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8 Day Shaolin Kung Fu European Training Camp in Algarve, Portugal

Centro de Retiros Karuna, Apartado 1 8550 Monchique, Portugal

Meditation and Qigong Retreat in Portugal

You are invited to join our 1 week training camp in picturesque Monchique, Algarve, Portugal. Taught personally by Master Iain Armstrong and 2 more of his Instructors, This course will have a special beginners program alongside the more advanced program. This course is designed for people who are searching to focus on the true character of our arts in terms of movement, energy, mindset and spirit. Our aim is to push up your standards as far as possible and give you plenty to work on for many months to come. Emphasising connection to our people from different countries in the spirit of a true Kung Fu Family.

Meet the instructors

Master Iain, Craig, & Steve
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Highlights

  • Suitable for Beginners
  • In-depth training on Shaolin Internal Power
  • Learning to stretch effectively
  • Chinese Kung Fu history, philosophy and ethics
  • Working on Chi Manipulation
  • Increase your training standards
  • Learn the true character of the Tiger Crane Combination to master the arts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals a day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

Rooms are shared between two or occasionally three. Other than in the case of couples, female participants are never asked to share with males.

Program

Our daily training program will cover:

  • Tong Ling Chi Kung
  • Shuang Yang
  • Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung
  • Sum Chien
  • Internal power training.
  • The Tiger – Crane art
  • Pushing hands / sticky hands
  • Stretching

Themes for the week are:

  • Shaolin internal power
  • Stretching effectively

We will also include in depth sessions on:

  • History, philosophy and ethics
  • Chi manipulation

Detailed itinerary below.

Saturday, October 12

  • 17:00: Arrive at Karuna Centre. Settle in and pay accommodation cost.
  • 18:15: Dinner followed by introductory talk over tea.

Sunday, October 13

  • 06:00 – 07:00: Tong Ling Chi Kung. Beginners’ group: Tong Ling Chi Kung lesson 1. Advanced group: perform Tong Ling Chi Kung – feedback and correction by Master Iain – then perform Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung.
  • 07:00 – 08:00: Shuang Yang lesson. Talk by Master Iain on stance stability, stepping, breathing and moving your chi.
  • 08:00 – 09:30: Breakfast then short break.
  • 09:30 – 10:15: Internal power. Detailed explanation by Master Iain. Fundamental exercises for developing internal power.
  • Break
  • 10:30 – 11:20: Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu. Talk by Master Iain on the place of Sum Chien Training in our arts. Beginners’ group learns the steps of the Sum Chien routine. Advanced group practises Sum Chien.
  • Break
  • 11:35 – 12:30: The Tiger – Crane art. Beginners’ group continues learning the steps of the Sum Chien routine. Advanced group practise their Tiger – Crane routines. Teachers give feedback.
  • 12:30 – 13:00: Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea. Principle philosophies behind Chinese Kung Fu.
  • 13:00 – 14:30: Lunch followed by a break.
  • 14:30 – 15:45: Stretching. General theory on how to stretch followed by warm up then lower body stretch.
  • Break
  • 16:00 – 17:15: Pushing hands and sticky hands.
  • Break
  • 17:30 – 18:45: Detailed lesson by Master Iain on Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.
  • 18:45: Dinner then rest. Early night recommended!

Monday, October 14

  • 06:00 – 07:00: Chi Kung. Beginners’ group: Tong Ling Chi Kung lesson 2. Advanced group: perform Tong Ling Chi Kung then Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.
  • 07:00 – 08:00: Shuang Yang lesson. Talk by Master Iain on movement of the spine and torso.
  • 08:00 – 09:30: Breakfast then short break.
  • 09:30 – 10:15: Internal power: theory and practise. Theory: body structure – stance, back shoulders. Core compression: channelling energy through the core, storing energy in the core. Practise: shaolin punching, basic moves.
  • Break
  • 10:30 – 11:20: Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu. Body structure in Sum Chien. Stance, back shoulders, elbows, wrists. Training individually and with a partner.
  • Break
  • 11:35 – 12:30: The Tiger – Crane art. Beginners’ group continues learning the steps of the Sum Chien routine. Advanced group practise their Tiger – Crane routines and grading moves. Emphasise correct body structure, core compression and channelling energy through the core. Teachers check over grading moves.
  • 12:30 – 13:00: Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea. Embodied philosophy: flow, bamboo mentality. How this applies to training the Shuang Yang, Sum Chien and Tiger Crane art.
  • 13:00 – 14:30: Lunch followed by a break.
  • 14:30 – 15:45: Stretching. Stretching tips part 1 followed by upper body warm up and stretch.
  • Break
  • 16:00 – 17:15: Pushing hands and sticky hands.
  • Break
  • 17:30 – 18:15: Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea. Taoism and how it appears in Kung Fu.
  • 18:15: Either:Dinner then rest. Evening in Monchique town: dinner at a restaurant serving very good local specialities followed by a walk around the town. May need to be rescheduled if weather is not favourable. Travel costs not included in course cost.

