Taiji Tao & Qigong Retreat

Ireland

17-26 JULY 2023

Taiji, Qigong, and Sitting Meditation

Join us in a beautiful light-filled octagonal practice space with wooden floors and underfloor heating, set within a nature reserve, at An Sanctóir, in West Cork, Ireland. Sessions led by Sarah Tulivu (Fong Yi).

ABOUT:

Taiji (Taichi) 太極 and Qigong 氣功 have been practiced in China and surrounding areas for thousands of years, and are a moving meditation for good health, peaceful, centered mind, reconnection to one’s deeper nature, and an investigation into the Self.

Sarah Tulivu, or Fong Yi has trained in meditation for the past 13 years. Six of those years were passed as a monk in a Tao Temple, in the Taichi Tao System (also called Temple Style), by Master Waysun Liao, her main teacher.

You can read more about what we’ll cover in the retreat by clicking here, and more about Sarah here.

 

How much, where, when

Cost:

For 9 days of retreat, with 5-6 hours practice per day, 3 meals:

There is a sliding scale to suit different budgets of €490 (For people with economical issues – volounteer spots are also available),  €550 (Regular price), €650 (Supporting price) – if staying in tent, or camper.

If you’d like to stay in a bed in the dorm, then add €15/night to that (x6 beds available at Dan’s). We also have one single room available for €25/night.

Where:

in An Sanctóir, West Cork, Ireland.

The center is situated in 30 acres of beautiful nature reserve, with many paths for nice walks.

 

When:

 ARRIVAL: 17th July- starting at 16:30, opening, small practice, dinner. (It’s possible to come sooner than the 17th if you like)

DEPARTURE: 27th July – with 2 hours morning practice, breakfast, and closing circle 

Participating for fewer days is a possibility.

yin yang Taoist symbol
yin yang Taoist symbol

Schedule

 

7:00                   Waking up bell – with 10 minutes Sitting Meditation
08:00-09:00     Sitting Meditation /Openings
09:15-10:45     Breakfast
10:45-12:45     Taiji&Qigong with some Sitting
12:45-13:15     Self practice
14:30-15:30     Lunch (Silence ends)
16:30-18:30     Taiji & Qigong
20:00                 Dinner
23:00                 Silence begins

We will also do a 15-minute sitting meditation before sleeping, together or each on their own, to fall asleep in style 😉.

 

(Schedule may be adjusted as the days go by) 

Silence

Except for during weekends, we will be in silence till lunch each day.

Friday will be silent all day, till Saturday lunch.

Nature Walks

In the nature reserve surrounding the center, there are plenty of nice paths for walks.

Sharing

We will have times for talking in a circle together, where who feels can share about their process and experience, we found these very helpful in past retreats, bringing us all closer.

FAQ

Can I participate for less days?

If you cannot attend the full retreat it is also possible to join for €75 per day. We do ask that you attend from the first day, so we can go through a process together from the start.

What's the accommodation like?

There are beds in a shared room next door for 15 euro extra a night, one private room for 25 a night, and possibilities for camping, bringing your campervan – that won’t cost you anything extra.

Unless you are staying in the room, bring your own bedding, tent, and whatever else you need to make yourself comfortable. 

If coming from outside, Ireland is generally fresher than you think.

If you have transport, renting accommodation or Airbnb nearby is possible. If this option appeals to you we recommend you book soon as it is a busy time of the year.

Are meals vegetarian?
3 vegetarian meals a day will be prepared by our wonderful kitchen team to keep us all well nourished. And they will also be practicing with us!
What shall I bring?
• Bedding, tent, mat, if not sleeping in the dorm
• Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
• Flat indoor shoes for practice if you have them
• Foods for those with special dietary needs
• Flashlight
• Notebook and pen
• Euro in cash if you’d like to receive an acupuncture treatment from Freya
• Loose, comfortable clothes, warm clothes, as it’s quite cold in Ireland at night, even in August, yes I know, even in August 

Any Questions?

15 + 11 =

To book:

+353 860621471

ronopotamus@gmail.com

An Sanctóir, West Cork, Ireland

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Sessions are for all levels, and we will be focusing mostly on foundations. I have found that working with foundations is actually a very advanced practice.

Foundations are what hold up everything, it’s where we can work with the core causes of our current condition.

Learning how to listen

The quality of one’s attention is what we’ll be training on the most. While applying that work on the forms, body openings etc.

Through the practice, we will accompany ourselves into a quieter more aware space, learning how to pay attention, how to feel ourselves, and gradually learning how to gently stay open and present in and with what arises. To ourselves, our hearts, the other, and life around us.

Taiji Tao System, or "Temple Style Taiji"

For about 11 years I’ve been training in the Taichi Tao System, from Master Waysun Liao, also called “Temple Style Taichi”.

Master Liao studied from an old wandering Taoist monk in a Tao Temple and monastery in his native Taiwan, since he was a child. The method is highly focused on meditation.

Retreat with:

Sarah Tulivu

Sarah Tulivu / Fong Yi will be leading the sessions. She has been training in Taiji & Qigong and sitting meditation on a daily basis for about 13 years. During that time about 6 years were passed in a Tao Temple and monastery, where she trained as a monk. 

She was then advised by her main teacher, Master Waysun Laio and Master Chang to leave the Tao Temple and carry the practice into life in the world – as her Temple, sharing the practice with those interested who cross her path.

Rónan McLoughlin

Rónan McLoughlin (Hao Tong), is our main organizer. He will also be available if in need of an inspirational quote, humor, or practical and unpractical questions.

Ronan is originally from Ireland, he is a movement artist and fire performer, and began his journey into Taiji 10 years ago, also studying in the tradition of Master Waysun Liao. 

“In my experience of Taiji, we explore the most basic foundations of ourselves, not through concepts but through our direct experience. 

We learn how to engage with that base structure from which we experience and through which we live. 

By making adjustments to the foundations we find that things naturally change. We don’t have to force change but we put certain causes into effect and we find that our experience naturally changes.

So rather than getting lost in inner conflict and resistance to how things are, we go towards the root and we “tweak” the underlying structure. These changes ripple through our system and we find that our experience of life is different.”

The cooks

Eadaoin and Richard will be our chefs, fourth time cooking delicious nourishing food for a Taiji retreat together!

They are hilarious, insightful and loving beings, and they will be also participating in the retreat’s Taiji, Qigong and meditation sessions. : )

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