Come Join a Qigong and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica

Hello Qi Friends, this is a post about my co-leading a workshop / retreat in Costa Rica in June of 2020. Coming soon!

My friend and colleague, Jay DeMaio and I will lead this dynamic, restorative and potent retreat. We found an amazing mountain retreat guest house in the Southern Central mountains of Costa Rica, and they have their own restaurant – they are happy to do vegetarian and vegan options as well. Pretty much all local and organic food!

We are looking for a group of practitioners – whether yogis, meditators, qigong / tai chi practitioners etc – who are looking to deepen their practice and cultivate loving-kindness, compassion and potency. There will be ample breaks for exploring the trails around the guest house (where they have streams, waterfalls and pools) along with guided meditation and qigong to deepen your practice.

It will be a small group – 12 or 13 of us total. There will be two half-day excursions, so we get to swim at the beach and hike close to a beautiful, idyllic and sacred waterfall. There are not a lot of spots, so let us know if you are interested! And if so, start checking out plane tickets soon (we cover all transportation after you land at San Jose International Airport) and make sure your passport is up-to-date!

This is not a party-on-the-beach type of tropical retreat. If you require recreational substances, it would be better to find another group. We are looking for dedicated practitioners who want to grow and stretch themselves a little, while enjoying the restorative cloud forests of Costa Rica. Everything on our schedule is optional however, so if participants need extra hiking or down time, that is completely understood.

The tentative schedule is optional Qigong from 6 – 8 am. 8 – 10 is breakfast, yoga, walk time. 10 – 11:45 is a calm abiding / shamatha meditation on the breath, using the Anapanasati practices. 11:45 – 12:30 – qigong.

12:30 – 3 pm is lunch break, short hikes, nap, rest, integration. 3 – 5 is Zapchen Somatics (somatic exercises which help us to come down out of our head, to playfully move toward relaxed awareness and grounded embodiment) and silent meditation practice. 5 – 6:30 is dinner – where we will engage in Noble Silence.

6:30 – 7:30 – is Dream Time practice, where we get to embody and immerse ourselves in someone’s dream, enriching the process of dream interpretation. Then there will be two shorter silent meditation practices from 7:30 – 9.

Winter 2020 update

Hello dear readers!

I am staying busy here in January – seeing many bodywork clients, along with a few astrology interpretations scattered throughout.

In the beginning of the month, I returned from a potent 10-day retreat. It was another of the somatic / Dharma / meditation / dream playing retreats. We honored noble silence for the most part. And I had more of a leadership role this year – I think that will continue going forward. There were dolphins (Va Beach), pelicans, bald eagles and incredible sun rises. I offered bodywork every other day down there, so my personal experience was different than previous years. I chose not to go as deep this time around. All around it was a great experience though – much learning, growing, settling and contemplating.

I am about to take a break from seeing clients for a little bit. It will be nice to recharge my batteries – I am very blessed to be able to take some time off. And when I come back I have some ideas about where my bodywork practice and astrological sharing will lead!

It is exciting. And I must keep it secret for now – seeds not yet planted, let alone not yet sprouted, must be kept sheltered. 😉

One little hint though – I am learning how to edit videos. Wow! My luddite ways are slowly transforming.

Know that I will be wishing (myself and) all sentient beings well. I am taking Feb – Apr off. So a big chunk there. And when I come back, I am moving offices. Lots of transformation in the air in 2020!

It is a little strange to be taking time off just as my practice is exploding with interest and clients. But I have been planning this break for the past year, and these opportunities don’t come along very often! I have been so appreciative of offering support for people – resourcing the nervous system, conducting quality Craniosacral Sacral treatments, blending Somatic Experiencing wisdom with other modalities and most important of all: supporting people’s deepest yearnings – to be healthy, to have more clarity and contentment. Yum!

I hope you are coping well with the Saturn / Pluto conjunction still in effect. And the recent (still current for a day or two) Mars square Venus had some passions aroused to be certain! Not the time to be posting controversial (or polarized) topics on FB. Take deep breaths, find some time to sit on your meditation cushion or do some gentle yoga. Lean into support!

