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Mantak Chia, renowned Qigong and Tai Chi Master and author of 57 books on Taoist healing and longevity, goes from basic teachings through Fussion I and II and is joined by Karin Sovik for Chi Nei Tsang training - an ancient detoxifying and energizing abdominal massage, followed by teachings in Tok Sen. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the Grand Master Mantak Chia himself in the relaxing sanctuary of Eastover Estate.
Eastover is a retreat center sitting on a 600 acre sanctuary located minutes from downtown Lenox, Tanglewood Music Center, Shakespeare & Co., Kripalu Center, and other cultural venues in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Dedicated primarily to the holistic community - holding regular Qigong, Taichi, Yoga, Chinese Medicine and Nutrition retreats, we offer spacious workshop and program rooms with multiple meeting and studio facilities for teachers, groups, corporate training and retreats. The mansion estate is designed around an evocative “Summer Cottage” and immerses you in a contemplative, holistic environment from the moment you enter its grounds - from its courtyards and terraces overlooking English and Japanese gardens, to its sun-drenched Terrace Café, inviting mix of manicured greens, meadows, woodland trails and breathtaking views of the Berkshire Mountains. Eastover offers a wide variety of spacious and comfortable overnight accommodations to fit any budget, from rustic, to luxurious; not your typical hotel or resort, our rooms are set up more like dorms for workshop attendees - they are simple, clean, and comfortable. With the exception of rooms located on the third floor of our mansion and on the second level of the Tally Ho building, all rooms have a private bath. Tally Ho is our entertainment venue, an iconic gathering place loved for decades by people from the Berkshires and beyond. It is the largest indoor space in all of Berkshire County that is suitable for receptions, weddings, performances, workshops, lectures and corporate retreats. Newly renovated, it's equipped with a full kitchen, bar, state-of-the-art sound system and theatrical lighting.
Being distinctly unique in style from a conventional hotel or conference center, on the Eastover grounds are five separate buildings, each with comfortable New England cottage-style rooms with "simple elegance" and varying amenities. In East Colonial, for example, we have eleven Deluxe rooms with amenities such as televisions, air conditioners, mini-refrigerators and hair dryers. On the other end of the spectrum, with many room styles in between, is our Bunkers facility, available during the summer months only, offering reduced amenities and air conditioning in each room. In addition to these choices, there are multi-bed dormitories, rustic three-room cottages, and very lovely accommodations available in our mansion as well. We have a beautiful heated indoor pool, sauna, massage facilities, Qi Gong, yoga and mindfulness meditation classes. Fresh fruit, coffee, tea and a cold breakfast is included with your stay; a la carte hot meals can be ordered as well.
Eastover has recently built a remarkable state-of-the art greenhouse water reclamation system - a major undertaking exhibiting respect not only for personal health, but for planet health as well. In addition, on-site organic gardens provide herbs and vegetables for daily meals
This universal healing Tao teacher training runs for three week. Week 1 and 2 qualify for the 70 hours needed with Grand Master Mantak Chia to become an instructor. Week 3 qualifies for Chi Nei Tsang certification program and upgrade with Karin Sovik.
The universal healing Tao basic retreat is a training for beginners and those who desire to become associate instructors. During this week, the primary meditations will be studied: cosmic orbit, cosmic sounds, inner smile, and healing love.
The Fusion practice focuses on balancing negative and positive emotional energy and channeling the earth and universal forces using the eight forces of the Pakua. Negative energy is transformed and made to blend with positive energy which is then fused into a pearl of pure life-force energy. This pearl is circulated in the microcosmic orbit and is used to open channels.
This week is certification required training for those who already know basic practices, have mastered them, and want to be trained and certified to teach. This one week each year is Master Chia’s special time with his future instructors.
%Aside from that, you will explore Chi Nei Tsang, hands on healing, with Karin Sorvik. Through simple yet powerful massage techniques, you will utilize your energy to strengthen the body and its internal connections. Combining massage with the energy of one's awareness helps dissolve resistance which contributes to the aging process, causing stress and disease. This practice strengthens the internal organs and improves your senses and awareness.
Tok Sen is a traditional treatment method from northern Thailand that uses wooden tools and is about 5000 years old. The name Tok Sen means in Thai “dissolving of energy lines“.
Meanwhile, life pulse massage is a healing method for activating the vital pulses of your body and opens a new dimension of healing based on the flow of your vital essence of blood and Chi to improve, revitalize, and balance the health of your organs and functions.
Learn how to cultivate, circulate, and store sexual energy. Men learn how to control ejaculation and to transform the sexual energy into chi (life force) and then transform it up to spirit force. Women learn how to control menstruation and transform the blood into chi and likewise transform it up to spirit force.
The Fusion I practice focuses on balancing negative and positive emotional energy and channeling the earth and universal forces using the eight forces of the Pakua. Negative energy is transformed and made to blend with positive energy which is then fused into a pearl of pure life-force energy.
