Asheville Workshops FALL 2016/SPRING 2017 UPDATED

Michael Winn Asheville Workshops & Summer Retreats

1. Sept. 21 (Wed 7 pm), Fall Equinox White Dragon Ceremony (Free) 

2. Oct. 21: Friday 7-9 pm (Free) Inner Smile

3. Oct. 22-23: Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2
4. Nov. 12-13:  Primordial Tai Chi for Enlightened Love
5. Dec. 3 - 4: Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 3 & 4

6. Dec. 20 (Tues 7 pm): Winter Solstice Black Dragon Ceremony (Free) 

Spring 2017

1. Mar, 4-5, 2017   Emotional Alchemy: Fusion of Five Elements 1

2. Mar. 19, 2017 (Sun 7 pm), Spring Equinox Green Dragon Ceremony (Free)

3. April 15-16, 2017 Fusion of Five Elements 2 & 3 Psychic Alchemy: Open 8 Soul Channels

4. April xxx, 2017. NYC Open Center:  date/topic T.B.A.

5. May 26-29, 2017 Omega Super Qi Summit


Summer 2017

Retreats with Michael Winn: will be updated in December

Week 1: June 16 - 21, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
Qigong (Qigong) Fundamentals Levels 1-4.

Week 2: June 23 - 28, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
Healing Love: Tao Sexology - with Minke de Vos

Week 3: June 30 - July 5, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
Inner Sexual Alchemy: Lesser Kan & Li

Week 4: July 7- 12, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
Planetary & Soul Alchemy: Greatest Kan & Li.

Week 5: July 14- 19, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
Heaven & Earth Alchemy: 3 Pure Ones & Central Sun of Tai Yi


a) for all PRODUCT (DVD/audio) questions & ASHEVILLE WORKSHOP registration: 


Info(AT) or call 888-999-0555 (in USA only) or 828-555-1444 to speak with Jan, office manager

b) for all summer RETREAT questions:

email: info(AT) or call 888-750-1773

c) Frequently Asked Questions on Qigong & Tao

d) Winn Home Study Courses: Recommended Sequence

Michael Winn, Universal Healing Tao Senior InstructorMichael Winn has 35+ years international teaching experience in Tao medical, martial, & spiritual arts. He was a founder and two-term President, National Qigong Association; is founder of Healing Tao University, the largest Tao arts summer program in the West, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. He is president of the non-profit Dao Alchemy Research Institute, was 9 years Chairman of the Healing Tao Instructor's Association, and a founder of the Council of 9 of the Universal Healing Tao foundation.                                     
Winn has authored ten Tao home study video-audio courses, written dozens of articles, book chapters, and presented papers at numerous international Daoist/Taoist scholar conferences. He is co-author or writer with Mantak Chia of 7 books, including the classic Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy. His ebooks include Way of the Inner Smile, Five Animals Qigong, and Primordial Tai Chi: Way of Enlightened Love.
Winn lives with his wife Jem and son Emerald in a simple log home in the mountains near Asheville, N.C. He has a private "qigong & shengong therapy" practice when he is not traveling.  



 Michael Winn's full bio is in his ebook, Way of the Inner Smile, a $20. value available FREE (subscribe on homepage of

 Or visit: Who is Michael Winn?

In Memoriam:     Joyce Gayheart was Michael's previous wife of 25 years; her site has great products & amazing life story.

