2020 College of Tao Retreat, Friday dinner - Sunday evening
Gathering Qi Retreat, January 31-February 2, 2020, meals included $335. ***This fee does not include sleeping accommodation.***
The College of Tao retreat focuses on togetherness, healthy lifestyle, and restoring energy or chi.
Drs. Mao Shing Ni and Dashing Ni guide chi cultivation, meditation, I Ching and Feng Shui workshops, and even early morning walks.
Omni, now 103 years old, will give a teaching.
Guest lecturers will also speak.
Study groups are offered after dinner, as well as meditation under the stars.
Gourmet meals are light to facilitate Chi cultivation and energetic sensitivity, prepared by culinary master Stefania Leodori. Vegan and gluten free options available.
Water Track Expertise and Mastery/ meditation Thursday 1/30 and Friday 1/31
Taoist Meditation with Dr. Mao Shing Ni and Olivia Rosewood representing College of Tao's International Taoist Meditation Institute. May be taken with Wood track. See schedule for time frames.
***this fee does not include overnight housing***
The International Taoist Meditation Institute offers the unique combination of an ancient origin and a living lineage through the Ni family. The credibility of Taoist meditation is unsurpassed, with thousands of years of history/case studies and modern science documenting its effectiveness. This intensive offers a deepening of meditation practice, and allows for the guidance and support of a living mentor. There is nothing that can replace a living meditation guide in your world, of your world, and present in your process of deepening meditation.
Taoist meditation practices balance the body, mind, & spirit, deepening peace, personal power, and clarity. Supported by thousands of years of case studies and several decades of modern scientific evidence, Taoist meditation practice offers an unparalleled experience of oneself as not only the drop of water in the ocean, but also the ocean in the drop of water.
Taoist meditation philosophy is beautifully unique in its view of not only the human being in harmony, but the human being in harmony with all of existence.
Traditional Taoist meditation practice includes the universe, our environment, and our world in meditation, releasing the human being from egoic isolation and welcoming our symbiotic, harmonious co-evolution with all of creation.
This living lineage, passed down through generations for thousands of years, supplies the wisdom required to give a complete answer and thorough, specific clarification.
The Taoist tradition emphasizes dialogue with a living teacher to be certain there is a complete understanding of practices and philosophy. Through questioning, inquiries, navigation of challenges, and application of meditation practice to daily life, a living teacher confirms your thorough understanding, emboldening your life and meditation practice.
Dr. Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D, ABAAHP, 38th generation Taoist meditator and healer, oversees the sacred meditation teachings of his family with care. The living lineage of the Ni family is a thriving treasure of spiritual wisdom and depth. Sharing these practices with meditators is a gift to the individual, and also a gain to the world. Every living being benefits from inner & outer peace.
"Everyone you meet is a work in progress, including yourself." - Dr. Mao
Dr. Olivia Rosewood, Doctor of Divinity, facilitates the passage of these teachings to meditation students with the utmost integrity. A meditation guide for more than twenty years, under her careful guidance, maintaining the wholeness, beauty, eternal truth, and effectiveness of these ancient practices is achievable with every sincere meditator.
Wood Track Expertise and Mastery / Bagua with Arnold Tayam, may be taken with Water
Wood Track Expertise & Mastery / Bagua with Arnold Tayam, Thursday 1/30 and Friday 1/31,may be taken with water. First session begins at 8 AM each day. See schedule for more information.
***This fee does not include sleeping accommodation.***
Arnold E. Tayam, Professor, Doctor of Medical Qigong and Director of The Longevity Center, guides this practice from the Bagua Wudang Mountain tradition.
Based on the I Ching, The Book of Changes. This classic is the master template for the original culture of China. The Chinese healing arts develop the Qi, or vital life force energy, which flows through a network of energetic pathways and points, yielding a number of potential health benefits. Stress reduction, strengthened digestion, improved immune function, increased energy, and the balancing of the body, mind, emotions and spirit, are just some of the rich rewards awaiting the one who diligently practices.
Through this practice, we harmonize our inner nature with the outer nature by listening to the elements of the Universe. By following the Way of nature, our true Master, we transform our essence, energy and spirit to become one, dissolving into the Infinite.
Earth track Expertise & Mastery w/Stefania Leodori, Thursday 1/30 & Friday 1/31, may not be combined with other tracks except for main retreat
Earth track Expertise & Mastery w/Stefania Leodori, Thursday 1/30 & Friday 1/31, may not be combined with other tracks except for main retreat.
***This fee does not include sleeping accommodation.***
This Culinary course involves hands on food preparation for attendees of the retreat Thursday & Friday. Prepare alongside master chef Stefania Leodori. Chef Stefania grew up assisting her mother in Italy in the style of Cucina Italiana. They served big parties thrown by Federico Fellini, among other celebrated artists. Her culinary expertise adds depth of flavor to the Ni lineage method of preparing food like medicine. Recipes will be based on Dr. Mao's Secrets of Longevity cookbook. You will have breaks, but prepare to spend several hours each day in the kitchen. 9 AM-5 PM Thursday and Friday.
Fire Track Expertise & Mastery / Infinichi Energy Healing with Edward Sullivan, Level 1 open to all
Fire Track Expertise & Mastery / Infinichi Energy Healing with Edward Sullivan, Level 1 open to all. May not be combined with other Expertise & Mastery tracks. ***This fee does not include sleeping accommodation.***
Also called "acupuncture without needles", this form of balancing and harmonizing energy allows the body to heal itself naturally. Taught by Edward Sullivan, this course is Thursday and Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM.