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Seminar Detail

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention Retreat & Instructor Certification

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Sunday, September 20, 2020

Course Description:

In 5 days at the beautiful Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina, not only will you be eligible to become a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Instructor but leave feeling restored, revitalized and ready to return to your deeply meaningful work.

Tai Chi combines low-impact exercises you can easily use safely with patients. The practice puts profound emphasis on breathing, relaxing, and focusing the mind in specific postures. Benefits include:
  • Improve flexibility and balance to prevent falls
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Strengthen cardiovascular system
  • Decrease chronic pain
  • Recover from injuries and surgeries faster
This training opportunity is a MUST if you work with patients who need easily adaptable and non-invasive exercises – and an opportunity to practice Tai Chi in a serene setting.

Your retreat presenter has trained extensively with Dr. Paul Lam and risen to Master Trainer Status, providing you the research and benefits of Tai Chi. Most importantly, he will guide you step-by-step through specialized movements, so you can teach your patients an enjoyable exercise without the use of equipment.

In addition, these 5-days will bring an inner calmness to your life, restoring you mentally and physically so that you can be the best practitioner your patients need.

Set yourself apart from other practitioners and let patients and colleagues know you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to provide treatment at the highest level!

No experience with Tai Chi is required!
A digital pre-study course will be opened up to you prior to the retreat to learn the basic movements. At the retreat, your instructor will teach you the movements step-by-step to ensure you can safely and properly teach others.
RETREAT SCHEDULE – Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – Sunday, September 20, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    3:00 – 5:00 pm – Sleeping Room Check-In
    5:00 – 6:00 pm – Educational Session Introduction*
    6:00 – 7:20 pm - Dinner
    7:30 – 8:30 pm – Educational Session/Lab Experiential*

Thursday-Saturday, September 17-19, 2020
    6:30 – 7:30 am – Tai Chi Play Time (Optional)
    7:30 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
    9:30 – 11:45 am – Educational Session/Tai Chi Instruction*
    12:00 – 1:30 pm - Lunch
    2:00 – 4:00 pm - Educational Session/Tai Chi Instruction*
    4:00 – 6:00 pm – Individual Activity/Free time
    6:00 – 7:30 pm - Dinner
    7:45 – 8:45 pm – Educational Session/Tai Chi Instruction*

Sunday, September 20, 2020
    6:30 – 7:30 am – Tai Chi Play Time (Optional)
    7:30 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
    9:30 – 11:45 am – Educational Session/Tai Chi Instruction*
    12:00 – 1:30 pm – Closing lunch and departure

Optional Activity (Thursday – Saturday)
    4:15 – 5:15 pm – Yoga (The Art of Living Retreat Center activity)

* CE is awarded during these specified times

Retreat Location

Embrace the art of living in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina. Here in this vast mountain range under serene blue skies, you will find beauty to feed your soul and peace to ease your mind. The Art of Living Retreat Center offers a balance of rest and activities to begin your journey:
  • Hotel and Retreat Sleeping Rooms – all with Private Baths
  • 380-acre setting in the peaceful Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Healthful Vegetarian Cuisine (3 Meals Daily)
  • Shankara Ayurveda Spa
  • Nature Trails
  • Yoga Classes
  • Mind & Meditation Classes
  • Labyrinth
  • Fire Circle (Sat only)
  • Kirtan
  • Pottery Studio
  • Nearest Airports:
    • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles)
    • Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
    • Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)
  • Airport shuttle service to and from Charlotte airport can be arranged in advance through Hickory Hop Shuttle (additional fees).

Sleeping Accommodations

Hotel Rooms
Located on a mountain ridge, these rooms offer beautiful vistas of either the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains or the quiet magic of the forest.
  • Full or king beds
  • Private bathrooms
  • Includes amenities such as TV, refrigerator & writing desk

Retreat Rooms
Comfortable and simple, these rooms are located along the Eastern mountain slope and are a great option for those who desire peaceful relaxation accompanied by the music of the forest.
  • Two twin beds per room
  • Private bathrooms
  • Simply furnished

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.


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 Sun style of Tai Chi with application of lab.
  12. Teach modifications for participants of different movement abilities.
  13. Practice Tai Chi adaptations specific for fall prevention.
  14. Define the international fall reduction statistics directly related to Tai Chi programs.
  15. Independently apply the basic styles of Sun style of Tai Chi by the end of the course to strengthen patients’ flexibility, core, and balance.
  16. Discuss how to implement a community-wide program teaching others Tai Chi.
  17. Demonstrate the six basic movements with application of lab.
  18. Demonstrate the six advance movements with application of lab.
  19. Demonstrate the various Tai Chi movements into a seated position to be used for non-ambulatory patients.
  20. Develop practices of incorporating Tai Chi into real-life situations for fall prevention.

Unlock the Power of Tai Chi: Who and How Tai Chi Benefits
  • The latest research on Tai Chi
  • Recommendation from the CDC and Arthritis Foundations across the globe
  • Effective movements you can use immediately to:
    • Prevent falls
    • Build muscle strength, which supports and protects joints
    • Increase stamina
    • Enhance flexibility and balance
    • Optimize mobility and function
    • Reduce arthritis and back pain
    • Improve posture/memory/relaxation
    • Decrease stress and anxiety
    Essential Principles to Remember
    • Improve upper body/lower body coordination
      • Make the movements slow, even, and continuous
      • Gentle resistance
    • Be mindful of your body/center of gravity awareness to improve balance
      • Be aware of weight transference
      • Importance of upright position, if possible
    • Be mindful of your mind
      • Stay focused on each movement so that the internal and external are integrated
    Tai Chi: Why It Is Important to Keep Safety in Mind
    • What environment is ideal for teaching Tai Chi?
    • Realize the limitation of your patient, even if they don’t recognize it
    Incorporate Tai Chi into Your Practice
    • Where to start – assess your patients’ ability to perform certain movements
    • Motivate your patients toward recovery with 3 methods
      • Choice theory
      • Positive psychology
      • Mindfulness
    • Affecting rehab outcomes positively
    • Group exercise – LAB
      • Warm-up exercises
      • Cooling down exercises
    • Coding and billing tips to get the most out of reimbursement
    Teaching Your Patients and The Community at Large
    • Role play the Stepwise Progression teaching method
    • Precautions and modifications
    • Taking it to the street – community classes
    Hands-On Demonstration and Lab: Introducing the 12 Forms Sequence, Step-By-Step
    • Warm-up exercises
    • Step-by-step instruction of each movement
    • 6 basic movements
      • Commencement
      • Open and close
      • Single whip
      • Waving hands
      • Open and close
      • Closing
    • 6 advanced movements
      • Brush knees
      • Playing the lute
      • Parry and punch
      • Block and close
      • Push the mountain
      • Open and close
    • Cool-down exercises
    Group Therapy Program (Sun Style Tai Chi)
    • Adaptations for knee, joint, and balance limitations
    Seated Tai Chi
    • Build strength and flexibility for non-ambulatory patients
    Post-Test for Certification: Demonstrate Safe and Independent Performance of the 12 Movements
Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Activity Professionals
What You Should Wear/Bring
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, supportive shoes suitable for exercise (shows 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.
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