In 1996 Francesco Garri Garripoli brought his first study group to China so people could have a chance to study with the amazing elder Masters and healers that he had the good fortune to live with there and feature on the PBS TV documentary “Qigong – Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century”. Francesco soon became the Chairman of the National Qigong Association (NQA) to help bring Qigong into the mainstream through a professional organization with over 900 members and an instructor and clinical practitioner Certification Program. Francesco, now a Senior Advisor and Certification Board Member of the NQA, is the author of “Qigong – Essence of the Healing Dance”, “Tao of the Ride”, and is featured in a series of Qigong instructional DVDs with Daisy Lee.
As the Chairman of the Qigong Institute since 1999 and a Qigong instructor who teaches workshops around the world, Francesco leads Study & Healing groups to unique locations in China, Thailand, Europe, Bhutan, and other power spots. Francesco teaches classes each day along with his partner Ambikha Devi, also a world-class instructor. Participants receive individual healing sessions each day from local Masters as well to deepen their personal and professional practice.
Group trips can be effective ways to further your personal Qigong practice and help you learn more from a deep, cultural experience that takes you away from your daily responsibilities and pressures. Francesco Garri Garripoli has been leading Qigong Group Study & Healing Trips to powerful healing locations around the world throughout Asia and Europe since the mid-1990's and his trips have facilitated over 700 travelers to learn more about Qigong and apply it to their life.
Whether for your personal healing and growth or for professional development, these are amazing opportunities to experience the best Qigong study and healing journeys available. All programs are all-inclusive with delicious food, upscale accommodations, daily personal healing sessions, Qigong, Yoga, energy breath work classes and meditations twice daily, and an array of amenities to make these small-group adventures quite memorable and empowering
After years of fitness and sports training and teaching, Ambikha began her focused Yoga studies in 2002. This was the beginning of her journey to find a way to access the true inner peace she had been searching for. With a Master's Degree In Yogic Science at Manonmaniam Sundarar University, Tamil Nadu India, Yoga has led her to discover that the true Self is a gem within us that shines brighter as we deepen our practice on a daily basis. After her intense training at the ashram in India, she was awarded by Guru Parampara “Yoga Sirowani” (Jewel of Yoga Teaching). Yoga also helps her to cultivate a deeper consciousness of her breath, body, mind, personal interactions and use of the Earth's resources. To Ambikha, Yoga and Qigong is a way to see things as they really are and a tool to experience pure love, peace and contentment.
Ambikha's studies with top Gurus in India, Thailand, and elsewhere have supported her to teach workshops around the world and develop techniques that she uses for her daily practice which combine with her Asana practice, karma Yoga and Kirtan (Yoga music.) Karma Yoga teaches Ambikha the practice of non-attachment to the results of the work, by simply doing the work as a service to Humanity and the Creator. She firmly believes on the path of Yoga, it is our responsibility to do service to our community and people in need, without asking for anything in return, while keeping a good intention and remain focus to the Divine as an offering of the service.
These experiences have led Ambikha to be inspired to found her non-profit NGO in the Philippines ONE BLOCK FOR BATUG to help people in areas affected by disasters and calamities. Her NGO also aim to rebuild schools and houses, bring healthcare support to the affected areas nature calamities, and to provide disaster preparedness training. She’s also passionate on bringing Yoga and Qigong to these little villages in the Philippines and to promote Yoga as part of the curriculum to be taught to the kids and the youth as part of their Physical Exercises. She has been working closely with the Department of Education and Philippine Government in different Municipalities and Provinces to promote Health and Well being through Yoga and Self Awareness.
She also facilitates other healing modalities that use guidance of conscious breathing, meditative dance, bodywork, and Transomatic Trance dialogue - a therapeutic modalities that focuses on memories and emotion that leads to transformation. With her partner Francesco Garri Garripoli, Ambikha offers instruction in "Qi Meets Prana" workshops and on Study & Healing Trips around the world. To learn more visit: