UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Mastering Your Energy With 5 Elements Qigong: 

Deepen, Strengthen & Personalize Your Sacred Energy Arts Practice

12-Week Live Video Course. (All clases recorded)

Harness your body’s potential and inner strength through Qigong and the five elements to achieve balance in mind, body, and spirit for a life of vitality, clarity, and empowered living.
Move beyond foundational Qigong and Sacred Energy Arts skills and concepts with Sifu Matthew Cohen to unlock new levels of vitality and radiance to enrich every aspect of your life.

You’ll gain a rare and comprehensive understanding of how to work with the five elements using the “five element Neijia” method, which helps you integrate mind, body, and spirit in each posture. Matthew shares that this is a rare teaching, and that he is the only one teaching it in the U.S. or Canada.

Each week, you’ll work with the elements, but rather than isolating them individually, you’ll learn to work with them in relation to each other, creating a holistic elemental practice you can adjust based on how you feel each day and the season of life you’re in.

You’ll learn Qigong practices that enhance the wood element within, such as Reaching Up to the Moon and Stars and Child Prays to Buddha, which not only build physical strength and flexibility but can reduce fear and enhance your emotional healing and compassion...

... helping you embrace life’s challenges as you transform stress and anger into opportunities for growth and emotional balance.

You’ll engage in fire-based heart-opening exercises like Turn Around and Look for the Moon and Dragon Stretches Paws, which foster emotional fluency and promote kindness, guiding you towards enlightenment and a deeper understanding of your inner self.

You’ll immerse yourself in stabilizing earth energy with movements such as Moving Heaven and Earth, Sisyphus Carries Mountain, and Crouching Tiger Coiled Dragon, designed to improve digestive health and strengthen your root, your undisturbed connection to the earth…

... providing you with a solid foundation for your personal growth and emotional balance.

You’ll discover how to embody the fluidity, adaptability, and resilience of water through Qigong techniques like the Large Orbit and Child Prays to Buddha. This practice connects all of your body’s meridians, enhancing energy flow and dissolving emotional and physical blockages. By embracing the qualities of water, you’ll learn to release fear, cultivate compassion, and develop the courage to navigate life’s challenges with grace and flexibility.

You’ll explore the earth and metal elements through specific movements like Moving Heaven and Earth and Great Hawk Spreads Wings, which not only energize your practice but also help you manage emotions such as worry and grief.

Building upon what you’ve learned in your previous work with Matthew, you’ll discover how to refine each movement and each element and adapt them to exactly what you need for balance in the moment.

You’ll also have more individualized time with Matthew. Throughout the course, he’ll spotlight two to three students each week and provide them with personalized coaching and guidance in a spotlight session. Whether you’re picked for the spotlight session or not, you’ll learn a lot from watching Matthew work with other students.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the five elements and know how to choose exercises that best suit your needs. You’ll also learn how to integrate Qigong principles into your daily life, which can help you experience deeper peace, resilience, and vitality both on and off the mat.

 

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Summer Qigong workshop: Practices of the heart (Movement For Modern Life)

Online via Zoom

Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 (11am - 1pm PT)

£35 (Suggested price)

Summer, associated with the fire element, the heart, and joy, sets the perfect backdrop for this workshop.

Dive deep into practices that bring more heart to your daily routines. Learn the art of listening to your heart, amplifying its strength, clarity, openness, and fullness. Experience the cultivation, feeling, reception, integration, and expression of the gift of Qi (Energy) through various heart-opening practices from yoga, Qigong, shamanism, and breathwork.

Summer is the perfect time to tune into the joy in our lives through our practice. To harness the heat of the sun to fuel and drive us forwards with energy and power to create and cultivate our desires.

Qigong’s essence lies in the free and creative cultivation and expression of energy.

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Silat Workshop

Live at Progressive Martial Arts Ventura

Friday, June 28th 

Topics Covered:
-Entries
-Silat's lower art training
-Compound strikes
-Whiplash techniques
-Handles and controls


This session is open to the public and is $20 per person. It is intended for beginners or experienced martial artists both.

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Sunset Qigong

Live at Heart Theory in front of the harbour

July 1st & 15th (6:00 to 7:00 PM) 

Qigong is an ancient Asian system of health and self-development, characterized by slow, circular, and repetitive movements that invoke a sense of inner peace and relaxation. In this class, you'll learn to cultivate and manage high-grade energy with a special emphasis on intention, alignment, and Taoist "natural breath." This practice builds strength, grace, and calm, and is suitable for all levels.

