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Qigong means 'controlling Qi'

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About me





My name is Sabine Goubau. I have lived in Canada for 35 years, and in Calgary for 29, but I grew up in a tiny country in the heart of Europe called Belgium. It is famous for chocolate, beer and infighting among the French and Flemish-speaking population. Since I am both French and Flemish this conflict has made me very curious about my identity and about human cultures. Calgary is rich with cultures and is a wonderful ground for this exploration.


My highest level of academic training is in science, with a PhD in molecular biology. I did research and taught courses in cell biology, human biology and communication in science at the University of Calgary. I have left that field, but while I was there I played my part well, earning scholarships from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC), and the Alberta Heritage Foundation (AHF) and won an NSERC Fellowship.


In 2010, I completed a post-graduate training in journalism at Mount Royal University. I learned the trade with the intention of writing about science in the media. That project was put on hold when I came accross a new human life science called REN XUE.


I am now a REN XUE teacher and therapist, trained and certified at the Qigong Master level by Yuan Tze. This work and study focuses on consciousness, from the perspective of growth and development of human life. 


Most of my life I have tried to understand human life and have looked at it from various perspectives. I speak five languages that I learned while I was living and studying abroad. I also studied Latin and some ancient Greek. My training in biology and journalism and many other things, were pieces of that same search. 


My skills are not all academic. In my youth I worked as a farm laborer and trained in mechanics. From 2007 to 2008 I was a member of the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. These quasi-judicial hearings were very technical and theatrical (courtesy of lawyers mostly). I loved this combination and learned a lot from the people who give life to this city.


Lots of dogs.

I am married to a good Scotsman, Michael Hynes. He studies microbes in the soil and thinks very highly of them. We have three children, three grandchildren, a dog and a pony by proxy. We just moved from a very small, to a much larger house where people can gather, and enjoy and support each other. 




Photo: Not my dogs, but they are part of the crowd that hangs out at my place.