Daoyin & Qigong Retreat at Le Puget
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In this five-day retreat, the participants will learn several qigong routines, including Emei shenzhangong (Mt Emei Stretching Qigong), Baduanjin (The Eight Brocades), Liuzijue (The Six Healing Sounds), Wuqinxi (The Five Animal Frolics), and Yijinjing (Classic for Transforming the Sinews), as well as various forms of ancient and medieval therapeutic exercises known as daoyin based on the 2nd century BCE text entitled Yinshu (Book of Pulling), and the 7th-century state-sponsored medical text entitled Zhubing yuanhou lun (Treatise on the Origins and Symptoms of Medical Disorders). This is a special retreat where little-known ancient and medieval therapeutic exercises will be taught alongside contemporary Qigong practices. The daily intensive qigong sessions will be led by Feixia Yu, a renowned Qigong teacher in the UK. There will be lectures on the history of therapeutic exercise in ancient and medieval China by Professor Vivienne Lo and Dr Dolly Yang; and in the evenings we will show martial arts films.

Speaker(s): This retreat is led by Feixia Yu, Professor Vivienne Lo, and Dr Dolly Yang. Feixia Yu is an award-winning practitioner and teacher of many styles of Taiji and Qigong and a senior instructor at the British Health Qigong Association. She originally qualified as an Exercise and Recuperation Instructor at Beijing Sport University and now runs weekly Taiji and Qigong classes on-line and in person with open lectures and workshops on the Chinese health enhancement tradition. She regularly features in local media including BBC Radio Lancashire and the Lancashire Evening Posts on various aspects of Chinese culture. She also designs and delivers corporate wellbeing events. Her area of research interests is in Qigong as an exercise intervention tool for a range of conditions including Long Covid, hypertension, Parkinson’s, and spine misalignment. Vivienne Lo is Professor in the Department of History at UCL. For more than twenty years she has been teaching the Ancient and Medieval history of China and specialist modules in the History of Asian Medicine and Classical Chinese Medicine at BSc and MA. Vivienne's core research concerns the social and cultural origins of acupuncture, therapeutic exercise, and food and medicine. She translates and analyses manuscript material from Early and Medieval China, and publishes on the transmission of scientific knowledge along the so-called Silk Roads. She has a long-term interest in visual cultures of medicine and healthcare. Current projects include a history of nutrition in China. Dolly Yang is a researcher in the History of Chinese medicine. Her main research explores the social and cultural aspects of bodily practices in pre-modern China. She received her PhD in 2018 from University College London, UK for her investigation into the institutionalisation of therapeutic exercise in Sui China (581–618 CE). She was a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, between 2020 and 2021. Her current projects include writing a book on therapeutic exercises from the 7th-century Chinese medical text Zhubing yuanhou lun. The book will be published later this year by Purple Cloud Institute with illustrations by Jessica Chiang.

Feixia Yu Dr Dolly Yang Professor Vivienne Lo

Other information

7:00 – 9:00 am Health Qigong 9:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast 10:30 – 12:30 pm Ancient/Medieval Daoyin 1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch 2:00 – 4:00 pm Break 4:00 – 6:00 pm Health Qigong 7:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner


Le Puget is Professor Lo's secluded estate of 24 acres in rural Languedoc, with its rolling hills, lake and forests. In the distance are the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees. Languedoc is known for its glorious weather, great food and wine, medieval castles and market towns. There is also plenty of opportunity for outward bound activities, with a swimming pool, horse riding and yoga studio available on the farm. The hills and mountains provide excellent road and off-road cycling and skiing in the winter. The farmhouse and the auberge accommodate up to 20 people in 8 double or twin rooms, with en-suite bathrooms to 6 of them. We cook for many different diets with an emphasis on freshly prepared local vegetables and fruits. Professor Lo is a published cookery writer, with an expertise in Asian cuisine. She will be overseeing the kitchen.

Booking information

Book here: https://www.retraitelepuget.co.uk/book-your-stay-index-maple

Open to

All, but particularly those interested in CPD and serious on-going training


Duration Twin-Share Room Private Room 5 days/6 nights £1000 £1200 Day rate (including lunch) £80

Last Updated

2024-01-18 21:01:25