Relaxing Your Body & Mind & Balancing Your Life

Taking Care of Body & Mind with Qigong & Taoist Meditation Part 1

Qigong Practice Karme Choling Meditation Retreat Center Vermont
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Suzann Duquette

Heidi Meyer-Bothling

Date & Time Details:

November 2023



Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $825

Tuition - $660

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Taking Care of Body & Mind

With Qigong and Taoist Meditation Series Part I

A 6-day enhanced Qigong Level 1-2 program with Guest Speaker Eva Wong

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The Importance of Self-Care

What does it mean to live a healthy and peaceful life? It means having a relaxed body and a peaceful mind.

How do we attain a relaxed body and a peaceful mind? It is by understanding and knowing how to take care of ourselves.

With increasing demands in everyday life, self-care is more important than ever in helping us to meet life’s challenges as well as appreciate gifts from good living.

The Three Pillars of Self-Care

Qigong, Meditation, and Lifestyle

Qigong, meditation, and lifestyle are the Three Pillars of Self-Care. When body is relaxed, energy or qi will flow. When mind is peaceful, it will embrace qi and strengthen the body. When we live a simple life, the beneficial effects of physical health and mental well-being will be enhanced.

Learning Self-Care

Whether you wish to get started on improving your physical health and mental well-being, or want to review what you have learned previously, or would like to participate in a deeper and more enriched qigong environment that integrates qigong and meditation with living a healthy lifestyle, this program is for you.

Techniques for Health, Well-being & Longevity

In this program we will explore:

  • Nourishing the body: We will cover Taoist approaches to supporting and strengthening the body with instructions in the 6 Basics of Primordial Limitless Gate Taoism, the 9 Self-Massage, the 12 Devas, and selected Zhangzhuan Standing Qigong postures.
  • Meditation: We will learn two Taoist meditations; Ding Guan (Observation in Stillness) and Basic Strategic Meditation. These will help us cultivate a peaceful and intelligent consciousness to support the cultivation of internal energy.
  • Lifestyle: We’ll have discussions on Taoist guidelines for living a simple, healthy and balanced lifestyle.
  • Awareness and the Senses: We’ll learn about Taoist techniques of refining awareness and sharpening the senses in order to support Strategic Meditation
  • Nature walks: These are designed to enhance our appreciation of the natural world and to be able to tune into its energies.
  • Contemplations: We’ll practice constructive contemplations through readings and discussion of Taoist classics such as Nourishing the Essence of Life and Being Taoist

There are no requirements for this retreat.
This retreat can be used to fulfill the requirements necessary for the upcoming Qigong Level 3 . Level 3 starts Friday November 10th immediately after Relaxing Your Body & Mind ends.

Arrival & Departure

The program begins at 8:00pm on Saturday, November 4th, 2023.
Please plan to arrive between 2:00pm and 6:00pm.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm.

The program ends at 6pm November 10th.
If you would like to stay an additional night and depart the next day, please contact the KCL Front Desk.


Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

Generosity Price: $825.00
You're able to help us with this commitment by choosing the "Generosity Price". The money above the basic tuition cost goes into a scholarship fund for those who might not be able to attend a program otherwise.

Tuition: $660.00
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.


Payment Policies:
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.


Suzann Duquette Karme Choling
Suzann Duquette

Qigong Instructor - Suzann Duquette has been a student of body-focused disciplines since 1974 and a student of Daoist Qigong in the lineages of Dr. Eva Wong since 2007. Suzann is an authorized instructor of Dr. Wong for Daoist Qigong Levels 1 through 5 and Strategic Leadership, based on the writings of Zhuge Liang. Student in the lineages of Chögyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham, Suzann is a former director and senior teacher of Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center in Vermont. Suzann includes body-focused disciplines in her teaching as methods for health, well-being, and the embodiment of wisdom. She lives in Barnet, Vermont, with her husband, where they own and run Blue Skies B&B.

Heidi Meyer Bothling
Heidi Meyer-Bothling

Heidi Meyer-Bothling has been studying and practicing Qigong with Dr. Eva Wong since 2012 and was recently authorized to instruct Daoist Qigong Levels 1 and 2. Prior to becoming a student within Dr. Wong’s lineages, Heidi practiced and then instructed in the Korean martial art, meditation and breathwork of Sun Do Mountain Taoism for fourteen years.

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