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Since the summer/spring of 1997, with the founding of the Yi Chuan Institute in Norway, people have been practicing Yi Chuan in a variety of settings. Weekly classes and seasonal seminars have been arranged on a regular basis for the general public. Seminars have taken place in a multitude of setting such as an insurance company, a health/training studio, and even state officials have been training. A health program consisting of weekly Yi Chuan workshops was developed for university officials for the period of 1 and 1/2 years. Another health program was instituted for the workers at a rehab clinic for drug addicts, where Yi Chuan was taught to all the employees every week for a period of a year.

One of the main projects is conducted at the Heart and Lung Center in Bergen. The weekly workshops, started 1 and 1/2 years ago, and are open to drop in for people with heart and lung illnesses, as well as for their relatives and friends. The majority of people attending are between the ages of forty and seventy years old, but there are also younger and older people. The National Heart and Lung Organization (LHL) is supporting the project. The project is involved with a research program focusing on the experiences of the participants from an anthropologist's point of view.

Joseph K.(right), "The Visionary", whose inspiration brought Master Quinones and Yi Chuan to Norway
Master Quinones and student Silje

Another large project is developing with the support from the Norwegian State, through SND, a foundation for supporting projects with new potentials. The project is focusing on the health and wellbeing of individuals and co-workers, in companies and other worksettings. The project involves an applied anthropology, giving perspectives to different health practices, to expand the understanding of illness and treatment. The project also involves the introduction of Yi Chuan, as a daily practice in the company, for nurturing, developing and healing in the individual and in the group of co-workers.

Although the project is just in the formulation stage, several companies have already showed interest. Officials at the firestation in town have also responded positively. At the beginning of the year 2002, the proper steps will be taken to bring the art of Yi Chuan to a wide variety of companies and individuals.

[Please follow the link to the next page and see a slide show of Yi Chuan practitioners' training in Norway]

 

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