Daoist Studies Retreat
Longevity and Meditation Practices

Apr 19, 2024 - Apr 24, 2024

Experience Daoist Longevity practices and personal renewal. Learn how to nourish and rejuvenate the body for natural and lasting health.

There will be morning Qigong and Meditation outside in the surrounding meadow at Eastover. Classroom lectures will explain simple practical ways to rest and de-stress. Guided practice in basic foundation skills from the Daoist Healing arts, such as Microcosmic Orbit, Fusion of the 5 Elements, Walking and Tree meditations, 6 Healing Sounds, Sunrise and Sunset practice, and more .

Students will be introduced to Chi Nei Tsang – Ampuku self help routines for better emotional and physical digestion. We will discuss Jing, Chi and Shen and how to cultivate a balanced life experience and regain vitality. The I Ching and its profound guidance from Nature will be shared in a way that is intuitive and personal. Evening sessions will introduce Tao Yin; meridian stretching, and meditations for deep restorative sleep. Class times are 9am till 8pm, with 2 hour meal breaks.

Participants will come away with the ability to incorporate the information they have learned into a newer and healthier lifestyle. Beginners will find easy instruction and simple suggestions of how to develop a daily practice in the Daoist healing arts. Intermediate practitioners will enjoy the time to review and practice in an uninterrupted setting.

Daily practice, lectures and class discussions will enable participants to develop a deeper understanding of the harmonization of energies within the body and the universe.

$800 Workshop Tuition, payable to White Cloud Institute





April 20, 2024
Arrival Time: 4:00pm

Dinner: 6:30pm


Day 2

 9:00 am – 8:00pm

Qigong and Meditation practice, aligned with the Season. Lectures on Daoist foundation practices, Jing, chi and shen, and cultivating chi. Microcosmic Orbit meditation. Discussion of the 5 elemental phases and how this relates to the human body and Nature. How to find your “Second Spring”. Evening Tao Yin and Meditation

Day 2 Qigong and Meditation practice. Introduction to Chi Nei Tsang – Ampuku Abdominal massage and an Acupressure self care routine. Discussion of energetics and the meridians, internal anatomy, diet and movement for health. How does abdominal health relate to Breast Health, Mental Health and Healthy aging. What is Daoist 5 element eating? Evening Tao Yin and Meditation
Day 2 Qigong and Meditation practice. Being in Nature with the I Ching. Introduction to the art of Divination and how to use the I Ching Bagua and the 8 trigrams throughout the year for guidance. Evening Tao Yin and Meditation
Day 2 Qigong and Meditation practice. Daoist walking the tree meditation. Building on prior meditation practices into Fusion of the 5 elements, for Emotional and Physical balance. Daoist historical world view. Crafting your longevity plan to take home. Evening Tao Yin and Meditation
Departure Day Breakfast – Departure


Caryn Boyd Diel is the founder of White Cloud Institute. She incorporates more than 50 years of study in the areas of counseling, bodywork, and healing. Her teaching and training has taken her around the world. Caryn is a Senior Universal Healing Tao Instructor. She has enjoyed teaching Qigong and Meditation since 2000. She is the Author of “The Mountain Path” and “Sunrise, Daoist Practices for Women”, in addition to several DVDs, CDs and students’ workbooks. Caryn was recognized as a Senior Instructor of the Universal Healing Tao in 2014 by Master Mantak Chia in Switzerland. She has thoroughly studied and developed the Level 2 CNT materials to bring this powerful advanced course to students. She is currently writing the Ampuku; CNT level 2 instruction manual for students which will be published in 2023.


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

For lodging and meals, a $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.

For tuition, there is a non-refundable deposit of $75 at registration, tuition must be paid in full one month prior to the Retreat.

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.



I had tried yoga a few times in the past ten years, but it just didn’t seem to be a good fit for me – UNTIL I MET CAROLYN. She is WONDERFUL. Here’s why: She begins each class with a brief meditation, inviting us to bring mind, body and spirit to our practice. She exudes a calm, peaceful energy throughout the class. She is a patient teacher who respects individual limitations, encouraging our growth with soft, positive language and gentle adjustments. She’s never intrusive. She demonstrates advanced postures easily and with great flexibility, leading us (and inspiring us) into our own variation of the poses, always reminding us to honor our bodies and any physical restrictions that we bring to class with us. Her classes are helpful, safe and FUN ! I recommend her to students of all ages (even those over 60 ! )

-Pat McDonough