Published: October 31, 2013
The University of Tampa’s Resource Team for Faith, Values and Spirituality and Live Well UT organization are hosting four seminars in November that focus on traditional and alternative health and healing practices.
The presentations will be hosted by Ken Cohen and Grace Sesma. Cohen is a renowned qigong and tai chi master who introduced qigong into U.S. medical school education. He is also a traditional healer, storyteller and singer. Sesma is a curandera (traditional healer) and cultural educator of Mexican/Yaqui/Kumiai heritage.
The seminars are free and open to the public, and will be held on the UT campus.
- "The Way of Qigong: Chinese Energy Healing,” Reeves Theater, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Describes the history and development of qigong, its connection to Daoism, and an introduction to scientific research on qigong's healing benefits, followed by Q&A and book-signing.
- “Curanderismo: Mesoamerican Medicine for Body, Mind and Spirit,” Grand Salon, Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m. A traditional healer's view of Mesoamerican concepts of health, spirituality and healing practices, with a brief demonstration with a member of the audience.
- "Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing,” Grand Salon, Friday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m. The principles, values and practice of Native American healing from a practitioner-scholar perspective, including the danger of stereotypes and New Age misrepresentation, and the role of traditional methods such as herbs, dreams and counseling.
- "Qigong 101: Bone Marrow Cleansing and Healing Sounds," Vaughn Center, Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An experiential workshop in which beginners and all levels learn ways to improve posture, movement and breathing as well as gentle exercises that rid the body of stagnant energy and improve vitality. Space is limited for this workshop, and an RSVP is required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact the UT Dickey Health and Wellness Center, at