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10 Days Yin Yang Adventure Yoga Retreat in China

  • Guilin, Guangxi - Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi - Ping’an, Longsheng, Guilin, Guangxi

Overview

China Yoga Retreat

This unique and beautiful journey explores the balance of Yin and Yang through the merging of outdoor adventure, yoga, meditation, cultural immersion, and silence. Kayak down the Li Jiang river through the 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 the quiet authentic village life as you trek through, alongside the rice terraces of Longshen. Practice Taichi in an ancient temple or flow through sun salutations with the rising sun. Experience your inner harmony, balance of strength, masculine and feminine, and Yin and Yang!

Highlights

  • Journey through Southern China
  • Rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, and biking
  • Experience daily transformative yoga classes
  • Merge meditation sessions with Taoism traditions
  • Tai Chi classes and intro into Taoist philosophy
  • 3 Chinese medicinal treatments
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily healthy meals
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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You 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. The 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. The 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. The final accommodation is in a family run guesthouse amongst the rice terraces of the 800 year old village of Ping'an.

This retreat is perfect for all levels of yoga and outdoor adventure experience. The free-style blend of strong Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin, moving and seated meditation, and pranayama can be adjusted to accommodate your personal goals. All adventure activities can also be adjusted for varying levels of challenge. The daily schedule is balanced between time together, and personal time to explore.

In your free time you can choose to get a little more Yang or surrender more fully to the Yin. If the fierce warrior calls, you may wish to visit the mud caves, head out for motorbike village exploration, test your bargaining skills with some shopping, go for some more rock climbing, or countryside biking.

If the Yin beckons, relax with a book on the patio of the riverside hotel, go for a Chinese medicine treatment or massage, wander the quiet riverside, float on a bamboo raft, or learn more about Chinese cooking.

Day 1

Guilin - Arrival at Guilin hotel by 14:00. Evening opening circle, meditation, and sharing. Setting intentions and introducing the Taoist traditions and how they relate to the journey. Evening walking exploration of Guilin, three lakes, pagodas, and dinner in the Buddhist vegetarian restaurant.

Day 2

Guilin, Yangshuo - Morning meditation and yoga. Breakfast in the unique riverside museum hotel. Travel to Yangshuo by private transportation. Once you arrive in Yangshuo you will rest and explore this beautiful town full of 70,000 Karst towers. Evening walk to town for reflexology and family style dinner.

Day 3

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. Learn Chinese fan painting and create your own fan art to take home. Kayak down the Li Jiang river amongst the rice patties, local villages, water buffalo, and Karst towers.

Day 4

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 one and a half hour treatment of massage, acupuncture, or cupping.

Day 5

Yangshuo - Morning Tai Chi. Led by a guide with 35 years of experience and expertise, you will move your yoga practice to the vertical and go rock climbing. It is a day of pushing the limits of your mind and body and embodying an even greater state of the fierce warrior. Evening riverside yoga and relaxation.

Day 6

Yangshuo - Start the day with yoga and meditation. Next go biking through the picturesque local villages, rice fields, and alongside the dragon river. Return to town to visit the local market and learn to cook a Chinese dinner at the countryside cooking school.

Day 7

Yangshuo - A free day to delve deeper into whatever and wherever your heart calls. The evening will bring the group back together for a celebration Buddhist vegetarian dinner and the world famous Sister Liu light show.

Day 8

Yangshuo to Longshen - Morning Tai Chi. Travel by private minivan to the rice terraces of Longshen. Along the way you will visit the organic tea farm of Sanjilu. Here you will tour the tea gardens and sample their offerings through a traditional tea ceremony and tasting. Next will be an evening hike to your hotel nestled amongst the rice fields in the beautiful village of Ping'an. You will experience village life first hand as you connect with the beautiful Zhuang minority group. Evening meditation overlooking the terraces.

Day 9

Longshen - Morning mountainside yoga and meditation. Silent trekking through beautiful villages, inspiring views, and an opportunity to go deeper into a state of meditation. Evening closing, dinner, sharing and relaxation.

Day 10

  • Longshen to Guilin and beyond - Morning yoga, breakfast, and departure to Guilin Airport.
  • Kristie Lonczak

    Kristie loves to travel and wishes for nothing more than to share this passion with everyone. Her life has shifted in the last years as she has begun offering her experiences as a part time explorer and full-time yoga teacher, mystical dance teacher, Reiki Master, retreat facilitator, and trip leader or creator. Her focus in this life is inspiring aliveness, opening to a life lived from the heart, empowerment, and the activation of a cosmic consciousness.

  • Chris Henson

    Chris is an empowering, profound, fierce, and wise yoga teacher of the body, mind, soul, and rock. His passion for yoga and meditation is only surpassed by his love of rock climbing. Chris offers his gifts of silence, awareness, connection to nature, living in the alignment of thought word and action, and the life-changing remembrance that all you need is already within in you.

