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ADGL 2018 Retreat Photos

The ADGL 2018 Taoist Retreat took place at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Northern California.

ADGL Annual Retreat 2017

The ADGL was led by Head Priest Shifu Michael on another great retreat this year. Held in Inverness, CA in April 2017, at St Columba’s Episcopal Retreat Center, the retreat included qigong on the beach, gathering starlight energy at night, a Daoist priest ordination ceremony, qi-inspired cooking by retreat members, and of course Zuo Wang meditation throughout. Some retreat photos are below.

Review of “A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me” by Bryan Sweet

Review by Bryan Sweet of “A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me” (Author: Shifu Michael Rinaldini)

Section Nine

In this section, you will learn about Daoism by reading my new book, A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me. This book was written from the perspective of a modern day western Daoist. For the written part of this section, write a 1-2 page report on your general impressions of the book. For instance, what was your favorite part or what didn’t you like. Give me a couple of your favorite quotes from the book. Was there anything in this book that surprised you on the practices of a modern day Daoist?

Review of “A Daoist Practice Journal, Book 2: Circle Walking, Qigong, and Daoist Cultivation” by Bryan Sweet

Review by Bryan Sweet of “A Daoist Practice Journal, Book 2: Circle Walking, Qigong, and Daoist Cultivation” (Author: Shifu Michael Rinaldini)

This book, A Daoist Practice Journal, Book 2: Circle Walking, Qigong, and Daoist Cultivation, is the second book written by Michael Rinaldini (Shifu Li Chang Dao). His first book, entitled A Daoist Practice Journal, Come Laugh with Me, was well received by a diverse audience. In this book Shifu Michael weaves together multiple strands of Daoist practices to form a captivating mosaic. The strands include Circle Walking, Qigong, Daoist Scriptures, acupressure, teaching, zouwang meditation, and the importance of cultivating serenity. It is Shifu Michael’s erudition that allows him to integrate, for instance, an ancient scripture with his thoughts which emerged while gazing at the sky on a starry, summer night, or how the seasons of the year can palpably influence the impact of Circle Walking.

Pictures from the 2016 ADGL Retreat: Year of the Monkey

Images from the 2015 ADGL Daoist Retreat

Images from the Daoist Priest Ordination Ceremony, 2015
Black Mountain Retreat Center, CA

2014 ADGL Retreat

The 2014 Annual ADGL Daoist Retreat was held at Black Mountain Retreat Center in Northern California. Here are some pictures from the retreat!


American Dragon Gate Lineage forms alliances with other Daoist organizations in the USA and in Italy.

Priest Dominique and Alberto Pingitore

Priest Dominique and Alberto Pingitore in Italy

Shifu Michael formed an official Alliance with the Blue Mountain Monastery founded by Christina Barea and Peyton Young. Their center is located near Atlanta, Georgia and will offer spiritual trainings, qigong instructions and qigong headings among other practices.

Outside of the USA, shifu Michael is building a network of qigong and Daoist students in Italy. One of shifu’s students is also a recognized master of martial arts, Daoism and qigong. Shifu Alberto Pingitore has his own martial arts school in Grosseto and also recently entered the priest training program of the American Dragon Gate Lineage. In the photo, shifu Alberto is meeting with ADGL Priest Dominique de Fazio, who lives part-time in Italy and the rest of the time in southern California. Together, an American-Italian Alliance of Daoism will exist.