Online Retreats for Members

Rejuvenate your body and spirit by spending a day immersed in simple yet powerful practices to nourish your Jing, Qi, and Shen

The Sanctuary of Tao’s virtual retreats are available for members of the Sanctuary of Tao. They are held four times of year in each season.

Remaining retreats this year:

  • Summer—Jun 17, 2023 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Autumn—Sep 23, 2023 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Winter—Dec 23, 2023 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

The Online Retreats are a powerful time to:

  • Move and release stuck energy to make way for the new

  • Strengthen your life-force energy 

  • And work with that energy to revitalize yourself from the inside out 

“Renew yourself every day completely, make yourself anew daily,
still anew today, and every day anew.”
Shang Dynasty proverb

Join us for our Revitalizing Online Retreats

In each retreat we do the following core practices:

  • Eight Brocades Seated Qigong

  • Opening the Three Passes

  •  And we’ll be doing the Seasonal Qigong practice of Chen Tuan. 

We’ll also do standing Qigong throughout the day to get the Qi flowing in our legs because the other three practices are done seated. 


These practices help your body feel nourished and replenished, radiating with Qi. 


This spring, we gathered together to use these practices to rejuvenate our health and vitality. Join us for the next online retreat in summer, so you can:

  • Clear the tension you’ve been carrying

  • Get your energy flowing again

  • Start a spiral upwards in your health 

These practices are simple yet powerful methods of cultivating the Three Treasures, the three energies of the body that give us life: 




Life-Force Energy



When the Three Treasures are restored it gives you a feeling of being light, strong, and energized.

One of the students of the Internal Alchemy class shared that after utilizing just one practice that we’ll be practicing in the retreat, his acupuncturist said “there’s nothing I need to treat you for today” because all his vitals looked so good.

These things help you cultivate “youthfulness in old age,” so you can combine youthful vitality with the wisdom of age—so you can use both toward awakening your Spirit if you so choose. 


These are some examples of how we will replenish our internal energies during this retreat:

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Replenish Your Jing

We’ll do practices to stimulate and build our bodily fluids that make up our Jing—for example by:

  • Swirling the tongue to stimulate the saliva
  • Massaging the meridians to stimulate the lymph
  • Increasing blood flow by warming areas with breath, movement, and massage
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Replenish Your Qi

In this retreat, we'll:

  • Coordinate our breath with our movements to cultivate Qi.
  • Do practices to eliminate tension so Qi can freely move.
  • Use our breath, movement, and mind-intent to guide the Qi through the body.
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Replenish your Shen 

We'll do these practices:

  • With one-pointed focus
  • Followed by short meditation periods 

Whether you’re looking to:

—Restore yourself to vibrant health

—Combine youthfulness and longevity, or

—Set up the foundation for Internal Alchemy …


Join Us for our next Virtual Retreat! 

  • Summer—Jun 17, 2023 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Autumn—Sep 23, 2023 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Winter—Dec 23, 2023 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) 


11:00 am — 5:00 pm Central Time

  • Stuart will give opening remarks
  • Eight Brocades
    • We will do the first half of the practice, which prepares the body for meditation, bringing the Qi down from the head into the lower Dan Tian.
    • 5-minute seated meditation
    • Then we will finish with the last half of the practice, which is designed to bring you out of meditation and help your Qi to circulate, especially down into the lower body 
  • Break
  • Tracing the Wall Standing Qigong  
  • Chen Tuan Seasonal Qigong Practice
  • Beginning Taiji Posture practiced as Qigong
  • Opening the Three Passes
  • 5-minute seated meditation
  • Stuart will give closing remarks with time for Q&A and discussion


This retreat will be a practice of Eight Brocades, so i
f you’d like to learn more about Eight Brocades before the retreat, you can go to the Nourishing Life area of the Membership and see the practice there.

Also, our original in-depth course on Eight Brocades is now available through our Programs area. Members can get an $80 discount off the course fee. Please contact us for the coupon code if interested. 

How to access the retreat:

THE RETREAT IS FREE TO ALL SANCTUARY OF TAO MEMBERS. Replays of the retreat will appear in the Nourishing-Life section of the membership. This is where you can review the instructions for Eight Brocades as well prior to the retreat.

All members will receive reminder emails leading up to the retreat with the Zoom link. 

If you’re not a member, you can try out the membership for a suggested donation of $18 a month, and you’re free to cancel at any time. Click the button below to learn about the membership and sign up!

Join Us for our next Virtual Retreat!

Retreats are free to all Sanctuary of Tao members.

If you aren’t a member yet, you can learn about and join the Sanctuary of Tao membership by clicking the link below.

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If you’d like to revitalize your energy as you head into spring, join us for this retreat!

We look forward to practicing these simple yet powerful practices with you to rejuvenate our bodies, minds, and spirits.  

“People’s natures are basically the same, it is their practices which set them far apart.”

Join Us for the next Virtual Retreat!

Immerse yourself in practices to nourish your Jing, Qi, and Shen

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