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As we plan to reopen our Xuan Ju Daoist Center for workshops and retreats, we are implementing new regulations and protocols to ensure the safety of our members and guest.  Please take the time to review them. 

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    • Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    • 7:00 AM (EDT)
    • Saturday, July 31, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • Via ZOOM
    Register

    July 2021 - Summer Qigong Via Zoom

    Dates: July and 7, 2021 - July 31, 2021

    Every Wednesdays and Saturdays
    From 7:00 - 8:00 AM EST


    What:
     In this course, Spiritual Master Zhou Xuan Yun will share and discuss
     the health nourishing properties of the 4-Movement Summer Qigong Set.  Twice weekly, this online session will include the set done in standing and sitting positions, theories and methods of the Qigong Set.

     $120 (Members price: $108 - become a member) for 9 Occurrences

    Register today!


    Daoist Rituals for Health

    Daoism is China's native religion that has become well known worldwide for its health nourishing practices. Today there are few who have not at least heard of Tai Chi Chuan/Taijiquan or Qigong.  

    Daoist health practices permeate all facets of life however beyond just their exercises and martial arts. Practices such as acupuncture and herbal medicine are becoming more and more widespread.  It is the Daoist theories and life habits that draw the complete picture of Daoist Yang Sheng (Health nourishing practices). 

    Daoists revere long lived creatures such as turtles.  Therefore walking imitates the turtle by moving slowly whilst being mindful of the "Qi" settling peacefully in the lower Dan Tian like calm waters. 

    In Daoist prayer, attention is paid to the hand position to form the Taiji  symbol.  The hands will then be held to the upper Dan Tian and the breathing is focused there as well.  As the head is lowered, so too must the breathing follow down into the lower Dan Tian, before being gently exhaled out according to the meridian of the body back out.   


    Summer Qigong

    During Summer, the Yang Qi of the Heavens will have risen to its apex and then begin descending to the Earth. Through the meeting of the Heaven and Earth "Qi" (the two quintessential facets of Yin and Yang), the Yang "Qi" acts as the catalyst to allow all living things to achieve their full potential and prosper. Because the Yang "Qi" is exuberant and hot, all living things will also experience a surging yang character. The "Qi" and blood circulation of the body will become strong, metabolism will be at its peak, and as a result the pores of the body will open to allow the yang "Qi" to vent outwards. Thus people will sweat more during the summer time. 

    Summer is represented by the fire phase and thus its character is heat. This is evident in the season’s hot climate and thus we must be wary of heat stroke by ensuring a careful balance of hydration (yin) in the body. Because of the climate it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the natural world’s hot and to try to balance it out with cold. This can be done through either ingesting cold things or especially in our modern society, sitting in air conditioned areas. However we must be careful to achieve this slowly. If we sit in the cold for too long or we ingest too much cold too fast, then there is the risk of overwhelming the "qi" of the body and collapsing the Yang "qi". Additionally, the natural world’s yang "qi" may seem overwhelming to the point that we feel we cannot exert any yang "qi" in our own body without feeling overwhelmed. 

    This expresses through when we feel that it is so hot outside that there is no desire to exercise at all and a lethargic sensation arises. However it is important to ensure that some exercise is still enacted. While we must ensure that we don’t hit the opposite end of adding to much Yang Qi to our body, we must at least exercise so that the body continues to circulate its vital substances. The organ that corresponds to the fire phase is the Heart. Thus, it is a time to nourish the heart. The Heart is responsible for the emotion of joy and thus if it is not properly nourished and we allow ourselves to languish from lack of exercise, it is possible for sullen and depressive thoughts to foster themselves within. Because the Yang Qi helps to warm and circulate the "Qi" and blood within the meridians naturally, it is a prime time to bolster and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and bones.


    • Monday, July 19, 2021
    • 7:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, July 25, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
    • 14
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    Summer Retreat in Wudang Taiji Form - One Week in-Person with Master Zhou

    When: Monday, July 19th through Saturday, July 24 from 7:00 - 5:00 PM. Sunday, July 25th from 7:00 - 12:00 Noon
     

    Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

    What:  Xuan Ju Daoist Center welcomes students to spend 6 days of intensive training in Taiji.  This is open to all levels of students, including beginners, and Master Zhou will custom tailor you practice for the full week to your level. 

