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Join Eastover Estate and Retreat for Flying Phoenix Qigong, a rare and extraordinarily powerful medical Qigong system that was created more than 400 years ago by renowned Taoist monk, Feng Dao Deh. Students will learn a complete Taoist monastic system comprised of moving and stationary, standing and seated meditations that impart a wide range of salient health benefits.
During this holiday, you will stay overnight at Eastover Estate and Retreat in a shared 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.
You will have classes on Thursday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Flying Phoenix Qigong is a complete Taoist monastic system of hygienics comprised of standing and seated, stationary, and moving meditations that impart a wide range of salient health benefits, increased respiratory power, improved circulation and metabolism, well-regulated sleep and resulting higher energy levels, improved neuro-muscular function and balance, strengthened immunity, increased bone strength, and the allostatic reversal of many signs of aging.
Flying Phoenix Qigong is the health safety net of a renowned martial art school in western China called "Bai Hu Pai" or white tiger style of Kung Fu, a vast system of Chinese martial, yogic, healing, and spiritual art. It is attributed to the legendary Taoist monk, Feng Tao Teh, who developed the art in western China at the famous Taoist enclave, Ehrmei Mountain in Szechuan province in Western China.
The oral tradition tells of Feng Tao Teh traveling much of his life throughout China’s western frontier and Tibet, exploring and absorbing vast amounts of yogic knowledge, and then creating Flying Phoenix heavenly healing chi meditations at Ehrmeishan in 1644 after being inspired by a female bodhisattva (saint) through dream state as well as creating the vast white tiger Kung Fu system.
Besides its splendid health benefits, Flying Phoenix Qigong training so sublimely integrates mind and body to a higher level of structural sensitivity by bringing all the organ functions under the regulation of the subconscious mind that it stabilizes full absorption, jhana and trains one-pointedness (samadhi), so that the practitioner’s mind easily rests in the second and third jhanic states.
Qigong is also so systemically sensitizing that strict safeguards must be observed as to where and when one practices the art so as to prevent any type of sudden interruption.
Flying Phoenix Qigong imparts its remarkable health benefits through a yogic mechanism that brings all the organ functions of the body under the regulation of the subconscious mind. This super-regulating process and energy cultivation is brought on by each of the 24 Flying Phoenix meditations, which consists of an easy-to-do breath-control formula followed by a meditation in repose or a serene moving meditation using repetitive natural movements that are done three times slower than typical Tai Chi practice.
The esoteric breathing formula that precedes each Flying Phoenix meditation ignites a specific flow of Qi in the body that is tangible. The following posture and movements circulate the energy through specific orbs of the body. Flying Phoenix Qigong is easier to learn and practice than Tai Chi and its health benefits are tangible, profound, and more immediate.
Long-term Flying Phoenix practice activates man’s latent healing potential and cultivates a superabundance of the distinctively tangible and visible Flying Phoenix energy (Qi) that has extraordinary healing properties unlike any type of energy generated by any other form of yoga.
Over the course of 30 hours of practice in this workshop, Terry teaches the entire Flying Phoenix Qigong, a rarest and authentic system of ancient Taoist monastic yoga consisting of 24 meditative exercises including:
Terence Dunn is an expert instructor of Chinese martial, yogic, and healing arts with more than 39 years of training based in Los Angeles, California. Since 1990, he has popularized Tai Chi Chuan and authentic Qigong practice throughout America and Europe through his highly acclaimed Tai Chi for Health and Chi Kung For Health DVD programs. Terry has also pioneered the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong in modern medicine and professional sports.
The camp will take place in Lenox in Massachusetts, USA.
Your meals occur before or between classes from Thursday night dinner to Sunday lunch. 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.
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.
You can arrive at Albany International Airport (ALB), Bradley International Airport (BDL), or Logan International Airport (BOS).