Elizabeth Meloney is a Rubbo Art of Energy Certified Instructor and is empowered to teach all the systems and forms taught by Masters Donald and Cheryl Lynne Rubbo of the Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation (PDPII) and Rubbo Art of Energy.  Elizabeth is a Catholic contemplative, and holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.  She is a former competitive gymnast and instructor with a long-term interest in wellness.  Elizabeth teaches group classes and private clients and is dedicated to sharing with her students the profound joys and blessings of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. 
 
In the spring of 2000, Elizabeth came to study with the Rubbos in order to get help in overcoming the ravaging effects of severe Lyme disease that had kept her housebound for more than a decade.  She completed the rigorous Three-Year Teacher Training program in 2005 and continued weekly advanced classes through 2010 where she studied Tai Chi Chuan, Primordial Qigong and other Qigong forms, Meditation, Five Element Theory, Qigong Tui Na (energy healing), Shaolin Chuan, I Chuan, Bagua Zhang, Hsing I Chuan, Tai Chi Staff and Sword.  Elizabeth continues ongoing training, study and daily practice in the internal martial and healing arts.

Elizabeth began teaching Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong classes offered through Rubbo Art of Energy in 2002.  She assisted Master Rubbo in the teaching of weekly classes, workshops and retreats as well as in the training of instructors in the Teacher Training program.  She was Director of the PDPII Wellness Program for Seniors for five years, and has a special affinity for working with our elder population.  She continues this work by teaching classes at retirement communities in Marin County.

Elizabeth served as Editor for three of the Rubbo's books and ebooks: Extraordinary Breath--Making the Power of Deep Breathing Work for You, Extraordinary Breath Free eBook, and Primordial Qigong.  Elizabeth is currently at work on other writing projects, including a memoir of her journey through Lyme disease.
 
“Elizabeth Meloney is a lineage holder for all of the systems and forms taught by Donald and Cheryl Lynne Rubbo.  Elizabeth is the Treasure Holder for Rubbo Art of Energy, and our heart-student.  She embodies all of the principles of right action, compassion, light and joy.”  –Donald and Cheryl Lynne Rubbo
 
Favorite quote:
 
"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."  --Gospel of Mark 9:23
 
 
 Josefina Garcia Puerta is a Cuban-born dancer and poet, and has been a student and practitioner of the healing arts since 1985.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University with a degree in Psychology.
 
Josefina has been a student of Masters Donald and Cheryl Lynne Rubbo since 2002, and is a Rubbo Art of Energy Certified Instructor.  She holds a Certification from the McKinnon Institute, and has spent many years studying Somatics and healing arts through such institutions as Tamalpa, Sound Movement Integration Center, Alive and Well! Institute of Conscious Bodywork, private tutorials and studies of Native American healing practices and rituals.
 
Josefina is committed to skillfully integrating her knowledge of Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan with the principles and practices of therapeutic hands-on healing to deepen the healing process for her clients and students.  She divides her time between her healing arts practice and teaching, and offers private and group sessions.  The progressive integration of her education, many trainings and life experiences have shaped her unique philosophical approach to the teaching and practice of healing energy work.  In her sessions with clients and students, Josefina facilitates the development of subtle energy flow and helps to bring a healthy sense of balance and well-being, as well as an understanding of ones natural rhythms, while integrating mind, body, and spirit. 
 
Photos of Elizabeth and Josefina by Bruno H. Hamann

 

What do we mean by Eternal Strength?

 

To be physically resilient, powerful, peaceful and radiant with health are a few of the many benefits that accrue to practitioners of the internal martial and healing arts.  However, our conventional understanding of 'strength' can also connote a kind of internal tension, holding, efforting or attachment to ego that is not conducive to the pure cultivation of chi (life force energy) and the realization of accomplishment in Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong.  Rather, it is by mastering the landscape of our inner world and releasing the internal tensions, attachments and discomforts of body, mind and spirit that we can open up, expand and liberate the space within.

 
We are grateful to our teachers for suggesting the name of our school, to the inspiration of Sifu Kuo Lien Ying and The Ancient Poem of the Universal Post.
 
Eternal Strength signifies for us the everlasting depth and breadth of spirit that resides in each of us--that which connects the transcendent potential of our authentic nature to the Divine.  It is through cultivating the eternal strength within that we can fully awaken to the present moment and be in harmony with the matrix of the universe; it is here that we can be truly at home, comfortable, joyful and fulfilled; it is here that we can truly inhabit life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             
  
                    

  

 

 

             

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  The Ancient Poem of the Universal Post

  The universal post is a mystical form of martial arts

   We can never fully understand the way it is done
   It seems like an embrace with a smiling face
   You use your strength from within
   You are relaxed and use no force
   It is like clouds floating in the wind from all directions
   You use forces from the universe to substantiate
      your strength
   Your strength comes from your breathing
   You do not hold fast, leaving a lot of room to move
   You do not bend to greater strength
   So smoothly you move and so naturally
   Your breathing and your limb movements should not
      be impeded
   It is like moving in space
   In and out of the highest peaks and clouds
   Gliding through air and clouds
   Floating along with the winds
   Graceful yet composed
   Always contain calmness and peace
   Head upheld high with pride
   You embrace the world below you
   As clear and pure as an underground brook
   Like lead turning into silver spinning to the moon
   Looking into an antique mirror to look deep into
      your soul 
   Your cup is filled to the brim
   Absolutely free of restraint and free of self
   You could fly as though you had wings
   Head towards the limitless horizon
   Like throwing a pebble into water
   The circles get larger and larger
   With your hands you push open the limits of the
      universe
   You embrace from within
   Heaven and earth and the ten thousand things
      capture your thoughts
   The eyes look outside with determination
   Up and down your strength flows
   You push and you embrace continuously
   Your thoughts should be pure
   This should clear your mind
   This should curb all illness
   You always return to the center
   You can attack or defend at will
   You must have a will of iron
   The principle of this is to strengthen
   To go for happiness and health
   Your body will benefit from this
   This has been handed down from the ancients
   This form of exercise can help you without limits
 
From The T'ai Chi Boxing Chronicle, Compiled and Explained by Kuo Lien-Ying, Translated by Guttman.