World Tai Chi QIgong Day celebration at Lake Temescal in Oakland. Saturday, April 28, 2012
SPECIAL THEATER EVENT : Time of Reckoning Video Fundraiser
Date to be announced
Glitter and Razz
5951 College Ave. Oakland
A moving story of transformation and reconciliation, Time of Reckoning is a solo performance piece that chronicles one woman's journey to heal a 20-year rift with her father. Using theatrical character portrayal, narrative story-telling, movement and improvisation, Vicki Dello Joio describes how she made a transition out of an entrenched power struggle into a new paradigm of empowered and authentic communication. With humor and heart, this redemptive story is a powerful demonstration of how, as we work over time, we can achieve personal empowerment even within the context of difficult, long-term relationships.
Because so many people have asked to buy a DVD version of this piece, Vicki will be videotaping this performance. Come join us and be a part of the taping! If you missed VIcki's improvisational story-telling at her book launch or you'd like to see the new development of this piece since then, be sure not to miss it. Give a donation and receive the first release off the presses!
Suggested Donation: $20 (receive a coupon for a free DVD)
An Evening of Role Plays Demonstrating Powerful Non-Defensive Communication
With Sharon Strand Ellison, author of Taking the War Out of Our Words Time-date to be announced
Way of Joy Center
Stuck in a defensive rut in a relationship with a family member, friend, colleague or co-worker? Bring your examples (or just watch) several role-plays to discover how to shift out of a no-win mind set to one that can free you from power struggle. Sharon will use spontaneous examples from the audience to demonstrate Powerful Non-Defensive Communication, a life-changing paradigm that Vicki has called the “language for wei qi (the energy of authentic open-hearted and empowered self-expression).
“More than a technique, a new way of being.”
Powerful Non-Defensive Communication is a system developed by Sharon Ellison, that provides tools we need in order to:
Protect ourselves without being defensive and achieve our goals without engaging in power struggle.
Be open, honest, and authentic in a way that is freeing, disarming and contagious
Resolve conflict and build respectful, reciprocal relationships so we can create health in our families, excellence in our work, and strong communities.
Suggested Donation: $25 donation. Bring a friend for free—no one turned away for financial reasons.
August 19-21: National Qigong Association conference in Philadelphia — Joy in the Field of Qi:
A Workshop in Creative Play and Qigong.
Vicki practicing chi kung at Mar de Jade
Feb. 20, 2011 - Photo by Sharon Ellison
June 26-July 1:Powerful Non-Defensive Communication Deepening Retreat in Sonoma Qigong for Empowered and Open Communication
July 10: BEMER presentation at the Four Seasons in downtown Austin
June 12 -
White Wolf Gym in Trinity County Way of Joy Introductory Workshop
Participant comment: “I’ve been thinking about what I learned from your workshop all week. It was so important.”
June 9 & 10 -
Qigong performance in Outlook Theater’sthe God Project in San Francisco
April 12 - June 1 - John F Kennedy’s Graduate Program: Holistic Studies, Spring quarter. Embodying Spirit
Participant comment: “I have been exceeding my long standing biking time bests and I know our work in class has most to do with it… I broke a 10 mile record after class on Wednesday, my chi 'controlled' the ride - it was awesome.Thank you!”
April 29 - May 1:
Collaborative Practice California annual conference in San Diego:
Daily Applied Qigong for Collaborative Practice. PLUS Plenary Presentation: “A Time of Reckoning”
Comments: She was Outstanding…An incredibly accomplished performer…Great information, well thought out process for timely topic
Feb 7 - April 5, Way of Joy intensive series Level 1 Awakening Joy and Level 2.5 Embracing Joy
Powerful Non-Defensive Communication Teacher Training at Mar de Jadein Chacala, Mexico – Applied Qigong for Teaching PNDC
Photo by Sherry Mouser
Jan. 30 2011
Kelly O’Brian hosted Vicki at her fabulous new studio, Kelly’s Fitness Plus in Weaverville in Trinity County.
The Way of Joy introductory workshop drew a great group of people, both new and experienced, whose ability to understand and integrate qi practices quickly was awe-inspiring! Maybe something about living in these beautiful mountains?
