Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat

Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat is an internationally renowned organization for traditional Chinese Kung Fu and Zen practice dedicated to the promotion of Chinese culture through Kung Fu and Zen.

  • Beijing, China

7 Days Ancient Chinese Wisdom & Kung Fu Healing Retreat in Beijing

Oct | Nov | Dec | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | More…

Speaks English

from US$1,031

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7 days / 6 nights

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Speaks English

from US$2,360

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60 days / 59 nights

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Speaks English

from US$1,329

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29 days / 28 nights

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6 Months Shaolin & Wudang Kung Fu Training in China

Aug | Sep | Jun | Jul | Aug, 2017–2018

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from US$5,378

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183 days / 182 nights

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3 Months Chinese Culture and Kung Fu Training in Beijing

August | June | July | August, 2017–2018

Speaks English

from US$3,092

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91 days / 90 nights

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Xingxi

Master Xingxi was born in 1980 in Hubei Province. In 1998, he became a disciple to the great Master Shi Dejian. He quickly stood out because of his intelligence and diligent approach to training, becoming shifu's most trusted student. From 1998 to the end of 2007, Xingxi studied traditional Shaolin Kung Fu under his master at San Huang Zhai monastery, a branch school of the Shaolin Temple. In 2008, he left the monastery and came down from the mountains, where he became engaged in a wide range of work and activities, such as an overseer at a mine and as a bodyguard for VIPs.

Paul Wang

Professor Paul Wang, as a chief master, is now teaching meditation, insight calligraphy, and mindfulness Tai Chi at the Live Zen Center of the China Culture Center. As an invited instructor, he also teaches traditional Chinese thought for international programs at Capital Normal University and the Institute of Education. He has taught international students for over 10 years. His study and practice includes the principal classics of Confucius and Laozi, and three types of Buddhism meditation systems - Southeast Asia Buddhism, Chinese Zen Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism.

Zhang Wei Feng

Zhang Wei Feng was born into a Martial Arts family and has been training in Kung Fu since he was 10 years old. He learned and trained in the Wudang Temple and Mountains for more than 10 years. After learning the Taoist style Kung Fu, he turned to the Shaolin Temple to learn Kung Fu under the Shaolin Wugulun lineage. He received many Gold Medals and achieved champion status in various competitions. He is now the Kung Fu Master for Wu Dang Tai Chi, San Huang Pao Chui and Xin Yi at Kung Fu Zen

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  • Review by Robert L. from Southampton UK
    10 out of 10

    "I’ve been putting off writing a review as I’ve been busy and wanted to do it justice. Unfortunately I am still busy but didn’t want to put it off any longer, in short this is an amazing place where you will be welcomed like family. Don’t hesitate, go there. If you’re worried about being vegetarian for a week (like I was) then don’t as the food was amazing and I never felt like I was left unsatisfied."

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  • Review by Catalina Munozmejia from California
    10 out of 10

    "I leave China with a deeper understanding of its culture and people, thanks to the great teachings from Master XingXi, Master Paul Wang, Master Weifeng and Ms. Naomi Lee at Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat. I learned a ton during the three weeks that I spent there, not only about the beautiful martial art of Kung Fu but also about Health preservation, living a Zen life, Zen meditation, Chinese philosophy, and Calligraphy among other things. I can't thank them enough for all that they have done for me. It was a life changing experience that I will never forget. I highly recommend this place if you want to learn Kung Fu and practice the Zen way of living."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Zeimes Paul from German
    10 out of 10

    "I am very thankful that I was a part of your retreat! It was really exactly that what I needed. I was not that interested in real fighting skills, but I was open to also learn a bit about kicks and self defense. And yes! I enjoyed even this part! I never thought I would be able to kick as high as my head or even further, so thank you! This was a big improvement in that short period of time. "

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  • Review by Laurent Paiser from French
    10 out of 10

    "About a month ago I decided to leave France to come to China to study kung fu for 3 months. Those past weeks and since I arrived at the school were truly a deep and beautiful experience. I was greeted well and felt like I was part of the family since day 1."

    "I always felt very at ease and my mind became gradually even more peaceful and calm while my body improved. I got more flexibility, more explosive power and a way better coordination even tough I practiced kung fu for about 4 years already."

    "All of the other students were very friendly, interesting and open minded people, the only recommendation I could give is to bring a good book or something to share about your culture, it will make the experience even more interesting!"

