Five Element Fusion - Qi Gong Retreat, Spanish Pyrenees

September 28th – October 4th 2024

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Immerse yourself in the stunning nature of La Alta Garroxta nature reserve, Spanish Pyrenees. This wild unspoilt landscape provides an idyllic setting for deepening Qi Gong practice, and the renewal and rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. 

Qi Gong is an ancient art that encompasses a wide spectrum of practices to integrate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Included in our practice together are musculoskeletal mobilisations and sequences, meridian mapping, breath work, sonic qi application and meditative internal alchemy practices.

The retreat is perfect for people interested in the health benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as practitioners, scholars, students and enthusiasts.  Meditators, yogi’s, dancers and performers who are looking for an alternative approach to working with the energy body will also find this retreat beneficial.

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During this retreat you will:
align with seasonal rhythmns through five element based qi gong practice
– learn how to dissolve stagnant energy and cultivate more harmony and balance
explore five element theory and the deeper layers of the psyche and the five spirits
– practice moving and static meditations to embody and ground in your inner nature
– experience a week of nourishing, five element based cooking to strengthen your qi
enhance intimacy and connection with nature and local environment
– have the opportunity to appreciate the silence and tranquility of this magical location 

Food & Nutrition
Food and drink are an important part of this retreat, and in Qi Gong practice.

Your menu for this retreat is carefully crafted using food energetics principles. Each meal has been given thought and consideration to the balance, harmony and flow of the retreat, to the local environment, season and five elements.

Throughout the week, in addition to enjoying delicious and nourishing meals prepared for you, we will expand on this approach to nutrition and share with you the fundamental principles of food energetics and Qi Nutrition. 

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The Venue
Cradled in the mountains of the nature reserve of Alta Garrotxa, lies the beautiful 56-hectare estate of Les Gavatxes. With views down into the meadows and up towards the higher peaks.

The estate mostly consists of forests, meadows, and two rivers. and stretches up into the forested mountain landscape and down to the river in the valley. All power is from renewable energy and water comes from a spring.

As much as possible we will practice together outdoors, in different landscapes, to connect deeper with nature.

There are also many hiking trails in the area, for all levels of difficulty and experience.

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Example schedule

Arrival day – arrival from 4pm, welcome drinks and snack
welcome session, dinner, evening meditation
Day 1 -5 – morning meditation, light snack, practice session, brunch, free time
followed by; afternoon practice session, dinner (some evenings we will include a practice/meditation, others will be free time)
Departure day – morning meditation and practice, breakfast, departure by 11am

Whats Included
– All tuition
– Accommodation
– All Food/drinks
– Optional transfer from/to Girona Airport

What’s Not Included
– Flights, trains, taxi’s or other transport costs
– Any other food or drinks that you many require outside of the provided menu
– Anything else you wish to purchase


Accommodation & Investment
There are 5 places remaining on this retreat. The sleeping options are as follows:

 3 x Private rooms with double bed in a log cabin £1045 each
– the log cabin has 4 rooms in total, with shared bathroom, living room, kitchen and terrace with mountain views.

1 x Yurt £895 – if you would like to be closer to nature during your retreat then this is the perfect option. The yurt is set in its own area and has an outside kitchen area, compost toilet and shower.

Camping £695 – for a budget option we also have a few camping spaces available. Bring your own tent and kit.

Terms & Conditions

A deposit of £100 is required to reserve your space. This is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Balance is due no later than 30 days before the retreat start date.
We regret that cancellations made after this time are not eligable for a refund.
Cancellations made before this time will receive a refund, minus the deposit and a 15% admin fee.

Course Leaders/Retreat Team
I am excitednto be leading this retreat with my friend and colleague Rupert Johnson. Together we bring a wealth of experience and thousands of hours of practice, study and training.

Your meals will be created by Rosie Blunden. Together with Rosie we are designing a menu to enhance and complement the retreat, using Five Element principles and the very best of the local produce.