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The 2022 Annual Qigong & Daoist Retreat was a great success. We had a total of 17 participants which was enough to fill our practice hall. Our sessions started early in the mornings and we ended the days meditating and doing qigong until close to 10 pm. We even had a special 3-4 am session for inspirational readings and silent meditation. We have tentative plans to return to Black Mountain Retreat Center in the last week of April 2023. Enjoy some of our photos from this year’s retreat.


Qigong retreat

Qigong retreat with Centa & Nancy 2022


Daoist priests 2022

Daoist priests, Marc, Maya, Dan, Jenn, and Emily 2022


Group retreat 2022

Retreat group photo 2022


Retreat priests

Happy Daoist priests 2022


new Daoist priests

New Daoist priests Dan, Emily, and Jenn with shifu Michael 2022


Daoist brothers

Daoist brothers in the Dao 2022


Shifu Michael and Laura

Shifu Michael with Laura 2022



American Dragon Gate Lineage priests 2022


Tea ceremony 2022

Dao Tea Transmission Ceremony 2022


New priests

New priests reading their Daoist names 2022


Annual Retreats

Our daily practices of qigong and meditation will revolve around morning, noon, and evening sessions of reciting Daoist scriptures. The qigong will consist of a variety of exercises for restoring one’s health and aiding one’s body and energetic systems. In retreat, we explore in-depth the practice of Qigong Circle Walking, its history, practice, and health benefits. The meditation practices are in the Zuowang, or sitting and forgetting serene practices of Daoist cultivation. Other practices will include the Daoist tea ceremony. Additionally, there will be a Daoist priest ordination ceremony for members of the American Dragon Gate Lineage.

For more information, contact Shifu Michael