About Me

img_4640Welcome! My name is Betsy McDonald, I am a retired public school teacher/principal and a  Wisdom Healing Qigong Teacher and Healing Facilitator with Master Mingtong Gu @ The Chi Center.  I am a Level 2 certified teacher and in the post-advanced qigong practitioner program. Teaching locally and assisting Master Mingtong at the Chi Center and Esalen are some of my (many) greatest joys. I am also a Mesa carrier in the Q’ero Shaman tradition of the Peruvian Andes. I blend these medicines  and more in my work with clients, creating a unique experience for each person in their healing journey.  I offer Sacred Conversations and Qigong Coaching in person or online via Zoom. I also offer workshops outside of the Eastern Sierra, so if you live out of the area and want to help coordinate a workshop, feel free to contact me at deepestvalleyqigong@gmail.com

betsychiriverMy Healing Story: My story continues to evolve. But what brought me to Wisdom Healing Qigong were two things. One, feeling a disconnection, a desperation to learn how to connect more deeply with Father Spirit, Mother Earth, to pray essentially. I wanted a daily practice, but could not seem to gain traction with any practice consistently. Two, the stress of being a school principal was beginning to affect my body. One year I had multiple root canals, another year multiple nosebleeds, one so severe I ended up in the ER in the middle of the night. I did not connect these to stress but now I do. Finally, I was experiencing symptoms that led to an initial diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis after a brain MRI found a lesion in that specific area. Fortunately I was cleared of that diagnosis after two trips to UC San Francisco. Around that time I had found Master Mingtong online (after enjoying his meditations in Winter Feast for the Soul)  and began the beginning courses through The Chi Center. I decided to retire early as the universe seemed to be telling me through my body that it was time to pay attention. At that point, I had completed all the beginning courses and qualified to begin the Professional Teaching Program (PTP) with The Chi Center. Looking back, I see the Haola, the “all is well and getting better” in this journey to becoming a qigong teacher and healer. If I had not retired, I would not have had the time to dedicate to the teacher and healer training program that I’m so immersed in. It’s my passion to share this life changing practice with all who desire to learn, to connect, to heal.

Haola, blessings, and love! Munay!SONY DSC




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