Taiji, Tea & Qi Retreat at Prairiewoods
- 6:30 p.m. -
- $180 – $230
- All Ages
The AARP Global Council on Brain Health has identified what it calls the Five Pillars of Brain Health: movement, relaxation, discovery, connection and nutrition. This retreat with facilitator Gerry Hopkins at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) aims to provide all five (with a little help from the Prairiewoods kitchen staff). Taiji (Tai Chi) is a Chinese martial art that is used by most practitioners as a movement modality operating somewhere between yoga and dance. As such, it’s not only a fun way to move, but it also encourages relaxation while challenging us mentally. Tea, another gift from China, is the second most widely consumed drink in the world. We will break during the workshop to learn about and sample some of the most popular types of tea. While both refreshing and stimulating, tea can also provide nutritional and health benefits. Qi is the Chinese word for breath or life energy. Over centuries Chinese practitioners have developed various exercises designed to enhance and encourage the flow of this energy within ourselves. We will learn some of these exercises and examine how they may help us relax, heal and grow. Join us as we explore these cultural gifts from China; as we move in new directions; as we relax mentally, physically and emotionally; as we discover new ways to approach somatic engagement; as we connect with others; and as we share the delicious and nutritious meals from the Prairiewoods kitchen. The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.