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Fri, 19 May


Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat


Bask in the glory of Spring at Tan-y-Garth Hall with a weekend introduction to five, key, ancient and modern, spiritual practices originating in China and now widely practiced in the West. Tai Chi, Qigong, Taoism, the I Ching and Falun Gong.

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Time & Location

19 May 2023, 19:00 – 21 May 2023, 16:00

Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat, Pontfadog, Llangollen LL20 7AS, UK


About the event

For full details and costs, please click on the "Read more" text below in red.

To reserve a place please book the relevant "Ticket" below.

You do not need to pay a deposit when doing this as we will send you an invoice requesting one within a day or two.

During this weekend retreat, working both indoors and outdoors, Rose Ann Preston and Christian Hanschug will give a practical introduction to key ideas and techniques practiced in Tai Chi, Qigong, Taoism, the I Ching and Falun Gong.

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for defence training, health benefits and meditation. It draws on Chinese theories of the body, particularly Daoist internal alchemy of qi energy. It is considered an "internal" martial art which focuses on developing the qi. Tai Chi also adopts the Daoist ideals of softness overcoming hardness, whilst also retaining Daoist ideas of spiritual self-cultivation.[ It is a kind of moving meditation that allows us to let go of the self and experience no-mind and spontaneity.

Qigong is a system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation[ used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial-arts training.[ With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. People practice qigong throughout China for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventive medicine, self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation, self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.

Taoism is the Chinese tradition which emphasises living in harmony with the Dao (‘the Way’). The Dào is a mysterious and deep principle that is the source, pattern and substance of the entire universe.

The I Ching is an ancient and classic Chinese text which developed in stages over the course of several hundred years to become the basis for divination practice across China and the whole of the Far East, eventually became key to Western understanding of Chinese philosophical thought.

Falun Gong aspires to enable the practitioner to ascend spiritually through moral rectitude and the practice of a set of exercises and meditation. The three stated tenets of the belief are truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. Together these principles are regarded as the fundamental nature of the cosmos, the criteria for differentiating right from wrong, and are held to be the highest manifestations of the Tao.

Please bring loose clothing suitable for gentle exercise as well as indoor and outdoor shoes and clothing.


Rose Ann has been teaching yoga over forty five years and Tai-Chi/Qigong for over twenty years in both the UK and across Europe including at Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat where she began her yoga training under its founder Khen Ratcliffe.

Christian Hanschug has been a regular visitor to Tan-y-Garth Hall retreat since he first arrived in the UK from Germany twenty year ago where he studied the philosophical traditions of both East and West under Donald Sinclair Lord. He is currently Chairman of our Council of Trustees.


N.B. As this is a later replacement event we are offering a 25% discount off our normal prices to all participants.

This is an IHS event. IHS events are run according to the traditional values and practices of the International Hermeneutic Society, the charity that owns and runs the Hall. Although IHS teachers are very experienced in their subject, they choose not to be paid. This means the events are offered at lower cost than most commercial retreats and all of your payment goes towards supporting the running costs of Tan-y-Garth Hall.

Residential participant - £160 (includes meals and refreshments plus 2 nights accommodation)


Non-Residential participant £110 (includes meals and refreshments only)

N.B. We have one residential space for a camper van for £120 which includes the pitch, all meals and use of bathrooms.

Residential costs assume 2 people sharing a room.

However, a few rooms can be made available for single occupancy, for which a single room supplement of £35 per night is charged i.e. £70 for the weekend). Please enquire about availability before booking by calling 0300 302 1936 during our normal office hours of 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM Wed-Sun or by e-mail to


When you book online with us you can pay by a range of methods and will be given a choice when you checkout.

To pay by Bank Transfer or cheque select MANUAL PAYMENT

To pay by debit or credit card select PAYPAL (you do not need to have a Paypal account for this). N.B. Subject to status, Paypal will also give you the option to pay in 3 interest free instalments.


Fees fully refundable in event of new government imposed Covid restrictions.

In order to minimise the ongoing risk from Covid 19 we have a range of policies in place depending on the prevailing circumstances.

Please phone 0300 302 1936 for the latest information.


  • Residential booking

    Reserve a Residential Place on this retreat.

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  • Non-Residential Booking

    £50 non-residential participant deposit.

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