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This unique and beautiful journey explores the balance of Yin and Yang through the merging of outdoor adventure, yoga, meditation, cultural immersion, and silence. Kayak down the Li Jiang river through the 70,000 Limestone towers, bamboo forests and lounging water buffalos. Push the limits of your mind and body as you rock climb in Yangshuo, explore the quiet authentic village life as you trek through, alongside the rice terraces of Longshen. Practice Taichi in an ancient temple or flow through sun salutations with the rising sun. Experience your inner harmony, balance of strength, masculine and feminine, and Yin and Yang!
You will be staying at beautiful hotels run by caring local families. Each hotel is selected for its quiet and inspiring location, unique decor, and focus on comfort and beauty. The Guilin hotel is also a museum and is full of Chinese antiques collected by the owners. It is located alongside a beautiful lakeside park and has some of the most incredible views from its top floor restaurant. The Yangshuo hotel is quietly located at the end of a village road, alongside the Li river. Each room has an incredible view of the Karst towers, river, and bamboo forests. The final accommodation is in a family run guesthouse amongst the rice terraces of the 800 year old village of Ping'an.
This retreat is perfect for all levels of yoga and outdoor adventure experience. The free-style blend of strong Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin, moving and seated meditation, and pranayama can be adjusted to accommodate your personal goals. All adventure activities can also be adjusted for varying levels of challenge.
The daily schedule is balanced between time together, and personal time to explore. In your free time you can choose to get a little more Yang or surrender more fully to the Yin. If the fierce warrior calls, you may wish to visit the mud caves, head out for motorbike village exploration, test your bargaining skills with some shopping, go for some more rock climbing, or countryside biking. If the Yin beckons, relax with a book on the patio of the riverside hotel, go for a Chinese medicine treatment or massage, wander the quiet riverside, float on a bamboo raft, or learn more about Chinese cooking.
Flowing Spirit Journeys will help to organize onward travel depending on flight times and next destination.
The journey takes place in the incredible landscape of Guangxi province in Southern China. You will adventure from the romantic lake city of Guilin, to Yangshuo, the Li river village of 70,000 limestone Karst towers, then onto the rice terrace villages of Longshen. You will weave in and out of Yin and Yang as you adventure in remote villages, the silence and beauty of unique natural landscapes, and amidst bustling Chinese culture.
The price of the retreat includes happy healthy foods that make your bodies and minds feel great. You will be eating mostly vegetarian, with options to include fish, and sometimes also having an option to include some meat if you like. The meals will support the activities of the journey and will be a nutritious mix of local cuisine with some western favorites. Oftentimes the meals will be family style where everyone shares many dishes and gets the opportunity to sample many things, and other times you may just choose from a set menu. There will always be plenty of food to sample and you will definitely like something being offered.
You will find a lot to do in your free time such as rest as you need to or go eploring the villages and riverside. Your heart and soul will be filled by the splendor of this retreat!
The price of this retreat includes three Chinese medicine treatments, and a choice between a session of massage, acupuncture, or cupping. Further spa treatments may be purchased based on availability, for an extra price.
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Flights should be booked to arrive at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL).