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Learn the complete Wu style Tai Chi short form with Tao yoga standing postures. The Tai Chi form and the Tao yoga sessions are accompanied by clear mind meditation to rid the mind of obstacles, to learn the efficiency of effortlessness, and to arrive at ease. This ease is often what appeals to people when the see authentic Tai Chi being performed. Even a single retreat will start you on your Tai Chi and yoga journey.
The manor house at Tourné is set in a secluded river valley in the foothills of the Ariège Pyrénées mountains. Spacious accommodation in the main house or adjoining stone cottage offers an excellent base for your holiday in France. The manor has large bedrooms all with private bathrooms.
Tourné and the Artillac River are in the very center of the Pyrénées Ariégeoises Natural Regional Park. Tourné also has substantial gardens and outside seating areas with 1,000 meters of private river frontage. The altitude of just under 500 meters allows you to enjoy exceptional air quality, warm sunshine with cool shade never far away.
Wu style Tai Chi short form is a nine to ten minutes flowing form comprised of 18 moves. Each move contains a Tao yoga standing posture with associated meditation. A complete instructional video is included for all participants (available in French or English). A complete retreat practice! Tao Meditation suggests two retreats to learn the complete form. The two retreats can be joined to make a single longer retreat or can be some time apart to give the practitioner an opportunity to deepen their practice.
All times and sessions are flexible according to your needs.
This retreat includes forest walks.
Paula Davidson has been running retreat centers in the UK and in France since 1997. She has vast experience in discreetly attending to the needs of retreat participants as well as teachers. She has hosted over 100 residential retreats, since 2003 at the Tourné Retreat Center in the French Pyrénées. She has been forest walking every day for over 20 years, never missing a day! Her natural ease and connection with nature makes her a perfect guide to forest "breathing" as a means to reduce stress and support profound healing.
Ram is an expert teacher of Tao yoga, Tai Chi, Bagua (eight trigrams circle walking), Qigong, and meditation with over 30 years experience. He has been certified by Master B.K. Frantzis as a teacher of various Qigong forms, breathing, and Bagua circle walking for health and meditation. His other teachers include Dadi Janki, Sepa Dorjé Rinpoche, Lama Lena Yeshe Katyub, and Victor Sanchez. He has students worldwide and is an inspiring teacher with vast practical knowledge and a unique approach to the universal methods of Tao. He has trained extensively in Buddhist, Yogic, and Taoist tradition.
The price includes breakfast and four-course evening meals. Fresh and tasty food from local producers and our own organic vegetable garden. Transformed in our kitchen into dishes from countries around the world. On this course we follow a standard diet but are also happy to cater for vegans and vegetarians.
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS). Travel form Toulouse to the retreat center will take on average 90 minutes by car or 150 minutes (includes time waiting for connections) if using public transport. Car hire varies from about 35 EUR per day; a public transport journey from Toulouse toTourné will cost between 20 EUR and 50e EUR depending on your choice of travel (bus or taxi).
Dependant on availability of Tao Meditation's support drivers, they can arrange a pick-up from Foix or Toulouse with cost between 30 EUR and 120 EUR. Tao Meditation recommends arriving at Toulouse no later than midday on your arrival day.
You can also fly to Carcassone Airport (CCF), where car hire is recommended to shorten the next leg of the journey to Tourné.
Foix is the nearest local train station, about 60 minutes by road or 85 minutes by train from Toulouse.
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