Real Taoism - Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Ba Gua classes workshops and retreats in London, UK and France

Qi Gong ( Hun Yuan ) Retreat Autumn 2017

Health and performance enhancement technique

Hun Yuan ( Eternal Circle ) Qi Gong Retreat

Southern France 23-28th September 2017


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5 days of high level instruction in Body Control and Energy Work. Learn a comprehensive mind body exercise as epitomized by the Hun Yuan method. Live well in your body and create a solid base for your ongoing health and strength, super charge your existing health regime and learn how to use the body as vehicle for change.

Qi Gong uses various methods of rhythmic and fluid motion to effect a dramatic release of tension, increased joint mobility, deeper breathing and greater all round flexibility. It gives me great pleasure to announce this September trip.

Due to the nature of teaching in a small group setting, quite dramatic shifts of awareness can take place. Standing meditative practice linked to nature and natural rhythms will be included.

There are only limited places on this retreat

  Flights are from Stanstead to Carcassonne. are very cost effective when booked early. Venue is one hour into the Corbiere Hills. Transport to and from the airport can be arranged.


We will be working for the standpoint of creating balanced an open structure. Emphasis will be on the anatomical requirements and adjustments that help the flow of the body's innate life force ( Qi ) personal help will be given to those wishing to have feedback regarding structural restriction plus advice on personal practice.


We provide instruction and advice within a holiday retreat setting.  Participants can learn a short Qi Gong form that they can integrate into their daily lives. Groups are kept small. .


Our French retreats are held in the Corbiere region of Languedoc. In the heart of Cathar Country.  This deeply historic area has a great atmosphere conductive to practice. 


We generally have morning and afternoon practice sessions, for example, 10-12.30am and 4-6.30pm. This allows time for walk, rest or a local trip out to the river etc. More practice time is allocated where necessary to help you get the most out of your practice.

This 5 day Retreat is designed for a very small group.

Single room occupancy £695

1 room with 2 singles beds £595

Accommodation is varied, some twin rooms (sharing) and some single occupancy with price variations. We have our own specialist retreat chef to prepare wholesome vegetarian dishes. The environment of the Corbiere close to the Pyrenees is wonderful and the air quality superb.

Please email for available accommodation or other enquiry.


Prices are inclusive of training, accommodation and 3 vegetarian meals a day, (starting from £595 for two people sharing (£695 for single room occupancy ) a £200 deposit will secure your place

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Please phone for more details and bookings
Tel: +44 (0)7801 550 302

Please check dates at time of booking as they may be subject to change.


In the unlikely event of a workshop cancellation your deposit or payments will be refunded. Please make all cheques payable to C.R Chappell.

Real Taoism workshops in London

For beginners, workshops are the ideal introduction to Life Arts practice.

Established practitioners

However, if you aren't a beginner and have a personal practice, these high-performance chi gung sets are ideal for developing and deepening your experience.

Easy to learn

These sets are complete Life Arts systems in their own right and serve to highlight specific qualities and aspects of internal movement.

They are neither choreographically complex nor difficult to learn. In the course of a workshop (one day or weekend – see schedule) you can learn an entire set which can radically enhance your health and performance.

Workshop Benefits  

  • Explore your mind/body
  • Work on specific body problems
  • Heal illnesses or injuries.
  • Learn a self-contained Life Art programme
  • Apply to a sport or performance art

Informal environment

Teachings are relaxed and informal with classes small enough for you to practice at your own pace and according to your level of competence.

We take great care to establish a facilitative and non-competitive learning environment so that your learning curve can be self- directed at a pace that you're comfortable with.

Deep relaxation

This sustained environment of relaxation and co-operation allows you to recognize hitherto un-noticed or hidden patterns of tension and establish deeper connections to your body's movements and energies.


Wear loose comfortable clothing, soft-soled flat shoes, socks or bare feet.

No special level of fitness is required as your participation is self-determined and you are free to work at your own pace and skill.

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Paul's story ....

Motor Cross Rider Paul Robey, once written off through injury, is bouncing back through Qi Gong....


"To cut a long story short, I was later diagnosed with a prolapse disc in my lower back and have never raced since. Aside from putting an end to my racing, over the coming months the pain would come and go, at times it was very bad and all my doctor could do was prescribe tramadol and valium - a concoction that did not by any means completely remove the pain, but served to make me feel like I was only just in the land of the living. Being reluctant to accept the advice of my doctor and surgeon, which was basically not to lift anything and to fill up on tablets, I did what most people in my situation do; I bounced between various practitioners (physiotherapists, chiropractic etc) who provided some comfort and partial relief but - as I would later learn from my experience with Chris – didn’t fundamentally address the root cause of my injury. By chance an acupuncturist recommended a visit to Real Taoism. After seeing Chris one-to-one I soon began to develop a clearer picture of the reasons why my back may have been injured. My legs were clearly not strong enough to support my lower back and the alignment of my spine was such that gravity (let alone the huge downward forces generated in motocross competition) would concentrate in my lower back, rather than be absorbed through the whole of my body. Practising Chi Gung has taught me to develop a deeper self-awareness of the way in which my body works and absorbs the stresses of daily life, not to mention a brutal sport like motocross. I now realise that the best person to correct my own physical mis-alignment is me . Discounting the obvious benefits, in terms of my general well-being and in eradicating pain, working with Chris over the last year has also given me real benefits with regard to my chosen sport. Chi Gung seems to me to be as much about mental practise as physical, in the sense that you learn to concentrate without distraction, you learn to breathe and relax effectively, all the time making physical effort. The practise of grounding in Chi Gung and the slow moving postures have also improved my balance and coordination - something that is tangible when I ride my mountain bike. Strangely, one of the best things I have learnt is how in the past I would be completely unaware of how I would overuse physical and mental energy when racing. Practising Chi Gung teaches you how to conjoin physical effort with relaxation - of the mind and body. In sporting terms it makes complete sense: maximum intensity with minimum effort. Whilst I haven’t yet gotten back on my motocross bike, with Chris's help I have reached a point where I am now competing in cross-country mountain bike races and have reached a comfortable training base where I can regularly cycle up to 80 miles per week - more or less pain free - on top of my standing practise. It is by no means a miracle cure, nor a quick fix, but Chi Gung and working with Chris has been by far and away the best therapy I have tried - and I have tried a lot." Paul Robey- London

Please note: These activities are not a substitute for the services of a doctor or psychotherapist. Please consult your doctor should you have any medical, emotional or mental problems before embarking on these activities.

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