Breathe Deep Newsletter March 2016

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                                                             ISSUE 81 - March 2016

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Welcome to Breathe Deep, our e-newsletter at and sponsored by the non-profit Kahuna Valley organization that started in 1998 to help inspire you on the health benefits of Qigong, traditional wisdom from around the world, and to help keep track of workshops and Qigong Study Trips with Francesco Garri Garripoli and Daisy Lee. With over 2,200 subscribers from 20+ countries, we are truly a global community that wishes to improve our mind/body health and experience our personal potential.  You are receiving this because you are a subscriber of Breathe Deep and with that, you now have new Membership access to the Breathe Deep Community at (see below for more info on that - or to use "unsubscribe" link)

Table of Contents:

  • Message from Francesco

  • Qigong Study Trips 2016 - Italy - China - Thailand - Bhutan

  • Daisy Lee - Radiant Lotus Qigong Workshops - CT, MA, VA, Netherlands

  • Francesco Garripoli - workshops in Poland, New Jersey, Virginia, and Italy

  • Francesco Interview online at Healthy Body Vibrant Life

  • Organ Cleansing Instructor Certification (filled to capacity)

  • Qigong Institute's NEW WEBSITE

  • Qigong Practice Tip of the Month

  • Dreaming Awake Guided Meditations

Message from Francesco

Ciao ('hello' in Italian :)) from Tuscany!

Welcome to this 81st issue of Breathe Deep!  It has been quite an interesting Dreaming these days as I ease into my life here in Italy and keep the flow going in all areas of my responsibilities around the planet from putting out my first music CD to arranging this year's Qigong Study and Healing Trips - which includes visiting China to study with 114 year-old Master Duan.  What a coup it was to get that arranged for the fortunate ones who come on this September journey to Beijing

Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere as we swing through the Spring Equinox… and for our friends in Australia and elsewhere in that neighborhood of planet Earth, the move is into Autumn… whatever this lovely Dreaming presents for you, it is most likely showing you various ways that you are being asked to embrace “change” as that is the energetic of this period in our journey around the Sun… The fact that the weather is “changing” is enough of a clue to remind us to be smart about our dress and diet (and emotions) until things stabilize again.  

Nature has a wonderful way of mirroring what goes on within us… As you may have noticed, most of the world doesn’t really think this way… so they go head-on into life confronting the energy around them rather than flowing with it, listening, and embracing it in harmony.  This reflects the whole concept of being Awake in your Dreaming, which is congruous with Chinese Taoist precepts, African Shamanistic ritual, and even the early European Christian concepts of St. Francis. It’s not so much that we need to “be like nature” but more that we “learn from nature.” If you are taken in with the poetry of “being like nature” that’s nice, but watch any wildlife documentary (or any bird feeder long enough) and you’ll remember that it’s a jungle out there.  We observe nature to learn from it… savor the beauty and gentle flow while seeing the natural tendencies for competition and fear.  Being Awake in our Dreaming helps us see the primal, instinctual “animal” responses and embrace them with gratitude and love.  In so doing, we build our Trust that we are in a curiously dynamic evolutionary process.  (As I type this, a powerful Umbrian downpour begins as the heavens open here in Italy to somehow give a nod to all this about 'learning from nature' :))

What changes are you facing (embracing) these days? Many times it’s the “change” that we so desire that is not unfolding as we wish.  This is "no-change" maybe the highest level of “working with change.”  The dynamic evolution of our Dreaming is such that there are both Kinetic and Potential aspects to it – just as in any other experiment in physics you may have learned about in school.  In Taoist language, you would describe these as Yin and Yang aspects.  Learning different world views will help us deepen our own as the essence of consciousness weaves its core thread through every culture and every language…

The key through all this seems to be keeping Joy and Gratitude ever-present in your flow.  Staying mindful of these when you are NOT joyful and NOT grateful is just part of the Dreaming dance… Being present with whatever feelings come up is healing… Feel them… but then breathing deeply into Joy and Gratitude as soon as you can and then doing your energetic Clearing is our gift of staying Awake.  In our Qigong Tips below I finish up the three phases of Clearing that we started two Breathe Deep issues ago. I’m grateful to those of you who have written to say that this has been helpful.

Although all the archives of Breathe Deep are online, we will start posting past Qigong Tips by Francesco on the wonderful Qigong Institute Facebook Page.  Read below as I share about the beautiful new updated Qigong Institute website.

Thank you again for supporting Breathe Deep… and be sure to check out our upcoming Study & Healing Trips for 2016...  I wish you well with your Qigong practice and all you do to help inspire positive energy in your Dreaming... Blessings to you, your family, and loved ones all ways...



