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Transforming Meditation Retreat UK

This retreat offers the practice of qigong, meditation, and inquiry to awaken your capacity to become a true human being and live life with power, love, and wisdom. It creates a powerful crucible of transformation, both within each of you and with the group, to burn through your old limitations, ideas, habits, and identities. The retreat is suitable for students with some experience of qigong or meditation.


  • Morning Qigong practice
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Individual guidance and group sharing
  • Ample time for rest and silence
  • Organic vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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There are nine bedrooms in the house which can accommodate up to fourteen people. Five of the rooms have en-suite facilities, while others share a bathroom. For this retreat, you will be provided shared accommodations, but some single rooms are also available.

Wheelchair access

One single en-suite bedroom is wheelchair accessible, as is the whole of the downstairs floor. They also have a wheelchair available for less able guests.


The library is a quiet seating area with books on yoga, Buddhism, poetry, spiritual paths, Devon, birds and nature, and maps. There is a small bedroom attached to the library.

Kitchen, dining, and living room

There is a large kitchen area with an Aga cooker, electric hob, and oven, equipped for preparing vegetarian meals for up to fourteen people. The tables in the dining area can be arranged to suite the size of the group. Folding doors open onto the garden.

Yoga and meditation studio

This is a beautiful light and airy space featuring wooden floors with underfloor heating. It is large enough to accommodate up to fourteen yoga mats. Two sets of doors open onto the garden and brook. They have a selection of mats, blankets, bolsters, blocks, and more.

Qigong Southwest UK Meditation Retreat Program

The retreat is limited to 14 students, with the intention of being a small group with time for sharing your experience and individual guidance. Together, you will cultivate a quality of presence, an embodied, heartful awareness that is curious, responsive, insightful, and engaged with the immediacy of each moment. Resting in presence, you can begin to surrender and open more to your sense of "dynamic stillness" that is both alive and awake.

Within this field of presence, the specific practice of Huagong Qigong will include connecting to the central channel, energy fields, the three dantians, and the transformation of the three treasures of jing, qi, and shen. Through the physical aspect of the qigong, you cultivate your jing, physical essence or power, rejuvenating the body on a cellular level.

The meditative practices contain a strong energetic transmission, liberating the qi, releasing "stale energy" and "old information," connecting you to the richness of your inner life and the deep nourishment of life all around you.

From a grounded, connected, settled, open state, you let go into a more responsive practice, allowing the qi to move you, freeing up the body light, or shen. This initiates a strong internal transformation, reconnecting you to your essential nature and awakening your potential to live as a true human being.

The practice of inquiry in pairs explores various themes arising from the retreat within an environment of presence, stillness, and curiosity, helping you to integrate the depths of our being with the ordinariness of everyday life.

There will be early morning qigong and meditation before breakfast, with sessions throughout the day and evening and time to rest and digest the practice. Some of the retreat will be in silence.


Brad Richecoeur
Brad is an experienced Hua Gong teacher, teaching qigong since 1994. He offers ongoing groups retreats, camps, and a weekly class. Brad is also an experienced bodyworker, originally with Chinese acupressure, co-founding the Centre for Oriental Medicine in Totnes. He has a background in Buddhism, Qigong, and Chinese medicine. He spent a lot of his 20s in Asia and America studying and practicing these healing and spiritual arts. Returning to Britain in 1989, he met and begin studying with his qigong master, Zhixing Wang, from Beijing.


This retreat will take place at Bala Brook Retreat Centre in South Devon, UK. Bala Brook is situated in Dartmoor National Park and on the edge of the open moor. There are 35 acres of delightful gardens, fields, mature oak trees, and woodland adjoining the waterfalls of Bala Brook, which tumbles down to join the river Avon. They have a resident flock of Hebridean sheep. A gate from the meadow leads out onto the wide open Moor.

From the front, it is a short walk up the lane to Shipley Bridge and pedestrian track leading up to the Avon reservoir and higher open Moor. An exhilarating walk northward brings strong hikers to Princetown in the center of Dartmoor. Another walk westward leads to the famous ancient oaks at Piles Wood alongside the exquisite river Erme. There are other gentler walks around, some through woodland.



  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio


  • Library


In this retreat, you will be served organic vegetarian meals daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Qigong and meditation practice

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Driving directions from Exeter

Driving south after Exeter, leave the A38 at Marley Head (northeast of South Brent) and wriggle northwestward around lanes following signs to Avon Dam. Arrive at Shipley Bridge public carpark, beside River Avon.

  • At Shipley Bridge, cross the River Avon and follow the lane turning around to the left, southward over a cattle grid.
  • After two minutes down the lane, go past one farm on your right, down a little hill over a little bridge, and look out for a "Bala Brook" sign on your right beside a timber gateway.
  • This is the second habitation on your right after leaving Shipley bridge.

Driving directions from Totnes

  • Approaching the A385 from Totnes, cross the A38 at Marley Head and follow as above.

Driving directions from the south

  • Approaching from the south (from Plymouth), turn off the A38 for South Brent, but avoid going through the village by taking a left turn soon after leaving the A38, where there is a big main sign "South Brent twinned with..." and signs for Brent Mill Business park and Aish. Then you will definitely need their map to navigate the lanes.
  • Go under the railway and around to the right to reach a T-junction.
  • Turn left up to Aish and thence on up, nearly two miles toward Shipley Bridge.
  • After a "weak bridge," look out for Bala Brook on your left in a dip just before the little Bala bridge. If you arrive at Shipley Bridge, you have gone too far. Please do not enter any unsigned properties.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Exeter Airport (EXT).

Arrival by train

Travel to Totnes station then take a taxi. They can try to arrange sharing. It is about eight miles. There is a half-hour bus service to South Brent from Totnes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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