TAI CHI was born in the mountains and this week will offer an opportunity to bring the practice into the Monterosa summer landscape in a fully realised way. The Retreat is located in the north west Italian Alps, near Aosta and the border with Switzerland. The venue is Mountain Refuge Vieux Crest, situated at 2000 metres above the village of Champoluc.
For followers in MINDFULNESS, TAI CHI makes such an entirely natural companion that an interest in one may, with guidance, lead freely to an experience in the other. Custom says of TAI CHI that it is: First in the Mind then in the Body, when in the Body then in the Mind again. MINDFULNESS practices mirror this Whole Mind Whole Body principle, sharing its origins in large part with the holistic wisdom traditions, perhaps mainly of the East, of which TAI CHI certainly is one. In other words, they are activities and Ways in common. To bring them together for a week in the mountains will allow both time and a setting in which to go beyond the encounter of a two-hour class or weekend’s study, and truly explore, truly sustain.
The Retreat will be led by highly experienced teacher, Tim Spratt, and will comprise both structured and informal teaching in TAI CHI and CHI KUNG, and with guidance in MEDITATION. It will be down- to-earth and practical in nature, so that those participating will acquire a set of take-home skills to apply in their daily lives and deepen into for themselves. There will be mindful walking and hiking incorporated into each day for those who wish to explore the landscape and nature of the area.