Nourishing Life

Cultivating the Art of Change


A June weekend of energising Dao Yin practice.

June 1-3

An Sanctoir, Bawnaknockane, Ballydehob


A June weekend of energising Dao Yin practice.

 Dao yin means to “guide” and “lead”. It is practiced through dynamic exercises involving strong extension of the body sinews (guiding) and directed application of breath and intent (leading). The exercises open the joints and clear the channels of stagnant energy helping to remove adhesions in the fascial system, realign the tissues and restructure the body. This creates more internal space and conductivity for efficient qi circulation. The practice of Dao Yin paves the way for stepping more deeply into the process of internal change. It is especially useful for firing up the energy system and getting the qi moving. Dao Yin are dynamic and challenging exercises that are great fun to learn. As a fundamental component of Nei Gong training they take us deep into the purification process involved in the foundations of the Daoist internal arts.

Over the three days we will take a detailed look at the theory and practice of Dao Yin.  You will learn how to work with the sinews and how to open the energy gates of the body before learning the Wu Dao Yin forms and how to use them to purge the system of pathogenic information. We will also look at how the exercises function, how they differ from Qigong and how they relate to Nei Gong. Alongside this you will learn the foundations of standing work and how to activate the lower dan tian and initiate the process of internal change.

Please note that due to the nature of the work the course will be very physically demanding and may have strong energetic after-effects. We therefore recommend that you are in good mental and physical health and have a reasonable level of fitness before signing up. 

What the training includes

  • Theoretical lectures to support the practice
  • Preparatory stretching
  • Core strength training and body conditioning
  • Alignment work and body opening exercises
  • The fundamentals of standing practice
  • Fundamental breathing exercises
  • Dan tian work
  • Introduction to the Jin Jing and basic principles of Dao Yin
  • The Wu Dao Yin exercise set

Practical details

  • Event fee is €250/weekend 
  • Meals are not included.
  • Training hours are 10-6 with regular breaks.

our approach

We believe in training hard but having a lot of fun in the process

Lightheartedness and humour are essential qualities for this work and we try to keep a good balance in the classes between focused application and having a good time. We feel the training space should be an inclusive, safe and mutually supportive place where we can all learn together in a non-judgemental and non competitive atmosphere.

It is not necessary to be super fit or flexible but it is advisable to be in reasonably good shape and free of any major injuries. If you are interested in participating but are unsure if it is suitable for you please don’t hesitate to contact us for a chat.

The training is designed to initiate internal change and start to move you through several stages of inner transformation in preparation for spiritual cultivation. Participants should be aware that it can be both physically and mentally challenging and can be surprisingly strong at times. Come prepared to meet your edges, work hard and have lots of fun!