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Gualala Arts Workshop
Breathing for Health and Awareness
Instructor: Riley Lee
(Contact via Karl Young)

July 11, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Riley Lee
Register by:   ASAP
Tuition:   $20 members, $25 non-members
Prerequisites:   Age 8 and older, wear comfortable clothes

In this unique returning workshop, Riley will lead participants through a sequence of simple breathing exercises to promote health, vitality and well being. Learning correct breathing techniques will help one reduce stress levels, increase blood circulation, optimize oxygen intake and develop conscious awareness.

Riley Lee began playing the shakuhachi in Japan in 1971. During the eight years he lived in Japan, he immersed himself in its arts. From 1973 through 1977, he toured internationally as a full-time performer of taiko (festival drums) and shakuhachi with a group of traditional Japanese musicians.

His studies with traditional teachers in Japan have included such peculiar methods as practicing barefoot in the snow, running marathons, and blowing into his fl ute in blizzards until icicles formed at the shakuhachi's end. In 1980 he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan (grand master) in the shakuhachi tradition.

Riley Lee will perform on shakuhachi at Gualala Arts Center the evening prior to the workshop, along with traditional Japanese folk group Ensohza.

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.