Integrating Yoga and Qigong

Discovering Our Inner Universecard Amelia Barili WorkshopScience and Spirituality: Secrets and Daily Practices Amelia BariliThe Power of Classical Yoga and Taoist Qigong for Self-HealingThe Power of Yoga and Qigong for Creativity and Self-Healing

The Power of Yoga and Qigong
for Creativity and Self-Healing
Amelia Barili

August 10-12/10-15, 2018

August 11-13/11-16 (recent workshop)

March 17-19/17-22, 2017

August 12-14/12-17, 2016

October 16-18, 2015

November 14-16/14-19, 2014
July 18-20/18-23, 2014
Retreats 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. Integrating practices 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 October 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.

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Discovering Our Inner Universecard Amelia Barili Workshop

Discovering Our Inner Universe
with Yoga and Qigong
Amelia Barili

June 14-16, 2013
Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Science tells us that we have more neurons in our body than stars in the Milky Way. This gives us a sense of our enormous potential for feeling, sensing, and intuitive knowing. We can use this vast power to heal ourselves and to find creative solutions to our problems. The question is, How to tap into the powers dormant within each of us? Sages from India and China dedicated themselves for thousands of years to develop the empirical sciences of Yoga and Qigong so that we can learn to better inhabit our inner space to bring forth happiness and healing to ourselves and others. In this workshop, you will learn easy and powerful energy practices from Yoga and Qigong to awaken your vital energy and mindfully align the forces of your inner universe. We will work with self-inquiry, gentle moves, breathing, aligning and integrative practices, meditation and silence. Some of these practices will be done in nature. No previous knowledge is necessary. Everyone is welcomed.

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Science and Spirituality: Secrets and Daily Practices Amelia Barili

Science and Spirituality – Secrets and Daily Practices
Amelia Barili

December 7-9, 7-12, 2012
Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Have you ever wondered how you would live once you realize that the way you think, feel and act shapes your inner reality and the world you inhabit? The science of neuroplasticity shows us that our experiences shape the structure and functioning of our brain and of our extended nervous system. Recent scientific findings confirm what the empirical sciences of the mind of India and China have said for thousands of years: that our body and mind are a vast network of energy shaped and reshaped by the experiences we choose to have. By integrating Yoga and Qigong in our practices, each of us can redirect our energy towards having more response flexibility and greater wisdom and compassion towards ourselves and others. In this workshop you will learn some of those easy and effective practices, aswell as ways of integrating them into your daily life.

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The Power of Yoga and Qigong
for Creativity and Healing
Amelia Barili

December 9-11, 2011
Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Continuing Education Credits available

July 22-24, 2011
Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Continuing Education Credits available

December 3-5, 2010

Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Continuing Education Credits available

Stress is frozen enlightenment. During troubled times the stress we feel, can throw us out of balance, make us feel trapped and affect our health. That stress can also be an invitation to go deeper in ourselves to bring back what is most valuable to us and what can help us to live each day with greater peace and joy in our lives. In this workshop we will learn to work with the troubling conditions so that they become a source of inner strength and healing.

Drawing from the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Qigong, and the latest discoveries of Cognitive Science, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you effective practices to access the mind through the body, and the body through the mind for creativity, resilience and self-healing. We will do deep energy work to learn to recognize the emotions that are at the core of our stress, and to find ways for that frozen energy to flow again. You will learn specific techniques for self-healing and overcoming negative emotions, giving you access to the full potential of your being. These transformative practices and approaches can be particularly applicable to counseling and healthcare professionals, and will be integrated with explanations and reflections, serving to help open our hearts, and explore stress as a path to inner strength.

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance and better relationships, increased energy, better sleep and greater creativity. Recommended to anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life. No previous experience with yoga and qigong is required.

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Entering the Now
Experiencing Self-Healing and Creativity
Amelia Barili with David Darling

August 22-24, 2008
Omega, Rhinebeck, New York
Continuing Education Credits available

The latest discoveries in neuroscience confirm what the wisdom traditions of India and China have known for years: the body is a vast energetic network with a deep capacity for creativity and self-healing. Led by acclaimed international cellist David Darling and healer and qigong master Amelia Barili, we awaken to the immense potential of our vital, conscious energy and explore the relationship between healing and creativity. Through the easy but powerful practices of yoga, qigong, music improvisation, chanting, and movement, we experience expanded states of consciousness that promote creativity and healing. We also learn techniques for self-healing and overcoming negative emotions, giving us access to all dimensions of our being.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in exploring self-healing and creativity, and adds a new dimension to the therapeutic repertoire of health-care professionals. No previous experience with yoga, qigong, music, or any other art is required. Bring an instrument, if you have one; a journal; and drawing materials.

DAVID DARLING is a Grammy-nominated musician with many solo albums. He has appeared with a wide range of musical talents, including Bobby McFerrin, the Paul Winter Consort, Spyro Gyra, and Arlo Guthrie. Darling is founder and artistic director of Music for People, a nonprofit educational network dedicated to teaching and fostering music improvisation as a means of creative self-expression.

(This is the third in a series of dialogues with scientists, contemplatives and artists that Amelia Barili began with the workshop “Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra at Mount Madonna Center and continued with Ajahn Amaro at Spirit Rock.)

