Retreats – Qigong Certification & Daoist Training Center
Retreat Offerings in 2018/2019
US & Canada
Brief Review of the 2018 Retreat
The retreat is over and it may have been my best retreat. The facility at St. Dorothy’s Rest was fantastic. The weather was fine with a mixture of light rain and sunny skies under the huge redwood trees. We had numerous deep meditations, and plenty of space for our qigong practices. Two members of the ADGL were ordained as Daoist priests, and a handful of priests-in-trainings advanced their progression in the priest training studies. Next year’s retreat will most likely be at the same location, and the dates will be decided soon.
Circle Walking at 2018 Retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest
2018 Retreat Photos
April 10-14, 2019 Qigong & Daoist Retreat
Welcome to the annual Qigong and Daoist retreat of the Qigong & Daoist Training Center (QDTC), and the American Dragon Gate Lineage (ADGL).
Our 2019 intensive retreat will be held in a redwood forest about 75 miles north of San Francisco. Location is the St. Dorothy’s Rest, the same location as our 2018 retreat, it is a retreat center outside of Occidental, CA.
Retreat is an opportunity to practice more intensely, go deeper in the experience of stillness and silence through qigong and Daoist meditation.
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. The meditation practices are in the Zuowang, or sitting and forgetting serene practices of Daoist cultivation. Other practices will include Qigong Circle Walking, and Daoist tea ceremony. Also, being located in a redwood forest we’ll have extra focus on absorbing Qi from nature. Additionally, there will be a Daoist priest ordination ceremony for members of the American Dragon Gate Lineage. Silence will be our underlying practice a lot of the time.
Accommodations and costs:
The room options are for a single or two in a double room. The 3-day retreat starts on Thursday April 11 at 3 pm, and ends for everyone at 11 am on Sunday. The Pre-Retreat group starts on Wednesday, April 10th at 3 pm.
The cost for 4 days is single $558 and double $518. The cost for 3 days is single $440 and double is $410. These fees are not final until contract is signed with the retreat center in the Fall, 2018.
A $200 deposit is required to hold your space. Full payment is required by February 1, 2019.
The QDTC retains 50% for any cancellations prior to December 31, 2018. Any cancellations from January 1, 2019 to March 19, 2019 50% is retained by the QDTC. No refunds March 20, 2019 or after.
Special Deal: Qigong Certification and Retreat
A special deal will be provided for students who sign up for both the qigong certification program and the retreat. The requirement is that the full retreat fee and the certification fee are paid in advance at time of enrollment. A $200 discount will be deducted from the Qigong Certification. The retreat cancellation policy will not apply to these terms, thus no refunds on the retreat. This deal applies to retreats in the US or Canada.
New: Qigong & Daoist Retreat in Canada
Qigong & Daoist Retreat: November 8-11, 2018
Enrollment in this retreat is closed. A review of the retreat will follow in November after my return from Canada.
Arnprior, Ontario, Canada
Welcome to the first Canadian annual Qigong and Daoist retreat of the American based Qigong & Daoist Training Center, Sebastopol, California, USA. Teacher: Shifu Michael Rinaldini
This intensive 3-day retreat will be held at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior, Ontario, near Ottawa on the Ottawa River. The Galilee Centre is a holistic, multi-faith spiritual life center. It is located on a 35-acre property abundant with wildlife, walking paths, gardens, forest, and a private beach on the Ottawa River. (galileecentre.com)
Retreat is an opportunity to practice more intensely, go deeper in the experience of silence, stillness, clarity and energy cultivation through Qigong and Daoist meditation.
The Qigong will consist of a variety of exercises for restoring one’s health and transforming one’s energetic systems. The meditation practices are in the Zuowang, or sitting and forgetting serene tradition of Daoist cultivation. Other practices will include Qigong Circle Walking, and Daoist tea ceremony. Silence will be our underlying practice most of the time.
Special Study Option
Shifu Michael teaches qigong worldwide through his Qigong Certification programs. For the interested student, it is possible to combine Qigong Certification training with this retreat. Contact him for details and costs for this special certification and retreat study option.
Accommodations and costs:
Room options are for a single: $351 (Canadian $435) and a Double is $303 (Canadian $375). The full amount is due by September 1, 2018. All fees are non-refundable. Payment in advance through Paypal is required.
About Shifu Michael Rinaldini (Lichangdao)
He is a high-level Qigong Teacher, Certified by the National Qigong Association as a Level 4 Certified Teacher (highest level). He has been teaching Qigong for over 25 years, and has students worldwide through his certification programs. He is a Longmen, 22nd generation Daoist priest, and founder of the American Dragon Gate Lineage. He is the author of three books on the practices of a modern day western Daoist (A Daoist Practice Journal). And a special quality: Because of his past experiences in contemplative Catholic monasticism, his Daoist approach to spirituality transcends religious boundaries.
More info and registration
Contact shifu Michael if you want to attend a retreat or want more information about it. Click 2019 Retreat.