Mindfulness and Qi Gong: The Art of Natural Ease

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Mindfulness and Qi Gong: The Art of Natural Ease


Start and End: 10/11/2017 - 14/11/2017
4:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A four-day silent mindfulness and Qi Gong retreat with Rachel Tobin.

In this retreat, we blend qi gong and mindfulness meditation, taking the time to pay attention to our actual experience as we sit and as we move. When we do this we feel more open, grounded and alive. No matter what is going on in our life, in our thoughts, or bodies, mindfulness offers the opportunity to genuinely relax and let go. Qi gong is a wondeful Taoist movement system designed to improve the flow of energy (qi) in the body, create vitality and concentrate the mind.

You may arrive from 4pm onwards on Friday 10 November. We start with a meal at 6pm. We will finish at 2pm on Tuesday 14 November.

There is no religion, dogma or belief systems proposed in this retreat.  Emphasis is given not to theory, but to your own experience.  The retreat will be taught assuming some – even if if’s brief – experience with meditation. No experience in qi gong is necessary.

COST: $500 (includes 4 nights’ accommodation, all meals and snacks and tuition and guidance from an experienced facilitator)


Rachel Tobin has been practicing meditation for over 25 years and is a qualified teacher in the moving mindfulness practices of qi gong.  She is the director of the art of mindfulness, works individually with adults and children, teaches mindfulness in organisations and to the general public, and regularly facilitates 1-day and residential retreats. She is also a facilitator for the 8-week NZ mindfulness programme in schools, Pause, Breathe, Smile.

Rachel’s teacher is Spiritual Master Sri Yanchiji. Her spiritual journey, of re-discovering the natural and inherent joy that comes from simply ‘being’ – and waking up to the conditioning, thoughts and emotional patterns that eclipses that happiness – is increasingly informing her work with others.

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