Elemental Qigong Summer Retreat
Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm - Jul 25 @ 10:00 am| £840
Elemental Qigong Summer Retreat
July 17 -25
“I was lucky enough to attend four days of Clara’s Qigong course in Manzanares, Spain, after spending the summer in full blown menopause, with constant hot flashes and uncomfortable night sweats. We learned the basics of body energy work and the flowing, easy movements and how to calm our minds – no easy feat in my case. I have since practiced Qigong between 10 and 45 minutes, 3 to 5 days a week and my hot flashes have subsided completely.”
“I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for the Qigong course in Sept. 2012, but arrived with a painful shoulder contraction that had been bothering me for over 6 months. Many nights, I couldn’t even sleep. I’d been trying to control it with muscle relaxants and had been to 5 different massage and physical therapists. Only one of them was successful in eradicating the pain, by chiropractic manipulation of the spine, but it returned within a day, and sometimes within hours. Qigong’s curative exercises have totally relieved me of this pain and it has not returned since.. Thanks for sharing this with us, Clara!”
“After a weekend of Qigong I feel light, agile and full of serenity. Clara encourages the personal experience of peace and stillness to evolve. Everyone in the class of 10 praised her clarity at guiding the exercises and knowledge about their purpose and related information. I can´t wait to repeat this profound and transforming experience! ”
Loving movement exercise from a young age, I did ballet from 5-21, I instantly recognised the feeling of graceful movements when introduced to qigong, this age-old system of energy cultivation. I’d already had two episodes of burnout, running a busy costume design business and bringing up my son in NW London. I was looking for ways I could heal myself and was drawn towards natural energy medicine, unlike my previous training as a Registered Nurse. Here the focus on disease management was only one side of the patient health coin, I was curious about ways of preventative healthcare, still am. Personal research took me through Homeopathy to EFT, Reiki, Aromatherapy Massage, Nutrition, Acupuncture, Shiatsu and CranialSacral therapy. I was searching for a way to take care of myself as well as appreciating treatements and teachings. When a parent of one on my lads friends, offered to introduce me to Chi Kung/Qigong I was intrigued and went along. Ged Sumner is a co-founder of the London College of Elemental Chi Kung, with Thalbert Allen, where I subsequently trained for 4 years. I am now a student of Grand Master Ken Cohen.
I was hooked by the end of the first session, from this innate recognition of flow and expression, although the tension patterns in my arms and shoulders took years to fully unwind, I instantly felt so much better on the inside. My sleep became deeper and more nourishing. Stress levels became manageable and prioritising the time for my space had a strong sustaining effect on both my physicality and psyche.
Fast forward to now, where I live in and around the New Forest, managing the succesful Conscious Living Events company, sharing qigong teachings and creating ‘Chi Time’ interview shows. I now have a place to call home after 4 years of living ‘Home-Free’. This time was not without its challenges – understatement – but my qigong and meditation practice gave me ninja-style aptitude and organising abilites, the big one is assigning time. This is where I can help.
This retreat is the jewel in the chi crown of my year. Following on from the incredible teachings with Master Ken, we can retreat to idyllic S.W French countryside, where you can dive into your personal energy relationship, alongside other similar folk. I’d love to share more chi secrets with you.
Clara Apollo is an elemental qigong teacher, founder member of the Alliance of Tai Chi and Qigong and Conscious Living Events organiser. She presents Chi Time, the Conscious Living show for UK Health Radio.
Here’s the snug area, if the nights get cold..