Harmonizing Yin and Yang
Kayak down the Li Jiang River through 70,000 Limestone towers, bamboo forests and lounging water buffalos. Push the limits of your mind and body as you rock climb in Yangshuo, Explore quiet authentic village life as you trek through alongside the rice terraces of Longshen. Practice Taichi with the locals, or flow through sun salutations with the rising sun. Experience your inner balance of strength and surrender…masculine and feminine…Yin and Yang.
Highlights: Guillin, Yangshuo, Longshen Trekking, Yoga, Tai Chi, Chinese Medicine Treatments, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Chinese Cooking Class, Traditional Tea Ceremony
This unique and beautiful journey explores the balance of yin and yang through outdoor adventure, yoga, meditation, cultural immersion, and silence. We will undergo a transformational, joyous, and life-changing trip within the fairytale landscapes of Southern China. As we merge our daily meditation and yoga practice with the traditions of Taoism, and awe-inspiring adventure, we will come closer to understanding how to achieve an inner state of balance and peace. Throughout the journey we will move towards achieving a state of harmony within the mind-body-soul, work-family-spiritual life, and the inner masculine-feminine. This journey will help you to experience a profound state of peace, inner strength, and equanimity.
This retreat is perfect for all levels of Yoga and Outdoor Adventure Experience! Our free-style blend of Strong Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin, moving/seated meditation, and Pranyama can be adjusted to accommodate each student’s personal goals. All Adventure activities can also be adjusted for varying levels of challenge.
Guilin-Arrival in Guilin by 3 pm. Evening opening circle, meditation, and sharing. Setting intentions and introducing the Taoist, traditions and how they relate to our journey. Evening walking exploration of Guilin, 3 lakes, pagodas, and dinner in the Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant.
Guilin-Yangshuo-Morning Meditation and Yoga. Breakfast in our unique riverside museum hotel. Travel to Yangshuo by private car/van. Once we arrive in Yangshuo we will rest and explore this beautiful town for of 70,000 Karst Towers. Evening walk to town for reflexology and family style dinner.
Yangshuo, 800 year old village of Fuli, Ancient Liugong- Morning Tai Chi and talk about Taoist philosophy from a local teacher– Visit the Fuli Local Market and delve into local life….and delicacies. Learn Chinese Fan Painting and create our own fan art to take home. Kayak down the Li Jiang amongst the rice patties, local villages, water buffalo and Karst towers.
Yangshuo- Morning Yoga and meditation- Hike up the unique karst arch of moon hill for the most incredible 360 degree view. Return for lunch and an introduction to Chinese medicine with a local Chinese Doctor. Then receive a 1.5 hour treatment of massage, acupuncture, or cupping.
Yangshuo- Morning Tai Chi. Led by our guides’ 35+ years of experience and expertise, we will move our Yoga practice to the vertical and go ROCK CLIMBING. It is a day of pushing the limits of our mind and body and embodying an even greater state of the fierce warrior. Evening Riverside Yoga and relaxation
Yangshuo- Yoga and Meditation- A day of biking through picturesque local Villages, rice fields, and alongside the dragon river. Return to town to visit the local market and learn to cook our own Chinese dinner at the countryside cooking school.
Yangshuo- A free day to delve deeper into whatever and wherever your heart calls! The evening will bring us back together for a celebration Buddhist Vegetarian Dinner and the world famous Sister Liu Light Show.
Yangshuo to Longshen- Morning Tai Chi. Travel by private mini van to the rice terraces of Longshen. Along the way we will visit the Organic Tea Farm of Sanjilu. Here we will tour the tea gardens and sample their offerings through a traditional tea ceremony and tasting. We will have an evening hike to our hotel nestled amongst the rice fields in the beautiful village of Ping’an. We will experience village life first hand as we connect with the beautiful Zhuang Minority Group. Evening Meditation overlooking the terraces.
Longshen- Morning Mountainside Yoga and meditation with a day of silent trekking through beautiful villages, inspiring views, and an opportunity to go deeper into a state of meditation. Evening closing, dinner, sharing and relaxation.
Longshen to Guilin and Beyond-Morning Yoga, Breakfast and Departure to Guilin Airport.…We will help to organize onward travel depending on flight times and next destination.
9 Nights Shared Accommodation (single is available for an additional cost)
2 Meals per day (healthy vegetarian)
Yoga/Meditation/Tai Chi Classes
3 Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments
Group Sharing/integration Sessions
Personal Support for deeper processing
Admission to all sites stated in the itinerary
Transportation throughout the journey
2+ Experienced guides
Price Does Not Include:
Airfare not stated in the itinerary
Optional Massages and Accupuncture Treatments.
We will be staying at beautiful hotels run by caring local families. Each hotel is selected for its quiet and inspiring location, unique decor, and focus on comfort and beauty. Our Guilin hotel is also a museum and is full of Chinese antiques collected by the owners. It is located alongside a beautiful lakeside park and has some of the most incredible views from its top floor restaurant. Our Yangshuo hotel is quietly located at the end of a village road, alongside the Li River. Each room has an incredible view of the karst towers, river, and bamboo forests. Our final accommodation is in a family run guesthouse amongst the rice terraces of the 800 year old village of Ping’an.