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New Year’s Eve with Yoga, Music and Meditation.

If you want to do New Year’s Eve a bit differently this year please join Michael Mandrell and I at Root Whole Body for an reflective and joyous evening of movement, meditation and music.  It would be wonderful to have you with us.



-Returning to the Central Conversations of Life Through

Body, Psyche, and Nature

June and July 2011 ~ Portland, Oregon

What: Using primarily Archetypal Qigong, but also tai chi, imaginal meditation, inquiry journaling, the wise guidance of poetry, and deep listening as a form of prayer, these classes and retreats will provide an optimal context for you to reconnect with the foundational inspirations and questions of your life.  They will supply the spacious time and gentle direction sometimes needed to remember those things most precious and true—from the sweet spot that makes you you, to the edges that beckon you forward.

Where: Saturdays in beautiful Forest Park next to a stream beneath the forest canopy in a gazebo (directions and details provided upon registration); Thursday mornings in the studio at Opening to Life: 407 NE 12th Avenue.

When: Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on 6/25, 7/9, and 7/23; Thursdays: 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. from 6/23 to 7/21.

Who: For years Peter Gold has been leading restorative classes that are informed by the essential teachings of diverse movement and meditation traditions.

Cost: Thursday mornings: package of 5: $60, drop-ins: $15; Saturdays: package of 3: $80 each, drop-in retreats: $90. Advanced registration is required for Saturdays and space is limited to 12 people.

Contact: Peter Gold at: 503-806-9680 or email




Deep Movement Class

Using primarily Qigong, but also aspects of yoga, meditation, and imagery from the poetic imagination, we will use the central depths of the body as a touchstone and departure point for outward movement.  Throughout we will detoxify, re-balance, and reinvigorate in a setting that’s right for all body types and experience levels.

Beginning 9/14, an hour a week on Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the upstairs studio at “Opening to Life”—407 NE 12th Avenue. Six weeks.  $10. Please come early and unhurried to sign in and settle before class begins.  Doors will open at 7:20.

If you are unfamiliar with Qigong, it is a practice that stimulates, cultivates, integrates, and balances the body’s energetics.  “Qi” means energy in Chinese, and “Gong” means work, thus practicing Qigong works to harmonize the body’s energy.

If you sometimes feel low energy or hyper, like you can’t get out of bed in the morning, or you can’t get to sleep in the evening, or you want a way to stabilize your body’s energetic peaks and valleys, Qigong can help.  If you are tired of the physical, emotional, and financial costs of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, Qigong is an effective alternative.  It counter balances energetic gaps in a ways that nourish your body’s natural vitality.  This practice cultivates energies that, when missing, create psychological, emotional, spiritual, physical imbalances.

Qigong is a way to take responsibility for your life and heal yourself naturally.  Of course there is a time for antibiotics and knee surgery, but so too is there a time for the meditative and medicinal movements of Qigong.  It effectively fills many of the gaps Western medicine leaves in the realms of health maintenance, disease prevention, and healing.

Qigong is performed mostly stationary with various positions and movements for the limbs and upper body.  Its intensity can be modified for every body type and constitution which makes it ideal for Olympic athletes, the frail and elderly, and every body type in between.

If you’ve been wanting to try something new, or wondering about Qigong and its benefits, please feel welcomed into this class.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Peter.

*Private and group Qigong classes are available upon request to help create and/or deepen the practice.


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