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Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong

October 19, 2019 - October 23, 2019

“For decades many people with bad backs and necks have asked me, “ What qigong should I do?” My answer is always the same “Bend the Bow”
-Bruce Frantzis

For the first time in many years, Bruce will teach an entire retreat of Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong, an advanced qigong program that focuses on regenerating and strengthening the spine. In effect, Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong is the second part of the Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qigong. It is also a foundation for the deeper levels of the three tantien work of Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong. In Bend the Bow Qigong, you learn to embody advanced neigong (nei gung) components to control, strengthen and regenerate the chi energies of the spine and heal severe back problems by developing natural abilities not presently believed to be possible in Western medicine.

Price for Full Course: $775 After September 16: $825
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Price for Weekend Course (Oct 19-20): $325 After September 16: $375
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Course Details

Bend the Bow is initially composed of 7 distinct and progressively more sophisticated levels:

  1. Spine stretch and other simple warms up to loosen the spine and relax the nervous system
  2. Physical basics including technically precise physical movements and reverse breathing techniques to begin the process of working with spinal energy
  3. Energy basics:
    -Linking together the physical and energetic movements of the internal organs to the proper opening and closing movement of the spinal vertebrae and all your joints
    -Opening and closing all your spinal vertebrae simultaneously as one integrated unit
    -Regulating the fluids that surround your spinal cord and brain
  4. Pulsing the space between each spinal vertebra and:
    -Moving each vertebra independently, in any direction you choose without external physical motion
    -Becoming aware of and correcting general left and right imbalances in the body and in the spinal vertebrae in particular
  5. How to generally apply and integrate Bend the Bow within the internal martial arts of tai chi, hsing-i and bagua and qigong
  6. Working with the 3 energies within the spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid
  7. Using the energies within the spinal cord to open the upper tantien (kundalini energy)

Bruce and his Instructors will teach two different groups of students. Group 1 is open to beginners: however, it is highly recommended that people intending to come to this retreat attend a retreat in Heaven & Earth Qigong with a certified Energy Arts instructor beforehand, or at least have a background in the alignment work of Energy Gates Qigong. Group 2 requires you to have at least 5-10 years exposure to and regular practice of Bend the Bow Qigong. As the spine is delicate, it is essential participants develop this practice carefully and developmentally.

Event Structure

Registration/Check-in: October 19 (Saturday), 9:00 AM–First class session is 10:00AM

Approximate daily course schedule on Oct 19-23 is 10:00AM-5:00PM with a two hour lunch break. Course schedule may be subject to change depending upon group dynamics.

Location Information

Oxford, UK

St Hugh’s College
St Margaret’s Rd
Oxford, OX2 6LE
United Kingdom

The course will be held in Maplethorpe Hall for the first three days and will move to Mordan Hall the last two days. Both of these rooms are located in St Hugh’s College.

Contact Host: Gio Maschio


This training course is not recommended for those with any kind of mental health issues or major medical problems. We simply do not have the resources to handle these needs.

Please note: The practice of Taoist energy arts may carry risks. The organizers are very concerned to ensure that the training is a positive experience for every participant. If for any reason whatsoever Bruce and/or his assistants deem that there may be any potential safety risks for you during this training, you will be asked to leave the course and suspend training immediately.

If this occurs you will be refunded a prorated course fee. All other expenses that you may have incurred, including lodging and travel will be your sole responsibility and the Energy Arts will not be responsible for these expenses.


October 19, 2019
October 23, 2019


St Hugh’s College
St Margaret's Rd
Oxford, OX2 6LE United Kingdom

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