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Join this retreat specially designed to deepen your spiritual insightfulness and experience an intensive Qi Gong practice. Also, if you already have previous experience with Qigong, it is a golden opportunity to expand and deepen your knowledge and to take your spiritual practice to new levels of awareness. If you are new student, this will be a wonderful opportunity to begin a Qi Gong practice in a highly integrated way.
The Eastover Estate and Retreat center offers spacious workshop and program rooms with multiple meeting and studio facilities for teachers, groups, company retreats, and trainings. The estate is designed around an evocative summer cottage to immerse you in a contemplative and holistic environment from the moment you enter its grounds; from its courtyards and terraces overlooking English and Japanese gardens to its sun-drenched terrace café and its inviting mix of manicured lawns and meadows, woodland trails, and breathtaking views of the Berkshire Mountains.
Eastover offers a wide variety of spacious and comfortable overnight accommodations to fit everyone’s budget, from rustic to contemporary to luxurious. All of Eastover’s rooms are well appointed and designed for guests attending retreats and holistic workshops. It has approximately 20 private or couples rooms, the rest being shared. The bedrooms in the mansion are furnished with the concept of simple lines and a sense of spaciousness, placing you in an uncluttered and liberating space.
The guest rooms are simple, well-appointed bedrooms with private baths. Many of these rooms are adjoining, which is very accommodating for families and friends. The most luxurious rooms are located in the mansion, the spacious 100-year old main house that is the jewel among all of the estate buildings. Each of a limited number of mansion guest rooms has been carefully renovated to provide the amenities of the best contemporary hotel brands while preserving the simple, beautiful lines of the original architecture.
The furnishings have been carefully selected to create an uncluttered, elegant sense of tranquility. Amenities in all rooms at the west and east lodge, the ranch house, and the south gable, include a mini fridge, an alarm clock, a dresser, a hair dryer, a luggage rack, a Keurig coffee machine, a flat screen television, and an electronic digital safe. An ironing board and iron are available upon request.
The west colonial lodge has two levels with 19 rooms New England style. The west colonial lodge offers a porch view of one of Eastover’s colorful garden walkways. The West colonial accommodates parties of one or two. Each upper deck room has a comfortable queen bed and each lower deck room has a comfortable double bed. Most rooms can adjoin to another room for groups or families wishing to share their living space.
The east colonial lodge is opposite to the west colonial lodge and shares the garden walkway view and offers eleven spacious guest rooms, some of which adjoin. Seven rooms on one level have one king bed, these rooms are perfect for couples. Seven rooms offer king sized beds with twins while the remainder are split level rooms and have two double beds and an optional single bed. All rooms feature a tub/shower combination with separate sink, allowing guests access to the sink and vanity without disturbing the bathroom. The rear view of the building looks directly at October Mountain, the baseball field, and the new barn, providing an amazing backdrop when relaxing in your guest room.
The ranch house has a cozy and comfortable feel, each room accommodating three to five guests. There are four sets of adjoining rooms for two persons to share and two larger corner rooms with a sofa bed and lots of space to stretch.
The south gable lodge is a two-level, 14-room facility that sits at the center of the guest housing area. Step inside to a rustic north woods atmosphere; reminiscent of the Adirondacks with knotty pine and natural wood furniture and fixtures. These rooms are a cozy setting for a retreat getaway, most rooms are set up with two double beds for two to share, and two rooms are especially large to be shared by six or seven people. All bathrooms include a shower/tub combination with a shower gel and conditioner dispenser and some rooms sport a generous walk-in closet.
The bunkers are designed for groups of three to six people, with twin beds and simple dorm style accommodations. There are 12 rustic guest rooms with a southern view of open meadows. The Bunker's camp atmosphere is perfect for everyone to kick back, relax, and enjoy company. All rooms feature clean and simple furnishings, a large brand new glass stall shower, three twin beds, a dresser, and a vanity.
The indoor pool building has been totally rebuilt. There is also a sauna and all new guest changing area with showers for guest use.
Warmed in daylight from the huge south windows, the terrace can host up to 146 dinner guests in Victorian architectural elegance. Its unique proportions provide a cozy closeness with ample room to socialize. The adjacent kitchen permits superb service in a large banquet environment.
The terrace rooms large glass doors open onto a sizable bluestone patio large enough for its own party. The sparkling fountain highlights a French style garden retreat. Under the shade of enormous catalpa trees, the terrace room is a true memory of summer elegance.
During this retreat, your daily experience will begin with a meditation session followed by a healthy breakfast and a morning Qi Gong session. You will enjoy lunch and another Qi Gong afternoon session right after. To close the day, you will have a delicious dinner and one final Qi Gong-Sheng Zhen evening session or an optional relaxing activity.
Over one thousand years ago an Indian monk named Bodhidharma introduced Buddhism to China. According to legend, he found the Buddhist monks living in the monasteries he visited to be weak and lethargic. Believing that strong, healthy bodies enhance spiritual development, he created the Yi Jin Jing.
The monks he taught became the legendary Shaolin fighting monks. During this workshop you will learn a special breathing technique to strengthen your kidneys and a series of dynamic tension movement exercises designed to strengthen sinews, tone soft tissue, integral fascia and skeletal structure, energize bone marrow, and develop real internal power.
