Our story begins early one morning, many years ago when I was in Beijing China studying with Master Sun Kui Yuan. I went out to practice my qigong in Purple Bamboo Park. As I walked down the dirt path through the bamboo to the lake, I could hear melodious Chinese music in the distance. Looking out across the water I saw an pavilion filled with Chinese couples doing ballroom dancing! Everyone moved harmoniously as if they were “floating” across the lake in a dream. My first thought was, Dancing Dreamers. As l learned both tai chi and qigong, I came to understand that beautiful movement I saw that morning in the park.
Throughout the years in my travels to China, I still visit Purple Bamboo Park early in the morning. Each time I find something new. Although the park has changed with the modernization of Beijing, the people are still dancing, practicing tai chi, qigong, sipping tea, and sharing with one another. They always begin their day with a “healthy practice”. It is like watching Dancing Dreamers perform each time.
In China, it is believed that one should take full responsibility for one’s health. As one ages, it is important to keep active and happy. A “healthy body, happy mind” is the key to longevity. When people retire, they keep active and happy. The focus is on the moment and not on the future, keeping present, sharing good thoughts, and laughing together. They meet early each morning in the parks. Some practice tai chi and qigong, some dance, some swim, but whatever they are doing they are moving and happy. People meet every day throughout the seasons. In the winter months it can be bitter cold, so everyone dresses warmly and brings hot tea! Practice and movement, movement and breath, in whatever form, is the goal.
The Vision and Mission
The International Qigong Foundation for Social Oncology, Inc. was created and incorporated in 2001 by David and Karen Nesbitt. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit private foundation in the state of Montana. The mission of The International Qigong Foundation, Inc is to provide quality educational programs to learn a “healthy practice” in qigong and tai chi. A Dancing Dreamer has a “healthy body” and a “happy mind”. We offer programs for all ages and abilities. We also offer specific programs for healthcare practitioners to share with their patients.