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Immerse into very profound yet simple practices that will enable you to balance and tune yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. During this retreat, you will explore the ancient practices of Qigong, Tai Chi, acupressure, meditation, and yoga to transform the way you relate to yourself, others, and life itself. These techniques will allow you to balance yourself daily and they are wonderful tools to help you live in a more harmonious and wholesome way.
During this retreat, you will be hosted by Top of the Clouds, a beautiful retreat center located in a privileged area known worldwide for its scenery and surrounded in every direction by sublime views of beautiful cone-shaped peaks. It is a quiet and peaceful retreat where one can truly rest, relax, breathe fresh air, and cultivate your Qi. Fostering peace and serenity, the retreat center sits on a hilltop overlooking the famous and scenic Li River and was created by Tai Chi Master Luo Mei Juan as a place conducive to health, well-being, and relaxation.
Combining luxury and comfort, the spacious rooms are furnished in traditional style with comfortable beds, air-conditioned, Wi-Fi, a work desk, electric water heater for tea or coffee, and a beautifully designed en-suite bathroom with hot shower that includes hairdryer among its amenities. The retreat offers accommodation in shared rooms, with two or three-bed options, and single and double rooms, both with balcony and beautiful views of the river and mountains.
Through these practices, you will be able to understand the needs of your own body and mind to address the imbalances and release blockages of any type in order to establish a new way of relating to yourself from which you can experience a better quality of life. The skills you will learn are really accessible to anyone and they will grant you the power to improve your own health, well-being, clarity, focus, vitality, and by consequence all other aspects of your life.
Acupressure is the healing art of pressing key points in your body along the meridians to stimulate its natural self-curative abilities. During this retreat, you will learn the location of potent points along the meridians, how to press using you internal energy directed to unblock any stagnant energy, and this will enable you to heal yourself and others of various common ailments.
Meditation is the art of abiding in calmness from where intuitive wisdom can arise. It is the basis for all the other practices. Guided meditations and one-on-one instruction will be given during the retreat.
Qigong is a 3000-year-old Chinese self-healing practice in which the body, mind, and breath are aligned allowing the Qi to flow and heal through unblocking and balancing. Master Mei will teach you to recognize and connect with your own internal energy (Qi), to feel and listen to it as a means to heal yourself and others. You will also learn a complete Qigong form (Yuannenggong) adapted by Master Mei herself, with a special focus in the body meridians.
Extremely vast and versatile, Tai Chi is an internal martial art, a gentle calisthenic, a moving meditation, and a form of energy healing. This retreat will be an introduction to Bafa, the eight methods of training the body’s intrinsic energies strength (Jin) that provide the foundation of all the skills and techniques of Tai Chi.
This ancient Indian tradition emphasizes body postures to work on all levels of body and mind. Benefits include greater flexibility, ease of movement, purification of the body, among many others. In this retreat, simple yet effective yoga will be practiced to balance your body and mind and foster synchronicity.
Mei Juan Luo
Master Luo Mei Juan, known by everyone as Mei, is a seventh Duan Tai Chi Master. Daughter of a Kung Fu master, from a very early age she felt drawn to martial arts and energy healing practices. While growing up she learned acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine from Doctor Lei Long Hui. Mei also studied Tai Chi sword and fan, push hands, and meditation, as well as yoga with Richard Baimbridge. Recognized by the government as one of the ten great martial arts masters of China, Mei is a very outgoing and attentive instructor with a vast experience teaching in English and Chinese.
Da Zhu Zhou
Master Zhou Da Zhu, is a Zhong-Ji Tai Chi Master and the lead instructor at the Long Tou Shan Martial Arts School in Yangshuo. Zhou Da Zhu, like his mother, Mei, loved martial arts from his youngest days and studied extensively Qigong and Tai Chi with her. In addition, he has studied Xinyi Liu He Ba Fa with Master Zhang Xiao Yuan, with the well-known Qigong Master Chen Jing, and with Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei. Master Da Zhu won a bronze medal at the national Chinese Wushu Competition in Guilin and a gold medal at the national Chinese Martial Arts Association Competition in Beijing in 2011.
The retreat will take place in the legendary beauty spot of Yangshuo, in southern China.
Healthy, delicious food will be served three times a day. Meals will consist of mostly non-dairy, vegetarian and vegan dishes, with some raw options
The retreat center offers the perfect atmosphere to relax. During your free time, you can just chill in your room enjoying the views, or pamper yourself with a massage or wellness treatment.; however, if you are looking for different activities around the area, there are many touristic attractions that are worth a visit.
If you are interested in art and culture, you can visit the famous Liu San Jie Light Show in Yangshuo, the ancient town of Huang Yao, the artistic center in Fuli Town, or enjoy the architecture, scenery, and culture of Xingping. A more vibrant atmosphere, full of cafés, shops, restaurants, and bars can be found in the nearby town of Yangshuo.
Outdoor lovers can cycle through villages and amazing sceneries or go kayaking in the Li River. Other popular activities in the area include horse riding, mountain walking, rock climbing, and hiking.
Guided tours are available around Yangshuo, Guilin, the Longji rice terraces, and tea plantations. Another option is to take the Li river boat cruise through the impressive Karst mountain landscape or relax with the stunning scenery in a bamboo raft ride on the Yulong River (or Dragon River).
You could also use your free time to learn something new. From Chinese language, cooking, massage or calligraphy the range of activities you can do during your free time is very wide.
Please book your flight to arrive at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Top of the Clouds can arrange a taxi service to pick you up with an approximate cost of 350 CNY paid directly to the taxi driver.
The retreat center is located in the Guangxi province, in south China. The nearest train station is in the city of Guilin, with full air and train services. Transfer from and to this train station is available upon request. Top of the Clouds can arrange a taxi service to pick you up with an approximate cost of 350 CNY paid directly to the taxi driver.
From Guilin train station you can take a public bus to Yangshuo, where Top of the Clouds can arrange a transport to pick you up upon request. The trip from Guilin to Yangshuo takes around 25 minutes.