    For Beginners: you will start with Taiji Basics, Qigong and Breathing exercises and  then introduce you to Taiji 28 and Taiji 108 
    For IntermediateTaiji 108, 13, and introduction to Tai-Yi
    For Advanced students:  Taiji 108, 13, Tai-Yi and Taiji Jian

    Schedule: A typical day

    7:00 - Qigong or Taiji
    8:00- 9:00 - Breakfast
    9:30 - 11:30 - Taiji 28 & 108 (depending on your level)
    11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch
    1:00 - 2:30 Self-practice or reading time
    2:30 - 3:30 - Taiji 28, 108, Taiji Jian  ((depending on your level)
    3:30 - 4:-00 - Tea Break, Open Discussion
    4:00 - 5:00 - Taiji form of preference
    6:00 - Dinner

                    
    As a non-profit entity, DBA and Master Zhou strive to make his retreats and workshops affordable for his students as he aims to bring the Wudang Art form to a wider audience. 

    Xuan Ju is set-up following the monastic tradition of living, where every student is responsible to assist in preparing, cooking, and cleaning just like home. 

     
    All inclusive Pricing: $780.00 - a week (Members price: $700- become a member)
    This pricing includes training, boarding and meals

    •  Personal training - 5 hours of training with Master Zhou and 2 hours of self-       practice. 6 Days of practice, Monday through Saturday. Sunday (half day) and departure.
    • Boarding: Limited space - first come first served, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB. There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities. 

    •  Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
      Meals: We have taken out the option of taking lunch at nearby restaurants with split checks because we found out that most students would opt for an affordable and quick lunch meal in Xuan Ju (or for commuters to bring their own lunch with them. )As such, we devised a meal plan that will is both practical and affordable to accommodate this request.  Lunch is included in the package where students can prepare and fix a sandwich and a healthy salad in Xuan Ju's kitchen. 

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      If you have questions or concerns, please e
      mail us at: info@daoistgate.com. 




     
    • Saturday, August 14, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, August 15, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
    • 3
    Register
    Bāguà Zhǎng (八卦掌) - Weekend Workshop

    Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

    When: June 26 and 27; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm EST

    What is it?  
    武当八卦掌 -Wu Dang Bagua Zhang  or commonly known as "circular boxing" or "walking the circle" is a high-level martial art which utilizes circular stepping patterns and snake-like movements to side-step and deflect an opponent’s attacks.  With 8-palm changes, the movements promote overall mental and health benefits, increase physical vitality, strength, and endurance. 

    Is this workshop for me?  This is open to all students. Master Zhou will introduce you to the basic movements and cover the first to five Bagua stances/movements.  If you have taken the workshop on Bagua before, this is a good time to review and drill on the movements under Master Zhou. 

    Pricing:
    • $200 for two days (Members price: $180- become a member)
    • Boarding: $30/night (Limited space - first come first serve, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB.) There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities at $15/night.
    • Meals: $20/day (Fee includes Dinner on the night of your stay and Breakfast the following morning. Lunch will be taken at nearby restaurants with split checks. If you choose to opt-out, feel free to bring your own food.)

    If you have any questions, please email us at:
    info@daoistgate.com



     


    • Saturday, August 21, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, August 22, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
    • 9
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    Weekend Standard Workshop - Session 2 - Kung Fu, Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, Weapons

    Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

    When: August 21 & 22; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm EST

    What is it?  2021 Standard Workshop Session 2.  An opportunity for my students to come together for in-person training in our spacious Xuan Ju Training Hall. Spots will be limited on a first- come first-served basis. 

    Is this workshop for me? 
    If you are a student of Master Zhou, or you have taken a Daoist Gate course with him, we invite you to join us. 

    1. Master Zhou will review where you are in your training and continue to where you left off. 

    2. You can concentrate on areas you need reviewing and polishing. For example: Do Taiji only for the weekend or sample other disciplines with other students.

    3. Owing to the differing area and levels of skills in the given group, Master Zhou will tailor the lessons individually; but will collectively practice together. 

    Every standard workshop is a part to earn hours in your teacher's certification.

    * Seminar attendance is Free for Daoist Gate teachers who are currently teaching students (except for board and meals).

    Schedule 

    1st day:

    • Wudang Kungfu, 
    • Bagua, 
    • XingYi.

      2nd day:
    • TaiChi( 28), 
    • TaiChi (108),
    • TaiChi(13),
    • TaiChi Sword.

    Pricing:

    • One Day Tuition: $80/day (Members price: $72/day - become a member)
    • Boarding: $30/night (Limited space - first come first serve, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB.) There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities at $15/night.
    • Meals: $20/day (Fee includes Dinner on the night of your stay and Breakfast the following morning. Lunch will be taken at nearby restaurants with split checks. If you choose to opt-out, feel free to bring your own food.)

    If you have any questions, please email us at:
    info@daoistgate.com



     


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