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Blooming in Adversity:

Building Resilience, Strength & Wholeness April 3-5, 2002

What are you called to in these times? How will we cultivate the inner resources to meet the challenges before us? What gifts do you carry and how can you find the courage to offer them? These are the questions of our time.

This experience will offer you the opportunity to explore your unique path. It will also strengthen your ability to create and be in sacred community. Through journaling, sharing our stories, and healing movement techniques, participants will deepen their practice of giving and receiving care, creating transformative connection while building personal resiliency.

With Vanessa Timmons & Katja Biesanz Vancouver, Washington (10 minutes from Portland) $300 To register, go to http://www.vanessatimmons.com, or email Vanessa at vanessa@vanessatimmons.org Light snacks and Vegan/Vegetarian lunch provided. Dress comfortably, in layers, for gentle movement practices

Vanessa Timmons combines the modern science of interpersonal neurobiology, the ancient healing art of storytelling, trauma informed mindfulness techniques, with the profound power of community. She has over 30 years of experience working with survivors of trauma, Vanessa provides each participant with a personal toolkit for success and resiliency.

Katja Biesanz, LPC, is dedicated to cultivating vibrant individuation together with healthy community. A psychotherapist, Qigong teacher, and writer, she has a deep dance background. She focuses on embodiment — truly being in your body — as a vehicle for authenticity and presence — a ground of both personal and global transformation.

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Qigong of Letting Go

Closing Blessing of Opening to Life Studio

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:30-8:30

The exhale of life eludes us. Our culture is about doing and getting. We get very little encouragement in the skills of emptying, letting go, or release.

The beautiful 12th street building of Opening to Life has been sold. The studio there is where I first met Zhen Dao, called back then Daniel, when they came to bless the new space. I have consulting with them on this bookend, of releasing the space that has held such beautiful practices over the years.

This ceremony is for anyone who wants to be more skillful at endings and closure, or who has attachments to this studio and building and would like a farewell ritual.

Entrance is by donation, with half going to seed Red Tent practice in a new place. 15-20. is suggested, but pay as you can and will.

407 NE 12th @ Flanders Studio Upstairs

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Red Tent Qigong

Fourth Tuesdays of the Month 6:30-8 pm $15.

Opening to Life, studio 407 NE 12th @ Flanders

March 26 April 23 May 28 June 25

Gentle yet powerful energy movement forms – chosen just forthe class, the season, the moment, the world, and for you.

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Stillness & Flow: Mastering the Water Element


Stillness * Flow *  Yin Surging Power *  Watercourse Way * Overcoming Fear * Conserving Qi * Overcoming Depression * Embracing Inner Quiet

In exploring the Water Element of Traditional Chinese Medicine with various movement and sacred practice modalities, we’ll emphasize the MogaDao Yijing form Stillness, which supports the inner tasks of Winter. This form is useful for returning to deep center whenever life throws us off with business. We will also touch on, but not delve into, Yin tonifying. 
Water, the Element of Winter, is associated with the Kidneys, which in TCM govern vitality, sexuality, life-force and destiny. 
Sunday, January 17th   11-2 pm   $45.
Opening to Life   407 NE 12th, studio upstairs
Zhenzan Dao, also known as Daniel Villasenor, created both Stillness and Yin tonifying out of his compilations and refinements of multiple Chinese schools of Qigong.
Katja Biesanz has studies archetypes for almost 50 years, and has taught people to feel their energy  bodies for 40. She has been an in-depth student of Qigong for more than a decade, spending the last 2 and a half years in intensive study in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she was on the faculty of the MogaDao Institute.
Katja Biesanz 

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Qigong for Fall: Entering the Glittering Dark


Sunday November 15, 2015

Opening to Life, 407 NE 12th @Flanders, studio upstairs

2-4:30 pm  $45.

Fall is a time of reflection, and of letting go. It can be of time of grief, and it can be the time of finding meaning in life’s experiences. It is the hard mining that reveals the inner jewel. It is the time to cut away what hinders, and to hone the core of who you are in this life. It is the Yin time for harvesting Wisdom.

The Metal Element in Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses all this. Qigong is mindful movements that support integration of the full being, including the physical body, with the Cosmos.

Lung is the organ associated with the fall. These practices will support respiratory health.

Who will benefit:

  • Those with lung and breathing issues
  • Those processing grief
  • Those doing inner work
  • Those seeking transformation

MogaDao Qigong & More    

You will learn a six-move form: Zhenzan Dao’s Yijing form Summer to Fall: Yielding. You will also experience other Qigong and Yoga practices that support the lung , help you to enter the rich Yin of the season, and discover the inner work that leads to transcendence and freedom.

Katja Biesanz, LPC

I am a somatically based psychotherapist , a dancer and an herbalist. I’m certified as an Instructor and Guide in all MogaDao Qigong forms. I have taught people to feel their Qi (Chi) for forty years, and have focused on Qigong for the last ten. I live and practice on the North Coast of Oregon, and come to Portland to see clients once a week.

Opening to Life 407 NE 12th @ Flanders, studio upstairs

Info: Katja 503-703-1262


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