    "And if you’re serious about learning kung fu to reach a high level, then plan to study there many years."

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    "Definitely one of the best life experience I ever had. Thanks a lot!"

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  • Review by Robert Lendon from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I can’t think of any constructive criticism really, it has been a wonderful experience. I found the meditation and philosophy incredibly challenging at first which required a lot of efforts but inevitable in gaining understanding in these areas."

    "As I explained earlier I thought the relationship between all the areas of study and Kung Fu was very good and formed a valuable insight into internal focus. It was very special to feel like part of the family.Thank you for everything I learned and for the experience"

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  • Review by Manuel Olivera from Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "It was a great experience, the content was carefully planned and delivered in a good way. The balance between rest and activities is the optimum. food is amazing as well as the location and its surroundings. Although the time on this retreat is short to teach too much Kung Fu, as a Kung Fu practitioner I wished the Kung Fu practice was a little more about sparring and other group or couple exercise."

    "I really think this is a worth living experience and I am grateful to all masters and people at Kung Fu zen.Thank you."

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  • Review by Sebastian Prischmann from German
    10 out of 10

    " I joined the Kung Fu Garden Retreat for one weekend and felt warmly taken care from the first to the last minute. I was not sure what to expect but was very positively surprised. I was picked up at Nanshao subway station that worked very well. The Kung Fu Garden Retreat is located in a village on the outskirts of Beijing. The premises are lovely decorated in traditional Chinese style. Though it is not a temple, the whole place calms one down and gives you a relaxing and peaceful feeling. I was welcomed by Naomi and given a comprehensive introduction into the daily schedule and how everything is going on. Naomi is kind of the manager, speaking pretty good English, and translating most of the time. "

    "We were three people in total joining the retreat for this weekend hence I had one room for my own.The daily schedule is fully packed but don't be concerned! There is enough time for relaxing and reflecting. The Kung Fu exercises are very well prepared and the level is slightly increasing during the stay. Watching the masters showing the exercise itself was like a feast for the eyes. The Qi Gong oriented exercises in the morning and evening are relaxing and good to improve concentration. Also, the meditation exercises were a great experience."

    "The food is vegetarian, what I appreciated very much, though incredibly delicious and variedly. Overall, I enjoyed the three days very much and will definitely come back again for a longer retreat. I strongly recommend this retreat."

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  • Review by Leonard Stahl from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time at Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat.The place is probably the most peaceful place on earth. I have been staying there for two months to train my Kung Fu skills. It was a hard but pleasant training with master Xingxi and my Kung Fu brother Weifeng. When you are looking for a Kung Fu School that is not like a military training camp, this is the perfect place for you. "

    "The atmosphere is familiar and uncomplicated. If you decide to take a day off, when you’re exhausted or just up for a weekend trip to Beijing, it’s completely alright with them. But this easy-going attitude does not mean that the training is less strenuous or challenging. Your muscles will definitely enjoy the weekend breaks ;) Not only did I improve my Kung Fu skills, I also learned a lot about meditation, Buddhism, and my own body awareness. The training usually begins at 6:00 a.m. with Qi Gong breathing exercises. After a few weeks with early-morning- Qi Gong, I was able to feel how my Qi was getting stronger and stronger. "

    "The Chinese breakfast is served after the breathing exercise. It's very different to the western breakfast I'm used to. We usually had steamed bread, scrambled eggs, and a lot of different tasty vegetables. The food was mostly bought at the local market and was convert into delicious traditional Chinese meals. Between the training lessons, you have enough time to learn Chinese, meditate, listen to some music, read, or whatever you’d like to do. If you have any questions, don't be shy and ask the school manager Naomi! She definitely has her heart in the right place and will try to help you whenever you’re in trouble. In case you’d like to have some further information, don’t hesitate"

    "to ask Naomi for my email address."

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  • Review by Caroline from France
    10 out of 10

    "I have trained two times at the Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy, once was in August 2013, the recent time is in August 2014. Each time, I really loved my stay, firstly because the academy it is not a big touristy venue, and I realized that is a real chance to get to authentic Shaolin Kung Fu, an incredible opportunity to train with Shifu Xingxi, the disciple of Master Shi Dejian."

    "Master adapts the training on your skills, and you will progress. The training is different from what you may expect, no cardio training, no sit-up, and no push-up. But still, I was sweating like mad! And at the end, I felt like my whole body had work a lot better without suffering so much like before. All the staff is super friendly, make me feel like at home, behaving with me like an old friend. For all that reasons, I believe, I will go back to train at the Wugulun Academy, for the third time."

