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7 Days Kung Fu and Zen Training Retreat in Beijing

Zen Kung Fu Retreat in China

Kung Fu is about more than combat and self-defense. The essence of Kung Fu is the way of health revitalization and mental purification.If you are interested in what Chinese culture has to offer, and wondering how traditional Kung Fu can help with self-healing, internal and external balance, and stress release, look no further. Come and join our “Kung Fu & Zen" 7-day retreat in the suburb of Beijing. We are an hour outside the city, but a world away.


  • 4 calligraphy lessons
  • Daily Zen meditation classes
  • Training by experienced Kung Fu masters
  • Daily guided breathing exercises
  • Daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin), English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: Beijing Capital International Airport
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Accommodation will be in a shared room with 2 persons with a shared toilet and shower in a beautiful traditional courtyard (Siheyuan).


  • Use of the laundry room
  • Use of recreation areas (including satellite TV)
  • Western style showers and toilets


Day 1

Arrival, Meet and Greet at a tea ceremony

Welcoming dinner

Orientation and introduction to the program

Pre-meditation, Settle down body, breathing and mind

Day 2

  • Guided breathing exercises
  • Shaolin Internal cultivation & Stance 1
  • Confucianism seminar – ‘Da Xue’
  • Basic Step Work 1
  • Insight calligraphy 1: “牧心”
  • Pre-meditation 2: set up awareness

Day 3

  • Guided breathing exercises
  • Shaolin Internal cultivation & Stance 2
  • Daoism Seminar 1 - ‘Zhong Yong’
  • Basic Step work 2
  • Insight calligraphy 2 “和气”
  • Vipassana meditation & wholesome living

Day 4

  • Guided breathing exercises & Internal cultivation
  • Step work with body movements 1
  • Daoism seminar 2 – ‘Lao Zi’
  • Excursion: Great Wall Kung Fu Training
  • Vipassana meditation &staying clam with noise

Day 5

  • Integration of breathing and internal cultivation
  • Step work with body movements 2
  • Daoism seminar 3 – ‘Zhuang Zi’
  • Insight calligraphy 3 “直心”
  • Applications actual combat 1
  • Zen meditation & Koan (Zen case study)

Day 6

  • Integration of breathing and cultivation within stance
  • How to generate internal strength
  • Seminar on Chinese traditional health care
  • Applications in actual combat 2
  • Insight calligraphy 4 “当下”
  • Summary for meditation

Day 7

  • Integration of breathing & cultivation within stance
  • Closing ceremony ,masters signed certificate and farewell

In this Kung Fu and Zen retreat program, Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy Beijing places great emphasis on balance in life, health and mental strength. Health revitalization is so important in the day-to-day battle to counter the harmful effects of modern day stress. The past retreats have shown that the exercises in this program are very helpful for those suffering from problems with their back, neck and shoulders that resulted from long hours in the office.

The academy has designed a series of exercises for health preservation and seminars to illuminate the ancient Chinese philosophy. Master Paul Wang and Master Xingxis program uniquely expresses the essence of Chan Wu with a focus on healing, based on their deep understanding of Zen Buddhism and many years of meditation practice and dedicated study of traditional Kung Fu.


Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Academy is located within Changpin district near Beijing in a prosperous rural village with all amenities. The Great Wall of China is visible on the jagged ridges of nearby mountain ranges, and ancient temples are within strolling distance. The school itself is housed within a traditional Beijing-style courtyard with red wooden pillars, sloping slate rooftops, and the murmurs of birdsong. The setting is ideal for the study of martial arts.

There are regular buses to Changpin town, and only 15 minutes from the school to the Beijing subway network where you can freely explore the capital of China and all it has to offer. Beijing international airport is about one hour drive away. We are just close enough to the modern/international world for convenience, but far enough away to act as an authentic, firstclass retreat.

We look forward to welcoming all our Kung Fu friends from across the world and creating a truly multi-cultural Shaolin community!


The academy only provides vegetarian food. In traditional Shaolin culture, the vegetarian diet that the students eat at Wugulun Kung Fu Academy is believed to cleanse the body from impurities in the blood, while making the qi tranquil, and helping to create a peaceful state of mind.

Shaolin Temple vegetarian culture

Shaolin Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple. Shaolin Kung Fu and a vegetarian diet have always been part of its culture. Traditional Kung Fu training is about saving and storing energy for every organ. We eat in order to get energy. Energy in natural food comes from the sun, the air, the water, and the earth. By going directly to the earth for their food, vegetarians receive the purest, best-quality energy straight from its source, not already processed by another being, such as an animal.

