Retreats

2024 Retreat Days in Callander

Open to beginners and experienced students

Retreat days provide a break from the distractions of life and an opportunity to go more deeply into our practice – each day will include several hours of practice, with enough free time to enjoy being in this location. Lunch is provided and overnight accommodation is available at the centre for booking. The venue is situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in a stunning setting – a short walk from Loch Venachar with numerous walking and cycle trails in the area.

Retreat days are limited to 20 spaces – advanced booking is required and early booking recommended.


Tai Chi & Qigong – Retreat Day – May 2024

Sunday 12th May 2024 – 10am to 5pm

We will cover a range of Qigong exercises derived from Tai Chi and Internal Martial Arts practices, as well as an exploration of Tai Chi principles & foundation exercises, Tai Chi 37 Form (simplified Yang style Tai Chi) and simple partnerwork.

This may include elements from – Experiential Qigong & Body-Mind Imagery, Cheng Man-ch’ing’s 8 Methods, Huang Sheng Shyan’s 5 Loosening Exercises, Liu Xiheng’s Tai Chi Exercises, Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong, Tai Chi 37 Form, Partnerwork & ‘Pushing Hands’.

More about Qigong here / about Tai Chi here 


Tai Chi & Qigong Partnerwork – Retreat Day – July 2024

Sunday 7th July 2024 – 10am to 5pm

A full day dedicated to Tai Chi & Qigong partnerwork – suitable for beginners and experienced students – we will cover foundation partnerwork explorations, key principles and Tai Chi ‘pushing hands’ exercises (partner forms).

More about Tai Chi partnerwork here 


Tai Chi & Qigong – Weekend Retreat – August 2024

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August 2024 – 10am to 5pm each day

Over the weekend, we will cover Qigong, Tai Chi, Partnerwork as well as some accessible Yoga & Meditation – the weekend is non-residential, although accommodation is available for booking at the venue.


Yoga, Qigong & Meditation – Retreat Day – October 2024

Sunday 6th October 2024 – 10am to 5pm

The day will focus on Scaravelli-inspired Yoga and Meditation practice, as well as some Qigong practice – we will explore the overlap between Yoga, Meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi practice.

More about Yoga & Meditation here


Qigong & Baguazhang Retreat Day – December 2024

Sunday 8th December 2024 – 10am to 5pm

We will cover a range of Qigong exercises derived from Tai Chi and Internal Martial Arts practices, as well as an introduction to ‘Baguazhang’ – 8 Trigrams Palm – a lesser known yet fascinating Chinese Internal Martial Art – Baguazhang is characterised by circular and spiral movements and a more freestyle approach compared to Tai Chi – we will cover the basics of the practice including – the 8 Mother Palms, basic hand techniques, stepping exercises and circle walking.

More about Baguazhang from my teacher’s website here

Daily Schedule:

10:00am to 10:30am – Arrival, Tea, Chat

10:30am to 11:45am – Session 1

11:45am to 12noon – Break

12noon to 1pm – Session 2

1pm to 2:30pm – Lunch / Break

2:30pm to 3:30pm – Session 3

3:30pm to 3:45pm – Break

3:45pm to 4:45pm – Session 4

4:45pm to 5pm – Closing / Departure

Non-residential includes lunch and refreshments

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Booking & Payment:

Email alan.skirving@gmail.com or book via link below

Day Retreat – £75

Weekend Retreat – £140

If using online booking link, please add a note with the date you are wishing to book!

Cancellation Policy – a full refund will be given up to one month before retreat date, a 50% refund up to one week before, with no refund thereafter.

Accommodation is available at the Trossachs Tryst @ £90 per night – booking via email to rooms@trossachstryst.co.uk

Trossachs Tryst, Invertrossachs Rd, Callander FK17 8HW