Personal Development Workshops

We offer a variety of Personal Development Workshops and Seminars throughout the year.

Tai Chi

Instructor: Grandmaster Ding Mingye & Matthew Branstetter
Cost: $65 for one workshop, or $110 for both days on the same weekend
Contact Person: Shannon Brunk at

HOW TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER: Call Shannon Brunk at (859) 252-5656 ext. 30, use the online enrollment box below, or go to our Tai Chi page to sign up online.

1. Tai Chi: Integration of the Spine

This workshop will introduce the basics of spinal integration and demonstrate how the deceptively simple movements of Tai Chi form a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual balance.

2. Tai Chi: Stick

By using the Taiji Stick to secure the position of the arms, workshop participants will learn the spiraling, internal stretches which form a ‘bridge of power’ throughout the body. Establishing these internal linkages is essential for understanding Tai Chi as both a healing and martial art.

3. Tai Chi – Whole Body Movement 1: Yang Style Methods

Following the dictum “When one part moves, all parts move” this workshop will introduce some of the basic postures and transitions of the world’s most popular and one of the most accessible styles of Tai Chi.

4. Tai Chi – Whole Body Movement 2: The Reeling of Silk (Chen Style Methods)

Chen style Tai Chi is noted for its fluid circular and spiraling movements. This workshop will explore the elegant and powerful ‘silk reeling’ exercises that form the basis of Chen Tai Chi training.

5. Tai Chi – Partner Practice 1: The Dance of Tai Chi

Note: participants do not need to bring someone with, partners will be assigned and rotated.

The workshop will teach how the wordless ‘conversation’ that flows between training partners can be used to discover the ‘ground path’ and provide the subtle feedback that allows the practitioner to hone the basic skills of Tai Chi.

6. Tai Chi – Partner Practice 2: Resistance as a Teacher

Note: participants do not need to bring someone with, partners will be assigned and rotated.

According to Tai Chi there is no form of resistance training than can parallel that which involves the intelligent resistance provided by a training partner. It is in these deeper levels that we get glimpses of the mythic martial power that is associated with traditional Tai Chi.

Master Ding Mingye
Master Ding, 20th generation master of Chen style Tai Chi (taijiquan), has practiced the martial and healing arts of China for over 50 years. Beginning his training at the age of 5 Master Ding has studied with some of the most renowned teachers in China including Yu Chenghui, Men Huifeng, Hong Junsheng and Li Enjui. After winning gold medals in national competitions in Tai Chi Form and Push Hands (Tui Shou), he would go on to serve as head coach for the Shandong Province representative team producing nine national champions and winners of 50 gold, 37 silver and 30 bronze medals. In 2011 Master Ding began spending the greater part of the year in Louisville, KY and holds regular classes in Tai Chi and Qigong to students of all levels and abilities.

Assistant Instructor: Matt Branstetter
Matt Branstetter is a senior American student of Master Ding and has studied Tai Chi for over twenty years. He is a professor of Philosophy and Religion at Midway University and has taught classes in traditional Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi and Embodiment. He is a licensed massage therapist and has teaching certifications in Yoga (2008) and Qigong (2013). Matt will be providing lectures and assisting with English translations.

Couples Massage

Couples MassageInstructor: Joe Cinquina
Cost: $99

Bring more loving touch into your relationship!

This class will teach the basics of Swedish massage with the intention of massaging loved ones. You will learn the five basic Swedish massage strokes including effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration and tapotoment. We will also discuss basic body mechanics and supplies to use for your massage. At the end of the day you will be able to give your loved one a gentle and relaxing massage. Dress comfortably as the class will include hands on practice with your partner. All couples are welcome.

Reiki Classes

The practice of Reiki is available to anyone interested in learning this hands-on, healing technique. Reiki uses hand positions on and near the body to help channel life force energy that builds warmth and promotes relaxation, peace, security and wellness. Reiki can be used for self-improvement and to help treat others.

Promote Positive Energy in the Mind and Body

Reiki practitioners are attuned to a special kind of life force energy taught to them by a Reiki Master. They heal by moving negative psychic energy out of the body and channeling a positive life force energy flow through the body.

Negative thoughts and emotions contribute to negative and damaging energy resulting in stress, anxiety, depression, and even physical sickness. This negative energy disrupts the flow of our natural energy, diminishing our full potential for overall health and wellness.

A Reiki practitioner can charge your energy field with positive energy and restore the natural, positive flow of energy in the body that helps keep us happy and healthy.

Benefits of Reiki

We are so excited about offering our Reiki classes because it truly is a practice that anyone with an interest in healing can learn. There are many benefits to learning Reiki techniques including the ability to:

  • Reduce Stress
  • Promote Relaxation
  • Improve sleep
  • Channel inner peace, balance, and harmony
  • Align mental and emotional states
  • Help relieve chronic pain and anxiety disorders
  • Trigger the body’s immune system and natural healing abilities for preventative health
  • Reiki is a gentle practice that can be used to treat yourself and others of any age, ability, or background.

We encourage you to join us for Reiki classes and get introduced to one of the healing arts that will be a true difference-maker in your life, attitude, and state of well-being.

For More Information

If you would like to learn more about our personal development workshops, please contact Carol Rajchel, Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator, at (859) 252-5656 ext. 25 or

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