Evidence-based Tai Chi & Qigong for Sleep and continuing Chen 48 form

July 17-22, 2020 at the University of Scranton, PA

This simple yet effective course combines exercise and functional meditation, and is designed to provide participants with tools for improving sleep and for learning and improving classic tai chi form and function.

Improved sleep quality is a necessary component of robust health. For centuries people have practiced Qigong and Tai Chi to improve energy, deepen relaxation and promote healing. For decades Western science has confirmed these results. Regular practice of Qigong and Tai Chi has been shown to reduce stress, improve sleep and restore vitality. In this program Master Yang shares Qigong and Tai Chi practices that are challenging yet gentle enough to be used throughout your life. The tai chi component is part of a continuing sequence drawn from Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang's Chen 48 Form and two-person training methods to deepen our understanding of the meaning and energy flow of form movements. Return home with a set of straightforward, powerful exercises and meditations to practice daily to cultivate robust health, tranquility and vitality. This course is suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

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The curriculum will be two-fold including practices for sleep enhancement and continuing instruction in the classic Chen 48 form with interpretation and practice of push hands application. (See the Chen 48 form information below.)

Sleep Enhancement and Continuing Chen 48 Form will consist of Dr. Yang's Functional Meditation as well as carefully selected physical exercises. Functional Meditation addresses the roots of daily challenges by placing them in the context of positive, abiding truths of human experience. In this way practitioners develop resources for converting causes of stress into opportunities for constructive personal growth. The physical exercises consist of Qigong and Tai Chi exercises—both still and moving—to promote calm, balance, relaxation, and healing energy flow. The tai chi movements are chosen from the classic Chen Tai Chi 48 form and promote flow, power, relaxation and balance.

This simple and fun, yet effective training, blends Chinese philosophy, healing and martial arts with Western science and is specifically designed for self-healing. At the end of this training participants will bring home a complete routine designed to yield significant benefits in a short period of time. A recent NIH-funded study using Dr. Yang’s Qigong and Tai Chi program demonstrated significant positive effects on sleep and anxiety. Other high quality studies have documented improvements and even the elimination of chronic pain among participants.

This year’s training will also feature two guest speakers:

▪ Dr. Roberta Lee, Whole Health Director at the Southern Arizona VA healthcare System; and
▪ Dr. Linda Northam, a board certified psychiatrist practicing at Boughton Hospital in NC.

Roberta Lee, MD is Whole Health Director at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (Tucson, Arizona). The VA has a national initiative to incorporate integrative medicine principles into medical care. Veterans are learning how to manage their health by developing skills in areas such as Tai Qi /Qi gong, mind/body medicine, yoga, and more. Dr. Lee’s book, The SuperStress Solution( Random House 2009) provides practical information on how to get chronic stress and anxiety under control. Board Certified in internal medicine and integrative medicine, she is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine

Dr. Linda Northam is a board-certified general psychiatrist. She received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts: Dance from SUNY Purchase and her medical degree from the University of Tennessee. She completed her adult psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Northam currently practices psychiatry at Broughton Hospital in North Carolina.

Each speaker will provide professional insights on sleep from the perspectives of psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation. Together they will help us integrate wisdom from the East and the West to yield the most effective and efficient approaches toward improved sleep.

Certification Track

This five-day intensive training will provide all contact hours required for Evidence-based Qigong (EBQ™) instructor certification. It also will satisfy the contact hour requirements for Evidence-based T’ai Chi (EBT™) instructor certification for individuals who are already certified as Evidence-based Qigong (EBQ™) instructors. Please note that EBQ™ certification is a prerequisite for EBT™ certification. Please see complete certification requirements

Non-Certification Track

The intention to obtain instructor certification is not a requisite for attendance - the camp is for all persons interested in learning the essential foundation of Dr. Yang's qigong and t’ai chi curriculum.

Application Process

Application to camp is a two-step process:

▪ Apply for this camp. IMPORTANT: This is an application for acceptance to the camp.
▪ Upon acceptance, you will receive an email instructing you to complete the registration and make your payment. Your spot will be secured only after payment has been made. All other deadlines apply.

Please note that full-time camp registrations are given priority. Part-time camp registrations will be put on a waiting list until May 1, 2020. At that time we will assess the available space and accept part time registrations in order of their submission.

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Training will be held at The University of Scranton campus, Scranton, PA. Training will be in Leahy Hall (Kane Forum) and on-campus housing will be provided in one of the University of Scranton dorms.

