Masters of Medical Qigong

MMQ Certificate

Masters of Medical Qigong, IIMQ, May 2015

I am happy to say that I have meet all the requirements for the 1000-hour Masters of Medical Qigong from the International Institute of Medical Qigong! It feels like it was earned, and I am proud to have qualified for it. However, it in no way means the learning has ended. 1000 hours, and in many ways, it still feels like I am just beginning. There is so much information to take in! Acupuncture points, treatment protocols, exercise prescriptions, oh my!

My husband has a theory about mastery….what mastery is, and what a master is. Masters are always practicing; masters put what they know into practice, and are constantly learning through constantly making mistakes. He calls it “experimenting”. Being a master is not about achieving perfection….masters make mistakes, masters sometimes fail, masters have enough knowledge to know what they don’t know. As my masters degree adviser at the University of Victoria, Dr. Howie Wenger, used to say, “the more you know, the more you know you don’t know”. I am at the stage of knowing what I don’t know! It is not knowledge alone but knowledge and practice combined that create the right conditions for mastery to occur. It is a work in progress, which requires diligent and consistent practice and effort. I will continue to add knowledge and continue to practice, to be worthy of this designation, and worthy of the trust put in me by the students who come to my classes and the clients who lie on my treatment table.


Note: please watch for upcoming courses, including fall and winter intensives …stay tuned!

Allowing Our Greatest Potential to Emerge

Since the start of the New Year, I have been privileged to lead, channel, and be a part of many transformative classes and moments with my students. Just before the New Year, we listened to Orin’s Peace Meditation, and sent the peace we generated into the world to join the peace being created by thousands of others doing the same meditation.  At the end of January, the College of the Rockies hosted a Winter Qigong Intensive – held in the Aboriginal Gathering Place, 13 of us spent Friday evening and all day Saturday honoring the season of Winter and the water element, and re-charging our kidneys through deeply relaxing meditations, re-vitalizing exercises, and connecting to Mother Earth.  It was a powerful experience in a location where all felt supported by the energies gathered there.

Classes at Exhale Yoga studio continue – Tuesdays at 4:30 pm and Wednesdays at 10:00 am, with a new Qigong for Beginners class starting at the end of February, Fridays at 4:30 pm.  As well, there is a weekly class held at Centre 64 in Kimberley – Tuesday evenings at 6:45 pm.  Please feel free to attend any of the above classes!

I am enjoying doing individual treatments at Exhale Yoga Studio in Cranbrook, and at the Red House on Wallinger in Kimberley.  Depending on which class above you attend, there may be impromptu group treatments in class, depending on the needs of the group on that particular day.  I would like to leave you with a beautiful passage I found on the World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day website, regarding how transformative the practice of Qi Gong and Tai Chi can be….enjoy!

Allowing Our Greatest Potential to Emerge

When we hold on to fears, angers, or trivial obsessions, our mind tightens down, our health is diminished, and our vision squeezes to a tunnel vision, cut off from the flow of life. That’s how we “hold on” to things physically, physical things like forks, spoons, or baseballs, and so on, by squeezing them. And this is also how we hold on to thoughts and emotions—by tightening our consciousness around them. This in turn tightens our physical atoms of our body and being, which can translate into “pinched” nerves and high blood “pressure” as the mind tightens down the body. When we hold onto old stagnant images of ourselves, others, or the world, there is no room for new inspired images of reality to flow through us. Even though there is always a new, better reality wanting to emerge through our minds into the world all the time, this gripping of old reality keeps us tight. Tai Chi and QiGong are designed to teach us to breathe…and to let go…of everything our mind and heart hold on to, so fresh creative and inspired thoughts can continually flow through us. Just as that same loosening unlocks physical power.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and may 2015 bring all the happiness, love, joy and prosperity that you can imagine!


Speaking of Joy…..I was x-c skiing at the Kimberley Nordic Center this week, and tired and near the end of my outing, I noticed the word “joy” carved in the snow.  It was faded, not fresh, but unmistakeably “joy”.  I marvelled at the coincidence and the timing – me looking just at the right place at the right time to receive this message and inspiration.  One minute feeling tired and exhausted, the next second feeling light and uplifted, and understanding that feeling joy was a choice I could make in that moment.

I find joy while admiring the beauty of snow-capped mountains, or in the feeling of blood and life force energy flowing through me as I ski through fields of pure white snow.  I experience joy while seeing the diamonds as the sun hits the snow in just the right way, enjoying the opportunity to be just in the right place at the right time to be sparkled and bedazzled!  These are the only diamonds I want and need. Being outside in nature brings me joy; being connected to Divinity brings me joy; spending quality time with the people I love brings me joy.

