New year's meditation retreat – Cultivation of stillness – Qi Gong and Meditation

Ort: Polen

The relation between Meditation and Qi Gong has always been very tight. One of the sources about Qi Gongs origins describes Bodhidharma, the first Zen Patriarch, as the founder of Qi Gong. The still and inner quality of Qi Gong is an ideal base for a deep and powerful meditation. In times of constant growing complexity of our life, in times of high technology, stress and global burnout, of losing connection to ourselves, of excess demands and claims, disturbed day and night rhythms as well as time issues we are deeply in need of stillness and stability.

It is of great importance to find methods and ways to allow and help us finding and connecting to ourselves in inner stillness. In all cultures and times there have been and are meditation exercises which are deep inner processes of regulation and transformation of our being and our consciousness. These practices, as they are not visible from the outside and difficult to understand on a logical linguistic and intellectual level are rarely taught in the right way or are lost completely. Practical guidance and methodology are lacking. The Daoist meditation practice however, being deeply imbedded in Qi Gong with its knowledge about qualities and dynamics of Qi offers students concrete instruments, experiences and tools.

In this retreat we will take time to build an understanding of the inner work and to achieve skills that help us on our way to conscious being. The time of the year is excellent for reflective insight work as in winter the energy retreats deep into the roots and is suspended in stillness where it is waiting to sprout.

We will practice meditation in sitting, standing, walking and in interaction, which makes it easier to integrate felt and learned contents into everyday life. The practice during this week will always consider needs and possibilities of the participants. Therefore, sitting meditation for example can be practiced on chairs as sitting on the floor is tiring for many people and not necessarily needed for the quality of the inner work. Moreover, we will practice in short sequences, led again by the quality and not by the duration of the inner practice.

No prerequisites are needed and we address especially people who feel they would like to start their way into the still methods and practices.

The venue

The Seminar-Center is located in the south of Warsaw, 1,5 hours of drive. A shuttle service is provided from Warsaw Chopin Airport. The house is surrounded by a beautiful forest, a lake can be reached within a few steps. The practice hall is very spacious and bright and has a direct access to the park where training on natural as well as stone ground is possible. Guests are accommodated in 2-bedrooms with shower and WC.

Schedule

We start on Saturday 28th of December 2019 around dinner time. A shuttle will leave Warsaw airport around 3 pm (according to flight arrivals).  The retreat ends on Friday morning 3rd of January 2020, the shuttle reaches the airport around 1.30 pm.

There will be 7 hours of practice daily (lectures and exercises), held in English, with professional translation into Polish (German translation if required).

Price for the retreat (food, lodging and classes)

2-bed room – shower/WC 750 CHF
single in 2-bedroom with shower/WC (only if available!) 820 CHF

Price does not include camp insurance. Participants are asked to self-insure from accidents.

Advance payment: CHF 200.

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The dragon is a symbol of transformation and change. Dragons can change shape, size, personality, and domicile. The dragon’s body concentrates energy in its sinuous curves, and coils and uncoils to move along more quickly. The dragon symbolizes unfathomable dynamism and all the potential of its form that combines the features of many animals. It has the head of a lion, the mane of a horse, the horns of a deer, the body of a serpent, it is covered with the scales of a fish, the claws of an eagle. The dragon can lurk in watery depths, then streak aloft to the highest heavens, and its very gait is a continuous undulation.  It can constantly evolve with no fixed form, it can never be immobilized or penned in, never grasped.

During this workshop we will work with and on the „Six Dragons Exercise“ Set. Usually exercises that involve twisting, turning, screwing, spiraling, curving, wiggling, undulating, spinning, sinking down and rising up, swimming, circling, swinging, or twining movements are associated with serpents or dragons. “Six Dragons” exercises can be seen as the Qi Gong of Bagua Zhang. The exercises will prepare and set up the body for the strong demands of Bagua practice, will affect the ligaments and tendons as well as all the soft tissues of the body including the inner organs, and finally, after times of dedicated practice, lead to what is known in Bag Zhang as „The Dragon Body“.

Many dragon’s routines and sets are included also in Bagua Zhang. The variety of movements (circling, stretching and twisting of the tissues) will help increase the elasticity of the body, its ligaments and tendons. The body’s elasticity in turn significantly increases the range of motion in the joints, spine and internal organs. The practice will also help to develop in you the ability to flow smoothly, to find orientation in change and adapt to change. All this makes these exercises ideal for everyone of us, especially under the demands of today’s times.

Overall the “Six Dragons” have a great expression of beauty, can be combined with each other and will then fuse into a wonderful form. On top they are very effective and powerful if applied and used as martial applications.

The retreat is open for everybody, beginners or advanced. We will work on areas that are new and full of learning experiences for all us.

The venue

The Seminar-Center is located in the south of Warsaw, 1,5 hours of drive. A shuttle service is provided from Warsaw Chopin Airport. The house is surrounded by a beautiful forest, a lake can be reached within a few steps. The practice hall is very spacious and bright and has a direct access to the park where training on natural as well as stone ground is possible. Guests are accommodated in 2-bedrooms with shower and WC.

Schedule

We start on Sunday 25th of August around dinner time. A shuttle will leave Warsaw airport around 3 pm (according to flight arrivals).  The retreat ends on Saturday morning 31st of August, the shuttle reaches the airport around 1.30 pm.

There will be 7 hours of practice daily (lectures and exercises), held in English, with professional translation into Polish (German translation if required).

Price for the retreat (food, lodging and classes)

2-bed room – shower/WC 750 CHF
single in 2-bedroom with shower/WC (only if available!) 820 CHF

Price does not include camp insurance. Participants are asked to self-insure from accidents.

Advance payment: CHF 200.

Infos and inscription

inscription form

info@path-of-dao-qigong.ch

Feel invited!

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