Temple of Heaven, the iconic 14th century Taoist temple every Chinese Emperor had to visit twice a year. I plan to build a full-scale replica in North Carolina for use as a retreat center.Its roundness is the shape of heaven; its trinity mirrors the harmony of the 3 streams of Qi (yin, yang, yuan) and the 3 treasures of Tao: Earth, Humans, and Heaven.
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1. 20 Fabulous TAO SUMMER RETREATS. Reserve your space now with as little as $150. deposit! Last minute signups are accepted. Big discounts if you take extra retreats. Extended payment available. List of retreats below. See http://www.healingtaoretreats.com. Email: email@example.com call Julia Considine (Registrar) at: 1-888-750-1773 in USA.
2. Our newest teacher and best-selling author Michael Gelb has a forthcoming book on Creativity and Qi. Our entire faculty is made of talented masters in their field who offer teachings accessible to Westerners in clear English and a system of Energy Body development that is unparalleled.
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Dear Lovers of Spiritual Adventure and Summer Fun,
I am just back from China. Wow! Did we have intense levels of fun and transformation on the 2014 China Dream Trip. The thirty people from six countries started as strangers, but now feel like one solid spiritual family. That is the power of doing qigong daily in powerful sacred mountains and temples.
Please take the quick visual tour, 20 top photos that capture the diversity and richness of the trip and another 50 on the Healing Tao USA facebook page if your appetite is whetted for more. All 70 photos have captions.
L: Jade Spring Temple gateway & cauldron at the base of Flower Mountain. R: Martial artists Jem Harmer and David Lee get hired to be modern guardians atop the Great Wall.
L: Bagua built into monastery wall on Mt. Heng, Tao Sacred Mountain of North. Symbol of cosmic unity and harmony. R: 3 Buddhas at Yungang Grottoes near Datang, part of 50,000 carved into the mountain side.
L: Bronze bird from 2,000 years ago, evidence of highly artistic Han Dynasty culture. R: Taoist Sleeping Immortal Chen Tuan flies about in lucid dreams below the West Peak of Huashan.
L: 1500 year old Hanging Temples near Datong, clinging to sheer cliffs. Ropes were lowered from hundreds of feet above to drill the initial holes. R: Fierce guardian at the oldest wood pagoda in China, also near Datong.
L: Adepts shared the Sun-Moon cave carved from sheer granite, used by Taoist recluses for over 2000 years. Note the extra light and ventilation window above. R: Solitary hiker along Mt. Hua’s West Peak saddle at sunset.
L: Breakfast at a Taoist monastery beneath the sheer 3000 foot cliffs of Huashan’s West Peak. R: Jade sculpture evokes the Qi of mountains and flowing water, the artist capturing the essence of Mt. Hua.
L: Lone meditator Tom Christensen from New Zealand absorbs the wonderful Qi from Mt. Heng. R: Line of 30 meditators capture the “dragon line” of Qi flowing along the Great Wall.
L: Modern woman peers into the mirror to see her ancient reflection at Xian Art Museum. R: Modern woman does qigong in ancient Chinese monastery, to deepen her true self.
L: Terra Cotta man of clay has been meditating for 2200 years. R: Shrine to honor mountain fairy spirits on Mt. Heng, Tao sacred mountain of North.
L: Fierce lion-dog guarding a temple finds a moment of peace and joy. R: Taoist monk and a pine tree both lean over the steep ledge to contemplate the abyss below. Mt. Heng.
Visit the Healing Tao USA facebook page to check out the other 50 photos with captions:
Michael Winn feeling the powerful water & fire alchemical energy of Mt. Changbai.
The next China Dream Trip will not be until August 2016, and wil include Mt. Changbai and probably Mt. Hua, the two most powerful mountains I’ve found in China. We’ll go in August to get the clear weather over the volcanic lake on Mt. Changbai, the root mountain of the Healing Tao lineage.
To be added to the early notification email list for the 2016 trip, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “China 2016” in the subject line and your name if it is not in your email address.
Need help choosing between all the wonderful options? Contact our Registrar: Julia Considine <email@example.com>
Her toll free number in the USA is: 1-888-750-1773. If you use Verizon, call without using any minutes on her mobile at 828-575-3825.
In this year of the Green Yang Wood Horse, travel and taking retreats in mountains are especially auspicious. This is a time for rapid personal growth and spiritiual advancement.
I believe Healing Tao University is the biggest and best program of Tao Arts & Sciences in the world. We have an amazingly diverse and talented faculty. We have something for everyone, from energy healing, every possible kind of qigong, martial arts like bagua and tai chi, sexual energy cultivation, and many levels of Taoist inner alchemy meditation.
My wife Jem invites you to come play in the fabulous chi fields of Mars Hill, in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC.
To make it easier for folks to find the correct retreat description, below find a list of all the retreats.
Mars Hill is only 20 minutes from Asheville, N.C., surrounded by the fabulous Blue Ridge Mountains.
2014 Summer Retreat Schedule at Mars Hill, NC
Retreat tuition is only $495. for an entire week! + Tax deductible 501c3.
