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Deep Root launches new program: MOVE: Spirit & Rhythm


Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies is proud to offer an exciting new program: MOVE: Spirit & Rhythm that perpetuates cultural dance traditions and celebrates the spirit that connects humanity.

MOVE is a unique and meaningful cultural dance experience, as a part of Deep Root, that offers classes onsite, online, and recorded.

Dance, Kung Fu, Qigong and Tai Chi are all interrelated. They tell stories, express feelings, calms the mind and body, heals the soul and renew the spirit. For us at Deep Root, we affirm Dance as a wellness practice.

“Dance is an important unifying expression of the spirit across cultures and we are excited to offer this amazing program” Sheldon Callahan - Executive Director @ Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies

Who is the program for? MOVE is for anyone seeking connection through movement and want to experience a healthy cultural practice of dance whether new or experienced.

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Pan African Classes OUTSIDE

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2020

After holding classes online for the last few months, Deep Root is excited to announce that IT’S TIME TO GO OUTSIDE!

Pan African Dance classes will be held outside beginning next Saturday, August 8 through Saturday, August 29th, 4 pm at Temescal Park, Oakland

Please bring:

  • Water

  • sunscreen (if needed)

  • a towel

  • a mat (for the cool down)

We will keep everyone at 6 ft and please bring a mask (you don’t have to wear it during class).

Parking is free if no one is at the kiosk.

Also, please wear comfortable work out shoes as we will be dancing on the grass.

Sign up as usual:

  • Drop in $20

  • 10 class: $150 (@ $15/per class) *best deal

  • 5 class pass $85 (@ $17/per class)

We can’t wait to see you there!

Shereel Washington

Pan African Dance @ Deep Root


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Qi Fest 2020 a Virtual Success!

2020 events qifest Jul 24, 2020


In 2019, after having had a fantastic Qi Fest on the beautiful island of Maui, we set plans to hold our next exciting event. When the time came to choose a new location for 2020, we decided that the picturesque Santa Cruz grounds of 1440 Multiversity surrounded by beautiful redwood forests, would be perfect. However, due to the wake of a global pandemic, we had to switch gears and bring the Qi Fest 2020 online. 


As an unprecedented first, we met the opportunity to reshape our vision with determination. Changing the event to an online format presented new challenges but also enabled us to increase our online presence, attendance, and allow for a better all-around experience. 

Though initially slated for May 22-24, we moved the event to June 26-28, 2020, allowing us to upgrade our online capabilities and new features like recordings of each day and an online community forum. 

The most impressive aspect of the Qi Fest was the ability to transmit our...

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Deep Root Community Group

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2020

Hey Deep Root Family

We've created a Deep Root Community Group to receive up to date posts on upcoming events and classes. Please join! Just create a login and you're in. 

 See you in the group!



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Top 10 things we did in 2019

2019 top 10 Jan 03, 2020

2020 is here, guys! Unbelievable!  A new year, new beginnings, NEW OPPORTUNITIES! and boy, are we excited. We can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for us, BUT before we share what’s ahead, let’s recap our year in 2019 and start by saying how amazing it was. So many great things happened. Let’s begin:


  1. Kung Fu Magazine Feature
    January 2019 Master Sheldon appeared in Kung Fu Magazine. It was incredible yet humbling to appear in such a high profile magazine. Thank you for all the love and support. 

  2. Athletic Playground Qigong Workshop
    April 6, 2019, Master Sheldon taught a 3 hour Qigong Workshop for beginners at Athletic Playground in Emeryville. Student participants were led in Harmonious Movement Through Qigong using breath, movement, and energy. This information is rarely shared outside of the school; however, the experience was enjoyed by all who attended. 

  3. Oakland Magazine Feature Article
    May 2019 Oakland Magazine...

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New Promo Video for Pan African Dance with Shereel


The new promo video for Pan African Dance @ Deep Root with Shereel Washington IS HERE, and we are excited! This video features highlights and goals of the class and the original music of Keegan Midas, a.k.a Sun of Shaolin A.K.A. Master Sheldon. Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies proudly supports the teachers that help make the success of the center possible. If you haven't experienced Pan African Dance with Shereel, then you must! The reviews have been nothing but positive. 

