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Elemental Chi Kung Workshop with Ged Sumner (Water)

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  • Thu 15 May ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 16 May ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 17 May ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 18 May ’14, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Soul - Centre of the Body and Mind, 18 Huia Rd, Titirangi


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • 4 day workshop: $600.00

Chi Kung is an ancient Chinese form of movement exercise that promotes the flow of chi (vital energy) through the body. It translates as ‘energy work’ in English and comprises exercises for stretching and mobilising the body and joints, breathing techniques, slow movement exercises, static postures, special walking methods and meditation. With time and dedicated practice an easy and effortless quality emerges.

Chi is the body’s vital energy which Chi Kung builds up to establish a physiological and psychological harmony. Most of the theory behind Chi Kung is common to Chinese medicine with which it has a traditional link. Chi Kung is also associated with Taoist and Buddhist philosophies and practices, particularly Taoist.

Chi Kung generally does not have complex ‘forms’. Chi Kung movements are simple. Each action aims to move chi in a specific way. The movements often take their inspiration from the movement of animals and nature and can look quite beautiful. Sometimes the movements follow energy channels in the body and sometimes they orient around internal organs or parts of the body. The aim in all the movements is to increase the flow of chi through the mind and body.

Elemental Chi Kung is a progressive approach to chi kung that incorporates classic styles and philosophies with modern bodymind and energy concepts. The approach explores body and chi awareness as a way to deepen into our internal chi flow through movement, stillness, meditation, and breath. A creative space is sought to allow our essential nature to express itself and bring about transformation. The approach emphasises the five elements as the foundations of Chi Kung.

Workshop format:
A series of 10 workshops are offered as four day intensives covering a range of foundational material that represent a grounding in Elemental Chi Kung. Students are encouraged to practice daily and to study some of the basic literature in the field in order to gain a comprehensive knowledge of Chi Kung.

Each day will rum from 10-5 and the last day 10-4 with a lunch and tea breaks. The day will be mostly experiential work following a series of Chi Kung forms and exploring the different aspects of the workshop theme

For those students wishing to deepen their knowledge of Chi Kung there will be some guided learning to study between workshops and for those wishing to teach, an additional set of studies along with supervision during the workshops.

The workshop series includes:
Fire Forms
Water Forms
Earth Forms
Wood Forms
Metal Forms
Five Element Forms
Internal Alchemy
Central Channels
Internal & External Fields

The workshops are suitable for beginners and for those with some experience of Chi Kung.

About the tutor:
Ged Sumner is a practicing Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Chi Kung Teacher. He has also studied shiatsu, healing and attachment based psychoanalytical psychotherapy. He is the founder and director of Body Intelligence Training offering a practitioner training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy internationally. He also set up and directed the College of Elemental Chi Kung offering Chi Kung classes, workshops, retreats and a Chi Kung Teacher Training program in Europe, North America and Australasia. He has studied with a variety of Chi Kung teachers and has created an integrated form that has the Five Elements and Internal Alchemy as its foundation. He is the author of 'Body Intelligence – Creating a New Environment' and 'You are How you Move - Experiential Chi Kung'. He has a degree in Chemistry.

Workshops for 2014
Water - 15-18 May 2014
Fire - 7-10 August 2014
Earth 4-7 December 2014

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