The training schedule is available HERE.


Meals will be provided in the "Fresh Food Company" Dining Hall on the third floor of the Denaples Center (building 38 on the campus map.) Vegetarian options will be available. Dinner will be provided on the first evening (Friday, July 17), and breakfast will be provided on the last day (Wednesday, July 22).


There are two options for lodging:

▪ On campus lodging: Accommodations will be provided in the University of Scranton dorms which offer suite style housing. All suites are air-conditioned and all room reservations will be single occupancy. Each suit has four (lockable) bedrooms with one extra-long twin bed: two rooms share a bathroom (one person per room, two rooms per shared bathroom). Each suite includes a shared common area with a living area and a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, microwave (pots, pans, dishes, etc. are NOT provided). Linens/pillows are provided but we recommend that you bring an (extra-long fitted college dorm / twin sized) bed sheet for added comfort.

▪ Commuting: You are welcome to arrange your own lodging at nearby hotels and commute to camp. You may indicate this housing preference on the registration form. If you elect to stay on-campus, we will make all reservations/arrangements for you and the cost of the lodging/meals will be included in your on-line camp payment. If you elect to commute from a nearby hotel, you will need to make reservations with the hotel yourself and arrange transportation to and from the campus.


Tuition: Base tuition is $1,150, payable on-line through the registration process. Tuition discounts are detailed in the pricing grid below. Lodging and meal costs are additional to tuition. Please see Tuition Discounts outlined below in the pricing grid.

Camp Attendance Room & Board Options Tuition Room & Board Total
Full Camp With Room & Board $1150 $430 $1580
Full Camp Without Room & Board $1150 $0 $1150
Full Camp Meals Only $1150 $215 $1365
Full Camp Room Only $1150 $215 $1365
Half Camp (3 days) With Room & Board $800 $280 $1080
Half Camp (3 days) Without Room & Board $800 $0 $800
Half Camp (3 days) Meals Only $800 $145 $945
Half Camp (3 days) Room Only $800 $145 $945
1-Day Without Room & Board $300 $0 $300
1-Day 3-Meals $300 $60 $360

Note: Payment in full is due on or before June 12, 2020.

Tuition Discounts: The following tuition discounts are available when registering for the full program only. Discounts do not apply to partial camp attendance.

You may apply for any or all of the following three discounts as they apply to your registration:

1) Early registration: A $50 discount will be applied toward tuition if full payment is received before May 1, 2020.
2) EBQ™ or EBT™ instructor certification: Those with current instructor certifications are eligible for an additional $100 discount.
3) Previous 5-day camp attendance (2017-2019): Anyone who has attended a full, five-day training camp with Dr. Yang from 2017-2019 is eligible for a $100 discount

Refund & Deadlines

Full payment is due on or before June 12, 2020.

If for any reason you must cancel your registration, a $75.00 application fee will be deducted from your refund. Your deposit will be refunded in accordance with the following policy:

▪ If you cancel before June 12, 2020 your deposit will be refunded the full amount paid, less the $75 application fee.
▪ If you cancel after June 12, 2020 you will be refunded 50% of your deposit.
▪ If you cancel after July 5, 2020 you will not be eligible for any refund.

The "Center for Taiji and Qigong Studies" and "Dr. Yang's Evidence-Based Traditional Taiji (EBT™) and Evidence-Based Qigong (EBQ™) Programs" are trademarks of the Center for Taiji and Qigong Studies (CTQS). All rights reserved. Dr. Yang Yang's EBT™ and EBQ™ programs and methods of instruction are the unique product of his lifelong practice with top traditional masters of China, over 30 years of experience teaching T’ai Chi & Qigong in China and America, and his research in mind/body wellness. The combined curriculum and methods of instruction constitute the valuable and proprietary intellectual property of Dr. Yang Yang and/or the CTQS. Certification is entirely at the discretion of Dr. Yang Yang and/or the CTQS and may be withheld or withdrawn at any time by Dr. Yang Yang and/or the CTQS. License/certification to teach Dr. Yang Yang's program, and to use CTQS trademarks and/or service marks in advertising/promotion, is limited to instructors with current certification. Certified instructors will be required to sign a written agreement indicating that they will appropriately attribute the EBQ and EBT programs to Dr. Yang Yang and the Center for Taiji & Qigong Studies, and that they will not modify the program to create another program offered under a different name.