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Interested in learning Qi Gong especially in person outdoors. Was taught some Eight Brocades in a retreat recently and hoping to continue in the Berkeley area.
Thanks in advance!
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If you are in Berkeley, chances are you could get to the Wen Wu School, on San Pablo Avenue near Central, for classes.
They are the flagship instructors of Dayan ("Wild Goose") style qi gong, which I have practiced every day since 2014, with amazing results.
Alternatively, you can learn qi gong Energy Matters on Piedmont Avenue. I don't know whether they are back to in-person classes yet. Gail Whang is my favorite teacher there.
In my neighborhood in Oakland, there is an informal practice group that meets daily in Dimond Park at 8:30 a.m. However, to make the most of your practice, it is best to take the training 1x or 2x per week for about 15 months. Some people learn the first set more quickly, but that is a typical learning curve. It is easy to pick up Eight Brocades after you know Set I. But you really get the best workout from Set II.
During July and August of most years, there is a 7 a.m. Saturday practice in Codornices Park that draws practitioners from all these groups.
A family friend of ours,Dr. Liping Zhu, who has more than 15 years of experience teaching Qigong at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM )and Qigong and Herbs at San Francisco State University (SFSU), is currently teaching some Qigong classes via Zoom.https://www.qidragonschool.com/p/monday-night-qigong-zoom-meetings