2011 September Healing Retreat
Our Healing Retreat took place 8 to 29 September 2011. There were 17 participants from Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand who were taught by Taoheart, Teacher Xi and Teacher Tao, teacher Dong.
Many of the participants expressed their appreciation for the care and help they received during the retreat. Every teacher put their full heart and best efforts into helping all those attending the retreat.
Kurt from Germany wrote “Many, many thanks for all your help and goodness. Haola! I love and enjoy qigong practice and I will always practice.“ Toby experienced many wonderful qigong practices and joyful experiences: “I had a wonderful time with all of you. I could feel a lot of freedom, flying and dancing with all of you. Xie xie nimen.“
“I’m really impressed that the teachers offered to stay late after classes to help the students with learning the correct posture/movement.” This comment was made by someone who has attended a lot of courses and retreats, who said he had rarely seen such generosity in teachers before.
Most of the participants got new inspiration for their practice, felt their body more clearly, could stretch it much better. They felt inside change and could release stress and tensions.
Stefan from Germany wrote this amazing feedback: “I had only two days of headaches in twenty days. Normally, I have 6-8 days of headaches in a 20-day period. That is a 300 – 400% improvement. I had pain in my right knee; I could not go jogging. Now after the retreat I can do 100 wall squats without pain! I could experience that “the Entirety State” makes a big difference in the quality of qigong and the building of a qi field. With the Entirety State the practice of qigong is more powerful.“
There were always two or three teachers in each class and the qi field was always very strong and healing. Practice was also held at different places on the mountains, giving everyone different experiences of the qi and the majestic surroundings.
Doris from Germany wrote: “When I came to this retreat, inside I was not so happy because my cancer scared me. My lungs had no deep breathing, so that I fixed it every time. But the teachers and the practice gradually influence me to trust myself. My lungs got more and more better and my breathing got deeper and deeper. I became more calm, my heart became more opened and I became happy and the inner smile comes back to me. I am very thankful for the experiences I collected at this retreat. And thank you – the teachers – so much for all you have done for me!“
Another participant said that this retreat was one of the best things she’d ever done in her life! She has traveled all over the world, lived in a yoga ashram in India and has experienced a lot of things in her life.
We all had a truly beautiful, joyful and uplifting time together. We wish for everyone to keep the spirit of the retreat in their hearts for a long time and that we will meet each other again soon!
Email received from Mike, June 2011
I have recently completed the Harmonious Big Family Foundation course in the Wudang Mountains and would like to share some thoughts and memories from my experience. I came to the Foundation Course in a pretty fragile state having recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I quickly was surrounded by incredible support, humour, understanding and encouragement from all of the teachers. Although the course was incredibly challenging both mentally and physically for a Zhineng Qigong beginner, I never felt overwhelmed or defeated due to the support from everyone. The depth of practice and theory that was taught to us will enable me to continue my healing and also has given me the confidence to teach others. I have taken away from the course a vision for my future and the belief in my ability to heal myself. And probably most importantly a new life path through Zhineng Qigong.
Testimonial for Foundation Retreat
Upon arriving at Wudang City for the beginning of the May 2011 Foundation Retreat I was met by two of my experienced and friendly Zhineng Qigong Teachers and immediately accompanied to our location in the beautiful Wudang Mountain area. The surroundings are truly inspiring and immediately impressed me and my fellow students. Our hotel was just minutes walking distance to peaceful Temples where we often practiced as the sun came up and later under the starry night skies of Wudangshan. It’s hard not to feel closely connected to the Universe in this type of environment!
