Quiescent Chi Kung Weekend

 
Modern life emphasises speed, complexity and achievement. These are all yang activities. When we emphasise only the Yang aspect of ourselves it creates disharmony in our lives. The result is often confused thought, over-thinking, frustration and a general sense of agitation. We can never completely ‘come down’. In fact, we often have no awareness of the state we are in until we experience the opposite. This way of living can cause the body’s organs to run too fast cause heat leading to internal damage over a long period of time. This is very clearly reflected in my clinical experience. At some point, the Yang starts to dwindle, becomes worn out, it may even flip over into the opposite manifestation – cold.

So to avoid this state of affairs we need to balance Yang activities with Yin activities. This law is also reflected in exercise regimes that over-emphasise muscle compression and development. These activities need to be balanced with stretching the muscles and opening the joints if our bodies are not to become stiff and contracted, inhibiting the free circulation of Qi and blood.

Why attend a Quiescent Chi Kung Weekend? 

This weekend is designed as an antidote to the modern pace of life, giving us a punctuation to be able to see just how tense we have been and not noticed it. We will also experience just how deeply relaxed we can become. We will experience a state in which we can more rationally reflect upon the course of our lives.


Who should attend?

Absolute beginners interested in developing a calm focused mind

Chi Kung students interested in developing their knowledge of this ancient health art further

T’ai Chi students who wish to improve their T’ai Chi through this unique Chi Kung practice


Weekened Workshop Details

The event will be held at the peaceful venue of Rosewell Shiatsu Centre, which is located in the middle of beautiful countryside.

Date to be advised. 


Workshop Components

Supine Relaxation:

Relaxation is a state in which the body uses very little physical energy. It allows the release of the chronic tension many of us carry without realising it.  It is restorative and feels good.  Maximum relaxation is only possible if the body is supine.

Standing Relaxation:

Our ability to maintain this relaxed state will foster a calmer mental state which will, in turn, require less energy to maintain.  Muscles that are not required, either to hold a posture or perform a task, are completely relaxed.At a very practical level; if we are able to maintain a certain level of physical relaxation in our daily lives; even whilst we are standing, sitting or walking, we can learn (or, more to the point, re-learn) to use only the absolute minimum amount of energy required.

The cumulative effect will be increased resilience to the ups and downs of life and greater reserves of energy.

Partner exercises help us to understand where we are holding tension by providing independent feedback.


Meditation:


There are many forms of meditation, we will practice; sitting, standing, walking and eating meditation, but they all have one thing in common - they focus on quietening the busy mind. The intention is not to remove stimulation but rather to direct your concentration to one healing element - one sound, one word, one image, or one's breath.

When the mind is "filled" with the feeling of calm and peace, it cannot take off on its own and worry, stress out, or get depressed.



Communing With Nature:


Learn to truly see, hear, smell and engage with all that surrounds us.Become aware of our environment, feel what it is truly like to live in the moment and connect with the natural world.

Become aware of something infinitely vaster than us.

 

Visualisations:

Practicing visualisation will; not only enhance our creativity and improve our intellectual dexterity, but will help us to formulate a clearer picture of our goals.   In all, our improved ability to visualise will enhance our motivation and increase our effectiveness.

Reflective Practice:

Reflective Practice is ‘the capacity to reflect on our actions and engage in a process of continuous learning’.

By observing our thoughts and feelings, as if from the outside, our ability to learn about ourselves is enhanced making it possible to reach a greater level of self awareness and understanding.  The greater our level of self understanding the more we are likely to have a better life experience.

The question of how best to learn from experience has wide relevance and involves paying critical attention to the practical values and theories which inform everyday actions, by examining practice reflectively and reflexively.

Sweat Lodge (optional):

A sweat lodge involves building a structure out of available willow, which is then covered, usually with blankets.  There is a door flap and once closed the interior is pitch black.  A fire is built outside the lodge; stones are heated and taken into the interior of the lodge where they are placed at its centre.  Water is sprinkled on the stones to create steam and herbs can be placed onto the hot stones to release their aroma and active properties.

The idea of using heat and steam to "sweat out" impurities has long had a place in many different cultures.  The Native American Sweat Lodge is just one example; steam baths were popular in Ancient Greece and were later adopted by the Romans.  The purpose of a sweat lodge is to cleanse, purify, clear old non-serving energy, and to be reborn out of the dark circle of the lodge.   A sweat lodge detoxifies the body by stimulating blood circulation and causing you to sweat out impurities.  Those who participate in the sweat lodge find themselves rejuvenated and re-energised coming out feeling whole.

Traditionally participants are naked, as we remove our clothes so we are stripped of our masks and brought back to our most basic selves; this allows a level of honesty and self expression seldom experienced in our modern society.  Whilst some would find this uncomfortable it should be noted that once built the interior of the lodge is pitch black, and a sarong or towel can be used when entering or leaving.

There is no extra charge for the Sweat Lodge.  Participation by the whole group is optional indeed the decision on whether to participate can be left until the last minute depending on how individuals feel on the day. 

            

Accomodation:

The Training Hall is quite spacious and will be available to sleep in on Saturday night.  However, for those who wish to sleep outside there is an open area adjacent to the car park where you are welcome to either pitch a tent or simply bed down and enjoy sleeping under the magnificent canopy of stars.

You will need to bring:

  • Notepad and pen – participants need not share their reflections unless they so wish, so you can be honest and open with yourself without fear of disclosure.
  • A sleeping mat & sleeping bag or bedding.
  • For those who wish to sleep outside a tent, although it will be summer so a tent may not be necessary.
  • Food for snacking and lunch on Sunday.
  • A sarong or large towel for the Sweat Lodge.

Weekend Workshop Fees

If you book & pay before (TBA) you will qualify for the discounted price of £99.00.

Or pay the full £120.00 with a none refundable deposit of £50 being required by (TBA) to secure a booking and the remaining £70.00 payment to be made by (TBA).

We have been offered an opportunity to have a Zen Lunch on Saturday which can form part of our meditation practice.  Not only will you be able to see and appreciate the ingredients growing, and being harvested, but you will be able to ask questions on their preparation after lunch.

The Zen Lunch is optional.  For those who wish to participate the cost will be £5.00, please let us know when you book.  Alternatively you can click Here to book online for your Zen Lunch.

For those who do not wish to participate in the Zen Lunch, there is a shop in the village where you will be able to purchase food.

The Fee includes:

  • The Sweat Lodge
  • Dinner prepared for you and served by the centre, on Saturday evening.
  • Also included is breakfast, porridge and bread/toast, on Sunday morning.
  • There will be a selection of teas available throughout our stay.

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Payment methods:   Cash, cheque or credit card.

Paypoints:  Credit card payments via this website; in person at weekly classes or at our clinic on Moor Lane; by post to 41 Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9AE.

Please make cheques payable to Sean Barkes 

Special Offer:

Introduce a friend* and get your own fee half price!

Introduce a friend and you pay £180 instead of £240!

 *offer open to all people bringing a friend who is new to Lifestyles Healing and Martial Arts. Payment to be made via a single transaction for both attendees in advance of the workshop to take advantage of this offer.

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I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Sean Barkes

Chief Instructor