Four 5-day Tai Chi – Qigong Intensive workshop With Qigong Master Terry Dunn

Sep 25, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019

Expert Tai Chi instructor and Qigong Master Instructor Terry Dunn will be giving a total of four five-day intensive workshops in October 2019 at Eastover Estate:  two 5-day workshops will be conducted to prepare students for his teacher Grandmaster William C.C. Chen’s week-long Tai Chi intensive October 11th – 15th;  the third and fourth five-day workshops will provide follow-up training and refinement to further establish the training given by Grandmaster Chen.  Thus Tai Chi enthusiasts—beginners and advanced players alike– will have the option to take five, ten, fifteen, twenty or twenty-five days instruction from Grandmaster Chen or Terry Dunn or both.

Besides learning the 60-posture form of Grandmaster William Chen, students who are ready will also learn the applications of the Form for self-defense, receive an introduction to Push-hands, which is the laboratory for learning the martial applications of Tai Chi, and also learn the  Yang style straight sword form. The five hours of intensive Form training each day will be balanced by and Dunn’s extraordinary lessons in evening sessions in Tao Tan Pai Nei Kung and Flying Phoenix Celestial Healing Qigong, two very different Taoist monastic systems of Qigong that he has mastered, but both of which are shaped to not just complement Tai Chi practice, but to accelerate development in Tai Chi Chuan.

Tuition

TBD

Schedule

Day
Time/Activity

February 15, 2019

Arrival Day

3:00pm Arrival

Days In Between

Full Day Schedule

Check Out Day

Noon check out

Teacher

Lin Gordon has been practicing insight meditation in the last eight years under the guidance of Jonathan Foust (a senior guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington), Mark Coleman from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, as well as various teachers at the New York Insight Meditation Center.  In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of mindfulness practices to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude.

In the last three years, Lin was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation practices to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, resilience and connection with a larger world that we are part of.  Our human-centric worldview dissolves, and we realize we are but a small part of a greater intelligence and the universe.  She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017 and has since taught in New York Insight Meditation Center..

Besides meditation, Lin is a certified reiki practitioner and currently participating in a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.  She is certified in wilderness first aid.  Out in the world, she has been a digital marketer for the last 17 years, and currently serve as a board member of the New York Insight Meditation Center.

She holds a BA in East Asian Studies and Political Science from Barnard College, and an MBA from NYU.

Lee Steppacher has a deep meditation practice over 25 years, and has a combination of skills and interests that draw her to offering mindfulness in nature retreats .  She gravitated to the direct simplicity of the Vipassana (or Insight meditation practice) tradition, and was fortunate to live near Insight Meditation Society where she has been going to annual retreats.  She has been a long-time practitioner of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center community.

She recently completed a two-year “Awake in the Wild” Nature Meditation Teacher Training program with Mark Coleman from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and continues to be inspired and guided by Mark’s work in bringing mindfulness into nature.   Lee had a fulfilling career in environmental planning and protection with both Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Park Service, where she was responsible for resource-based watershed protection for various locations in New England.  Since retirement, Awake in the Wild has enabled Lee to bring her meditation practice and environmental knowledge together in a meaningful way.

Lee lives in Vermont and enjoys guiding people through the woods and fields nearby, sharing these practices that help one to connect more deeply with themselves and the world of which we are all a part.  Lee also maintains a massage practice where she focuses on working with the elderly, ill and dying.

Food

Our menus are based on group preferences and budget. We offer delicious, balanced vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals which typically include raw salads and hot vegetable dishes. Upon request, we will gladly prepare unseasoned blanched or steamed dishes for lunch and dinner. We easily accommodate gluten/dairy free needs, and many of our seasonings and oils are provided on the side for guests to season meals to taste. Several rooms have refrigerators, so guests are welcome to bring food that suit their needs if they have issues we cannot accommodate. Please note that we are unable to reduce meal costs due to food allergies.

Payment Policy

A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Other than the deposit, no fees are incurred if cancelled up to 7 days after reservation date.
50% of the total cost is retained if cancelled less than 4 days prior to event.
The $50 deposit given at registration is non-refundable.

Testimonials

1. “ For years I have walked my dog kind of mindlessly in the woods every day. On this weekend, I experienced nature in a completely different and wonderful way. Lee has a deep understanding of how we humans interconnect with the earth. The beautiful images and feelings that were evoked have stayed with me as wander in the woods being so much more present, Lee is a gifted teacher and this retreat is a gift that everyone should give to themselves.”

2. “I was looking for an interesting meditation event. I found the event arranged by Lin in Central Park. It was such a beautiful experience. I have been meditating for a few years. I thought I know a little bit about meditation, but I realized I know so very little about the different ways to meditate and experience and feel. We did some amazing practices which really made me present and allowed me to experience things in new ways. The whole program was spectacular with the unique practices combined with reading so many poems which helped evoke the experience.

After attending the Central Park meditation I saw the day hike to Lake Awosting.  As someone who can get anxious, all anxiety and tension released as I walked through the beautiful surroundings guided in special ways of seeing, hearing, feeling and sensing.  Lin’s depth of experience and the way she present everything allows for very special things to happen. She brought with her another senior meditation teacher who was also amazing. Lin combines her own years of deep practice with a thoughtful and inspiring guidance. It comes across as very simple because she has gone very deep and share that experience with others.” – Testimonial from a park event and a hike

3. It was lovely to be outside with two thoughtful people (Lin and Lee) guiding our experience.  The hikes were not strenuous but we were not strolling either.  Being at the pond, the river, woods and/or meadows made for a new appreciation of the environment around us.  There were many varied elements so that if one type of experience didn’t speak to you, another did!  Between moon-gazing, watching the sun rise, and having a dharma talk around the fire, it made for a truly engaging and thought-full experience with the outside.” – Testimonial from a weekend retreat

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