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Qigong Study Trips 2016 - Italy-Thailand-China-Bhutan

I hope you can take the opportunity to join us on these amazing journeys and study Qigong, meditation, and a variety of other mind/body healing techniques.  This year will take us back to Italy, Thailand, and China (where we will study with 114 year-old Master Duan).  All the specific details and itineraries are now available so please become a Member of our Study Trip Community

If you feel that this is YOUR TIME to experience what over 700 people over the past 20 years who've come on our Trips have felt was a "life changing" journey, please read on and check out the awesome itineraries available for Members Only at the Qigong Study Trip Community at

Italy: November in Tuscany is fabulous... We'll enjoy Qigong classes in ancient Etruscan power spots and meditate with elderly monks in between relaxing in healing spas and eating amazing food

China: This is my 20th anniversary of leading Trips to study with Master Wan Sujian - This September we will also study with 114 year-old Master Duan Zhiliang - a rare opportunity for anyone seeking an authentic Qigong experience.

Thailand: The second two weeks of September takes us to the Northern Thailand mountains to focus on Qigong, personal treatments, Taoist and Buddhist meditation.

Bhutan:  Our October Trip to Bhutan has reached capacity - we keep our Trips small to be meaningful.  Let us know if you would like to be on the waiting list or informed of the next Trip.

Click here to learn more and let us know you want to join

...and remember that if you received this newsletter directly, you are already a Member of in the Breathe Deep Newsletter Community... so if you log in there with your Username -  %username% - and Password, just click on "Join More Communities" to join our Qigong Study Trip Community if you are not already!

Several people have been asking me about leading another Trip to mystical Bhutan as the last group I brought there had such an amazing time.  After doing months of planning and research, we will lead an amazing and healing journey there in October 2016 and we will have the renowned Bhutanese Rimpoche that I sponsored at the request of the Royal Family many years ago as our guide.  Make sure you are a Member of the Qigong Trip Community as I will be keeping everyone updated that way. (This Trip is currently filled to capacity, but please contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list or be first in line for our next Trip to this amazing country and her beautiful people)

If you are looking for an Italy Trip focused on meditation with a Qigong component that includes intimate meetings with Franciscan, Benedictine, and Capuchin monks in ancient monasteries in Italy - then you may want to participate in the new Transformational Pilgrimages starting in November that I am leading with Franciscan scholar and reknown artist Rossella Vasta. Ok, we'll be going to some hot spring spas too, but that's also actually part of the ancient "pilgrimage" tradition..

Whether it is to develop your own personal skills or to strengthen your healthcare professional offerings (we do provide Certificates of Completion for the training hours you receive), these trips give you something that others can sense once you return... and since our trips are fund raisers for our non-profit Kahuna Valley organization, 60% of your investment is tax deductible, sanctioned by the IRS - so take advantage of this saving too.

Organ Cleansing Qigong Instructor Certification 2016

Typically, Daisy and I only offer one Organ Cleansing Qigong Instructor Certification Training each year, and the one we will be holding for 2016 will be in May and has just reached its capacity.  We keep the size of these workshops small so that they are meaningful, and we are grateful that a wonderful group has assembled for this in-depth, 4-day training.   We are honored by the 120 Certified Instructors around the world who met the prerequisites to teach this effective Qigong form.  If you are interested in being part of the next small-group Instructor Certification workshop, please click here to let us know through our QigongTracker self-assessment.

Daisy Lee - Radiant Lotus Qigong Workshops

Daisy and I are looking forward to teaching together again for our Organ Cleansing Qigong Instructor Certification... and Daisy is busy with upcoming classes in Virginia for her Radiant Lotus Qigong for Women, then she's in Connecticut, Eastover in Massachusetts, and The Netherlands.

Check out Daisy's website to learn more about her upcoming classes...

Be sure to visit Daisy's Calendar Page on

The RLQ program is an empowering Qigong that can help to prevent as well as treat numerous health conditions unique to women such as menstrual cramping, low back pain, breast tenderness, tumors, cysts or fibroids, as well as menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, memory loss, reduced libido, mood swings and changes to skin, bones and muscles that result from hormonal shifts as women mature. Incorporating these techniques into their lives, women have an opportunity to blossom gracefully into their menopause years (or "Second Spring" as it is called in China!) 

For specific information on upcoming classes, Private Health Readings with Daisy, helping to set up a workshop, as well as the RLWQ Teacher Certification Training, visit  or email Daisy at

Francesco's Workshops

I will be back in Warsaw, Poland in May to lecture on Qigong at the Asia Pacific Museum on 10 May and then offer a two-day workshop 14/15 May. We are honored by the commitment of people in Poland to Qigong and I look forward to returning again this year for this workshop in May and another two in July - 16/17 in Lodz and 23/24 in Warsaw.  Contact us to find out more and request our flyer in Polish language

After the May Organ Cleansing Instructor Certification workshop in CT with Daisy, I will be teaching an all-day Qigong workshop in South New Jersey on 28 May.  I so enjoy teaching in my home state and look forward to sharing a day with our Qigong friends there. Thanks to Rob Balko of The Atlantic Center for helping to organize this as he did at our workshop last year. Please Contact us for details for this fun way to deepen your practice on the Memorial Day weekend.

