Qi Gong and Meditation
Smritiratna first took up Buddhist practice in 1977 at the age of 21 while studying Developmental Psychology at Sussex University. At 27, he began training in earnest with the FWBO and entered the Western Buddhist Order in 1991.
In 1996, he came to Scotland, joined the Dhanakosa project and spent five years on-site, teaching and house-keeping. In 2001, he gave up house-keeping to concentrate on study, contemplation and teaching. He now calls Edinburgh home and spends some of his time in a forest hut near Dhanakosa and three months a year on retreat at Guhyaloka in the Spanish mountains. He still leads Dhanakosa retreats and continues to delight in introducing meditation to newcomers.
Susanne Lin Jensen
The interest in Taiji and Qi Gong started when I was 21 and has continued to be central since. I came to Scotland in 1993 to study at Glasgow School of Art, where I got a degree in Photography. I have lived, studied and worked in Scotland since. In 1997 I finished my apprentice training with Rising Dragon Tai Chi. At the same time, I also qualified as a Kairos therapist. Ever since I have continued learning and developing Taiji and Qi Gong forms, with various teachers. I have been a Mitra with Triratna since 2013 and have been on various retreats. I am interested in the importance of ‘embodiment’ or how body work can help us to be more present and alive. I am also very interested in working with energy and healing, as an aid for change.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
Qi Gong is rapidly becoming growing in popularity as a practice which helps to generate more energy and vitality, and promotes self healing and inner harmony and can improve levels of health considerably. Many people benefit from having a movement practice to accompany and support their sitting meditation practice. Meditation is an integral component of Qi Gong, and they complement each other beautifully. By combining the two practices, this retreat offers us the chance to deepen into our experience of both practices using the breath and focused awareness to deepen our connection with ourselves and others in the natural beauty and healing environment that is Dhanakosa.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.