Genetic Alchemy


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Activate 2023 with Super Qi
Saturday and Sunday, January 7 - 8, 2023


In Person with Michael J. Gelb
at the Beautiful Avila Beach Resort in Avila Beach CA

Michael J. Gelb
Originator of BodyLearning! Life Energy Fitness and
Author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

  • Are you looking for a safe, easy, fun and effective approach to cultivate, mobilize  and strengthen your vital power?
  • Would you like to have more energy, mental and sensory acuity and ease of movement as the years go by?
Then you’ll love this Super Qi Weekend!
Combining ancient wisdom with contemporary neuroscience this workshop brings together the best of East and West so you can experience more energy, joy and happiness in your daily life.  Drawing on more than 40 years study of qigong, tai chi, Alexander Technique, aikido, and meditation, Michael teaches what he practices and practices what he teaches.
Saturday, January 7
  • 10:00 – 12:30: The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands and introduction to the fundamentals of the Super Qi Form
  • 2:00 – 4:30: The 6 basic Moves of the Super Qi Form and Juggling as a Metaphor for Learning and Life

Sunday, January 8

  • 10:00 – 12:30: 6 basic and 3 supplemental moves of the Super Qi Form. Force to Power Qigong. 
If you've ever wondered, 'what does someone with over 40 years of qigong experience do on a daily basis?' this is for you. Michael will teach you exactly what he does everyday to keep his qi super. Open to students of any age and fitness level who want a safe, easy, fun and effective approach to cultivate, mobilize and strengthen vital power. Complete beginners are welcome. No prior experience in Alexander Technique, qigong or tai chi is required; and advanced practitioners and teachers of these modalities will discover new dimensions of simplicity and insight to enliven their practice and teaching.


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“Michael Gelb provides expert guidance on how to exercise your creative energies so that you can better live your dreams.   - Ken Cohen author of The Way of Qigong
"I really love the way Michael Gelb teaches Qigong. He makes it clear, simple, and very meaningful, with remarkable precision and understanding. His classes are wonderful.” - Robert Peng, author of The Master Key
“I love Michael Gelb’s unique perspective on Qi. It’s genius! Michael’s charisma and creativity make traditional movements feel like exciting discoveries. His classes are engaging, inspiring, and fun." - Lori Dechar  author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing
About Michael & the Evolution of BodyLearning: Life Energy Fitness
About Michael & the Evolution of BodyLearning: Life Energy Fitness

Michael began practicing meditation at age 19 while studying at Clark University.  After graduating with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy (1973) he spent ten months on a residential course with J. G. Bennett exploring the practical application of the world’s great contemplative, spiritual traditions.  Then, while completing three years of full-time training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Michael studied aikido with Minoru Kanetsuka, and also became the first Master Teacher of Tony Buzan’s system of Mental Literacy. Michael also trained as a coach of Tim Gallwey’s Inner Game of Tennis with Sir John Whitmore and helped to fund his continuing education by working as a professional juggler, including performances with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

Michael completed his Master of Arts in Psychophysical Re-education through Goddard College and his thesis became his first book, BodyLearning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique published in 1981. Later that decade, Michael studied qigong with Dr. Dean Y. Deng and then with Shuren Ma. He also renewed his study of aikido with Harvey Koningsberg and Clyde Takeguchi ultimately attaining the rank of godan (fifth degree black belt).  In 2005 Michael began intensive study of Qigong and Wu style tai chi with Robert Tangora.  Michael helped to edit Tangora’s classic book The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands and wrote the Foreword.
2009 was a turning point in Michael’s creation of Life Energy Fitness, beginning with chronic hip pain that ultimately necessitated a total joint replacement,  followed by crippling knee pain that demanded a total knee replacement.  Michael responded with a vow to recover from these traumas by cultivating more energy, flexibility and psycho-physical freedom than ever before.  This resulted in the publication in 2012 of BrainPower: Improve Your Mind as You Age, an expression of the research-validated practices for preventing dementia and actually getting sharper as the years roll by.  At the same time, Michael focused on deepening his practice of Qigong, the Alexander Technique and related disciplines, exploring how to integrate and optimize these approaches for his own healing and to help others.  Over the next few years, Michael traveled the world taking intensive seminars and private lessons with many renowned masters.  This resulted in the creation of the acclaimed Super Qi Summits at the Omega Institute and a friendship and collaboration with many extraordinary masters, most notably Robert Peng and Ken Cohen.
Recommended Reading:
  • How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci (MJG)
  • BodyLearning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique (40th anniversary edition available on Kindle MJG)
  • Creativity on Demand (MJG)
  • The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success (ebook on Kindle MJG)
  • The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands (Robert Tangora, Foreword by MJG)