About Shaolin Life

@ Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies 501c3

About us


Enriching our community and world with enlightenment studies from the martial, spiritual and mental wellness arts. Creating a learning environment for the enrichment and healthy transmission of treasured and timeless information.

Our Center

Shaolin Life, founded 2006 by Monks from Shaolin Monastery (Henan Province, China) is program under the Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies that has a mission to preserve and continue the 1,500-year-old tradition of Shaolin. Historically the Shaolin Temple was enriched by the people and masters of it’s community. Being enriched by the progressive flow of the bay The Foundation evolved and expanded its view, teachers and mission. Shaolin Life focuses its effort bringing inner awareness and enlightenment studies through arts such as martial, spiritual, and wellness arts (Kung Fu, Qi Gong Tai Chi, and Meditation).


Executive Director
Sheldon Callahan

Sheldon’s study of the Shaolin martial arts began over 20 years ago. Sheldon was trained directly from Shaolin Monks and Martial Masters in both northern and southern styles of Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Tai Chi as well as gymnastics. Sheldon was Named Exec. Dir. for his forward looking vision, understanding of the art and culture and many years of hard work and dedication.

Assistant Instructor
Koren Pilkinton

Koren holds and degree in Kinesiology for rehabilitation, as well as sport and exercise. She works with youth and has trained in martial arts including Shaolin Kung Fu and Tae Kwan Do. She now leads the martial fitness program for children with Shaolin Life.

Kelli Pilkinton

Kelli Pilkinton A life long meditator, Kelli has been trained in various ancient meditation techniques. A native of the East Bay she is a community leader who has launched many programs and events. She now leads community meditation at the Shaolin Life.

Shaolin Life History and Timeline

2006 Shaolin Monks Perform with Lines Ballet

2007 Shaolin Buddhist Temple and Education Foundation 501c3 was formed

2014 the First Annual Maui Qi Fest was held

2015 Master Sheldon Began Studying Chinese Medicine with Dr. George Love

2017 Deep Root becomes the Event Sponsor for the Maui Qi Fest

2018 Dr. George Love Chan Wu Yi Seminar