This practice is ideal if you lead a sedentary lifestyle or suffer from poor posture and wish to regain bodily strength. It is also recommended for athletes and martial artists who want to reach new levels of peak performance. Men and women of all ages can benefit from this transformative practice. This knowledge and practice is invaluable both to participants as well as to health care providers. It will promote a healthy, rejuvenated, and more stress-free home and work environment; and it will help athletes and martial artists, or yoga practitioners who want to reach new levels of peak performance.
This is one of the most esoteric Taoist practices. Designed to enlighten the sense of well-being, as well as the inner vision of the body, mind, emotion, and soul. The aim of this practice is to achieve, a peaceful mind, higher energy vitality, balanced emotions, and inner awareness of the real integrity.
This practice was invented by Xiao Yao, master of Robert Peng. This practice is focused on a special breathing that will give you the power to feel refreshed even if your walk with a very heavy load or walking up a very steep hill. Xiao Yao designed the special practice of walking meditation and breathing called “the longevity walk”.
During this group healing practice, Robert Peng will conduct a powerful healing energy through breathing, visualization, and chanting to organize the energy field into a harmonious pattern, so that all of your organs flow smoothly and exude radiant healthy light.
This retreat will be held at the Eastover Estate and Retreat center near Lenox, Massachusetts. Eastover is a 600-acre holistic retreat center dedicated to serving the greater holistic community, is located in the cultural hub of the Berkshires, only minutes from downtown Lenox, Kripalu Center, Tanglewood Music Center, and other cultural venues in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts.
This retreat center is an ideal location for teachers, groups, organizations, and companies seeking retreats, conferences, and trainings. The pristine and expansive natural surroundings of Eastover, creates a tranquil setting that provides to organizations and participants an opportunity to step away from the demands of everyday life to review and reflect upon their priorities and strategies.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious and nutritive meals per day. At Eastover, you will experience the Chinese culture and medicine into the mix with meals that are healthy and nutritious, mostly vegetarian, balanced, and sometimes picked from the local gardens.
Eastover offers homemade soups, gourmet entrees, healthy salads, delicious desserts, and a selection for varied tastes and ethnicities like anti-inflammatory spices, cumin and turmeric, probiotic condiments like miso, tempeh, ume plum vinegar, aged organic soy, homemade sauerkraut, and estate grown herbs.
The menu may include also several types of food like raw and gluten free, dairy and non-dairy, soy, home grown vegetables like fruits, herbs, and lots of wild edibles raised in the local 600-acre virgin land and forest. The water is filtered and there is always fresh lemon/lime steeped water available at the café. Frying vegetables are fried in extra virgin olive oil.
The Berkshires is steeped in tradition, from its role in the founding of the country to the modern and contemporary arts. Art museums, live theater, dance festivals, movie festivals, educational centers, and some of the world’s finest musicians can all be found a short driving distance from Eastover. The Berkshires offer rich cultural attractions and is one of the major cultural centers in the country.
Whether hiking the Appalachian trail, within walking distance of Eastover, or exploring the numerous state parks, golfing, skiing, biking along country roads, boating, swimming, fishing, or just relaxing. If you are a collector or enjoy fine arts, antique stores and specialty shops, offering everything from local crafts and paintings to pottery and guitars, can be found in every town.
The Lee Premium Outlets, ten minutes from Eastover, is home of 60 stores. Water parks, white water rafting, rock climbing, zip lines, and ropes courses are all within short driving distance. Berkshire County's restaurants feature a variety of American and international flavors, including Chinese, Continental, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Malaysian, Mexican, and Thai. Many of the Berkshires' restaurants are award winning, and all provide a unique dining experience.
During this retreat, you may enjoy spa services at Eastover for an additional cost.
You can book your flight to arrive at the Albany International Airport (ALB), Bradley International Airport (BDL), or the Logan International Airport (BOS).
Peter Pan Trail ways and Bonanza service the Lenox area. There are usually two buses a day to and from New York City and Boston. Please contact the individual bus lines.
You can take the train from Amtrak Station at Hudson, New York to Pittsfield, Amtrak Station at Rensselaer, New York to Pittsfield, or a train from Boston to Pittsfield.
Taxis are very expensive as distances are long. Consider renting a car well in advance for a good rate.
"My husband and I just attended a lovely weekend workshop at Eastover. The grounds were stunning, the accommodations were super comfortable (to the point of luxury!) and the exemplary Eastover staff graciously sought to serve all of our needs. The workshop which focused on the healing modalities of Eastern Medicine included many excellent classes including Sheng Zhen gong classes taught by Master Li. Needless to say we are returning home refreshed and with open hearts!! Thanks Eastover!!"
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"It’s with my deepest gratitude that I accept all your generous and abundant offerings. That will be of enormous assistance as I can appreciate your talented staff and their high standards of art quality. The flyer you sent me is absolutely gorgeous. I give you full permission to promote me as part of that event. Thank you for your unconditional love and support! I’m so privilege to have the incredible opportunity of opening doors to endless possibilities. I’m so looking forward to our journey together that has already started! Sending you all my love."
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"Greetings. Hope you are well and prospering. Thank you again for your kindness in hosting our retreat. We had a marvelous time and people truly enjoyed as well. The response was positively overwhelming. Let's talk more about doing a two day retreat of this same kind in the future."
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"Here is some feedback from the retreat: awesome, excellent food, and the staff was so polite and courteous. The tour was wonderful and the food was terrific - amazing, delicious and big portions, well served, and abundant in all respects. Loved everything about the place especially the vibe."
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