Conference 2023
Harmony at the Heart of Wellbeing

Onine Conference - Saturday 15 April 2023
Festival of Practice UWTSD Lampeter Campus - 16 April 2023


Harmony at the Heart of Wellbeing: Qigong and the Chinese Arts of Self-care

This conference brings together academics, professional therapists and lay practitioners of Chinese well-being practices.

It explores the pivotal role of Harmony in the Chinese model of well-being, and how this principle extends beyond the practices themselves to broader concerns of how we nurture our relationship to nature and society.

Conference themes include the following:

  • Chinese philosophy and medicine: the foundation of self-care practices
  • Modern development of self-care: the emergence of medical qigong in China
  • Qigong: the Western practitioner and the search for well-being; the role of mindfulness in meditative movement
  • Research: the role of science and technology in studies in the West and China
  • Pedagogy: how we learn to cultivate well-being; the role of the teacher; authenticity of practice; the evolution of lineages and traditions
  • Future perspectives: personal thriving, harmonious living, society and nature

Conference Partners

This conference is a collaboration between the Confucius Institute and the Harmony Institute Health Initiative. These two institutes within the university share a common interest in exploring the important contribution of East Asian wellbeing practices to understanding the basis for health and human flourishing. The conference provides a platform for sharing and delving into the different schools of thought, practice, and tradition in qigong and Chinese self-care.

Certificate of Attendance

A certificate of attendance is offered to those delegates attending the conference as part of their CPD.

  • Participation in an international conference with leading experts from the UK and China
  • Insights into the most up-to-date perspectives on the role of Chinese self-care practices such as medical qigong, taiji and other Chinese life-flourishing practices from expert keynote speakers
  • The chance to engage with the underlying principles, theories and philosophies that have shaped qigong, taiji, and yangsheng practices
  • Opportunities to discuss with experts how self-care practices inform the flourishing of wellbeing and healthcare policy
  • Participation in workshops to experience practices such as qigong, Tang Mi tea ceremony and more
  • Full conference pack including the Key Terms in Chinese Wellbeing booklet
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Access to recordings of talks and workshops to review at leisure