6 Days Tai Chi and Taoist Meditation Retreat in Sweden

  • Greenstones, Flatön 790, 474 91 Ellös, Sweden

6 Days Tai Chi and Taoist Meditation Retreat in Sweden

  • Greenstones, Flatön 790, 474 91 Ellös, Sweden

Tai Chi and Meditation Retreat Sweden

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!

Highlights

  • Daily Taoist meditation session
  • Daily qigong and tai chi practice
  • Relaxation in a hot tub and wood-fired sauna
  • Optional daily activities including outings and guided walks
  • Chance to explore the great island of Bohuslän
  • 3 organic and vegetarian daily meals
  • Daily herbal teas, water, and coffee
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Sample schedule

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

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 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 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).

Nearby places

  • Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) - 90-minute drive
  • Lysekil - 20-minute boat ride
  • Sea coast - 10-minute walk
Activities
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Stargazing
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning

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.

  • 1 afternoon excursion to a nearby coast
  • 2 daily Taoist meditation sessions
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Access to hot tub and wood-fired sauna
  • Access to Wi-Fi
  • Daily herbal teas, water, and coffee
  • Daily organic and vegetarian meals
  • Daily qigong and tai chi practice
  • Fluffy luxury robes and towels
  • Guided nature walks
  • Introduction to Chinese herbs class
  • Use of a bicycle
  • Airfare costs
  • Airport transfers
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Massages

Arrival by airplane

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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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.

Testimonials

  • Review by Kerstin from Germany

    "Greenstones is a little oasis of peace and is a perfect place to recharge. The yurts are very cozily furnished, and everything is new and well-cared for. The custodians are very nice and the island nature is perfect for walks, hikes, and relaxation."

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  • Review by Maja and Cizi

    "We enjoyed the place; it was quite wonderful. We slept like a suckling pig and the bath was really relaxing. The place was absolutely amazing. Thanks!"

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  • Review by Ilse

    "The experience feels like nirvana! I have never slept better than in the yurt. The outdoor shower felt so wonderful, and the pool in the yurt was very, very relaxing. The birds, bees, and the sounds of nature were all beautiful and calming. The island (and the next) had the most beautiful views. I will remember this place."

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  • Review by Sophie and Nathan

    "We had a wonderful stay. The yurt was so warm and cozy by the fire, and the kitchen was well-equipped and nicely built of wood. The pool and sauna were also amazing. We walked all over the island and saw many nice views. Also, Mieke and Stephan were very friendly and helpful whenever we asked questions. We'd love to come back in the summer. Thanks!"

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  • Review by Susan and Michael

    "We had a magical weekend! It was wonderful to have the whole pool to yourself. It was dark, but the fire in the stove gave the place atmospheric lighting. There was soft, relaxing music, and beautiful warm waters. It was the most romantic thing we've been through. We had the yurt and loved it. It was all we needed as urban people and parents of young children. The outhouse was also the freshest we have been on. We will come back in the fall, but then for at least four nights."

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  • Review by Mark and Hannah

    "What beautiful surroundings and warm welcome. You have such a special place, and we leave here with freshly-recharged batteries despite a somewhat exhausting kayak trip. Warm greetings from two happy campers!"

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  • Review by Susanne

    "Thanks for two stormy but cozy nights with pattering rain and starlit sky. The pool is pure heaven and the environment that you have built up is really pleasant."

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Ellös, Sweden

The Greenstones team is an international group with diverse backgrounds and cultures. They provide qigong, tai chi, and yoga retreats.

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