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Certificate Program Overview

Medical Qigong Therapy, a hands-on-healing and qi emission therapeutic practice, has been used for centuries to balance and restore healthy energy flow in the body, mind, and spirit. Based on ancient Daoist and Chinese medical theory, medical qigong is a powerful and effective healing system that has powerful and effective application in any clinical practice. This six-weekend series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of medical qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques.

This 6-module series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and Qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of Medical Qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques. Training is based on the Yijing Medical Qigong, as brought forth by Suzanne B. Friedman, L.Ac., DMQ (China) in her book, Yijing Medical Qigong System: A Doaist Medical I-Ching Approach to Healing

Three main program goals are:

  • Self-Cultivation: Students will learn and practice several Qigong forms, Qi sensing boundary-setting exercises, and Daoist meditations to cultivate their own Qi and mind-body-spirit health.
  • Chinese Medicine Theory and Medicinal Daoism: Students will take an in-depth look at key psycho-emotional and cosmological dimensions of medical Qigong practice and theory.
  • Medical Qigong Training: Students will build Qi sensitivity and Qi emission practices with use of Qi balls, sound, color, hand postures and movements, channel reading, and medical Qigong balancing protocols. They will learn to diagnose, treat, and maintain ongoing support to patients in varied clinical settings.

Complete Certificate Hours: 6 weekends of total of 78 hours of class time with 12 hours of personal practice/independent study and an additional 60 hours of required clinical practice hours to earn a 150-hour certificate in Medical Qigong Therapy. Each weekend will include group Qigong practice, meditation instruction, lectures, individual and partner work, written assignments and discussions.

This program offers a California Acupuncture Board Approved CEU Certificate.

The series begins annually in the Fall.


Each Module is a weekend course, with class from 9am – 4pm each day
Module 1 (Online): October 3-4, 2020. Register now
Module 2 (Online): November 14-15, 2020 Register now
Module 3 (Online): January 9-10, 2021 Register now
Module 4 (w/Hybrid Option): March 13-14, 2021 Register now
Module 5 (w/Hybrid Option): May 15-16, 2021 Register now
Module 6 (w/Hybrid Option): July 10-11, 2021 Registration not open yet

A note about Online learning and the Hybrid option: The first three modules of this series will be offered exclusively online on the Zoom platform. The course includes qigong practice, medical qigong lecture as well as experiential medical qigong practices, discussion and reflection exercises. Come March 2021 and Module 4, we anticipate being able to offer a hybrid option where students can either attend class live online or in-person at the AIMC campus in Berkeley, CA, assuming this is a safe and viable option at that time. Both options will provide students the skills and experience they need to become proficient and effective medical qigong practitioners.

About the Instructor:

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Suzannah Stason, LAc/CMQ/CQT is a licensed acupuncturist, medical qigong therapist and teacher, and meditation practitioner. Suzannah has a degree in mind-body health from Stanford University and trained with qigong master and Zen priest Suzanne Friedman, L.Ac/DMQ (China) for over 6 years. Suzannah has extensive teaching experience at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Atria Senior Living, Breath of the Dao Chinese Medicine Clinic, the San Francisco Buddhist Center and at several private and public events and conferences. She is currently adjunct faculty and director of the Medical Qigong Program at the Acupuncture and Integrated Medical College in Berkeley, California. Suzannah also runs an acupuncture and medical qigong practice in San Francisco where she also teaches regular public qigong drop-in classes, series, and discussion groups. More information on Suzannah and class offerings available at


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