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Qigong Certification-Qigong Teacher Training

Qigong is a worldwide health and exercise system that is steadily growing in popularity, In fact, many of my recent students have come from the UK. Some qigong teachers are referring to this movement as a Qigong Revolution. I believe this is true and also believe that there is a shortage of qualified qigong teachers to be the backbone of this Qi Revolution. Join my “Qigong Certification” course as a local or distance student to satisfy the demand for more qualified Qigong Teachers. But before you read further, go review my background in Qigong and Natural healing therapies. A Qigong Teacher demands the highest qualifications, including studying a “Qigong course” from the highest, qualified teacher.

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Qi = energy, life force, universe energy

Gong = work, skill, practice

Qigong = The skill or practice of working with the energy called Qi to foster harmony of body, mind, and spirit.

Drawing the bow

Drawing the Bow Shifu Michael, 2020

The Ground of “Qigong Certification”

There are different types of qigong. The main ones are medical, martial, and spiritual. The underlying benefits are things like physical strength, stamina, flexibility, the balance of internal energies for enhanced organ functions, self-awareness, tranquility, personal development, and many more benefits. An important qigong-related practice that I teach is Qigong “Circle Walking.” It is derived from the martial arts Baguazhang but practiced in a much simpler format for qigong healing purposes.

In my approach to qigong, I integrate all of the above types into a cohesive program of study and practice. My qigong ranges from the physical aspects of holistic health to connections with subtle martial arts applications to the heights of spiritual accomplishments. The recipient of my teachings thus acquires a full experience of the qigong tradition. Any qigong learning program which does not include this full range of qigong is not authentic qigong.

Qigong Teacher As Educator

My approach to qigong, both as a teacher and practitioner is to use qigong as a means of restoring the balance of the whole person- true holistic healing. In Chinese medicine and Daoist cultivation, this is referred to as healing of the body, mind, and spirit (Jing, Qi, and Shen). This approach supports the person’s own self-healing potentials in harmony with the vitalizing energies of the universe. In  Chinese Medicine, this is using the Life-Force or Qi.

Thus, qigong practice is less of practicing medicine as a western form of medical care, and more as practicing qigong as a means to how to breathe correctly, move meditatively and maintain internal calm and stability through meditation. This is practicing qigong for optimum health in a framework of prevention.

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Daoist Immortals Discussing Qi Cultivation

Daoist Immortals Discussing Qi Cultivation

“Qigong Certification Course”

275 (300) Hours

The first 275 (300) hour level is a comprehensive course in qigong. The self-motivated student will achieve a high level of qigong mastery. And when the student completes the program, it is guaranteed that they will become a successful professional Qigong teacher.

This program is offered to students locally in Sebastopol, CA, and as Distance Learning students. Students complete their studies at their residencies and their own pace. This course is not an Online Course. The requirement for completing the training is one year. Students usually finish the 275 (300)- hour level in approximately 9-12 months. Studies begin immediately after payment.

Qigong Food Therapy (+100 hours)

A new second level of training is for an additional 100 hours of study on Chinese Food Therapy which includes assessment methods for determining a person’s constitution and prescribing specific foods and qigong exercises. An internship is required of working with real people.  The required text is Eight winds in the Heavens: Seasonal Health Secrets and Qigong Exercises from Daoist Sages that Prevent Disease and Promote Optimal Health and Vitality by Tom Bisio. This section would begin after completing the full 275 (300) course.  Cost: $200

One of the strengths of the 300-hour course is that students are taught over 40 different exercises, some of which are absolutely unique to this program and not found elsewhere.

Details of Study: 275 Hour (300-hour option)

Local Students: Students attend local qigong classes and retreats. Progress is monitored through performance in class, emails, and completion of the training questions. 20 classes and one 1-hour private session are free during the training program.

Distance Students: The distance option is an interactive course between teacher and student. Students learn through frequent communications with the teacher via emails, assigned readings, completion of the written training questions, and viewing of instructional movies. Limited Zoom sessions are available for distance students for brief sessions for exercise corrections and to discuss theory or practical questions.

Note: This is not an Online Course

The instructional movies are embedded on a separate web page which the students can view at their own convenience. In addition, there are two required texts to study in the 275-hour course.


