Retreat – to withdraw to a quiet or secluded place

Living With the Principles is not a workshop or a bootcamp, rather it is a true retreat with time for learning, sharing, being alone or with others in a relaxed, peaceful, welcoming, and non-competitive environment.

“Mindfulness means paying attention in the present moment …..It involves being aware and doing things with conscious intent.”  ~ Dr. Shauna Shapiro

This retreat is an opportunity to slow down and step away from the hassles of life and learn to balance–or harmonize–your body, mind, and spirit through mindful practices and movement.

“The best part of (a) retreat is the program sessions where the retreat becomes personalized.” ~ Adam Wiszowaty

This retreat provides a unique opportunity to be guided by Session Leaders of various skills and backgrounds. All participants come with something to share. Learning happens in the classroom, in the halls, on the beach, on nature trails, and other places. Session topics will include: health and wellness, stress reduction, longevity, spirituality, moving meditation, introduction to—and depth of—Tai Chi/Qigong, teaching specific populations.

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” ~ Albert Camus

Living With the Principles was founded upon the realization that in order to better understand how the ancient arts of Tai Chi and Qigong assist one in becoming more mindful, one needs to turn away from the choreography, on occasion, and focus on the Principles. In the last several years, Living With the Principles has expanded to include all those interested in bringing more balance and mindfulness to their life, not just those with Tai Chi/ Qigong experience.

2019 Tai Chi Retreat
2019 Tai Chi Retreat
2019 Tai Chi Retreat

January 2020 Retreat

Come For a Retreat, Stay For a Week!
Space is limited to 60 participants

What People Are Saying

I’m writing to thank you again for organizing presenting another amazing Living With the Principles retreat. It means so much to me to be able to have this experience — continuing to learn from each of you, meeting and playing with a wonderful group of tai chi enthusiasts, and relaxing in the beautiful environment of Jekyll Island.” ~ D.S.

“Thank you so much! These dropbox pieces just remind me of how much I learned at your wonderful retreat!” ~ C.K.

Most beneficial aspects of attending

“Relaxed atmosphere and small groups made question asking and learning easier.” ~ K.F.
“Wonderful (leaders), interesting course content.” ~ C.K.
“Relaxed atmosphere; interactive discussions.” ~ J.S.
“The perfection of the beauty of Jekyll. The sea, the sky, the ground. The feeling of family and community. The wide variety of choices. The freedom to move from one track to another.” ~ S.F.
“Learning new things, playing with others, beautiful setting.” ~ C.K.
“All the wonderful energy. New things to share with my students.” ~ S.N.
“Renewing and refreshing.” ~ J.C.
“I enjoyed the variety and relaxed atmosphere. NO pressure.” ~ K.F.
“Everything was great! But I just loved being able to get away and learn rather than instructing classes. The atmosphere here is great, as well.” ~ B.W.
“Having the opportunity to meet and learn from a variety of talented people (and) being around so many people who share the love of tai chi and quigong is so energizing!” ~ B.Z.
“Expanding my knowledge/personal growth. Playing with all my favorite people. Being pushed beyond my comfort box.” ~ D.S.
“To explore TC in depth in a relaxing and free environment – to pick and choose (and the freedom to change my mind).” ~ L.B.