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You are invited to join this Mindfulness, Tai Chi and Qigong Retreat at FangYuan Tai Chi Centre in a peaceful, harmonious environment to absorb the essence of Chinese culture and integrate it into daily life. Immerse yourself into Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation, Zen tea, Chinese zither, calligraphy, and other Chinese cultural activities. Having a mission to help more people find a healthy and harmonious lifestyle, this course will work through the Chen Style Tai Chi 18 movement and will introduce you to meditation and Qigong. A 3-week stay at the center will allow you to truly share the culture of Tai Chi, as well as give you more time to explore the theory with the other students and get into more in-depth discussions with the masters on all aspects Tai Chi and life.
FangYuan Tai Chi Centre consists of the Tai Chi training ground, tea room, Zen room, drawing room, recreational area, and cultural room and is adjacent to the bamboo forest offering a tranquil and relaxed environment for your Tai Chi and spiritual practice.
FangYuan Tai Chi Centre offers exceptional accommodation for students compromising both premium and luxury rooms where western comforts meet Chinese culture and design.
Meditation, Qigong, and Tai Chi are all ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves mindfulness, controlled breathing, and movement exercises. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. At the center, you will focus on the training and mindfulness during the week and leave the weekend for you to relax, regenerate, and explore the local attractions, local culture, and nature.
Typical day at the center starts with a morning meditation for those who want to join. Morning meditation (sunrise meditation in the winter months) is a sitting meditation focusing on breathing bring you calmness and charging your battery for the day ahead. You will have 2 two-hour classes during the day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Classes start with stretching exercises followed by Qigong and Tai Chi practice appropriate to the student's level.
21 days of practice at this center will enable you to truly share in the culture of Qigong and Tai Chi. Next to the daily training, it will allow you to have in-depth discussions with the experienced masters on all aspects of Tai Chi and how to incorporate it into your daily life. You will also have plenty of opportunities to learn and practice with other students staying at the school.
Classes run from Monday to Friday and include sunrise mindfulness, a body warm-up and flexibility training, Qigong movements, meditation, and Tai Chi. The day is structured according to the following schedule:
Students are welcome to use the facilities for exercise and self-practice outside of class times. In the evening is free time for relaxing, chatting, reading and movie night.
Fang (方) is the square, it represents the balance and stability of Yang. Yuan (圆) is the circle, it represents the continuous movement and flexibility of Yin. FangYuan (方圆）is the basic principle of Tai Chi. Whether you are still or moving, your body is rounded, soft, and relaxed, yet at the same time well balanced and stable.
Fang is the framework of rules without which no human life is possible. Yuan is the harmony and wisdom without which rules are too restrictive. Fang (square) is the requirement of the Tai Chi movement to achieve a balance between body and orientation, Yuan (circle) is the requirement of Tai Chi movement to achieve softness, relaxation and harmony, body flowing like water.
FangYuan is rich in connotations and full of color. As an embodiment of traditional Chinese philosophy, the word "FangYuan" contains a wealth of meaning. FangYuan is also the attitude of a person. It is not only to strengthen the body, but it's more of a spiritual path that today's people want to pursue so that every practitioner's mind seeks balance so that every practitioner seeks health, family happiness, social stability, world peace, this is the core of Tai Chi, harmony. When Fang and Yuan are in balance and harmony, the mind and body can maintain life in peace.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movements that can improve one’s health, relieve stress, and increase energy. Qi refers to the life force or vital energy, which is the energy that gives power to the mind, body, and spirit. Gong refers to work or gathering of Qi.
Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art have originated more than 400 years ago. It involves of Qigong, meditation, breathing, Daoism philosophy, ancient Chinese medicine. It is meant to develop and integrate the mind, body, and spirit. Nowadays has become very popular with people practicing all over the world.
There are five main family styles of Tai Chi: Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun, and He. All five styles have the same origin and share many similarities. However, each style has its own unique characteristics and emphasizes a particular aspect of movements.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally. Mindfulness is an inseparable part of Tai Chi. The movements can be only perfected when your body works in unison with your mind. The center focuses on mindfulness as much as on the forms itself. They have organized the following activities for you to join. You are always welcome to incorporate as much meditation as you feel you need and they have few places at the center and the bamboo forest that are perfect for your mindfulness practice.