Tuesday, October 15

  • 06:00 – 07:00: Chi Kung. Beginners’ group: Tong Ling Chi Kung lesson 3. Advanced group: perform Tong Ling Chi Kung then Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.
  • 07:00 – 08.00: Shuang Yang lesson. Talk by Master Iain on fine points and applications of steps 1 – 17.
  • 08:00 – 09:30: Breakfast then short break.
  • 09:30 – 10:15: Internal power: theory and practise. Storing energy in the spine. Storing energy in the belt channel.
  • Break
  • 10:30 – 11:20: Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu. Channelling energy through the core. Firing out energy from spine and belt channel.
  • Break
  • 11:35 – 12:30: The Tiger – Crane art. Practise both Tiger – Crane routines and grading moves firing energy out through the stance, core, belt channel and spine.
  • 12:30 – 13:00: Questions and answers with Master Iain over Chinese tea.
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch followed by a break.
  • 14:00: Optional excursion: sacred spring, mountain top, old monastery above Monchique town. Excursion may need to be rescheduled if weather is not favourable. Travel costs not included in course cost.
  • 18:45: Dinner then rest. Early nights recommended!

Wednesday, October 16

  • 06:00 – 07:00: Chi Kung. Practise through the whole Tong Ling Chi Kung routine followed by Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung. One instructor observes and gives feedback / correction.
  • 07:00 – 08:00: Shuang Yang lesson. Talk by Master Iain on fine points and applications of steps 18 – 39.
  • 08.00 – 09:30: Breakfast then short break.
  • 09:30 – 10:15: Internal power: theory and practise. Building a wave of energy that travels from the feet to the hands. Relaxed delivery: allowing energy to travel into the target.
  • Break
  • 10.30 – 11.20: Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu. Reverse abdominal breathing.
  • Break
  • 11.35 – 12.30: The Tiger – Crane art. Practise both Tiger – Crane routines and grading moves whilst staying relaxed and letting energy move freely through the whole body.
  • 12:30 – 13:00: Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea. Kung Fu psychology.
  • 13:00 – 14:30: Lunch followed by a break.
  • 14:30 – 15:45: Stretching. Stretching tips part 2 followed by lower body warm up and stretch.
  • Break
  • 16:00 – 17:15: Pushing hands and sticky hands.
  • Break
  • 17:30 – 18:15: Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea. Buddhism and how it appears in Kung Fu.
  • 18:15: Dinner then rest. Early nights recommended!

Thursday, October 17

  • 06:00 – 07:00: Chi Kung. Practise through the whole Tong Ling Chi Kung routine followed by Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung. One instructor observes and gives feedback / correction.
  • 07:00 – 08:00: Shuang Yang lesson. Talk by Master Iain on fine points and applications of steps 40 – 50.
  • 08:00 – 09:30: Breakfast then short break.
  • 09:30 – 10:15: Internal power: theory and practise. Using the eyes: Staring to infinity to generate stronger intention. Defocusing eyes to maintain zen mind, relaxed body. Applying the Zen mind: use the body as a co-ordinated whole, not as a set of different parts.
  • Break
  • 10:30 – 11:20: Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu. Advanced Sum Chien training: sum chien face, training the senses, training the emotions.
  • Break
  • 11:35 – 12:30: The Tiger – Crane art. Mini demonstration by teachers and students. Then practise both Tiger – Crane routines and grading moves concentrating on generating strong intention by staring to infinity.
  • 12:30 – 13:00: Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea. The Zen mind and its place in Kung Fu.
  • 13:00 – 14.00: Lunch followed by a break.
  • 14:00: Optional excursion: sacred healing spring popular since Roman times followed by Silves, a town dominated by castle built during the time of the Arab occupation of Algarve. Excursion may need to be rescheduled if weather is not favourable. Travel costs not included in course cost.
  • 18:45: Dinner then rest. Early nights recommended!

