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Immersive Study and/or Teacher Training in MogaDao

Ethos Program Immersions

In-person and Online Study in 2021

Zhenevere Sophia Dao, originator of the philosophy of Post-Daoism and founder of the MogaDao practice tradition.

MogaDao is a sacred, queer practice tradition, "queer" in our usage denoting a conscious and comprehensive undermining of oppressive normativity. We are a safe and profound training ground for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transexual or transgender, asexual, gender non-conforming, or as queer consociates, individuals who are authentically called to surround themselves with queer consciousness in order to effect their own liberation through the undoing of cultural conditioning. The tradition comprises academic studies in queer ontologies, original forms of mythopoetic and archetypal qigong, spiritualized yoga asana, and somatic meditation. The practices, or “techne,” as they are called in the tradition (harkening back etymologically to the notion of practice as art) are supported by the philosophy of Post-Daoism, originated by Zhenevere Sophia Dao. Post-Daoism combines inheritances of Western Depth Psychology with Eastern philosophical foundations, reinterpreting the former and extending and elaborating upon the latter toward a "justified ontology," or the affirmation of life.


The Seven Ethea

of MogaDao

The 7 Ethea are the foundational structure of the MogaDao practice tradition, and the MogaDao disciplines (called "techne" in the tradition)—MogaDao Qigong, MogaDao Yoga, and Post-Daoist Meditations—are the enfleshment and ensouling, in practice, of these themes or ethea. The 7 Ethea of MogaDao represent an existential framework for a comprehensive approach to being—physical, intellectual, sociopolitical, and spiritual. The Ethea represent every techne of MogaDao and every aspect of Post-Daoism divided into thematic groupings for the purposes of immersive study. The MogaDao Ethea are:

  1. Human Fragility: Approaches to Anxiety, Trauma, and Grief

  2. Mythopoetics: Emotion, Archetype, and the Imagination

  3. Essence and Transformation: Post-Daoist Essence & Gender Theory: Yin, Yang, and Yun.

  4. Numina: The Body Spiritual

  5. Depth Sexuality: The Erotic Basis of Being

  6. Eros and Civilization: The Heartmind Warrior and the Sociopolitical Dimension

  7. The Human Totem: Yoga and the Breadth of Being

The MogaDao Practice tradition

The MogaDao practice tradition proper began in 2010, with forms and practices and ideologies Zhenevere Sophia Dao began creating at that time, a creative process which continues to the present. With the exception of The Mythos Form (formerly called "Morning Medical Qigong"), which predates the tradition's creativity and most current canon, and which has progenitorial movements derived from various sources, such as American acupuncturists and taiji masters, as well as clinical Chinese qigong, all of the MogaDao Qigong forms are original mythopoetic creations of Zhenevere Sophia Dao, derived from autodidactic research and innovative, choreographical invention. MogaDao Yoga employs classical Indian asana in terms of Post-Daoism's 5 Realms Theory, but many of MogaDao Yoga's asanas are original to the MogaDao tradition, in particular with regard to the recently innovated practices (2019-2020) of Primordial Yoga and Erotogenic Yoga, yoga practices which, in the case of Primordial Yoga, are designed to support SACRA Theater's acrobatic necessities, contemporary dance, and the martial arts, and in the case of Erotogenic Yoga, all aspects of sexual well-being. The three MogaDao Meditations, Empty Sky Meditation, Floating Heart Meditation, and Jing Retrieval, though naturally deriving from the historical diaspora of sitting practices, employ unique somatic correspondences and purposes of immanence that place them under the auspices of Post-Daoist meditation.

 

post-daoism

 

The MogaDao practice tradition is experientially rooted in the three somatic technes of MogaDao Qigong, MogaDao Yoga, and and the three Post-Daoist meditations of MogaDao. These techne are indivisible from the philosophy of Post-Daoism, which is the ontological foundation of the MogaDao tradition. The Seven Ethea represent the codified relevance of Post-Daoism to psychospiritual-physical practice. Within the MogaDao practice tradition, the ontological perspectives of Post-Daoism and the sacralized practice of the arts of qigong, meditation, and yoga commingle, attempting new approaches to studies in trauma and recovery, the role of emotion, archetype, and the imagination, the theory of essences and change, ritual and the spiritual dimension of human being, and sexuality and eros, conceived not as "drives" but as pathways to human sovereignty, sociopolitical activism, and "justified ontology."

Certification to Become a MogaDao Teacher

The MogaDao teacher certification program consists of a rigorous and in-depth trajectory of concentrated study in MogaDao techne, pedagogia, and the ontological philosophy of Post-Daoism, for a limited number of highly motivated and multi-dimensional individuals.
 

MogaDao 2021

 

Bullet List for the Planning of Personal Study and Teacher Certification in 2021



 

I want to receive an initial introduction to the work of MogaDao without traveling to study in person…
 

 

I want to study deeply in person in the techne of MogaDao without certifying to become a teacher…
 

  • Familiarize yourself with the Ethea of MogaDao, the seven thematic frameworks of study within the tradition.

  • Register for the Experientia Immersions of your choosing, as those registrations become available. (No application needed). Enrollment availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

  • See Calendar of In-Person Classes with Certified Mogadao Teachers

 

I want to begin the process of becoming a certified MogaDao teacher for the first time…
 

  • On the MogaDao website, familiarize yourself with the Ethea as well as the MogaDao teacher certification process.

  • Decide which Ethos (or Ethea, if more than one) you wish to seek certification in and complete the corresponding Application(s). See Applications page.

    • Complete Essay of Motivation (1500-2000) words

      • This essay will address the student's general motivation for wishing to teach within the MogaDao practice tradition. Please email your essay, in PDF format, to the Director of Admissions: evebradford@mogadao.com

    • Arrange for 3 Letters of Recommendation 

      • A letter from a former or current teacher in an academic context (highschool teacher; college professor; intellectual tutor or mentor, etc.) that attests to one’s capacity to focus on challenging material.

      • A letter from a friend or companion that focuses on intimate knowledge of one’s character and disposition toward life generally.

      • A letter from a teacher, or mentor, or personally revered colleague in a field of some relevance to body-mind practice culture and to the MogaDao Ethos Program to which the applicant is applying. 

        • Please have the authors email letters in PDF format, directly and confidentially, to the Director of Admissions: evebradford@mogadao.com

  • For those who reach the second stage of the application process, have an interview with Zhenevere Sophia Dao


 

I am already a certified MogaDao teacher and wish to continue with further certifications…
 

  • Decide which Ethos (or Ethea, if more than one) you wish to seek certification in and complete the corresponding Application(s). See Application page.

  • For those who reach the second stage of the application process, have an interview with Zhenevere Sophia Dao

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