Nourishing Life #8 - Winter Retreat Day
To help make tangible some on the ideas in the Nourishing Life series I will be holding a Winter Retreat Day in Oxford on Sunday 28th January 10.00-16.00.
The retreat will cover basic Qi Gong exercises, a nature walk, lunch and a Chinese tea session. It will be a good occasion to discover the restorative power of traditional Chinese health and longevity practices, tune into the season and enjoy the company of new friends.
The retreat day will be very relaxed, friendly and is open to all. No previous experience or knowledge is required.
Teachers & Topics
I will be leading the retreat and will be be joined by my good friend Mark Pogson. Mark is a very down to earth, approachable teacher who has practised Tai Qi and Qi Gong for over 20 years. He has an easy to follow, accessible teaching style which he will use to teach a basic set of Qi Gong exercises in the morning.
After some Qi Gong we will share a walk along the river and across the beautiful Port Meadow before enjoying lunch together.
After lunch and a rest, we will come together for a Chinese tea session. In the tea session we will drink fine, rare Chinese teas, learn about the tea ceremony and the health benefits of teas.
Along with tea appreciation, it is also the perfect, quiet occasion to discuss health, philosophy, culture, meditation, Chinese medicine - whatever comes to mind. Strangers will leave as friends.
Retreat Schedule - Sunday 28th January
10.00 - 11.30 Morning Qi Gong Session - led by Mark Pogson
11.45 - 13.00 Nature Walk on Port Meadow*
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch & Rest
14.30 - 16.00 Chinese Tea Session - led by James Thirlwall
The Yoga Barn, 185 Godstow Rd, Wolvercote , Oxford OX2 8PG
Fee & Booking
£50 per person. Places are limited to 12 people.
To book or to find out more, please contact James Thirlwall at email@example.com
About Qi Gong
Qigong (also known as Chi Kung) means the cultivation of energy. It is a gentle form of Chinese health exercise which emphasises softness, natural movement and the release of tension to improve health and vitality. Qigong is considered a pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is sometimes described as the “Grandmother of Tai Chi”.
Qigong promotes relaxation and wellbeing by connecting with and increasing internal healing energy. It is based on combining flowing movement with deep breathing and focusing the mind. It can also include visualisations, standing meditation, and self-massage techniques (Do-In).
Practicing Qigong leads to:
- Better posture, flexibility, co-ordination and balance
- Improved circulation and breathing
- A calmer mind and better concentration
- Reduced stress levels
- An increased sense of aliveness and wellbeing