6 Exceptional Instructors, 1 Amazing Event
Master Sheldon is a well known and respected Shaolin Master recognized by the Shaolin Temple with over 20 years of training and experience. Master Sheldon is the head trainer of Shaolin Life and the Executive Director of Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies. He teaches Kung Fu, Qigong, Tai Chi, and Meditation. He was trained directly from Shaolin Monks and Martial Masters in both northern and southern styles of Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Tai Chi as well as gymnastics.
Matt Lucus is a master yoga teacher, bodyworker, and practitioner of the martial arts. He trains fighters, celebrities, military, stunt performers, yogis, healthcare professionals, and corporate groups in his yogic wellness practice. He most notably was the lead trainer and stunt performer on AMC’s Into the BadLands series. His work has helped to strengthen, rehab advance the most seasoned of practitioners.
Shereel Washington is an accomplished professional dancer, instructor, choreographer, certified herbalist, and martial artist. Shereel’s dance experience spans 38 years of training, performance, and choreography in a wide range of dance styles and traditions such as modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, traditional Congolese & Senegalese, African Diasporic Genres, and Hula. She teaches and performs throughout the U.S. and Hawai’i, having won critical accolades for major performances in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Alissa has studied various forms of Tai Chi including Yang, Guang Ping, and Chen style. An organizer of the Qi Fest since it's founding in 2014, she is a C.H.E.K certified Movement Coach and is also a program director for the Berkowitz Civility Group which focuses on teaching individuals and companies how to reflectively and effectively navigate conflict. She has a holistic approach to teaching functional movement and enjoys introducing people to Tai Chi.
Kelli Pilkinton is the Director of Spiritual Studies at the Deep Root. She holds a license in Marriage and Family Therapy in which she provides EMDR, somatic therapy along with other traditional modalities.
In her role as Clinical Director of a mental health organization, she supervises and trains young therapists in the field. A lifelong meditator, practitioner and teacher, Kelli uses mind-body-spiritual approaches to achieve balance and transformation.
Sifu Gus Gates has over four decades of kung fu training. His goal is to share his life‘s work with open-hearted people. He is both in the martial art masters Hall of Fame and in the USA Hall of Fame. His travels have taken him to China to train at both Shaolin and Wudang monasteries multiple times. He specializes in the concept of Zen combative.
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Discover your inner nature through mindfulness meditations. Enhance self-awareness with meditation.
Qi gong emphasizes movement & breath control as a means for focus and health.
Tap into your animal nature and experience the subtle yet powerful energy of 5 Animal Taichi
Move in rhythm to the sounds & music of the African Diaspora. Tap into your natural ‘inner rhythm’; move with enhanced connection to your body and spirit.
Improve functional movement, strength and Flexibility from this rare Persian System of Yoga.
Learn the common sense approach self protection with the Zen Mind. Come experience the secrets of Zen Masters and Shaolin Monks.
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