Retreats – Qigong Certification & Daoist Training Center

Retreat Offerings in 2018

US & Canada

Qigong & Daoist Retreat: April 11-15, 2018

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. I’ll post some photos of the retreat soon.

 Welcome to the annual Qigong and Daoist retreat of the Qigong & Daoist Training Center (QDTC), and the American Dragon Gate Lineage (ADGL).

Our 2018 intensive retreat will be held in a redwood forest about 75 miles north of San Francisco. Location is the St. Dorothy’s Rest, a camp and 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. This will be a special retreat because it is the 10th anniversary of the founding of the American Dragon Gate Lineage.

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 most of the time.

Accommodations and costs:

Room options are only for double rooms at this time. There are only a few available spaces for the retreat, The main retreat starts on Thursday April 12 at 3 pm, and ends for everyone at 11 am on Sunday. No exceptions.

The cost for four days is double ($508); and three days is double ($400). Full retreat fee is now required for reservations.

Full payment is required at this time as there is only a couple of beds available. See special deal below.

Cancellation Policy

The QDTC retains 50% for any cancellations prior to December 31, 2017. Any cancellations between January 1, 2018 and February 1, 2018, $100 or full deposit is retained by the QDTC. From February 1, 2018 to April 5, 2018, 50% is retained. After April 5, 2018, there are no refunds, unless a medical emergency occurs for the applicant, or their immediate family. A medical proof is required, and then the 50% cancel fee would apply.

For more information, contact shifu Michael 

Retreat 2018
Retreat House for qigong, Daoist meditation, lodging
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

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. (

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). A 50% deposit is required for reservations, and 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





Register soon to ensure minimum attendance for retreat to happen. Contact asap.

2017 Retreat Review

 Our 2017 intensive retreat was held at a coastal location on the Tomales Bay, one hour north of San Francisco. The St. Columba’s Episcopal Retreat House, Inverness.

Retreats are an opportunity to practice more intensely, go deeper in your experience of stillness and silence through intensive qigong and Daoist practices.  Our main meditation practices were those of the zuowang (sitting in forgetfulness or oblivion) tradition combined with the Daoist koan of asking “What is Not Two?”  In 2017, the retreat had more of a varied schedule than previous years. Example, practicing medical qigong on a secluded beach, circle walking around a stone cross on top of a hill with a spectacular view, making our own meals and studying Chinese food therapy, and more. We  followed our usual intensive schedule of sittings, qigong workouts, circle walking, lecture, Daoist scripture recitations, and Daoist priest ordination ceremony by members of the American Dragon Gate Lineage.  And of course, we drank puerh tea. Silence was our underlying practice most of the time, although this year it was more challenging because of the extra activity that doing our own cooking created.


The Retreat 2017 Photos:
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Qigong on a windy beach
Retreats, Circle Walking
New Daoist priest circle walking on beach
qigong Retreats, Daoist retreat, Daoist priest Ordination Ceremony
Daoist Priest Ceremony
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Daoist priests of American Dragon Gate Lineage
qigong Retreats, Daoist retreats, Meal Preparations
Daoist Retreat meal preparations
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Daoist retreat Group Photo


Testimonial from a retreat participant.

Fire Rooster Retreat 2017 Poem by Nicole S.

I feel tired
I feel grateful
I feel the Dao is with me
I feel the inner stillness from the depths

I remember the palpable sweetness of a community coming together sharing silence:

Sitting and moving together
Cooking and cleaning together

Sharing silence

Chewing together, food and conversation

A shared desire to explore our inner landscape: the mystery that is us

We are the mystery, born out of the mystery, returning to the mystery

May I have the mindfulness to forget-

In each moment-
To forget all that is not this mystery

So the obscurations dissolve and

The mystery and I are not separate

The paradox is the efforting to be effortless:

To become one whole without accumulation or idealization or presumption

How do we dissolve that which is not free?

How do we discard the masks, bandages and pacifiers we cling to?

How do we open ourselves until the mystery breathes us, expressing in our gestures and speech, shining forth from our original face?

Does effortlessness take effort?

Perhaps it is the effort

of tending the fire or nourishing the soil

Perhaps it is the effort of listening well

A jaw loosens its hold with a smile

And a smile arises effortlessly

after all   (Nicole S.)


For more info, contact shifu Michael.


Contact shifu Michael if you want to attend a retreat or want more information about it. Click 2018 Retreat.


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