What is Qigong?  Qigong is a moving, meditative practice that can be beneficial for maintaining and optimizing health.  It involves using the breath, body, and awareness in ways that are calming and restorative.  The word “qi,” pronounced “cheee,” means energy or life force.  The word “gong,” pronounced exactly as you would expect, means “work” or “cultivation.”  So qigong is the cultivation of life force energy.  It has even been described as “moving prayer.”  Qigong has been taught in China for over 4,000 years to enhance fitness, healing, and longevity.     


What is Meditation?  Meditation, like qigong, is an act of quieting the brain through the use of breath, body, and awareness.  It involves becoming more present, more open, and more allowing.  Meditation practitioners become attuned to what is and less concerned about what was or what will be.  With an openness to “now” comes greater relaxation and satisfaction.  

for Realizing Calm


Qigong and Meditation
Tuesday mornings in October
9:30 - 10:45 am
St. David’s United Church

Spring Forest Qigong
Wednesday mornings
Online from 9:00 - 10:00 am

8 Pieces of Brocade
Thursday mornings
Online from 9:00 - 10:00 am

Join Janice Rider to explore the wonderful world of qigong. No prior experience is necessary!  Dress comfortably.

Questions? Email [email protected] 

Tranquil Tuesdays

If you want a way to relax and reset at the end of your day, join Janice Rider
online Tuesday evenings to meditate. Janice is a certified meditation instructor.

Drop-in, online classes will run from 7:00 - 7:45 pm.
October and November
The cost is $5.00/session.

For more information, contact Janice at [email protected]

“Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of
becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by
them.” - Rinpoche