Benefits of vegetarian to Kung Fu

It is believed that this energy, of a finer quality, can be used for a higher purpose like Kung Fu and meditation. During the Ming Dynasty, the Manchurians were trying to seize China by force while the imperial government of the Ming Dynasty was corrupt and incompetent. At that time, scholars who were trying to save the country wrote books expounding theories on how this could be done. They also advocated the practice of martial arts.

When the Manchu's finally invaded China, many people with high ideals and integrity did not want to be slaves under a new regime so they fled to the mountains and lived in seclusion. Some entered into a religious life. They focused on martial arts intensively in order to acquire the fighting skills to regain their country. Many of them already had good Kung Fu skills and brought together their collective knowledge of various local styles of Kung Fu to create a refined form.

Being vegetarian to improve Kung Fu skill

As time went on, Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu constantly improved and developed. Another important factor in Shaolin Kung Fu reaching such a high level of skill and importance is the vegetarianism of the Shaolin monks, who were all Buddhist and followed Buddhas teachings of eating no meat. The monks saw vegetarianism as a means of reaching a high level of training. In addition, being a vegetarian can aid the practitioner in achieving a higher level of endurance while training and fighting.

For example, animals like horses and buffalos are vegetarian, their main diet consists of grass and they have a tremendous amount of stamina while running, even when encumbered with heavy things. On the other hand, tigers and leopards, with their diet of meat only are only able to maintain short periods of power. From a scientific point of view, when an animal is killed, it is known that in their state of shock, an animal undergoes a process, by which its cells alter and create poisons in the flesh.

Why vegetarian?

Buddhists believe that these poisons represent anger and fear, and remain trapped inside the animals flesh. When people eat this meat, the poisons and impurities enter their body, and people can easily get sick, angry, and depressed. When the mind and the body are in this unbalanced state, people cannot continue training on a regular basis. For traditional Shaolin culture, therefore, vegetarianism is not only important for religious beliefs, it is important for maintaining a healthy body as well.

Vegetarianism is a necessary foundation for attaining a high level of Kung Fu skills. Without a healthy body, ones Kung Fu cannot improve. In addition, vegetarianism helps to cleanse the body from impurities in the blood, while making the qi tranquil and helping to create a peaceful state of mind. Morality, ethics, and honor are other related issues. A Kung Fu practitioner spends his life studying something that in a split second, without a second thought, could be used to harm or kill someone. This ability has to be controlled.

Principle of Vegetarianism

The answer is the cultivation of a caring heart for all living creatures. A first basic principle should be to refuse to kill and eat animals. The anger that is brought out by combat training must be balanced out with a conscious effort to treat all people with compassion, understanding, and tolerance. Such principles of caring help create a balanced and healthy mind in which there is no threat that a Kung Fu practitioner will consider criminal wrongdoing.

As this level of conscience develops and expands, it helps to diminish negative feelings and behavior such as greed, anger, violence, and criminal acts of all kinds. This in turn allows the conscience of the Kung Fu practitioners to rise higher, and for them to eventually reach a state of enlightenment. An enlightened being has total awareness of his or her own self, body, and surrounding environment.

Vitalities of Vegetarianism to Kung Fu

Enlightened Kung Fu practitioners are aware of fear and danger before ever seeing or knowing the source of those feelings and their reactions to danger, whether in training or in real combat, are much faster. This is essential for mastering high-level Kung Fu skills and vegetarianism is a vital element in reaching this state of total and complete awareness.

It is a concern for many people that vegetarian food does not supply enough nutrition to the body. This is, in fact, not the case. When eating a balanced vegetarian diet, the body will receive ample nutrition for vitality and health. Master Shi Dejian and his disciples are living proof of this. Vegetarianism is essential for those who are serious about mastering the highest levels of Kung Fu.

Things to do (optional)

Mandarin Chinese lessons

Private lessons with a qualified Chinese teacher can be arranged at 100 CNY per hour. After about 20 hours of private classes, you can then begin to study by yourself and practice with other Chinese students at the academy.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All seminars, classes and meditation session
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Free pick up and drop off from/to the nearest subway station (Nanshao Changping line)
  • Training with Kung Fu masters
  • Tailored traditional training suit
  • Use of training and meditation equipment

What's not included

  • The transportation arrangement to China
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visa application fees

How to get there

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Arrival by subway

When you arrive at Beijing International Airport, take a subway (airport express) to Dongzhimen.

Transfer to subway line 13 to Xiergi.

Transfer subway line to Changping, and take subway to Nanshao Station.

Exit at B2 where you can catch a bus (No. 59 or 870) to Xiangtang Village.

Airport: Beijing Capital International Airport Airport transfer included: Beijing Capital International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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