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3 Day Wuji Qigong Intensive Meditation Retreat in Flaton, Sweden

Wuji Qigong Meditation Retreat Sweden

Experience a relaxing and inspiring retreat teaching entire form of the powerful Wuji Qigong. This ancient qigong form combines circular movement, breathing, visualization, stimulating the flow of Qi (vital force) for health, longevity, and spiritual opening. You will take Daoist healing sessions, go for an excursion, and savor fresh vegetarian meals on this short yet intensive retreat.

Meet the instructors

Stephan
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Highlights

  • Daily Wuji Qigong sessions
  • 2 Daoist healing arts classes
  • Beautiful location on a scenic island
  • Learn and practice with a qualified instructor
  • Access to written and video reference material
  • Guided nature walks and excursion
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Swedish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

You will be accommodated either in single or double rooms in a newly-renovated farmhouse. The farmhouse was built in 1910 and has recently been completely renovated with its contemporary feel intact. It has three bedrooms, one double and two singles, and a living and dining area. Small groups often use the living room space to gather around the fireplace and socialize. The house has central heating, two fireplaces, and a well-equipped kitchen.

Greenstones also has a heated pool, wood-fired sauna, and large group yurt where the classes are held. The centre has been designed to be low-impact and uses solar, biomass, and permaculture design techniques to operate as sustainably as possible. They have a large organic garden and grow much of their own food.

Program

Wuji Qigong

Wuji (Qi) gong (also known as "Primordial Qigong" and "Tai Chi for enlightenment") was, according to tradition, created by Zhang Sanfeng, a Daoist master, and legendary who lived some 800-years ago in the Wudang mountains of China.

Many people feel that Qigong stimulates the flow of Qi (life energy) for health, longevity, and spiritual opening. From a western perspective, there is clinical evidence that Qigong (as well as Tai Chi and yoga) is an excellent and safe tool for de-stressing and regaining internal balance.

Wuji Qigong was brought to the west some decades ago by Master Zhu Hui, who had learned it from the 106-year old Daoist master Li Tong. The IIQTC founder, Roger Jahnke, along with a number of other teachers such as Michael Winn and Solala Towler, learned the form from Zhu Hui. The Dao Retreats Qigong instructor, Stephan Wik, is a certified IIQTC Qigong and Tai Chi teacher and trained with Dr. Jahnke in Santa Barbara.

Classes

On the first day of this two day Wuji Qigong intensive course you will be introduced to its entire form structure and then learn the movements of the earth cycle. On the second day, you will learn the heaven cycle and subsequently integrate the entire form. You will be provided with access to written and video reference material to maintain your ongoing practice.

Along with Wuji Qigong instructional sessions, you will join guided walks in the stunning natural setting of Flatön and you can even rent a kayak for an afternoon on the water. You will have free access to Wi-Fi, the hot tub, and wood-fired sauna.

Typical daily schedule

  • 07:30 Wuji Qigong session in the group yurt
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:15 Daoist healing arts morning session
  • 10:30 Tea break followed by personal free time
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Optional Daoist related outdoor afternoon session (weather permitting)
  • 16:30 Wuji Gong session in the group yurt
  • 18:30 Dinner

Included excursions

If the weather permits, your group will have an afternoon excursion on the water or along the coast.

Instructors

Stephan Wik
Stephan is a fully-certified integral Qigong and Tai chi teacher, Taoist author and practitioner, and the co-founder of the Greenstones eco-retreat company in Sweden. He has been practicing Qigong for over 20 years. He is also a choral director and a trained musician who plays jazz bass, Irish and Scottish folk guitar, and the mandola. He ran his own information technology business for many years, working for Apple and Adobe, so he knows all about stress and ways to deal with it.

Location

This retreat will take place at the Greenstones Eco-retreat, nestled into the rocky Bohuslän landscape on the Swedish coastal island of Flatön. Flatön is an island on Sweden’s west coast. It is about 830 hectares in size and is considered by many as one of the most beautiful islands in the area.

It is located in the "inner archipelago" which means that it is protected from the windy coast to the west. This has allowed native oak trees to thrive and create a lush green forest as a result.

The sea is just a 10-minute walk from the retreat center and after just a 20-minute boat ride from the island, you can reach Lysekil. This is a picturesque coastal town and a climb up the rounded cliffs, which is typical for the area. It is also considered a hub for Sweden's marine biological studies. The retreat center is also about a 90-minute drive from Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT).

Nearby places

  • Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) - 90 minutes
  • Lysekil - 20 minutes
  • Sea coast - 10 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

All three daily meals are included in the price of this retreat. You will be served healthy vegetarian meals prepared with organic produce and ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. Herbal teas, delicious water from the deep well, and coffee are also provided.

Much of the food comes from the venue's own organic garden. The meals are prepared in accordance with whatever dietary requirements you may have, so please advise Greenstones well in advance of your specifications.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you are feeling adventurous, you can go cycling around the area, try kayaking, visit the local fishing villages and go fishing, or walk in the forest and along the coast.

You can also book a classic Swedish massage from a fully-qualified massage therapist at an additional cost. You may also choose to volunteer and help in the garden, join in with firewood preparation (winter time), or other such practical tasks at the center.

Other activities

  • Borrow a bike
  • Take a dip in the hot tub (winter time) or in the heated pool (summer time)

What's included

  • Twice daily Wuji Qigong instruction sessions
  • 2 Daoist healing sessions
  • 1 afternoon excursion to a nearby coast
  • Guided nature walks
  • Access to Wi-Fi, hot tub, and wood-fired sauna
  • Fluffy luxury robes and towels
  • Use of a bicycle
  • Daily herbal teas, water, and coffee
  • Daily organic and vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional trips and services
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Any additional activities or services
  • Massages
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from the south

  • Take the E6 to Stenungsund.
  • The exit is signposted Orust Tjörn.
  • Follow the 160 to Varekil and turn left to Ellös.
  • The ferry to Flatön is signposted from Ellös on Orust.
  • You will need to take a ferry next to reach the center.
  • Drive off the ferry and after about 3.7-kilometers turn onto the gravel road marked '31' (signposted Nordmarken / Greenstones).
  • Please drive very slowly on the gravel road (20-kilometers max).
  • Greenstones is the last yellow house on the right, 700-meters in from the main road. There is parking at the bottom of the hill.

Driving directions from the north

  • From Uddevalla take the 161 towards Lysekil.
  • After about 18-kilometers turn left at the sign for Fiskebäckskil.
  • After 4-kilometers turn left at the sign for the ferry to Flatön.
  • You will need to take a ferry next to reach the center.
  • Drive off the ferry and after about 3.7-kilometers turn onto the gravel road marked '31' (signposted Nordmarken / Greenstones).
  • Please drive very slowly on the gravel road (20-kilometers max).
  • Greenstones is the last yellow house on the right, 700-meters in from the main road. There is parking at the bottom of the hill.

Arrival by bus

You will need take a bus to the nearest bus stop, which is called Prästgårdsvägen, Uddevalla. Public transport in the area is provided by Västtrafik. Their web site is available in English. Search for "Prästgårdsvägen Uddevalla". The bus is 841 and takes 1 hour and 37 minutes. Greenstones can pick you up from here, please call them at least two hours in advance of your arrival so that they can take the ferry to come and get you.

Arrival by ferry

Malöleden is the ferry from the south and Ängöleden is the ferry from the north. You need to follow Road 31 post you get off the ferry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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