Qigong Certification & Daoist Training Center
Join the ranks of health professionals, and others who have completed my Qigong Certification and/or Daoist Trainings, both in the US & Canada.
Qigong Certification & Daoist Training Center is the name of shifu Michael Rinaldini’s (Li Chang Dao) school. He is a high level Qigong Teacher and a 22nd generation Longmen Daoist priest. Michael offers a solid foundation in Medical Qigong. This 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.
Shifu Michael offers a foundation level in qigong exercises, theory and principles and a powerful advanced level in Qigong Certification. These levels are of the highest quality, and yet are affordable. Shifu Michael gives personal guidance to his students, regardless of where they live. Shifu Michael’s 2018 retreats will be at a rustic center nestled in a Redwood forest along the Californian coast, and at a retreat center on the Ottawa River in Canada. See retreats in 2018.
has been involved in spiritual and healing practices most of his adult life, dating back to the early 1970’s. He has been studying qigong for over 25 years, including four study trips to China. His main qigong teacher is Master Wan Sujian from Beijing’s Bagua Xundao Gong Qigong Center. He is certified as a Senior Qigong Teacher by Master Wan. Shifu Michael is also a Certified Qigong Teacher, or Senior Teacher (Level 4-highest) by the National Qigong Association, and has led workshops at their annual conferences for the past ten years. Shifu Michael’s teachings extend from local students in Sebastopol, CA to national and international qigong and Daoist students.
Books by Shifu Michael
Shifu Michael’s first book A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me is available through amazon.com. It focuses on the practices of a modern day western Daoist. Shifu Michael describes the Daoist path. This includes topics like medical qigong, Daoist meditation, Daoist scriptures, silence and solitude, retreats, diet and drinking puerh tea as part of cultivation practices. His book reveals the simple secrets of being a Daoist, including what he refers to as “being a Daoist in your heart.”
A Daoist Practice Journal, Book 2: Circle Walking, Qigong & Daoist Cultivation is the second book in a series on the practices for walking the Daoist path by a modern day, western Daoist priest. This second book consists of journal entries by the author from June 2013 to October 2016. It picks up with his journey where he left off in his first book. The main topics covered include Medical Qigong, qigong circle walking, both technique and health benefits. It includes a broad range of entries on Qigong exercises, assessment skills and applications. It also presents a much deeper investigation into the Daoist meditation method of Zuowang. And still more.
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A Daoist Practice Journal:: Book 2: Circle Walking, Qigong, and Daoist Cultivation
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2018 Annual Qigong & Daoist Training Retreat
Retreats are an opportunity to go beyond weekly classes or short courses. Retreats give the student the opportunity to practice more intensely. Often this means to go deeper into the experience of silence, stillness and healing. Students will engage in the practices of qigong, circle walking, Daoist meditation and more. Our main meditation practices are those of the zuowang (sitting in forgetfulness or oblivion) tradition combined with the Daoist practice of asking, Not Two. These practices will assist the student in refining their body, energy and consciousness levels. See more about the past 2018 retreat, and our plans for the April 2019 retreat.
Michael and Master Wan Sujian, 2007
Contact Michael at Lichangdao@gmail.com
List of recommended books to study and direct links to Amazon.com:
Qigong Certification, Daoist Training, Circle Walking, and Daoist Meditation.
Daoist Meditation by Master Wu Jyh Cherng is perhaps the best book available on the practice of Zuowang meditation in the serene tradition of Daoist self-cultivation.
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