30 May - 4 June will have me in Virginia for a series of Qigong classes through the weeked culminating in an all-day Saturday 4 June workshop sponsored by Sifus Gordon Wicks and Susan Huff at the Golden Harmony Fitness Studio.  Gordon and Susan are both Certified Organ Cleansing Qigong Instructors and fabulous teachers of Qigong and yoga who have a wonderful facility supporting the local community. Click here to learn more

This year's Qigong Study Trip to Italy will be 1 - 10 July... Everyone who went on the 2015 Trip found combining Qigong in Italian power spots was amazing... I hope you can join!

The second Qigong event in Italy in July wlll be at the end of that month and I am excited to teach a joint workshop in Umbria with Qigong Master Mintong Gu.  This two-day event is quite unique and will be held at Pieve International School's 17th Century villa, replete with a castle!  Click here for more info

l will also be leading the China, Thailand and Bhutan trips in September and October, but if none of those dates work for you... and if you are looking for something a little different that is more focused on meditation with a Qigong component - that includes intimate meetings with Franciscan, Benedictine, and Capuchin monks in ancient monasteries in Italy - then you may want to participate in the new Transformational Pilgrimages starting in November that I am leading with Franciscan scholar and reknown artist Rossella Vasta. 

I hope to see you at (at least) one of these inspiring events!

Francesco Interview at Healthy Body Vibrant Life

It’s Spring!  Want to feel young and vibrant again?

Join in this free interview series that is packed with all kinds of information to help you get back your youthful exuberance.  Listen to a wide variety of experts sharing knowledge and secrets that can help you rebalance so that your body can be at ease, and actually in harmony with all the things you love to do.  

This was only available in April 2016


Qigong Practice Tip of the Month

This Breathe Deep’s “Practice Tip of the Month” has to do with “Energy Clearing” and as I wrote in the last two issues, for me, “clearing my energy field” involves three steps: 1) Grounding; 2) Flowing; 3) Releasing.

(This section is only available for Members of the Breathe Deep Community.  If you are a Member and are logged in, the Qigong Practice Tip will be below if you scroll down... If you are not yet a Member, please click below, it's free :))


Dreaming Awake Guided Meditations

Have you checked out yet?  It's a pretty interesting experiment in building an online community and there are over 3,000 people who have already signed up as Members in the various Communities.  The Dreaming Awake Community provides Members with full access to Francesco's Guided Meditation audio recordings, the only place where they are available. One of these Guided Meditations are made Public so that you can stream it live to get a feel for these offerings. If you are interested, click here to learn more about Dreaming Awake and then click on the Content Listings and there you will see the free sample... but remember to log in first!

Remember to FIRST log into with your Username (if you are not already :))

...then after you are logged in, scroll down to the bottom left and if you are not a Member of Dreaming Awake, click to Join More Communites to find it and join...There are other communities there too... and more to come, so join as many as you like.  Enjoy and have fun meeting others who are working hard to "stay awake" in this wonderful Dreaming we call life...

Qigong Institute Website UPGRADE

I know many of our readers visit from time to time... but have you been there lately?  Our President of this wonderful non-profit, educational organization is Tom Rogers and the work that he has done with our team of programmers to bring this ancient website to truly state-of-the-art has been fantastic.  As a fully volunteer organization - I am Chairman, so I know :)) - we have kept Founder Dr. Kenneth Sancier's vision alive with love and dedication.  Tom has put in countless hours to guide our software programming team to create what I can honestly say, is the premiere, online Qigong educational service in the world.  It is completely non-aligned with any particular system or teacher, and even includes lots of data and research references to Energy Healing and Practices peripheral to Qigong.  It is a high-integrity resource that I hope you explore and utilize.  Thank you Tom!

Tax Deductible Donations and Trips

Thank you all who made your donation to Kahuna Valley.  We are grateful for your financial support to help keep our efforts to support challenged youth and families. Besides going into schools and offering free Qigong classes for teens, our work in incorporating brainwave feedback that will help youth enhance their ability to focus and to help them become more mindful of their emotions.  If you are feeling generous and would like to channel your taxes from the federal government to a worthy cause, Kahuna Valley would be most grateful to accept your tax-deductible donation as an IRS recognized tax-exempt organization.  Remember too that 60% of what you invest in your Qigong Study & Healing Trips is actually tax-deductible because of Kahuna Valley's sponsorship.

Learn more at

Thank you for your support and good energy... see you next issue... or in an upcoming class or Study Trip!!


Francesco Garri Garripoli


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