qi gong and meditation
Siddhimala became involved with the Triratna Buddhist Community in 1992 and moved into a community in London before going to live and work at Taraloka retreat Centre in 1994 for 3.5yrs and at Dhanakosa in 2014 for 4 years. She was ordained in 2002 and is inspired by the Bodhisattva ideal - a life in the service of a higher purpose.
She trained to teach Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) from 2008-11, which she finds a very helpful addition to the practice of mindfulness and meditation. She enjoys sharing her passions of Meditation, Dharma, walking, kayaking, music and the dance of countryside and wildlife.
I started studying and practicing Qigong in my mid twenties back in 2000 as part of my training in Chinese martial arts. Over the years I developed a strong daily practice and in 2012, with the blessing of my teacher I started teaching my own Qigong and Taijiquan classes. Teaching has been a mainstay of my working life since then. I'm also a Breathworks Mindfulness trainer and my experience here greatly informs the way I teach Qigong. There is a strong emphasis on body-mind awareness steeped in much kindness
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
Qi Gong is rapidly growing in popularity as a practice which helps to generate more energy and vitality; promotes self-healing and inner harmony; and can improve levels of health considerably. Many people benefit from having a movement practice to accompany and support their sitting meditation practice. Meditation is an integral component of Qi Gong, and they complement each other beautifully.
This retreat offers us the chance to deepen into our experience of both practices using the breath and focused awareness to more fully experience our connection with ourselves and others in the natural beauty and healing environment that is Dhanakosa.
This retreat is suitable for complete beginners to meditation and Qi Gong as well as those who already have some experience.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.