10 week series | January 10th - March 13th (Snow Dates: March 20th and 27th)
Five Element Qigong is a flowing Chinese yogic system for stress-release, healing and energy building based on the ancient medical and spiritual philosophy of yang and yin, and the five elements in nature.
Relax and flow into vitality through internal energy massage of the organs, joints, and muscles using the lights of the 5 primary colors and their corresponding seasonal elements: winter-water, spring-wood, early summer-fire, early autumn-earth, and autumn-metal. This qigong is excellent for adults of all ages, including seniors. Martial artists-athletes-dancers can use this qigong on their off training days toward staying in peak condition or to help heal from injuries. We present a time-tested qigong series offered to the healthy and those rehabilitating alike, chosen for its supreme efficacy by the clinical medicine department at Hai Dian University Hospital in Beijing, China.
What is Qigong? Qigong is an energy refinement practice that connects us to the gravitational-spiritual force of the universe “Qi” to facilitate health and wellness. Move body-mind-spirit into the universal breath, light and biorhythm of the earth in relation to the sun, moon, and stars. Relax into your natural physical structure to result in a supple you with more: strength, agility, focus and emotional wellbeing. Open into joy, kindness, wisdom and love!
*Water* *Wood* *Fire* *Earth* *Metal*
Master Instructor Robin J. Bonazzoli is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Medical Qigong Practitioner. She received her qigong training intensively over 30 years with renowned Masters in China and the U.S., including a traditional discipleship during 11 years in Tokyo, Japan in the Chungnan lineage of Qigong, Tai Chi and Hsing I. A martial artist and meditator since her teens, Robin has 20 years of experience teaching a vast array of systems of qigong, tai chi, and meditation. Robin’s focus is to make simple and clear how be and move with the spiritual force of heaven, nature, humanity and the animals as a way into joy, wellness, clarity and compassion.
Assistant Instructor Leslie Higley holds a doctorate in medical qigong from the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Henan, China) through the International College of Medical Qigong. In addition to qigong healing techniques, she has trained in taichi and moving qigong for 15 years. She has also been involved with Buddhism for 25 years including intensive Zen retreats in Japan.
Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure each weekend!
Every Saturday and Sunday, January through March, bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis for some high energy fun as you explore our hills and woodland trails. There will be a toasty fire outside the Wayside Gallery and hot chocolate available inside the building. Take a break from the cold in our “Wayside Living Room” with cozy seating, children’s books, and games. A Fruitlands staff member will be available to recommend trails and to answer questions. Be sure to check in at the Gift Shop for an admission sticker.
New this year! Rent a pair of snowshoes to use out on the trails and grounds. A limited selection of Adult and Child sizes available. Member: $10, Nonmember: $15
Frozen Fruitlands includes admission to the Art Gallery. Enjoy this season’s exhibitions Visions of Design: Parallels in Mid-Century Modern and Shaker Furniture, A New England State of Mind: The Pioneering Collector, Clara Sears, and A New View: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection.