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The Greenstones eco-retreat center welcomes you to a relaxing and inspiring week of qigong, tai chi, and Taoist meditation on a beautiful island off the west coast of Sweden! Experience clean sea air and an ancient ice-age landscape of forests, rocks, and waters. Stay in a comfortable farmhouse or a luxury yurt, and enjoy delicious, organic meals. Join optional outings as well as guided walks in the forest. Above all, discover personal recharging while being one with nature!
You will be accommodated either in double rooms in a newly-renovated farmhouse, or you can also choose between private and shared options in one of the retreat center's four luxury yurts. Fully-furnished with a fireplace and kitchen, a holiday in these yurts can be just as comfortable as you want it. All of them are equipped with double beds that can be pulled apart into two single beds. They are also winter-proof, and their hot showers and toilets are right next door.
The farmhouse, on the other hand, 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 .
Experience a relaxing and inspiring five-day retreat exploring the extraordinary world of Taoist mind and body practices. A fully-qualified instructor leads qigong, tai chi, and Taoist meditation sessions every morning and afternoon in a group yurt. Introduction to traditional Chinese healing herbs, Taoist diet and nutrition, as well as basic acupressure techniques are also included.
There will be at least one evening session with a local flair such as a live performance of Swedish folk music. Guided walks in the stunning, natural setting of Flatön and, optionally, renting a kayak for a day on the water are some of the nature-based activities available. The hot tub and wood-fired sauna are just the thing for a contemplative and rejuvenating time.
If the weather permits, your group will have an afternoon excursion to a coastal place of beauty, such as the Lysekil headland or the island of Käringön, on one of the retreat days.
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 learning to deal with it.
This retreat will take place in Flatön, 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, and is considered a hub for Sweden's marine biological studies. The retreat center is also about a 90-minute drive from Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT).
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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. The meals are prepared in accordance with whatever dietary requirements you may have, so please advise Greenstones well in advance of your specifications.
If you're 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. Greenstones can help you arrange the kayaking activity at an additional cost.
You can book a classic Swedish massage from a fully-qualified massage therapist at an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT).
Kindly let Greenstones know when you will be arriving so they can send you the travel instructions. It is not possible to take public transport to the island of Flatön so Greenstones will collect you from the nearest town or bus stop. If you decide to drive, the retreat center is about 90 minutes away from the airport.