Mulan Quan (Orchid Fist) Tai Chi with Alexia Rees
Mulan Quan (Orchid Fist) is the only major Tai Chi style developed by a woman master exclusively for women. Although the style is new to America, its health benefits have attracted thousands of followers throughout China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Based on Hua Jia Quan, an ancient martial art featuring dance movements, this style is both powerful and feminine at the same time. Mulan Quan is beautiful to watch; it is a meditative dance through which the practitioner develops gracefulness, poise, strength, balance and flexibility, and is highly effective for rebalancing, quieting and focusing the mind.
In this 3-day immersive workshop, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of this unique style, the 24-posture basic Mulan Quan form, as well as the short Fan form. The basic form serves as a powerful daily practice, as well as a foundation for learning Mulan Quan Fan and Sword forms.
Each session during the three days will open with gentle QiGong (vital energy gathering) warm-ups, followed by instruction on the form. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a solid foundation and will be able to practice at home on their own.
On the register page, tuition, accommodations, and meals are included in these room prices.
Couples king and queen are for 2 people.
4 PM: Check-in
6:30 PM: Dinner
7:30 – 9 PM: Introduction to Workshop
Days In Between
8 – 9 AM: Breakfast
9 AM – 12 PM: Class
12:30 -1:30 PM: Lunch
2 – 5 PM: Class
6 PM: Dinner
7 – 9 PM: Teaching Assistant or Self-Practicing Class
Check Out Day
8 – 9 AM: Breakfast
9 – 11:30 AM: Class
12 – 1 PM: Lunch
Alexia Rees is a longtime practitioner and teacher of QiGong (vital energy gathering) and Mulan Quan, a feminine Tai Chi style that incorporates ancient dance movements. Mulan Quan has only recently been introduced in the West, and Ms. Rees trained with a direct disciple (Ying Meifeng, of Shanghai) of this unique style’s founder.
Born into a musical family in Russia, Ms. Rees studied classical music at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. After Emigrating to the United States Ms. Rees and her family settled in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, bordering Chinatown. It was at that time that Ms. Rees was first introduced and became fascinated with the graceful, highly disciplined, meditative practice of Tai Chi and QiGong, which soon became an integral part of her life.
Ms. Rees has been a Tai Chi core faculty member at Omega Institute since 2010, as well as a private Tai Chi instructor in the Greater New York Area since 2005. In addition to her Tai Chi practice, Ms. Rees performs as a classical piano soloist and in chamber music festivals, and has enjoyed a vibrant teaching career as a private piano instructor and an early childhood educator.
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.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.
Other than 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.
“I just wanted to let you know how profoundly affected I was by Master Li’s workshop on Wednesday. I didn’t realize how powerful the effects of the practice were until the next morning, when I was aware that I was actually able to be “present” in the moment in a way I have rarely been able to do. My worries and concerns did not press upon me as they usually do and I was able to contemplate tasks ahead without leaning toward them or worrying about getting them done. It was a profound feeling of calm and contentment. I was also able to look at a couple of problems from a higher altitude of compassion and acceptance… just kind of rising above them instead of being enmeshed and fighting them in my mind.”
Anonymous Former Workshop Attendee