Empty Vessel China Tour 2017
Hangzhou • Wudang Mountains • Beijing
May 14 –30
with Solala Towler and Jessica Kolbe
Join us in May when we travel to the sacred Wudang Mountains – home of Taoist tai chi, qigong and martial arts. While we are there we will be studying a unique form of Wudang Tai Chi as well as Wudang Qigong with Master Zhou Ju Bu. This will be a nine-day immersion into the sacred arts of Wudang! Master Zhou has been studying Daoist gongfu since he was 10 years old, and has students all over the world. We will also spend time hiking and visiting some of the many Taoist temples there, drinking tea in the temple teahouse and visiting our friend Jiaye, who has lived in a cave above the Purple Heaven Temple for over 20 years!
We will also be spending time in Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in China. Hangzhou, circling around West Lake, has long been revered for its beauty and culture. While there we visit a tea plantation where the famous Dragon Well tea is grown, as well as the museum of Chinese Medicine and take in an awe-inspiring lake show by Zhang Yimou, the well-known Chinese film director, called West Lake Impressions (check it out on youtube).
The last few days will be spent in Beijing, where we will visit the White Cloud Temple, the Great Wall and the fabulous tea market as well as attend some amazing acrobat shows.
Throughout the trip the focus will be on spiritual pilgrimage and how to use our experiences as we make this journey as well as the every day happenings of our lives to deepen our spiritual practice. All along the way we will “talk Tao,” eat incredible food, meet qigong masters, artists, musicans, tea masters, and one cave dwelling hermit.
Here’s what a few of our participants have said about our trips.
“Thank you so much for planning such a perfect trip for us.”
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China Tour 2016 itinerary
May 14 Fly to Beijing from SF
May 15 After a leisurely breakfast visit White Cloud Daoist Temple, fly to Hangzhou in afternoon
May 15-17 Hangzhou
While in Hangzhou we will visit the tea plantation where the famous Dragon Well (Lung Jing) tea is grown as well as the Chinese Medicine Museum, the Lingyin Buddhist temple with all its fabulous sculptures, the beautiful West Lake and take in an amazing show by the famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou called West Lake Impressions, which takes place on the lake!
May 18 Train to Wuhan
May 19 Bus to Wudang Shan
May 19-27 Wudang Shan
May 27 Train to Wuhan
May 28-29 Beijing
For this last leg of our trip we will visit the Great Wall of China, the Tibetan Lama temple, spend time at the fabulous Tea Market, and get some last minute shopping done.
May 30 Fly home
All along the way there will be time for reflection, sharing, exploring, eating incredible food, learning and practicing qigong and making new friends! We will be learning a special form of qigong and meditation in the mountains of Wudang, home for centuries of Daoist martial arts and qigong masters.
We will be working with Dana (Xu Shu Xin), a delightful and experienced guide. She will travel with us for the whole trip and be our guide, translator and confident in the Middle Kingdom.
Your Tour Leader
Solala Towler has been editor/publisher of The Empty Vessel: The Journal of Daoist Philosophy and Practice since 1993. He has had 12 books published on the Daoist arts and has led seven tours to China. He is a certified instructor of several styles of Qigong as well as Daoist meditation. You can learn more about Solala’s work at his website at www.communityawake.com under The Abode of the Eternal Dao.
17-day China Tour
Per person: $4800
Single room supplement: $600
Credit card payment available
• Roundtrip airfare from U.S. to China
• All hotels double occupancy
• Study tuition
• Excursions and sightseeing
• All bus, train and air transportation within China
To register for this trip contact us to send a $1,000 deposit. The remainder of the cost will be due 90 days before departure.
Upon registration you will receive a packet of information on China travel, what to bring etc and a reading list.
For more information call or write:
The Abode of the Eternal Tao
1991 Garfield St. Eugene, OR 97405