Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Art of the Heart

Courage & Stillness
Embodying the Power of Winter
a one-day workshop exploring the wisdom of
Acupuncture, Aikido, Chinese Herbs & Qi Gong with
Sean Fannin • Grayson James • Ian Rawlinson
Saturday, November 1st 2014
9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
840 Western Avenue, Petaluma
Acupuncture CEU’s pending for 6 hours
Winter is a time of hidden power. Within nature it is the season of rest and consolidation and yet for many of us it is often one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. In this class we will present practices and principles that cultivate inner quiet and harmony with the season that enable us to face the challenges of the holidays with courage and skill. This is the Art of the Heart in the win- tertime. Through short lectures, experiential exercises and discussions we will examine ancient concepts and see how these ideas can be applied to our lives today.

Winter, in Chinese thought, is a season for rest and renewal. It is the most yin time of year when nature is dormant. Just as nature rests, it is also a time for us to be quiet so our reserves are restored and we can meet the coming spring with renewed vitality. In this part of the workshop we will examine how we can live in a way that is in harmony with winter, with particular reference to managing of our reserves of qi and cultivating stillness. With simple experiential exercises we will explore how to apply these ideas to our lives.

The term Aikido is often translated as “the way of harmonizing with the universal energy of life.” Aikido is a Japanese martial art that aims to protect oneself from harm while also protecting the opponent. The principals of Aikido are universal and can be readily applied and practiced in our daily lives without any martial arts training. In this work- shop, we will cultivate both our power and our stillness, as we practice centering, relaxing and listening with our whole bodies to the challenges unique to the winter and holiday season.

Chinese Herbs & Qi Gong
In this program Sean will cover traditional Chinese medicine principles and exercises to cultivate quietness and encourage restoration within the challenges of the winter season. This will include practical exercises for trans- forming seasonal stress and in-depth instruction and group practice of some of the most fundamental exercises within medical qigong.

Ian Rawlinson B.A. B.Ac. LicAc. has studied Oriental healing traditions for 40 years. In 1980 he began his studies of Five Element Acupuncture. What led him to study this tradition of Chinese medicine was the emphasis it places on treating not only the body, but also the emotions and the shen or spirit. Working with patients with this integrated approach has absorbed him for over 30 years.
Grayson James holds a 5th degree black belt and teaches the martial art of Aikido at Two Rock Ai- kido in Petaluma. He applies principles of Aikido in his organizational consulting work to develop strong collaboration, alignment and leadership performance with executives and their teams across diverse industries throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Sean Fannin, CH, Dipl.CEM is a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, specializing in tradi- tional Chinese herbalism, Medical Qigong, and client education. He has worked in a clinical practice that is based on the Chinese medical and philosophical classics since 1992. Sean’s primary interest is in classical Asian philosophy and its application to modern life. This has formed the basis for his clinical practice, teaching and writing.
Location: the class will be held at: 840 Western Avenue Petaluma CA 94952

For inquiries about the class content contact: Sean 707.763.8040 or Ian: 707.762.4309 or Grayson: 707.696.8167

Space for the class is limited and preregistration is required
Fees: Before October 15 the fee is $130. After October 15 the fee is $165
Cancellations made before October 21 will result in a full refund less a $50 administrative fee. No
refunds will be made for cancellations after October 21.