On teaching, creating and training

“Thank you Mary for creating the Spring Forest Qigong Reachout program and for the many opportunities we participants were given to deepen our healing abilities. For this time we had with you, you who are truly an expression of universal love through this human form. Thank you for your leadership, your example, teachings and love. How does one repay the master’s love? For it is priceless. Perhaps best we, in our most humble way, pay it forward, as you have shown us.”
– In gratitude, J Smith
“I really appreciate your willingness to come to the clinic and teach me and my staff about Qi Gong. We intend to use it to help animals and their people in their healing process. I really like how you structure the class with a mediation to start, teaching us about the structure of Qi Gong and then practicing on one another.

I find that the instruction in the way to do Qigong is important but what is most helpful is the way you let the teaching flow and apply to what we need to know, the questions we have that day, and where and how we can be with the teaching that day. There is an amazing lack of judgment that really helps the learning process.

I look forward to learning more as time goes on and I hope that you can come periodically and help us learn more as we try to apply this teaching in our daily lives and work.”
– Ricci Kelso, D.V.M.
Belle Plaine Animal Hospital

On Healing

Just wanted to let you know that I’m feeling great after our phone sessions! I am able to eat without feeling sick and my acid reflex is gone. Thank you for all your help!
– Tayllor
Mary is an amazing healer. As an example, I suffered from an irregular EKG for unknown reasons. Through Mary's healing from a distance, I quickly felt a strong shift into much greater ease, balance and peacefulness. She does her work quietly and "gets out of the way" to be a channel. I am so grateful.
– Susan
What Mary provides is a bit hard to describe at first, but once you become aware of your body's energy, you find that she can help it to flow more smoothly and deeply. When life events or issues "get stuck" in your thoughts or feelings, Mary helps them to move along and restore balance. My experience is that I have been able to follow my heart more directly and clearly than ever before in my life, and now that I have been doing this for awhile, life has gotten better and my outlook has improved, even when I didn't realize that it could! In short, Mary helps you to uncover who you are and what you can do.
– Steve
Though Mary has certificates and certifications, she is simply a person who is heart centered and operates from that center. It is that center that serves her and makes her a marvelous healer.
– Robert
“I took 3 sessions with Mary for Qigong meditation. At first I wasn't sure about what to expect or what I might gain, but I have myofascial pain syndrome, arthritis and bursitis and I'm always looking for alternative forms of treatment rather than prescription drugs. I was surprised how I felt after the class and the physical symptoms I felt during the class. After the second class, the only thing bothering me the most was the bursitis and Mary gave me exercises to do for what is actually for sciatica relief, but helps my bursitis as well. I sit all day on my job, so feeling better is GREAT!! Thanks Mary.”
– Lois
Montgomery, MN
“I am writing in regards to my Qigong experience with Mary Zelmer. A few days after my son was born we received a call explaining to us that he has a condition by the name of Phenylketonuria (PKU). It is a genetic condition that affects the liver. In a person that has PKU, their liver is lacking an enzyme that breaks down Phenylalanine, which is one of the building blocks of protein. Those with PKU control the condition through diet modification, particularly protein restriction. As soon as Mary heard about my son, she kindly volunteered to come and work on his liver through several Qigong techniques. She balanced his energy systems in his body. He had a blockage in his spine and by removing that it enabled the energy to flow to his liver and stimulate it. My son is now 10 months old and since the first day of his experience with Qigong, I have incorporated it into a regular part of his treatment for PKU. He has blood levels drawn every few weeks to check his PH level and it has been consistent that each time Mary has worked on him, his levels are lower. In fact on the occasions that his level has been high, I have called Mary to help bring it back down and by the next time he has a level drawn it has been in the treatment range. I am so thankful for knowing Mary and so thankful for the healing she has provided for my son.”
– Jen
New Prague, MN
“Qi-ssage provides me with energy and calmness to meet the challenges of daily life. Mary’s gentle demeanor and tender instruction, like “picture breathing in sunlight and breathing out smoke,” offer tips for relaxation that really work! Thanks Mary!”
– Carrie
New Prague, MN
“Before I met Mary, I thought there was nothing I could do about my health problems. I believed my low energy and pain were inescapable parts of agin. Energy Balancing Sessions shattered those beliefs – I began to heal. Mary is a true friend and guide. In SQ classes and Energy Balancing Sessions, I’ve benefited from her warm heart, intelligence and humor. I am deeply grateful for Mary and the creation of Spring Forest Qigong.”
– Lori
Northfield, MN
“I have been honored to work with Mary for over two years now. My first visit focused primarily on improving my physical body, where she helped ease my issues with neck pain, headaches and muscle stiffness. Throughout our sessions, I also noticed general improvement throughout my whole body. As the visits progressed, I found my focus to move from my physical aspects to one of spiritual growth and development. She is able to help me see situations from deeper levels and to take deeper understanding from my personal experiences. As I have continued to grow at inner levels, I have noticed that my physical body has responded as well. I feel lighter and brighter after each session and I am able to maintain those qualities with the assistance and suggestions Mary provides me during our sessions. Mary meets me where I am and brings me exactly what I need for that session. She has the ability to integrate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing in such a way as to bring balance, peace and calm. Within this balance and peace, she provides me with space to explore new areas of development. I am grateful for her abilities as I have been able to gain deep insights, which have assisted my physical health and well-being and my personal and spiritual development. She is an inspiring mentor and guide, as well as, a tremendous healer.”
– Lisa
Woodbury, MN
“I went to see Mary on a suggestion of a friend when I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression. From the moment I met Mary she helped me feel at ease and allowed me the space to work through my healing at a pace that was comfortable for me. Mary provided me physical, emotional and spiritual guidance, helping me to unearth deeper levels of understanding. Mary is incredibly intuitive and seems to know just the right time to reach out and lend a supportive hand. As I walk through life, Mary has provided me the strength, wisdom and guidance to better understand who I am and my purpose and role in this world. I credit Mary’s kind heart, intuitive spirit and ability to listen and guide, as a big reason I am healthy today. I continue to seek Mary’s guidance and mentoring, and respect her incredible talent as an intuitive healer. Thanks Mary!”
– Jami
New Prague, MN
“Evan's journey

