Traditional wudang wushu and qigong retreat “Practices of the Immortals” in Ningzhengong monastery, The Tenth Dwelling Place of the Taoist Immortals of China
16 october - 25 august 2015
This retreat offers a unique opportunity to get acquainted and/or deepen your knowledge and practice of the ancient authentic monastery system of Wudang Tai Chi and Qigong, nourishing vitality and fostering longevity, at the place referred to as “The dwelling place of Immortals” for thousand years where this unique Taoist system of exercises and practices was developed. Those who maintain a consistent practice of these technics find that they help to:
- Regain a youthful vitality, accumulate and regulate life force;
- Maintain health even into old age and bring speed recovery from illness;
- Reduce stress and build stamina;
- Enhance the immune system;
- Restore emotional equilibrium and reestablish body/mind/soul connection;
- Encourage a positive outlook on life and eliminate harmful attitudes and behaviors;
- Create a balanced life style, bringing greater harmony, stability and enjoyment;
This residential retreat is open and designed for people of all age groups interested in learning and practicing ancient Taoist methods of life nourishment and health care. No prior experience or training is required.
Program of the retreat:
Traditional Wudang Wushu and Qigong, meditation and contemplation practices, lectures and talks, walks and tea pauses with Master Wuxu
The retreat is designed for those who want:
- To get acquainted or deepen their practice of the ancient monastery system of life nourishment in the place of its origin, where it was carefully elaborated and cultivated.
- To rest, take care of one’s health and/or get in touch with one’s spirit in one of the ten Holly places of Taoism
October 17 - 10 a.m. - meeting at the Shanghai airport and transfer to the Ningzhengong monastery. Checking in. Practice.
October 18-20 - theory and 2 sessions of practice, tea-pauses
October 21 - free time
October 22-24 - theory and 2 sessions of practice, tea-pauses
October 25 - early morning transfer to Shanghai airport
COST: Including training, room (double or triple accommodation) and meals:
- $1200 for registrations and payment received before September 1, 2015
- $ 1400 for registration and payments received after September 1, 2015
The cost for transfer to/from Shanghai airport - Ningzhengong monastery is not included. It will be calculated later depending on the number of participants.
Master Wuxu is the holder of the Wudangpai school tradition and representative of the Taoist monastery Ningzhengong in Russia and Europe, closest disciple of the Wudang Wushu and qigong patriarch in the 16th generation Wen Shelyan, from whom he inherited genuine traditions of the Southern Taoism of Dandin school (сinnabar tripod for preparing the elixir of immortality (alchemical vessel). Master Wuxu is also a multiple Traditional Wushu World championship 1-prize winner, specialist in the Taoist medicine and qigong, who has been teaching traditional wudang wushu and qigong for more than 25 years.
The Ningzhengong monastery,
the Tenth Dwelling Place of the Taoist Immortals of China
Taoist Holly land of China
It is a temple where the culture of Tao is delivered to people to improve them. It is Paradise on Earth, Holly land, the dwelling place of Taoist saints and daoshi, which has been inherited from the past thanks to the lineage of teachers, non- interrapted in the course of 5000 years. There is no worldy hectic tempo and rush here. People listen to the morning toll and evening drum and words about Tao can reach their hearts and minds. Morning and evening exercises, self-training 4 times a day help to contemplate the beauty of Tao and implement in life secret technics of self-improvement passed on to the followers by the Taoism founders in the course of centuries, and become successful in this earthly life.
It is a holly place of real self-improvement addressed to the whole world, it is the source of the only taoist system of practical excersises for achieving immortality and vitality nourishement of daoshi ascetics from the Southern school.
Zhao Heng (趙恆) (968–1022), formally Emperor Zhenzong (眞宗), the 3r emperor of imperial China’s Song Dynasty granted the Dwelling Place of Immortals and The repository of the Blue Mountains the name “Ningzhengong” . The temple is located at the foot of main peak Mishailan of the famous Taoist Cotzanshan mountain. Locals call it “Fourty five caves-dwellings”. During the times of Han Dynasty the temple was qualified as “The Tenth Dwelling Place of the Taoist Immortals” and as one of the places with marvelous energy of the taoist self-improvement of the Southern-Song Dynasty.
Starting from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD), the temple was referred to as Taoism dwelling place.
Tang Еmperor in 748 AD perceived a light misty cloud souring from the grotto of the Коцан-дун as a good sign and magic which the immortals blow out of their mouth. The emperor issued a decree to build a Taoist monastery here, having granted it the name of “Hidden source of achievements and high moral qualities”
Emperor Zhenzong of the Northern Song Dynasty during his reign in 1018 AD ordered to conduct remodeling works in the Dwelling and granted a dragon golden statue to the monastery. Moreover, the emperor renamed the monastery and granted him the following name - “Ningzhengong” (The temple of concentration of the true essence)
During the last years of the Northern Song Dynasty, in 1121, the (Ningzhengong) was destroyed. Emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty (after moving the capital to Nanking 1127-1279) restored the temple in 1127. Emperor of The Northern Song Dynasty Zhenzong granted the Temple the following name - “The dwelling place of Immortals”. This name has already been in use for a thousand years.
Address: Zhejang province, Taizhou