Enjoy a long weekend (Thursday to Sunday) to re-energise and feel at peace through the practices of meditation and qigong in a beautiful setting. It is a time to embrace Autumn and the air element, preparing gently for the season of mists and vibrant decay. Nature folds inwards and makes space for stillness. We too can release the Summer and welcome the turning season, relaxing the mind and boosting immunity.
Qigong will draw on this season of change; strengthening the lungs with various breathing practices; using the image of the tiger in creative movements; and learning a series of Brocade /silk -precious exercises
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese system of exercises for health connecting with nature. The weekend will draw on Qi Gong to encourage gentle therapeutic exercise to loosen the tendons and muscles. No experience, equipment or special clothes are necessary.
The meditation will include mindfulness, and meditation on the season of Autumn and the elements. Mindfulness is an extremely popular form of meditation, as it has been much researched and shown to be effective at relieving stress, anxiety, guilt and other negative mental states.
This meditation is suitable for both experienced and beginner meditators and is a gentle rather than severe form.
On Saturday afternoon, there will be the opportunity to go for a walk in the beautiful Peak District.
Led by experienced teachers Linda Southwick and Zee-Zee Heine
Linda Southwick has been practising Tai Chi and Qi Gong since 1994. She has travelled to China with the Deyin school and studied with Professor Li learning several Tai Chi and Qi Gong forms. Linda teaches Qi Gong in prime time at The Dome Doncaster and on HF holidays. She is also a qualified yoga teacher and offers yoga for gardeners. She says: “I like to bring a playful and creative approach to learning.”
Zee-Zee Heine has been a Quaker all her life and a Buddhist for nearly 20 years. She is an experienced teacher of meditation teaching in a variety of settings. She says: “in a busy life, even a short period of meditation can ground and refresh us.”
The community is based in an old building which is warm and comfortable and has 11 acres of its own grounds. The vegetarian food provided by the community is much appreciated by visitors.
The weekend will start with supper at 6pm on Thursday and end on Sunday in time for people to catch the 2.35pm train if they need to. You would be welcome to arrive any time after 4pm on Thursday afternoon. The cost for the whole weekend is on a sliding scale between £ 145-£245, which means that you decide what to pay based on what you think is the right and fair amount to pay and what your income is