3c. Inner Sexual Alchemy (Lesser Kan & Li) – Michael Winn
Week 4 July 11 – 16, 2014 (Fri-Wed)
4a. Chi Nei Tsang 1: Deep Organ Massage – Jampa Stewart
4b. Sun-Moon Alchemy Greater Kan & Li: Healing Our Ancestors – Michael Winn
4c. Tai Chi Qigong #1 Rooting + #2 Fast Fighting Form – Steven Sy
Week 5 July18 – 23, 2014 (Fri-Wed)
5a. Chi Nei Tsang 2: Open Wind Gates – Jampa Stewart
5b. 9 Palace Bagua Zhang: Martial Art meets Mysticism & Magic – Frank Allen
5c. Northern Wu Taiji Quan: Final Refinement of Classical Taiji Quan – Tina Zhang
5d. Star Alchemy: Shaping Our Spiritual Destiny – Michael Winn
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our registrar Julia Considine at 828-575-3825 or 888-750-1773 (in USA).
Our summer retreats are located in Mars Hill, at a cool but sunny 2500 foot elevation in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. These are FUN, low-cost, high-energy, top quality retreats that will transform your life and deliver you a spiritual community to love for the rest of your life.
I believe it is the biggest and best program of Tao Arts in the world, with an amazingly diverse and talented faculty. We have something for everyone, from energy healing, every possible kind of qigong, martial arts like bagua and tai chi, sexual energy cultivation, and many levels of Tao alchemy meditation.
The place is special, the courses are wonderful, and the folks who are attracted are fabulous people. This is YOUR community. All at an amazingly low price.
Tuition ($495 for a week). has not been raised for the 9th year in a row – and it was already a bargain! These retreats are financially subsidized by my 501c3 non profit.
Commuters welcome ($100. facility fee).
No-cost extended payment plans make it accessible to everyone. Give yourself or someone else the gift of self-transformation, with only a $150. deposit.
Want to Explore Creativity & Qigong? Learn a new Tai Chi form?
NEW Retreats Offered this Summer
We’ve got a new teacher this year, famous author and creativity expert Michael Gelb. He is a long time qigong enthusiast and teacher. He has embedded his deep knowledge into a special qigong form — Da Vinci Creativity Qigong — that breaks new ground. His new book includes a section by me on using the Inner Smile to tap into one’s creative potential. Michael is a terrific addition to our faculty and I urge you to explore his novel perspectives on ancient methods of self-cultivation.
In addition we have a new multi-level Tai Chi Qigong retreat with Steven Sy never before offered. This is a short form, easy to learn (only 13 movements), but very grounded and very powerful for health or self-defense.
Minke de Vos is one of the best Medical Qigong teachers in America, and has synthesized many different systems together over her 30+ years in the Tao. Her Healing Love: Taoists Sexual Secrets co-taught with Michael Winn is a perennial favorito.
Andrew McCart‘s Tao Yin (Chinese yoga) will open any practitioner of any yogic style to new depths and power of Qi flow. He teams up with Steven Sy for a highly praised Fusion 1 & Iron Shirt 1 course, and teaches the higher levels of both practices as well.
Jampa Stewart is one of the most advanced Chi Nei Tsang teachers and teaches both levels 1 and 2 back to back. This is an extraordinary opportunity for healers of all kinds to keep their hands on skills of deep internal organ and channel work.
Frank Allen is revealing his “inner door” transmission of his teacher’s 9 Palace Bagua form.
Tina Zhang is a many time champion tai ji teacher who this year is including Wu Sword moves for the students of her Northern Wu taijiquan long form. For those able to absorb the extra practice.
Michael Winn is offering a deep integration of qigong and Taoist internal alchemy (neidangong), a progressive training that moves through Sexual Alchemy, Sun-Moon Alchemy, Planetary alchemy, Star Alchemy, and Heaven & Earth Alchemy. The courses must be taken in sequence, and alternate year teaching schedule means possibly learning some by homestudy.
Our Blue Ridge mountain setting is very special, the courses are wonderful, and the other folks are fabulous people. This is YOUR community. All at an amazingly low price.
The key thing is that retreat prices have been kept low – unchanged for the 9th year in a row!!! Tuition is still only $495 for a week. Wow! The live transmission is worth the extra travel cost.
Commuters still welcome ($100. facility fee). They have the option of eating with the folks who are staying on campus.
Our low prices only possible because of generous subsidies from my non-profit organization. But low prices relies on getting a sufficient volume of signups. So the best way to support your Taoist ideals and stay in touch with a wonderful spirtual community is to signup for a retreat or two. The people you’ll meet at these retreats are as fun, inspiring and valuable as the retreat itself.
May You Enjoy a Fabulous Summer,
“Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Virtue as his home, the Tao as his door, and who becomes change — is a Sage.” — Chuang Tzu, Inner Chapters
“The Tao is very close, but everyone looks far away. Life is very simple, but everyone seeks difficulty.” — Taoist Sage, 200 B.C
Register online for on Healing Tao University, the largest Tao (Dao) Arts & Sciences program in the West with 20 week long summer retreats featuring qigong (“chi kung”) and inner alchemy (neidangong) training. For more info, see http://www.HealingTaoRetreats.com
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