Evan was having leg pain, we attributed it to growing pains and one night he woke up screaming and we couldn't calm him down. After several months of this we decided to seek medical attention.

Evan and I left a clinic one afternoon with the news; he might have a disease that would inhibit his ability to walk. Evan was 4 years old that Friday afternoon we left the clinic. Fast forward 8 weeks later, we still have no resolution and many clinic appointments, blood draws, x-rays, and long waits.

I continued to research what could be causing the pain, made requests and recommendations for tests he should have done. Still nothing. One day it dawned on me, let's go see Mary. I have attended Mary's classes and always enjoyed her kind demeanor and intellect.
I called one afternoon and she agreed to meet with us that evening. Evan was in severe pain that day and still no medical resolution. My husband carried him into our visit and an hour or so later, Evan ran out of her house -pain free. Simply amazing...

The pain would be infrequent, the intensity was less and our spirits was looking up. We continue to visit with Mary every few weeks. However, he has been pain free for 4 months. The medical team we met with has no definitive answer to what caused and/or relieved his pain.
We are grateful for Mary's time and attention she gave Evan during this difficult time. We are forever thankful!”

– Kelli O. and family
Feb 2014

On creating powerful and healing Classes

I liked the relaxed, conversational style and the personal anecdotes that Mary uses when she teaches. I also very much appreciate the packet of information and instructions about Qigong, which will help me to continue my new Qigong practice. Practicing the movements with Mary demonstrating and doing along with us was a key part of the class. Thank you.
– Nancy
“Here is my experience from participating in Mary’s class, “The Art of Letting Go.” It was a beautiful experience. She taught it perfectly. The exercises were totally grounding and even though I didn't think I let go of anything because there was so much resistance... I really did! The proof was that I drew a picture yesterday after 3 months of drought. There was just too much stuff in my head and nothing would come out. Then I got back from class and... flooooooooooow! I'm so thankful and so happy! It's madness for artist not to be able to express themselves.

I especially loved the small group that gathered. I get intimidated by people with... intimidating powers. But the group was full of humble women who weren't pretending to be anything more than they are. It was a strong group but no one was trying to overpower anyone. I really appreciated that.

Thank you and I'll see you again!”
– Irina
Thank YOU, Mary, for not only these wonderful follow-ups after the class but also for facilitating the quietly POWERFUL fun shop meditation, in the first place!!! I don't know how or when it happened, but the energy I felt from the first half of our day together was completely different from the energy I felt by the end of our fun-shop day!!! Hard to explain...I just FELT the difference---so much MORE CONNECTED to our whole group, for lack of a better word, a sense of ONENESS. I never thought of that word 'til just now. But anyway, THANK YOU very, very much for being YOU and for sharing and radiating YOUR LIGHT and LEARNING and ever evolving soft can FEEL it as you talk and by just being around you!!!

On teaching in the schools

The classes that Mary led were the most popular opportunity our student holistic medicine group offered. Mary is so warm, encouraging and showed us all how to unleash our full potential, trusting ourselves and not holding anything back so we can become the best version of ourselves. She taught us powerful techniques in a way that was effortless, encouraging, and enlightening.
– Ian Straehley
St. Olaf College, Co-Chair St. Olaf Holistic Medicine Student Organization
“It is an honor and privilege to write a recommendation for Mary Zelmer. I have known Mary for the past eight years as an educator of Qigong and mentor. We first crossed paths eight years ago at a Holistic Workshop in Minneapolis Minnesota. I am an educator at New Prague High School and we started offering an elective Stress Management class. I wanted to get in to Holistic/Alternative Medicine but had no idea. So I decided to go to this Workshop and learn more. One of the sessions was on Spring Forest Qigong and how you discover your natural ability to heal yourself and help others heal. I had read about it and it seemed interesting. Mary was a presenter. So, after the clinic I introduced myself. She convinced me to take a class. I thought, why not, you have to practice what you preach. I took my first Level I Qigong that winter. Qigong has helped me greatly on a personal basis. Every time I have taken a class or practice Qigong it has improved my overall well-being, both physically and mentally. It has allowed me to get more in tune with what my body is telling me. In this much stressed out world sometimes we need to step back and get in touch with ourself. Qigong has deepened my relaxation practice.

