Moving into Mindfulness
a 3-day Mindfulness & Qi Gong Retreat
facilitated by Rachel Tobin

8 - 11 February, 2019
Tushita Hermitage, Peria Valley, Northland

about the retreat

Mindfulness, the art of accessing the power of the ‘now’, is a wonderful way of calming your body, replenishing your energy, and cultivating joy and wellbeing. If you have the tendency to lose yourself in over-thinking, or would simply relish time for balance and restoration, join me in this beautiful and supportive setting for a blend of mindfulness meditation and qi gong practices.

Qi gong is an ancient Taoist system designed to improve the flow of energy in the body, create vitality and concentrate the mind. The qi gong practices we will learn include qi gong warm ups, qi gong self-massage, a compassion practice, and a beautiful flowing moving form (from the Shibashi part i form).
These will be practices you can take away and use at home to relax and revitalise your body and your 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 do a relaxing ‘awareness through movement’ session each evening. There will be time for reflection, writing, walking or resting as well as delicious vegetarian meals. The retreat will be mostly in silence for participants, though full instruction will be offered.

the venue, accommodation, etc

The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Tushita Hermitage in the Peria Valley, Northland. Set in sub-tropical vegetation, Tushita Heart Hermitage provides a safe sanctuary with plenty of space, shared communal areas and also places where you can spend time alone if you wish.

On-site accommodation and meals are provided for you. Accommodation is in shared rooms. Some single rooms are available on application, for an extra $15/night. There are modern, clean showers and toilets.

who is the retreat for?

  • Absolute beginners with no mindfulness or qi gong experience

  • Experienced mindfulness practitioners and meditators

  • Anyone wanting to to revitalise and replenish their wellbeing

benefits

  • 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 well being

  • A more focused mind

  • Less reliance of outside conditions for your sense of worth and wellbeing

what you will learn

  • How to practise mindfulness, in stillness, walking and movement

  • Qi gong warm ups to energise and relax your body

  • How to develop more compassion towards yourself (and others)

  • Begin the journey of mastery of your thinking mind

  • Tools for managing your mind and emotions

  • Self-compassion meditation (“the inner smile”)

  • Qi gong practices that you can take home and use as practical tools for wellbeing and stress reduction

 fountain in namu sambo garde

fountain in namu sambo garde

 eyes open, on e of the accommodation buildings at tushita hermitage

eyes open, on e of the accommodation buildings at tushita hermitage

 marble table outside guardian house

marble table outside guardian house

 toilet block at tushita hermitage

toilet block at tushita hermitage


Natural Ease and Mindful Living
a 4-day Mindfulness & Qi Gong Retreat
facilitated by Rachel Tobin

31 May - 4 June, 2019
9 - 13 October, 2019
Tushita Ashram, Peria Valley, Northland

about the retreat

The art of mindfulness is the practise of resting in the present moment, with acceptance, good humour and compassion, as we simply notice the play of moment-to-moment happenings - sounds, sensations, thoughts… To relax into ‘presence’ is a natural way of calming your body and mind, replenishing your energy, and cultivating joy and wellbeing. If you have the tendency to lose yourself in over-thinking, live a very busy life, or would simply relish time for balance and restoration, join me in this beautiful and supportive setting for a blend of mindfulness meditation and qi gong practices. If you have attended the 3-day retreat, Moving into Mindfulness, (offered in February this year) you will find this retreat a wonderful chance to deepen into yourself more in a way that more than than three days allows.
 
Qi gong is an ancient Taoist system designed to improve the flow of energy in the body, create vitality and concentrate the mind. The qi gong practices we will learn include qi gong warm ups, qi gong self-massage, the six Taoist healing sounds, the inner smile compassion practice, and the Shibashi Part i qi gong form. 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 as well as delicious vegetarian meals. Apart from the first day, the last morning and a session each day for discussion and questions, the retreat will be in silence for participants, although you are welcome to come and talk with me if you need to.

 WALKWAY FROM TE WHARE NUI AWHINA TO MAIN BUILDINGS, TUSHITA HERMITAGE

WALKWAY FROM TE WHARE NUI AWHINA TO MAIN BUILDINGS, TUSHITA HERMITAGE

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

 NAMO SAMBO GARDENS, TUSHITA HERMITAGE

NAMO SAMBO GARDENS, TUSHITA HERMITAGE

the venue, accommodation, etc

The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Tushita Ashram Hermitage in the Peria Valley, Northland, not far from Coopers Beach and Taipa. Set amongst sub-tropical vegetation, Tushita Ashram is a unique and safe sanctuary which offers plenty of space, shared communal areas and areas to spend time alone.

Many people find that just being in the physical environment of the Ashram is restorative and deeply conducive to stillness.

On-site accommodation and wonderful vegetarian meals are provided for you by a friendly and willing service team.  Accommodation is in shared rooms.  Some single rooms are available on application, for an extra $15/night. There are modern, clean showers and toilets.

what you will learn

  • How to practise mindfulness, in sitting and movement

  • Warm ups and stretches to encourage qi flow

  • Qi gong self massage to energise and harmonise the body

  • Self-compassion meditation (“the inner smile”)

  • The six qi gong Taoist “healing sounds” for greater well being

  • Understand how you create stress, and gain more mastery over emotions

  • The Shibashi part i qi gong form

  • How to bring mindfulness practise into everyday life

  • How to cultivate your inherent joy.

benefits

  • More vital energy (qi) in your body

  • Greater awareness of the ways you block your inherent happiness

  • Opportunity to let go, relax and unwind

  • Be reminded of your inherent OK-ness

  • Better sleep and improved well being

  • A more focused mind

  • Opportunity for 4 days of deep rest - the chance to come home to yourself

  • Improved mental health.


 Rachel Tobin and the art of mindfulness

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 mindfulnessworks individually with adults and children, teaches mindfulness in organisations and to the general public, and regularly facilitates 1-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. Her spiritual journey, of re-discovering the natural and inherent joy that comes from simply 'being' - and waking up to the conditioning, thoughts and emotional patterns that eclipses that happiness - is increasingly informing her work with others.