3-day Mindfulness & Qi Gong Retreat
facilitated by Rachel Tobin
29 September 2017 – 2 October 2017
$300 (includes 3 nights accommodation and delicious vegetarian food)
PLUS DANA/KOHA for the teacher
About the Retreat
These will be practices you can take away and use at home to relax and revitalise your body and mind.
You are welcome to join as much or as little of the scheduled programme as you wish; this is a retreat in which none of the usual social expectations are placed on you. It offers you a very rare chance for you to come home to the OK-ness of yourself, just as you are. We will begin each morning with stretches and meditation before breakfast, and finish each evening with the six qi gong “sounds” practice to relax the organs of the body and to prepare for sleep. There will be time for reflection, writing, walking or resting. The retreat will be mostly in silence.
What You Will Learn on This Retreat
- The art of being present, in stillness and movement
- Qi gong warm ups and stretches
- Sitting and walking meditation
- The six Taoist “healing sounds” for greater wellbeing
- Self-compassion meditation (“the inner smile”)
- Qi gong practices that you can take home and use as practical tools for wellbeing and stress reduction
Benefits of the Retreat
- More vital energy (qi) in your body
- Greater awareness of the ways you block your inherent happiness
- Opportunity to let go, relax and unwind
- Better sleep and improved wellbeing
- A more focused mind
The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Tushita Ashram Hermitage in Peria Valley, Northland. Set amongst sub-tropical vegetation, the Tushita Ashram provides a safe sanctuary with plenty of space, shared communal areas and also places where you can spend time alone, should you wish.
Accommodation and Meals
On-site accommodation and meals are provided for you. Accommodation is in shared rooms. Some single rooms are available on application, for an extra $20/night. There are modern and clean showers and toilets.
Who is it Suitable For?
This retreat is suitable for:
- Absolute beginners with no mindfulness or qi gong experience
- Experienced mindfulness practitioners and meditators
- Anyone wanting to to revitalise and replenish their wellbeing
This retreat is $300 plus dana/koha for Rachel. The $300 covers all your meals and accommodation. Rachel’s fee is not set and consists entirely of your Dana offering. Dana (meaning generosity) invites each person to offer according to their means and what the retreat has been worth to them. Dana payment is given at the end of the retreat. This can be in cash, cheque or by internet banking – an account number will be provided. (Please note: there is no Eftpos at Tushita Ashram)
Retreat Facilitator – Rachel Tobin
Rachel Tobin has been practising meditation for over 25 years and is a qualified teacher in a variety of fields including the moving mindfulness practices of qi gong and feldenkrais. She is the director of the art of mindfulness, working individually with adults and children, teaches mindfulness in organisations and to the general public, and regularly running one-day and residential mindfulness retreats. She is also a facilitator for the Mental Health Foundation’s 8-week mindfulness programme in schools, Pause, Breathe, Smile.
Rachel lives in Paekakariki, on the lovely Kapiti Coast, and comes often to Tushita Ashram as a student of spiritual Master Sri Yanchiji.
“A fabulous, balanced, insightful, nurturing weekend taught in a supportive, relaxed way… Rachel’s teaching style is very allowing and i enjoyed the way the weekend flowed with just the right amount of downtime.” – J. Natusch, Auckland
“I enjoyed the balance of qi gong dynamic meditation, the sitting-still meditation, the mindfulness walking and the artistic offerings of poems etc… The meditation sessions held a ‘sit with me’ invitation and the number of sessions during the retreat helped deepen my meditation practice. And I learnt the importance of returning my mind from wandering and that this was a natural occurrence.
I liked the rhythm of life on the retreat with bells calling us to meditation and meals. I found the practice of being together in silence together both novel and refreshing. I feel I have experienced mindfulness practice that I can take from the retreat to my everyday life.
A heartfelt thank you for sharing your wisdom, life experiences and spiritual practice, Rachel.” – Gloria Henderson, Wellington
“Ten days after Rachel’s Moving into Stillness retreat [at Te Moata] and I feel physically energised and motivated, my mind calm and clear. I enjoyed the chi gong and the mindfulness equally.” – Kate Taylor, Auckland
“My wife thought it was a miracle that I would book myself into this retreat. It was a deeply fulfilling experience and one I hope to keep with me, if not return.” – Luc Hansen
Retreat Details and Bookings
Start Date and Time: Friday 29th September 4.00PM
Finish Date and Time: Monday 2nd October 2.00PM
Location: Tushita Ashram
Price: $300 plus koha/dana for Rachel
Payment required: Non-refundable deposit($50) at time of booking via internet banking or cheque. Full payment must be made 3 weeks prior to the retreat to ensure your booking is confirmed.
Refunds: 100% Refunds(minus deposit) available up to 2 weeks prior to retreat commencing. 50% refunds available from then.
Accommodation and Meals: All included
How to Book: Get Tickets Here.
Questions: Complete the Contact Form here.
Getting There and Transport
The Tushita Ashram is located at Oruru Road, Peria Valley in Northland
You can reach the Tushita Ashram by car. Off street car-parking is provided.
The nearest airport to Tushita Ashram is Kerikeri. Air New Zealand provides regular flights to and from Kerikeri via Auckland. Pick up and drop off can be arranged from Kerikeri airport to Tushita Ashram for $25 per person each way.
If people are arriving on flights within approximately two hours of each other, we will co-ordinate one pickup.
Alternatively – if you arrive at Kerikeri airport in the morning – another option is to take the shuttle into Kerkeri($12), and then take the 12.35pm Intercity bus from there to Taipa.
Intercity provides transport from most NZ centres to Taipa. Taipa is about 20 minutes drive from Tushita Ashram. Free pick up and drop off can be arranged from Taipa to Tushita Ashram.
Pick up and drop-off
If you require pick up and/or drop off from Taipa or Kerikeri , please contact us at least 1 week before your course or retreat starts so it can be arranged. You can contact us here.