And yet, lots to do before going on “sabbatical.”

Oh – and I am co-leading a Meditation and Qigong retreat in Costa Rica in June of 2020! More to follow on that very soon! Come join us for a week of cultivation, delicious organic food, good company, tropical beaches and gorgeous cloud forests. If you want to come, make sure you passport is up to date! (I just renewed mine.)

We will be a small group (12 or 13 max). There are just 9 spots remaining. When we print out the flyer, I will post more about that.

Wishing you well,

Kirby Moore

konchog chakchen

Pluto or Minerva in the U.S. chart

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Where do we stand as a nation? I have tried to stay out of politics for a number of reasons. Including that as a business owner and as healing facilitator, I want to be able to benefit all sentient beings. I want to offer support to anyone who authentically seeks it out.

But enough is enough. Now that the US Commander in Chief has added a war crime to his list of atrocities, I feel like it is time to take a stand. And honestly, hate has no place in my office or being associated with my business.

The United States is currently going through its massive astrological aspect of Pluto returning to its original position (which was 27 degrees Capricorn back in 1776). Pluto makes its return every 248 years or so, therefore, this is a huge deal! The last time Pluto and Saturn were conjunct in the sign of Capricorn was back in 1512 or so, around the time of Martin Luther’s Reformation.

And it appears the President is attempting to take the United States down into his narrow, stuck, xenophobic, gated-community horrifying world. To have hundreds of options on the table, including actual dialogue and diplomacy… and then to take one of the most extreme actions by doing what many consider to be an act of war… this is lunacy pure and simple.

And yet, somehow this feels like exactly what the U.S. needs right now. We have swept so many personal (to the USA) atrocities under the rug for so long now – what we did to the Indigenous Peoples, including in Hawaii and Alaska, what we did to the Japanese during WWII, what we do to our minorities, race relations, wealth inequality, the dumbing down of education for the past 50 years, and more! It is now time for the US to pay its karmic debt. As Pluto is one of the two Lords of Karma, this seems fitting.

I don’t want the President to stay in power. That is frightening – we don’t want an unstable, impulsive maniac having access to the nuclear launch codes. And it would awesome if 20 Republicans in the Senate grew some integrity and said enough is enough. That would be terrific. But would it be something US politicians of the past 20 years would do? The trends say “no.” Not many people see this soon to be current volcanic eruption coming. If I was a Republican without any foresight or tools of divination, I would want to protect my own back as well. It is political suicide to go against our xenophobe in chief.

Therefore, things are going to get worse before they get better. Wish there was an easier way of saying that.

Here is the silver lining. Pluto is a binary planet. Its large “moon” is called Charon and many esoteric astrologers say that it represents Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and healing. On one hand we have the tyrannical, monstrous Lord of the Underworld and on the other we have the Speaker-of-Truth-to-Power goddess of healing. And both are represented by the same planet in astrology.

We are at a tipping point. Do we stay dissociated, frozen in fear and shock? Or do we mobilize? March on the national Capital? Or state capitals? Do we say enough is enough? Do we take care of everyone in our country, or just the wealthy few?

It is time to do our work, and to come out of our shells. Time to be in our hearts and potency as we show that monsters cannot be protected, cannot be allowed to rule with an iron-(children-in-cages)-fist.

The US’ karmic debtors are coming knocking. If the President continues on his current trajectory, even his own party will abandon him. But will it be too late?

Saturn crosses the natal US Pluto in late January of 2020 – this month. Jan / Feb should be a trying time for our nation. To say politics will get “chippy” is an understatement.

Pray for us! And may all sentient beings realize that all things eventually resolve in peace. ❤

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

Being in the flow of Astrology

I am beginning an (slightly secret – for a hint just look at some recent posts) astrological project which has me quite excited! Today went well. A friend is assisting me and she kept me nicely on track.

Oh and I use Zoom to do long distance (and occasionally sessions here around Central Virginia too) astrology interpretations. I love how I can share my screen so I can point out on their charts exactly what I am looking at and discussing. Plus it records the sessions and then compresses the 1-hour+ videos into amazingly small packages! Yay!

