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5 Days Chen Style Tai Chi and Martial Arts Training in Massachusetts, US

5 Days Chen Style Tai Chi and Martial Arts Training in Massachusetts, US

  • Eastover Estate and Retreat Center, 430 East Street, Lenox, Massachusetts, 01240, USA

Healing Martial Arts Training in USA

Dr. Bacher's classes and workshops will help you understand that as a martial art, tai chi must fulfill two functions, namely it must be good for cultivating health for your whole lifetime, and it must be applicable for self-defense for your whole lifetime. Dr. Bacher's teaching method emphasizes the importance of both health and self-defense aspects of tai chi. Every basic exercise and form movement is clearly demonstrated and explained as to how and why it fulfills both of these functions.

Highlights

  • Learn tai chi principles and theory
  • Chen-style taijiquan training sessions
  • Foundation training and old frame first routine classes
  • Teacher with 20th generation lineage for tai chi training
  • Grandmaster Wang Xi'an authorized system
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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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

Workshop curriculum

Foundation training (Jibengong)

Students will learn tai chi principles and theory along with the following six components:

  • How to stand - since this is the key to all tai chi postures and movements, you will learn how to align your body with gravity to relax and conserve energy
  • How to breathe - tai chi's specific method of breathing to energize your whole body for vibrant health and well being
  • How to loosen up - a series of gentle joint rotation exercises to loosen up muscles and joints, increase circulation, relieve and prevent joint pain and injuries, and reverse the effects of aging
  • How to silk reel - silk reeling is tai chi's continually spiraling or coiling whole body movements. Silk reeling strengthens and tones muscles, tendons, and ligaments, cultivates powerful Qi circulation, improves cardiovascular and lymphatic function, and heals and prevents soft tissue injuries; silk reeling is the healthiest and most intelligent way to exercise the whole body
  • How to stretch your back - a simple spinal stretch performed while standing to increase spinal mobility and correct alignment of spinal vertebrae. This is the best exercise to relieve and prevent back pain and restore youthful spinal pliability for life.
  • How to stand quietly - a simple method of standing to cultivate stillness and total relaxation of body and mind, sometimes referred to as standing meditation.

Tai chi

Tai chi (or taiji, shortened from taijiquan) is a martial art based on ancient Chinese culture, medicine, and philosophy. Millions of people all over the world practice tai chi daily for its wonderful benefits for health and fitness, healing chronic pain and illness, reversing the effects of aging, and relieving stress.

Tai chi’s benefits are the result of three unique internal principles or elements regarding pure relaxation, continually spiraling full body movements, and using intention to guide your movements rather than brute force.

As a martial art, tai chi builds a strong body and sound mind. Daily practice develops a positive mental outlook, respect for oneself and others, self discipline, self confidence, concentration skills, and emotional balance, and improves your overall quality of life. Tai chi is a treasure to humankind, given that through regular practice one can transform every aspect of their life - physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Tai chi’s gentle flowing movements combined with deep breathing and full intention have a profound calming and soothing effect on your central nervous system, dissolving both physical and emotional stress. Regular practice of tai chi can relieve back and joint pain and arthritis, stabilize blood pressure, improve circulation, heal illness, and keep your mind and body feeling young and alive.

Solo form

Tai chi’s solo routines contain all of its health-giving and self-defense techniques, and were created to preserve the art for future generations. Forms teach you correct posture and whole body movement, balance and coordination, and how to relax and open the body for healthy qi (vital energy) circulation.

The training program focuses on the original Chen-style Old frame first routine (Laojia Yilu) in the tradition of Grandmaster Wang Xi’an. This 75 movement form is the basis for Chen-style tai chi, and the origin of all other major tai chi styles.

