Have you long wanted to participate in a Retreat?
Maybe out of curiosity? Maybe to relax or, who knows, to discover new ways and see yourself in a different light?
Retreat stands for withdrawing yourself for a few days from your normal life.
You travel to unknown places and will do all sorts of things that you normally don’t do. That will create a distance to your normal life so that you will be able to see things in a different light. There are many types of retreats. Meditating in silence for days, yoga and meditation, there are psychotherapeutic retreats and in this case you can get acquainted with Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) or become more proficient at it.
Taiji is a movement art that promotes overall health and comes from China. It originated on the same flow as Chinese martial arts such as Kung Fu and Qi Gong. The nice thing about Taiji is that you can do it everywhere and preferably outside, that you don’t need a mat or other attributes; just a place to stand and some space to execute the form (see below).
Taiji is taught as a form. A form consists of movements that have a beginning and an end and merge smoothly. Such a form is executed in slow motion. Every detail is important. Think of how you put your feet down, how you use your legs, where the weight of your body is, the arm work, how you use your eyes, your breathing; in short, you are actually made aware of the functioning of your body and mind.
Because this art of movement is taught from master to student and the student later becomes master himself, there are just as many forms as masters. That can often lead to confusion, especially if you are going to watch YouTube videos. Do not be discouraged by these videos.
The retreat that I organize together with Eduardo Salvador takes place in the Alto Alentejo in Portugal. A region where you normally maybe won’t go. There you will stay at Guesthouse Trainspot in Beirã, the old inn of the train station where in 2010 the last train ran. Beirã is located in the middle of the protected natural park Serra de São Mamede and at the foot of the fortified town of Marvão high on a hill. The lessons are given by Rene Goris from Amsterdam.
When you come, you will have a unique experience. The beauty of unspoiled nature, the immense silence, the Portuguese country life, the experienced Rene and the good care at Guesthouse Trainspot will ensure this.
The price cannot be a reason NOT to come (€ 595 including accommodation, lessons and meals). All you have to do is buy a ticket to Lisbon and make sure you are there on Tuesday, May 7 around 4 p.m. There is a van to take all participants to Beirã via beautiful roads through the interior of Portugal. If you live in the area and you sleep at home, you pay € 395.
Suppose you register for this 4-days retreat. Then you can be sure that you learn a lot of new things, that nothing is what it seems to be and that you get a new perspective on your life. And the latter in particular means that you can continue to grow.
If you have any questions, please contact me or register directly at the website of Alentejo Retreats where you can also make the payment.
A few days in Alto Alentejo are enough for a fresh start. Surprise yourself!