artwork © Dyana Wells 2020

An immersive retreat with Dyana Wells and Dr Violet Sherwood

In Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand


Saturday 9:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday 9:30am to 4:00pm
one hour lunch break each day

$180 Early Bird

$200 from October 1st


November 14–15 Retreat Timetable


9:30 Welcome and lead in – why we are here, what we would like to learn.

10:00 Qigong with Dr Violet Sherwood

Introduction to Qigong
Discussion of inner alchemy, five element theory, and application to healing difficult states
Warm up routine and raising energy through practices to wake the qi
Five Element routine for healing difficult states
Warm down self-massage to distribute energy
Five Element meditation

12:30 Lunch hour

1:30 Tsa Lung with Dyana Wells

Introduction to Tsa Lung, the concept of energy channels and chakras and their relationship to the physical body.
The Nine Breathings of Purification. Discussion and practice.
The Five Tsa Lung Exercises Working with the five chakras using movement and breath
Five Visualisations to clear the chakras.

4:00 Art Play around today’s discoveries

Connecting to our feelings while we draw.

4:30 Close


9:30 Kum Nye with Dyana Wells

Practice: The Nine Breathings of Purification and The Five Tsa Lung Exercises.
Kum Nye Moving Meditation Practices to enable us to remain steady and peaceful in the midst of activity and pressure.
Meditation on Loving Kindness.
Cultivating the power of kindness to welcome ourselves and connect with others.Questions and discussion

12:00 Lunch hour

1:00 Qigong with Dr Violet Sherwood

Practice Five Element routine
Cultivation of relaxing energy for better sleep and meditation
Relaxing evening practice routine
Questions or discussion

3:00 Art Play around today’s discoveries

3:30 Closing discussion

4:00 Close



Qigong is an energy system developed in China between 4000 and 8000 years ago for strengthening and directing life force energy through the body. Ancient Chinese sages and healers observed the natural world, its cycles and seasons, the movements and habits of animals, and the elemental forces of sun, moon, stars, water, mountains, sky, earth and trees. They developed a system for moving energy in a synergistic flow with the rhythms of nature that proved to be an effective method of self-healing. In Chinese, Qigong is represented by an ideagram that combines two ideas – the concept of energy or breath, and the concept of skill or work. So, Qigong refers to skilful means of working with life-force energy, the energy in all living things. Working with our body’s meridians or energy lines, Qigong increases the healthy flow and distribution of life-force energy, thereby strengthening our vitality, boosting our immune system, calming our mind, and healing difficult states that arise from imbalances of energy.
Practising Qigong regularly helps us to feel alive, calm, alert, focused, relaxed and grounded. Through Qigong practice we cultivate and balance our life force energy for enhanced health, vitality and wellbeing.
Qigong uses flowing gentle movements to nourish and support the flow of energy through our body. Combining body, breath and mind within each movement, Qigong can be considered a form of moving meditation, combining all the benefits of a physical workout, cardiovascular exercise and meditation in one practice. As a result, Qigong may relieve or reduce stress, tension and pain. As the greater flow of qi balances our emotions we may feel a deep inner peace and relaxation. Integrating mind, breath and body in Qigong nourishes all our cells with vital life energies, clearing blockages or stagnation, strengthening weaknesses and reducing overstimulation or excess of energy. This has the effect of balancing our internal states naturally over time. … See the full introduction to Qigong and Five Element theory by Dr Violet Sherwood here.

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