Classes – Qigong & Circle Walking

Welcome to our group of qigong practitioners in a residential community center enjoying the benefits of practicing indoors yet being located in a lovely rural setting next to a natural laguna wetlands.

Experience the life-nurturing arts of ancient China, a 5,000 year old Chinese healing system for health, physical fitness, and prevention of disease. Our qigong practices function in many ways: To purify, gather, circulate, store, and transform the Qi. Walking in a circle holding specific arm postures is one of our main practices. These postures open, unblock and energize specific meridian and other energy centers throughout the body. Qigong and circle walking is beneficial for all ages, all health conditions, and even those practicing the martial arts as a way of developing inner strength. Classes are on-going and new students can join us at any time.

Saturday’s 10:30-11:30 am, drop-in $10

The Qigong and Circle Walking class is held at the Annex building    (425 Morris St.), next to the main building of the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center.

Qigong Forms Practiced On A Regular Basis:

Taichi Ruler, Swimming Dragon, Master Wan Sujian’s Tonifying Three Dantians, Pre-Heaven Taichi Ruler, Dragon Chases The Pearl, Bear and Crane Frolics, Healing Sounds, Push-Pull, Gathering Starlight Energy, Compassionate Buddha Qigong, Wuji Palms Facing Heaven, Rolling The Ball, Primordial Wuji Qigong Meditation, and more.


Holding the Ball Circle Walking
Holding the Ball Circle Walking


One of Michael’s favorite qigong forms is Qigong Circle Walking. Popularly practiced as a martial arts form (ba gua chang), qigong circle walking is more therapeutic and meditative than its martial cousin.

And sometimes our circle walking is practiced so fast that we are getting the benefits of aerobic exercise and qigong at the same time-the best of both worlds.

New students are welcome to Michael’s on-going qigong classes at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. He has been teaching qigong there for the past 20 years, and has a faithful following of regular students who attend these weekly classes plus also attend his day-long mini retreats and his annual weekend intensive retreats in the Spring.  See his new class offerings below.


Special Training

Seasonal Qigong & Daoist Training      


December 5, 2015    10:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Retreats offered by the Qigong & Daoist Training Center: Director, shifu Michael Rinaldini are an opportunity to go beyond weekly classes or online courses. Retreats, including mini-retreats give the student the opportunity to practice more intensely by going deeper into the experience of stillness and movement. Students will engage in the practices of qigong, circle walking, Daoist meditation and more. The main meditation practice is from the Daoist zuowang tradition, known as sitting in forgetfulness or oblivion. These practices will assist the student in refining their body, energy and consciousness levels, and thus becoming more in alignment with the natural energies of the universe.

The special focus of this mini-retreat will be on the seasonal significance of the start of the Winter season and the  Water-Kidney Element.

This retreat is for both beginners and advanced students in qigong and Daoist practices. Everyone participates at their own skill level, and everyone benefits.

Cost ($25)   Email shifu Michael for questions and reservations: or cell 707 799-4256

Registration and fees due by November 28, 2015.  No refunds after this date.

New Qigong classes coming in January, 2016!

I will be teaching at two additional community centers starting in their Spring sessions in January, 2016.  Details:

Petaluma Community Center, starting January 11, 2016.  707 778-4380

Rohnert Park Community Center, starting January 19, 2016.  707 588-3456

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Shifu Michael Rinaldini