Experience the basics and benefits of Qigong—a meditative practice originating from China—in this introductory class led by East Boston neighborhood residents and Qigong instructor Nancy Slamet. Nancy has been practicing Qigong since 2013 and is a Coordinator of the Community Healing Center Project and Director of the EASTIE Coalition at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.  

This experiential workshop will be presented in both English and Spanish. While all experience and ability levels are welcomed, the lesson is designed for adult audiences. Comfortable and loose clothing recommended.   

According to the National Institutes of Health, “Qigong, pronounced “chi gong,” was developed in China thousands of years ago as part of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves using exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining health and well-being. Qigong has both psychological and physical components and involves the regulation of the mind, breath, and body’s movement and posture.” 

This workshop has been organized to accompany the ICA Watershed exhibition—Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago, which highlights community and individual healing and well-being. 

This event is free and drop-in, and tickets are not required. The ICA Watershed is accessible via MBTA Maverick Station (10 min walk), or by water shuttle from Seaport, which is included with ICA admission. Timed water shuttle tickets will be available starting Wednesday, July 12 at 10 AM for ICA members and Wednesday, July 19 at 10 AM for the general public.