Qigong Instructor Course

Qigong Instructor Course


Run by the Ireland Health Qigong Association (the official body for the promotion of Qigong through the Chinese Health Qigong Federation), this course will give anyone with an interest in learning and teaching Qigong the chance to become a qualified instructor one of the fastest growing health practices in the world today.

It can be used as a stand alone teaching qualification or as an addition to those already working within holistic, health care and professional organisations.


The practice of Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) uses simple movements, and sometimes sounds, to help the body realign itself physically and emotionally.  These low impact exercises are suitable for all ages giving participants their own individual health benefits.  All Qigong practices focus on the internal workings of the body (internal organs, bones, tendons, energy channels) as well as the external (muscles, skin and sense organs).

Usually practiced as a set sequence set of movements called forms, they are highly enjoyable to teach as well as practice, reinvigorating the body and mind.  All of the forms taught by the association have been carefully refined from ancient practices by top Qigong masters to give optimal benefits to everyone.


Over the course you will be given the training and skills covering;

Qigong movements / forms

Silk Reeling Energy Work

Theory / Methodology

Acupoints & Meridian Theory

Class structures

Teaching Methods

Business/tax protocols

Personal practice and development

While previous experience is not essential, dedication and regular practice at home are required for you to complete this course.


Two instructor weekends, one day long Five Animals Qigong seminar plus, two other half day workshops must be attended within a 6-24 month period for a valid instructor certification to be issued.

The instructor only training weekends will be held in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis on the following dates;


Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd November 2019

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th May 2020

Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th November 2020


The listings for seminars and workshops can be found here




You can choose the dates you wish to attend and are welcome to extra workshops, etc. if you wish (any extra training to be paid for separately) to get the most out of the program, as long as it’s done within a maximum of 24 months from your first attendance.


The qualification is examined on an ongoing assessment basis to ensure we best assess of your development over the course and help with future progress.

Qualifications are issued dependent on the proficiency and understanding of the Qigong forms learned.  Instructors are also obliged to keep attending workshops after qualification to ensure their standards are kept at a suitable level and to improve going into the future.




Newly qualified instructors will be awarded one of the following teaching certificates as issued by the Ireland Health Qigong Association (the official body of the World Health Qigong Federation in Ireland);


Foundation Qigong Instructor;   (1 Qigong form)

Level 1 Qigong Instructor;       (2 Qigong forms)



The cost for the course(when paid for in advance) is  €955.  For this you will receive;


Two full instructor only training weekends

One day long Five Animals Qigong seminar

Two other half day workshops

Membership with the Ireland Health Qigong & Tai Chi Association

Instructor certificate

Customized instructor shirt


A minimum deposit of €200 is required to book place (non-refundable) with balance payable on first attendance.  You also have the option of paying for each Weekend/Workshop separately.  The course is in high demand, so early booking advised;


Instructor Weekend Courses


After a years teaching experience you have the option to reassess and qualify for;

Level 2 Qigong Instructor: (3 Qigong forms)  

and after 3 years teaching experience you can be assessed for;

Senior Instructor


Instructors already qualified are welcome to attend instructor weekends at the training rate of €110 per day (€200 for 2 days) with additional assessment fee of €100 if they wish to upgrade their certification;

Qualified instructors



What previous participants had to say;


“I loved it. It was so relaxing, informative.  I was hesitant to join but am so delighted that I did.  It has opened up a whole new world for me.  Kevin and John are wonderful teachers”,  Sinead

“I never thought I would enjoy it so much!”,  Susan

“Excellent tuition.  Very very enjoyable.  Thank you both for all your time, input and passing on of skills”,  Lisa-Ann

“Great teaching, positive learning, encouraging and openness to questions”  Uta

“I know this course has been literally life changing”,  William




For bookings or information please contact;

​John Collins – 0868377147, irelandtaichi@hotmail.com

Kevin Copeland – 0860535513, claretaichi@gmail.com





 John Collins 4th Duan Wei – Head Instructor Ireland Qigong Association

A journey to China over 15 years ago ignited a passion for Tai Chi and Qigong. Having trained in other martial arts for over 10 years, Qigong was that missing piece of the puzzle he was searching for.

His passion and dedication to training gained him one of the highest honours in Chen Tai Chi to be accepted as a direct student of the current family representative Grand Master Chen Zhenglei – the only Irish person to have received this honour and is also a senior indoor student of Grandmaster Liming Yue.

John travels to China regularly to improve his knowledge of Qigong.


Kevin Copeland 2nd Duan Wei – Senior Instructor Ireland Qigong Association

A chance meeting with John Collins over 10 years ago led Kevin to his first experience with Qigong & Tai Chi. Since then Kevin has gone on to be accepted as a student of Grand Master Liming Yue as well as gaining Duan Wei 2nd class for Tai Chi as well as 3rd Duan Wei in Qigong, for which he also represented Ireland in international competition. Like John, Kevin’s commitment to training and teaching has led him on a journey he wishes to share with anyone interested in experiencing the life enhancing qualities regular Qigong practice can give.