Seminar Detail

Tai Chi for Health and Wellness Retreat & Instructor Certification
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - Sunday, August 18, 2019

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. In 4 days at the beautiful Art of Living Retreat Center, you’ll be eligible to become a certified Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Instructor.

Some of your patients need more than traditional therapy. Yet you still need to use evidence-based practices to be reimbursed for your care. This is your chance to get away, and immerse yourself in the proven effectiveness of Tai Chi!

Tai Chi combines low-impact and adaptable exercises you can easily use safely with patients. The practice puts profound emphasis on breathing, relaxing, and focusing the mind in specific postures. A variety of benefits include:
  • Improve flexibility and balance
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Strengthen cardiovascular system
  • Decrease chronic pain
  • Recover from injuries and surgeries faster
Master Trainer in Tai Chi, Ralph Dehner, COTA, CPT, will personally guide you step-by-step through each movement of Tai Chi for Rehabilitation (TCR). By learning these specialized movements, you will be able to teach your patients an enjoyable exercise without the use of equipment. Ralph will equip you with relevant tools and techniques to incorporate into any patient’s treatment plans.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to become certified and add this reimbursable therapy to your toolbox. The retreat is organized with plenty of down time for rest, rejuvenation and relaxation. You will leave this retreat feeling restored, revitalized and ready to return to your deeply meaningful work.

No experience with Tai Chi is required! .

Upon completion of the digital pre-study course, the hands-on training, and demonstration of safe and independent performance of the routine by the end of the retreat – you’ll be eligible to become a certified Tai Chi for Rehabilitation instructor through Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute. Join a growing community of Tai Chi instructors around the world!
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.

Retreat Schedule

Thursday, August 15, 2019
3:00 – 4:30 pm – Check in
4:30 – 6:00 pm – Introduction/Educational Session*
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation 7:30 – 8:30 pm - Educational Session/Lab Experiential*

Friday-Saturday, August 16-17, 2019
6:30-7:30 am – Morning Activity (Optional)
7:30 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Educational Session/Tai Chi Instruction*
12:00 – 1:30 pm - Lunch
4:15 – 6:00 pm – Individual Activity/Free Time
6:00 – 7:30 pm - Dinner

Sunday, August 18, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 am – Morning Activity (Optional)
7:30 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 am – Tai Chi Warmup*
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Educational Session/Tai Chi Closing*
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch & Conclusion

Optional FREE Activities Provided by the Retreat Center:
7:30 – 8:30 am – Yoga (Sat only)
4:15 – 5:15 pm – Yoga
5:30 – 6:00 pm – Meditation
7:30 – 8:15 pm – Meditative Chant Kirtan
8:15 – 9:30 pm – Fire Circle (Sat only)

