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Qi Gong as a Way of Life with Hedwig Bakker

December 2, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - December 4, 2022 @ 3:00 pm

$360.00 – $540.00

Qi Gong (pronounced: ‘chi kung’) is an ancient Chinese practice of working with your internal energy to improve your state of being through gentle movement, breathing exercises, standing postures and meditation. Quite literally, ‘Qi’ means internal energy, and ‘Gong’ means skill or to work with. The practice also has a rich connection with the natural world.

Qi Gong is about learning nourishing practices for personal empowerment and wellbeing. Becoming your own best master: mastery of your energy, mastery of your life. Cultivating the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy that you want in any given moment or situation.
Becoming an expert at working with your own internal energy gives you the resources to have choices and to manifest the kind of day, the kind of week and the kind of life you want to have.
It is empowering to know that you have all the resources within yourself to increase your health & vitality, transform stress into relaxation, have a calm & clear mind, have balanced emotions and feel connected to yourself, to others, and to the natural world.

Qi Gong is easy to learn, enjoyable to do and for all abilities. The movements are slow, flowing, rhythmic, accessible, and practical. Combined with meditation, the benefits of the practice will soon be experienced.

In this retreat we will explore the five principles of Qi Gong:

  • Energy, Vitality
  • Flow, Ease, Relaxation
  • Resilience
  • Joy
  • Being present, Grounded, Centered

We will cultivate and strengthen these principles through Qi Gong practice, sitting meditation, walking meditation and breathwork. This will enable you to cultivate them as powerful inner qualities to live by, so that you can enrich your days, your connections with others and live more fulfilling lives.

Practicing Qi Gong & meditation is all about uncovering your inner resources for health, happiness, well-being, and fulfillment.

Please note that parts of this retreat will be conducted in silence.

What to expect

  • Experience the wonderful benefits of these gentle yet powerful exercises
  • Bring home some effective tools for health, vitality, well-being, ease, and inner calm
  • Get a taste of what it is like to be in retreat, experience the joy and feel inspired practicing together with others

This retreat is suitable for anyone interested in learning the beauty, effectiveness, simplicity and power of Qi Gong and meditation. No previous experience required. For those who have done any of this before it is a wonderful opportunity to deepen and enrich their practice.

Mana Retreat Centre provides the most amazing and conducive conditions for this retreat with its breathtaking views, peaceful atmosphere, beautiful grounds, supportive staff, nourishing meals, and spacious Octagon.

The Teaching Team

Hedwig has been practicing meditation since 2000 and has completed many individual and group retreats. She has been leading meditation classes, courses and retreats since 2004 in India, Nepal, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
She also is a certified Holden Qi Gong teacher and these many years of personal practice and leading retreats & courses have resulted in a richness of experience and a genuine joy in sharing, guiding and leading others in meditation practice.
Hedwig’s courses & classes are universal and suitable for people from all walks of life. Her approach is joyful, gentle, practical, down to earth, and yet with a sense of lightness and humour.


December 2, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
December 4, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
$360.00 – $540.00
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Mana Retreat Centre
608 Manaia Road, State Highway 25, RD1
Coromandel, 3581 New Zealand
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+64 7 866 8972
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We draw special attention to two of our guidelines before registration: Mana provides lacto-ovo vegetarian food only, this means no fish or chicken and is an alcohol and drug free environment.

Mana caters for Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan.

Cancellation Policy

This group requires a minimum number of participants to go ahead, if that number is not reached we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Should you, for any reason, decide to cancel your registration; please note our cancellation policy :

  • A $50 administrative fee is applied to all cancellations.
  • A Tuition cancellation fee may apply in certain circumstances.
  • These policies are reassessed in certain circumstances.


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