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Ba gua zhang is recognized as one of the three major internal Chinese martial arts, alongside tai chi and xing yi. Of the three, ba gua is the most powerful because it is the most flexible and dynamic. It is based on responsive, continuous, and changing movement. Ba gua translates as “eight trigrams", a reference to the symbols of the ancient Chinese text of divination, while zhang means "palm", and refers to the fact that this martial art emphasizes the use of the open hand, rather than a closed fist.
You will be staying at Eastover, a 600-acre sanctuary and residential holistic retreat center with a sun-trenched café, juice bar, library, meeting rooms, porch, terrace, affordable out buildings and luxury bedrooms in the mansion.
The New England-style lodging buildings have an amazing porch view of one of Eastover’s gorgeous garden walkways. Accommodation options include private single and double rooms, as well as shared double and quadruple rooms.
The private double rooms are much more spacious, and some of them adjoin, making them perfect for families and couples. All rooms feature a tub and shower combination that is separate, allowing guests access to the sink and vanity without disturbing the bathroom. Some of the rooms offer king sized beds with twins, while others have two doubles and one twin.
The rooms share the garden walkway view, while the rear view of the building looks directly at October Mountain, the baseball field, and the new barn, providing an amazing backdrop when relaxing in your guest room.
The deluxe shared rooms are in a cozy and comfortable house that can accommodate three to five guests. The top level rooms have a beautiful view of the new pond. All guest rooms have two double beds, a twin bed, and a modern bathroom with a stall shower. There are four sets of adjoining smaller rooms for those that are traveling as a group, and two larger corner rooms with a sofa for families that need lots of space.
Amenities in all rooms include a mini fridge, alarm clock, dresser, hair dryer, luggage rack, Keurig coffee machine, and 42-inch flat screen TV, and Eastking electronic digital safe. Ironboard and iron are available by request.
There is also a fun building for people who gather in groups of four or six with twin beds and simple dorm style accommodations. There are twelve rustic guest rooms with an amazing view of the south and the open meadow. If getting back to basics is your style, the camp's atmosphere is perfect for you to kick back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company. Rooms feature clean and simple style furnishings, a stall shower, small closet, four twin beds, dresser, and vanity.
The estate also has a family lounge, featuring a big screen television, cozy fireplace, and relaxing couches and tables. There is a pool table and lots of games for kids of all ages. It’s the perfect place to come and relax after a long day of exploring the Berkshires or to pass a rainy afternoon. The lounge has a full bar, light snacks and assorted teas, coffees and juices for the enjoyment of all.
The studio is completely renovated with new ligting and hardwood floors. It overlooks the softball field, horse stable, and October Mountain, and it is bathed in the eastern sun bright light.
The heated indoor pool building has also been totally rebuilt. It features an additional sauna and a guest changing area with showers for guest use. The pool area is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Please note that there is no lifeguard on duty, which means children under fourteen need to be supervised by an adult at all times.
Sheng Zhen means "Sacred Truth" and in this transformational Qigong training, Master Li teaches a method of self-healing that involves a series of movements specifically designed to remove unwanted negative energy from our bodies and to collect instead, the true and healing energy (qi) of the natural world. The movements and contemplations offered with Sheng Zhen Gong help create the deep sense of inner peace akin to what many of us experienced as small children. Simplicity replaces complexity - the body softens, the negative emotions are released, and one experiences a feeling of perfect harmony with the universe.
Ba Gua Zhang is recognized as one of the three major “internal” Chinese martial arts, including Tai Chi and Xing Yi. Of the three, Ba Gua is the most powerful because it’s the most flexible and dynamic. It is based on responsive and continuous, changing movement.
The words Ba Gua translate as “eight trigrams”, a reference to the symbols of the ancient Chinese text of divination: The I Ching, or “Book of Changes”. The eight trigrams are arranged in a circle around the Dao (Ying-Yan) symbol. The concept of Ba Bua is used not only in martial arts, but also in other areas of Chinese culture, such as Daoism, feng shui, navigation, and predicting the future. The I Ching is one of the treasures of Chinese culture (best translation: Alfred Huang).
The word Zhang means palm, and refers to the fact that this martial art emphasizes the use of the open hand, rather than a closed fist.
Walking the circle is the basis for all existing Ba Gua styles. The practitioner walks in a circle, while holding various postures with the upper body, or executing palm changes – patterns of movement which train the body mechanics, generate Chi (or energy), and form the baisis of Ba Gua’s fighting technique.
Master Li was head coach of China's national martial arts team, winning over one hundred gold medals with the children he coached. The master has also directed and acted in several martial arts films. Junfeng Li is one of those highly cultivated martial art and qigong masters capable of receiving teachings and messages from divine spirits in meditation. He currently travels the world to spread the word of “opening the heart with unconditional love”. Master Li is one of the true living qigong masters and the driving force behind bringing sheng zhen gong, the qi gong of unconditional love.
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. 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.
The retreat center 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.
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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.
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 and restauranteurs 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.
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.
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.
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. Peter Pan Trailways and Bonanza service the Lenox area.