Portland, FreeForm MogaDao Workshop July 27th-28th
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Portland, OR FreeForm MogaDao Workshop
July 27th—28th, 2013
St. Philip Neri Parish Paulist Center
2408 SE 16th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97214
The Portland, Oregon FreeForm MogaDao Workshop is in just a few weeks, and I shall be very content to return there. Portland has a very strong MogaDao practice community, the roots of which began with The Te School, which I established there some 9 years ago. Since then devoted students of that original school have kept the practices alive, privately, and in small practice groups. And a great deal of Portland practitioners travel regularly to Santa Fe, to the MogaDao Institute and for the major workshops, returning to Portland to share what they have learned and experienced with new and seasoned practitioners alike. Indeed, so strong is the energy in Portland that I am considering establishing a year-long MogaDao Certification Program there, in one or both disciplines, in consecutive or alternating years.
The upcoming workshop is exciting for me, precisely for its “FreeForm” nature. I established the MogaDao FreeForm Workshops out of the need to maintain an element of spontaneity in the comprehensive teaching of both MogaDao disciplines, such as what students experience in the curriculum classes at the MogaDao Institute. Standardization of forms and practices is essential, especially when considering such a large and intricate body of work as is encompassed by the MogaDao practices. Such beautiful cosmologies must be codified into standard forms if students are to become teachers of the work, and carry it on, with utmost responsibility, love, precision, and reverence. But so is intuition essential (especially in a Daoist practice!), and the joy of feeling the student body as it is, in the exact moment of spiritual time and space, and choosing forms and practices accordingly. Hence, I look forward to this freedom of the FreeForm Workshops, which, as of now, occur only in Portland, Oregon (in July), and Umbria, Italy (in October). Below please find the program.
*Please note that even though there are no standard MogaDao Cert! ificatio n requirements covered by FreeForm Workshops, all of the hours accrued at any of Daniel Villasenor’s workshops will count toward the total hours requirements of both disciplines of MogaDao.
**Please also note that there is no experience necessary for any of the sessions of the FreeForm MogaDao Intensive.
For all logistical questions regarding the workshop please contact Kellie Nemke at:
July 27th, Saturday Afternoon
There is no preregistration for this year’s Portland, Oregon Freeform MogaDao Intensive. For simplicity, I have separated the workshop into 8 “Sessions” each of which has a separate price. All students will pay at the GateKeepers’ Table upon arrival. One can choose which sessions one would like to participate in and total up those costs and pay in cash or money order made out to Daniel Villasenor. Students taking the entire workshop will pay the discounted rate of $190.00
1:00pm—3:00pm Freeform MogaDao Qigong and MogaDao 5 Element Yoga Session
Not since I inaugurated the MogaDao practices in Europe have I taught a hybrid class of the two disciplines, which is the way the MogaDao practices began, as that was, and sometimes still is, my private practice. Currently, because of the immense level of detail required of the teaching in both yoga and qigong, I teach the disciplines separately. So for the first time in the US I will teach a two-hour session of both disciplines, moving back and forth between them, based on the energetics of 5 Element Theory (as is required on that day, in that context, as I perceive it in the moment).
3:30pm—5:00pm The Art of Peace: Spiritual Martial Arts and Monastic Exercises for Non-Fighters
This is a transplant of one of the two new classes at the MogaDao Institute in Santa Fe. The course was birthed at the preceding Major MogaDao Intensive when the entire Intensive student body (or almost: over 80 individuals) rose at 5:00am, following a spontaneous felicity, to experience the rhythms and exercises of daoist monastic life. The Art of Peace is a spirited, energetic session the! purpose of which is to use martial arts training and understanding to develop the utmost sensitivity and compassion, such that the gap between practice and life narrows to the point of the imperceptible, and peace and harmony can, for a time—for an ever increasing time—reign.
July 27th, Saturday Evening
6:30pm—7:30pm Restorative MogaDao Yoga Session
This will be an Earth Element class (balance, centering, and an incorporation of all of the Elements of MogaDao Yoga), with softest asanas held for long periods of time. The session is meant to be a reunion with the self after the Spiritual Martial Arts class, as well as a harmonizing and centering class in the middle of the workshop, and a psycho-physical preparation for the Dao Talk on Surrender Versus Collapse.
8:00pm—9:00pm Dao Talk: Surrender Versus Collapse
Is it possible “to accept” without losing the sense of self? What is “the sense of self” as distinct from the ego? When does acceptance go too far, and become masochism? When, on the contrary, does self-possession become a denial of beauty, of change, and of revelation? What is the role of the “scaffolding” of the ego? What is the purpose of pain and confusion in life? What are the stories that we tell ourselves, why is it so hard to release them, and what happens when we do? These are some of the questions I will address in this Dao Talk.
July 28th, Sunday Morning
8:00am—8:30am Meditation: Daoist Unveiling Meditation
9:00am—12:00pm Internal Alchemy and Sacred Daoist Sexuality
This class will be a first time experience—outside of the Yin-Yang Harmonizing Rituals— of men and women practicing their respective MogaDao Qigong Gender Forms in the same room, at the same time. We will also bring the genders together for the discussions of Sacred Daoist Sexuality. And the Internal Alchemy segment of the session, with which we will begin this work, will likewise be dual-gendered. Transgender practitioners are welcome. (Incidentally, at the September “Gender Days” Internal Alchemy and Sacred Daoist Sexuality Intensive, in Santa Fe, I will be introducing standard MogaDao Transgender Qigong Forms).
July 28th, Sunday Afternoon
1:00pm—3:00pm MogaDao Yoga 5 Element Vinyasa (All Levels)
MogaDao 5 Element Vinyasa is the “bread and butter” asana practice of MogaDao Yoga, as it can be adapted to all levels of yoga experience and practice, and because it touches the complete picture of 5 Element Theory, following the Creation Cycle, such that the spiritual and physical state of the practitioner become one, in a seamless flow of energy that follows the patterns of the macrocosmos within the realm of the sensitive human body.
3:30pm—5:00pm Freeform MogaDao Qigong Session
This MogaDao Qigong session will serve as a closing ritual. More and more my teaching of qigong harkens back to sacred rite, and we will close the workshop with a qigong practice that I conduct intuitively, flowing second to second as I feel the shifts and needs in the energetic body of the room at han! d. It is for this atmosphere that I created the Freeform Workshops, for it is my chance to work as closely as possible, after all of our work together up to this point, with the medicine of the forms as they pertain to who we are, right here and now.
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