Standing meditation (Zhan zhuang) is a form of medical meditation and it is practiced during some of the Tai Chi classes. It increases vitality, internal strength, and fitness as well as overall body power. Standing meditation can physically strengthen the body. Standing meditation makes use of five very specific standing postures to deeply release long-held stress and tension. The legs, spine, and shoulders become very strong yet relaxed. Unnecessary tension is released from the joints and muscles, making them more flexible and elastic.
Standing meditation makes use of specific relaxed abdominal breathing, use of mental imagery, and awareness of the inside of your body. More difficult variation is standing on one leg meditation, which is practiced at the center.
When the sun rises, the whole of nature automatically wakes up: flowers, birds, animals. The air is full of charged ions making every deep breath a healing and calming one. You can meditate any time of the day, of course, but morning meditation will charge your battery and better prepare you for the day. The morning meditation isn't always at sunrise but everyone is encouraged to get up together with nature and try it on their own.
Sunrise meditation will make you more resilient and will allow you better respond to the events of the day instead of just reacting to them. You will become more aware of your body, of your health, your food choices will become more conscience, you will be more intuitive and more in tune with your emotions.
You can practice mindfulness through any activity as long as you are fully present in the moment, free of thought you just experiencing the process. Chinese culture is full of ancient traditions, which allow you to practice mindfulness. The center has an array of new things you can try like gardening, coloring lanterns, bamboo weaving, etc., but the tea ceremony and calligraphy are the centers of them all.
Did you know that calligraphy can also be a meditative practice, stemming from the breath and control necessary to position the brush? There are many benefits to calligraphy:
The tea ceremony is so much more than just making tea and quenching your thirst. 1200 years of history the art of making tea, usually green, made it full of symbols, rituals, and mindfulness. Water is at the center of Wu Wei philosophy so simply washing a cup becomes a deep spiritual practice. The benefits of the tea ceremony are countless and allow cultivating a sense of gratitude, reduce stress, and find greater peace and clarity of mind, not to mention all the health benefits of drinking tea (depends on what tea you drink, but many types of tea are very healthy). It's a great opportunity to bond with fellow students and masters thus tea ceremony at the center is a daily occurrence.
YuPing is from Guangdong Province Jieyang City, China. He is a level 6 master with over 24 years experience in Meditation / Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Founder of Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School, he started at nine years old and he has been practicing primarily Tai Chi for 24 years and has learned the whole of Chen style-forms, push hands, weapons, and theory from Master Lin JianXing. Later, he learned from Masters Chen Zheng Lei, Wang FuJing, Wang LaiQin, Wu MingQiang, and Xu Yakui in order to deepen his understanding of Tai Chi.
FangYuan Tai Chi Centre is located in a village of XinLingCun, Jiedong District, Jieyang City, Guangdong Province, China. Jieyang City is the birthplace of Chaoshan culture and a historical and cultural city in Guangdong Province.
Jieyang is a famous hometown of overseas Chinese as more than 3.2 million overseas Chinese calls this their hometown and there are more than 1.8 million returned overseas Chinese and their families. The city is surrounded by mountains and seas, and there are many places of interest. The main tourist attractions include the Jieyang Confucius Temple, the Shuangfeng Temple, the Huangqishan Scenic Area, and the Lin Zexu Memorial Hall.
During this training, you will enjoy three daily delicious and locally sourced meals. Vegan and vegetarian dietary requirements can be catered upon request.
Tai Chi, like Chinese medicine, is all about balance. Good health is maintained by, among other things, the ingredients which you take in as food and the way in which you expend energy. The chef is a master of the wok and adheres to these principles. Every day, teachers and students enjoy a well-balanced diet cooked in the traditional Chinese style and made from ingredients that are sourced fresh every day from the local farmer's market. Each meal contains a large choice of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Food is not just important for its ingredients, but also for the way you eat, and in China, it is hard to imagine eating without sharing. Everybody sits around the same table to share the ingredients of a meal eaten in common. Eating in China is a social event so that while you will eat together with the group, share experiences from all walks of life, all ages, and every part of the world.
Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$50 per person
The nearest airport to The Centre is JieYang Chaoshan International Airport (SWA), offering direct flights to major Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and international hubs like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok.
The nearest bullet train station to the center is Chaoshan Railway Station, offering direct trains from Shenzhen North, Guangzhou South, Hong Kong West Kowloon, all under 3 hours.
Both the airport and the bullet train station are 40 - 45 minutes' drive from the center. They can arrange a transfer for you and pick you up directly at the terminal or the station.
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