DAY 1 – Arrive and Settle In
Arrive and settle in. On the first day we arrive in the Kunming airport, ready to begin our training, get oriented to the city and check into our accommodations.
Day 2 – Orientation to Kunming, Opening Tea Ceremony in the Mountain Temple
The second day of the adventure, where we journey to a mountain temple, experience the subtle aromas and tastes of fine Chinese tea, and begin our TaiQi training. This day will also include an introduction to Taoist alchemy, setting the container for deeper learning to come.
Day 3 – Meet the Teacher, First Day of Training
We travel to the pagoda above YuanTong temple to be introduced to Master Yang. This begins our eight-day intensive training in the alchemy of Wu style TaiQi.
Day 4-7 – Morning Depth Training
During this time, in the morning we will have in depth trainings with Master Yang.
In the afternoons, we will alternate daily between in-depth taoist alchemy discussions with Master Yang and free time to explore the local culture, cuisine and shopping.
Day 8 Horseback Ride to Hidden Tibetan Temple
Our travel continues from train to horses, coming to the Tibetan Temple for a lesson on the dynamics of tantra.
We venture from the southern cloud retreat center via horseback, to a hidden Tibetan Temple complex. Here, we will explore the teachings of Tibetan tantra through sacred Thangka art.
Day 11 Final Trainings with Yang LaoShi, Tea-Herbs and TaiQi Garb Shopping
As a culmination to our training with Master Yang, we will demonstrate our TaiQi forms to him, at which time he will provide individual feedback and refinement of our technique.
In the afternoon, there will be a final opportunity to obtain tonic herbs, traditional TaiQi garb, and fine Chinese teas in the local market.
Day 12 – Hot Springs integration
Treat yourself to a relaxing massage as we soak in the herbally-infused pools at a traditional Chinese hot springs. This day provides time and space to integrate the profound experiences, energetic transmissions, and prepares you to take lessons you have learned into your life back home.