Spring Retreat w Shaolin Sifu Guolin Shi

May 26, 2023 - May 28, 2023

Enjoy spring with a positive uplifting practice that cultivates internal energy, balances circulation and enhances overall energy. Diminish illnesses and disorders naturally and improve posture. Great for all ages and all levels.

Retreat dates for 2022.

May 26-28, 2023
November 17-19, 2023


$580 for shared rooms, $760 plus tax for a private room. Fees Include housing, meals, and workshop fee



May 26, 2023
Arrival Day


Days In Between

Full Day Schedule

Check Out Day
May 28, 2023



Guolin Shifu
Master Guolin was born into a Buddhist, martial arts family in Henan, China and has a strong heritage of Shaolin Kung Fu from his mother’s side. At age seven, he began his martial art training with his family. His grandfather would be one of his earliest and biggest influences. At age 15, he dedicated himself to Buddhism. One year later, Shifu left for Shaolin Temple, a pilgrimage he made by walking over 300 miles across China.

​At Shaolin Temple, he spent all his time practicing martial arts and Chan Buddhism. He was director of research where he collected China’s vast traditions and philosophies such as Five Elements theory, traditional Chinese medicine, Taoism, Confucianism and more. Shifu was recognized for his familiarity in many aspects of Chinese culture as well as the ability to combine the applications of Chan Buddhism and martial arts. He was named a Transmission Disciple in 1985 of Venerable Shi Yongxin who was in 2000 inaugurated as the 30th abbot of Shaolin Temple. This made him the abbot’s successor of the 34th generation of the Shaolin tradition.

In 1988, Shifu was one of the first Shaolin monks to teach at the Shaolin Wushu Guan, the world’s biggest martial arts training facility. It was opened by the Chinese government to spread Shaolin Kung Fu and help finance the restoration and preservation of the Shaolin Temple and its traditions. From 1989-1991, Shifu won the highest award at China’s National Shaolin Kungfu Festival. He earned the title “Iron Arhat” (for his advanced iron shirt qigong skill) and “Shaolin Hero” (attributed only to Shaolin’s highest level). During this time, Shifu went on demonstration trips to Japan and Thailand, but always wanted to stay close to Shaolin Temple.

​In 1992, Shifu lead a demonstration team to the U.S. to introduce Shaolin Kung Fu. In 1995, he founded the Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters in Flushing, NY. Fascinated by the diversities of culture and religion in the United States, Shifu believes that Shaolin heritage can benefit everyone. In September of 2013, he began teaching at the new Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters in East Northport (Long Island) New York.

​Today, no longer a monk, Shifu Guolin continues as a secular disciple to share Shaolin traditional culture by providing the unique Unity of Chan and Body way of teaching. That is, strengthening both the physical body and focused mind as one. All are welcome to experience Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong.


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.