Master's profile

Dr. Bacher is the founder and CEO of Wang Xian Taiji North America, an organization dedicated to preserve and teach the theory, principles, and training methods of original Chen-style taijinquan (tai chi chuan) worldwide. Dr. Bacher visited China numerous times to study and research the original Chen family tai chi at its source, and he is a direct lineage teacher authorized by 19th generation Grandmaster Wang Xi'an.

  • Bob Bacher

    Dr. Bob Bacher has 48 years of experience with tai chi, qigong, karate, yoga, and meditation. He studied tai chi under the strict guidance of Grandmaster Wang Xi’an in Chenjiagou, China, and is a fully authorized 20th generation teacher of Master Wang’s system. Bob is a Doctor of Chiropractic - he graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1980, and has worked in that capacity worldwide. Dr. Bacher combines his 35 years of clinical expertise as a chiropractor with his extensive martial art background to teach Chen style tai chi for both health and self-defense.

This retreat will take place in Lenox, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in the United States. Centrally located in the cultural hub of the Berkshires, minutes from Tanglewood, Kriplau, and many other cultural venues, Eastover is a 600-acre estate and retreat, exclusively dedicated to facilitate holistic, personal growth, and environmental workshops and programs. It is the ideal location for teachers, groups, organizations, and companies seeking retreat and training.

It is cradled east by October Mountain and Housatonic River, and provides stunning majestic views of Mount Greylock. The estate was rated by American Registry as the Area's Largest Meeting and Conference Facility, yet only 50 to 160 beds are available. With its one hundred year old summer cottage perched on the crest of the hill, surrounded by miles of open meadows and forests, the energy at Eastover is well centered.

Eastover is not affiliated with any specific spiritual tradition. Its eclectic open-hearted receptivity to a broad array of groups and teachers aims to support the continuing emergence of holistic and ecological ideas capable of renewing the culture and leading the way to a sustainable planet.

Nearby places

  • Albany International Airport - 1,25 hours
  • Great Barrington - 24 minutes
  • Jacob's Pillow - 25 minutes
  • Shakspeare and Company - 7 minutes
  • Stockbridge - 13 minutes
  • Tanglewood - 8 minutes

Daily meals and drinks are included in the price. The menus are based on group preferences and budget. You can choose between delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals which typically include raw salads and hot vegetable dishes. Upon request, the chefs will gladly prepare unseasoned blanched or steamed dishes for lunch and dinner.

Gluten and dairy free needs can be easily accommodated, and many of the seasonings and oils are provided on the side for guests to season meals to taste. Several rooms have refrigerators, so guests are welcome to bring food that suits their needs, if they have issues that cannot be otherwise accommodated. Please note that Eastover Estate and Retreat is unable to reduce meal costs due to food allergies.

There are many extra activities to do in the Berkshires area, including visiting fine history and art museums, attending music and dance festivals, going to quality live theater, and visiting an educational center.

You can also hike the Appalachian Trail over Massachusetts’ two highest mountains, Greylock and Everett, or explore the numerous state parks. You can also go golfing, downhill and cross-country skiing, biking country roads, whitewater rafting, boating, swimming, fishing or just relaxing - the Berkshires are best for all seasons!

If you choose to spend all or part of your day on Eastover’s beautiful grounds, you can enjoy delicious natural cuisine and choose from a variety of daily movement classes and workshops, ink brush calligraphy practice, outdoor activities and spa services - all against the backdrop of Mount Greylock, October Mountain, and the Appalachian Trail. Your time can be as structured or as unstructured as you desire.

Dining

The Berkshires offer surprising treasures of rich cultural attractions, and the area is one of the cultural centers of the country. A crossroads of culture, the Berkshires attracts chefs who are artists in their own right.

Dining in the Berkshires is a series of undiscovered surprises that often surpasses the highest expectations. Berkshire County's restaurants feature a variety of American and international flavors, including Chinese, Continental, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Thai. Many of the Berkshires' restaurants are award winning, and all provide a distinct experience.

