Crow Trees Yorkshire Dales Tai Chi Weekends
based: Yorkshire Dales, UK
Tailor made weekend Tai Chi workshops and retreats for two with TCUGB instructor; providing Qigong for Health, Kai Men Set (Chinese Yoga), Chen Man Ching form, Eight Brocades. Introduce yourselves to or brush up on your Tai Chi practise.
| tai chi | qigong | England |
Dario Gerchi's Qigong Hua Gong
based: Somerset, UK
Hua gong holidays near the Pyrenees at San Nicolau, Ordis, Spain and at Finca Saroga, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Also weekend and day workshops in the UK (in Bristol, Bruton, and Leeds) and in Spain, the Canary Islands and Italy.
| qigong | UK | Italy | Spain | Canary Islands |
based: Magnesia, Greece
Kalikalos summer school offers a full programme of holistic community-based workshops, retreats and workcamps from May through September. Offerings include, Advaita satsang, August family weeks, creative arts, healing, self development, Vipassana meditation, walking weeks and yoga. The centre is unique in that it's run as a community and with vegetarian meals.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | tai chi | yoga | self development | meditation | painting/drawing | ethical/ecotourism | vegetarian/vegan | family/child friendly | summer schools | working/volunteer holidays | Greece |
La Ferriere Relaxation et Retraite
based: Dordogne, France
Exclusive tai chi and chi kung retreats with tailored coaching. Feel the joy of relaxation at La Ferriere in the Dordogne. Helder and Patricia Machado invite you to enjoy the quiet, drink local wine, eat food from the village market and just let the rest of the world float away.
| tai chi | chi kung | retreats | France |
7-night beginners tai chi holidays in Zakynthos, an island off the west coast of Greece. All ages and abilities are welcomed to learn tai chi for health and wellbeing, with an experienced tai chi and chi kung practitioner, who's also a personal trainer and juice therapist.
| tai chi | Greek Islands |
based: Devon, UK
High quality Qigong courses, summer camps, residential retreats and events in the UK and overseas. Also a Qigong walking holiday which combines daily practice with walks across the landscape of northern Dartmoor. Qigong offers an accessible and effective approach to healing and self-transformation.
| qigong | England | Greece |
Tai Chi Foundation
based: New York, USA
Summer training camps and workshops for practitioners and the general public held in the United States and Europe. The Foundation is a not-for-profit educational organization set up to promote, fund and teach Tai Chi.
| tai chi | USA | Europe |
Tai Chi Holidays
based: Hertfordshire, UK
Tai Chi, Chi Gung and Meditation in a beautiful location with expert tuition. Near the friendly village of Arillas, obtain a foundation in the basics of Tai Chi as well as subtle aspects of Traditional Yang style Tai Chi. Make friends and enjoy gorgeous home cooking on this special week.
| tai chi | meditation | Greece | Corfu |
Tai Chi & Nutrition for Health & Wellness
based: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Tai Chi and Qigong relaxation holidays and retreats. Includes a 7-day therapeutic and energising Qigong holiday on the magical island of La Gomera; a fantastic opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, meet like-minded people and explore this beautiful island. Suitable for absolute beginners as well as the more experienced.
| retreats | tai chi | qigong | chi kung | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | meditation | Canary Islands |
Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat
based: Varna, Bulgaria
Relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at this rural retreat close to the Black Sea. Offering a personalised service for individuals and small groups, running twice daily poolside yoga and tai chi/qigong classes, life coaching and holistic treatments. Delicious vegetarian food with non-veggie options. All ages and abilities welcome.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | qigong | tai chi | retreats | reiki | self-development | meditation | vegetarian/vegan | Bulgaria |
based: Surrey, UK
Tailor-made Tai Chi holidays and workshops within Europe from a practitioner of the Yang and Chen style.
| tai chi | Europe |
Present Moment Retreat
Health resort in the Sierra Madre Mountains, offering yoga and qigong retreats.
| yoga | qigong | Mexico |
Tao Summer Retreats
based: Connecticut, USA
Summer retreats at Heavenly Mountain Retreat Center with top Qigong, Tai Chi, meditation and healing masters.
| tai chi | qigong | USA |
Way of Wellness and Being
based: New South Wales, Australia
Qigong holiday retreats, a variety of Qi-gong and Tai Chi retreats are offered.
| tai chi | qigong | Japan | New Zealand | Australia |
Tai chi, qi gong and yoga classes are available at this spa lodge in Colorado. Aspen Lodge offers a choice from 34 lodge rooms, from double queen to single king. Each with its own exterior door to either a shared balcony, patio or deck overlooking Twin Sisters to the east or Longs Peak to the west.
Aspen Lodge is in a fabulous location for enjoying the outdoors, offering opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, catch-release fishing, row boating, beach volleyball and tennis. Indoors there is racquet ball, an exercise room and sauna. In the winter season there is ice skating, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and sleigh rides through the mountain trails.
The lodge was purchased by a Daoist priest and kung fu master Yun Xiang Tseng as a base for teaching and working with the healing arts, including tai chi and qi gong.
Is it 'qigong', 'chi gung' or 'chi kung'? Is it 'tai chi' or the newer 'taiji'? And what is 'hua gong' and where does that fit in? There are a plethora of different names, spellings and pronunciations associated with these practices and it can be confusing, particularly for beginners, so we've tried to clarify things with a few definitions ...
Qi Gong – (also known as chi kung, or chi gung) is a type of spiritual practice intended to align the breath, body and mind for health and meditation, as well as for martial arts. Typically the practice involves moving meditation, using slow flowing movements, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state.
Qi (chi) means 'breath' or 'life force'; the vital energy which flows naturally through all living things and which is the fundamental element of Chinese philosophy.
Gong means 'skill' or 'accomplishment', that which is achieved through steady practice.
Tai chi chuan – (shortened to tai chi and also known as taiji, t'ai chi or taijiquan) is a form of qigong, described as a softer, internal style.
Tai chi means 'supreme' or 'ultimate'.
Chuan literally means 'fist' or 'boxing', but actually refers to 'martial technique'.
Tai chi chuan therefore translates to 'supreme/ultimate martial technique'.
Hua Gong – is a more artistic style of qigong.
Hua means integration, transformation and liberation.
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