The Team

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Joyce Virani

Founder of Sensual Qigong 

Sensual Qigong is created by Joyce Virani, drawing on her long-time practice of Qigong, her love of music, her passion for coaching women and her life experience. What she shares in groups and individually is a mind and body moving meditation combining the ancient Chinese wisdom of Qigong with carefully curated music, guided meditation, vocalization, and visualization inspiring women to not only mindfully be in the moment, but also feel and experience the moment with all their senses, energy and awakened heart. Her unique practice invites you to move, feel, unlock and release unfelt or unexpressed emotions, stuck energy, and tension in your body, to create space for the energy of healing, relaxation, joy, creativity, and love to rush in and flow through. Many women experience a deeper connection with self, intuition and others, more energy, less worry and stress and a sense of peace and trust. They feel rejuvenated, revitalized, centered, connected, sensual and empowered from the inside out.

Joyce is a long-standing member of the National Qigong Association and works closely together with Master Per van Spall. She has earned her coaching degree at IIN and has a master’s degree in art history and management. She was born and raised in The Netherlands, traveled the world as a fashion model and finally settled down with her family in America. Learn more about working with Joyce in person or virtually at www.joycevirani.com. Joyce and Master Per also offer a program together for women to awaken their energy, senses, heart and soul.

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Julie Goleman

Business Counselor

With a life full of constant travel and movement, Julie’s daily practice of Qigong and meditation helps provide a much-desired balance. Seeing and feeling the benefits both in her mind and body, she is passionate about integrating these practices into all aspects of her life and is inspired to share them with her colleagues, clients, family, and friends. One of Julie’s many gifts is the natural ability to build a community wherever she is. To her, it is a great joy to bring people together for a shared, immersive experience. She truly believes that a feeling of wellness, authentic connection, and meaningful interaction can be felt within the spaces that she passionately creates and shares with those around her. Her long-standing career in the hospitality industry stems from this passion to create connections and is rooted in her upbringing with her large, extended family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of Julie’s earliest memories are dancing with cousins in her grandparent’s backyard and setting the tables for Sunday family dinners.

Julie holds a degree in Business Administration from California State University, Chico. Her career tenure includes marketing, planning, and directing events to create experiences of belonging and celebration within the hotel world. After spending the beginning of her career in Nevada and California she accepted an opportunity to work internationally in Singapore and later in Hong Kong, traveling throughout Asia. Working in partnership with Master Per, Julie is excited to have the opportunity to bring people together from around the world and guide them through the incredible gifts of wellbeing with the art of Qigong Healing.

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Tanya Watia

Programme Director

Tanya has over 20 years experience leading lifestyle and luxury brands in creative strategies, digital marketing, branding, community building and wellness programming.  She has worked for brands such as Six Senses Resorts, Soho House & Co, Club 21 (Balenciaga, Paul Smith, Dover Street Market & DKNY), wellness brand COMO Shambhala, COMO Hotels & Resorts, and several tech companies.  After obtaining a degree in business and marketing from Georgetown University and Nijenrode, the Netherlands School of Business, she worked across different cultures in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific and has deep knowledge management and leadership across different cultures .  She is passionate about creativity, energy work and deep relationships, creating bonds of trust through communities that make them cohesive, allow for personal growth as well as global impact. She leads the creative programming and community expansion of Master Per Van Spall’s work.

Tanya is a certified Master of Fu Sui, the Japanese form of Feng Shui. A lifelong student of astrology, human design and the I-ching, she is passionate about creating accessible wellbeing for people of all cultures and backgrounds through coaching and aligning spaces.  As a mother of three, she is dedicated to helping not only people, but children, families and aligning spaces to create balance and harmony.  She dedicates part of her year to spending time in ancestral home of Tokushima, Japan, practicing Fu Sui and zazen contemplative work.  She is also an apprentice-in-training of Qigong under Master Per Van Spall and works with clients to guide and support their wellbeing journey.

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Francesco Risso

Creative Counselor

Who am I? Let me tell you in seven places, humbly, yet proudly: I was born in the water (1), not like a dolphin but on a boat on the Tyrrhenian Sea, on the second to last day of December. In Italian mare (sea) rhymes with esplorare (explore). In English explore rhymes with once more. After a few years of drifting about with my mother and father, we set our feet on the ground. Genoa (2) hosted my teenage years, amidst nobility and revolution / revolutionaries. The city and its heart taught my soul subversion and contrast. Florence (3), New York (4) and London (5) were my education: deep, varied, and sentimental. From the Polimoda, to the Fashion Insitute of Technology, to Central Saint Martin’s. And then Milan (6), where I first started as a designer. Anna Molinari, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Malo and Prada represent a long and extraordinary 10 years journey from 2007 to 2017. Up until my debut with Marni whose reins I’ve been holding since 2016.

And place number 7? It’s a small yet very powerful place. Always available to each and every one of us. Because it’s inscribed in the palms of our hands. Our hands, which feature: the Fate line, Touch, Dexterity, Sensation / Sensoriality, Instinct, Warm contact / Warmth. Basically all the things that make the most sense to me at the moment.