Retreats – Qigong Certification & Daoist Training Center

Retreat Offerings in 2019

USA & Canada

Retreats are an opportunity to go beyond weekly classes or short courses. Retreats give the student the opportunity to practice more intensely. Often this means to go deeper into the experience of silence, stillness and healing. Students will engage in the practices of qigong, circle walking, Daoist meditation and more. Our main Daoist meditation practice is called Zuowang (sitting in forgetfulness or oblivion). This meditative practice will assist the student in refining their body, energy and consciousness levels.

 See special offer for combining Qigong Certification and the 2019 retreats

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. 

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


2018 Retreat Photos

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


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 located 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. Included will be a session on assessment and prescription of qigong for health conditions. 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. 

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 $555 and double $535. The cost for 3 days is single $440 and double is $420. 

A $200 deposit is required to hold your space. Full payment is required by February 1, 2019.

Cancellation Policy

The QDTC retains 50% for any cancellations prior to February 1, 2019. No refunds after February 1, 2019.

For more information, contact shifu Michael 

Retreat 2018
Retreat House for qigong, Daoist meditation, lodging for 2019 Retreat
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 USA or Canada.

 2nd Annual:  Qigong & Daoist Retreat in Canada

October 31 to November 3, 2019

Arnprior, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to the second annual Canadian Qigong and Daoist retreat of the American based Qigong & Daoist Training Center, Sebastopol, California, USA.  

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. The 2019 retreat will have a special focus on making energy assessments and prescribing specific qigong exercises for treatment. Other practices will include Qigong Circle Walking, Daoist tea ceremony, and a Daoist priest ordination.

Accommodations and costs:

Room options are for a single: $361 (Canadian $480) and a Double is $314 (Canadian $417).  All fees are non-refundable.

Deposits of $200 are required to hold a reservation, and full payment is due by August 1. Canadian payments are through Paypal only. Double rooms are only available if two people have signed up for a double, otherwise a single room would be the option. All payments are non-refundable.

More info and registration

Contact shifu Michael if you want to attend a retreat or want more information about it. Click 2019 Retreat 


Photos from the 2018 Galilee Retreat

qigong walking
Qigong Circle Walking on retreat


Qigong standing
Student doing Stationary Qigong on the Ottawa River


Qigong Group photo
Group photo of student’s Qigong Certificates
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