Qigong and Breathwork
juillet 23 @ 16:00 - juillet 27 @ 16:00100€ à 657€
For everyone seeking a daily practice for balanced physical and energetic wellbeing
Come and learn the ancient Chinese art of balancing the energy of the body, mind and spirit in the beautiful surroundings of La Source. Qigong literally means « energy exercises” and consists of flowing movements and static postures which open the energy channels in the body, massage the internal organs and strengthen the muscles and joints. Qigong is deeply relaxing, has scientifically proven health benefits and is fun to do.
Over the course of four days, you will study one of the most ancient forms of Qigong, the Ba Duan Jin or Eight Pieces of Brocade. This is one of the most approachable and best known of qigongs – almost all other qigong forms are based on its eight movements to some extent. On this retreat, we will study its essence to a depth rarely, if ever, encountered.
Ba Duan Jin can be studied at several levels:-
Level 1 – For the beginner, Ba Duan Jin is the best possible place to begin your Qigong journey, laying the foundations of posture, breathing and awareness that underpin all qigong and giving you a wonderful short daily practice routine to keep your body strong and flexible and your mind calm and tranquil. You will begin to really feel the flow of qi energy in the body.
Level 2 – For those with some experience of Qigong and meditation, Ba Duan Jin can serve as a vehicle for “internal alchemy”. Internal alchemy is the refining and transformation of qi energy for healing and spiritual growth. Specialised breathing techniques and visualisations are incorporated into the movements of the Ba Duan Jin to open the secret channels and points of the subtle energy body to unlock your full potential for personal growth.
Level 3 – At the deepest level, we can use the movements of the Ba Duan Jin to go beyond the physical body and connect deeply with nature and the universe. You can supercharge your body by absorbing the energies of the earth, trees and plants, the sky and heavenly bodies such as the sun, moon, planets and pole star. At this level, the Ba Duan Jin is really a form of shamanic journeying.
At La Source we have the good fortune to be able to practice our qigong in beautiful natural settings such as our own magical oak woods, on lofty hilltops, beside waterfalls and at local sacred sites and energetic power points. The accessibility of such places will greatly enhance your qigong practice.
As recreation between our practice sessions, you can relax by the pool, wander on our land and we will plan a few visits to local markets and attractions. Your qigong retreat will be a holiday too!
Nick Hudis is an author and mentor who has studied and practised qigong, tai chi, martial arts and meditation for nearly forty years. He is certified as an instructor in two lineages. He first encountered the Ba Duan Jin in 1983 and it is still the foundation of his daily practice.
Kalyani Ma Mukti leads people to awaken to the fullness of who they are, going beyond past wounds and trauma, and opening to the gifts of being alive as a spiritual being in a human body. Her offering together with Nick Hudis can be found on www.inner-union.com
This workshop will be held at La Source, a 17th-century farmhouse set amid vines and woods in the countryside of the Ardéche and now established as a retreat and wellbeing centre. Click here for more details.
Participants are accommodated in rooms of between two to four beds with shared bathrooms and WCs.
A high quality vegetarian Mediterranean style cuisine will be offered using local organic ingredients where possible. Vegan and gluten-free options are available on prior request.
La Source is easily accessible from within France and abroad by road, train or plane. Please see our travel guide and do not hesitate to contact us for further guidance.
There are two payment options.
Option 1 – Early Bird Price (Available only until 23 June)
Total payable € 607
200 € non-refundable deposit at the time of booking
Final non-refundable payment of 407 € by 23 June.
By booking early, you save 50 € on the standard price.
Option 2 – Standard Price (For bookings after 23 June)
Total payable 657 €
Payable in full at time of booking. (Non-refundable)
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