Enjoy a Healing Chi Retreat!
From: Michael Winn,
Are you ready to quicken your path to radiant health? Want to relax in a sunny mountain setting, while you have fun learning Tao subtle energy healing and meditation arts? Curious to learn the science of inner sexual alchemy, and self-generate a feeling of “whole-body bliss”? Want to permanently “breathe” 6 to 10 lbs. of fat away each week with weight-loss chi kung? Want to feel your body move gracefully in a tai chi form? Seeking a new career in energetic bodywork and personal development? Interested in taking charge of both your worldly and spiritual destiny?
If you answer “YES!” to any question, our summer retreats are the right place for you. Whether you are a beginner who wants guidance from top masters or a professional seeking to refine your skills and gain certification, at Heavenly Mountain you will receive the best possible training at the lowest possible price. The Healing Tao USA retreat program was described by one student as “the most fun, the most grounded, the most effective, and the most advanced energy body work on Planet Earth”.
With an average of 30 retreats, we offer the largest summer program of Tao Arts & Sciences in the world. Even in China you cannot get under one roof what is offered here – and its in clear English! We have a faculty of twenty top tai chi, chi kung (qigong), energy healing and meditation masters that collectively have over 500 years experience. These Healing Tao retreats have a 20 year history of success.
Regardless of age, sex, race, or spiritual path, you will be welcomed into a warm and friendly community of Tao practitioners that laughs a lot and knows how to have serious fun. Laughter centered in your belly happens to be a great way to circulate your chi and stay healthy. Along with the serene Inner Smile, these are two typical Tao methods – so simple a child can master them, yet powerful. Many people think they cannot meditate. But when they try an easy body-centered meditation – sitting, standing, or moving (tai chi or chi kung) - they quickly feel successful, and their chronic diseases and emotional problems magically melt away.
Enjoy a Spiritual Learning Vacation
These Tao summer retreats are not for austere monks. They are more like a spiritual summer fun or a “learning vacation". Yet the incredible experience people have at these retreats is beyond words. The chi field at Heavenly Mountain is very focused and coherent, unlike retreat centers that sponsor a mishmash of dozens or hundreds of different teachings - causing the chi to get mixed up.
Heavenly Mountain is truly extraordinary. The chi field is amplified by the largest Amethyst Crystal in the world. We also have a giant two ton clear quartz crystal (see photo on right). These crystals help to "tune" the energy frequency of the space where we are learning qigong, tai chi, healing, and meditation. When you show up at Heavenly Mountain, your "soul crystal" begins to hum and awaken to its innate power and spiritual radiance!
We cultivate a chi field at Heavenly Mountain that is unified and far more potent for healing or self-realization. Every course you take – even if years apart – builds and adds onto what you’ve already learned. It is one reason why so many students return. You don’t need to work at figuring out how everything fits together – many seekers struggle to re-invent the wheel. A wide array of body-mind-movement arts have already been integrated by Chinese masters over the last 5,000 years! Each retreat you take will polish another facet of the same jewel.
Tao may be the oldest living tradition in the world. Its simplicity and wisdom has been hard-earned over the last 5,000 years. Called the “pathless path”, Tao embraces all paths. Tao is pronounced “Dao” and spelled that way by modern scholars. The term Tao historically functioned in China as a kind of divine natural umbrella embracing all religions and all seekers.
Qigong (Chi Kung) means “skill at cultivating the subtle breath or universal life force”. Taoist “chi cultivation” is the grandparent of many Chinese arts: acupuncture, feng shui, martial arts, nutrition, massage, herbology, meditation and sexology. Yin-yang and five element/phase theory of chi field behavior are the fundamental principles unifying all Chinese culture and are in the process of being recognized by modern natural sciences. More about Tao & Qigong (Chi Kung), click here.
Women's Earth Qigong class at Heavenly Mtn.
So Heavenly Mountain is a virtual “cauldron of transformation”. Choose from thirty different six day or weekend retreats. All this at a remarkably low cost – multiple tuition discounts go as low as $70 a day. As a non-profit (501c3) spiritual university, the low cost of retreats can be further reduced by a 40% tax deductions.
Add in a lot of friendly, good-hearted people, great food, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, miles of pristine hiking trails, a swimming `pond and fabulous waterfalls in a sunny Blue Ridge mountain setting – and bingo! - you have a WINNER. Our housing is much higher quality than the local hotels, and yet much cheaper. Some people come to take a personal retreat only, but still enjoy at meals interesting conversation with the wide range of independent-minded spiritual seekers who are attracted to Healing Tao Retreats.
Getting there is easy - 2 hours by shuttle bus from Charlotte Int. Airport, or a cheap local bus from Greensboro regional airport. If you have a car, you can take the Skyline Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, widely considered the most beautiful drive in America. A car is also useful to visit the many beautiful sites near to Heavenly Mountain, such as Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, Blowing Rock precipice, white water rafting, fabulous hiking.
I guarantee you that these retreats will be the energetic highlight of your year. I personally feel a super-high energy charge from them that lasts the rest of the year. I know many others have a similar experience. You will leave feeling younger, healthier, and more enlightened. Weekend workshops in cities are convenient and valuable, but the live-in experience of these retreats is of a much higher order. Folks coming here breathe chi, eat chi, and dream chi together.
