The Radiant Heart of Summer with Qigong and Poetry


With Tracey Burde, MA, MAc, LAc, Dipl, Qigong Instructor and Wendi R. Kaplan, LCSW, CPT

- Saturday, May 18, 10am-1pm

This program has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. The next Qigong series will begin on Monday, June 3. Please contact with any questions.

Qigong, poetry, and journaling to celebrate the Radiant Heart of SummerSummer is the season to blossom - to reach upward and outward with a gentle, open heart...

Join us for this workshop where we will utilize the gentle, yet powerful movements of Qigong, meditation, breath-work and poetry to clear stagnation and congestion in order to strengthen the body, relax the mind, and nourish the spirit. 

Participants will be introduced to the Five Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); specifically, the Fire Element that is illuminated during the summer season. Ancient texts relate the energy of the Fire Element with the Heart Meridian and say, "If the Emperor/Emperess is happy, there is peace and harmony in the kingdom."

We will also utilize the heart opening biblio/poetry process to bring understanding and depth to the self, to our connection with nature and with our creativity through reading and discussing a piece of poetry as well as creating written works of our own.

Through the combination of meditation, movement and the reflective use of poetry and journaling to awaken creative energy, this workshop is designed to release the body's pattern of sadness and increase the experience of contentment, peace and harmony within.

“This program was a wonderful, healing experience for me. Both Wendi and Tracey are very experienced, compassionate and sensitive, with wonderful senses of humor. The gentle qigong movements stimulated my energy and inner imagery and led me to gentle releasing of some grief as well as opening to joy which I expressed and shared in a poem. You don't need to be a poet & you don't need to share, but we all wanted to. The leaders provided a very safe atmosphere. The only suggestion the group had for improvement when asked, was to make the experience longer next time and keep doing more of these workshops!”
– T.C., Smith Center program attendee

About the instructors: Tracey Burde holds a master's degree in acupuncture, certification in Chinese herbs and has trained in Medical Qigong. From 1993 to 2005, she served on the faculty of Tai Sophia Institute as an acupuncture instructor and clinical supervisor. A wife, mother, friend, and spiritual seeker, her core belief is that together we can restore balance and health while reaching our highest potential.

Wendi R. Kaplan, MSW, CPT-M/S, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over twenty-five years experience who specializes in relational and biblio/poetry therapies with a holistic perspective. She has a private practice in Alexandria, Virginia and provides consultation to mental health providers, physicians and other healing professionals. Ms. Kaplan is a mentor/supervisor for, and the director of, the Institute of Poetry Therapy where she teaches the theory and process of biblio/poetry therapy, journaling and other word arts. Wendi is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. As a meditator since 1974 Wendi incorporates meditative and mindful practices into her life and work.

This program is open to everyone. Registration is required.  


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