Asheville Workshop Registration & Lodging Information 

Time: all 2 day Asheville workshops: Sat 9-6; Sun 9:30-5:30 pm.
  • Location::We've returned to our old location - lots of free parking. Asheville Training Center, 261 Ashland Ave., Asheville NC. 2 long blocks south of downtown. Enter alley behind Town & Mountain Realty.
  • Cost: most still cost only $144. (not increased in 17 years - based on sacred number, not value!) Sat. only: $90. Review both days (previous students): $90. If taking a course for certification, review prices do NOT apply.  Note: Cost/location may be different for some workshops.
  • Deposit: $72., payable to "Healing Tao USA". 828-505-1444 or 888-999-0555 for credit card. Send check to Healing Tao USA, 4 Bostic Place, Asheville NC 28803. If cancel one week prior to workshop, deposit is 100% refundable. After that , no refund. VISA/MC, extended pay available.
  • Home Study Option: Live transmission at workshops is best. If you cannot attend, you can still receive an "oral transmission" via my ten Tao Home Study Audio-Video courses on my website. Home study courses are ACCEPTED AS PRE-REQ'S for the next level course. All weekend courses are now available in CD format. 
  • Product Discounts: Live workshop attendees may buy AT the workshop the video-audio as review material - about 50% discount off retail.
  • Rebate on products: If you buy a Home Study Course in advance of taking the SAME FULL WEEK-LONG summer retreat within one year, you receive nearly 50% credit back on the product at the time you register at the summer retreat. (Does NOT apply to Asheville weekend seminars). Example: Buy a $99. DVD-CD package now, you get $50. back when you take the same summer retreat. For more details, see:
  • Assistant Instructor Certification Summary: 
    Associate Instructors need 70 hours prerequisite core curriculum (any four weekend courses (64 hrs) with Michael + 6 hours of privates, OR two week-long summer retreats (80 hrs). Then take an additional 40 hours Senior Instructor certification (re-take either his week-long Qigong Fundamentals 1-4 at summer retreat, OR repeat three weekend courses in Asheville                                           

    WHERE TO STAY in Asheville? Note: Prices subject to change, vary widely by hi/low season and corporate/other discounts offered.
Downtown Inn 120 Patton Ave: walking distance to workshop, close to restaurants. Corporate rate as low as $65, much higher in leaf season. If you fly in, but don't rent a car, this is good choice. Airport taxis: $25 - 35.  

Asheville Graceland Art Hostel at Inexpensive, clean, and walking distance to workshop. Reserve in advance: no walk-ins.  828-225-3278. Single rooms are $35-40., add $10.+ per roommate.

Best Western on I-40 has a sauna/pool atrium, 15 minute drive, exit 44 off I-40 (828-667-4501). $89.+

Howard Johnson Inn (5 min. drive to workshop, near Biltmore Estate) Older, but spacious rooms. 828-274-2300. $89.+

Closest airport hotel: Hampton Inn (828 687-0806). $99-129.

Enka Budget Motel (828-665-2100) $56-75. 15 minutes.

Super 8 Motel (828-505-4648) $69-89. in low season, on Tunnel Rd.

For apartment with kitchen, Extended Stay America on Tunnel Road (828 253-3483.

We have some local Tao students who rent out a bedroom for $40. per night. Contact Jan at 828 505 1444 for references.

 Ramada Inn downtown (pricey), 3 blocks walking distance.

 For wilderness retreat experience, rooms with one wall open to a fairy forest, try Mountain Light Sanctuary. Barnardsville, 45 minutes.





Sept. 21, (Wed) 2016   7 - 9:30 pm at our Asheville home.

 FALL EQUINOX CEREMONY (+ crystal bowl concert & meditation) FREE.
This is the time of Letting Go of what is resistant and no longer needed. Join us for a powerful White Dragon Ceremony, live musical fun and deep meditation on the cosmic harmonic balance of Equinox. Come prepared with a clearly articulated intent as to What You Will Let Go OF in Your Life.

FREE. RSVP required. For details and driving directions please email: winn(AT)

• Oct. 21, 2016 (Fri. eve. 7 – 9 pm): Asheville, N.C.
 INNER SMILE: FREE Evening Meditation & Talk - Michael Winn. 

Inner Smile is a universal image in art.

This fun evening is part of a weekend workshop, but is open to the public and can be taken separately. We will mostly smile together silently, relax from the "heart-mind" (xin) level of smiling in the body until the deeper "inner heart" or soul (ling) level of smiling spontaneously arises. I will facilitate this with a transmission of that frequency of unconditional acceptance at the soul level. This is one of the most important and simplest self-cultivation practices you can learn and apply simply to daily life. Increased peace, self-love, and acceptance of others are the reward, with secondary benefits of healing all kinds of illness that is stress-caused.
Location: We've returned to our old location - lots of free parking. Asheville Training Center, 261 Ashland Ave., Asheville NC. 2 long blocks south of downtown. Enter alley behind Town & Mountain Realty.

• Oct. 22-23, 2016 (Sat/Sun): Asheville, N.C. Sat 9-6; Sun 9:30 am - 6 pm.

with Michael Winn
Dragon Captuers the pearl
Taoist Micro-Cosmic Orbit trains us to crystallize an Inner Pearl that matures into our Inner Sage and a reliable spiritual guide.

