Yuan gong Qigong retreat at Bella Rakha , Oratia

Retreat Introduces “New-old” Healing Practice 

Next month Aucklander’s can sample a new, effective and easy-to-learn healing practice known as ‘Yuan Gong’ at a three-day retreat at Oratia.

The practice of Qigong originates in China but is becoming more commonly known in the west.  Wikipedia describes it as “a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training.

Yuan Gong is a new form of the ancient Chinese practice of Qigong that has a sound theoretical base. Practitioners find that regular practice can give relief from stubborn health conditions.

“Yuan Gong was developed to suit people with today’s modern lifestyle and short attention span; It is relatively easy to learn and progress can be made quickly,” says organizer Verena Jonker.

Teachers from the Auckland and Northland area will guide the three-day retreat at the Bella Rakha Retreat Centre in Oratia from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 of March.

“Yuan Gong has had very little exposure in Auckland, so this retreat is a unique opportunity. Around the world interest in Qigong is growing, especially as the benefits of meditation and mindfulness are becoming more widely recognized,” says Verena.

“The history of Qigong is thousands of years old and there are many different schools. The retreat will teach ‘Yuan Gong’ that was developed over the last few years by Qigong master Yuan Tze, originally from China but now based in Wellington.

The practice of Qigong originates in China but is becoming more commonly known in the west.  Wikipedia describes it as “a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training.

Relief from chronic fatigue—Verena’s story

Verena Jonker had a successful career working in the art department of the New Zealand film industry. For sixteen years she worked on many projects including Lord of the Rings, Vertical Limit and Under the Mountain.

Then in 2010 at the age of 36 she came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Her debilitating symptoms included fatigue, anxiety, IBS, itchy skin, mood swings, muscle and joint pain, and trouble sleeping.

Verena realised she wouldn’t be able to get back to work until she addressed her health issues. After several years and many doctors and holistic health practitioners later, she had made little progress.

“Although I saw some improvements – nobody really seemed to have the answers I was looking for,” says Verena.

“In 2012 I went to a Qi Gong retreat in the South Island, knowing very little other than that it was a form of meditation, and that meditation was meant to be good for you. The realisations I made in that week were profound. I could finally fill in the gaps in my understanding of what was going on with my body and now had some practical ways to address my health issues and move forward.”

“After practicing Yuan Gong for just two years, I realized I wanted to broaden my understanding and become a teacher. I am now a qualified level Four Yuan Gong Qigong teacher.  All my symptoms have either completely gone or improved dramatically; and I can now say not only that I am healthy – but also that I am truly happy. I want to help other people who are in a similar situation to where I was a few years ago,” says Verena.

 

When: March 17-19

Where: Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, Oratia 

Contact:  Verena Jonker, Yuan Gong/Qi Gong teacher based in Mount Albert