"Took my first Pan African Dance class today at Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies with Shereel Washington. Awesome class! Felt deep and corresponds so well to the work I do in Qigong and Kung Fu. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to do it again" -Master Sheldon, Executive Director 

Shereel teaches on Wednesdays 6-7 pm and Saturdays, 4-5 pm. SIGN UP 

All levels and experiences are welcome! See you there! 

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Qi Fest 2020 Registration Starts Today!

qifest Sep 24, 2019

Shaolin Life @Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies is happy to announce that Early Bird registration for the Qi Fest 2020 starts TODAY. We're so excited and can't wait to see you. 

Qi Fest 2020 happens May 22-24, 2020 at 1440 Multiversity in Santa Cruz. 

1440 is a state of the art campus surrounded by lush redwood forests nested between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. 

For 3 days, guests will immerse themselves in wellness sessions taught by leading professionals in the field; Mindful Meditation, Qi gong,  Yoga,  Tai Chi, Pan African Dance,  and Zen Self Defense. 

With room purchase, guests will have access to all the amenities 1440 offers. Guest will enjoy 6 delicious organic meals, access to the Infinity Pool and Steam Room in The Healing Arts Center, hike in the forested redwoods, 1440's Fitness Center and Signature classes.

This event is not to be missed.  Early Bird registration ends Feb 14, 2020, but that time will be here before you...

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Transmissions (Tai-chi, Qigong, Yoga, Mediation) Music by Master Sheldon

music Sep 09, 2019

We have a special treat for all those wanting a soundtrack to their practice. Our own Master Sheldon also known in music circles as Keagan Midas has composed special music, designed for the practice of Meditation, Qigong, Yoga, Martial Arts or for Study.

Titled "Transmissions" is a "Handcrafted Alchemy of Sound" and a "Masterwork for Relaxation" .

His music, like his study of the martial arts and sciences, blends culture, honors traditions yet is modern and invokes contemplation.

With a giving heart has donated his music to support our fundraising and temple building efforts. I proceed to support our 501c3 contributions are tax-deductible.

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Pan African Dance Class

Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies is proud to present Pan African Dance taught by Shereel Washington on Wednesday, 6-7pm and Saturdays, 4-5pm. Weekly classes will begin on Wednesday, July 17. 
All are invited to join Shereel to share and experience movements, styles, and sounds of the African Diaspora, broken down to basics, while learning root cultural stories and ideals behind some dances, movements, and rhythms.

In this class, Shereel Washington will lead and show you;
  • How to move in rhythm to different sounds & music
  • How to hear and internalize rhythms;
  • How to tap into your natural ‘inner rhythm’;
  • How to move with enhanced coordination and flexibility.
Bring a towel and bottled water and supportive foot wear. Work out clothing is required for this class. Wrap skirts (lappa or pare`u) are optional.
Pan African Dance - Dance movements and styles deriving from African cultures and/or ethnically descended groups in the...
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Maui Qi Fest 2019

maui qi fest qi fest Jul 15, 2019

We set an intention to create a fun, inspiring, and inclusive space of well being, that would welcome students and skilled practitioners sharing the common purpose of wellness, on the spectacular island of Maui. We hoped to commune with the Aloha Spirit, to reconnect with the earth, and to develop well-being and belonging through arts and cultural activities. Welina mai! (Welcome!)

Beginning on Summer Solstice 2019, marking the official start of Summer, this year's Qi Fest would take place at the picturesque Camp Ke´anae, an untouched, sacred location along the northern coastline of Maui.  

This transformative gathering brought together warm and friendly people to learn and exchange ideas and to expand/flourish potential collaborations, through mindful movement, and healing arts.  

The event included workshop-style classes for all levels including Qigong, Taichi, dance, transformative bodywork, and meditation. A special gift this year was the addition of...

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