A Sabbatical in 2017 and for a while

Happy New Year

Reflecting on the upcoming year always gives us a chance to align with our vision and priorities. As I make progress in my long-time desire to become a teacher in the Lymph Drainage Therapy system of healing it has become clear to me that I need to take a break from regular Qigong teaching. After much contemplation and discussion with, I have made the difficult decision to put Qigong teaching aside for a while.

I am planning a sabbatical from teaching Qigong and Tai Chi classes. This time off will begin at the end of the current series of weekly classes, the last one being February 23, 2017. Thus, beginning in late February, and extending for the entire year of 2017, I won’t be teaching any Qigong or Tai Chi classes at Axton Gardens (my studio) or at the Body in Balance Studio in Lynden.

Update: Actually I am extending my Qigong Teaching Sabbatical for an unknown period into the future. Iwill be focusing on some personal Qigong training for a while, mainly in Wild Goose Qigong.

I had considered teaching a few workshops over the year, but, even though that is a good idea, it isn’t the right idea for me now. I believe it will be sometime in the future. But a teaching sabbatical is a teaching sabbatical. It is time to refresh the pond waters, and train lymph and travel a little.

As much as I love teaching Qigong, and as much as I even more value my teaching times, it is time to step back on teaching my beloved Qigong. With the schedule I have committed to for training, travel and workshops in the coming year, I couldn’t see a way to maintain a regular schedule of classes.

I have been teaching Qigong continuously for 20 years, from one to five times a week, except for short breaks in between courses. Now is the time for me to step back from regular teaching. A change can be good for recharging and reconfiguring.

I will continue to offer treatment sessions and private lessons for Qigong and Taiji. This will work around my travel schedule, but will largely be much as I have been offering it, Mondays through Thursdays.

I love teaching Qigong; I envision teaching it for the rest of my life, in one form or another, just not for the rest of 2017.

I want to remind everyone that Qigong is a wonder. Whether there is a class or not, practicing Qigong confers a multitude of benefits. The time spent practicing is always worth it. You may want to join with others in Qigong practice groups to keep the momentum flowing.


With a grateful heart,

Robert Bates

January 9, 2017



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