What brings each of you joy?

In every moment, we are given a choice regarding how to think about, act, or react to, the situation of our life at that moment – and from the choices we make in each moment, we create a life.  I encourage you to choose the light; choose the option that is the highest and best; choose the one that brings the most joy.  If you do this, you will build a life with the least amount of regrets.

“I am having strange symptoms since I started coming to class….”

Photo by Nadina Stewart-Schaddelee  Moon Dance and February 17th 2009 011

Recently, one of the participants in my class expressed her observation that she had been experiencing noticeable and worrisome changes in her well-being since she started attending class.  She noted she was tired, needing more rest, and was more emotional than normal.  She wondered if she was doing something wrong.  I congratulated her and told her to keep up the good work!

As we start to work with building our Qi/energy and increasing its radiance and presence in our life, all energies that no longer resonate with the higher frequency we are building need to be purged.  Common manifestations of this include increased fatigue, increased emotionality (whether it be sadness, shame, guilt, chaos, doubt, fear, anger and irritation, and any other strong emotion or feeling), acne, boils and other types of skin eruptions, headaches, changes in the digestive system, changes in sleep patterns, and perhaps and overwhelming desire to run away from what is happening as fast as possible!  One starts to feel uncomfortable, and starts to doubt if Qigong is really “working”, because it feels like one is going backwards!

As I mention repeatedly to students, you should expect some of these things to occur, in addition to all the wonderful benefits derived from coming to classes.  In addition to feeling calmer, having moments of greater peace and clarity, experiencing greater harmony and energy, and creating a connection to all the energy around us in Nature, there will be times that are more challenging, as the repressed thoughts, feelings and emotions we have stuffed inside come to the surface to be acknowledged and released.  Remember, “you have to feel it to heal it”.  Be with what arises – observe it with curiosity and a sense of wonder and detachment; see what it has to teach you, and then easily and effortlessly let it go.  Thank it for the wisdom you gained from it, and let it go.  As you do this repeatedly, you will understand that the experiences which felt most trying and most difficult at the time reveal the biggest lessons and gifts.

So, instead of anticipating with dread what might come up next, look forward with hope and excitement to see what will be revealed next for you to heal and transform!

Blessings of Love and Light,


New Class for Kimberley!


I am happy to announce the start of a weekly Qigong class at Centre 64, starting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  Class will start at 6:45 pm. The purpose of this class is to enhance the development of Qi (life force energy) and promote transformation in all aspects of a person’s energetic field, through a strong and regular commitment to practice.  We will start with the development of the physical energy field, and move on to explore both the mental/emotional and spiritual energy fields.  Individual practice of the exercises and meditations at other times during the week is strongly encouraged.  The ultimate goal of practice is a life filled with greater ease, more lightness, greater health, vitality, love and peace, and a growing sense of consciousness.

The fee is $15 per class, which includes occasional handouts.

I look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday nights!

September 2014 news

Wow, lots has happened since the last time I wrote….in June, I completed my 12th and final Medical Qigong seminar, earning the designation Master of Medical Qigong from Empty Mountain Institute. Four years, 1000 hours, many clients, and many classes later, the experience has been transformative, beyond my wildest imagination!

I have learned as much or more from my clients and students than they have learned from me, I’m sure of that.  I look forward to continuing to serve you in the future.

Class Schedule:

Exhale Yoga Studio, Cranbrook:  ongoing classes on Tuesdays at 4:30, and 10:00 am on Wednesdays

New Fall Classes:

Centre 64, Kimberley:  Thursdays, 5:15 pm, starting September 25, 2014

College of the Rockies, Cranbrook:  Qigong Series – Physical, Mental/Emotional, and Spiritual; dates for the series: Wednesdays, starting November 5, 2014 for four weeks; second of the series starts February 25, 2015 for four weeks; third session starts May 6, 2015; click here for more information



Treatment Space in Kimberley!


Happy New Year!  Is it the end of January already? Here’s a picture of Steve and I on the Kimberley ski hill earlier this year!

Things have been busy – went to Winnipeg to see my mother-in-law, and managed to squeeze in a treatment with an old friend while I was there.  And when I returned, found a great location to offer treatments from, in Kimberley – at Kootenay Mountain Massage, 850 Wallinger Street.  Will paint it and will move in at the beginning of February!  I am happy to be working with all the other wonderful professionals in the building, and look forward to your visit soon!