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Featured Instructors


Taoist Healing Touch Assistant Teacher


  • Chi Nei Tsang Specialist

  • Founder of Touching Chi and Emerging Tao

  • Instructor of Dragon Tree Chi Kung and Meditation


A lifelong student of the I Ching ("Book Of Changes"), this cornerstone of Taoist philosophy opened his relationship to Tao. He discovered Chi Nei Tsang in 2009, as the way to awaken and actualize the latent healer within himself.

Jak is a Certified Global Body (Third Level) Taoist Healing Touch Practitioner. He has been Gilles' classroom assistant at every class for many years now, and still is!

Specializing in this one therapy modality allows Jak to deliver Pure, 100% Chi Nei Tsang.
More info here



Certified Affiliate Instructor



Mary Ellen is a Licensed Massotherapist, Certified Hypnotherapist, Chi Nei Tsang Senior Teacher and Full Instructor of basic Taoist Practices in Mantak Chia’s Taoist Healing System. Her immersion in the healing arts spans over 30 years.


As a practitioner and teacher, Mary Ellen provides an eclectic collection of modalities including Traditional Qigong healing, Cranial Sacral, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Myofascial Release, SomatoEmotional Release, Hypnotherapy, Regression Therapy, SRT, Traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi including Ho’o;pono’pono, Chi Nei Tsang, and Thai massage on the table.

More info here



Certified Affiliate Instructor


  • Certified Practitioner and Instructor of Chi Nei Tsang and 5 Element Dance

  • Certified Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, and Health Coach


Shri is available for private Chi Nei Tsang sessions and holds workshops in Northern California every Spring and Fall and in Maui every January. Shri gives private and group health coaching sessions in person, on Skype or by phone.

Check Shri's website for her ongoing Chi Kung and Macrobiotic cooking classes in Sebastopol.

More info on Shri and her offerings here.



Certified Affiliate Instructor


  • Certified Practitioner and Instructor of Chi Nei Tsang, the Usui Method of Reiki and Taoist Meditations

  • Owner and Director of Beacon Wellness Arts Center since 2006

  • Specializes in women's issues such as PMS, menopause, fertility issues


Francesca uses a blending of her particular modalities and skills to design personalized wellness programs for her clients. A Reiki Master since 1992 and a Certified Chi Nei Tsang instructor since 2006, she combine the benefits of both in her private sessions as well as her classes.  As the former Director of Education and Certification for the Chi Nei Tsang Institute in Oakland, CA, she worked closely with the Institute’s director, Gilles Marin, in both the clinical and educational arms of the Institute. 


​Over 30 years of experience as an educator, and workshop and wellness facilitator provide her with a strong foundation to help her empower students and clients on their path to inner wellness, self-discovery, and increased awareness.
More info on Francesca's website here