On Sunday, October 8 from 7 - 8:30 pm, Peter Van Buren will be the guest speaker at this month's Holistic Practitioners Discussion Forum. His talk will focus on the beneficial role Sheng Zhen Gong can play in any healing therapy. The forum is open to all holistic health practitioners of any type.
This monthly group meets at the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Hill House, 4801 Yellowwood Avenue, Baltimore. The forums offer an opportunity for practitioners from all modalities to build skills, share information and experiences, and discover new methods to develop themselves and support each other. The cost is $5.00 to cover expenses.
Please RSVP: Paula Derrypaula.firstname.lastname@example.org · 443-610-9881.
After conducting an introductory Sheng Zhen Gong session, Certified Teacher Peter Van Buren will discuss the benefits of using this work in conjunction with other healing therapies, e.g. acupuncture, massage, energy work, holistic medicine. The discussion afterwards can focus on the evolving roles of client and therapist, and how we maintain a balance between practitioner-led interventions and the self-empowering actions of the client.
Arising from the practice of qigong and the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sheng Zhen Gong is a comprehensive system of moving forms, meditations, philosophy, and contemplations that clients can learn that tap into the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Sheng Zhen is Chinese for "Unconditional Love", while Gong means “cultivation” or “practice”. The practice calms the emotions, reduces stress, enlivens the spirit, and energizes the person.
Peter began practicing tai chi in 1978 and has studied and practiced regularly since then, with Paul Gallagher in Hadley Massachusetts, at the Great River Taoist Center in Washington DC in the 1990's, and the Baltimore School of Tai Chi, where he was an assistant teacher in the mid-2000's. In 2005, he was introduced to Sheng Zhen Gong and gradually turned all his attention to this new form of practice, eventually becoming convinced that he wanted to become a teacher and share this powerful practice with others.
After logging hundreds of hours of class time and completing intensive training sessions with Master Li , Peter received his Teacher Certification in June 2016. He now teaches weekly classes in Baltimore, including a Wednesday evening session at Ruscombe Mansion.