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***Unfortunately the Yangsheng Center for Qigong is temporarily not taking registrations for classes due the passing of our wonderful teacher Suzanne Friedman. ACTCM is working with her students and colleagues to continue her legacy and the spirit of Yangsheng/ Nourishing Life. Updates will be posted to these pages and also will be announced to Yangsheng past participants. Stay Tuned.

Yangsheng Center for Qigong Immersion and Teacher Training

"Suzanne Friedman's knowledge, passion, and humor fill every module, making them a weekend I would always look forward to. Not only has Qigong helped me grow personally but it has mede me a better healer."
--Natalie T.

"The teacher-immersion experience provided me connections to and advice from the holistic world, which I would not have been otherwise able to receive from my regular curriculum. Of course, I loved learning all about Qigong, but I really loved learning about it in community."  
--Sean H.

"Suzanne Friedman is a wonderful and very knowledgeable teacher who knows how to dive right into the deepest essence of things, and break them down in a matter of fact way, making ancient wisdon easily accessible to everybody who wants it."
--Beki L.

How to Register

Click here to register for the program. For Questions, e-mail or call 415-229-7974. Please do not contact our admissions office to register for this program as it is affiliated with a seperate department.

About the Program
Certificate Tracks
Program Details

About the Program

The program introduces students to a diversity of qigong styles, self-healing and self-cultivation. Each module combines practice and meditation and focuses on a particular theme. The ACTCM Yangsheng Qigong Center Certification Programs will help diversify your practice, introduce you to a plethora of Qigong styles, help you learn the Daoist spiritual roots of Chinese medicine for self-healing, and help you build a community with other healers.

Three certificates are offered: Self Cultivation, Medical Qigong and Medical Qigong Teacher. You may enroll in any of the classes offered as a standalone course or complete all the courses in one of the shorter certificate program tracks to receive the specified certificate. Students who complete both certificate programs will become a certified Medical Qigong Teacher.

The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in the healing arts, including students, acupuncturists, health professionals and the general public. Jump in at any time!

Certificate Tracks

Students are welcome to jump into any class at any time! Complete every class in a certificate to receive the specified certificate.  Students who complete both certificate programs will become Certified Medical Qigong Teachers.

Self-Cultivation Certificate:  Qigong Self-Cultivation and Daoist Spiritual Medicine

This track focuses on qigong self-cultivation practices, along with relevant theory and history to deepen participants' understanding of how to use qigong as a tool for the physical body, the emotional/energetic body, and the spiritual body. 

Perfect for those looking to integrate balance, meditation, qigong, and Chinese medicine principles into their daily lives.

Participants will learn a wide variety of dynamic and static qigong forms, and choose for themselves which form(s) they will use in their personal home practice.

Participants will learn and practice a combination of techniques from modern Chinese medicine, as well as from ancient Daoist spiritual healing practices.

Medical Qigong Certificate:  Clinical Applications, Classical Chinese Medicine, and Daoist Theory

This track focuses on the clinical applications of medical qigong exercises. Participants will learn how to use a wide variety of qigong exercise prescriptions in a clinical or bodywork setting. 

Participants will learn medicinal Daoist theory, Classical Chinese medicine, and I-Ching (Yijing) theory and practices; all of which can be used and applied in the clinic immediately.

Participants will learn and practice numerous powerful qigong exercises that address internal organ, musculoskeletal, and emotional imbalances. 

Qigong is another amazing Chinese medicine tool easily used in a clinical practice, especially when patients won't or can't take herbs or come regularly for acupuncture.

Medical Qigong Teacher Certification

Once the participant has completed both of the tracks in the program, he or she is eligible to become a Medical Qigong Teacher. This means that the participant will have reached a depth of understanding necessary to teach qigong classes to the public, and an ability prescribe qigong exercises to patients for a wide-variety of imbalances. Most important, throughout the program, the participant will have benefited from his or her own self-cultivation, and these benefits immediately ripple out into the participant's professional and personal life.

Course Breakdown

Self-Cultivation Certificate:  Qigong Self-Cultivation and Daoist Spiritual Medicine

Mysticism and Medicine: Self-Healing and Energy Cultivation in Chinese Medicine
Early Mysticism: Zhuangzi, Daodejing, Daoyin, and Waiqi. Standing 8 Brocades.
April 11-13, 2014

Spirit Medicine: Qigong Meditation and Self-Cultivation for Healers
Meditation as healing tool. Seated 8 Brocades.
July 11-13, 2014

Chinese Medicine Spiritual Cosmology and Ecology:  The 5 Elements & Three Treasures
Pre-TCM classical Chinese medicine theory. Daoist Zangfu Qigong.
September 19-21, 2014

Daoist Spiritual Self-Cultivation Text Study
Scripture on Clarity & Stillness, Scripture for Daily. Internal Practice, Inward Training, and more.
December 12-14, 2014

Daoist Chinese Medicine Sound Healing
Liuzijue Six Healing Sounds. Designing personalized healing sound exercise prescriptions.
March 7-9, 2014- CLASS POSTPONED

Medical Qigong Certificate:  Clinical Applications, Classical Chinese Medicine, and Daoist Theory

Medicinal Daoism
Neijing, emotional states. Dietetics:  Food healing to fortify Postnatal Qi.
May 23-25, 2014

Medical Qigong Exercise Prescriptions, Part I
Medical Qigong physical therapy exercises for internal organ pattern disorder. Designing exercise prescriptions.
August 15-17, 2014

Medical Qigong Exercise Prescriptions, Part II
Qi diagnosis: Flat Palm and Korean Hand diagnosis. Designing exercise prescriptions.
October 17-19, 2014

The Yijing (I-Ching): Theory & Practice 
History, Medical Yijing, Yijing Qigong, and divination practice.
November 14-16, 2014

Qigong Self-Healing Anmo (Acupoint) Prescriptions & Exercises
Qigong Massage history and practice. Yijinjing Muscle and Tendon Changing Classic Qigong.
January 10-12, 2014

Designing Qigong and Meditation Classes
Individual Qigong exercises. How to design and market individual classes and series.
February 7 - 9, 2014

Program Details

Format: Weekend Module, split into didactic & practical hours consisting of theory, qigong and meditation practice, text study, and group exercises that include journaling and artistic self-reflection.

Length: Jump in any time! Each module is 2.5 days in length (Friday 5:30pm- 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm). Students may take classes from 1 weekend to 2 years. Course schedule and descriptions.

Location: ACTCM, Pioneer Square Campus, 555 DeHaro Street, Classroom H, San Francisco, CA 94107

Continuing Education Units:  19 hours per module.

Price: Priced per module with Early Registration and Bulk Discounts

Faculty: Suzanne Friedman, LAc, DMQ (China) is an acupuncturist and herbalist and has received extensive training in medical Qigong both in America and at the Xiyuan Hospital in Beijing, China. She is a Rinzai Zen priest and Qigong master in a Daoist Literati lineage.

Suzanne is the author of Medical Qigong Exercise Prescriptions, The Yijing Qigong Medical Qigong System, Heal Yourself with Qigong, and the National Merit Haiku Award-winning haiku book: it has been many moons. Her DVDs include: Zhan Zhuang Qigong, Yijing Qigong, Qigong for Beginners, Qigong for Fertility, The Shaolin Eight Brocades, and Liu Zi Jue: Six Healing Breaths.
Suzanne is an award-winning haiku poet, cancer survivor, and the proud owner of two rescued chihuahuas.  She studies and plays the shakuhachi (Japanese Zen bamboo flute) as a meditative practice.



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