Photos by Lynn Johnson
2011 began for The Way of Joy with our annual winter invocation workshop, Nourish the Flame. What a stupendous way to enter the New Year, as we worked to warm our kidneys, nurture our adrenals, fine-tune our intentions, and replenish our spirits. Two empowerment forms, lots of deep inner listening, and bouts of laughter made this afternoon an energizing launch into the new year!
As the tempo stepped up for the holidays, a group of experienced and new practitioners gathered together at Glitter and Razz for a short 3 week series, Thriving through the Holidays. We worked with simple, qi-based practices to enhance vitality, ground energy and replenish wei qi (energetic boundaries). In other words, to de-stress and find calm at the eye of the “partying” storm. What a sweet way to end 2010 for the Way of Joy.
The Way of Joy Level 2 series ended on Dec 13 with a potluck gathering where this extraordinarily talented group of women took time to share the inspiration and challenges they find in the amazing work each of them does in the world. I am so moved by each one of these wise souls. Though the word may be overused, I have truly experienced our sessions as a privilege. We will be resuming this heart-centered series in 2011 with Level “2.5” to deepen awareness of the themes we’ve been working with as well as increase proficiency in the 2nd flowing form.
Vicki taught a weekend, graduate level, practicum at JFKU on Dec 3, 4 on Powerful Non-Defensive Communication. Working with interactive dialogue, qigong, role plays, and drama therapy skills as well as tools of Sharon Ellison’s ground-breaking, revolutionary work, (www.pndc.com) this highly focused group of 25 graduate students came together to learn and practice how to shift from a habitual “war model” of communication to a whole new paradigm. Laughter, tears of recognition and increased resolve to change old dysfunctional ways or relating…
Every year, the Trinity Alliance for the Healing Arts (TAHA) puts on a Healing Arts Fair in Weaverville, a beautiful mountain town in northern California. Weaverville is an especially creative place for me and is where I went on my sabbatical to write my book. Several years ago, I was struck by an inspiration of something I might offer at this annual fair.
So this year, on Oct 30, I hosted a booth where I offered ½ hour consultations to assess the qi flow of each person and then custom-make a 5-minute introductory practice for them to take home. I was struck by how many people were interested to try out what I have begun to call “A Spiritual Fitness Program”. I was especially moved by the courage and high level of commitment they had to enhance their vitality and sense of well-being. I was also delighted to represent the National Qigong Association and distribute brochures about the benefits of belonging to this wide-spread community of Qi practice enthusiasts.
It was truly a pleasure to be in such a dynamic, vibrant gathering of people interested in exploring the complementary healing arts.
Vicki’s popular yearly course on Embodying Spirit in the Graduate School of Holistic Studies program at John F. Kennedy University ended on June 16 with inspirational final presentations by all 24 students. From artistic expression to moving memoir, from qigong demonstrations and a belly dance to an exploration of the personal meanings of I Ching, I was stirred by the talent, creativity and joy expressed by this superb group of students/practitioners of the healing arts.
The annual NQA conference in Chaska, Minn. was stupendous. Lots of laughter and heart connections as well as a wide range of deepening qi practices for all levels of experience. The people drawn to this work are very special indeed and I feel grateful and inspired as I launch the autumn season.
Icing on the Cake: We on the NQA Board and Conference committee have been receiving lots of post-conference feedback that this was the Best Conference Ever! Mark your calendar and join us for the 2011 conference in Valley Forge, PA August 19-21, 2011.
The student evals from Vicki's presentation at the 2010 NQA conference have arrived. Almost all of the 21 students rated her class a 5 out of 5 (only one came in at 4 for "very good."). Comments included:
Great presentation ... Great interaction with students ... Absolutely delightful, educational, and professional ... makes Qigong more than just health exercises ... I came to the class because of the qi/energy of the instructor and her reputation as an excellent teacher. Vicki is an amazingly giving and joyful person. Her knowledge is deep on all levels of existence ... Helpful, energetic, empowering ... inspiring, practical, expansive, beautiful, simple ... perfect ... helps clients/students empower themselves ... reminder of the potential within us all!
The Flowing Forms master series ended on Sunday, August 15 in Vicki’s garden in Oakland, CA.