Contact: info(AT)  or call 888 999 0555 or 828 505 1444.
Cost: $144 for weekend. $90. for one day.

Day 1: Inner Smile, Five Animals Qigong, Six Healing Sounds, Taoist qigong & alchemy theory.

Visit (Fundamentals 1 page with full benefits & description of practices, testimonials, etc.)

Day 2: Guided Micro-Cosmic Orbit. This famous Tao meditation unifies all energy centers/chakras into a flowing whole. Process is made simple and physically tangible with the powerful "Open Qi (Chi) Flow in the Orbit" movement qigong. Chi transmission is given to help you open chi flow spiraling in an orbit around your torso.

Includes oral transmission of the powerful Wudang Mountain "Red Dragon" internal method of circulating the orbit (NOT taught in standard Healing Tao curriculum). THIS IS THE MOST POWERFUL & EFFECTIVE ORBIT METHOD I'VE FOUND – during my 30 years search. Included is my method of invoking spiralling Dragon power into the orbit meditation to amplify its power and effortless Qi (chi) flow.

Good for self healing, spiritual centering and balance of all yin-yang meridians of body, and balancing blood and chi. The orbit is also the main pathway used for cultivating spiritualized sexual energy as you progress in your practice.

More info on Fundamentals 2:

These two days are packed with powerful practices that can make major shifts in your health and energy level. They are Lifetime Treasures, simple enough to easily share with family and friends.

Open to everyone. This course is THE main pre-requisite to Fusion, Healing Love, Kan & Li. This is the best course to begin with, but also suitable for advanced adepts or people from other traditions wishing to go deeper.

Location: We've returned to our old location - lots of free parking. Asheville Training Center, 261 Ashland Ave., Asheville NC. 2 long blocks south of downtown. Enter alley behind Town & Mountain Realty.

  • Nov. 12-13, 2016 (Sat/Sun): Asheville, N.C.
  •      Sat 9-6; Sun 9:30 am - 6 pm.
  •     with Feldenkrais for Effortless Super Learning of Tai Chi.


         Led by Michael, plus recorded guidance by Joyce Gayheart.




    You cross the bridge between the personal and the cosmic when you practice Primordial Tai Chi for Enlightened Love.

    Magical, powerful 800 year old lineage qigong ceremony. Integrates the magic square of feng shui, the dynamic inner coupling of Taoist alchemy, the healing benefits of medical qigong, sacred geometry and Tao numerology, I Ching divination science, sound toning, and the earthly transmission power of China's original tai chi form. WOW!

    We gather the directional chi of Heaven and Earth in graceful spirals. This is one of my favorite forms, but requires deeper commitment (15 min. practice length). Combined with Feldenkrais, it opens up many levels of healing energy and ease of movement amazingly quickly.

    I go far beyond the DVD during this class, revealing many things about the inner structure of the form, and how to intensify it with toning and focused intention.

    For more about the form, and numerous testimonials about how amazing the form is, please see

    Cost: $185. ($90. deposit). Reviewers: $125.

    contact:      828 505 1444

    Note: The course is the certification course for Primordial   QiGong/Tai Chi for Enlightened Love. You receive a teaching certificate from Healing Tao University. Those seeking certification should have been practicing the form well in advance, if only from a DVD.

    Mantak Chia learned this form from me on a China Dream Trip in 2010, and loved it! He has made it a part of the Healing Tao curriculum, so you can also now use this course as hours towards becoming a Healing Tao Instructor. For more info:


    Location: We've returned to our old location - lots of free parking. Asheville Training Center, 261 Ashland Ave., Asheville NC. 2 long blocks south of downtown. Enter alley behind Town & Mountain Realty.
  • Dec. 3-4, 2016 (Sat/Sun) Asheville, N.C.
  •      Sat 9-6; Sun 9:30 am - 6 pm. LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED.


  • MEDICAL & SPIRITUAL QIGONG FUNDAMENTALS 3 & 4: Internal Chi Breathing and Bone Rooting with Michael Winn
  • Iron Shirt Qi Gong

    Learn the 3 types of Taoist breathing: natural, reverse, and counter-force. Powerful "empty" or neutral force breathing method can be done anywhere, standing, sitting, lying. Opens belly center/dantien, the key to good chi circulation and self-healing. Standing and moving postures to open core channels of body. My simplified version of Iron Shirt Qigong.

