ONLINE: Qi Gong Virtual Sessions with Sandra Medina Bocangel, MD

Apr 13 (M) 9:30am-10:30am $25 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom

Qi Gong is a branch of traditional Chinese Medicine that is practiced by millions throughout the world every day. It has roots dating back thousands of years. The word “Qi” (chee) means life force energy and the word “Gong” means skill or cultivation. Thus Qi Gong is the cultivation of the life force energy by focusing the mind on breathing deeply while making gentle movements with a focused intention that creates healing potential in the body and allows Qi to circulate in the organs, glands and tissues to maximize their function.
Dr. Bocangel returns to the Cove, by popular demand, to lead biweekly practice sessions throughout the quarter. Dr. Bocangel will focus on the Integral Nine Phases of Qi Gong and will guide participants in the cultivation of a deeper awareness of the Qi (energy) within the body and mind as well as cultivation of a deeper connection with the earth and cosmos. Qi Gong is an evidence-based integrative medicine practice suitable for health maintenance and improvement, it has multiples benefits from strength, joint mobility, reduction of stress, increase of balance, flexibility, coordination, and improvement of the immune system. Don’t miss these engaging practice sessions to explore the art and science of Qi Gong with Dr. Bocangel!

ONLINE: Ramadan and its Implications for Individual and Collective Life

April 30 10am-11am $25 (Pre-registration required) Presented virtually via Zoom
Fasting is prescribed for the Muslims, as it was prescribed for those before the Muslims, so that we might achieve God-consciousness (Quran 2:183). To non-Muslims it may appear to be a time of hardship and deprivation, but that is not our experience. Muslims think of Ramadan as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. As religious obligation, fasting has many special benefits. Among these, the most important is that it is a means of learning self-control. Due to the lack of preoccupation with the satisfaction of bodily appetites during the daylight hours of fasting, a measure of ascendancy is given to one's spiritual nature, which becomes a means of coming closer to God. As a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate, and learning thankfulness and appreciation for all of God's bounties. It increases people's sympathy and compassion for persons who are deprived of the daily means of survival. It is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence. Perhaps fasting in Ramadan is the most widely practiced of all the Muslim forms of worship. Yet it does not prevent Muslims from conducting their day-to-day work, or business, as usual.

Yetkin Yildirim, Ph.D.

ONLINE: SoulCollage® Open Studio

Apr 18 (Sa) 9:30am–12:30pm $20 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom

Open Studio is for anyone who has previously taken a SoulCollage® class and is searching for a dedicated group of individuals who want to continue growing in this process. If you have not worked with SoulCollage®, you are also welcome to attend the gathering. No teaching is included however. It is a time for creating additional cards and sharing in community. Images, scissors and glue sticks will be available, and one SoulCollage® artboard and one plastic sleeve. This is an opportunity to connect with others and further your own inner journey in a safe and encouraging environment

Sue Kullerd, LPC

ONLINE: Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers

April 11, July 25, Nov 14 (Sa) 9am-3pm $75 (Preregistration required.) 5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education Presented virtually via Zoom
Meditation has been studied over 30 years and is an evidence-based method that counteracts daily stress responses. The effects have been shown in MRIs of the brain, in biochemical changes in blood, and even in genetic changes in the body. This mind-body method has been proven to significantly improve health and quality of life for patients with illnesses that are caused or made worse by stress, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pain and fatigue syndromes, mood disorders and many others. It has been shown to also improve attention, increase creativity and provide greater cognitive flexibility. The benefits proven for patients using this method also applies directly to all healthcare providers. It is an important step in ‘healing the healer’.
This stress-reduction workshop will help providers:
  • Understand stress physiology and its consequences
  • Become familiar with current research on meditation and its role in stress-reduction
  • Learn and practice a simple mindfulness, evidenced based method to reduce stress
This is a CME / CEU accredited course!  5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education

Dr. Anna Vu-Wallace, MD

ONLINE: The Artist's Way: 2-Hour Workshop with Therese Morgan

Therese Morgan April 16 (Th) 10am-12pm $40 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom

The Artist's Way explores our relationship to creativity, and the blocks we form that stop us from engaging in it. 

In this workshop we will explore how to let perfectionism go, and recover a sense of connection with our true creative selves.  

Therese Morgan

ONLINE: Tibetan Sound Bowl: A Therapeutic Sound Journey for Pain Management, Mood, and Anxiety

April 29 (W) 12noon-1pm $25 (Pre-registration required) Presented virtually via Zoom
From the healing didgeridoos of the Australian aboriginals to the Sanskrit chants of Ancient India, sound therapy has been used for ages for healing purposes. The Tibetan Sound bowl is one such instrument used in Tibet and Nepal for sacred rituals and to restore health. The Tibetan Sound bowl is composed of different metals that are hammered by hand. When the rim of the bowl is played, the bowl starts to vibrate and a rich sound is produced. The vibrations create binaural beats, which the human brain harmonizes to. This can activate the relaxation response and send the brain into deep meditative states. The Tibetan sound bowl has positive lasting effects on pain, mood, and anxiety even after the sound bowl meditation is over. 

We will start with a presentation on Sound and healing. We will then discuss the specifics of the Tibetan sound bowl, its physical properties, the properties of acoustics and physics, and human physiology. We will finish the talk with a 15 minute Tibetan Sound bowl meditation. 

Dr. Neelam Misra