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"Suki and Russell don't live to do qigong;

they do qigong to live more fully and joyfully.

Based on their deep knowledge and experience, they teach students the rare skills of how to apply qigong to everyday life, including activities such as walking, hiking, swimming, and dance.

You will enjoy their programs!" 


--Ken Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong










about Suki Munsell


“Suki has great clarity and a depth of understanding of the materials she teaches.  I have both observed and experienced her teaching and find her ability to analyze, objectify and communicate with clarity.  She relates to her students on a 1:1 basis with interest and concern for their master of the principles that are the basis of her work.  She brings imagination and creativity to her teaching. She guides her students into discovering the practical applications of particular skills so that they find ways to use them in their everyday lives.  Her classes are characterized by a sense of enthusiasm and commitment.”

Anna Halprin, Ph.D., choreographer and dancer LINK


“Suki is among the most gifted communicators I have ever known.  I have co-taught with her and am deeply impressed b;y her ability to gain rapport with a class while at the same time challenging the students to think, move and act beyond the current habits that sustain them.  Her gifts have been applied to business leaders, lay individuals, body oriented teachers and psychologist.  She handles them all with skill, sensitivity and aplomb.  She is a natural.”

David Surrenda, Ph.D., CEO, Kripalu LINK


“Suki Munsell is a powerful woman, an engaging teacher, and an inspiring leader with a heart of gold.  She is an ageless wonder, and an ever-learning, ever-transforming health professional who I am honored to know.”

Dana Ullman, MPH, author, international consultant and speaker LINK





As Walking Editor at PREVENTION MAGAZINE for over 10 years, I recognized the power of walking to transform lives.  Dynamic Walking is the best way I have found to help others get more out of every step they take.  Suki is a gifted teacher who knows the body inside and out and strives to help people get the most out of their walking experience.”

Maggie Spilner, walking advocate, spokes-person and writer LINK






“Suki Munsell has been one of Marin County’s most respected fitness educators since 1991.  She offers sound advice based on her knowledge of biomechanics, and she is a motivational instructor.  Each of her students learns how to walk for his or her particular body, to get the maximum benefit out of a walking program.  Listeners to my radio show absolutely raved after taking her classes.”

Joanie Greggains, Fitness Celebrity, San Francisco LINK


“If you’ve never walked with Suki, you’ve never walked.”

Alicia Rympa,Certified GYROTONIC ® Instructor, CMT. LINK


“Suki’s Dynamic Walking classes are professional, informative, and fun!  Students gain a new awareness and appreciation of how they breathe, move, and walk.  Her method is easy to incorporate into your lifestyle to enjoy the benefits of improved concentration, grace posture, and balance.”

Joyce Hanna, M.A., M.S, Past President, 50 Plus Fitness Association, Stanford Health Improvement Program LINK


about Russell Munsell


Russell Munsell is a polymath of heart, mind, and soul.  His intelligence is wide and deep, and he brings his wisdom into his everyday life and his every encounter.  He can do and impart “beginner’s mind” and sophisticated, complex wisdom.  Ultimately, he is a problem-solver of the mind, body, and spirit and the interaction with the world.  There are good reasons that so many leaders in the body-mind therapeutic communities have worked with Russell, but most of all because he is the best of the best.”                                                                                 Dana Ullman, MPH, author, international consultant and speaker LINK

Russell Munsell is a renaissance person, thought leader and skilled teacher - intelligent, articulate, openhearted, open minded, knowledgable, wise. I would recommend his teaching, counsel or advocacy in just about any domain from education and health care to personal growth and inspiration.”

Roger Jahnke, Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi  LINK


Russell does an excellent and clear presentation which captures the attention of even the most doubting traditionalist.  The aftermath was tremendous enthusiasm on the part of many Health Center professionals who knew very little about wellness programs.  Russell was obviously well prepared and organized, but not intimidating.  His effectiveness is attested to by the excitement of the counseling staff.  I was impressed by his range of skills and understanding of the mind-body relationship and his ability to communicate these ideas in a clear and interesting manner.  Russell is creative, energetic and quite knowledgeable in the area of Wellness.  I feel that he has much to offer.”                                                                                                                                      Francine Toder, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Services, CSU-Sacramento.

Our work together has been primarily in the pursuit of helping organizations improve their productivity, their morale and discovery of their right livelihood through a superior understanding of the human element in the workplace.                                                                                                 In all of these capacities Mr. Munsell has distinguished himself.  He has exhibited exceptional talent, industry, concentration, versatility and good humor.  His rather awesome range of accomplishments is matched by the care with which he undertakes any project no matter how daunting or apparently unmanageable.                                                                                             In this era of anxiety over survival, Mr. Munsell offers a refreshing eagerness to confront new and problematic situations with a confidence and ability that allows him to enjoy many unexpected triumphs.”

Will Schutz, Ph.D., President, Will Schutz Associates


I have been impressed with the versatility of Russell’s skills, with his intelligence, and his stability.  I think Russell is unusual with his scientific training and administrative skills, along with his depth of understanding of body-mind-emotional connections.  I was particularly impressed that he had practised on himself the many techniques he was using for other people.  Dr. Jean Houston and I invited him to assist us in conducting our workshop on ancient Greek healing methods.  Russell guided the group process and designed the mode of presentation.  Russell was accurate in guaging what would be an effective presentation and would create a deep and transforming group interaction.  He was gifted in working with the group and he also had a knack for planning the details so that the workshop flowed smoothly.  The workshop was immensely powerful.                               

“I asked Russell to become part of the staff of SAGE (Senior Actualization and Growth Explorations,) an organization that was founded for the health and actualization of elderly people, as a trainer of group leaders.  He was the backbone of a yearlong training of interns that required great diversity.  It encompassed some body work, some psychological work and some spiritual work, using a variety of techniques drawn from all over the world.  His work with SAGE was excellent.  Although the job was demanding, he is gifted with the many-faceted intelligence and creativity that make his work a true offering and a very generous one.                                              “I am delighted to work with Russell Munsell, with his supportiveness, his sense of appropriateness, and his adroitness with detail.”                                                                          Gay Gaer Luce, PhD.




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