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Experience a relaxing and inspiring retreat teaching entire form of the powerful Wuji Qigong. This ancient qigong form combines circular movement, breathing, visualization, stimulating the flow of Qi (vital force) for health, longevity, and spiritual opening. You will take Daoist healing sessions, go for an excursion, and savor fresh vegetarian meals on this short yet intensive retreat.
You will be accommodated either in single or double rooms in a newly-renovated farmhouse. The farmhouse 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.
Greenstones also has a heated pool, wood-fired sauna, and large group yurt where the classes are held. The centre has been designed to be low-impact and uses solar, biomass, and permaculture design techniques to operate as sustainably as possible. They have a large organic garden and grow much of their own food.
Wuji (Qi) gong (also known as "Primordial Qigong" and "Tai Chi for enlightenment") was, according to tradition, created by Zhang Sanfeng, a Daoist master, and legendary who lived some 800-years ago in the Wudang mountains of China.
Many people feel that Qigong stimulates the flow of Qi (life energy) for health, longevity, and spiritual opening. From a western perspective, there is clinical evidence that Qigong (as well as Tai Chi and yoga) is an excellent and safe tool for de-stressing and regaining internal balance.
Wuji Qigong was brought to the west some decades ago by Master Zhu Hui, who had learned it from the 106-year old Daoist master Li Tong. The IIQTC founder, Roger Jahnke, along with a number of other teachers such as Michael Winn and Solala Towler, learned the form from Zhu Hui. The Dao Retreats Qigong instructor, Stephan Wik, is a certified IIQTC Qigong and Tai Chi teacher and trained with Dr. Jahnke in Santa Barbara.
On the first day of this two day Wuji Qigong intensive course you will be introduced to its entire form structure and then learn the movements of the earth cycle. On the second day, you will learn the heaven cycle and subsequently integrate the entire form. You will be provided with access to written and video reference material to maintain your ongoing practice.
Along with Wuji Qigong instructional sessions, you will join guided walks in the stunning natural setting of Flatön and you can even rent a kayak for an afternoon on the water. You will have free access to Wi-Fi, the hot tub, and wood-fired sauna.
If the weather permits, your group will have an afternoon excursion on the water or along the coast.
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 ways to deal with it.
This retreat will take place at the Greenstones Eco-retreat, nestled into the rocky Bohuslän landscape on the Swedish coastal island of Flatön. Flatön is 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. It is also considered a hub for Sweden's marine biological studies. The retreat center is also about a 90-minute drive from Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT).
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.
Much of the food comes from the venue's own organic garden. 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 are 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.
You can also book a classic Swedish massage from a fully-qualified massage therapist at an additional cost. You may also choose to volunteer and help in the garden, join in with firewood preparation (winter time), or other such practical tasks at the center.
Transfer not provided
You will need take a bus to the nearest bus stop, which is called Prästgårdsvägen, Uddevalla. Public transport in the area is provided by Västtrafik. Their web site is available in English. Search for "Prästgårdsvägen Uddevalla". The bus is 841 and takes 1 hour and 37 minutes. Greenstones can pick you up from here, please call them at least two hours in advance of your arrival so that they can take the ferry to come and get you.
Malöleden is the ferry from the south and Ängöleden is the ferry from the north. You need to follow Road 31 post you get off the ferry.