A particularly intuitive squirrel was our fascinated audience as we moved to the sounds of the brook fountain, hummingbird wings beating and the rhythm of the reggae group playing down the street at the local Farmer’s Market.
Vicki's Garden, Photo by Anthoula Kalaitzidou
Photos by Lisa Schneider
PNDC, Powerful Non-Defensive Communication: A Deepening Retreat with Sharon EIlison in Sonoma, CA, July 2010
One of my year’s highlights over the last 13 years has been the opportunity to participate in this life-changing, week-long workshop.
Every morning and throughout the week, I offer Way of Joy tools to embody the spirit of non-defensiveness—techniques to enhance our ability to ask curious questions, give direct feedback while expressing our own position, and set limits—all in spontaneous and empowering ways. To learn more about this life-enhancing communication practice visit PNDC.com› —Vicki Dello Joio
The Trinity County heat fueled the fire of the heart-filed Living Lotus workshop in Hayfork, California on July 17. Many thanks to Khira Mali for her gracious sponsorship.
Vicki’s Way of Joy Spring season came to a close on June 21 with beautiful heart connections, lots of laughter, and many moving reports of profound transformations. This season included 2 Way of Joy Level I class series, two Blossom in the Spring workshops, Vicki’s first classes in Daisy Lee’s Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong, and her always popular spring quarter course, Embodying Spirit, at John F. Kennedy University’s graduate degree program in Holistic Health Education, Pleasant Hill, California.
Photos by Chris Bouguyon
Vicki celebrated World Tai Chi Qigong Daywith gracious hosts Sifu Chris and Fayne Bouguyonin Dallas, Texas. Shown above are images from a series of Vicki's workshops given throughout the weekend of April 23-25 where "breakthrough" experiences were reported by many. Vicki says it was a profound honor to present with these two teachers who are so beloved by their students and community. See more about their work at simplyaware.com.
Trinity Alliance for Healing Arts (TAHA) featured Vicki as their guest presenter at their annual membership meeting on April 13 in Weaverville, Ca. Responses included "riviting... one of the best presentations we've ever had... you were speaking directly to what I needed to hear... inspiring and practical information... I loved the combination of stories and concepts — it was so alive!"
Photos by Sherry Mouser
Vicki launched her series of spring workshops with Blossom in the Spring in Trinity County on Sunday, April 11. A group of intrepid students faced the rain to come out to the Khira Yoga Studio in Hayfork, CA for an afternoon of deeply integrative work with this beautiful seasional form. Vicki continued the series with Blossom in the Spring in Oakland, CA on April 18.
On April 3 Vicki traveled to Los Angeles for the premiere of Mamo Kim's new play CrazyMaking. She worked with Professor/Director Joyce Lu in several capacities for this play, including training cast members in a theatrical use of qigong and tai chi.. The show was a huge success with sold-out audiences and glowing responses.
On January 31, after attending a weekend board retreat in Austin, TX with the National Qigong Association, Vicki presented Riding the Chi of Change a workshop on transition. She concluded with a short, improvised theater piece about her relationship with her father, showing the power of transition in the Way of Joy process when we work over time to achieve personal empowerment within the context of difficult, long-term relationships. This workshop was also presented at the NQA conference in Chaska, Minn. during August, 2010.
The combination of four photos above (2001) shows Vicki demonstrating "Summoning the Spherical Fuel," one of a series of eight flowing forms she teaches in addition to other sitting, standing, walking and internal forms.
Stay informed about upcoming classes, workshops, special events
Vicki offers half-day, day-long, weekend, and week-long workshops for the seasons: "Days of Deepening", "Nourishing the Flame" (Winter), "Blossom in the Spring" (Spring), and "Living the Lotus" (Summer) as well as on topics such as "Life Transitions," "Boundaries Dissolve Barriers," "Embodying Spirit" and "The Way of Joy, Living a Life of Inspiration, Intention and Manifestation."
Vicki also co-teaches with colleagues such workshops as "A Heart Full of Joy," with Monza Naff, and "Two Paths to Empowerment, Embodying Powerful Non-Defensive Communication," with Sharon Ellison.
Vicki is available for workshop presentations to groups all across the country. If you would like more information about the class schedule at the Way of Joy Center, or about organizing a workshop in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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