The journey takes place in the incredible landscape of Guangxi province in Southern China. You will adventure from the romantic lake city of Guilin, to Yangshuo, the Li river village of 70,000 limestone Karst towers, then onto the rice terrace villages of Longshen. You will weave in and out of Yin and Yang as you adventure in remote villages, the silence and beauty of unique natural landscapes, and amidst bustling Chinese culture.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Rock climbing
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake nearby
  • River
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

The price of the retreat includes happy healthy foods that make your bodies and minds feel great. You will be eating mostly vegetarian, with options to include fish, and sometimes also having an option to include some meat if you like. The meals will support the activities of the journey and will be a nutritious mix of local cuisine with some western favorites. Oftentimes the meals will be family style where everyone shares many dishes and gets the opportunity to sample many things, and other times you may just choose from a set menu. There will always be plenty of food to sample and you will definitely like something being offered.

Fan Painting

Visits to local villages and markets

The price of this retreat includes three Chinese medicine treatments, and a choice between a session of massage, acupuncture, or cupping. Further spa treatments may be purchased based on availability, for an extra price.

  • 1 session each of rock climbing, kayaking and biking
  • 2 experienced guides to help you along the way
  • 2 healthy vegetarian meals per day
  • 3 traditional Chinese medicine treatments
  • 9 nights shared accommodation with single upgrade available for an extra cost
  • Admission to all sites stated in the itinerary
  • Biking through the country side
  • Chinese air and fan painting
  • Chinese cooking class
  • Cooking classes
  • Daily yoga classes and meditation sessions
  • Group sharing and integration sessions
  • Hiking and family stay in Longshen villages
  • Kayaking, rock climbing and sightseeing
  • Personal support for deeper understanding
  • Tai Chi lessons and practice
  • Traditional Chinese medicine treatments
  • Transportation throughout the journey
  • Transfer from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) to hotel
  • Airfare not stated in the itinerary
  • Alcohol
  • Extra meals and snacks
  • Optional massages and acupuncture treatments.
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

Flights should be booked to arrive at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Flowing Spirit Journeys an inquiry.
  • Review by Julie from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I can't even put in words how much this trip meant to me. And meeting all of you, with so much love and support, everything we shared, really changed the way I see life now. I feel connected to you, I feel connected to all the good of this life. Thank you for this journey."

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  • Review by Meredith from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to say that I am so thankful for each and every one of you. There was so much I learned on this trip and the amazing places we visited. I feel like a better me having spent some time getting to know each of you. You made me a better me! I am so grateful for this journey and can't wait to go on another one with Kristie and Flowing Spirit Journeys."

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  • Review by Elizabeth from USA
    10 out of 10

    "The journey to India with Kristie and Chris was incredible, life-changing, and truly magical! I felt completely cared for in the sometimes crazy country. We had a great balance of Yoga and Meditation, with visits to cool cultural sites, and outdoor explorations. I highly recommend any trip with Flowing Spirit Journeys!"

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  • Review by Marian from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Traveling through India with Kristie and Chris was a beautiful and unforgettable journey. Our trip from Delhi, to Rishikesh, to Dharamsala and back was exciting, adventurous and challenging. Kristie and Chris were fabulous guides, they knew all the most delicious restaurants, the best shops, the most interesting events to attend, and the best places to stay. Because of their familiarity with the magic and unpredictability of India, they dealt with any hiccups that came along with positivity and confidence. I felt safe traveling with them, which was important to me as a single female traveler. Kristie and Chris are wonderful and make a fabulous team. Kristie is really unique. I've never met anyone who has the same bright, energizing, positive and inspiring presence. She's one of those people who draws out the best qualities in everyone she meets. Plus, she has just the right combination of practicality and magical sparkle that makes her the perfect trip leader. She's also a fabulous yoga teacher! I could go on and on. You should just meet them for yourself."

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  • Review by Fede from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Have had the pleasure to share my adventure in India with them. Beautiful people, amazing trip, stunning places, helpful gentle full of life couple. I will love to meet them again on another adventure if will ever be possible. I will forever treasure what I have experienced. Many thanks always. Namaste."

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  • Review by Federica from Europe

    "I had an amazing time. Kristie is knowledge, wise, caring, and a loving soul. She made my two weeks special and i was so lucky to have chosen the right group. The journey was a adventure as India offers plenty of that and a soul spiritual search. Both have been fulfilled in every possible way. If I can I will join them again one day, maybe Peru. Amazing people amazing place wonderful journey through the madness of India."

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  • Review by James Finley

    "This was such a moving trip, got so much out of it. Personal growth and many new friends; not to mention the powerful sites we visited. Our leader, Lea, was awesome. Would very much recommend."

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