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In this retreat, Master Junfeng Li will meditate and practice not only Sheng Zhen Gong with students every day, but also will share and deploy traditions of practice that can help students develop Qi healing energy. This retreat will also explore traditional ways to channel universal Qi to help others heal as well. Through daily Qi cultivation, each person’s energy body will be awakened and will emerge in harmony with the universe and become a large body of love that is full of healing energy for oneself and for others.
During this holiday, you will stay overnight at Eastover Estate and Retreat in a private room, a couples queen room, or a shared deluxe room with a private bath. In 1910, Harris Fahnestock Jr., a stockbroker from New York City, began to build a summer home named “Eastover” for his family on 1,500 acres of land in Lenox, Massachusetts. Fahnestock called upon Hoppin and Koen, an architectural firm that also built author Edith Wharton’s home, the Mount (also in Lenox), to design the buildings for the estate.
Hoppin and Koen designed the brick Georgian-style Mansion, a stable which has since been renovated into the Berkshire’s largest open meeting space, a chauffer’s home, an eight-car garage, and a pump house used to store 20,000 gallons of water for use on the property. Beatrix Farrand, the niece of Edith Wharton and the designer of over 100 gardens, including two of the White House as well as many others of Ivy League universities and major cities, was set to design the garden at Eastover.
After two years, when the estate and gardens were finally finished, the Fahnestock family enjoyed the property in the summers by hosting lavish parties both inside the 30-room mansion and outside in the gardens and were tended to by 65 servants. In 1941, after Harris Fahnestock Jr. passed away, the heirs of Harris Fahnestock sold Eastover at an auction. It served briefly as the Duncan School for boys and then was sold to George Bisacca in 1946. Eastover, by that time, had been reduced to 500 acres.
For the next 62 years, Eastover served as a year-round recreational family resort and also housed one of the largest civil war collections in the country. This resort became an icon in western Massachusetts and hosted generations of graduation parties, corporate picnics, reunions, and also served as a popular "bring your own beer" dance and music venue.
The property again changed hands in 2010 with the current owners purchasing what was by then a 400-acre estate. They have been extensively renovating the property ever since, and have added 200 acres in order to bring a tranquil and rejuvenating environment for hosting holistic retreats.
The heated indoor pool building has been totally rebuilt. There is also a sauna and a guest changing area with showers for guest use. The pool area is open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Please also note that there is no lifeguard on duty so Eastover Estate and Retreat requires children under fourteen to be supervised by an adult at all times.
Totally renovated with new lighting and hardwood floors, this multi-purpose space overlooks one of many fields, the barn, and of course, October Mountain. In the morning, this space is bathed in the bright light of the rising sun. With the ability to serve as a meditation studio, yoga studio, or conference room, Eastover Estate and Retreat provides the tools to transform this space.
They can fit it with yoga mats, meditation pillows, or tables and chairs for conferences. This space also contains a small stage on the side of the room that is outfitted with a projector for presenting and teaching needs.
The enormous, country style renovated stable called Tally Ho is the perfect event hall for large events. It contains an enormous stone fireplace, high rafters, a full theatrical stage, and an expansive dance floor. Big enough for any event, its 4800-square-feet area allows for massive seated dining for 350 guests with a total capacity of 475 guests. An onsite short-order full kitchen makes food fresh and ready for fast service. There is also a separate standing bar with its own spacious mingling area.
With character straight out of Victorian hunting stables, Tally Ho’s thick wooden interior and antique barn hardware are all authentic reminders of its historic bygone era. Even deeper into Tally Ho is booth seating that was converted from large horse stalls. Roomy enough to seat 10 per booth, this area even has its own small performance stage. This provides a remarkable opportunity for your party to host a large loud event while also catering to a quieter more intimate conversation area with its own separate entertainment venue.
Tally Ho is an event hall that has a genuinely vintage style, ideal for even a formal wedding, large public festival, or boisterous dance ball. Tally Ho offers a sound system that is plug and plays for most sound necessities, a podium that is able to serve conferential needs, a full bar that is able to serve either alcohol or juice depending on your needs, and a full kitchen for cooking and plating.