Master Wei began the Foundation Retreat with a great introduction to playing with qi and developing a sense for external qi. From those beginnings through Method Two in the Advanced Retreat Master Wei has been nothing short of a magnificent Teacher. Having spent 7 years at the Huaxia medicine-less hospital, often working directly with Dr. Pang, Master Wei has a depth of knowledge and love of Zhineng Qigong that one could sense immediately. He and his team of teachers all of whom have completed the rigorous two year Teacher training course under the direct guidance of Dr. Pang are eager to share their deep understanding of theory, incredible knowledge of the movements and love of Zhineng Qigong for the benefit of their students’ growth. I’ve lost track of the number of times we’ve finished a particular session and I walked away and said to myself and my fellow students “that was AMAZING”.
I came to deepen my practice and develop my qigong level so I could teach Zhineng Qigong and I feel I’ve accomplished that and so much more, including making great new friends with both my Teachers and my fellow students. In addition to all of the personal growth I feel I’ve gone through with Master Wei’s guidance, the food has been great, the accommodations comfortable and the surrounding environment beautiful!
I would recommend any of Master Wei’s Retreats to anyone looking to deepen their practice, heal themselves or just develop their True Self.
Hun Yuan Ling Tong!
Jake Ellison, Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
An email and reply
Dear teacher Wei,
I write you to share a particular experience : my father in law died on 16th September at the age of 82, he had cancer and stayed in the hospital for about two weeks. To control the pain, doctors gave him morphine.
We all knew he was passing away and we stayed with him day and night. He didn’t want to give up the struggle for life and the moments he was awake, he was confused and very anxious. He didn’t want to die because he still had “things to do”.
It was very painful to my mother in law and to us (his 5 children and children in law) to see him suffer. Me also, I felt very sad but at the same time, I felt like I was carried by something bigger than me, I literally felt comforting arms around me. That feeling enabled me to see and to understand very clearly how the others were feeling (some were angry, some were feeling guilty…). I could say to everyone the words of comfort they needed but these words came spontaneously, I didn’t have to think about it.
Again, it was if something bigger than me was speaking. Also to my father in law, I could send peace, I could support him physically in his struggle and I could send him mentally our messages of respect and love.
It was such a strange and at the same time wonderful experience that I wanted to share with you because I think this also is a result of our retreat in Wudang.
Regine Van belle
I’m very happy for your particular experience, Because you were very stable when you face death and handle the relationship with others. That’s really great experience.
But you need know the one bigger than you who told you how to do was yourself, not other things. That’s the manifestation of the integration of you trure self and your qi field. Trust yourself–trure self !!!
Can I share your experience with others on website?
Hun yuan ling tong
My experience with Zhineng Qigong
This is the life change story of Tilla Van Opstal from Belgium. It started in 2000 when a coworker lent her a video with the lift qi up pour qi down (LCU) and now her dream is to create a centre in Europe were all residents can gather together and experience the big qi-field and the effect of the Zhineng family in their own language.
This is her story: The first time I heard about Zhineng Qigong was 9 years ago. A coworker lent me a video with the LCU. I felt immediately connected and started with the exercise on a daily basis. A month later I went to a one day workshop. There I decided to become an instructor because I was convinced that this was good for everybody. The reason for feeling so good with this method was the combination of movement and meditation. It was timesaving as I felt the need of doing both.
I was very weak. I went through a period of nine years without practically any sleep. I was so weak that I couldn’t hold a pencil to write. One of the reasons was the pain in my lower back. As long as I was moving around, it was ok, but lying down, the pain was so strong that it kept me awake. In addition to that I often had migraines for a couple of days so badly that I had to stay in bed in the dark. Little by little I got my energy back. A Chinese doctor told me that without qigong I wouldn’t be able to walk around, so I got more confident that this was a good way for me to regaining my health.
I didn’t have much time to practice as I had to go at the office and also do my household, having two children. I got up at 5.30 to practice one hour before waking up the children. But because I had also evening classes, I only went to bed by 12 o’clock.
In 2003 I stopped working and decided to make Zhineng Qigong my profession. It’s my goal to bring Zhineng Qigong to Belgium. People know yoga and tai chi, but qigong, more specific Zhineng Qigong is very new. So I had to start from the bottom up with small groups. Even now sometimes I teach for only 8 to 10 people. Most of them prefer small classes because than they have full attention and personal coaching.
