Rhinebeck, NY

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A Life Energy Genius Weekend


Rhinebeck, NY

Program Tuition





Cultivate more energy, mental acuity, and ease of movement with Michael Gelb’s BodyLearning! method, which combines ancient wisdom with neuroscience.

Michael Gelb sets the stage for three qigong practices that can help you summon courage in the face of challenges.

Are you looking for a safe, easy, fun, and effective approach to cultivate 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 BodyLearning! with Michael J. Gelb. 

After coping with chronic hip pain that necessitated a joint replacement, and knee pain that demanded a total knee replacement, Michael vowed to recover from these traumas by cultivating more energy, flexibility, and psycho-physical freedom than ever. He developed BodyLearning! by drawing on his more than 40 years of study in the Alexander Technique, aikido, qigong, tai chi, and meditation.

In this weekend workshop, Michael brings together the best of East and West so you can experience more energy, joy, and happiness in your daily life.  

Guided by Michael, you: 

  • Start to move in a more relaxed and comfortable way

  • Change habitual movement and postural patterns 

  • Use slow, mindful breaths and movements to have a positive effect on the nervous system

  • Balance and harmonize your energy pathways and stimulate internal organs

  • Begin to feel more comfortable in your body

Come away with stronger, clearer energy, and a much deeper understanding of how to balance your own qi or energy, so you can be more present and vibrant in your life and relationships.

BodyLearning! is open to students of any age and fitness level. No prior experience in Alexander Technique, aikido, qigong, tai chi, or meditation is required. Advanced practitioners and teachers of these modalities will discover new insight to enliven their practice and teaching.


August 20, 2021

8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

  • Take an experiential journey through the evolution of the upright posture based on the work of Raymond Dart, and receive an introduction to Alexander’s positions of mechanical advantage.


August 21, 2021

9:00 a.m.–Noon

  • Learn the seven operational ideas of the Alexander Technique and how they are reflected in qigong, tai chi, aikido, and meditation

  • Try the stand ease approach to standing meditation and then experience BodyLearning! walking meditation

  • Use Tai Chi Commencement to cultivate internal power


2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

  • Learn the six moves of the Super Qi Ageless Power Form in order to balance and harmonize your main energy pathways (the equivalent of a good acupuncture treatment)  

  • Experience the alignment of your personal energy with the energy of the universe

  • Experience a guided healing meditation 


August 22, 2021

9:00 a.m.– noon 

  • Review three practices you can do on a daily basis to have more energy, ease of movement, and joy in life

  • Integration and application of BodyLearning! practices in daily life


The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.


Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:

  • Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Michael J. Gelb

  • How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb

  • Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age by Michael J. Gelb

  • Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius by Michael J. Gelb

  • The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands: A Gateway to Advanced T’ai Chi Practice by Robert Tangora

Program Tuition





Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight

Stay With Us

Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, paddling on the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services.

A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute).


2 nights commuter fee

The commuter fee includes lunch and use of amenities and facilities. A list of local hotels and inns is available.

See our Cancellation Policy.

Certificate of Attendance : $25

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