Shopping

But that’s not all there is to see. Make time for shopping and antiquing too; the Berkshires provides shopping for both one of a kind items as well as your everyday desires. You will likely find exactly what you were looking for, regardless if it is art, crafts, specialty foods, gourmet cooking wares, antiques - it doesn’t matter which items are on your list because chances are one of the Berkshire’s myriad specialty shops offers exactly what’s needed.

Even better, this diversity makes shopping here an adventure in itself, whether it’s taking a trip to a quaint out-of-the way country store, poking around a shop full of antiques and collectibles or visiting a museum store filled with handmade or exotic wonders. Add to that the Berkshires’ full complement of seasonal and cultural events, along with recreational activities, and you have an unsurpassed combination.

Spa services are available for an additional fee. There is also a sauna and a heated indoor pool that you can use, as well as a changing area with showers for your convenience.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Chen-style tai chi training sessions
  • Daily vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals
  • Foundation training and old frame first routine classes
  • Grandmaster Wang Xi'an authorized system
  • Learn with a 20th generation lineage teacher for original Chen family tai chi
  • Tai chi principles and theory classes
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments

Driving directions from Boston and Eastern Massachusetts

  • Take I-90 West (the Massachusetts Turnpike) to Exit 2, Lee, Massachusetts.
  • Turn right off the exit ramp onto Route 20W.
  • Stay on Route 20W for approximately 4.5 miles through the town of Lee towards Lenox.
  • At the third stop light, make a right onto Housatonic Street.
  • Make a left onto East Street, follow approximately one mile. Eastover Hotel and Resort is on the right.

Driving directions from New York City area

  • Take I-87 North to I-90 East (Massachusetts Turnpike) to Exit 2, Lee, Massachusetts.
  • Turn right off the exit ramp onto Route 20W.
  • Stay on Route 20W for approximately 4.5 miles through the town of Lee towards Lenox.
  • At the third stop light, make a right onto Housatonic Street.
  • Make a left onto East Street, follow approximately one mile. Eastover Hotel and Resort is on the right.

Driving directions from the Hartford area

  • Take I-91 North to I-90 West (Massachusetts Turnpike) to Exit 2, Lee, Massachusetts.
  • Turn right off the exit ramp onto Route 20W.
  • Stay on Route 20W for approximately 4.5 miles through the town of Lee towards Lenox.
  • At the third stop light, make a right onto Housatonic Street.
  • Make a left onto East Street, follow approximately one mile. Eastover Hotel and Resort is on the right.

Driving directions from Albany and Upstate New York

  • Take I-90 East to Exit 2, Lee, Massachusetts.
  • Turn right off the exit ramp onto Route 20W.
  • Stay on Route 20W for approximately 4.5 miles through the town of Lee towards Lenox.
  • At the third stop light, make a right onto Housatonic Street.
  • Make a left onto East Street, follow approximately one mile. Eastover Hotel and Resort is on the right.

Driving directions from Montreal, Quebec

  • Take Route 15 South to I-87 South to I-90 East to Exit 2, Lee, Massachusetts.
  • Turn right off the exit ramp onto Route 20W.
  • Stay on Route 20W for approximately 4.5 miles through the town of Lee towards Lenox.
  • At the third stop light, make a right onto Housatonic Street.
  • Make a left onto East Street, follow approximately one mile. Eastover Hotel and Resort is on the right.

Driving directions from Philadelphia

  • Take I-95 North to I-87 North to I-90 East to Exit 2, Lee, Massachusetts.
  • Turn right off the exit ramp onto Route 20W.
  • Stay on Route 20W for approximately 4.5 miles through the town of Lee towards Lenox.
  • At the third stop light, make a right onto Housatonic Street.
  • Make a left onto East Street, follow approximately one mile. Eastover Hotel and Resort is on the right.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

Buses come in approximately two times daily to and from Boston, New York City, Albany, and more often from Springfield.

Please contact the individual bus lines for the Lenox area.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.