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Yoga + Qigong Weekly Live class

Live at Bhodi Salt Yoga

Fridays (9:30 - 10:45 AM)

In this class you will experience a harmonious blend of yoga, breathwork, and Qigong. This class begins with an intentional slow flow to build strength and grace. We'll then transition into Qigong practices focused on energy cultivation, followed by deep stretching, meditation, and mindful breathing exercises. This holistic approach aims to unite your mind, breath, and body, allowing them to become your greatest allies on your journey to wellness and inner peace.

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Tea & Qi

Live at Aion Naturals

Friday July 12th (9:30 - 10:45 AM)

Qigong is an ancient Asian system of health and self-development, characterized by slow, circular, and repetitive movements that invoke a sense of inner peace and relaxation. In this class, you'll learn to cultivate and manage high-grade energy with a special emphasis on intention, alignment, and Taoist "natural breath." This practice builds strength, grace, and calm, and is suitable for all levels.

We will engage in standing and seated meditations, as well as moving practices including Great Hawk Spreads Wings, Turning Hands, Looking for Moon and Sea, and Dragon. Join me in this workshop to discover the power of these sacred gestures.

Bring a yoga mat and water bottle; we have limited mats available

 

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SEA Qigong: The Art of Energy management

Live at Bodhi Salt Yoga

Saturday, July 13th (1:00 - 3:30 PM)

Qigong is an ancient Asian system of health and self-development. Slow circular, repetitive movements invoke a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Learn to cultivate and manage a high grade of Energy. Special emphasis will be placed on intention, alignment and Taoist “natural breath”. We will practice standing meditations as well as moving practices including Great Hawk Spreads Wings, Turning Hands, Looking for Moon and Sea, and Dragon. Join Matthew in this workshop to discover the power of these sacred gestures.

This practice builds strength, grace and calmness. Suitable for all levels.

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Befriending the Dragon (Hosted By Kripalu)

Online Via Zoom

Mondays, July 8th - 29th (3:00 - 05:00 PM), 2024

Join me for a four-week online exploration into qigong, breathwork, mindfulness, and self-awareness—practices aimed at befriending your inner dragon.

Discover the art of cultivating inner strength and harmony through the metaphorical symbolism of the dragon, a powerful creature embodying transformation, wisdom, and resilience. Through guided sessions and interactive discussions, you will explore how to:

  • Harness the energy of the dragon within you to navigate life's ups and downs with grace and confidence.
  • Embrace challenges, transmute heavy emotions, and overcome obstacles.
  • Tap into your inner reservoir of courage and vitality.

Join me in this transformative journey and unlock the secrets of befriending your inner dragon for a more empowered and fulfilling life. Whether you are seeking personal growth, emotional resilience, or spiritual awakening, this workshop offers tools and perspectives to help you thrive.

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Cultivate life force with Kripalu

4 Day retreat on Kripalu Campus

August 1st - 4th 

Join me for a four-day exploration into qigong, yoga, meditation, breathwork, and martial arts. SEA is a unique experience, drawn from a lifetime of exploration and inquiry, that brings together the most meaningful and effective teachings.

Let me guide you to unlock your true potential as you:

- Channel the power of breath and use it as your ally.
- Cultivate and manage your vital life force, or Qi.
- Experience the unique and powerful combination of yoga, martial arts, and qigong.
- Develop emotional fluency and create a practice that will last a lifetime

 
Finish the program understanding how these various ancient and progressive disciplines inform and strengthen each other—and offer us a deep well of knowledge and inspiration.

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Sacred Energy Arts Immersion

Retreat on OMEGA Campus

September 15th - 20th 

Drawn from a lifetime of exploration and inquiry into the martial, yogic, and healing arts, Sifu Matthew Cohen created and founded The Sacred Energy Arts (SEA). Discover this integrated method for healing and self-discovery in a 5-day SEA immersion.

Experience the powerful intersection of ancient and progressive disciplines, including meditation, qigong, breathwork, yoga, and martial arts, and explore the ways in which each informs and strengthens the others. Join in solo and group practices, lectures, demonstrations, Q&A sessions, and journaling in order to:

  • Cultivate and manage your vital life force (qi)
  • Develop emotional fluency
  • Heighten your awareness
  • Unlock the power of breath
  • Increase balance in your life

No prior experience or preparation is needed. This workshop can be adapted to all levels.

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