Erica Welsh, MSW
Qigong and Healing Arts Practitioner
My name is Erica. I am a Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group Leader, Qigong Healer, and an Intern Five Element Medicine Path Practitioner.
These approaches are rooted in Classic Chinese Medicine and Traditional Ways of Knowing. I love what I do. I work with people to help their own bodies remove blockages and to balance and heal with the goal of creating space for happiness, connection, and love.
I have always loved developing relationships with nature and people. One of my favourite pasttimes and a way that I recharge is by being outside; walking the trails and learning about the plants that grow close to my house. Outdoor adventures with family and friends fill me up.
Before studying to become a Qigong and Healing Arts Practioner, I practiced community based social work and research in both Calgary and Whitehorse. I have worked in Women's Shelters and Women's Centers offering support to women and their children as well as with the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services participating in community research projects. In all of these roles, I enjoyed building community and working within spaces that allow people to thrive , heal, and feel good. I, also, loved knowing I was working towards making this world a better place.
I still love working towards making this world a better place.
Sometimes, it is difficult to manage all the parts of my life between work, family, and other obligations. I can feel scattered and overwhelmed - not being able to do it all. It is these approaches that help me find balance in my life. This is why I share them with others; they work for me.
The philosophy and practice of Spring Forest Qigong and Five Element Medicine Path help me feel more balanced, calm, and alive. They are deeply connected to relationships with nature and the healing gifts that nature has to offer.
When I feel overwhelmed, I practice more qigong. If I need extra support, I get a balancing Five Element Medicine Path treatment. It works for me. These approaches have changed my life. I feel more peaceful, content, and joyful since bringing them into life.
I have been lucky to study with some very wise elders and teachers. I am so grateful to my teachers, Jaki Daniels, and Master Munira Jiwa (student of Grandmaster Chunyi Lin, founder of Spring Forest Qigong), who have supported my learning journey. There are many more teachers who support me and I offer my gratitude to them too.
I would be honoured and pleased to share these approaches with you.