Brief History

In 2015 several of us Tai Chi for Health Master Trainers were talking about the amazingly diverse knowledge and experiences we each had in the process of integrating Tai Chi into our daily lives. This led to more conversations, centering on if, how, and where we could provide an annual stress-free 3-4 day opportunity for colleagues—from around the country—to gather and share their knowledge and experiences. After a few more conversations, with other like-minded colleagues who were willing to give freely of their time, we had a core group willing to host such an event. Thus was born the Living With the Principles retreat.

The emphasis must be on the word “retreat”. For this is not a “workshop” or a “bootcamp”. Rather it is truly a retreat – an opportunity to “escape” from your real world for a while to concentrate on your health and wellness. It’s a time to exchange ideas, share experiences and knowledge, to learn about mindful practices such as tai chi and qigong (or reflect on their depth), to smile, to laugh, and more.

2022 Retreat

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The 2022 retreat will be remote, via Zoom. The dates are Friday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 24th.

The program will be structured around the theme: Achieving Resilience.

Resilience is our ability to bounce back from the stresses of life. It’s not about avoiding stress, but learning to thrive within the stress. The essential principles of Tai Chi/Qigong can be used to strengthen our five pillars of resilience: self-awareness, self-care, mindfulness, positive relationships, and purpose.

Instead of talks and tai chi forms, each session consists of round table discussions and/or standing or seated movement. 

One of the benefits of going virtual is the absence of time and venue constraints. Thus, retreat days will begin early (8:30 am EST) and run through the evening—to ensure people from most time zones will be able to participate. There will be two rooms (different Zoom links) this year, with popular sessions repeated. Participants will be able to choose which sessions they wish to attend and move between rooms. 

Using the Zoom Meeting will allow participants to see and hear each other as well as the session leader. And, to foster community, there will be facilitated break-out sessions in addition to structured classes. Full group sessions, to include Medical Qigong warm-ups, are also planned.

All registrants will have access to all taped sessions and supporting material. NOTE: Not all sessions will be taped.

Reasons To Attend

Learn – Gain invaluable tips to improve your health and wellness, explore different techniques to bring greater depth to your practice, and learn how build healthier relationships with yourself, others, and Nature. 

Comfort – Access the whole event from the comfort and safety of your own home or anywhere with an internet connection! Wear comfortable clothes and set your own schedule. 

Cost – Has the cost of travel, hotel accommodations, and food, all of which can break the bank, restricted you from attending a past retreats? This virtual retreat lets you skip extraneous expenses and pay only the registration fee. 

Education – You’ll learn from the same session leaders as in the past plus interact with like-minded people who haven’t been able to join us on Jekyll Island. 

Time – Have a work or family commitment during a session you want to see? Or, are two great sessions happening at once? Watch or listen to the session recording when you’re able. Plus, you can use the time typically spent traveling to and from the event to practice!