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  • Review by Raju Miah from England
    10 out of 10

    " Kung Fu is my passion. I have not spared time and effort trying to find real Kung Fu. I have trained in many modern martial schools but, time and time again, I was disappointed. I came to discover that most martial arts training were little different to ordinary sports. They were missing something - the essence of Kung Fu!"

    "What is the essence of Kung Fu? It is the awareness of the way the body and its internal organs work together. It is knowing how to build, develop, and understand one's internal energy, Qi. All these steps are essential for one to attain real skill and power in Kung Fu movements and, no less important, to achieve physical and spiritual well-being."

    "Many people think that the real Shaolin Kung Fu is what they see in the performances. I, too, thought so before! However, many monks living at Shaolin Temple today just have partial knowledge of traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. We mostly see modern wushu with most of the Kung Fu forms altered to look nice, fast, and spectacular. Wushu is not about fighting, it is all about showing."

    "Fortunately, through persistent efforts for many years and personal research carried out at Shaolin Temple, I have found a real master who teaches the true meaning of Kung Fu. It is a real honor and formidable experience to learn from the great Master Dejian and his disciples. They teach their unique brand of authentic Shaolin Kung Fu, Cha'n Buddhism, and Chinese traditional medicine. I now want to help those fellow martial art enthusiasts looking for the all too rare real Shaolin Kung Fu. "

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  • Review by Remco Falkenburg from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I first got involved with Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu a few years ago when Naomi Lee, the school's coordinator and also my good friend, introduced me to this style of Kung Fu. I had met her in 2002 in the Shaolin village in Dengfeng, Henan Province, where I had gone to study. A few years later, she showed me some video clips on YouTube and also the website of the Kung Fu school, the Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy, where she worked."

    "Looking at the clips and the website, the first thing I noticed was the different stances and way of defending. I have been practicing Shaolin Kung Fu for about 12 years but this was really different from what I knew. I told Naomi that if I went to China, I would go to this school because of the traditional style taught there. I prefer the traditional style to the wushu look-a-like Shaolin Kung Fu that you see in most Kung Fu schools in and around Dengfeng. I wanted to learn the true essence of Shaolin Kung Fu in its more original state."

    "It was very odd to start all over again after twelve years of experience doing another form. During my stay in Dengfeng in 2002, we used to wake up early in the morning and go running up the mountain for half an hour and then start stretching and doing basics movements for about two hours. At the Wugulun Academy, they start with standing in different stances and breathing exercises for at least one hour. I have been told that the reason for this is that, according to the Wugulun teaching, the morning is the best time to receive and store Qi energy. Heavy running in the morning is a waste of the energy we have got from the whole night’s sleep and people can feel exhausted for this reason. Some light jogging is, however, acceptable."

    "It was pretty strange for us to train like this because usually, we run around a lot, do a lot of stretching, push-ups, fast movements - hard training that makes you tired. This was completely different! There were more slow movements, no focus on stretching or muscle training and no endurance training. The way they moved was hard to follow - it took almost a week for us to get the same feeling. Also, they walked very lightly but firmly on their feet and were able to move around very quickly. Some forms (taolu) are not fast but very powerful. You can notice it by the way they breathe while doing a form."

    "Although I knew all the stances, I had to learn them in this style. It is possible that some people, if they have been training for a long time in the more usual Kung Fu forms, will find this form strange and maybe uncomfortable. I didn’t mind because I didn’t have any expectation of what would happen so I emptied my mind and let it all come to me."

    "To be honest, in the beginning, it did take a few days for me to feel comfortable with the Wugulun Kung Fu movements. Now it feels almost second nature. For the short period that I stayed, I learned a lot - but that doesn’t mean I know a lot! I had a great time while I was there. The lessons were great and the people were all very kind and fun to hang out with even after the training."

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  • Review by Cleo Eleftheriades from France
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at the temple was a true life changing experience! It was not only about the Kung Fu, neither the beauty of the environment and the temple. I got to explore my physical borders and stretch my mental and sentimental borders. This has made me feel extremely revitalized after a very challenging phase in my life. Now I have discovered new ways of thinking, feeling, and exercising. It is a complete re-boot for the mind, the body, and the soul. I thank the temple and Naomi for making this happen."

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