Join this 13-day retreat to the other side of the world where all accommodations, meals, and inter-Asian travel will be booked for you as you learn from the most prestigious spiritual leaders in the Eastern World. Get the benefits of traveling to the heart of Taoist training and unlock the secret to happiness. Join the practices that will change your life and transform you into the person whose unwavering balance is the solid foundation for your most perfect and harmonious life.
This meditation retreat includes 12 nights' accommodation.
Arrive in Beijing, China. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel. There will be a meet and greet and sleep your first night in China getting ever so close to Wudang Mountain.
A morning tour of the amazing Forbidden City in Beijing, the home to 24 of China’s past Emperors. A scrumptious lunch and then a tour of Beijing’s famous Fujiwang Street where you will sight see and in case you forgot to bring something from home for the trip you will be most likely be able to buy it here! You will then return to the hotel for a good nights sleep.
Transfer to the airport by a shuttle in the early morning, you will fly 2 hours to Xiangyang, China close to where Wudang Mountain is located. A bus will then bring you to Wudang Mountain, and as the bus gets closer you will begin to feel closer to finding your Tao.
Now that your outward journey has begun, you will begin a 2-day inner journey where you will visit different areas on the mountain with periods of meditation and Taoist practice:
You will check into the Wudang Academy, School of Internal Martial Arts. For the next six days, you will learn Tai Chi, Qigong, Taoist philosophy, and meditation from the Chinese Taoist Masters
Evening flight back to Beijing
Tour and walk on the famous Great Wall of China.
Fly back home
Note: The actual schedule of teachings and what you will be doing day to day is an outline only, and mostly you will be in the moment as the Tao prescribes. Every day will be a magical experience you, so keep your heart and mind open to the experience life brings you. Due to the remote areas you are traveling to, weather, bad roads and other unseen obstacles may cause Tao Journeys to make changes in the itinerary.
On this spiritual journey, the intention is to create sacred space where you can learn and share in group for the purpose of deepening our spiritual connections. The power of the teachings (please make sure you align with the group leader’s philosophy) and ceremonies comes from the combined energy and if group process does not interest you, then this trip would not be your best choice.
Terry J. Hodgkinson
Terry Hodgkinson’s pursuit of excellence started at age of 12 when Terry began training in martial arts. Terry went on to become a martial arts and meditation expert, eventually owning multiple schools.Terry has been fortunate enough to travel and learn from many great teachers. A certified Reiki master teacher, Terry has also studied closely with first nations Ojibwa people in healing circles and sweat lodges as well as in over 100 different temples, ashrams and schools worldwide.
Zhang Chi, Andy, excels in Wudang Tai Chi Quan, Taiyi Wuxing Quan, Xuanwu Quan, Baji Quan, Whisk Quan, Bagua Quan, Xingyi Quan, Tai Chi Sword, Wuxing Qigong, Baduan Jin and Taoist-style health-preserving Qigong. Owing to years of assiduous practice at Wudang, instructions from masters and influence of the traditional Taoist culture, Andy develops a keen interest in the traditional Chinese culture, particularly with respect to the health-preserving methods that integrate the essence of traditional Chinese martial arts and Qigong.
Zhang Fan has been a dedicated student of Wudang martial arts for 12 years. Over the last 2 years she has been teaching full time and is a great inspiration to all but especially women. Her focus and concentration when she demonstrates any of the traditional Wudang forms is penetrating and leaves her students with deep admiration and respect.
Your meditation journey will take place in Wudang Mountains. Wudang is a mountain range with 72 peaks. The main peak, Tianzhu, has an altitude of 1.612 meters (5.289 feet). Wudang is located in Central China’s Hubei Province and this location houses thousands of years of Taoist practice. The atmosphere is ripe with Tao and finding your inner Tao is easily grasped in a place with so much support.
The complex was designed to fit the Taoist principle of harmony between man and nature. Magnificent buildings are cited as a museum of ancient Chinese design and thought and are located all over the mountain. There are more than 2.000 Palaces and Temples, making this complex the world’s largest Taoist center.
Wudang Mountain is known as the birthplace of internal marital arts, traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist agriculture practices and Taoist music. It has rich plant resources including about 600 of the 1.800 medicinal herbs recorded in the Compendium of Materia Medica. The mountain’s rugged peaks are covered in old-growth forest, along with its ancient monasteries, some built to fit the contours of the cliffs.
Delicious Chinese cuisine based on Taoist principles will be served to nourish your body as you soothe your mind.
"I just got back from my first trip oversees to India and it was an amazing experience. One thing I highly recommend is taking your first trip to a far off country with someone who knows what they’re doing. Terry showed me the ropes, I felt confident that I could take care of my self and the skills Terry shared with us came in quite handy. Terry took us to a few awesome places that weren’t in any guidebook too. If you’re off to India or China take a guide like Terry Hodgkinson with you! Now I’m revved up and can’t wait to travel again!"
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"If I had to choose one word to describe our trip to The Wu-dang Mountains, it would be Magical!!! I’d like to first of all mention Terry, our tour leader, who guided us through this magnificent journey. He is a great speaker who is very knowledgeable in the history of the land, leading the group with teachings and lectures sharing his 30 years of education and spiritual experiences. I will definitely be traveling with Terry again. We hiked the Golden Peak, trained Tai Chi with the monks in the temple, walked the Monkey Trail, visited Master Jia, a monk who lives in a cave and much more, it was a new adventure every day! From the views atop the highest peaks, to the serenity of the lower mountain ranges, the vibrational energy that is felt throughout the temples and the lands, far exceeds anything I’ve ever experienced in my life travels. It is truly a place where you can hear God speak. This experience brings to mind a famous quote from The Wizard of Oz….”Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore……..we must be somewhere Over The Rainbow…”. If you would like to ask me any questions or see some pictures from the trip, you can look me up on Facebook."
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"I thought about how exciting it would be to go to another country, with an open mind, and observe another culture and their way of life. I really was looking forward to taking a break from my everyday life, and find some peace through beautiful scenery, meditation and Tai Chi as well as to meet new friends. I absolutely loved our stay and training at the Wudang Internal Kung Fu Academy on Wudang Mountain. During the stay I discovered peace through movement (Tai Chi) and meditation which were taught to us from 2 very skilled Chinese teachers who live there. I was delighted when one of the surprise places Terry took us was to visit the monkey sanctuary, there were so many cute monkeys there! And of course, who could not love the visit to see and spend time with the wise Taoist hermit who lives in a cave on Wudang Mountain. After losing my mother just before going to China, I was feeling depressed. But it was during the I-Ching exercise that Terry taught us where I discovered for myself how close my mother really is to me. That she really is still very close by, and will forever be close to my heart. Being back home now when I meditate using visualization, I think of how peaceful I felt on top of Golden Peak at the top of Wudant Mountain. After all the walking, stair climbing, Tai Chi exercises, I’m in much better shape now. Oh and I can’t forget to mention the excellent nutritious meals we had during the 2 weeks we were in China. I would never just go to China by myself, it would have to be with someone and I’m glad it was Terry! He is knowledgeable about the culture, and places of interest as well he is very experienced at leading groups on Retreats. The activities were wonderfully organized and everything just kind of flowed from one thing to the next. There was lots of activity, but also lots of free time given in between activities too."
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