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“Qigong Certification” & Daoist Priest Training


Welcome to the Home page of Michael Rinaldini, Qigong teacher, and Daoist priest. On these pages, you’ll find info on my “Qigong Certification courses”  (Qigong Teacher Training) for local and distance studies. You’ll also find information on Daoist (Taoist) priest training. You’ll also find info on my local “qigong exercises” classes and annual retreats. And you’ll find info on the six books that I have written on “Qigong,” “Circle Walking”, “Daoist practices,” and more.

Who takes my “qigong certification” course? That’s a simple question for me. Here’s a quick answer from me but it tells a lot. First of all, since the pandemic started, many of my new students have been concerned about how they can keep themselves healthy besides getting a vaccine. This group of students are my most devoted students, and many of them are from the UK, where the virus was so devastating. Many of my students are already in the healing and fitness profession like yoga, pilates, and Reiki teachers. Some are licensed medical professionals like chiropractors, mental health therapists, physical therapists, registered nurses, even military and police trained medical personnel. And the far majority are ordinary people that are looking for ways to have more energy, get more out of life, slow down the aging process, and learn how to relax. I could go on but I think I made my point.

If you want to contact me, go to my Contact page,

Some details about myself.

I am a Qigong Teacher of close to 30 years and a 22nd-generation Longmen Daoist priest. I am the founder of the American Dragon Gate Lineage. I live in Sebastopol, CA and teach qigong locally.

Qigong Certification

I offer a solid foundation course (200-400 hours) in Qigong for educational and personal development. This course gives the student the skills to become a professional Qigong Teacher. The coursework and learning model is adaptable as a local student or as a distance student. It is an interactive course between student and teacher.

As a side note, I am always surprised to hear from my certification students who also studied qigong from other qigong teachers that they didn’t learn such basics as meridians or the qigong state or other basic foundation practices. They say to me that they are so glad they found a qigong teacher in me who teaches them the complete path of being a qigong practitioner and a future qigong teacher.

Retreats: USA

One of my favorite teaching practices is my annual retreat. Our last retreat was April 2023, it was a great success. In April 2024, the retreat will be for a full four days. Retreats are an opportunity to learn directly from the teacher and to participate in the direct transmission of the teachings between the teacher and the student. Details for the 2024 retreat are posted on the Retreats page. See retreats.


2023 Annual Retreat

2023 Annual Retreat. Shifu Michael blessing Priest Dominique.


2023 Retreat

2023 Annual Retreat. Practicing qigong.


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Qigong Certification




Daoist Training


Qigong Classes


Use the Contact page for more information.