PAST PROGRAMS ON LIFESTYLE


The Natural World as Teacher.   

The natural world is the gateway to the Tao. The sun, moon, and stars carry the essences of the celestial energy of the Tao. Mountains, rivers, rocks, and earth carry the qi of the land. Trees, flowers, grasses, and animals are filled with life force. Clouds, fog, and mist display the interaction of yin and yang.

Join Eva Wong and John Rockwell in experiencing the natural world in the beautiful hills and valley of Karme Choling. Learn how to find a place in nature where you can sit quietly, reflect, and be with the phenomenal world. Open your awareness to the energy of the land. Find out how to use the Chinese calendar to guide your diet, lifestyle, and activity as you move through the seasons. The natural world is intelligent, luminous, and alive. It is the best teacher of the Tao. Let us learn from it.


A Taoist Journey of Balance - a 4 day retreat.   

Life is a sacred pathway. Balance is a journey. In everyday living, we move through our public, domestic, private, and spirit life. In exploring the inner world of the body, we walk the pathways of internal energy. In experiencing our vast consciousness, we touch wisdom, compassion, vision, and groundedness.
Embark on a journey in seeking, discovering, exploring, and adventuring through our outer and inner worlds on this 4-day retreat with Eva Wong and Carolyn Krusinski.
Learn the Taoist techniques of exploring our consciousness through playful awareness, empathic awareness, inner awareness, and situation awareness. Practice the qigong of the Primordial Limitless Gate lineage to enter the energy centers and pathways of the body. Delve into the well of your inner wisdom through personal and group reflection. Wander in the beautiful hills and valley of Karme Chöling and immerse yourself in the richness of the ever-changing realities of the spirit world.

We invite you to walk in the footsteps of generations of Taoists who have cultivated health, longevity, and inner peace through their journey of balance.


Spirit of Taoism

Equanimity, good health, peace of mind, and harmony, are the goals of Taoism. More people are turning to the Taoist arts of healthy and harmonious living for inspiration and guidance in everyday life.
Join Eva Wong in exploring the spirit of Taoism in qigong, Taoist practices of mind expansion, tea appreciation, and the five-element diet for healthy living through the seasons. Wander the beautiful surroundings of Sky Lake to commune with the energies of the land, experience the natural world as teacher and healer, and immerse yourself in the spirit of Taoism.


Ancient Wisdom for Today's World.

The Taoist Way of Living.  

More and more people are turning to Taoism for inspiration and guidance in everyday living. Join Eva Wong in experiencing the Taoist lifestyle. This experiential workshop will introduce Taoist practices to cultivate a healthy body and peaceful mind.
This one-day program will include talks and presentations on Taoist lifestyle and culture, qigong exercises to activate and circulate qi (the energy of life), and the practice of Playful Awareness - The Taoist Art of Reflection. We will explore ancient Taoist practices such as:

  •    Taoist-style quiet sitting
  •     Tea appreciation
  •     Preparing and cooking Taoist foods for health
  •     Designing your home for harmonious living

This exploration of Taoist principles and practices will provide an opportunity to examine ourselves and our relationship to the world we live in – and give us powerful tools to help us explore “the art of living."


Entering the Practical World of Taoism

Enter the practical world of Taoism and learn how to transform body and mind through lifestyle. Living a balanced life is integral to developing a healthy body and a relaxed mind. Learn how to balance the four aspects of everyday life (the public, domestic, private, spirit) and the four aspects of consciousness (wisdom, compassion, groundedness, and vision), and how to design protection for yourself and your home. The program also features qigong exercises, the Taoist mind practice of playful awareness, sessions of working with a handbook based on Eva’s most recent book Being Taoist, tea and food appreciation, and a Taoist style dinner served by Karmê Chöling.

This program is based on the book: Being Taoist by Eva Wong, which made it into the Spirituality and Practice’s best books listPlease purchase and bring this book Being Taoist: Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life. There will be an additional material fee TBA for an accompanying program workbook.


The Tao of Living a Balanced Life

What is the key to living a balanced life? It's easy to look at our busy schedules with family, work and friends and wonder "How do I do it all?" Taoism provides a system to explore balancing organically based on our own unique situations within modern society.
Join Eva Wong and Carolyn Krusinski for an exploration of the Taoist teachings on balancing one's life. This innovative one-day program is based on Eva Wong's recently published book, Being Taoist. The day will focus on the pillars of a healthy and meaningful life: public, domestic, private, and spirit life. This program is based on the book: Being Taoist by Eva Wong, which made it into the Spirituality and Practice’s best books list.
Public life: Our world of community, workplace, and society. 
Domestic life: Our family and circle of friends. 
Private life: Our time spent cultivating our body and mind. 
Spirit life: Our connection with the vastness of the visible and invisible world of energy, spirits, and the sacredness of all existence. 
Included with tuition

AN INVITATION TO TAOISM

More and more people are looking to Taoism for inspiration and guidance in everyday living. Join renowned Taoist author and practitioner Eva Wong for a two-day experience of Taoist lifestyle and culture that includes qigong practice, Taoist-style quiet sitting, tea appreciation, diet and health, using Taoist principles to design your home environment ­ and more!

The program will also feature a presentation of Eva¹s newest book "Being Taoist" and how to use it as a guide for daily living. This program is based on this book, which made it into the Spirituality and Practice’s best books list.


 

Walking the Path of the Dragon - Foundations of Fengshui

 

For thousands of years, the cultures of Asia have used their knowledge and understanding of energies in the land to situate towns, build homes, locate spiritual centers, and bury the dead. In China, this discipline of knowledge is known as Fengshui.

Deeply rooted in Taoist philosophy and the view that our place in the universe is not to dominate but to live in harmony with nature, fengshui inspires us to see and experience the flow of energy in the land. At the heart of fengshui is the belief that land is filled with qi, or energy, and this energy is carried in mountains, valleys, rocks, and waterways.

The oldest form of fengshui is called Kanyu, which is the observation and interpretation of land forms. “Kan” means mountain, and “yu” means valley. In this program, participants will learn how to identify benevolent, wrathful, and malevolent energy, evaluate types of mountain, valley, and water energies, as well as recognize geographic features that regulate, amplify, and channel energy in the land.

The program features Fengshui walks around the spectacular land forms of Shambhala Mountain Center as well as power-point presentations. Participants will receive a booklet that summarizes materials presented in the course. This program is a requirement for all  subsequent Fengshui programs offered by Eva Wong and/or Peter van der Molen