The Value of Retreats

The value of retreats is to temporarily withdraw from your familiar, ordinary everyday experiences. It is to practice internal cultivation through qigong movements and meditation in order to regain your vitality, and sense of purpose, become enlivened, and emerge with a clear vision of who you are and what is your continued life path. Further, the purpose of a retreat is to be in the presence of the teacher who is the conduit for the healing qi and responsible for its transmission through the teacher-student relationship. Through direct teacher guidance, in both movement practices and quiet sitting meditation, the teacher’s spiritual direction is essential for the transmission of subtle energies and higher truths.

2024 Annual Qigong & Meditation Retreat
April 24-28, 2024

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. The theme for the 2024 retreat will be the silence of the contemplative traditions of Daoism and the early desert fathers & mothers of Christianity.  There will also be a Daoist priest ordination ceremony for members of the American Dragon Gate Lineage.

Details of the 2024 retreat are in progress. The retreat will take place at a private retreat house in Sebastopol, CA.

It is possible that a second retreat will be offered in the Fall of 2024 if there is an interest from shifu Michael’s students.


Cancellation Policy

Full refunds until December 31, 2023

40% cancel fee January 1, 2024 to March 20, 2024

No refunds after March 20, 2024 for any reasons.

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The 2023 Annual Qigong and Daoist Retreat

The 2023 Annual Qigong & Daoist Retreat was a great success.  Our sessions started early in the mornings, and we ended the days meditating and doing qigong until close to 10 pm. We had sessions on the benefits of circle walking, a Daoist tea ceremony, and a special event of live music and poetry. On Friday evening we had a Daoist priest ceremony for a new priest of the American Dragon Gate Lineage. Enjoy some of our photos from this year’s retreat.