Professionally, Mary then started coming in to my Stress Management class. She has been teaching Spring Forest Qigong to my students for the past five years. It has been a wonderful asset to have her expertise and knowledge on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong. She is wonderful with the students or any audience. She brings great knowledge, energetic attitude, and her presentation is very hands on. She is very respectful and has a way with students to make them feel comfortable. She is very much aware that students are apprehensive about Chinese Medicine and this whole energy concept but she teaches it in such a way the students not only understand it but they get to experience it. It can be a very powerful thing. Still to this day I have a hard time explaining it to my class. You just have to experience it and you decide yourself.

I believe Mary would be a great asset to any educational program, workshop, or any company looking to improve their employers. In a very short time she can teach basic Qigong practices to live a more stress free life. How cool would it be to teach this in elementary schools? Give them the tools for life to live a more stress free, productive life. To better understand how we have the power to heal ourselves and to regain control in our life. Any school district or company would benefit. She is a true professional. She is very passionate about her work. This carries over into her presentation. I promise if you allow yourself to experience it, you will leave a better person and wanting to learn more.”

– Karla Schultz
New Prague High School Physical Education and Health Teacher
Department Head

On Healing the Earth

“Chow Medical Qigong Hands-on Healing Event for Individual and Planetary Health was a spectacular experience for me as a presenter and the audience! The conference was superbly created and organized by loving Mary Zelmer and her brilliant team mostly from Qigong Connection with heartfelt co-sponsors. Many miracles were witnessed.

Saturday morning meditation there were about one-fourth of the whole group of 200 plus people who got into FULL Lotus for the FIRST time….many of them said it was because of the Chow Qigong exercises especially the knee rotations exercise, and others added that the laughter loosened them up….Both of which is very true….”
– Qigong Grand Master Dr. Effie Chow of San Francisco

Communicating, Setting Intention and Connecting

When I woke up, I went down to the area where the two ancient ones were, the Chestnut trees. I saw a stone by one took out my notebook and started to ask questions, I felt like I was in a pristine university.

Great grandfather what will I be doing here?

Mary. You will be working in another spiritual world, different dimensions, angels, connecting with ancient wisdom, spirit power from the past, spirit powers from connecting with God, the universe, higher power. You will be reconnecting to the past and the future, while being in the present. You will be channeling information from the non-ordinary.

Like algebra, move around the unknown till it becomes known.

I asked for more information. Mary, the connection of us all, the connection of the earth, the connection to the heavens, far surpasses any limits we put on love. For love is what we search for, love is what we have, love is who we are.

Look around you, look up at the skies, the stars, look around it is everywhere – love-.

You have seen a lot of changes here, friends come and go, some sad but mostly joyful.

Mary, our main concern is that the land, the spirit, be allowed to give. Rather it be the birds to the sky, to the heavens, to man. We are here to serve. We may appear to be old trees, at this time of the season with no life, but there is always life deep in the ground. We connect with the earth and reach for the stars.

Tell Francisco to connect to the earth and reach for the stars, he will then prosper, for then he will have our blessing.

As you look at us, you will see that there have been times when we have let go of large parts of ourselves, branches have come and go. Some people may have even wanted to cut us down, but here we are alive and well. We are filled with so many aspects of life. Our intention is to do what we are meant to do, go deep in the ground and reach for the stars. For us that are joy, that is longevity that which is being.

The forest is so beautiful, the water so happy.

Yes, it rushes forward out of joy! Knowing where it came from and where it is going, down. Yes, that is the water, it keeps us young.

Thank you. Will we be planting the crystal today, is that what you want?

Yes, thank you. It is our TV antenna. We are old and need some updating in our computers. They will awaken the stations from deep in the earth. This will be new for us, but much needed. They will help us go deep. Do you feel your foot vibrate?


That is what the crystals will do, they will do many things. It would be hard for me to explain this to you because your knowledge is limited at this time. You would not understand. We greatly thank you Mary for coming to help Loural awaken.
– Great Grand Father Chestnut Tree
Loural ,Portugal

On Inspiring

Mary’s heart is so big that it has a gravitational pull of its own. With a heart like that Mary is capable of drawing people into the lager healing circle, and inspiring them to be in exactly the right place at the right time. She did not have to be at all the events to have an impact; her heart was the invisible hand that guided the flow of energy which brought us so many successful outcomes. I feel blessed to have been touched by her in this way.

Thank you so much,
– Christopher
Twin cities
The words that I can think of fall short of what I feel. Please forgive me. I cannot express my gratitude in words. Your example of unselfishness inspired me and many others. The direction of my life is clear to me now, because of you.

You are a wonderful healer. Because of your selflessness and vision many people, animals, flora have and will continue to bring harmony and joy to this world.
– With Love, Rob
Golden Valley