March 2023 – February 2024

Contact Amy to schedule your interview before February 15.

A Guide for Nourishing Life (Yang Sheng Dao)

Yang Sheng is a phrase from Taoist practice that means nourishing life. Typically, Yang Sheng is applied to practices which are used for improving life, physical health as well as growing the spiritual body.

Yang Sheng Dao refers to a guide that we follow to lead a nourishing life.

The Seasons program incorporates Taoist practices that bring us more in touch with the natural cycles of the earth. As we learn to live through this connection we have as human beings on the face of this glorious planet, our lives become more fulfilling.

During childhood, we unconsciously adopt patterns and belief systems from our families and cultures. In exploring these influences, we are able to peel away the layers of these belief systems.

This program will guide you through the seasons, transforming old habits into a healthy lifestyle. The seasons become a template for balancing habit with change.

The foundational concepts we explore are:

  • Breaking Free of Family Patterns
  • Awareness of Cultural Influences
  • Awakening to New Choices
  • Empowerment for Actionable Change

See more descriptions of this program in our newsletter archives.

Time will be spent in the garden sensing and experiencing the quality of life that is spring, summer, fall and winter. We will explore the relationship between the four seasons and the Chinese five elements (wood, fire, metal, earth, water) including Taoist principles.

Develop a clear understanding of the difference that sustainable agriculture makes on the quality of our food. Learn new, simple ways to cook and enjoy nourishing foods that reflect the season they are grown in.

Discover how physical and energetic movement increases overall well being and enjoyment of life. Learn easy self-care practices to integrate into your life.

A wide variety of activities will help you to connect with the healing power of living in sync with nature:

  • Simple Cooking Skills for Nutritious Seasonal Eating
  • Taoist Principles, Practices, and Chinese Five Elements
  • Forging a Deep Connection with the Earth
  • Breaking Free of Family Patterns
  • Understanding How the Body Communicates
  • Discovering the Naturalized Garden
  • Developing a Balanced Perspective
  • The Spirit of Nature and Spiritual Journeys
  • Self-care through Acupressure, Movement Skills, and Flower Essences    

The Seasons Program consists of 12 group meetings (day to be determined), plus a total of eight private sessions. You get to choose who you have your sessions with – Amy and/or Yo’el. Click on their names to learn more about what they offer.

Fees are: $240 one time deposit and $200 a month for 12 months

$2,640 may be made as a one time payment if you prefer.

Registration is done after a phone interview. Contact Amy 925.934.3120 or for your interview.

Extra appointments with Amy ($120 an hour) and/or Yo’el ($100 an hour) can be scheduled upon request.