The Power of Yoga and Qigong
for Creativity and Self-Healing
November 14-16/14-19, 2014 (New Workshop)
July 18-20/18-23, 2014 (Recent Workshop)
Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Practitioners of ancient healing traditions of India and China have known for thousands of years something that recent medical studies are just now confirming: the body is not simply a biological machine but a vast energetic network. Drawing from the healing traditions of Yoga and Qigong, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach:
*a morning routine for vitality and centering,
*gentle movements to gather and store energy from nature,
*acupressure-style self-massage and release points,
*a form of self inquiry to find innovative solutions to your problems, and
*a night routine for a restful sleep.
These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience increased energy, greater resilience, less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance, and better relationships. Recommended for anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life, as well as for counseling and healthcare professionals. No previous experience with Yoga or Qigong is required.
The focus of the November retreat will be to prepare ourselves to return home to ourselves and our families and friends, cultivating inner peace and generosity. Learning and practicing together these easy and powerful healing practices, will support us in leaving behind preoccupations and opening our hearts in thanksgiving.
"Amelia is truly an exceptional teacher of Yoga and Qigong, and a genuine gift to her students. With much expertise and patience, she guides her students, through the graceful movements of the exercise, while teaching an outer attention to the form and an inner intention to the movement. Practicing in this way becomes truly transformational."-- Phil Waltz
"I took Amelia's workshop on Qigong and Yoga while recovering from a serious illness and it was the spark that lead me back to a feeling of health and renewal. She has a wonderful spiritual presence that is very contagious and her knowledge of her subject is grounded in concrete experience and practice. One thing that truly amazed me is that Amelia is so inspiring that I have kept up the practice after finishing the workshop. It has truly been a gift." -Diane Putterman
Amelia Barili, Ph.D., received her diploma in Yoga Therapy and Philosophy from Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in India in 1972. An internationally respected yoga teacher, she is also a disciple of Grandmaster Yang Mei Jun, the 27th generation inheritor of the Taoist Medical Qigong system. Dr. Barili, a faculty member at UC Berkeley, has brought these practices into the academic environment and teaches meditative techniques to overcome stress and foster creativity.
Each One Helps One:
Neuroplasticity in Action
What does helping others have to do with the healthy, progressive functioning of our brains? In this class, we will study how volunteering can cultivate neuroplasticity, as well as participate in small- group discussions and contemplative practices on expanding our minds and hearts. We will also connect to organizations such as I-House Host Program, Refugee Transitions, and East Bay Sanctuary, all of which could potentially deepen your knowledge of other languages or cultures while helping international students, young refugees, or immigrants in the often difficult transition to American life.
Amelia Barili, a UC Berkeley faculty member, recognized the connection between students’ desire to serve others and the needs of the community. She has developed an innovative pedagogy that integrates the most recent findings of cognitive science and neurobiology with meditation and service learning. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in 2008.