Program Details

Traditional Chinese Qigong (levels 1 & 2)


with Samten Kobelt
November 23 / 5:00 AM - November 24 / 6:00 AM

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of qigong as presented by two distinct Taoist schools.



Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West.


Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Taoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong.” This lineage specializes in using qigong techniques to build the foundation for sitting meditation. The Yiquan School was founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century. Yiquan is most well-known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan, which are designed to still the mind while simultaneously gathering and circulating internal energy.

In Level I, we will practice techniques of inner and outer qigong, including tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage and calisthenics, which strengthen the muscular-skeletal system, nourish the internal organs, circulate internal energy and still the mind. We will learn Chen Xiyi’s sleeping and walking qiqong and Wang Xiangzhai’s standing qigong.

In Level II, we will delve more deeply, studying the Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing and Nine Self-Massage systems in their entirety. The Tendon-Changing postures are powerful techniques that cultivate flexibility, strength and softness in the joints, muscles and tendons. The self-massage exercises focus on nourishing the internal organs and facilitating the circulation of qi in the meridians.


 
New and experienced practioners are welcome. 


Samten A. Kobelt, who will be teaching this programme, has been exploring the body-mind connection since learning to meditate in the mid 1980ies.


Born in Switzerland, he has been a meditation teacher since 1991, teaching also Contemplative Dance and Lujong in many places in the US, Europe and NZ/AUS. He has been studying Qigong with Eva Wong since 2005 and teaches that practice since 2010.


Read here more about why we learn Qigong (by Sophie Leger)


The programme starts Saturday morning at 9.00 and ends Sunday afternoon at 17.00.


This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.



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