Taoist Meditation & Qigong March-April 2020

 

In 2020 I’m delighted to share versatile, enjoyable practices from ancient Taoist wisdom for your harmony, resilience and self-empowerment. These ancient tools for internal alchemy are of great benefit in our modern lives, helping us to transform stress into vitality. As soon as we begin to learn them we can feel the effects, and as the years go past and we develop our practice, they become even more profound. I’m grateful to my teachers and for the opportunity to share these wonderful practices with you.

Combining meditation, Qigong and other exercises, self-massage, Taoist philosophy and its practical application in our daily lives, the workshops are for adults of any age and gender, and are suitable whether you’re new to meditation or have been practising for years. For more details and benefits see below, and feel free to contact me on 07944 872332 or email liz@surrey-shiatsu.co.uk with any questions.

The workshops will be held in Send, near Ripley and Woking in Surrey, and the dates are:

Step 1 – Foundations: 14th & 15th March 2020
Step 2 –  Healing Love: 28th & 29th March 2020
Step 3 –  The Power of Fusion: 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th April 2020

Deep Dive Discount: Book 2 workshops and receive 10% off, or book all 3 for 20% off.
To support you in making a commitment to yourself, I’m offering a saving in honour of your intention to learn, grow and increase your happiness.
Deep Dive Discounts
Steps 1 & 2 –  10% off – £333 (normally £370, save £37)
Steps 1, 2 & 3 – 20% off – £592 (normally £740, save £148)
Reserve your place today by emailing liz@surrey-shiatsu.co.uk or call 07944 872332.
Your place is confirmed when you make payment by bank transfer or cheque in advance.

Or start with Step 1 one weekend, many benefits!
Step 1 – £185 – Reserve your place today by emailing liz@surrey-shiatsu.co.uk or call 07944 872332. Your place is confirmed when you make payment by bank transfer or cheque in advance.
If you then decide to continue your journey and deepen your practice, you can have 10% off Steps 2 & 3 when booked together (£499.50, usually £555, save £55.50).

For an introduction, join me in January 2020 for an experiential talk introducing Taoist Meditation & Qigong. There are two opportunities to dip a toe into the Tao, ask questions, and experience guided meditation and movement. 

Wednesday 22nd January, 7.30pm-9pm
St Michael’s The Sanctuary, 4A Church Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 2AS
Free entry, donations welcome.
&
Thursday 23rd January, 8pm-9pm (refreshments from 7.30pm)
Complementary Health & Therapies group, Christ Church Hall (URC), Epsom Road, Leatherhead KT22 8ST.
Tickets £6 on the door.

Step 1: Foundations (Open to everyone), Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March

This is where we start! The journey begins with immediately effective practices. These foundations support us right here and now, and continue to give us grounding no matter how far and high we travel in future. We’ll be cultivating energy and emotional harmony in order to live a less stressful and more enjoyable life. Come along to experience self-compassion and self-empowerment in action, and learn tools you can use every day.

This weekend is open to everyone, whether you’re completely new to meditation and Qigong or have years of experience. The meditations and practices are also perfect CPD and supportive resources for massage practitioners, body workers, energy workers, carers, martial artists, athletes and performers. Taoist practice helps us us replenish our energy, let go of stress, understand ourselves and improve our performance on all levels, balancing giving with receiving.

Through experience, practice, Q&A and sharing you’ll learn to transform stress into vitality by:
Meditating to restore emotional harmony and enhance positive feelings.
Cultivating, circulating and storing chi or energy, and understanding how to avoid depletion.
Moving your body in Qigong for strength and flexibility.

This weekend is open to adults of any age and gender. Please read the T&C to check that these meditations and physical practices will suit you, and contact me with any questions before booking. To book your place email liz@surrey-shiatsu.co.uk or call 07944 872332 (payment is by bank transfer or cheque in advance). See above for Deep Dive Discount options.

Join me on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March from 10am-5pm daily and learn:

  • Warm-up & chi self-massage to improve blood flow and detoxification, connect to the meridians and pressure points, and energise the body
  • Iron Shirt Qigong & Push hands for grounding, body awareness, strength and flexibility
  • Inner Smile meditation, connecting to the vital organs with self-compassion
  • Six Healing Sounds meditation, replacing inner stress with inner harmony
  • Microcosmic Orbit meditation for energy cultivation and preparation for the higher practices in Steps 2 & 3
  • Taoist breathing & Kidney Breathing, warming and energising
  • Introduction to Taoist 5 Element Theory & practical applications for everyday life

Step 2: Healing Love (Step 1 is pre-requisite), Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March

Sexual energy is a powerful creative force, and is an important part of Taoist practice as it enhances our meditation and Qigong, and makes life more blissful. This weekend workshop will teach you to cultivate, circulate and store sexual energy, to integrate it into Foundation practices, and will add the next level of Taoist practice for your development. Enjoy more creativity, vitality, sexual health and self-love.

