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Qigong & Daoist Training Center

2022 Annual Qigong & Meditation Intensive

Black Mountain Retreat Center, Cazadero, CA

Director: Shifu Michael Rinaldini (Li Chang Dao)

April 20 – 24, 2022

Welcome to the annual Qigong & Daoist retreat of the Qigong & Daoist Training Center and the American Dragon Gate Lineage.

Our retreat will be held at the Black Mountain Retreat Center which is operated by the Padmasambhava Peace Institue, located on the top of Black Mountain in Cazadero, CA.

Retreat is an opportunity to practice more intensely, go deeper into the experience of silence and stillness, and the mysteries of working with the Qi through the practices of qigong, circle walking, and Daoist zuowang meditation. There will also be a Daoist priest ordination ceremony for members of the American Dragon Gate Lineage.

Costs, Accommodations and Requirements

Full payment due January 15, 2022

$200 deposit required to hold your space.

Costs: 4 nights, April 20-24, $325;   3 nights, April 21-24, $260

Includes 3 vegetarian meals per day (eggs at breakfast)

Dorm rooms are divided by partitions creating smaller sleeping areas.

Proof of Covid-19 vaccine required, or provide proof of a medical order to not receive the vaccination, then you must provide a Covid-19 negative test result within one week of the retreat. No refund if you provide a positive Covid-19 test.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds until December 31, 2021

50% cancel fee January 1, 2022 to March 1, 2022

No refunds after March 1, 2022

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Brief Review of the  2019 Retreat

The retreat is over and it may have been my best retreat. (I say that every year) 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. Three members of the ADGL  were ordained as Daoist priests. Students attended this retreat from as far away as Florida, W. Virginia, L.A., Idaho, Canada, and Alaska.

Pictures from the 2019 Qigong & Daoist Retreat

ADGL priests

Shifu Michael & new Priest Demitri

Daoist priest 2019

New Priest Marc 2019

2019 Daoist retreat photo

2019 Daoist group retreat

Pictures and Video of the 2018 Retreat

Circle Walking at 2018 Retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest

Daoist Priest Ceremony 2018

Daoist Priest Renewal of Vows for Priests Dominique & Michael 2018

Daoist Procession at 2018 Retreat

Daoist Entrance Ceremony with Shifu Dominique 2018

Retreats Will Resume When It Is Safe For Gatherings-Due To Covid-19

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. In this year’s retreat, we will 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 and an introduction to Daoist Bigu fasting (optional). Additionally, there will be a Daoist priest ordination ceremony for members of the American Dragon Gate Lineage.

For more information, contact Shifu Michael

Retreat 2018

Retreat House for qigong, Daoist meditation, lodging for 2019 to 2021 Retreats

redwoods Daoist retreat

2019 – Redwoods at St Dorothy’s Rest

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 the 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 $200 discount does not apply during the time of the pandemic discount.