Current Priests & Members

ADGL Administration:

Shifu Michael Rinaldini (Founder, Director)

Visit shifu’s web site Qigong & Daoist Training Center to learn about his qigong certification trainings and other activities:

Jeremy Pollack (Administrative Manager, Web Master)

Current ADGL Priests:

The following priests are authorized to teach Daoist practices.

Michael Rinaldini, Sebastopol, CA (Head Priest, Ordained 2003)
Tina Hamilton, Prineville, OR (Ordained 2011)
Dominique De Fazio, Los Angeles, CA & Rome, Italy (Ordained 2012)
Mitch Mahoney, San Francisco, CA (Ordained 2013)
Jeremy Pollack, Los Angeles, CA & Phoenix, AZ (Ordained 2014)
Michael Bittner, Boise, ID (Ordained 2017)
Bryan Sweet, Canada (Ordained 2018)
Maya Sarkisyan, Florida (Ordained 2018)
Dan Needham, Sebastopol, CA (Daoist Initiate 2018)
Marc Velez, (Ordained 2019)
Chuck Steg, (Ordained 2019)
Demitri Pevzner, (Ordained 2019)

Current ADGL Priests-in-Training:

Gregoire La Force
Emily Christie
Jenn Swaringen
Beth Bloomfield
Kristin Black
Justin Lee
Eric Cogbill
Shane Fike

Honorary Members of the ADGL:

Bill Porter (Red Pine)
Bill Porter is an American author who translates under the pen-name Red Pine. He is a translator and interpreter of Chinese texts, primarily Taoist and Buddhist, including poetry and Sūtras. Watch a Documentary on the Chinese Translation Work of Bill Porter

Deng Ming-Dao
Deng Ming-Dao is an author of books on Taoism including 365 Tao, Chronicles of Tao, and the Living I Ching; and is an artist, teacher, and designer.

Sat Chuen Hon, MFA
Sat Chuen Hon, MFA is an author of Taoist Qigong For Health &Vitality (Shambhala Press) and film maker, Taiji, Chaotic Harmony. He is a Taoist, a Buddhist and a lover of Pu-erh tea.

Livia Kohn’s, PhD.
Livia Kohn’s specialty is the study of the Daoist religion and Chinese long life practices. She has written and edited 35 books and over 100 articles, as well as translated works from the German, French, Chinese, and Japanese. She is currently the executive editor of the Journal of Daoist Studies, and manages Three Pines Press, the Western voice of Daoism. Livia is the main organizer of the International Conferences on Daoist Studies.

Ken Cohen
Ken Cohen is a renowned health educator, Qigong Master, and practitioner of indigenous medicine. He is the author of the first main qigong book in the west, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, 1997.