Friday, October 18

  • 06:00 – 07:00: Chi Kung. Practise through the whole Tong Ling Chi Kung routine followed by Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung. One instructor observes and gives feedback / correction.
  • 07:00 – 08:00: Shuang Yang lesson. Talk by Master Iain on fine points and applications of steps 51 – 66.
  • 08:00 – 09:30: Breakfast then short break.
  • 09:30 – 10:15: Internal power: theory and practise. Centring the mind in the lower tan tien. Gut thinking. Moving as a whole.
  • Break
  • 10:30 – 11:20: Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu. Posture, confidence, moving from the lower tan tien.
  • Break
  • 11:35 – 12:30: The Tiger – Crane art. Prepare routines and moves ready for grading on Saturday.
  • 12:30 – 13:00: Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea. Confucianism and how it appears in Kung Fu.
  • 13:00 – 14:30: Lunch followed by a break.
  • 14:30 – 15:45: Stretching. Stretching tips part 3 followed by upper lower body warm up and stretch.
  • Break
  • 16:00 – 17:15: Pushing hands and sticky hands.
  • Break
  • 17:30 – 18:15: Questions and answers over Chinese tea.
  • 18:15: Dinner then rest. Early nights recommended!

Saturday, October 19

  • 06:00 – 07:00: Chi Kung. Practise through the whole Tong Ling Chi Kung routine followed by Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung. One instructor observes and gives feedback / correction.
  • 07:00 – 08:00: Shuang Yang. Elasticity, flow, grounding. Making Shuang Yang practise a mindful meditation.
  • 08:00 – 09:30: Breakfast then short break during which rooms should be cleared, belongings packed.
  • 09:30 – 11:30: Grading
  • Break
  • 12:00 – 13:00: Learning next routine.
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch.
  • 14:00 – 15:00: Group photographs, discussion and feedback, future plans.
  • 15:00: Leave Karuna Centre.

Afterparty.

For those interested we will be organising a small party on the afternoon evening of Saturday 19th to celebrate the completion of the course and also Master Iain’s birthday. This is entirely optional and not part of the course.

Included excursions

As part of the program we will include two afternoon excursions and an optional evening out in Monchique town. Monchique has a long history of spirituality. Many Romans came to bathe in its springs which are credited with powerful healing properties. The name Monchique derives from its Arabic name which means ‘Sacred Mountain’. The excursions will take in some of the key spiritual sites where we will practise some Chi Kung and meditation.

Instructors

Master Iain Armstrong

Craig

Steve Keen

Location

The Karuna Retreat Centre is a truly beautiful meditation retreat with inspiring grounds and wonderful views across the Serra de Monchique mountains to Portugal’s southern coast and the Atlantic Ocean. Serra de Monchique is known for its healing thermal water, medicinal plants, pure air, and lush green landscapes.

The retreat itself offers a stunning view over Portugal's southern coast. It remains amongst one of the most secluded and silent places in the area, isolated and perfect for those in search of silence, seclusion, and peace!

Food

3 meals daily prepared with fresh, organic local vegetables. Vegetarian or vegan. All meals are made from fresh and organic local products. Whenever it is possible, fresh products from Karuna's vegetable garden will be used.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • 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)

There is a large meditation hall with wooden floors and a view over the Atlantic Ocean. The meditation hall can sit up to 200 people and over 30 people can practice yoga simultaneously. There is also a small meditation hall for those who would like some quietness and a smaller space for meditation. You won't want also miss the lake at the retreat center to refresh your days during spring and summer times.

What's included

  • All training provided in the Itinerary
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free drinking water
  • Chinese tea sessions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Goods purchases
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Private tuition
  • Smoking area
  • Towel

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). From there, the options are:

  • Take a bus to Portimao (need to go to the info desk at the airport and ask about specific timetables, as they change all the time), and from Portimao, take a taxi to Monchique (about 30 EUR).
  • Take a taxi to Monchique (about 70 EUR one way).
  • Rent a car.

GPS

37.301188, -8.520400

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Availability

Arrival: Saturday October 12, 2019
Departure: Saturday October 19, 2019

Availability

In order to book and secure your stay, please inquire to Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat so that they can answer questions you may have and note you down. Once ready, they will send you an invoice that can be paid by card or PayPal. 

 

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