*CE is awarded during these specified times

Retreat Highlights
  • Shankara Ayurveda Spa
  • Nature Walks & Hiking
  • Labyrinth
  • Pottery Studio
  • 380-acre setting in the peaceful Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Plant-based dining
  • Incredible landscapes
Cancellation Policy: Prior to 45 days before the event start date, you will be charged a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after that, you will receive a gift certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.
  1. Analyze the history of Tai Chi principles and practices.
  2. Explain the relevancy of Tai Chi in the rehab clinical setting.
  3. Articulate the link between chronic arthritis pain and fall risk.
  4. Utilize safety precautions for Tai Chi in rehab.
  5. Apply the Stepwise Progression Teaching Method during treatment.
  6. Teach the movement, body, and internal principles of Tai Chi for effective progress.
  7. Incorporate mindfulness in Tai Chi practice to enhance health and well-being benefits.
  8. Practice the dan tien breathing method to promote relaxation.
  9. Utilize weight transference techniques to improve balance.
  10. Apply situational focus in Tai Chi practice, encouraging mental alertness.
  11. Demonstrate the Chen, Yang, and Sun style of Tai Chi with application of lab.
  12. Teach modifications for participants of different movement abilities.
  13. Practice Tai Chi adaptations for arthritis and fall prevention.
  14. Define the international fall reduction statistics directly related to Tai Chi programs.
  15. Independently apply the basic styles of Chen, Yang, and Sun style of Tai Chi by the end of the course to strengthen patients’ flexibility, core, and balance.
  16. Demonstrate the various Tai Chi movements into a seated position to be used for non-ambulatory patients.
  17. Develop practices of incorporating Tai Chi into real-life situations for fall prevention.
  • What is Tai Chi?
  • Benefits of Tai Chi for Rehabilitation
    • Increases muscle strength, which supports and protects joints
    • Increases stamina
    • Increases flexibility
    • Helps balance, thereby reducing falls
    • Improves posture/memory/relaxation
  • How to motivate to start the road to recovery: choice theory
  • Positive psychology
  • Warm-up exercises
  • GROUP THERAPY PROGRAM LAB (Yang, Sun, and Chen Style) – Adaptions for knee, joint, and balance limitations
  • Strategies for increasing strength and balance
  • Intro of TCR Eight Forms sequence – essential principles for fall prevention
  • Cooling-down exercises
  • Warm-up exercise
  • Deepening your understanding of the Tai Chi movements through the essential principles – improving upper body/lower body coordination, center of gravity awareness to improve balance
  • Seated Tai Chi for the non-ambulatory patient
  • Cooling-down exercise
  • Overview
  • Role play the Stepwise Progression teaching method
  • Precautions and modifications
  • Taking it to the street – community classes
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Personal Trainers
  • Activity Professionals
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, supportive shows suitable for exercise (shoes are required).


Ralph Dehner, COTA, CPT, after 17 years as the director and program coordinator of the Mighty Vine Wellness Club, a nonprofit wellness center serving the mental health community, has stepped into a consultant’s role. As a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), his clinical experience includes rehabilitation and injury prevention through behavior modification, exercise, work simplification, and functional activity.

Mr. Dehner started studying internal martial arts in the early 1970s and is a certified Master Trainer for Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for health programs in the USA. In addition, he is certified as an instructor for such courses as Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, and Tai Chi for Diabetes.

Mr. Dehner has taught both Qi Gong and Tai Chi in hospitals, cancer centers, nursing homes, senior centers, integrative medicine centers, and mental health facilities. In conjunction with his vast experience, he has presented several conferences, such as the National Autism Conference, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Conference and the Inaugural International Tai Chi for Health Conference (Seoul, So. Korea). Mr. Dehner is also an experienced program developer who has produced and presented training courses on such topics as fall prevention, Tai Chi for OTs, and integrative medicine in mental health. He received his BS in holistic studies with a concentration in wellness management from Union Institute and University. Mr. Dehner is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, American Council on Exercise, International Association of Reiki, and Tai Chi for Health Community of America.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ralph Dehner has an employment relationship with Mighty Vine Wellness Club. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Ralph Dehner is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association; the American Council on Exercise; International Association of Reiki; and Tai Chi for Health Community of America.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Athletic Trainers
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PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 15.5 hours of Category A continuing education.

Exercise Physiologists
ASEP members will earn 15.5 CECs for full attendance at this seminar. The ASEP allows members to earn a maximum of 10 CECs in any one 5 year period.

Personal Trainers
This course has been approved by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-BOC) for 1.50 CEUs. PESI, Inc. Provider Number is 544.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 15.5 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 15.5 contact hours or 1.55 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 15.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants:
PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This lecture qualifies for 15.5 continuing competency hours.

North Carolina Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, Provider Number: 216-000071. This intermediate course is approved by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners by virtue of PESI Inc. approved provider status with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation. This course qualifies for 15.5 continuing education hours. PLEASE BRING YOUR LICENSE NUMBER WITH YOU TO THE PROGRAM.

Pennsylvania Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: The Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy recognizes approval by all other state boards. This activity consists of 15.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 15.5 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 930 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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