Health Retreat at Bella Rakha

When: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March
Where: Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, Oratia
Who: Verena Jonker, Yuan Gong/Qi Gong teacher based in Mount Albert
Register: gong-retreat- 2018.html
Contact Info:, 021 683 339


For the second year running an innovative holistic health retreat will be held in West
Auckland’s Bella Rakha Retreat Centre from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th of March, 2018.
Participants will learn how to jump-start their health and wellness goals for 2018 through the
practice of Yuan Gong QiGong.

Yuan Gong (similar to Tai Chi) is a new form of the ancient Chinese practice of QiGong
(pronounced Chee-Gong). While its foundation rests in Chinese tradition, Yuan Gong was
specifically designed to suit today’s busy lifestyle.

“Yuan Gong is simple to learn and easy to practice. Like a gentle moving meditation, the
enjoyable exercises include non-strenuous, free flowing and natural movements. By
combining body movements, breathing and mind activities, practitioners can achieve
increased energy, mental clarity and emotional stability, as well as improved physical
health,” says organizer Verena Jonker.

The Yuan Gong system was designed by Yuan Tze, a renowned Chinese Qigong Master
based in Wellington.  The Yuan Gong methodology is now taught all over the world and has
had extraordinary results on improving people’s health and wellbeing.
Peer-reviewed research on Qigong reports benefits to very specific aspects of health,
including anxiety, blood pressure, immune function and even bone density. MD Anderson
Cancer Center and Sloan Kettering have on-going Qigong programs to improve “quality of
life” in cancer patients.

Yuan Gong teachers from around New Zealand, who were trained directly by Qigong Master
Yuan Tze, will guide the three-day retreat in the beautiful environment of the Bella Rakha
Retreat Centre.

“The retreat is ideal for beginners as well as those with some qigong experience,” says
Verena. “Our experienced teachers will provide full instructions and plenty of support for
people who are interested in beginning or deepening their journey of positive

“Leading up to the event, we will also be holding two FREE events where people have the
opportunity to learn more about Yuan Gong Qigong direct from our teachers,” adds Verena.
On Sunday March 11th at 6pm Yuan Gong teachers Jay Glubb (Dunedin) and Verena
Jonker (Auckland) will hold an Introduction to Yuan Gong talk at the Auckland Horticultural
Centre, 990 Great North Rd. (Opposite Western Springs). At 7pm, beginners are welcome to
stay and join us for our second session if they choose, where we will be joined by other local
Qigong Practitioners for a deeply healing guided meditation for directing healing energy into
each part of the body. (Cost $10)

On Thursday 15th of March, Jay will begin at 7pm with a short introductory talk and this will
be followed by a group healing. The event will be held at 9 Bernleigh Terrace, West Harbour.
To reserve your place, please text or phone Dorrie van Roij on 021 1517 197.
In the meantime, for more information about the retreat, or to register for the event, click

Articles of interest/ background info on Qi Gong/Yuan Gong;

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