Qigong Training

Qigong Training2018-09-24T16:07:39+00:00

“Qigong is the art and science of refining
and cultivating internal energy”

~ Grand Master Ken Cohen ~

Practitioner/Teacher Training Course starts October

Qigong – The exercise form that GIVES you energy!

Are you ready to develop your intuition, integrity, inspiration and personal stamina?

Your health levels will increase if you do..!

Do you already practice yoga, tai chi, meditation, pilates or similar and would like to expand your experience?

Yes? then this in depth course is for you. 

Qigong literally translated means ‘energy cultivation work’. The practice comprises a vast compendium of easy to access movements and meditations deeply connected with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Taoism. In fact, qigong assists your meditation by balancing the body and mind in preparation for your meditation.

This practice will change your life – for the very much better. You are work in progress, from the inside out

Qigong was brought over from China in the 1970’s after the Cultural Revolution when it became accessible to awakening Westerners hungry for more esoteric explorations, following in the footsteps and breath work of yoga and meditation. These days the  introduction of mindfulness into mainstream culture has fuelled even more interest as qigong is THE mindful movement and meditation practice.

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“Spiritual practices that in evolve the physical body, such as t’ai chi and qigong are also increasingly being embraced in the Western world .These practices do not credit a separation between body and spirit. They will play a role in the global awakening”.

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Body ~ Mind ~ Soul, harmonising in your ‘Now’


Qigong works by helping you to unwind stress and tension from your mind and body with a series of easy to follow repetitive movements that have several levels of attention to consider, hence getting you entrained into your now. There is an emphasis on movement and stillness, a letting go of the ‘old’ and a receiving of the ‘new’. All movements feel natural to do and are based in shamanic practices. They are accessible to all and can be adapted for a seated programme.

The weekend seminars give you a retreat into your natural world of Be-ing that revitalises your whole system providing  s p a c e  for you to rest in. The course is designed so as each one builds on and refers to the others. The programme is also used to commence the beginners Teacher Training.

Regular focussed practice, with kind clear encouragement, alongside like minded people, reaps numerous rewards.

Seminars are held monthly from September – December 2018 in the New Forest.

See below for dates.

After just four exercises I felt as if I had got up from a massage treatment!


Practicing qigong is so simple and so powerful. You cannot do it wrong. You can only do it good, better, or best.

Chunyi Lin

I have just been initiated in Reiki 1 and feel that what I’ve learned in Qigong about body energy is an essential part of understanding the process of Reiki. Indeed, its like the missing piece of the puzzle.


Sound bites….

This programme is designed for both prospective teachers and people who wish to deepen their personal experience of life.

Module 1 Basic Concepts

The fundamental principles of qigong and Taoist mediation underpins the training programme and offers you regular qigong practice, facilitating a deepening of your experience. You will be encouraged to explore your connection with chi, fostering you ability to listen, becoming more aware of the information within you. Time and  s p a c e  to learn a good range of basic forms including joint opening sequences,  qi-yoga, to create a personal practice routine that works for you.

Your body will become stronger, more lithe and flexible, reflecting a calmer state of mind.

THE AIM OF THE COURSE is to provide a progressively integrated qigong training, encompassing classical styles and philosophies with more modern mind-body-spirit energy concepts; making this THE exercise form to enable you to thrive at this evolving, and challenging time.

Each seminar provides supporting material with homestudy encouraged by all participants and required of teacher trainers. Meditation is an intrinsic aspect of all seminars.

Online mentoring is included with a one2one session included between each seminar to provide support as your practice evolves.

Seminar One

15/16 Sept

Exploring Wuji

Notice how you stand. Look at ways to unwind stress and tension in the body and how this impacts on your mind. Find your place on the ground to move from and return to.  Make tangible connections to the power of the Earth and Heavens, vital for regaining vitality. Create a sense of spaciousness to restore health.

Seminar Two

13/14 Oct

The Dantien

Connect with your foundation energy centre at the navel through breath and movement, awareness and intention. All movement grows from and returns to this place of deep resource and processing. This is a pivotal place to get to know, essential for gathering your chi into its reservoir-like quality. Your Dantien can become a steady focus for meditation.

Seminar Three

10/11 Nov

Balance & Stillness

Gives s p a c e to practice your physical balance. Using various weight transfer exercises plus specific movements to find what true balance feels like also engenders energy balance. The Dantien reservoir is your centre of physical balance. The Yin Yang symbol promotes this dance and the paradoxical nature of being. Qigong walking is introduced.

Seminar Four

8/9 Dec

Central Channels

Integrating the previous seminars we’ll investigate specific central super highways of chi. Plus clearing forms, transverse structures and increase the connection with Heaven and Earth. Standing postures really power this up. Activation of the small and great heavenly circulation (micro-cosmic orbit).

Seminar Five

2/3 March

Teaching Practice

This seminar is only available for students on the Teacher Training part of this Module and requires all written work to be up to date, plus evidence of teaching skills.  You will be expected to attend the Primordial Qigong 3 day training on February 10, 17 and 24. Then complete Module 1 by training with Master Ken Cohen in June 2019.

