(A message from Gerald, your SQC Coordinator)
Back in January 2019, the first meeting of the group that would become the Savannah Qigong Collaborative (SQC) was convened by Linda Archinaco at the Vault Restaurant. (Food was an essential part of our brainstorming process!) It did not take long to agree on a simple but powerful goal–collectively promoting Qigong teachings and practices for wellness among different groups within the community. A few weeks afterward, mentoring of practice leaders had begun, our website was up, and a collaborative Qigong network was taking shape in Savannah.
2019 went by quickly–and what a year! The SQC now has six certified * teachers leading eleven weekly Qigong classes and gatherings at seven different locations. And what is more extraordinary–these classes are offered on a free or donation basis! This means that folks from any part of our community can learn Qigong for ongoing wellness care, regardless of their financial means.
* (IIQTC, Long White Cloud, Lotus Health Institute)
During 2019, SQC teachers also organized six special workshops with guest Qigong teachers. And for the second year, Savannah joined the global observation of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. Our special community practice in Forsyth Park was promoted in local media, including an interview with Linda and Tricia Richardson on WSAV’s local news program. The WTCD national organization shared video from that practice day with Tai Chi and Qigong groups around the world.
Perhaps most significantly, SQC teachers now regularly attend each other’s classes. This fosters a group conversation embracing different perspectives, and deepens our collective wisdom and experience. Many community class participants also practice in multiple venues with different teachers. This shared enthusiasm, curiosity, and mutual support are at the heart of our community building.
On this anniversary, we cannot forget to acknowledge the community partners who host us:
Wesley Oaks United Methodist Church
Unitarian Universalist Church
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Veterans Administration (Savannah and Hinesville)
Live Oak Public Library System
Isle of Hope Marina
Scroll down to view a digital photo scrapbook from some of our community classes and workshops over the past year. (You may recognize someone in the photos!) As for our 2020 classes and workshops–come join the fun! Your participation contributes to the collective energy that inspires and supports all of us.
Happy Anniversary to our teachers
(Beth, Clayton, Gerald, Linda, Noel, Tricia),
and to all our Qigong friends!
WORLD TAI CHI AND QIGONG DAY 2019–Forsyth Park, Savannah
SUNRISE QIGONG GROUP–Isle of Hope Marina (with John Munro)
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION–group class, Savannah clinic
TWELVE RIVERS HEALTH QIGONG WORKSHOP–Rincon
SUNDAY OUTDOOR PRACTICE–Wesley Oaks Methodist Church
SHARING THE QI in Whitefield Square
MOVEMENT IN STILLNESS (Zhan Zhuang) TRAINING (with John Munro)
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH WORKSHOP GROUP–Savannah
DIRECTING THE QI–Unitarian Universalist Church, Savannah
MORNING QIGONG–Ossabaw Island retreat
LUNCH BREAK POP UP–Richmond Hill
TYBEE ISLAND PRACTICE GROUP (with John Munro)
WAKING THE QI at the Savannah VA Clinic
QIGONG WALKING WORKSHOP–Talahi Island
FIVE ELEMENTS QIGONG, Elijay teachers retreat with John Munro
END OF YEAR PRACTICE–Wesleys Oaks Methodist Church