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Self Healing – The Power of Yoga and Qigong
Amelia Barili

November 21-25, 2008
Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Continuing Education Credits available

The practitioners of ancient healing traditions of India and China have known for thousands of years something that recent medical studies are just now confirming in our western culture: that the human body is not simply a biological machine but a vast energetic network. When our life energy is in balance we are healthy. If the balance is broken through stress, fear, grief, etc., our vital energy gets blocked and pain and disease set in. In order to heal ourselves, it is essential for us to let go of stagnant energy and regain our balance. Drawing from the healing wisdom traditions of India and China, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you:

* to map and trace the main energy channels in your body
* to recognize how different types of emotions affect each organ and healing meditations for each one
* to gather and store energy from nature and increase your vitality
* acupressure style self-massage and release points to keep your energy flowing
* a form of breathing that balances and integrates both sides of the brain

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience increased energy and vitality, better sleep, 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 health-care professionals. Women find this practice very beneficial to alleviate PMS, menopausal symptoms and disorders in the urinary and reproductive system.
* Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s.
* Fulfills the spiritual practice prerequisite for John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies.
* An elective for YTT 500.

AMELIA BARILI, Ph.D., received her degree in Yoga Therapy and Philosophy in 1972 from Kaivalyadhama Yoga School in India and has taught Yoga internationally every since. She is also a disciple of grandmaster Yang Mei Jun, the 27th generation inheritor of the Taoist Medical Qigong system developed in the sacred Kunlun Mountains in China and only recently brought to our western culture.

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Entering the Now
Amelia Barili with Ajahn Amaro

April 6, 2008
Daylong Workshop at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, California

The most recent discoveries of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience tell us something that wisdom traditions have known all along: that at all levels of life, mind and matter are inextricably connected. The question remains of how to access the mind through the body and the body through the mind, to realize our full potential as human beings. Join us in a day long exploration of the ending of suffering through the awareness of the timeless quality of now. We will explore practices of withdrawal of the senses that come from yoga, acupressure points that come from Medical Taoist Qigong, and classical Buddhist ways of entering contemplative states that bringing together attention and intention.

These transformative practices and approach can be particularly applicable to counseling and healthcare professionals and will be integrated with explanations and reflections, serving to help open our hearts, to enter the now and to receive the present.
AJAHN AMARO is a senior monk from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. He is the abbot of the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, a new branch of the Thailand Forest Meditation tradition, in Mendocino, where he now resides. He has been an interlocutor of his Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Mind-Life Science Institute dialogues about the intersection of western science and various contemplative traditions, and their associated methodologies, psychologies and philosophies.

(This is the second in a series of dialogues with scientists, contemplatives and artists that Amelia Barili began with the workshop “Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra at Mount Madonna Center.)

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The Emerging Consciousness
Amelia Barili with Fritjof Capra

December 1-3, 2006
Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

The troubled times we live in carry within them an enormous potential for growth and transformation. To successfully meet this challenge we need clarity of vision and the inner strength to bring forth the changes we yearn to see in the world.

In this seminar we explored together that potential through a blend of ground-breaking analysis, ancient wisdom and lived experience. The subjects discussed included:
* the emergence of a new consciousness in times of crisis and instability
* a new understanding of life, based on recent discoveries in science, which integrates life’s biological, cognitive, and social dimensions
* how globalization can be reshaped to make it compatible with the demands of human dignity and ecological sustainability
* and at a more personal level, how to incorporate spiritual practices in your daily life to heal yourself as you serve others.
Participants brought home a renewed vision and hope as well as embodied wisdom techniques that help clear their mind so they can focus most effectively on the task at hand.
* Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s.

AMELIA BARILI, Ph.D., is an award winning UC Berkeley professor and writer, and long time teacher of Classical Yoga and Qigong, who has brought her teachings on personal transformation to many audiences including her university students. To offer them a direct experience of the links between personal and global transformation, she created with Fritjof Capra the course “Globalization and the New Civil Society” with a strong component of “service learning”. Capra and Barili also designed and taught together “Deep Ecology in Arts and Science”.

FRITJOF CAPRA, Ph.D., is a preeminent thinker of our times. Author of four international best-sellers, including “The Tao of Physics”, “The Web of Life”, “The Turning Point” and “The Hidden Connections”, physicist and ecologist Fritjof Capra, is well known for the clarity of his vision at integrating science, spirituality and concrete steps for social change. He has been the focus of more than 50 television interviews, documentaries, and talk shows in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Japan. Dr. Capra frequently leads environmental management seminars for top executives of international corporations. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California and is on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the UK.

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Self Healing – The Power of Yoga and Qigong

September 15-16
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco

September 21-23
Omega, Rhinebeck, New York

October 26-28, 26-31, 26- Nov 2
Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

The practitioners of ancient healing traditions of India and China have known for thousands of years something that recent medical studies are just now confirming in our western culture: that the human body is not simply a biological machine but a vast energetic network. When our life energy is in balance we are healthy. If the balance is broken through stress, fear, grief, etc., our vital energy gets blocked and pain and disease set in. In order to heal ourselves, it is essential for us to let go of stagnant energy and regain our balance. Drawing from the healing wisdom traditions of India and China, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you:

• to map and trace the main energy channels in your body
• to recognize how different types of emotions affect each organ and healing meditations for each one
• to gather and store energy from nature and increase your vitality
• acupressure style self-massage and release points to keep your energy flowing
• a form of breathing that balances and integrates both sides of the brain

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience increased energy and vitality, better sleep, 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 health-care professionals. Women find this practice very beneficial to alleviate PMS, menopausal symptoms and disorders in the urinary and reproductive system.
• Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s.
• Fulfills the spiritual practice prerequisite for John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies.
• An elective for YTT 500.