  • Basic Chinese medicine principles: Five Elements, Meridians, Three Treasures-Jing, Qi and Shen, and more.
  • Basic Qigong Theory and Practice
  • Seasonal Qigong Theory and Practice
  • Special Topics, like The Qigong State Of Mind
  • Exploration of the Fascia System
  • Chinese Medicine Seasonal Food Cures
  • Qigong Circle Walking
  • Daoist Zuowang meditation

Sample of Qigong Exercises: Swimming Dragon, Master Wan Sujian’s Bagua Qigong Series, Basic Taichi Ruler, Advanced Pre-Heaven Taichi Ruler, Bear and Crane Frolic, Chong Mai Extraordinary Vessel Qigong, Primordial Wuji Qigong, and more. Special focus on Qigong Circle Walking – a complete qigong system working the 12 meridians and the 8 Extraordinary Vessels, Daoist Meditation (Zuowang) in the Sitting & Forgetting Tradition.

Cost: 275 (300) Hour:

Local Student $600, Distance Student $400

Required books: A Daoist Grows In The Heart, Journals Of A Modern-Day Western Daoist Priest, Michael Rinaldini

Qigong: A Beginner’s To Advanced Guidebook, Michael Rinaldini

The Daoist Grows …  is a 600-page book combining shifu Michael’s previous 3 books plus a new 4th section. Topics include qigong, zuowang meditation, Chinese Food Cures and diet, seasonal qigong, Daoist practices, Daoist scriptures, fasting, and more.

The program is not satisfactorily completed until all the above conditions have been fulfilled. The 275 (300) hour level can be finished in approximately 9 months to a year.

Completion of the 275 (300) hour level is sufficient training to be able to start teaching others the wonders of qigong.

Optional 300-Hour Program

The 300-hour program includes an optional 25 hours that are devoted exclusively to a more thorough study on the topic of Qigong and Chinese Medicine. Select 2 of the following 3 books to read with accompanying written reports in order to receive the additional 25 hours.

Click to purchase: Qigong: A Beginners To Advanced Guidebook.                        

Click to purchase: Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life

Click to purchase: A Tooth From The Tiger’s Mouth

General Info: Students from throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, England, Italy, Chile, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, The Netherlands, France, Israel, Guatemala, Finland, and elsewhere have taken the course.

Upon finishing the Qigong Certification course, the student receives a Certificate of Completion stating that the person satisfactorily completed a course of qigong studies from the Qigong & Daoist Training Center and is qualified to teach qigong.

Testimonial from a graduate  of  the 350 Hour Level program over a two year period:

Good morning Shifu Michael, I am pleased to announce to you that I have sent a package to you filled with a conglomeration of words that inadequately describe my Qigong/Daoist/meditation journey for the last almost 2 years. It may be more important for you to know how my inner spirit is more present to me now than possibly ever before. My interactions with family, friends, coworkers, and strangers have evolved into interactions of love, respect, compassion, and empathy. Not that this wasn’t true of me before, it just is more pronounced now and more clear. My daily Qigong/meditation, movement/sitting, is a natural part of my day. Not routine necessarily because it doesn’t always happen at the same time or place during the day, but it happens. My preference is the early morning when silence is more present and I am easily calm and clear. My meditations run a course of movement, stillness in sitting or standing, and movement again with a final moment or two of stillness at the end. The practice evolves daily and is never the same, yet the stillness and peacefulness found are always bountiful. I came home very late last night from a concert I attended with two of my daughters. The woods are dark, still, quiet. The air is dense with fog. Fireflies dance freely. I stand in awe and breathe blessings, Sally

Paying by Paypal: Contact me via email if you wish to pay by credit card or Paypal, and I will send you a Paypal Request Bill for the different program options. Note: Extra fees apply for the Paypal Processing fee.

Contact me if you are interested in any of these qigong learning opportunities.

Rolling the Ball

Rolling the Ball, shifu Michael. 2020

 Certification Qigong Teacher

Qigong Certification Title by NQA 2017 – 2022

A student of an NQA Certified Senior Qigong Teacher has the option of, in lieu of listing course information from that teacher in the application, substituting a strong letter of recommendation from an NQA Certified Senior Qigong Teacher that includes the number of hours of relevant instruction, general description of coursework, and descriptive comments about student ability.