Natural Movement Chi Kung

Chi Kung Retreat

New Zealand 4-10 January 2020

"Six hours of meditation and Chi Kung every day for 7 days... I was floating on air (in a very grounded, embodied way) by the end... I don't think I've ever felt so good in my body & so spiritually connected.  I've done four day Chi Kung classes before, and always felt great afterwards, but something extra really kicked in on day 5 of the retreat... every aspect of my life started to become infused with an awareness of Chi... I could feel the Chi in the ground beneath me as I walked, and even the most mundane movements, like making a cup of tea, became a ritual of awareness and deep connection to my own body and the environment.  Even though I haven't managed to practice as much as I would like since I returned home, I feel as though something has shifted permanently in my being, something I can never lose now that I have experienced such a heightened level of awareness.  I am finding it easier to slow down, be mindful and present, without needing to rush around doing multiple things at once.  I am much happier just being. Thanks!!  I'm totally addicted now :-) Annie McCasland-Pexton

This 7 day residential retreat will be held at Vaughan Park Retreat and Conference Centre at Long Bay on Auckland's North Shore, New Zealand and led by Ged Sumner.

This retreat is suitable for beginners through to advanced students and anyone with an interest in deepening their understanding and practice of Chi Kung.

The program includes a mix of moving and static forms, meditation and theory.  There will be time to relax and enjoy the natural setting of the centre in between program sessions.  Please see the program below for details of the schedule.

This is a wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Chi Kung at one of the best retreat centres in Auckland.  


Vaughan Park Retreat and Conference Centre,1043 Beach Road, Long Bay, Auckland City 0630, New Zealand 
The centre is positioned at the South end of Long Bay Beach in the East Coast Bays.
Its tranquil setting overlooks the bay and regional park which includes a number of public facilities.


The retreat is designed to be a paced and effortless approach to Chi Kung and has a series of tutored sessions spread throughout the day.  In between, participants are encouraged to rest or enjoy the beach walks.

Transformational processes will begin to occur and you may notice some or all of the following; the body begins to feel energized and toned, the mind becomes still and settled, physiological systems regulate, perceptual shifts towards life and the environment become evident, consciousness changes throughout your body and mind, there is physical and emotional clearing, a deeper connection to higher nature and deep and permanent shifts can be felt within the Chi system.

The theme for this retreat is Heaven and Earth. We will explore the central channels and Dan Tiens. Each day will include joint opening exercises, movement forms and walks, standing and sitting postures. The emphasis will be on opening energy gates and accessing the Chong Mai (the Central Channel). Chong Mai is our deepest channel that connects us to heaven and earth and opens up possibilities of natural alignment to the subtle universal forces around us.

    Day 1

Participants are invited to arrive at the retreat centre before 10am to settle in and to be ready to start the morning session by 10:30.  We will start with introductions and house keeping and then at 11:00 the daily program begins with the exploration of basic forms, concepts and theories.  See below for daily program timetable 

Day 2, 3, 4,5 & 6

  • 07:00 - 08:00    First Chi Kung session
  • 08:00 - 09:00    Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:30    Free time/Contemplation 
  • 10:30 - 12:30    Second Chi Kung session
  • 12:30 - 13:30    Lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00    Free time/Contemplation 
  • 15:00 - 17:00    Third Chi Kung session
  • 17:30 - 18:30    Dinner
  • 18:30 - 19:30    Free time 
  • 19:30 - 20:30    Fourth Chi Kung session 

    Day 7
    - Standard daily timetable is adjusted to allow program to end at 14:00.The final day of the program integrates the forms and includes a review of the material covered during the retreat and discussion on setting up an ongoing personal practice. 


        Ged Sumner

        is a practicing Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Chi Kung Teacher. He has also studied shiatsu, healing and attachment based psychoanalytical psychotherapy. He is the founder and director of Body Intelligence Training offering a practitioner training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy internationally. He also set up and directed the College of Elemental Chi Kung offering Chi Kung classes, workshops, retreats and a Chi Kung Teacher Training program in Europe, North America and Australasia. He has studied with a variety of Chi Kung teachers and has created an integrated form that has the Five Elements and Internal Alchemy as its foundation. He is the author of 'Body Intelligence – Creating a New Environment' and 'You are How you Move - Experiential Chi Kung'. He has a degree in Chemistry.


    Please note the retreat has a maximum 20 participants. 
    Full price: $NZ1650: Early bird price: $NZ1490
    To be eligible for early bird special offer, registration and payment of the NZ$250 non-refundable deposit is due by September 20, 2019. The remainder NZ$1240 must be received on or before 20 October 2019. For Registrations after September 20, 2019 the fee is NZ$1650.
    Reserve your space now by registering using the Apply Now button below.
    Fee includes: Workshop tuition, 6 nights accommodation (Saturday-Friday) 6 x breakfast, 7 x lunch, 6 x dinner. Linen and towels are provided. Gluten Dairy and diabetic option available upon request in application form.


    Dianne  on 021 826936 or email