Qigong Practice and Study Retreat
Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael
August 13–18, 2013
The goal of this program is to teach people how to read a sacred text using both the deciphering method and the hermeneutical (text-listening) methods and integrate the Daoist philosophy of health with the practice of qigong.
In this five-day retreat we will have an opportunity to deepen the practice of qigong through studying the texts of the Daoist arts of health and longevity. In the study sessions we will take sections of Daoist texts and show how they encode qigong practices. In the practice sessions, we will take qigong forms and show how they can help us understand the text. There will also be daily meditation sessions for instilling a state of mind that is conducive to contemplative study.
Prerequisites for the program: Qigong levels 1-5.
Note that this program is NOT a prerequisite for any qigong levels. However, it can be used to fulfill a requirement for maintaining acceptance and continuation of level 6 qigong.
REQUIRED TEXT: Teachings of the Tao , translated by Eva Wong. Please bring the text in regular book form or e-book form to the retreat.
Qigong- Eva Wong, author and translator of 13 books on the Taoist arts of health, meditation, and qigong, is the 19th generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism and 3rd generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of the Yiquan martial arts and Zhangshuan (standing qigong).
Fengshui- Eva Wong is a practitioner of several systems of traditional Chinese Fengshui, including Kanyu (land form), Xuankong (Flying Stars), Sanyuan (Three Periods), and Sanhe (Three Combinations). She consults in the Fengshui of residences, commercial enterprises, and spiritual practice centers worldwide. She is also the author of over 13 books on Taoism. Her Fengshui books are: Fengshui: The Ancient Wisdom of Harmonious Living for Modern Times and A Master Course in Fengshui.
Divination- Eva Wong is a lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism, a lineage that specializes in qigong as well as divination and the study of the I Ching.
Acharya Dale Asrael leads retreats and meditation programs internationally. She was appointed Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala International by Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. Dale studies qigong with, and has been authorized to teach by, Daoist lineage-holder Eva Wong. Dale is an Associate Professor at Naropa University, in the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Master of Divinity programs. She is the founder and teacher of Naropa’s Mindfulness Instructor Training program.