nan Lu, OMD

The final day of the conference is an opportunity to build on Taiji practices you can take home and use to release stress and gain extra flexibility.

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

Complimentary Breakfast Buffet with Conference Attendees

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

Building Bridges Award

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

Bridging the Divisions that Seem to Separate What Cannot Be Separated

Menas Kafatos, PhD

The primacy of Consciousness and its implications in our lives are presented from a scientist’s perspective in a delightfully accessible way. Findings from modern science, quantum mechanics, and relativity reveal the quantum mind which exists everywhere as Awareness, and energy with no bounds or limits. These paradigm shifts all refer to Oneness and reinforce the ancient teachings and practices of the Tao, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Health Consciousness, the cosmology of the human being, and the role of conscious Awareness in our lives are in total agreement with modern science. Dr. Kafatos contends these concepts are far from being just philosophical understandings and are important for health and well-being. Science and the great traditions of the East meet to bridge the divisions that seem to separate what cannot be separated.

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

Coffee and Tea Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Digesting Health Consciousness: Clinical Integration and Application

Menas Kafatos, PhD and Nan Lu, OMD

After a weekend of digesting Health Consciousness and absorbing as well as experiencing Qigong, Chinese Medicine, and the Five Element Consciousness Framework, presenters will share how to move forward and integrate these teachings into clinical and personal practice. They will share experiences leading to their view of unity and a mutual vision of how humanity can reach its full potential before opening the microphones to the audience. At that time you will have the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to both personal and professional integration of these concepts.