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9 Days The Art of Inner Balance Yoga Retreat in Yangshuo, China

  • Top of the Clouds, 41 Pinglingcun, Baisha, Yangshuo, Guangxi, China 541901

Tai Chi Training and Yoga Retreat in China

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.

Highlights

  • Qigong and Tai Chi sessions
  • Yoga and meditation practices
  • Healing acupressure techniques
  • One-on-one meditation instructions
  • Healthy meals on a daily basis
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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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

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

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

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.

Tai Chi

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.

Yoga

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.

Cultural Attractions

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 Activities

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.

Tours

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).

Lessons

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.

  • 3 healthy meals per day
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Acupressure and Qigong lessons
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • One-on-one meditation instructions
  • Tai Chi and yoga sessions
  • Additional activities and lessons
  • Massages and spa treatments
  • Personal expenses
  • Tours and visits
  • Transfer to and from the retreat center
  • Travel expenses and plane tickets

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by train

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.

Arrival by bus

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.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Troy Callinan from Australia

    "Having spent almost 3 weeks at Top of the Clouds, in the beautiful mountains of Yangshou, it has been an amazing experience away from the fast past life back home. Having never learnt Tai Chi before, Mei and Dazhu have been amazing teachers helping me understand the fundamentals including the flow of energy (Qi)."

    "My main purpose of the trip was unwind and relax. From the amazing and healthy food, to the mountainous view and quiet and calm atmosphere, I would definetely recommend this place to everyone!"

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  • Review by Moran from Israel

    " just want to say thank you for the professional Tai Chi and Qi Gong lessons, the amazing meals, and the wonderful and lovely clean room. Coming was definitely an amazing experience. The panoramic view from here is absolutely gorgeous! "

    "I will definitely be back!"

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  • Review by Nathan Krahn from Saskatchewan, Canada

    "My stay has been a very rewarding experience. The staff have been very accommodating with all my unusual requests, and my room is better than most in 5 star hotels. I’ve rented a mountain bike for touring into the groovy town of Yangshuo, which gives me the perfect balance of country and city life. I previously studied Qigong in Thailand, but the teaching here is at a whole different level!"

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  • Review by John L. Payne

    "“Mei is the most wonderful Tai Chi teacher I have ever worked with. She radiates enthusiasm, passion and genuine concern for each of her students. It was a great pleasure to work with her. For Mei, Tai Chi is not a dance as many others would have you believe, but the enhancing and realisation of our inner authentic power in the form of Chi. Mei is truly a master!”"

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Guangxi, China

Top of the Clouds is a retreat center located on the top of a hill overlooking the Li River. With sublime scenery and views, it offers wellness retreats.

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