The camp settings are quite pleasant (especially to those enjoying the outdoors), however the lodging is basic. The 'get away' from the busy world is often cited as a positive experience by attendees, but the days are full with taiji and qigong training. Please click on testimonials to read input from last year's attendees. You may also visit suggested packing for ideas on what to bring.
If you are just wondering what it is all about, you can read a review of the 2010 summer camp.
1. Summer Camp, June 7-12, 2013, Blowing Rock, N.C.Note: The summer camp is full as of March 15, 2013. We are accepting wait-list applications only.
LocationThis year will be our 16th annual retreat held at the Blowing Rock Conference Center (formerly the Assembly Grounds) in the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Boone, North Carolina. Note: There is now a shuttle service from the Charlotte airport to Boone and Blowing Rock called Hickory Hop.
Car PoolingHere is a link to a Google Documents spreadsheet on which you can share your travel and contact information with others to arrange carpooling. You need to edit this document yourself - click on the "Edit This Page" link at the bottom left of the spreadsheet. Instructions for filling out the sheet are provided at the top. All changes are saved automatically.
CurriculumFocus this year will be on a careful examination of the final twelve movements of the Chen 48 form, on push hands and qigong, as well as a review of the saber form. Master Yang will focus significant attention on developing deeper understandings of core principles, energies and applications.
We will continue practicing key standing and moving qigong drills in the mornings and sitting meditation in the evenings. As always, Master Yang’s instruction will focus on the importance of nurturing ourselves (yang shen) and, in the case of push hands, nurturing our training partners. In connection with this, we will again alternate between conventional upright training (in form, pushhands, and applications) and recumbent qigong exercises to restore energy and cultivate critical dimensions of deep relaxation.
CostThe price for this year’s camp will be $850.00 if registration is completed before April 15th. After April 15th the cost will be $895. The price of the camp includes meals and lodging and a camp t-shirt. For those making separate arrangements for meals and rooms in the lodge, the current tuition will be $510.00 (early registration) or $555.00 (late registration).
RegistrationEmail: Bob Schlagal
Address: 365 Highland Ave
Space in the camp is limited and reservations will be processed in the order received. Once the camp is filled, remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list. You will receive an email confirmation of your status when your deposit is received. (Please make sure Bob has your email address.) Registration priority will be given to full-time participants. If all full-time places are filled, we will not be able to offer the option of part-time participation. If you are interested in part-time camp participation, please let Bob know and he will advise you at the beginning of June whether or not that option will be offered. You may wait to submit your deposit until that time.
Early registration is available from now until November 30, 2012. This early option is available only for students who have been camp participants at one of the last three camps. In order to guarantee your spot, Bob must receive your deposit by October 22nd.
LodgingThis year we will be back in the duplex cottages for our basic housing. For those who have not stayed in them, the duplexes are very comfortable and well-kept. Each has a small kitchen, dining area and living room with fireplace and back porch. There is a master bedroom with queen-sized bed--ideal for couples--and a second bedroom with two singles and one bunk bed. There is a maximum capacity of 24 people in the cottages, and cottage spots are on a first come, first served basis. For those wishing to stay in the lodge, arrangements must be made directly with the Center. (Their phone number is 828-295-7813).
Deposit and Refund PolicyPlease make out deposit checks for $350.00 to the ASU Tai Chi Club and mail them to Bob Schlagal. When sending your deposit, please indicate if you wish to have a spot in a cottage or if you will be securing a room at the lodge or elsewhere. Rooms in the cottages will be handled on a first come, first served basis. Also please indicate your t-shirt size.
Refund Policy: A full refund of the deposit is available (less a $35. processing fee) if cancellation notice is received before April 15. Cancellations after April 15 will be refunded at a 50% rate until May 10. Cancellations after that time cannot be refunded.
ScheduleThere will be four full days of training on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and two partial days, Friday and Wednesday. (Check-in beginning at 3PM June 7th and check-out by 1PM on the 12th.)
2. EBT and Level I Qigong Certification Teacher Training - Sept 15-20, 2013The next 5-day teacher training event with Dr. Yang Yang will be held September 15-20, 2013, at the Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC. Check our instructor certification page for further information.
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