25 May — 1 June ’18
€ 470 – € 770*
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Retreat in Greece
A lot of Tai Chi in the west has been watered down from the original martial art and many people think it is very easy, or something to do when you cannot do anything else. On the contrary, Tai Chi is one of the most sophisticated movement practices on the planet, and it can be utilised in conjunction with any other sport or discipline to make them more powerful.
Unlike most “exercise”, which many people do while thinking or listening to something else, Tai Chi actively coordinates with the mindstream to ground the psyche and the body in the here-and-now. This week-long retreat will give you a powerful foundation or extension for your Tai Chi practice.
Jan Golden will work with deep structure to make sure that all movement will be from a position of Zero Point neutrality, optimising whole body power from the first motion and informing each subsequent
calibrated movement with conscious awareness fed by enhanced proprio-receptive feedback from a constant application of bodily awareness via the nerves.
This requires mindful attention without tension, so it can be seen as a calming meditation in motion as well as a superlative physical workout. The superstructure of the body will also be given internal breathing programmes to operate while moving.
This is the Qi gong repetition which can be done separately like musical scales or as part of a “sonata” of Tai Chi.
Some experience would be useful but not essential”
Friday, the 25th, is our arrival day with check-in, registration and the welcome meal in the evening.
From the 26th onward our daily schedule is as followed:
- 8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast
- 9:30 – 11:00am Tai Chi practise
- 11:00 – 11:30am Drinks, break
- 11:30 – 1:30 Tai Chi practise
- 1:30pm Lunch
- 2:30 – 6:00pm Free time for reflection (beach, forest, villages)
- 6:30 – Karma Yoga (supporting the community)
- 8:00pm Dinner
Prices: include the workshops plus full accommodation with 3 daily vegetarian meals (except for one evening out in a Taverna). One week in a tent € 470, triple room € 520, twin room € 620, single room € 770. All rooms are en suite with views and/or balcony except of a bright triple room with seaview.