Personal Development Workshops

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

Tai Chi

Instructor: Grandmaster Ding Mingye
Cost: $1500**
Contact Person: Matt Branstetter at
Schedule: 5 Weekend Sessions – July 20-21, August 17-18, September 21-22, October 19-20, and November 2-3
Saturdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

HOW TO REGISTER: Please call Shannon Brunk at (859) 252-5656 ext. 30.

**A $300 deposit is required to reserve your place in the class. You will then have the option of paying the remaining balance, or setting up a 3 or 6 month payment plan. Please contact Shannon with payment questions: (859) 252-5656 ext. 30 or**

This 75 hour comprehensive training will introduce students to the breadth and depth of authentic Tai Chi. Tai Chi involves the cultivation of the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Far from simply learning a routine and repeating it mechanically, genuine Tai Chi training is multi disciplinary ranging from the philosophical, to the meditative and from the medical to the martial. The fundamental skills of Tai Chi: rooting, balance, flow etc., have a wide range of applications. They can be used to enhance athletic performance, recover and maintain health or to develop a calm, focused, and open psychological disposition. The key is in the great detail Tai Chi gives to the principles of body mechanics and core alignment.

Mastering these inner principles of alignment not only leads to a greater efficiency of movement but draws the attention inward and helps to release patterns of tension held deep within the body. Though the focus of the training will be on Tai Chi’s physical and psychological health benefits, students will also learn the basic martial applications of the various moves and work together with fellow students in a fun and supportive environment to refine the techniques.

In this training we will use the most popular and one of the more accessible forms of Tai Chi – the Simplified Yang 24 Form. This form was designed to teach the basic principles of Tai Chi to a wide audience and can be easily accommodated to people of varying levels of fitness.

Training Includes:
Traditional Chinese Philosophy
Traditional Chinese Anatomy and Medical Theory
Standing and sitting meditation
Qigong basics
Auxiliary exercises to develop fundamental skills
Forms Practice: Simplified Yang 24 Form
Partner Practice: Tui Shuo, Basic Applications

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 Amy Ball, Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator, at (859) 252-5656 ext. 29 or

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