Turning Towards the Dao - Part I
Dao Yin and Meditation Retreat
Led by Shi Jing
August 18 - 20 2017
Heaven Earth Centre, Devon
2 day retreat: Friday - Sunday
Ideal introduction for new students!
This retreat will allow us to go beyond simply learning the movements
of dao yin and will help us open up to the meditative quality of
this important cultivation. We will look at how dao yin dissolves
restless qi and enhances the sense of tranquillity and vitality
from which clarity arises. We will also explore the passive and
active aspects of the movements and work on developing a smooth
transition between the postures, which is an integral part of dao
The cultivation of softness and receptivity are the key qualities
of dao yin, which involves purifying and invigorating our qi to
restore vitality and well-being. This is done, firstly, by way of
self-massage to warm the body and smooth the circulation of body
fluids. Secondly, the sequence of simple stretching movements of
the body helps to establish the inner circulation of qi and gently
release the blockages that inhibit the flow and flexibility. Easy
and undemanding, the movements are done in a soft and slow rhythm
to ensure the breathing becomes relaxed and natural.
Cultivation of dao yin comes to fruition in meditation, which seamlessly
integrates all the aspects of dao yin. This is expressed in the
meditation posture which is stable, aligned and relaxed, allowing
the qi to follow its natural pattern. To help internalise this cultivation
and facilitate an understanding that goes deeper than just the physical
level, meditation will be introduced on the retreat.
This retreat will provide a good understanding of how these practices
will be used on the seven-day meditation retreat in July. We feel
that dao yin is an ideal place to enter into Daoist cultivation
and this retreat is open to all.
Shi Jing has been following the path
of Daoism since mid-1970s. In 1995 he was ordained as 31st generation
Daoist priest (dao shi) in the Longmen (Dragon Gate) branch of Quanzhen
(Complete Reality) School. In 1996 he co-founded the British Taoist
Association and became its chairman shortly after its inception.
As the BTA’s main teacher, he has been leading retreats and
teaching Daoist cultivation in UK, Europe and USA.
BTA membership is required for all those attending our retreats. Please visit our membership page for details on how to join.
Costs will be announced shortly, at which time we will also begin to accept bookings for this retreat. In the meantime, should you have any further questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org