Forthcoming Elemental Qigong Practitioner Training Course (EQPTC)

Chi Up Your Life – weekly online qigong

Oct 1 @ 10:00 am - Oct 31 @ 11:30 pm

Central Channels

9th Feb 2019 - 10th Feb 2019

Course requirements

  • A genuine interest in learning qigong primarily for yourself, in good health and positive attitude to learning.
  • Previous experience is useful in similar disciplines like tai chi, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, pilates, shiatsu, acupuncture, reiki and other natural energy based healing modalities.
  • Students are expected to establish a regular qigong  practice and keep a journal to record experiences to present before each seminar.
  • Home study is assigned with each seminar, including reading, research and written work. It is a course requirement that this is completed on time, especially for prospective teachers  as it is designed to integrate material from the previous seminar and prepare you for the next.
  • Safe practice is included throughout. In seminar 5 specific protocols are addressed regarding safe practice during teaching.
  • To keep our training structure in alignment with the National Qigong Association of America(NQA) – as there is currently no official body in the UK – you are required to attend at least 100 hours of formal training to qualify to incorporate beginners qigong into your existing professional practice. Perfect for an existing yoga teacher or tai chi instructor.
  • You will be invited to attend the Primordial (Hunyuan) Qigong training in February 2019 as an additional part of this course. Dates Feb 24 and March 10 & 17
  • You will have the opportunity to train with Grand Master Kenneth Cohen for a 3 day non-residential seminar in the New Forest on June 11, 12, 13 2019.

To become a fully qualified beginners qigong instructor, you will need to attend Module 2 ‘Exploring the Five Elements’ which adds the requisite further 100 hours of training as the minimum stated by the NQA.

More information on Module 2 coming soon.

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for the course, please apply for enrolment using the form below, letting us know why you are interested and whether you have any previous experience with qigong or similar. We will send you an application form and set up a meeting either in person or online.

Register an interest for this training:

About Clara Apollo – Qigong Teacher

Clara originally trained as a registered nurse at the John Radcliffe in Oxford. She has the international status of NQA Level 3 Advanced Qigong Instructor following a 4 year training with the College of Elemental Chi Kung (CECK) in London. She is also qualified in EFT and Emotrance, is a Reiki Master Teacher and is Colour Mirrors practitioner.

Clara began qigong training in 1994 with Ged Sumner, co-founder of the CECK and started sharing qigong teaching in 1999 when he asked her to cover a class. Gradually building confidence with background study and personal practice, more people asked to be shown these wise ways, so following a course on teaching adults, Clara brought beginners qigong to Adult Education in the New Forest in 2000, the year Reiki training began.

By 2005 Clara was a qualified teacher from the CECK and a year later gained her Reiki Master certificate. Following a further 2 year advanced Chi Kung training she began running a foundation course for the College in the New Forest, and ran numerous classes for New Forest District Council’s Leisure Centres for many years. In 2009 she developed and delivered the basic teacher training for CECK and by 2012, practitioner and beginners teaching course programmes came to the New Forest, which continues to serve the growing conscious community.

“Creating more high quality qigong teachers is one of the best ways to reach more people with this body – mind – spirit integration practice”

In the summer of 2017 Clara engaged Grand Master Kenneth Cohen to come to the UK for Conscious Living Events. He taught over 60 people the Primordial Qigong form and has given Clara permission to share, as a student of his. Master Ken’s website 

Clara holds retreats and training in the UK and France and regularly collaborates with other Body, Mind and Spirit facilitators.

Reference Books

Your Qigong class really resonated with me and I found myself practicing some of the movements afterwards. I’ve been heavily into spiritual and intellectual self-improvement but have neglected the physical side, so it was a revelation, especially as it made me feel so good.
I never intended to teach Qigong but as a Psychologist, Energy Therapist and Healer with a busy client base and two young children to tend to, I was interested to really immerse myself in a form of exercise that would enable me to take care of my body, mind and spirit, to learn in depth about Qigong practice and fill up my reservoir of inner resource
I have been doing Qigong for a year and a half and have found that it has had a significant effect on lowering my blood pressure levels, which I am on medication for. It has also helped bring a sense of calmness to what can be a stressful time with three young children
My homeopath and acupuncturist recommended Qigong whilst I was recovering from Polymyalgia Rheumatica – I continued with my recovery – the gentle movements were so encouraging as my movements gradually improved. The class is very supportive and our teacher Clara is truly exceptional with her caring attitude and in depth support
I came to Qigong because of my back; to improve and keep mobility of my joints. I like the variety of exercises that help each part of the body. One hears the use of the English language – which means you think, aiding concentration, balance and good breathing, all improving ones energy and vitality
Sue E
Qigong gives us an awareness of what is going on in our bodies and empowers us to do something about it. It helps us to put the responsibility into our own hands

I would definitely recommend chi kung to other people because I think it brings them to a better understanding of  themselves and their place on earth. I think it brings an interesting mix of calm and vitality at the same time. Chi kung practice is so helpful and flexible – you can use it for so many situations and to relieve health symptoms which might otherwise have you reaching for medication. It can also be seen as a way of showing your gratitude for being on the planet, I often find myself praying whilst practising chi kung, especially when I am out in the forest. It definitely improves my state of mind. You can practise it anywhere you want and don’t have to carry a whole load of kit around with you either!

Caroline James - Psychotherapist

Clara is a wonderfully empowering wise and professional teacher; a fantastic facilitator helping you explore qigong in a safe, relaxed and informed environment. The movements are set up so the body mind understands and the teaching of movement forms are informed by the emergent needs of each individual. This is great mindfulness practice and a complete nourishment for the body/mind and spirit. Qigong enabled me to find my inner core for truth, I never dreamed that the experience would enrich me soddenly. If you get the opportunity to train with Clara, jump to it! I did and I am eternally grateful for the space provided, lessons learned and the love, laughter and wisdom shared. I am now teaching weekly, qigong is a gift to be shared.

Nikki Gresham-Record - Psychologist