Let me know if you want to set up an interpretation for January!

Wishing all of us well,

Kirby Moore

Konchog chakchen

What happened to the shortest day? And suggestions for how to get it back

I am writing this post because I am very curious about how far we have gotten from slowing down, sitting around a fire place, taking time to be with our inner rhythms. The Winter Solstice used to be a time of contemplation, of down time, of being with our shadows – to prepare the way for the coming light!

On Saturday, I am planning to take some me-time. Some time to contemplate, to review this past year. One intention I had for 2019 was to fill my container, to patch the leaks in it. That is fill my body with loving-kindness, clarity and potency. I came close. Honestly though (full disclosure), I think I am now much more aware of the amount of leaks I had. I was giving some of my energy to Doing, rather than Being. I was giving some energy to pleasing and placating others. I was distracting myself from feeling deeper emotions. I am now much more clear about how much time I need to spend doing loving-kindness practices with myself – Metta, saying Baby Messages to my little one (from Birth Process Work / Pre- and Perinatal Psychology), visualizing healing light moving through my body, etc.

And I am going to continue that in 2020. Loving myself. 2020 is the year of Kirby. My needs come first. I am going to spend time being, being in the flow, and less time worrying about others, others’ needs, and less time doing, less time staying busy. Doing (things for the sake of being busy) and staying busy distract me from feeling what is just below the surface. And I want to feel that, to heal that.

I am planning to ponder what I want from 2020. Yes to continue deepening this theme of filling my container with health and appropriate altruism – loving myself as much as everyone else. I want to continue chewing on these various projects I have going. What brings me the most joy? What stretches me?

Oh and also, how is it that the ramping up to Christmas has become such a cluster F&#K? Pardon my language, but people have been driving crazy these past couple of weeks. Stores are underhanded – stress abounds this time of year! Why? Is this necessary? Either back off of the gift giving – yes get something special for your closest loved ones – Or start planning much earlier.

But on Saturday, the longest night, the shortest day, the Winter Solstice, take some time. Slow down. Be with your breath. Spend time with presence. Let the presents go for a day. Find a good yoga video – spend at least 20 – 30 minutes doing that. Go for a walk. Nature loves to sooth angst-filled-hearts.

Here are some suggestions of things to do on this upcoming Winter Solstice:

  1. Go back over this past year in your mind, did you accomplish your goals? Did you come close to your intention?
  2. What were my accomplishments this past year?
  3. What do you want to work on next year? What is your intention for the New Year? Is it do-able, is it kind, is it provocative?
  4. Spend time meditating – what practices / lifestyle changes / behaviors do you want to adopt in this new year? Start now!
  5. Slow down
  6. Spend time in nature
  7. Take a bath by candle light
  8. Take time with your closest loved ones, read a nice story, take it easy, less to do, and more sharing time and presence with each other
  9. Find a prayer that touches you and do a little ritual around that – light a candle at least
  10. Go see a play – theater that is
  11. Turn off the TV, the social media, the computer games
  12. Spend time in good company
  13. Find a retreat that you enjoy – whether meditation, or Christian getaway, or Buddhist, the ManKind Project retreats, etc.

Good luck rekindling our heart’s desire for renewal and rebirth! Take time to digest how this past year has been for you. What do you want to continue? What do you want to do differently?

May all beings find restoration and rejuvenation!

Thank you for reading,

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

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Spiritual Astrology for last minute Christmas Gift

Hello my dear readers,

Just wanted to post a last minute gift idea! If you are looking for a meaningful, insight-filled gift, look no further!

I am offering a full 90-minute astrology interpretation / counseling session for $125. I usually charge $175 for this. Save $50!! Or I am offering an hour session for $95 – save $30!

There are several days and times available in January to set this up. Let me know if you are interested! I can send you an E-Gift-Certificate.

