Taiji, Qigong, & Sitting,
Long Retreat

FROM mid JanUARY, in Tuscany,
2022 & 2023

40 days living and practicing together

Join us for 40 days of daily training and communal living, in a charming house in Tuscany surrounded by nature. (Joining for less time is also a possibility.)

The house has a spacious & cozy practice room, big dining room/kitchen, all heated with a fire stove in each room. The house is solar powered and off the grid. Since it’s generally sunny, we manage to do most morning’s practices outside.

We’ll be sharing the tasks, as wood chopping, chicken feeding, cooking, and we’ll be practicing Taiji (Taichi), Qigong and sitting 5-6-7 hours per day (less in the weekends), studying teachings, getting to know each other, following videos from Master Waysun Liao, making bad jokes, watching cheesy konfu movies, and all that jazz. : )

Last year we had a full house throughout the 5 and a half weeks and it was a wonderful experience.

sunset in tuscany

Prices

Minimum contribution:

1 week – 200
2 weeks – 300€
3 weeks – 400€
4 weeks – 500€
5 weeks – 550€
40 days – 600€

That price includes:

  • Base rent for the house (but I’d like to give more : )
  • Fire wood (the whole house is heated with fire, and the hot water for the showers too) wood for the 40 days will cost us: 400 euro.
  • Gasoline for the generator (anything from USB chargers can be charged on solar power, but for laptops/projector to follow sessions by Master Liao, we will need some electricity from the generator.)
  • Room and food for Sarah/Fong Yi (who will be facilitating and guiding the sessions.)
  • Transport of Sarah, to and from Tuscany.
  • Learning material from Master Liao (videos and books)
Not included is the cost of the food, that should turn out to be 8 euro each per day, if people bring some oats, rice, and bits & pieces to contribute from home.

If you can give more,

that would be wonderful.
: )

If all goes well, those prices should cover expenses. They don’t cover my time leading the sessions, or admin/organizational, or website work.

I tried to keep the prices as low as possible to make it as accessible as possible. So that more kinds of pockets can participate.

Schedule

 14th Jan – ARRIVAL DAY, 24th Feb – DEPARTURE DAY

–Please arrive and leave on a Sunday if participating for less time–

(Schedule below will be adjusted and elastic as we pass time together)

 

8:30-9:30        Sitting Meditation

9:30-10:40      Breakfast

10:40-12:40    Taiji&Qigong

12:40-13:00    Self practice

14:30                Lunch (Silence ends, except for Tuesday – silent all day)

18:00-19:30    Taiji&Qigong

20:00               Dinner

Silent sitting before sleeping, either alone or in group

 

Photo Credits: Eli Gordon and Ingrid Otepka. Of the pictures above as well.

Silence

Except for during weekends, we will be in silence till lunch each day.

Tuesdays will be silent all day.

Weekends

During the weekends we only do 2 hours or so of guided practice.
Saturday we can sleep in a bit more, and enjoy some togetherness the previous evening if we feel : ).

We can also go for trips to the sea, mountains, and/or hot springs.
Sunday is arrival and departure day.

Sharing

We will have times for talking in a circle together about twice a week.
We found these very helpful.

Can be about our processes, learnings, passages from the Tao Te Ching, welcoming the new arrivals, saying goodbye… whatever comes : )

FAQ

What about participating for less than the 5 weeks?

If you are choosing to get specific dates off work, it would be ideal if you could arrive & leave on a Sunday, so we can pass the week with the same people. But if the dates you have are the dates you have, just stay as long as you can! Last year people that stayed a week felt that it was too less, so best would be to stay a minimum of two.

Will we be sharing rooms?

Yes. It is also possible for people to stay in their camper next to the house and river, but it will be cold… To have a look at the rooms you can check their website.

What if the retreat is canceled

due to Covid 19?

If the retreat has to be canceled, all payments will be refunded, minus 50 euros, to help cover some rent, since the house was booked, and some of the admin work that went into organising.
And in the case you get tested positive just before the retreat, we will refund you as much as we can as long as the costs are been covered.

How do I get there?

The next bigger city is Siena. There is a bus going from there to near to the house. Not on Sundays though, we can send you the bus schedule. Or pick you up if we have a car. You can fin directions HERE.

The nearest airport to Siena is Florence (FLR). You can also take a bus from Rome or a train from Bologna to Siena…

I also am organizing cars to pick people up from Siena. Sergiu, our beekeper grappa-maker Taiji Taxi driver, is at your service.

Is it for all levels?

Yes! All levels. Most people coming to this residency are people who have practiced with this system before, so if it’s your first time I’d advise coming from the first week if possible (whether your staying the whole lot or less).

How can I reserve my place?

Send in the minimum contribution suggested above for the period you wish to book, (5 weeks: 500 euro, 1 week: 200 euro). I will send you the bank details via email. Just fill in the form below!

Is there internet?

Phones generally have no network there. : ) But legend says that there are some random spots on the land where certain phone providers can work.
We can connect to WiFi from the garden of the next door house if really needed, but just from time to time. Or drive into town once in a while.

What Should I Bring?

• Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc. all with natural bio/organic ingredients)
• Cash in Euro
• Loose, comfortable clothes, slippers/thick socks for inside, hot water bottle for the night
• There are plenty pillows there, and some yoga mats, if it’s easy for you to bring would be good to bring a few extra mats.
• Foods for those with special dietary needs
• Flashlight
• USB cables to charge what you need to charge on the solar powered hubs. (To charge the computer and things like that we would need to turn on the generator)
• Notebook and pen
• Instruments : )

 

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Retreat with:

Sarah Tulivu

Sarah Tulivu / Fong Yi has been training in Taiji & Qigong and sitting meditation on a daily basis for 11 years. During that time about 6 years were passed in a Tao Temple and monastery, living a full-time monastic lifestyle. 

She was then advised by her main teacher, Master Waysun Laio, and Master Chang to leave the Tao Temple and carry the practice into life in the world – as her Temple, sharing the practice with those who cross her path.

“Carrying the practice in a life in the world has been a wonderful journey, filled with lessons, beauty, challenge, friendship and heart. It’s been a joy and honor to share the practice with some of the most incredible individuals I’ve ever met, and I look forward to delving deeper together.”

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