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8 Days Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi and Qigong Retreat in Southern Crete, Greece

Agios Pavlos Hotel, Agios Pavlos, Sakuria, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Qigong and Tai Chi Training Greece

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During this training, you will work on the principles of Tai Chi and Qigong, practicing, enjoying, and learning various moves and sequences. In particular, you will learn some short Tai Chi sequences and the Qigong sequence Ba Duan Jin, also known as the 8 Treasures. You will practice overlooking the Libyan Sea in this unspoiled landscape; a place where you can deeply relax. Come and see the benefits to your mind, body, and spirit that these truly unique arts can bring. No previous experience is required (but those with some knowledge will also benefit). People of all faiths, ages, and ability, even those with disabilities can attend.

Meet the instructors

Brian
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Highlights

  • Learn short Tai Chi sequences
  • Practice the Qigong sequence Ba Duan Jin
  • Training suitable for beginner and intermediate practitioners
  • Teaching from an experienced but patient Tai Chi instructor and practitioner
  • DVD available of what you will learn
  • Breakfast and vegetarian dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The family-run hotel overlooks the stunning bay of Agios Pavlos, the hotel has a fine restaurant, a relaxed café / snack bar Sleepy Dragon, a bar, and a mini market so you do not have to leave for any of your holiday essentials. The rooms are simple in keeping with the environment, with all rooms having en-suite bathrooms, air-con, and a balcony with a sea view. There is a large covered terrace for Tai Chi practice.

Program

On Saturday evening is the welcoming, allocation of the accommodation, an orientation of the awesome Aghios Pavlos area, and dinner, while on the following Saturday morning after breakfast is the departure by 11:00 a.m.

The training takes place in the morning, 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and in the afternoon, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., followed by dinner. Training starts on Sunday morning and finishes on Friday evening. This allows plenty of free time to practice on your own or enjoy the beaches and the surrounding area. There will be a DVD available showing most of the exercises to help you remember what you have learned.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is studied in the West for its unique health benefits. Its root is as an internal martial art which emphasizes working with one's internal energy and softness, with less emphasis on muscle strength. It helps generate a strong flow of Chi, it aids Chi’s circulation, and most importantly, it works to balance Chi (energy) both within one's body and with the surrounding environment.

It consists of a series of usually slow movements in a specific sequence. The movements are fluid, with natural and comfortable postures. Making it suitable for all ages and abilities. When practiced correctly, what looks soft is actually strong, and when combined with spirit and intent, energy flows freely creating effortless power. It is truly an exercise of the mind, body, and spirit.

What is Qigong?

Qigong, which is closely related to Tai Chi, combines various postures with breathing techniques to strengthen and allow Qi (energy) to flow within the body. In Qigong there may be no movement, movements may be very gentle or at times more vigorous. Some movements are very large, others are subtler and almost not seen at all. Exercises may be carried out standing or at times sitting.

The deeper one practices the more you can understand the purpose of each movement and the very specific effect on body and mind. Even a small amount of regular practice can have the most profound effects. Both Tai Chi and Qigong are linked to the study of acupuncture and acupressure and the body's Meridian lines. Some self-massage techniques are also taught with this in mind.

Practicing Tai Chi and Qigong has the following benefits

  • Calming and clarity of the mind
  • An overall feeling of peace and tranquility
  • A highly increased internal awareness and that of one’s surroundings
  • A deep strengthening of the whole body
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased energy levels
  • A rejuvenating and invigorating effect
  • Improved health and a general feeling of wellbeing
  • The ability to be focused and in the present
  • The ability to lift one's spirit and have a brighter more balanced outlook on life
  • Help with many existing health problems

Tai Chi Testimonials for Brian Ewen

Nick ~ Broadsword Retreat in Crete

Hi Brian Apologies for the delay! We arrived back in Penang on Friday; it will take a few days to wring out the jet-lag. I want to tell you how much we both enjoyed the Tai Chi Broadsword course in Crete. What a wonderful venue for it, peace and tranquility in a amazing setting. Your instruction was patient and thorough and we all kept our smiles on till the end! We continue our practice and refer to the video when necessary. The trip was everything I hoped it would be....which is not always the case these days! Many thanks again and best wishes for the future

Nick Marvin, Penang. Sept 16.2018

Please note the testimonials at the end of this pages details are for our Yoga Retreats, Tai Chi testimonials are available on request.

Instructors

Brian Ewen

Location

The training and accommodation overlook the crystal clear waters of Southern Crete, in a rugged unspoiled area of exceptional natural beauty. Just 50 meters from a glorious beach and the clear, warm, blue sea of Southern Crete. There will be plenty of time in the day to enjoy the beach, swimming, snorkeling, walking 10 minutes to an incredible set of sand dunes, or relaxing in the hotel restaurant, café, or bar. This area is truly unspoiled by tourism.

Distances

  • Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (HER) - 2 hours
  • Chania International Airport (CHQ) - 2 hours

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Services

  • Convenience / grocery store

Food

The restaurant of Agios Pavlos overlooks the sea with a spectacular view of the bay and the Libyan Sea. The breakfast is a la carte and the dinner will consist of Cretan vegetarian dishes. Greek and local wine is available for purchase with your meal. For lunch, you can purchase snacks or there is a wide variety of Greek and Cretan dishes available including grilled meat, fresh fish, as well as vegetarian or vegan choices. Snacks can be bought from the café snack bar or mini market.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Spend time relaxing on the beach or the hotel
  • Walk to the dunes 10 minutes away with another amazing beach
  • Swimming in the beautifully warm waters
  • Snorkeling in the clear blue Libyan Sea
  • Have a private acupressure treatment
  • Drive, if you have a car, to explore the area with its many gorges, beaches, and incredible landscape
  • Visit some great local tavernas
  • Explore the Greek mountains, coastline, and beaches

What's included

  • 30 hours of teaching (5 hours a day for 6 days)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • Clean linen, hand, and bath towels

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (although they do help group people together to reduce costs)
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Private acupressure massage sessions
  • Beach towel

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (HER) or Chania International Airport (CHQ). They are both approximately the same distance with the transfer taking about two hours by taxi or hire car (price not included). Yoga Therapy Greece can arrange for the sharing of taxis to reduce costs.

Arrival by ferry / boat

There are also ferries from Piraeus (Athens) and Santorini to Crete should you want to combine your visit with other areas of Greece.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 55 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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