Qigong Retreat: Movement, Energy & Meditation – Sept. 2017

  • Ananda Center Laurelwood Ananda Center Laurelwood
  • Sep 22 - 24, 2017 (3 days)
  • Contentment - 2 bedroom apt. w/ living & dining room, kitchen and bath - $535.00 Deluxe Room - Queen bed w/ private bath (no shower) - $385.00 Men's Private Room - $325.00 Men's Shared Room - $275.00 Pet-Friendly Room -…

About us

This weekend retreat will explore the ancient Chinese healing art of Qigong (chi kung). “Qi” (or “chi”) means “life energy” and “gong” (or “kung”) means “skill gained through practice”. The simple, accessible movements of qigong use posture, breath and mental focus to help us feel, develop, direct and balance the flow of life energy in our bodies.

In this retreat, you will learn:

  • how to feel qi moving in your body
  • the structure of your energy body
  • the connection between posture, breath and mental focus
  • a simple qigong form to cultivate and balance your qi
  • qigong as a meditation and spiritual practice
  • how to apply qigong principles to other forms of movement

This practical, experiential retreat will engage both your mind and body. Qigong forms are slow and gentle and accessible to most people. They can even be adapted and performed sitting in a chair. But like any form of exercise, it is advisable to check with your doctor before starting a new program of physical fitness.

Your instructor, David Seybert, was privileged to learn taiji and qigong from the first-generation American students of several traditional Chinese Taoist masters, including Cheng Man Ching, Jou Tsung Hwa and Marshall Ho. He is also practices kriya yoga in the lineage of Paramhansa Yogananda. He finds that taiji and qigong are very complementary to his yoga and meditation practice. All 4 disciplines work with the same fundamental building blocks of posture, breath, subtle energy, inner stillness and mental focus.



Retreat Weekend Schedule


4:00 – 6:00 pm Check-in, Harmony Hall lobby

4:45 – 6:00 pm Yoga postures & meditation (optional), Expansion Hall movement room

6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner – Green Hill Cafe, Harmony Hall

7:30 – 9:00 pm Introduction & guided meditation, Expansion meditation room


6:30 – 8:00 am Group meditation (optional), Harmony chapel


6:30 – 8:00 am Yoga postures & meditation (optional), Expansion movement room

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast (in silence until 8:30)

10:00 – 10:30 am Sensing energy in your body, Expansion movement room

10:30 – 11:15 am 8-Posture Energy Balancing Form (1-4), Expansion movement room

11:15 – 11:30 am Break

11:30 – 12:15 pm 8-Posture Energy Balancing Form (5-8), Expansion movement room

12:45 – 1:30 pm Lunch – Green Hill Cafe, Harmony Hall

2:00 – 3:15 pm 8-Posture Energy Balancing Form, (review 1-8), Expansion movement room

3:15 – 3:30 pm Break

3:15 – 3:45 pm “Standing post” qigong & walking meditation (Outdoors, weather permitting)

3:45 – 4:15 pm Sitting meditation (Expansion meditation room)

4:45 – 6:00 pm Yoga postures & meditation (optional), Expansion movement room

6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner – Green Hill Cafe, Harmony Hall

7:30 – 8:30 pm Guided Meditation w/ sound & visualization, Expansion meditation room


6:30 – 8:00 am Yoga postures & meditation (optional), Expansion movement room

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast (in silence until 8:30)

10:00 – 11:15 8-Posture Energy Balancing review & corrections, Expansion movement room

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:00 Standing and sitting meditation, Expansion meditation room

12:00 – 12:45 Q & A, Expansion meditation room

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch

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