What is Needling as an Interaction?

Grass Valley, CA

Not Currently Scheduled

Come learn a little about the principles of Nèijīng-style acupuncture. What is “needling as an interaction,” and how do they release wèiqì (衛氣)? Steven will share some of the fundamental principles of needling as an interaction, during this brief workshop, and discuss their implications for understanding and practicing the art () of acupuncture. You can also learn through experience, by volunteering for a (free) wèiqì (衛氣) release, as a demonstration within the workshop. The discussion will conclude with brief remarks on the nature and scope of wèiqì (衛氣) releases, including how they facilitate healing process.

You will learn:

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  • What is transactional medicine, and why modern people buy it.
  • What is transformational healing, and what potential it offers.
  • How transformational healing differs from transactional medicine.
  • How best to facilitate transformational healing.
  • Basic principles of the art () of needling.
  • How needling as an interaction exhibits wúwèi (無為) — a core principle of Daoism
    • How practicing wúwèi needling allows one to communicate more richly with the embodied spirit (精神) of a patient

Scheduling: Four hour workshop

TYPE: Class/Workshop

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How do Herbs Serve as Medicine?

Grass Valley, CA

Not Currently Scheduled

During this two hour presentation, Steven will discuss the fundamental relationship people have with herbs, and some key Chinese (specifically Daoist) ideas about how/why they can be used to facilitate healing.

You will learn:

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  • What is Healing? — from the classical Chinese perspective
  • The fundamental directional movements of humans and plants
  • How those fundamental movements frame our use of herbs as medicinals
  • How herbs are categorized in the Shennong Bencao (one of two main traditions of Chinese materia medica):
    • Herbs for remediation of disease
    • Herbs to strengthen one’s qì — proactive health enhancement
    • Herbs to probing movement toward liberation — to support spiritual process

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