Upcoming Qigong workshops in Savannah

SQC teachers have organized new Qigong workshops for the community! Clayton Crosley has invited International Long White Cloud Qigong founder John Munro to spend a week here in August teaching workshops and visiting practice groups. Tricia Richardson is organizing an October weekend wellness retreat with a Qigong focus on Ossabaw Island. For more information, visit the “Upcoming Events” page.

August scheduling changes

Summer in Savannah means heat, humidity, and perhaps even some vacation time for SQC instructors. There are also lots of visitors and parking congestion downtown. For all of those reasons, our August schedule has been revised. There are two main developments.

WEDNESDAY Bull St. Library 11:00 AM will pause until further notice. (July 31 was the last meeting for the foreseeable future.) We anticipate resuming this meeting later in September. The Sat. 10:30 AM practice at Bull St. will continue. (There is ample free parking adjacent to the library on Sat. mornings.)

FRIDAY at Southwest Chatham Library 12:00 noon.
UPDATE Aug. 16: Due to unresolved scheduling conflicts, the SW Chatham group will not meet again until Sept. 20. Please check the online calendar after Sept. 15 to verify the start of classes. In the interim, we encourage you to attend other sessions around town, such as Monday’s 10:00 AM meeting at the VA clinic–across from the library! We regret the inconvenience.

From August 22-25, John Munro will be offering workshops in Savannah. John is the founder of the international Long White Cloud School. There are a limited number of spots remaining in these workshops. Check out our Upcoming Events page for details, and/or inquire for details at savannahqigong@gmail.com. SQC or call facilitator Clayton Crosley at 912-220-0373.

SQC teachers will be attending these events, so some classes on the regular weekly schedule will not meet from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27 (or longer). Check the Google calendar for information about schedule changes.

We look forward to seeing you for group practice!

Welcome to possibility…

The teachers and practice leaders of the Savannah Qigong Collaborative welcome you to our website. We invite you to experience the physical, mental, and wellness benefits of group Qigong practice at a number of locations in the area.

WHAT IS QIGONG? The Chinese characters for Qigong (“Chee Gong”) can be translated as “Life Energy Cultivation.” (Alternate spellings include “Qi gong” and “Chi Kung.”) The term encompasses a range of practices that emphasize coordinated and mindful body alignment, movement, breathing, and meditation. (Qigong is closely related to Tai Chi, an alternate form and style of mind / body practice.)

Qigong philosophy and practices are foundational aspects of traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts training. Various styles of Qigong are practiced by young and old throughout China, and Qigong is becoming more popular worldwide for recreation, gentle exercise, and the promotion of wellness. Recent research into Qigong and Tai Chi points to a range of benefits for physical and mental health within a larger framework of integrative medicine and wellness care.

IS IT FOR ME? Forget the media images of martial arts masters in traditional clothing! No expertise or experience is required to practice Qigong in a group setting. Some participants have just started learning about Qigong, while others have been practicing solo and in groups for years. Whether you are 19 or 90, Qigong has something to offer you. Beginners are always welcome at any group session. If you are challenged by physical or mobility issues, we encourage you to ask a teacher about how Qigong practice might be adapted for your particular situation. (Before embarking on any new type of exercise or activity, consult with your doctor or health care provider. Participants are responsible for their own self-care.)

IS QIGONG A RELIGION? This question occasionally comes up, and the short answer is NO. Qigong masters, teachers, students, and practitioners around the globe include believers in many of the world’s religious traditions—as well as people who do not identify with any particular creed or faith tradition.

WHAT DOES IT COST? There is no charge for attending community practice sessions offered by teachers and practice leaders of the Savannah Qigong Collaborative. Their work is offered in the spirit of promoting wellness in the community. Donations may be requested for special classes offered by SQC teachers, or to support the venues that host practice sessions. (Individual teachers may also offer for-charge lessons outside of regularly scheduled community practice times.)

WHERE CAN I PRACTICE? Practice sessions are offered at seven different locations in the Savannah area, every day of the week. For a look at the current schedule of offerings, click on the link below.


(updated 6-12-19) 

Information about the SQC teachers (bios and contact information)

Thanks for visiting. We hope to see you at a practice session!


Summer Schedule notes (update 7-25-19)

NEWS TO SHARE ! The Live Oak Public Library system has offered the Savannah Qigong Collaborative new spaces and times for community practice. This means some immediate changes/additions to our schedule.

1) Wednesdays @ 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM–practice at the UU Church has migrated to the Bull St. Library (2002 Bull St.) 3rd floor–accessible by staircase or elevator. (The elevator is near the lobby circulation desk.)

2) Saturdays @ 10:30-11:30 AM–a new community practice at the Bull St. Library (2002 Bull St.) Auditorium–at the main entrance lobby. (NOTE: 90 min. free parking next to the library is plentiful on Sat. mornings.)

3) Fridays @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM–a new weekly community practice at the Southwest Chatham Library (14097 Abercorn St.) Adjacent to the Savannah Mall, across from the Veteran’s Administration Clinic on Shawnee St. Ample free parking.

Wednesdays at Whitefield Square, Fridays at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Isle of Hope), and Saturdays at Forsyth Park are on hiatus until September. All other meetings continue as scheduled.

Ten weekly community classes and meetings–in seven different locations–are free and open to the public. First-timers and beginners are welcome at any of these sessions! Check the current schedule overview and/or our recently added Google Calendar to learn more about all of our current offerings.

Come on out to support these new opportunities.
Invite your friends and people you know.
Share your Qigong practice with others!

(Scroll down to learn more about Qigong and SQC teachers.)