Primal Movement, Meditation, and Connection
Finding its origins in holistic Eastern practices of wellness, the Yuan Gong Institute promotes an alternative to Western-style counseling for sensitives and empaths, especially those who are currently working as activists in the areas of intersectional justice. We currently serve those who have heard the primal call to heal the planet and all its human and animal Nations.
While our unfolding offerings continue to be inspired by the art of the "Ape Power Journey" (猿力之旅 ), an ancient traditional Taoist gong fu style, that seeks to reunite practitioners with their ancient primate ancestry as a means of balance and health, individual programs needn't be a formal practice of a specific art. Walking through the woods, looking for food, making a pot with your hands, whittling a stick, or stretching, jumping, reaching, rolling... all these things are sets of movements our ancestors made for millions of years, but people have become disconnected from those recursive enactments in modern life, which makes for ill balance.
While we use basic primate awareness as a starting point for health, individual programs use these techniques as a springboard for other healing modalities -- opportunities to activate the primal blueprint for wholeness that connects us to all living things.
HOW IT WORKS...
The Yuan Gong Institute, an international endeavor, uses the integrated approaches of Eastern movement arts schools of an earlier age, and brings an equal focus to the nexus of healing, scholarship, community service, and spiritual development in the belief that this combination has a unique and singular power. After an initial alignment that includes a guided visualization in the tradition of Yuan Gong, participants build their own program from a list of offerings which currently include:
Meditation (Individual or Group)
Liminal Questing/Movement in Nature
Animal Connection and Symbolism
Interactive Discussion and Life Coaching (Individual or Group)
Our interdisciplinary approach to the cultivation of these connections not only instills health in the individual, but in the living systems surrounding them as well. While the world's challenges are much greater than in those former days, nothing has changed about the dynamism of coming together to become more than the sum of the parts in order to bring new insights, progress, and harmony.
All of us working through the Yuan Gong Institute have been in the vanguard of our various disciplines with a common aim: to bring better human understanding through connection. Some of us have studied the connections between higher primates and humans, some have studied the connections between culture, daily life, family, and various modalities of therapy and service, others have studied the long line of hominid evolution. Still others of us have studied the connective nature of the movement arts. All of us, in one form or another, have explored the relationships between humans and their environment, and the importance of rich and holistic contexts for the development of all living things.
Our belief is that by working together we can help to heal the universal wounds caused by disconnection: violence, pathology, environmental decline, the endangerment and abuse of our natural animal teachers, and widespread physical and mental distress.
In our efforts to understand and find the best passage to the future, we come full circle; through the path of our evolution, in harmony with our ancient anthropoid ancestors and living anthropoid cousins, through wisdom of ancient Eastern understandings of the Way, through the best of current academic, artistic, and social insight, and back once more into the revitalized primal within.