    We will also learn the Ocean, Sky, & Great Heart Breathing, aka Blissful Breathing Qigong. This form activates the Mystical Power of Three, that unites physical breath with subtle body breath in all three dantian. A short 5-minute form that packs a tremendous wallop.

    Day 2 focuses on bone marrow breathing, rooting power, and simple bone-to-bone tapping. Excellent for grounding, preventing & healing chronic illness due to blood deficiency, osteoporosis, and many others. Stabilizes stillness for meditators, develops root for all movement artists (dance or martial arts). This bone work is the prelude to completing bloodline ancestral issues.

    See for more details.         Open to all, no prerequisites. Useful to have Fundamentals 1&2, but they can be taken in reverse order as well. Cost: $144. weekend. $90. for Sat. only, or reviewers (both days).

    Contact: info(AT)

    Email if you have questions. Or call Jan to register by phone: 828 505-1444.

    Location: We've returned to our old location - lots of free parking. Asheville Training Center, 261 Ashland Ave., Asheville NC. 2 long blocks south of downtown. Enter alley behind Town & Mountain Realty.
    SPRING 2017


    Practical Emotional Inner Alchemy methods for managing the feeling layer of the Energy Body. This is part of One Cloud's foundational Inner Alchemy Formula. It integrates 5 phase chi cycles in your emotions with your biological and spiritual life. Learn to control your inner psychic weather, nurture your inner powers and natural virtues, and especially   how to "eat" or dissolve negative emotion and egoic reactivity. Find out where your feelings originate and their true purpose.

    Learn to reverse the loss of chi flowing out thru your senses, how to alchemically gather an Inner Pearl, the essence of your original self. Very powerful tools for working on yourself, and centering the energy body. Course is mostly meditation, plus "Nourish the Five Shen" Qigong for emotional body. Pre-req: Fundamentals 1 & 2, live or audio-video. Good to have Fundamentals 3 & 4 if possible, the rooting is key to managing emotions.

    Contact: info(AT)    or call 828-505-1444 to register.

    Location: Come to our old location - lots of free parking. Asheville Training Center, 261 Ashland Ave., Asheville NC. 2 long blocks south of downtown. Enter alley behind Town & Mountain Realty.


    Sunday  March 19, 2017  Spring Equinox Green Dragon Ceremony (Free).
    Exact Equinox is 6:30 am on March 20, Monday. I prefer the Qi the day before, entering into this natural energetic pause in earth time.


    • Sunday, April xxx. 2017    TBA.    New York Open Center

    Open Center Contact for registration: 212 219 2527  10 am - 5:30 pm


    • April 15-16, 2017  (Sat/Sun) in Asheville, N.C

    Sat 9-6; Sun 9:30 am - 6 pm.


    Open Macro Orbit: 8 Extraordinary Vessels, Develop Psychic Abilities

    with Michael Winn

                       Internal Bagua  

    Internalized bagua opens the 8 Extraordinary Vessels    

    Secrets of growing a powerful Energy Body

    Psychic alchemy: open 8 core channels
    • Supercharge spine in spirals of golden light
    • Open thrusting, belt, arm & leg channels
    • Heal chronic illness & deep pre-natal trauma
    • 8 Extraordinary Vessels Qigong (on DVD)
    • Pangu Mystical Qigong (on DVD)

    To read full description of the 9 Major Benefits of Fusion 2 & 3:

    The 8 Extra Vessels connect the inner and outer Qi (chi) field, and allow you to "dance" between your inner and outer life. The Wudang Mountain version of the macro-cosmic orbit will also be taught as the most powerful internal method I've found for integrating the 8 Extraordinary Vessels into a continuous flowing circuit.

    This Wudang Mtn version of the macro-orbit lays a foundation for opening chi flow between the 8 Original Forces of Universe (I Ching trigram-tones). A powerful "8 Extraordinary Vessels" qigong form makes this practice simple to remember. It heals deep psychic imbalances not reached by acupuncture. Many mysterious chronic illnesses can be healed at this deep channel level, much faster than using acupuncture or herbs working on the 12 regular meridians.

    This opening of chi flow in the Eight Extraordinary channels links your pre-natal and post-natal energy bodies, i.e. the deep structure of how you birth yourself each moment. This is why the training also opens up psychic abilities. These abilities are simply the result of having clear channels for communication between the soul and the personality.

