Labbnäs, Kimito Island, South West Finland
July 15-19 2015
‘At the Annual Chi Gathering I aim to review the advances my students in England and Finland have made over the previous year and update various current themes. The emphasis has been moving from simple chi gung exercises like shibashi to inner nei gung practices as we go closer to the core of the body or the heart of the work.
Shibashi is still the basis of group work and it is a requirement for attendance that everyone knows the 18 moves of the first shibashi set and can practice them to a basic standard. If you have not worked with me on them before they can be learned from a DVD and materials provided by Sifu Wing Cheung (www.taichi18.com) or I can nominate instructors in Helsinki, Tampere and Ivalo.
This year at Labbnäs I will be introducing Taichi 15. This is a more advanced and little-known set that I have been doing for many years. It is not commonly taught and is probably unknown in Finland. The 15 exercises are good for drawing chi to the dantien and supporting its circulation.
In my talks over the last couple of years I have been describing the psychological life and have outlined how to escape from it in order to live more consciously. More recently I introduced what I call Mr Gogus, an energy of intelligence, which when made sufficiently conscious accelerates personal evolution. This leads on to an investigation of what living consciously means in practice; to questions about reality, existence, justice and love.’
This is the second year the Gathering has been held at the residential centre, Labbnäs, by the lake on the island of Kimito in a Swedish-speaking part of Finland. It’s a comfortable and homely place to be; the food is good, the air clean and the light over the lake lovely. Practice sessions are outdoors and in a barn. There are two saunas right by the lake.
Fee: €200 (€235 for late bookings)
Accommodation and meals: €328
Single Room Supplement: €76
Booking: A non-refundable deposit of €100 is required to guarantee your place. This counts as half the course fee. The remaining €100 of the fee is payable before June 1st. If you book after that add €35 as a late booking charge. Your other costs are payable to Labbnäs on registration.
Book with Iina Pennanen who will supply details of how to pay and provide joining instructions before the event.
(in Finnish, Swedish and English)
Labbnäs on Facebook (photos)
Details of last year’s course follow and may be of interest.