The first time I went for a one month training in China was In 2004 with teacher Luke Chan. I met him during his teachings in Europe. In 2006 I went to Malaysia having teachings from teacher Ooi Kean Hin. That was the first time I heard about the theory, about Yiyuanti and Daode.
In 2007 I went to China to study for 10 days with teacher Li Hong Shi in Beijing. He thought me the softness and kindness. In 2008 I stayed for one month in Hainan with teacher Jianshe and his colleagues. It was a good feeling being whole the time in a center and the training was intense. There I met teacher Wei Qi Feng.
Early 2009, I went there for one month training with teacher Wei who opened a complete new world for me. That’s the reason why, until now, this time my stay in China was the most intensive experience for me. First of all we went deep into the theory. Deep, but in a simple way.
I understood that there were many tools bringing us to the core, the most important or central part, of Zhineng qigong by finding our true self and finding our freedom.
Since I understood the Hunyuan theory I have the feeling of being connected to the universe, to the nature, but also to everybody around me. Everything and everybody is a part of me. By this feeling I feel respect for everybody, for all the work they do. Here is an example: in my behavior I will not throw waste, like paper or plastic on the ground, along the road, or in nature. First of all someone else has to clean it and secondly I don’t want to contribute to pollution of nature.
I’m eating very slowly. That has nothing to do with me not being used to eat with chopsticks, but out of respect of the work the cook had by preparing the food. And the more attention I give to food, which comes from nature, the more I express my respect for it. When pulling in qi by doing movements, we are also very slow and aware of the qi. In food we find also fundamental qi and therefore I eat mindful.
I learned that visualizations and using images, such as a blue sky, were tools, which you can drop at a certain moment and go to the real feeling. The first time that I experienced this was doing the push pull. I used to bring the blue sky into my body and let go, but now I can feel how the qi itself is getting in and around my body.
I got to know about Shen Ji palace. This is completely new to me. I found the entrance of that palace, but not yet the bedroom where teacher Wei always let his mind sleep. So here I need some more practice. Going there I was very restless and couldn’t calm down my mind. By bringing me in Shen Ji palace, doing meditations from my Shen Ji palace, I found some peace and rest.
I learned to use this Shen Ji palace not only during meditations or movements, but also in daily live, when going shopping or sitting in the bus. This way we are much stronger and protected against all outside influences which are not always positive.
I learned how to use my willpower to stay focused or concentrated and let go all distracting thoughts and desires which kept me away from my freedom. I learned about Yiyuanti and how my frames of references are influencing my being. By being aware of my reactions, by studying my feelings and thoughts, I can create new frames of references to become a better person, to get closer to my freedom, to get closer to my true self. I learned how to stay on the background as being on the top of the hill looking down on what is going on, just observing, living in the present.
I also learned to use this concentration in every movement. So I have been practicing e.g. the cranes neck for about one hour, feeling how every part of my body is changing depending on the position of the head, feeling how to become one with the qi, how to be one mass of qi.
I experienced the intensely turning of the tailbone and the power it gives to the spine and the brains. My intelligence is certainly improved by it. The fact of being in the centre is also great. Even without me speaking the language I can feel at home as I feel accepted as part of the big Zhineng family. If the Chinese language would not be so difficult, I would start learning it immediately. When practicing together in the group in the big qi-field I can sense it, but I am sure that a big part of the effect is lost by not understanding what is said. When I have my private classes with teacher Wei, I have most of the time a very deep qi-feeling. So I can imagine, being in a big group, hearing the same words in your own language, is like taking a qi-bath.
My dream now is creating a centre in Europe were all habitants can gather together and experience the big qi-field, the effect of the Zhineng family in their own language or in a language that is familiar to them. In the mean time I certainly will advise my students to come to China to experience the roots of Zhineng Qigong.