Course curriculum

  • 2

    Stillness and How to Sit

    • Talk- Stillness

    • Talk- How to Sit

  • 3

    Basic Tech #1: Inner Seeing

    • Talk- Inner Seeing

    • Session 1- Inner Seeing: Body Scan

  • 4

    Basic Tech #2: Natural Breathing

    • Talk- Natural Breathing

    • Session 2- Natural Breathing

  • 5

    Basic Tech #3: Nose Breathing

    • Talk- Nose Breathing

    • Session 3- Nose Breathing

    • Extra Combo Session- Inner Seeing, Natural and Nose Breathing

  • 6

    Basic Tech #4: Pore Breathing

    • Talk- Pore Breathing

    • Session 4- Pore Breathing

  • 7

    Basic Tech #5: Body Squeeze

    • Talk- Body Squeeze

    • Session 5- Body Squeeze

  • 8

    Basic Tech #6: Inner Hearing

    • Talk- Inner Hearing

    • Session 6- Inner Hearing

    • Extra Combo Session- Pore Breathing, Body Squeeze, and Inner Hearing

  • 9

    Basic Tech #7: Abdominal (xiaofu) Breathing

    • Talk- Abdominal (xiaofu) Breathing

    • Session 7- Abdominal (xiaofu) Breathing

  • 10

    Basic Tech #8: Inner Breathing

    • Talk- Inner Breathing

    • Session 8- Inner Breathing

  • 11

    Basic Tech #9: Lower Field (xiatian) Breathing

    • Talk- Lower Field (xiatian) Breathing

    • Session 9- Lower Field (xiatian) Breathing

    • Extra Combo Session- Xiaofu Breathing, Inner Breathing, Xiatian Breathing

    • Extra Combo Session- Complete Session

  • 12

    Final Words

    • Talk- Final Words


  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    You have 365 days to complete the course. However, the guided sessions are downloadable and will be yours forever for personal use.

  • How long does it take to complete the Intro Course?

    The length of the course will vary for everyone, because everyone is different. The course is designed to be flexible.

  • Is Intro to Taoist Alchemy suitable for beginners?

    Yes. The course is meant as a practical introduction. However, the methods go deep, so experienced practitioners of meditation and the internal arts will find something here as well. Students of Wang Liping, or those wanting to train with him, will also find this material useful.

  • Can I download the course to my computer or phone?

    Audio for the guided sessions is downloadable for personal use.

  • If I have questions can I contact you?

    The program includes access to a private Facebook group (Dragon Gate Friends). I have found that students often have similar questions and concerns. By discussing questions in a group others will also benefit. Please note, I am sometimes on retreat and may not immediately respond. For technical issues email-

  • Are there other resources available for the program?

    The Taoist Alchemy of Wang Liping, Vol. 1; by Nathan Brine


Nathan Brine

Nathan has been teaching Chinese internal arts for over 20 years. He began Taoist practice in 1997, immersing himself in Taoist temple arts, martial arts, meditation, internal work (neigong), energy work (qigong), and internal alchemy. For several years Nathan lived in China and trained full-time with a number of masters, as well as learning Mandarin Chinese. Afterwards, Nathan returned to Canada to pursue academic study of Taoism, where he received an honours degree in Asian Languages and Culture and worked towards an MA at the University of British Columbia, extending his knowledge of Classical Chinese and the Taoist canon. After meeting Wang Liping, Nathan left graduate school and devoted himself wholly to learning Taoist alchemy. In 2015 Wang Liping authorized Nathan to teach and write a series of books detailing Dragon Gate alchemy. From 2016 to 2020 Nathan lead classes and workshops in Vancouver, Canada and internationally. After his first book was published In 2020, Nathan opened an online program and stopped in-person teaching to focus full-time on book writing and personal practice.