Wishing all beings well,

Kirby Moore

Konchog chakchen

Astrological videos and Sabbatical

Sorry to say this, my dear readers… As I am slowly creating these videos, I am aware of my plan to take a bit of a sabbatical. From February to May of 2020, I am going to be recharging my batteries, away from screen time, no clients – just me and glorious luminous self care! I will be among of group of heart-centered practitioners so there will be plenty of yummy support. ❤

Therefore I have decided it is best to hold onto these few videos and post them in June of 2020 when I return. Hope I didn’t get your hopes up too much! But this way I will be passionate and charged up in May and June so I can flow into teaching and sharing this info with ease and grace.

It is my intention to go into Trauma-Informed Astrology (looking at the Autonomic Nervous System and where trauma resolution meets Western Astrology) and Pre- and Perinatal Astrology – where Pre- and Perinatal Psychology intersects with Western Astrology! So far, I have rarely seen anything like this (ever), so look forward to this leading edge material!

And we will have to wait. Just a few months. It has been an interesting fall (of 2019) as I saw my bodywork practice grow and get busier, and then telling my regular clients that I am about to take 3 months off. Quite a juxtaposition to be sure!

Wish me luck as I navigate these realms of marketing myself, taking time for self care and continuing to offer quality healing facilitation to clients!

Thank you for reading,

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

Astrology video forthcoming

I am excited to announce that my friend Elizabeth Stafford and I are collaborating to produce an Astrology video series. At least that is the intention.

This coming week we are completing the first video (so yes this might be a bit premature). But we have an outline for more videos to come, provided we can find the time to work on them!

She is a budding amateur astrologer and I have been studying Spiritual Astrology since 2003 and practicing it since 2005. So she is going to be interviewing me and providing insightful and rich questions to bounce back and forth.

Look to a future post soon where I include the video 🙂


Wishing you all well,

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

A worthy Dharma talk

This is simply a link to a profound and edifying Dharma talk by Tara Choying Lhamo. She is being interviewed in Australia – so she covers quite a bit of material. I love how succinct yet knowledgeable she is! And not to mention full of humility and subtle vajra pride – quite a rare combination of qualities.

Hope you enjoy and receive some benefit from it!



One meaning of the upcoming Saturn / Pluto conjunction in Capricorn

There is much to speculate about regarding this huge conjunction coming up. I say huge because it will presage the Pluto return coming up in a couple years in the United States’ horoscope (the country’s birth chart). We are already feeling these effects of Pluto returning to its natal position in the country’s chart – where it was back in 1776!

The skeletons are coming out of the closet, and really have been for about the past 5 – 7 years. Our country (the US) is being forced to look at how easy it is to misinform a third of the populace – calling the garbage on most of FoxNews “news” is a horrible disservice. We need a law like they have in Canada – if you call something news, it has to be based on facts.

We are being forced to face race-relations issues, sexism (Me Too movement anyone?), misogyny, gun issues (collective trauma coming back to bite us in the butts), income inequality, education inequality and more. The upcoming 2020 election is really an opportunity for us to wake up as a country. Will people continue to vote along party lines, seeing how one of the most corrupt Presidents in our nation’s history is being allowed to soil the well-intentioned foundations of this once-great-nation? I hope not. Time to grow up!

Speaking of growing up… what does this conjunction mean for us individually? One meaning is that it is time to clean up our acts. What do I mean? I mean it is time to think about the unfinished conversations we have lingering from the past few years, and work to complete them if possible. If I have any regrets about my actions or words, now is the time to call those people and see if I can make repair – patch up any burnt bridges and take responsibility for my actions. Especially from the past few years – as Saturn’s entrance into Capricorn eighteen months ago was a good barometer for areas in which we may need to mature and grow.

Now is our chance. This type of conjunction in Capricorn doesn’t happen very often. The last one was in 1518! That was 500 years ago!

If we work to tidy up our little unfinished business – with friends, acquaintances, church friends, ex-partners, etc, then that may (hopefully!) encourage our country (the US) to grow up as well! If we get enough people on board with taking responsibility for their actions, eventually people will abandon this current lunatic President. And the sooner the better!

So enjoy the benefits of Capricorn – maturity, tidying up unfinished business, getting on out there, facing our fears, asking for support, taking responsibility, moving on up, practicality, planning, structure, discipline, enjoying the outdoors and more!