Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (levels 1 & 2)
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist Qigong
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West.
Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Taoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong.” This lineage specializes in using qigong techniques to build the foundation for sitting meditation. The Yiquan School was founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century. Yiquan is most well-known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan, which are designed to still the mind while simultaneously gathering and circulating internal energy.
Level I: we will practice techniques of inner and outer qigong, including tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage and calisthenics, which strengthen the muscular-skeletal system, nourish the internal organs, circulate internal energy and still the mind. We will learn Chen Xiyi’s sleeping and walking qiqong and Wang Xiangzhai’s standing qigong.
Level II: we will delve more deeply, studying the Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing and Nine Self-Massage systems in their entirety. The Tendon-Changing postures are powerful techniques that cultivate flexibility, strength and softness in the joints, muscles and tendons. The self-massage exercises focus on nourishing the internal organs and facilitating the circulation of qi in the meridians.
Program starts Friday January 20, 6pm and ends Sunday January 22, 6pm.
Attendance during the whole session is important to apply for the next level.
This program is taught in English. Translation into French or other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible, so that we can provide translation service.
Samten Kobelt grew up near Zurich, Switzerland where he again resides since 2013. In 1984 he met the Shambhala teachings at Naropa University and started practicing. He met Trungpa Rinpoche in Germany in 1985 and became his student. He was Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Bern and coordinated the first two Warrior Assemblies in Europe. Samten spent 10 years at the major Shambhala land centers in North America where he became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He served for six years as Director of Marpa House and three years as a shastri at the Boulder Shambhala Center.
Samten has been interested in the mind-body connection and its application in society since he started meditating. He is practicing and teaching Contemplative Dance Practice, developed by Barbara Dilley; Lujong (Tibetan Yoga) transmitted by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche; Bugaku (Japanese Court Dance) from Togi Sensei through Arawana Hayashi; and Qigong in the lineage of Eva Wong.
Repeater special price
If you participate to this program (levels 1-2) for the second time, a discount of €35 will be applied to the prices below. To benefit from this discount, please make sure you announce this option when registering.