This pearl is circulated in the microcosmic orbit and is used to open channels. Tan Tien Chi Kung enhances your ability to feel, develop, and store chi. The mind becomes calm and relaxed while maintaining a high energy level. When chi is stored in the Tan Tien, you develop rooting and internal power.
In Fusion II, the meditation grows and intensifies the good virtue energies forming compassion pearl in the creation cycle using the organ colors. The student learns how to detoxify the organs and glands by opening up the thrusting channels and protecting themselves forming psychic belt channels drawing in the heavenly and earthly forces.
Cosmic Chi Kung consists of four sets of simple postures and movements for absorbing the life force energy of nature and the universe. By practicing this art, you can learn to take color healing chi from empty space into yourself or to direct it from the source straight to others for healing. Each of the four sections of Cosmic Chi Kung develops a different type of energy mastery.
New development in Chi Nei Tsang, healing harmony Tok Sen (muscle, tendon, and meridian massage) is internal tendon massage moving the energy (chi) throughout the body while releasing and opening up its passages.
Learn to use the hand techniques (finger presser, twisting and spiraling, hand scooping and wave techniques) first step with Chi Nei Tsang I massage to open up and release the blockages in the abdominal, arteries, muscles, tendons, vertebrae, shoulder blades, coccyx, arms, legs, feet, joints, hands, neck, and meridian lines.
It uses hammers tool to clear blocked energy which focuses more on stretching and body alignment. It helps release tendon problems, nerve compression, joint pain, knee pain, and muscle pain and also treat the abdomen and the rip-cage for dissolving or balancing emotions.
Life pulse massage is a healing method for activating the vital pulses of your body. This ancient Taoist healing practice, an advanced branch of traditional Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage, opens a new dimension of healing based on the flow of your vital essence of blood and Chi to improve, revitalize, and balance the health of your organs and functions.
During the class, you will get fully illustrated massage instructions to open restricted blood vessels, direct blood flow for healing, balancing blood pressure, and detoxifying organs. You will learn details on specific massage treatments for many common ailments such as lower back pain, sciatica, asthma, headaches, and reproductive issues.
There’s also explanation of the ancient art of reading pulses to diagnose organ health. You will see that the life pulse massage can reveals how blood acts as the vehicle for one’s vital energy.
This training will be held in Eastover Estate, a classic Berkshire family retreat situated on 600 acres with turn of century summer cottage charm, Mount Greylock, and October Mountain views and miles of hiking trails.
Eastover features sun trenched café, juice bar, library, meeting rooms, porch, terrace, affordable out buildings and luxury bedrooms in the mansion, centrally located in the cultural hub of the Berkshires, minutes from Tanglewood, Kriplau, and many other cultural venues. It’s an ideal location for teachers, groups, organizations, and companies seeking retreat and training.
It is dedicated to facilitate retreat and training groups, offering spacious program studio facilities including commercial kitchens for cooking classes, wide range of overnight accommodations that fits everyone’s budget, from rustic, to contemporary, to luxurious.
The Berkshires’ fine history and art museums, superb music and dance festivals, quality live theater, exceptional educational centers - all of these factors and more have combined to complement the wondrous natural environment inviting all to enjoy in all seasons.
Whether hiking the Appalachian trail over Massachusetts’ two highest mountains, Greylock and Everett, or exploring the numerous state parks, golfing, skiing, biking country roads, boating, swimming, fishing or just relaxing, the Berkshires are best for all seasons!
The Berkshires offer surprising treasures of rich cultural attractions and is one of the cultural centers of the country. But that’s not all there is to see. Recreational opportunities abound including downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, fishing, and golf.
Make time for shopping and antiquing too; the Berkshires provides shopping for both one of a kind items as well as your everyday desires. And don’t forget about your kids; enroll them in one of the region's summer camps for an experience that can last a lifetime.
The menus are created base upon discussion with group presenter and while Eastover Estate and Retreat is able to accommodate food challenges such as gluten or dairy free, they cannot accommodate all food allergies.
With most meals such as lunch and dinner, Eastover Estate and Retreat offers a raw vegetable salad and they offer a steamed vegetable hot food option as well. All seasonings and oils are offered on the side so you can season to your taste.
If you feel you have a food issue that Eastover Estate and Retreat cannot accommodate many of the rooms come with refrigerators and you are welcome to bring food that is comfortable for you. Please note that Eastover Estate and Retreat cannot reduce any costs due to food allergies.
You can enjoy various treatments available at Eastover Estate and Retreat’s healing spa for an additional fee. The treatments include:
Please book your flight to arrive at Albany International Airport (ALB) in Albany, New York, at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford County, Connecticut, or at General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, Massachusetts.
Peter Pan Trailways and Bonanza service the Lenox area. Buses come in approximately two times daily to and from Boston, New York City, Albany, and more often from Springfield.