WOW WHAT A GREAT RETREAT! A wonderful week was had by all who made it over to Wainui in late May. Huge thanks to all of you. See photos and testimonials below. We also recorded the "Brain talk" given by Jacqi Blunt - click to listen here. Hope to see you all again next year :-)
After struggling for many years with deep feelings of disconnection, emotional 'flatness' and self-doubt - resulting in a heart problem - it was both wonderful (to put it mildly!) and inspiring to feel on the second to last day my heart open once more to the joy of being alive, present and part of a loving universe. The strong qifield, great natural setting, and the warmth and wisdom from all the gathered Ren Xue community members made for a safe, supportive environment in which to begin to reconnect to shen and to explore unhealthy patterns of thought and feelings. Love has reawakened making for an unforgettable experience. GM
Here's the event registration information from 2017:
Inspired by the great feedback from last year we want to take the opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of the 5 Xin Qualities - to weave them into our everyday lives to support our growth, healing and positive development.
Our programme is designed for overall life enhancement and to maximise positive change in all participants. Supported by a powerful Qi-field this retreat aims to improve health and well-being through Yuan Gong Qigong practice and in-depth Ren Xue teachings. These are powerful tools for self-development and healing, which nourish life at deep levels. The days are planned to provide a range of activities including:
● Teaching and practice of Yuan Gong Qigong Methods ● Group & individual Qi Healing sessions ● Ren Xue life cultivation teachings ● Group discussions ● Individual Qi therapy and Ren Xue counselling sessions
As well as having some free time to walk and take in the nature.
The retreat is organised and facilitated by experienced teachers from around New Zealand and Australia. Their collective perspectives, diversity of skills and depth of knowledge across a multitude of personal wellbeing and healing disciplines, forms the foundation of this retreat.
Wainui Heights is again our venue for 2017. Surrounded by lush bush and birdsong, the venue is nestled in the hills of Banks Peninsula approximately 1½ hours drive from Christchurch airport and twenty minutes from Akaroa. It is spacious and heated with warm log fires.
After last year’s success, the Trust is again sponsoring the first day of the retreat as a ‘teachers only’ day to enable teachers to come together to share their experiences, practice together, network and build a qi-field that welcomes and supports the programme and all participants.
This day is free to all teachers who have completed at least one level of the teacher training, and includes accommodation, and food.
Can I attend if I am a beginner?
Absolutely. Everyone - including those very new to Yuan Gong is welcome. However, if you are a beginner we strongly recommend reading “Wellbeing Begins With You” before you come. This will give you a good foundation in the theories and principles of Qigong and Ren Xue and make a real difference in your ability to experience deep change, and gain tangible long lasting benefit from the retreat
Dates and Times
Saturday 20 May – (Teachers only day). Starts at 2pm. Sunday 21st May - Registrations are open from 3pm onwards. The retreat begins at 6pm with dinner. Please don’t arrive early as the teachers will be involved on their developmental day. The retreat ends after lunch on Saturday, 27 May.
Transport from Airport
Buses have been booked to get you to and from the airport as detailed below:
Teacher’s day – a bus will leave the airport at 12noon, Saturday 20 May Open registrations - the bus will leave the airport at 2pm Sunday 21st May The return bus will leave Wainui at 1pm Saturday 27th May.
Please arrange your flight arrival and departure times to catch these buses. When booking return flights, please leave 2 hours to get to the airport before your check-in time. Buses also stop in Halswell if you are travelling from Christchurch. The cost is $25.00 each way.
Accommodation inclusive of food
● Bunkroom (men only max 12 beds) $490 ● 4-bed bunkrooms (shared) with en suite $515 ● Twin occupancy with en suite $775 ● Single occupancy with en suite $900
Single occupancy is limited so please book only if you have special health needs
● Self arranged accommodation off site $350
Linen can be hired if you wish $25.00. This includes a pillow, pillowcase, sheets, duvet, and towel. Pillows are not otherwise provided but you can hire one for $5.00
Meals are vegetarian, made with fresh produce and cooked on-site with love and care. Please bring extra protein or snacks if you need additional protein or food between meals. Standard tea will be supplied. Please bring your own coffee/specialty/herbal teas. There is a $30 additional charge for special dietary requirements eg - gluten/dairy free
Internet: The Ren Xue Life Development Trust, Acc.# 03 1355 0650 146 00 Cheques : The Ren Xue Life Development Trust, C/- 107 Haycock Rd, RD1 Richmond, 7081 Full payment is required 30 days before the retreat (or by special arrangement).
Full refund is payable up to 30 days before the retreat. 50% refund payable up to 7 days before the retreat. Non-refundable after that.
The retreat is run by teachers entirely on a voluntary basis. Donations recognise their contributions and those of the Ren Xue Life Development Trust to provide the retreats and to give ongoing support to teachers and Ren Xue activities.
Donations can be made before and after the retreat on the Ren Xue Australasia website (see our "Donate" page) or at the retreat through Val Swatridge. If you wish to make a donation, please take your personal circumstances into account. Note all donations are tax deductible.
There will be medical professionals available to support those with medical conditions butwill not be carrying medical equipment or medication. Support will include counselling, emotional support, and general advice but not medical care. Should you be advised you need medical care you will need to leave the retreat and seek medical services in Christchurch. Please take care to fully complete the questions about your medical conditions on the registration form. It is essential to bring all medication and medical equipment that you require for your personal care and self-administration to the retreat.
For further enquiries contact
● Val Swatridge: P: 027 2865431 E: firstname.lastname@example.org