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Personal Cultivation Retreat according to clan Daoism / 12th-16th July

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - July 16 @ 5:00 pm

Led by: Yuri Maezumi

Dates: 12-16 July 2023

Practitioners of all levels welcome, including complete beginners.

About the retreat:

During the workshop at the Les Gavatxes retreat center, participants will have the
opportunity to experience various practices of an ancient clan Daoism tradition, Da
Xuan, which dates back to 510 a.d. In Kunlun.
The Da Xuan tradition follows a very specific principle that is also found in other
alchemical traditions: If you want to perfect and unite the whole, you must first separate
the different aspects that make up this whole. Refining them individually is the only way
to develop true qualities uninhibited by distraction. Only once each aspect is sufficiently
refined can you recombine it into a unified practice.
Chapter 1 of the Dao De Jing (Classic of the Dao and its Manifestations) tells us
that the Way that can be talked about is not the true Way. Knowing the theory of practice
is not enough, if we want true understanding then we must do the practices ourselves.
The sessions will cover the practices ranging from the most Yin aspect of the
human being (the body), the most Yang aspect (the spiritual possibilities of the mind),
and the work on breathing: linked to our vitality and emotions. It is through the breath,
the exchange between the Yin and the Yang, that an external practice can become
internal. These three aspects, referred to as the three treasures in Daoist cosmology, are
considered interdependent and of equivalent importance.

What you will learn: 

Day 1

Time Session Details
12:00 – 14:00 Guest arrival
15:30 – 16:30 Discovering personal cultivation

● Why is personal cultivation important and what are we aiming for?
● The San Bao balance in personal practice
● Importance of regularity
● Qualities vs. formes
● Yang training (intention on correction) vs Yin practice (letting go)

16:30 – 16:55 Tea break
17:00 – 18:30 Finding Alignment (interactive teaching session)

● 18 points of Nei Gong
● Basic Hands introduction; lines of movement
● Q & A

19:30 – 20:20 Dinner
20:30 – 21:00 Getting to know our mind

● Introducing Shen Gong
● The three types of attention

21:00 – 21:30 Group meditation

● Indoor or outdoor seated meditation

21:30 – 22:00 Group meditation

● Indoor or outdoor seated meditation, 2nd period (optional)

22:30 Lights out

Day 2

Time Session Details

6:00 – 7:25 Individual / partner practice (optional) with corrections

● Free time to review practices (Indoor or outdoor)

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 Basic Hands: continued Outdoor Interactive Session

● Basic Hands: coordination
● 18 points of Nei Gong continued

10:00 – 10:25 Tea break
10:30 – 11:30 Stability through rooting (Outdoor interactive session)

● Rooting the structure is rooting the mind
● Push-pull partner exercise: introduction to rooting

11:00 – 11:45 Introduction to the Walk of the Adept

● Seated teaching
● Q & A

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:55 Individual / partner practice (optional) / Walk of the Adept in nature

● Free time to review practices

● Possibility for 2 acupuncture sessions

15:00 – 16:30 Basic Hands: continued

● What is uniting? The underlying qualities associated with unification
● Various exercises to develop structural union

16:30 – 16:55 Tea Break
17:00 – 18:30 Introduction to Conscious Breathing

● Feeling the breath
● Abdominal breathing
● Q&A

19:30 – 20:20 Dinner

21:00 – 21:30 Group breathing session

21:30 – 22:00 Group breathing session (2nd period – optional)

22:30 Lights out

Day 3

6:00 – 7:25 Individual / partner practice (optional) with corrections

● Free time to review practices
● Indoor or outdoor

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 Basic Hands: continued

● Basic Hands, emphasis on Feeling
● 18 points of Nei Gong continued

10:00 – 10:25 Tea break
10:30 – 11:30 Partner Work

Outdoor interactive session

● Tui Shou; Push-Pull + Drills: developing trust in hand movement

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:55 Individual / partner practice (optional) / adept walking in nature

● Free time to review practices
● Indoor or outdoor

● Possibility for 2 acupuncture sessions

15:00 – 16:30  6 harmonies introduction

● Peng; the fundamental principle of Taiji Quan
● Dissociating the union into segments

16:30 – 16:55 Tea Break
17:00 – 18:30 Introduction to Emotional Work

● Seated teaching
● Q & A

19:30 – 20:20 Dinner
21:00 – 21:30 Group meditation

21:30 – 22:00 Group meditation (2nd period, optional)

22:30 Lights out

Day 4

Time Session Details
6:00 – 7:25 Individual / partner practice (optional) with corrections

● Free time to review practices
● Indoor or outdoor

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 Basic Hands : the Foundation Outdoor Interactive Session

● Basic Hands, 1st series continued; emphasis on Feeling
● Feeling : the fundamental of Nei Gong

○ The Yin and the Yang with the Dan Tien

10:00 – 10:25 Tea break
10:30 – 11:30 Internal Work

Outdoor interactive session

● Nei Gong: feeling the Yin & Yang

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:55 Individual / partner practice (optional) / Walk of the Adept in nature

● Free time to review practices
● Indoor or outdoor

● Possibility for 2 acupuncture sessions

15:30 – 16:30 Introduction to Push Hands (Outdoor interactive training)

● Partner drills
● Introduction to Push Hands

16:30 – 16:55 Tea Break
17:00 – 17:30 Shen Gong (mind work) continued

● Open awareness practice
● Q & A

19:30 – 20:20 Dinner
20:30 – 21:00 Group meditation: Open awareness
21:00 – 22:00 Council Circle: Outdoor seated council circle around a fire

● Sharing of thoughts, impressions or feelings in a safe environment

22:30 Lights out

Day 5

Time Session Details
6:00 – 7:25 Individual / partner practice (optional) with corrections

● Free time to review practices
● Indoor or outdoor

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 Conclusion Indoor seated discussion

● Q & A
● Reviewing the qualities and essential points
of personal practice

10:00 – 13:00 Guest departure
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (optional)

Price: 

535 € total in shared rooms

420 € total in your own tent/caravan

Includes teaching, 4-night stay 3 meals a day

Detalles

Comienza:
July 12 @ 3:00 pm
Finaliza:
July 16 @ 5:00 pm
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