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For Thousands of Years, Taoists Have Known the Secrets to Long-Lasting Vitality…

Discover an Ancient Taoist Practice to Invigorate Your Health and Awaken Your Spirit

A Five-Week Course on Eight Brocades Seated Qigong and the Longevity Methods of Li Qingyun—the 250-Year-Old Man

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The Eight Brocades Seated Qigong Practice

Eight Brocades is not merely an exercise. It is eight series of movements. The first four are designed to take you into a deep meditative state, while the last four reawaken all parts of your body.

First Four Brocades:

Preparing for Deep Meditation

The first four brocades bring the Qi down into your lower Dan Tian, preparing your body for meditation. As you execute these brocades, you cultivate a calm readiness, setting the stage for powerful meditation.

Last Four Brocades:

Emerging from Meditation & Building Jing

The last four brocades are a journey back, reawakening the extremities, stretching vital areas like the shoulders, back, arms, and hips, and invigorating the blood and Qi flow after your meditation.

Embark on a Life-Changing Journey with Eight Brocades and the Longevity Methods of Li Qingyun

Based on the teachings in Stuart Alve Olson’s book Li Qingyun: Longevity Methods of a 250-Year-Old Taoist Immortal, this course will provide you with both the Eight Brocades Seated Qigong practice and a comprehensive overview of Li Qingyun’s unique approach to health and longevity.

To make this journey as accessible and effective as possible, we’ve structured the teachings into easily digestible modules. Author Stuart Alve Olson’s knowledge and direction will be with you at every turn, allowing you to master two of the brocades in each stage.

Here is how we guide you on this transformative path:

Module One: Cultivate Your Inner Treasures

  • Cultivate your Three Treasures, your Internal Energies of Jing, Qi, & Shen, for health, longevity, and spiritual awakening
  • Come Back to Your Center with the First and Second Brocades, foundational practices to center and align your being

Module Two: Unleash the Power of Jing

  • Cultivate the Jing. This deep primordial energy is the foundation of your health, giving you robustness and resilience
  • Calm the Body with the Third and Fourth Brocades, designed to build
    your reservoir of internal energies

Module Three: Channel the Flow of Qi

  • Cultivate the Qi, your life-force energy. Every aspect of your health requires energy and flow. Good Qi flow is good health
  • Invigorate your Flow of Internal Energies with the Fifth and Sixth Brocades, practices to increase circulation and develop inner stability

Module Four: Awaken the Spirit

  • Cultivate Your Spirit. Cultivate clarity of mind and tranquility of body—to unlock your spiritual awakening and health
  • Ground and Nourish Yourself through the Seventh and Eighth Brocades, which help you revitalize the legs and boost digestion

Module Five: Integration and Mastery

  • How to guard the Three Treasures with sincerity, silence, and gentleness
  • Practice and Integration Session: Tie together the wisdom and techniques into a unified practice
  • Complete Guided Practice: A comprehensive video and audio guide to support you in mastering the complete Eight Brocades practice

Each module builds upon the last, forming a cohesive and practical journey towards restoration and transformation. 

Walking in the Footsteps of a Taoist Master: Longevity Secrets Unveiled

Li Qingyun was a spiritual cultivator and herbalist. He practiced and taught Eight Brocades Seated Qigong, a series of exercises mirroring an infant's movements in the womb. This practice, by recreating the sensations of youth, initiates a process of rejuvenation and connects us with our inner nature and the Tao. His extraordinary lifespan of 250 years stands as a testament to the potency of his methods.


Introducing Li Qingyun

From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Practice:
A Living Legacy

Stuart Alve Olson, translator of the book The Immortal: True Accounts of the 250-Year-Old Man, is continuing to spread this timeless wisdom today. Stuart, a direct disciple of Master T.T. Liang, has practiced Eight Brocades for over four decades.

In this video, Stuart shares how these teachings helped him heal after a train accident; and after his diagnosis of a genetic heart problem. 


Inspired by the benefits he’s experienced from Eight Brocades, Stuart is ready to pass on these teachings.

A Journey Back to Youthfulness:

Your Path to Rejuvenation and Vitality

We’re excited to present to you the Eight Brocades and Longevity Methods of Li Qingyun Course. Over a five-week guided journey, you’ll delve into Li Qingyun’s version of Eight Brocades.

Immerse yourself in the world of Li Qingyun and discover the powerful impact his methods can have on your life. 

Along the way, you’ll discover the keys to longevity, learning how to cultivate a way of life that ushers in vibrant health and long life.

