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Taoist Retreat

with Duncan Carmichael
and Lisa Van Der Velde

28-31 March 2024 
5:30 pm Thursday Start - 2pm Sunday End

“This retreat will focus on Taoist Internal Alchemy and Qigong and will also include an introduction and overview of the Taoist Healing Love practice.

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Taoist Internal Alchemy, Qigong, and the practice known as "Healing Love" are components of traditional Chinese Taoist philosophy and holistic health practices. These ancient practices aim to cultivate and balance the body's vital energy, promote physical and mental well-being, and enhance spiritual growth.

Taoist Internal Alchemy
Taoist Internal Alchemy, also known as Neidan or Nei Dan, is a traditional Chinese Taoist practice centred on cultivating and refining the inner energy or life force (Qi) within the body. 
This ancient method employs meditation, breathing exercises, and visualisation techniques to purify and transform the Three Treasures - Jing (essence), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit), with the ultimate goal of achieving longevity, health, and spiritual enlightenment.

Qigong (Chi Kung)
Qigong, or Chi Kung, is a holistic system encompassing coordinated body postures, movement, breath control, and meditation aimed at cultivating and balancing Qi, the vital life energy. 
Through slow, deliberate movements, controlled breathing, and focused intention, practitioners enhance the flow of Qi throughout the body, experiencing various health benefits such as stress reduction, improved balance, and increased vitality.

Healing Love
Healing Love is a branch of Taoist Inner Alchemy associated with sexual energy cultivation and focuses on transforming sexual energy for both health and spiritual development. This practice involves specific techniques to circulate and transform sexual energy within the body, harmonising the dual forces of Yin and Yang. The Healing Love techniques enhance overall health, vitality, and longevity. 

This retreat is suitable for beginners.


Duncan Carmichael

Duncan is a certified instructor in the Universal Healing Tao and a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique. He has been facilitating workshops, retreats and one-to-one healing sessions for over 10 years. He is based on the West Coast of Scotland.

Lisa Van Der Velde

Lisa is a certified instructor in the Universal Healing Tao and also a yoga teacher, trauma informed bodyworker and holistic therapist. She is based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

To book your place: 

Please contact Duncan via 

or Lisa via 


The maximum no. of participants is 12 and everyone will be allocated their own room. Two twin rooms (with single beds) are available, please let us know if you would like to share with a partner or friend. The investment per person is the same.



Early bird price £395 (before 28 February 2024)

Full price £465

This includes tuition, venue costs, accommodation and all meals (vegetarian & vegan).

Some concessions may be available.


Timings & accommodation details 

The retreat will begin at 5.30pm on 28 March with a welcome talk and supper at 6pm. It will end around 2pm on 31 March after lunch. 

There is the option to stay an extra night on 31 March (the investment is £35 and includes a light self-service breakfast), check out is by 11am.


Participants will be allocated their own rooms in cabins with shared bathrooms. There are no ensuites. Two twin rooms with single beds are available for anyone who would like to share. When you book your place, please let us know what your preference is and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

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