Essence, Energy, Spirit


Date: 14 October 2019 –  21 February 2020

Venue: Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture Gallery, Building EA.G.03, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University. Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere.

Gallery Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, Friday 11:00am – 3pm

Contact: Lindsay Liu, (02) 9685 9943


“The artworks for this exhibition were chosen by Guan Wei from his own personal collection. Guan Wei named the exhibition Essence, Energy, Spirit, which aptly captures the recurring themes of his art’s practice. Guan Wei is renowned for creating works that interlace imagery from his Chinese heritage, his life experience in Australia and his personal iconography, working across painting, sculpture and installation.

The exhibition is comprised of three distinct series of work. The series, Return to the Origin contextualises our human journey within the Universe. Images of the human figure are juxtaposed with symbols of the cosmos, deliberately drawn upon ceramics – a material that has been used by humans for thousands of years – to remind the viewer of their relatively brief time in history. Humans are portrayed as being part of nature, but a mere speck within it, when one considers how vast and old the Universe is.

The series, Longevity for Beginners explores themes of spiritual and physical balance via imagery of both external and internal views of the human body, drawn from traditional Chinese medicine and qi-gong, as well as his own personal symbolism. The underlying narrative of these paintings suggests the importance of the connection between the mind/spirit and body, and that being in balance with nature is essential for good health and general well-being.”



Far Far Away Photo Competition 2019

Australians love to travel.
Some of them take their Tai Chi, Wushu and Qigong practice with them.
In the beginning of 2019, to celebrate their passion, we announced a Photo Competition and invited everyone to submit the pictures of Australians in action while overseas.

Entries will be closed on 12 January 2020. We remind that the photos should have been taken in 2019.
All currently submitted images can be viewed by browsing this section of the Wushu Herald or Flickr album

The winner will be determined by public voting. After 12 January 2020, you will be able to vote using one of the two available methods:

  1. Go to the Facebook post containing all entries and like up to six individual photos that, in your opinion, deserve the prizes. Feel free to comment as well.
  2. View the photos on Flickr and email to your ratings for the top six photos only (from one to six with six being the best in your opinion).

The first prize is $100.
The second prize is $50.
The third prize is $25.

The winners will be announced on the 25th January 2020.

Thanks and Good luck to all the participants!

Acu-Points and Exercises for Pain Relief

During November – December 2019, Qi Studio at St Leonards offers a series of workshops where you will learn simple acupressure techniques and exercises that will help you to relieve aches and pains, activate natural self-healing processes and restore function.

Duration: 2 hours.

Places are limited to six people per session. Visit to book your seat now!.

For more information contact

Meditative Movement for Depression and Anxiety

by Peter Payne(1) and Mardi A. Crane-Godreau(1,2,*)

Frontiers in Psychiatry
(July 2013) 


This review focuses on Meditative Movement (MM) and its effects on anxiety, depression, and other affective states. MM is a term identifying forms of exercise that use movement in conjunction with meditative attention to body sensations, including proprioception, interoception, and kinesthesis. MM includes the traditional Chinese methods of Qigong (Chi Kung) and Taijiquan (Tai Chi), some forms of Yoga, and other Asian practices, as well as Western Somatic practices; however this review focuses primarily on Qigong and Taijiquan. We clarify the differences between MM and conventional exercise, present descriptions of several of the key methodologies of MM, and suggest how research into these practices may be approached in a systematic way. We also present evidence for possible mechanisms of the effects of MM on affective states, including the roles of posture, rhythm, coherent breathing, and the involvement of specific cortical and subcortical structures. We survey research outcomes summarized in reviews published since 2007. Results suggest that MM may be at least as effective as conventional exercise or other interventions in ameliorating anxiety and depression; however, study quality is generally poor and there are many confounding factors. This makes it difficult to draw definitive conclusions at this time. We suggest, however, that more research is warranted, and we offer specific suggestions for ensuring high-quality and productive future studies.

Keywords: Qigong, Chi Kung, Taijiquan, Tai Chi, exercise, basal ganglia, default mode network, interoception

Author information:

(1) Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH, USA
(2) Research and Development Service, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, White River Junction, VT, USA
Edited by: Felipe Schuch, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil
Reviewed by: William R. Marchand, University of Utah, USA; Petros C. Dinas, FAME Laboratory, Greece
*Correspondence: Mardi A. Crane-Godreau, Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, 1 Medical Center Drive, HB 7936, Lebanon, 03756 NH, USA e-mail: ude.htuomtrad@enarc.idram

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