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When you enroll, you’ll receive:
Five Comprehensive Modules

Each of the first four modules contain in-depth teachings, practices, and guides, including:

  • A talk by Stuart on Li Qingyun’s longevity methods

  • Instruction by Patrick in two of the Brocades

  • A guided practice of all the Brocades learned up to that point

  • A PDF guide and a guided audio practice for that module

The last module delivers the full experience:

  • Practice and Integration Sessions

  • A Complete Guided Practice (Video and Audio Versions)

  • A Full PDF guide to Eight Brocades and an Abbreviated Summary PDF

On-Demand, Lifetime Access

Watch the recordings at your pace, on your schedule, and enjoy lifetime access, including all future updates and improvements.

Free Enrollment in Yearly Fall Practice Periods

Each fall, you'll have the opportunity to join our two live community gatherings to deepen your practice of Eight Brocades; Including talks by Stuart, practice reviews, and Q&A.

Recordings from Past Practice Periods

Refresh and deepen your practice with additional videos reviewing Eight Brocades.

Plus Five Supplemental Regimes:

  • Li Qingyun on How to Lie, Walk, and Sit for Longevity:
    Learn three key ways that Li Qingyun imitated nature in his everyday activities to preserve and strengthen his youthful energy.
  • The Six Healing Sounds as taught by Li Qingyun:
    Use breath and sound therapy to strengthen or heal the six key organs of the body, including body positions to enhance their effects.
  • Massaging the Qi Centers and Eight Extraordinary Vessels:
    Invigorate the energy centers and channels of the body that help you reset to your original blueprint of optimum health.
  • Wind and Dew and Opening the Three Passes:
    Take your practice to the next level with these advanced techniques to open and prime the pathways for spiritual transformation.
  • Embryonic Breathing Crouching Qigong Practice:
    One of Li Qingyun’s key longevity practices that he did in addition to Eight Brocades. Strengthens the legs while building and mobilizing Qi.

The combination of teachings, practices, and expert guidance in this course will support you to re-ignite your youthful vitality and infuse your life with greater clarity, depth, and wisdom.

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“The Eight Brocades course was my first encounter with the idea of internal alchemy. Stuart’s lectures and Patrick’s practice instruction were a perfect introduction. The class completely changed my experience of a seated meditation practice. I found the movements and breath practices gentle yet profoundly helpful in getting me to find a comfortable stillness. I am still practicing and learning daily.”

—Ellen Henrici, artist and teacher at Mindful Movement Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio in Carmel, Ca

When you sign up, here’s what will happen next:

You’ll receive an email welcoming you to the course with a link to your portal, where you’ll receive immediate access to the program.

Each year in the fall, we’ll send you emails reminding you to join us for the practice periods where we’ll review the practice together as a community, and encourage everyone to renew their commitment to the practice for that month.

If you have any questions as you go through the course, you can post them in the course portal under the lesson, and Stuart and Patrick will answer your questions there so current and future participants can see the answers. You can also email us at [email protected] with any technical support you may need.

Frequently Asked Questions:

A Journey of One Thousand Miles Begins with One Step …

Eight Brocades Seated Qigong brings you into deepened states of well-being, out of which your innate powers of healing and spiritual connection can naturally flow. Whether you're seeking to ward off ailments, enhance your mental clarity, or tap into a timeless path of wisdom and spiritual growth, this course is for you.

You will gain lifetime access to expertly-led teachings and guided practices, comprehensive modules, and supplemental regimes to take your practice to the next level. You're not just enrolling in a course, you're embarking on a transformative journey. Every breath, every movement, every insight you'll gain, is a step closer to a life imbued with harmony and vitality. 

Don’t just live—thrive. Embrace the age-old secrets of longevity, health, and spiritual fulfillment. Join us today in the Eight Brocades Seated Qigong Practice, and take the first step towards a long lifespan of boundless possibility.


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“I had been practicing qigong for several years when a work related relocation made me consider online classes. The quality of personalization and depth of these sessions have been amazing. We delve into all aspects of the practices, seeing the spiritual, emotional, and physical effects. Not only is the vastness of Stuart’s knowledge awe inspiring, from the meditations, external movements, internal alchemy, to the esoteric meaning of a Chinese character; but the depth of his direct experience helps you to incorporate these into daily life where they take on real meaning.”

—Leda Watanabe,
Restaurant Chef in Tokyo and Vision Educator

The information in this program is provided for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute providing medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice should consult with a licensed physician. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider to determine if and how to apply this health restoration program to you.