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Enter into the Tao/Dao “道” - On Site Retreat

A 3-day calligraphy on-site retreat which will guide you into a deeper reflection of the Tao/Dao “道” through studying its formal, semi-cursive and cursive scripts.

22nd - 24th July 2022; 3.00pm 22nd - 1.00pm 24th

“Tao/Dao” (“道”) means “way”, but can also be translated as “method” or “principle”. It is believed that everything in the universe is made by the Tao, which is thus the driving force behind all that exists, and at the same time, it is nothing. The main goal is to live in balance and harmony with the Tao.

In this retreat we will explore mindfulness, awareness and presence through simple body movement and oriental brush practice. We will learn to trust the flow of Qi (ch'i, life-force) through our brush, and onto the paper, and likewise how we can bring awareness and joy into our everyday activity.

What’s included in this retreat:

  • Breathing exercises and simple movement to develop body awareness

  • Body-Mind-Brush connection through breathing, brush exercise and close study

  • A deeper understanding about the history and evolution of the ideograph “道”

  • Introduction of the three writing systems in China: Formal, semi-cursive and cursive scripts

  • Group sharing & connecting time so that we learn from each other and arrive at the collective inspiration

  • Live brush performance & collaboration

  • Q & A sessions and personal guidance

To help us relax and be present in the body, each session begins with simple movement and breathing exercises – suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.


Your ink brush journey:

In each session we will learn a brush stroke(s) and be guided through a close study of an ancient masterpiece. The brush journey will be guided through a progressive manner so what we have learned in each session will lead to the next. At the end of the event, we will have a full understanding of the three calligraphy writing styles , and will be able to draw the ideography “道”.

All the tools & materials will be provided on-site. All you need is warm and comfortable clothing and to show up ready to learn and get inspired!




  • UNDERSTAND the philosophy and deep meaning of East Asian brush practice

  • CULTIVATE the foundational practice through body posture, breathing and brush movement

  • CLOSE study of calligraphy master samples in three different scripts

  • DEVELOP embodiment practices to remain present in everyday life with other

  • CONNECT with other practitioners and get supported from the community



JOIN THE RETREAT Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.

We look forward to seeing you on site!

Have questions? Contact me here.



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