Featured Contributor

Ryan Powell

Ryan Powell is featured in the Dream Arc and Art of Contemplation

About Ryan

  • musician
  • teacher
  • bardic healer
  • human being

Ryan Powell was indoctrinated at birth into a lifetime love of Irish music by his father John who sang him the old ballads in his deep voice whenever he had the chance and a captive audience. Ryan took up guitar and whistle at a young age and began to play ballads after his first visit to Ireland as a young teenager in 1986. During the early 1990’s, Ryan lived in Ireland for 6 months and busked the streets of Galway and Dublin while studying James Joyce with Senator David Norris and absorbing the rich culture and music of the east and west of the country.


In the mid 1990’s, Ryan formed the Celtic Rock band Blind Rafferty which played all around the Pacific Northwest for 6 years and recorded two albums.

Today, Ryan weaves together his study of Daoist philosophy, martial arts and energy cultivation with his love of Irish music and lore. He guides the One Root Sacred Ireland journey to the SW of Ireland every few years and orchestrates a deep tour of the land which includes local storytellers and guides and daily health building Qigong practice.


Xu, the Podcast about Emptiness

Ryan Powell

This is a musical meditation podcast, released as the Dao flows, exploring various ways we can empty our heart and mind and come in to a deeper presence with our lives while living in a busy world. Qigong teacher and musician Ryan Powell crafts a musical and spoken journey into the Dao of Emptiness. We will explore breathing and mindfulness techniques from the Qigong tradition and allow the energy of the moment flow like medicine to help us empty our over-full hearts and minds. Tune in, and let go . . .

You can support the podcast by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreon.com/XuPodcast