5 Seasons Qigong - Downton
Live and practise qigong in harmony with the seasons. Let the changing energies of nature nourish and guide your mind, body and spirit with their timeless wisdom. For the first time, we will be teaching a series of 'immersion' weekend workshops that span the year and its seasons. Discover and embody ancient practices that were created to naturally resonate with the energies of the Earth through its annual cycle.
Much of Chinese culture and philosophy is based on 5 seasons and their tradition also works with 5 elements. During each of the 5 Seasons of the year, we aim to bring you the best practices to support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for that seasonal phase. If you attend all the workshops, you will have learnt 5 beneficial sets of practices to help you integrate your lifestyle with the core energies of nature.
- Learn how to monitor and return your energy to balance, in tune with nature.
- Use ancient natural wisdom to cultivate 'Lifestyle Medicine' - prevention is better than cure.
- Improve your ability to work and interact with others by recognising and understanding seasonal changes in human energy dynamics.
- Release negative and unhelpful emotional, mental and physical tensions and learn to tap in to the boundless, positive energies of nature.
- Recognise, acknowledge and start to address imbalances and core issues within yourself.
- Have fun, on a seasonal basis!
- Find joy, peacefulness, calm, happiness and forgiveness in the Way of the Seasons.
If you cannot make all 5 workshops this year, you will still benefit from what you have learnt, and can always catch-up when we run them again next year.
The benefits of these workshops apply to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. If you are experienced in one of the exercises we are teaching, you will have the added benefit, with our guidance, of being able to delve more deeply into its components. Each session will also to allow you to integrate the seasonal theme into your daily practice, using whatever Tai Chi or Qigong form or exercise routine you may know - irrespective of its origin.
Transition and Integration: Late Summer into Autumn
This year we have decided to present the Late Summer Qigong workshop with a transitional 'Late Summer into Autumn' theme. The natural world has been affected by the very dry summer this year and is currently in a seasonal transition. The 'Chinese Element' predominant in Late Summer is 'Earth', which is also the element of transition for all of the season changes throughout the year. A key focus of this workshop will be on using and integrating Earth energy into mindful movement, to centre, stabilise and to stay in balance through transition.
The Chinese system has 5 elements, each associated with a season and, apart from Earth, each has a direction of movement. Wood (spring) is upwards, Fire (summer) is outwards, Metal (autumn) is downwards, and Water (winter) is inwards. Earth (late summer, plus all of the seasonal transitions) is unique in that it has no associated direction of movement, it acts as the stable centre, the axis around which movement occurs. Earth energy is therefore not classified as either yin or yang, it is a balance point. As such it is very valuable to use this time of year to find balance and centre in body, mind, emotions and spirit. To feel comfortable, nourished, stable and supported. In tai chi and qigong terms, and in everyday life, we would say that it is important 'to find and then maintain centre as you respond to changes that are affecting you.'
As we feel the effects of the seasonal change into autumn, we want to stay healthy and balanced. It is a time of year when many people get sick and this is often because they are not adapting and staying in balance with the changing season. The Chinese element of Autumn, Metal, with its downward moving energy, takes us into a time of gathering, quietening and letting go of that which we no longer need. Our breathing and movements can help facilitate this valuable time of change, using a fading intent that supports the neutrality of the Earth element and helps us refine our use of energy and adopting a slower, steadier pace. Finding your unnecessary adornments and looking for those you might have missed... maybe clenching, tensing, holding breath, maintaining too busy a mind, and then letting unhelpful patterns drop away.
Workshop content is largely dependent on the group dynamic and should only be used as a guide to what we may teach.
Suitable for all, including beginners.
Sat (10am to 4.30pm) / Sun (10am to 1pm). Cost £70 for both days / £35 for the Sat Morning session only.
5 Seasons 'Sink-in Sundays'
On Sunday we offer an in-depth workshop where you can deepen your study, as well as review and practice what we learn on the Saturday - see details. You do not have to attend this session but it is included in the price.
|Event Date||Sat 22nd Sep 2018 - 10:00 am|
|Event End Date||Sun 23rd Sep 2018 - 1:00 pm|
|Individual Price||£70 / £35 Sat a.m. only|
|Location||Downton, The Dragon House|