    We'll learn to purify our aura & regulate our Energy Body with belt & thrusting channels. Give to and Receive chi from the environment with Positive & Negative Arm & Leg channels. 

    Another practice taught is my "9 Spirals of the Energy Body" in the four directions to integrate the Five Shen with the Five Directional Dragons. This practice connects the internal flow of your macro-cosmic orbit out to the edge of the universe and back! A wonderfully empowering and healing journey.

    This course lays a strong foundation for Healing Love and Water & Fire (Kan & Li) Alchemy.

    $144. for weekend, $90. reviewers.


    Pre-req: Microcosmic Orbit & 6 Healing Sounds (Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2), live or by homestudy. You can learn the energy channel work of Fusion 2/3 without doing the emotional body/inner pearl work of Fusion 1. But it is optimal to first learn Fusion 1.


    Call 828-505-1444 to register or email info(AT)


    Location: Come to our old location - lots of free parking. Asheville Training Center, 261 Ashland Ave., Asheville NC. 2 long blocks south of downtown. Enter alley behind Town & Mountain Realty.  



    • next China Dream Trip will be in May 2018


    See full itinerary and photos 2016 Dream Trip at:
    The 2018 trip will visit different sacred mountains and provinces in China, but will likely include Mt. Hua.


    To be placed on Early Notification List of China Dream Trip 2018, send an email to info(AT) with "China Trip" in subject line.


    Summer Retreats 2017

    Visit or call 888-750-1773.


    Folks have FUN at these retreats - come join us! 

    Winn's Summer Schedule at Mars Hill, in Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, N.C. (30 minutes from Asheville airport AVL, 2.5 hours to Charlotte CLT, 1 hour 15 min. from Greenville GSP).

    • All Michael Winn courses at Healing Tao University count for Instructor Certification.
    • Courses are open to all levels of students, but please check pre-requisites. Pre-requisites for Winn retreats can be met by his home study courses.
    • If you buy the homestudy course BEFORE you take the retreat — which I strongly recommend — then you receive back HALF the price of the homestudy course upon registration. Purchase must be within one year before the retreat.
    • See for full course descriptions. Tuition cost only $495., lower with multiple-course discounts. Housing/food is separate. Commuters pay a $100. facility fee. Cost is subsidized by non-profit Healing Tao USA, prices have not risen in 6 years.
    • All retreats: register 2-5 pm on starting day, class ends at noon (then lunch) on final day. Plan your travel accordingly.
  • Week 1: June 16 - 21, 2017 (Fri-Wed)

  • Smiling Buddha

    Qigong (Qigong) Fundamentals Levels 1-4.
    - Michael Winn

    Includes powerful Taoist Summer Solstice Ceremony to aid completion of your deepest authentic needs.

    Description of material:

    Open to everyone. Can be used to fill pre-requisite requirement or final certification as Associate Instructor. Possible to take weekend only, which covers Fundamentals 1 & 2.


  • Week 2: June 23 - 28, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
  • Healing Love: Tao Sexology for Health & Bliss
    - Michael Winn & Minke de Vos

                          Healing Love

  • Week 3: June 30 - July 5, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
  • Inner Sexual Alchemy -- Michael Winn
    Lesser Enlightenment of Kan & Li


    Crop circle with Vesica Piscis coupling of yin & yang

  • Week 4: July 7- 12, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
  • Planetary & Soul Alchemy: Heal Collective Issues, Conquor Fear of Death - Greatest Kan & Li.
    - Michael Winn


    Note: The prerequisite Inner Sexual Alchemy (Lesser Kan & Li) can also be taken in advance by home-study course.

  • Week 5: July 14- 19, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
  • Heaven & Earth Alchemy: Embrace 3 Pure Ones & Great Oneness with Humanity.


    Note: The prerequisite Planetary & Soul Alchemy course can be taken in advance by home-study course.

     Trees dominate the landscape at our Ivy League-feeling retreat center in Mars Hill, NC (near Asheville)






    Winter - Spring 2013  

    MEXICO Retreats Winter 2013 (taught in English, translated to Spanish)

    � Feb. 23-27, 2013 in Cuernavaca, Mexico (near Mexico City)                      Star Alchemy: Sealing of the 5 Body Spirits

    contact: Janette Nutis

    � March 1 - 5, 2013, Casa Azul, near Mexico City)