Cooking with Chi! dinner during the Primordial Qigong Workshop!
When Claudia Holt, of IONS, asked us to consider doing a Cooking with Chi! experience for the retreatants during our Primordial Qigong workshop at IONS’ EarthRising Center, it was such a perfect idea that Donald and I said yes immediately. Menu ideas soon started popping up in our minds.
Donald and I went up to the retreat center, and Claudia introduced us to the chef Trecey and her assistant Debbie, and we had a delightful chat about logistics, menus and qigong. Donald then did an impromptu teaching on Five Element cooking, chi cultivation, clearing the kitchen space and bringing in positive, joyful energy.
We are honored that our retreatants will join us in IONS beautiful kitchen to get a hands-on lesson in how to be one with the process of cooking, with all senses fully engaged, being in the moment and the activity; an activity that has such a profound effect on us and our loved ones (and in fact the world.)
Donald and I have always cooked with all of our senses engaged, measuring and adding ingredients by sight, by taste and by smell. We believe body, mind and spirit should be as one with the process of cooking a meal.
Our good intentions, joy and healing energy are then infused into our food, lifting the spirits of everyone eating our meals; as our food settles in our bellies we feel so good that it ripples out into the world with a calming effect on those around us.
Every time we visit the EarthRising Center, in Petaluma, we are struck by the beauty and natural setting, it is a perfect location for learning the profound Primordial Qigong. By observing and integrating the elements of nature, you will increase your sensitivity, deepen your intuition, gain a profound awareness of the world around us and develop extraordinary abilities that lead to re-aligning yourself with the natural order of the universe.
In its simplicity, Primordial Qigong covers the full range of Taoist theory and philosophy. You begin the form with emptiness, and from that emptiness is born yin and yang, and then from the two comes all things. Practicing Primordial Qigong brings harmony to Heaven, Earth and Humanity as you are moving through all of the directions of the Ba Gua, balancing the elements, and reversing the seasons. The practitioner returns back to the beginning, returning to a primordial state of being. You will experience a mystical rebirth, a perpetual renewing and continuation of the cycle of life.
If you’d like to join us for the Primordial Qigong workshop, and experience for yourself the profound benefits of this ancient system of healing, there’s still a few spaces available for this immersion in nature workshop, sign up now!