AUTUMN: Metal Element Way of Tao

Fall is the season of harvest, a time to pull inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up fuel, food, and warm clothing, a time to study and plan for the approaching stillness of winter. Everything in nature contracts and moves its essence inward and downward.Easing Into Autumn Leaves and fruit fall, seeds dry, the sap of trees goes into the roots. This is the time of the Metal element, the lungs, skin, nose, color white, pungent flavor, balanced emotions of joy, harmony, courage. Imbalances such as grief, sadness, and despair can be transformed with our conscious attention to our patterns and practices.

Foods: We become aware of the season’s abundant yet contracting nature. Choose more astringent foods (e.g. spinach and radish) with heartier flavors. Cooking methods involve focused preparation to supply greater energy required by cooler seasons. The essence of food is received through the sense of smell, with baked or sauteed dishes – concentrated foods to thicken the blood for winter. In general, cook with less water, lower heat, for longer periods of time. Include more sour (a little goes a long way) foods such as sourdough bread, sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, aduki beans, salt plums, rose hip tea, vinegar, cheese, yogurt, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and the sour varieties of apples, plums, and grapes. To counter dryness, add a small amount of fresh soy products, spinach, barley, millet, pear, persimmon, loquat, seaweeds, almond, sesame seed, honey, eggs, and a little salt in cooking moistens dryness.

Connecting with the Earth. As we root our feet and open to receiving the earth’s nourishing energies, be mindful that the ground is becoming cooler now. Shoes should be warn when standing on cool ground. This includes indoors. Enjoy bare feet when the day is warm and the earth has been warmed by the sun.

What you can do:
Pressing back palms qigong; qi self massage – tapping the thymus gland, SSSSS healing sound, playing the Tiger movement.

Access your inner courage, integrity, happiness - Tiger frolic with healing sound

Access your inner courage, integrity, happiness – Tiger frolic with healing sound; qi self massage lung tops/cross forearms over heart.

Don’t know these practices yet?

Please join us at qigong and /or tai chi class.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 27, 2019 Chinese Health Day April 6, 2019

Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 27, 2019.  And if you are not already on my mailing list, please join so we can let you know about World Tai Chi and Qigong Day and other events: click here to sign up for announcements

This annual event is a world-wide movement:  One World, One Breath.  We gather in a park,  gathering qi from around the world, blessing it with our Tucson love and compassion, and sending it on to the next time zone.  It is an amazing experience.  Reid Park,  west side.

April 6:   Public Health Week.   UofA, College of Public Health and Confucius Institute Chinese Health Day.  We will demonstrate Tai Chi for Health and Qigong.

More info for both events at   as details become available.

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Essential Healing Tao: A Qigong, Tao Meditation, Tao Y’in (yoga) Healing Retreat with Healing Tao Instructor Heather Chalon, MPH
Oracle AZ, August 26-28, 2016

Relaxation • Restoration • Rejuvenation

August 26 – 28, 2016.  Limited to 25 participants.

Feel Your Qi

Feel Your Qi

El Rancho Robles, Oracle, AZ. Conveniently located near Tucson & Phoenix

Heather Chalon, MPH, Certified Healing Tao Instructor, Senior Trainer TCHI, presents the fundamental practices of the Universal Healing Tao System as taught by Grandmaster Mantak Chia.
Learn the ‘secrets’ of ancient Taoist practices for deep healing of spirit, mind, and body. Open your natural source of wellness. Reveal your authentic life path.

May you breathe deeply in the fresh air, be inspired by the beauty of nature, luxuriate in the hospitality of the Historic El Rancho Robles, as you:
Experience the healing power of the fundamental Taoist meditations – Six Healing Sounds, Inner Smile, Micro Cosmic Orbit ; Play qigong, including 5 Animal Frolics, 8 Pieces of Brocade, Swimming Dragon; Exercise the muscle of soul, awaken the muscle of the spirit with Tao Y’in (gentle yet powerful Chinese yoga); Renew the senses and radiate natural beauty with Qi Self Massage; Delight in the theory of Five Elements, and learn how to nourish your whole Self.


  • Friday 8/26: Check in 2:00pm
    • 3:00 – 5:30pm, Intro 5 Elements, Qigong & Tao Meditation, 5:30-6:30 Dinner, 7:00 – 9:00pm Tao Y’in & Tao Meditation.
  • Saturday 8/27:
    • 7:00 – 8:00am, outdoor morning practice,  8:00-9:00 Breakfast. 9:30 – noon, 5 Elements in Action, Qigong, Tao Meditation, 12:00-1:00 Lunch, 1:00-2:30 Relax, Optional Acupuncture Treatment with Tim Iliff* 2:30 – 5:30pm, 5 Element Nutrition with Noelle Iliff, Tao Meditation, 5:30-6:30 Dinner, 7:00 – 8:30pm Tao Y’in.  8:30-10:00pm Taoist Disco.
  • Sunday 8/28: 7:00 – 8:00am Outdoor morning practice. 8:00-9:00 Breakfast. 10:30 – noon, Qigong and Meditation.   Noon – 1:00pm Lunch.  2:00  Departure.

*Licensed Acupuncturist Timothy Iliff with will be on-site to offer sessions all day Saturday.  Great for stress reduction,  pain relief, and more. Additional $75 fee.

  • All inclusive:  $495
  • (Contact Heather to inquire about small group discounts –
  • Non-participant (accommodation, meals only.  accompany a participant): $250

Payments may be made by mailing a check or on-line with a credit card


  • 7 Retreat Sessions
  • Luxury lodging
  • 6 nutritious gourmet meals
  • Snacks/tea breaks
  • Certificate of participation
  • 12 hours of credit toward Universal Healing Tao Associate instructor certification

Important Dates:

  • Registration deadline: August 5th
  • After August 5th, as space permits, contact Heather.
  • 50% cancellation fee after August 5th
  • 75% cancellation fee after August 21st

The Venue:

El Rancho Robles Guest Ranch offers an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy a romantic wild west experience with the perfect mix of   adventure and relaxation. The ranch is located in the historic town of Oracle, Arizona – nestled at the base of the magnificent Santa Catalina  Mountains. Whether you are warming up by the campfire or enjoying the cool mountain breeze in the ample shade of the oaks,  El Rancho Robles is a beautiful refuge.

Accommodations: Luxurious standard rooms, deluxe suites, and casitas. Shared occupancy.  Most with private bedroom. Requests for  private room will be taken at an additional $50/night/per person.

While you’re in Oracle

• Biosphere 2…an Earth systems science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. Its mission is to serve as a center for   research, outreach, teaching and lifelong learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe. 520.838.6200

• Oracle State Park …set in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains. This park   covers nearly 4,000 acres of   diverse forest and desert terrain, offers incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges, and serves as a wildlife refuge.  Enjoy 15 miles of  scenic hiking trails, take a guided tour, or visit the Kannally Ranch House Museum and gift shop.

• AZ Zipline Adventures …AZ’s longest eco-zipline tour.  Experience the beauty and majesty of the desert as you’ve never seen it before!  Easy short hikes and exhilarating zipline rides combine for an  exciting day of thrills and fun. 520.308.9350