Welcome to our Toward Harmony with the Earth: Qigong Retreats for the Five Seasons series, which we began in Spring of 2011.
Each year we hold a retreat during each of the five seasons delineated by our Taoist Water Tradition - Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Fall, and Winter.
Our goal is to try to return season after season, year after year to the same remote natural setting so that we can experience change and continuity within nature’s rhythms.
In these retreats we explore how to use qigong practices both to cultivate our own energies and to connect with the energies of Earth and her seasons.
Earth and Her Seasons
The Taoist perspective is that Earth is the mother from which all life in our physical world springs.
We have much to learn from her about how to live as natural beings in harmony with ourselves and the web of life she nurtures. (For more on this idea, please read our addendum at the end of this overview).
In particular, her five seasons offer us many lessons about how to let go and flow with life and change.
2017 Retreat Dates
Fall - September 15 to 17
When we have more information, we will post details here.
Attend Any Retreat in Any Series
Please note that you may attend any retreat in any series, as long as you meet its prerequisites.
Each retreat will be related to the others in the series, but also will be a complete learning experience in and of itself.
We see our retreats as an opportunity for each of us to cultivate our own energies by deepening our qigong practices and by exploring and building a more conscious personal relationship with Earth and the web of life she supports.
We also hope our retreats can be a tiny contribution to helping spur our society as a whole to move toward greater harmony with Earth and all she sustains.
Addendum: Earth as our Mother and Teacher
Taoists view Earth as a living being.
She is our “great yin” or Mother, our most primal manifestation of the feminine energy of the Tao.
She nourishes, supports, and sustains us and all other beings around us. Her nurturing energy is available to us always.
Earth is an ever-present teacher of how to be what Taoists call “natural” in all aspects of life.
By studying her ways we can learn how to let go and flow with life’s changes.
We can learn how to gain a sense of wholeness, interconnectedness, and harmony with those around us.
We can learn how to become balanced, whole, and healthy within our ourselves.
How do we listen to Her voice?
One of the most direct ways is to learn to feel, explore, and enhance the ways that our chi flows in and through her and her chi flows in and through us.
These flows between us occur directly, as well as indirectly through her web of life that surrounds us and into which we are integrally connected.
Qigong practices are a wonderful vehicle that we can use to explore these chi flows.
While most of us initially practice qigong to develop and understand our own energies, a natural outgrowth of such practice is that we begin to become aware of how we are connected to and affected by the energies of what’s around us, including Earth’s.
In this way, we begin to hear Earth’s voice, i.e. her energies.
Once we begin to hear Her voice, many of us are drawn to learn more.
Our Toward Harmony with the Earth: Qigong Retreats for the Five Seasons are designed to help you learn more.