The focus is on solo cultivation; the individual practice of Taoist tantra ( there will be a presentation about dual cultivation or sharing the practices and harmonising with a partner, and a discussion of this level of practice). There are benefits for all ages, from enhancing orgasm, stamina, sensitivity and connection to avoiding energy depletion through specific practices for men (the Big Draw or internal orgasm/semen retention) and women (the Upward Draw and other practices for a harmonious menstrual cycle, menopause or second spring, and beyond).

This is a fully-clothed workshop with no sexual contact. You don’t need any previous experience of tantra or other sexual energy work, but you do need to have attended Step 1. People in relationships and single people are equally welcome, as all can benefit from the enhanced vitality that working with sexual energy brings to our meditation, physical health, personal development, creativity and enjoyment of life.

This weekend is open to adults of any age and gender. Please read the T&C to check that these meditations and physical practices will suit you, and contact me with any questions before booking. To book your place email liz@surrey-shiatsu.co.uk or call 07944 872332 (payment is by bank transfer or cheque in advance). See above for Deep Dive Discount options.

Join me on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March from 10am-5pm daily for:

  • Reviewing and mastering the Foundation practices before adding the Healing Love practices
  • Qigong with integrated meditation and breath work, warm-up and chi self-massage for grounding, awakening and body awareness
  • Completing the Microcosmic Orbit meditation
  • Ovarian / Testicle Breathing and Compression, cultivating sexual chi/energy,
  • The Upward Draw / Big Draw, recycling and replenishing sexual chi
  • Understanding the benefits of sexual energy practices, and the differences between men and women’s practices, finding your own way
  • Information about Taoist tantra and dual cultivation/practice with a partner, including harmonising the breath
  • A glimpse into Fusion, the next stage of Taoist practice

NB: This is a fully-clothed workshop with no sexual contact. I will be teaching sexual energy practices for solo cultivation, with a presentation about and discussion of Taoist sexual practices in partnership, or dual cultivation.
Physical contact during the workshop, for example when I correct Qigong postures, or when we connect hands to experience chi/energy, will be non-sexual and fully-clothed. The focus is on individual experience in an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect. Your boundaries are important so feel free to contact me before the workshop if there is anything you would like to ask or tell me.

Step 3: The Power of Fusion (Steps 1 & 2 are pre-requisite), Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April

The Power of Fusion brings to life the Shamanic origins of Taoist meditation and practice. Through Fusion we are working to clear not just the emotions or issues arising in the moment, but more persistent energetic patterns or past stresses. It’s an effective way to let go of emotional burdens and transform negative emotions into positive.As in all Taoist practices we’re cultivating self-compassion and self-empowerment, but now journeying deeper into ourselves and expanding our consciousness to embrace our energetic and spiritual potential.

In the physical realm, having grounded ourselves with Qigong we’ll flow into the moving meditation of Tai Chi with an introduction to a beautiful form. At this workshop you’ll learn to integrate what you’ve learned on Steps 1 & 2 into a versatile, holistic practice enabling you to respond to life with more ease.

This weekend is open to adults of any age and gender. Please read the T&C to check that these meditations and physical practices will suit you, and contact me with any questions before booking. To book your place email liz@surrey-shiatsu.co.uk or call 07944 872332 (payment is by bank transfer or cheque in advance). See above for Deep Dive Discount options.

Join me from 3rd-6th April (11am-6pm on 3rd then 10am-5pm daily) for:

  • Reviewing and mastering Healing Love practices before beginning Fusion
  • Qigong with integrated practices, warm-up and chi self-massage for grounding, awakening and body awareness
  • Forming the Pakua, Cauldron, and Pearl
  • Fusion for recycling negative emotions into positive energy for life
  • Entering Heaven’s Garden, Shamanic journeying meditation and meeting guides
  • Forming the Energy Body
  • Opening the psychic channels; Thrusting, Belt, Bridge & Regulator
  • Clearing and protecting our body, senses and space
  • Tai Chi, an introduction to meditation in motion
  • Integrating the practices and understanding how to live your Tao, your way

T&C for all these workshops can be viewed as a pdf here: Tao T&C or on the T&C page of this website. 

My journey in the Tao: I first experienced Taoist meditation and practice in 2005 in preparation for my Shiatsu training with Kris North, learning the essentials of energy management and meditation on Step 1. Instantly feeling the benefit of the practices, I continued in Taoist training with Kris and with Anamarta Antunes. They received their training from Master Mantak Chia, who authorised them to teach and qualify Taoist Trainers. I attended and repeated Kris and Anamarta’s courses over the years while developing my career in Shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang and massage. On committing to Step 5 in 2016 I felt what a great privilege it would be to share the Tao and began working towards that, deepening my own practice along the way. I completed Tai Chi teacher training in 2016 and Qigong teacher training in 2017, became a Jade Circle® Ambassador in 2018, and in 2019 qualified as a Taoist Trainer.