It also provides a private dining area in the old stall that gives the unique opportunity to provide a quiet conversation space next to the larger party and rooms on the second floor that are transformable to serve as either large luxurious suites for weddings or dorm-style living for an event.
The mansion at Eastover is a relic of the “Gilded Age” that reached its peak in the 1890’s and early 1900’s. By the time New York stockbroker Harris Fahnestock built Eastover in 1910, there were 93 gilded age “cottages” in the Berkshires. Most have disappeared and been destroyed by Berkshire weather. Only a few remain, most of which had been turned into private schools or resorts after the great depression. Eastover was turned into a resort.
Eastover has been part of elegant celebrations and country style reunions for over 70 years. It has been the site of many wonderful memories for generations. However, it had fallen into deep disrepair until its sale in early 2010. The new owners have begun an extensive program of restoration that starts below ground and continues all the way to the highest rooftop.
With this, the bold new effort will be a continued dedication to preserving both nature and the beauty of the grounds. Your visit will leave you baffled by how such place can exist so close to the cultural center of the Berkshires.
Warmed in daylight from the huge south windows, the terrace room's 2,200-square-foot floor is a stunning setting for mid-sized weddings and events of up to 146 dinner guests in Victorian architectural elegance. Its unique proportions provide a cozy closeness with ample room for a dance floor and visiting.
The adjacent kitchen permits superb service in a large banquet environment. The terrace room’s large glass doors open onto a sizable bluestone patio large enough for its own party. The sparkling fountain highlights this French style garden retreat. Under the shade of enormous Catalpa trees, the terrace room is a true memory of summer elegance.
Many experienced Sheng Zhen teachers will be at this practice giving support to you. They will help review Sheng Zhen Gong forms, have practice time together, will answer any questions about daily practices, exchange healing, and help the daily practices. Each student will be arriving at different levels of development in this retreat, including teachers themselves.
This training is for Sheng Zhen experienced teachers who have been teaching Sheng Zhen for the last five years, participants who are truly committed to 36 days of intensive practice with Master Li, and participants with various health issues including depression, chronic heart disease, or other health issues including but not limited to anxiety, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and movement restriction.
Sheng Zhen Gong is not just a Qigong practice. It is timeless wisdom delivered in the most original and most basic form of Qigong to guide the way (Dao) of life. Sheng Zhen is the sacred truth of unconditional love. This unconditional love is the key to open one’s heart. It is a path to feeling free and liberated. It is also a tool that can help cultivate and merge your consciousness with the universe.
The simple yet poetic moving and non-moving parts of Sheng Zhen exercises help relax the body, calm thoughts, empty the mind, and quiet the heart so that inspiration and creativity become the norm.
The curriculum focus on Sheng Zhen’s philosophy, why Sheng Zhen is the integration of all different healing traditions, and why Sheng Zhen as a spiritual practice is the key to developing the energy healing body.
The camp will take place in the town of Lenox in Massachusetts, USA.
All meals are included in the prices. Your menus are based on group preferences and budget. Eastover Estate and Retreat offers delicious, balanced vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals which typically include raw salads and hot vegetable dishes. Food will consist of healthful meals and intermittent fasting techniques will be taught, which was a traditional concept in developing energy in Qigong. Scientific research will be introduced that can help us understand natural ways to help heal and build our immune system.
Upon your request, Eastover Estate and Retreat will gladly prepare unseasoned blanched or steamed dishes for lunches and dinners. They easily accommodate gluten and dairy free needs, and many of their seasonings and oils are provided on the side for you to season meals to taste.
Several rooms have refrigerators, so you are welcome to bring food that suits your needs if you have issues that Eastover Estate and Retreat cannot accommodate. Please note that Eastover Estate and Retreat is unable to reduce meal costs due to food allergies.
General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport
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Bradley International Airport
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