Mantak Chia leads tai chi in One Cloud's Sanctuary
The full description and date of each retreat is posted below. Many people buy the home study audio-video-DVD courses & books in advance to get a head start, which I highly recommend. You’ll be able to absorb a lot more chi at the retreat if you have already absorbed the background information. Check the product listings after each retreat for special offers on some home study courses – up to 50% REBATE on a homestudy course if you take the retreat within the year.
Feel free to call our registrar at 888-750-1773 to get some expert advice.... 4 Ways to Register, click here.
I am looking forward to Smiling and Laughing with you this summer.
Founder & Director,
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How to RegisterThere are four different ways to register for a summer retreat.
All four ways are simple and easy:
1.Phone. If you have questions or need advice, our registrar can assist you in choosing the correct retreat(s) for you. Best to have a printout of the retreats list handy when you call.
Monday – Friday, 2 - 6 pm EST (Eastern Std Time)
Within USA: 888-999-0555
Note: It’s safe to leave credit card information on our answering machine.
2.Email your registration and $100. deposit for each retreat (or to buy products): firstname.lastname@example.org
3.Internet. Register online on at this site. Just go to the “retreats descriptions” button and click on the code number in the left column (example: DM-0402). A special “retreat shopping cart” form will appear for registration.
4. Postal Mail. Print out the Registration Form (click for download) and deposit and mail it to us at one of our two seasonal locations:
SUMMER ADDRESS June 10 to Aug. 15:
Healing Tao USA, Box 5, Walker Valley, New York 12588
WINTER ADDRESS Aug. 16 to June 9:
Healing Tao USA, Box 24, Lodi, New Jersey 07644
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Early Registration: Money Saving Tips
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The standard tuition is $445. (6 day retreat).
The standard weekend tuition is $225. (2.5 days).
Some week long courses involve bringing in teachers from abroad or offer professional (CEU) credits.
Those courses listed below have a unique pricing in either their tuition or their room & board due to different length. Call Registrar if you have any questions:
1a. Cosmic Chi Healing 1 (dbl room & board reduced to $380. due to 4 nights instead of 5)
1b. Tao Instructors (call for prices)
2. Cosmic Chi Healing 2 (dbl room & board reduced to $380. due to 4 nights instead of 5)
3c. Tao Astrology for Diagnosis & Healing
10a. Weight Loss & Medical $545. for 6 day tuition.
Call registrar at
Within USA only: 888-750-1773
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 12 - 4 pm EST
Dao Mountain is wonderfully cozy, an intimate place in which you quickly feel at home. There are 33 rooms with 70 beds, mostly queen sized. All rooms are lovely, hotel quality – the center is used for corporate retreats when not in use by Healing Tao University. Most rooms are set naturally into the wooded landscape in semi-private cottages, with beautiful mountain and meadow views.
You may be forced between retreats to move out (by taxi, if you have no car) and stay in a more expensive hotel if you do not PREPAY for rooms between retreats. You may cancel your prepaid reservation for rooms between retreats without penalty 48 hours in advance.
Some people take a bus to NYC for the day(s) between retreats or go sightseeing elsewhere in the Hudson Valley. You can store baggage.
2. Can I bring children?
3. What should I wear/pack for Dao Mountain?
The information below is given everyone registering at Dao Mountain.
We call it the “Rules of Harmony at Dao Mountain”.
Please radiate Inner Smile at all times!
Typical Daily Schedule
Morning practice: check with instructor
|Breakfast||8:30 am - 9:30 am|
|Class||9:30 am - 1:00 pm|
|Lunch & Break||1:00 pm - 3:30 pm|
|Class||3:30 pm - 6:30 pm|
|Dinner||7:00 pm - 8:00 pm|
Evening: free time or class, check with instructor
Hours: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (approximately!)
It may open after breakfast or during morning break, by announcement.
Questions? Call registrar at 973-777-4442
or 888-999-0555 (from U.S.) or FAX: 973-777-3753
How to Keep the Early Cancellation date clear:
Option A: DEPOSIT APPLIED TO FUTURE RETREAT. 100% of your paid deposit (less $100. cancel fee) is automatically credited to future retreats taken within 24 months (within next two cycles of summer retreats).
Option B: 50% CASH REFUND. If you don’t intend to take a future retreat within the next two summers (your best deal financially), you may request instead a 50% cash refund of the total cost of room/board + tuition due for that retreat. Payment will be made promptly to you.
If you have not paid 100% of that retreat at the time of cancellation in the last 30 days before retreat start, you still legally owe 50% of the total cost of that retreat. Even if you’ve signed an extended payment agreement or failed to pay that 50% in advance for some reason.
People who cancel late are naturally unhappy about this, but we assure you that 50% cancel fee is just to cover our overhead. Running a large retreat program is economically marginal at best, and becomes a losing proposition without long term planning stability to enable us to control costs of food, housing, marketing, staff and faculty. We rent the Dao Mountain facility for a hefty fee under certain performance expectations that do not allow us to underwrite last minute life changes to your plans.
Questions? Call registrar at 973-777-4442
or 888-999-0555 (from U.S.) or FAX: 973-777-3753
Note: in summer time (usually around June 10-12) we forward all our phone lines and mail from our New Jersey office to our Dao Mountain retreat center, and back again around Aug. 25. These transfer periods may causes technical glitches or delays in responding to you.
Staff can be contacted at email@example.com or telephone (see Contact)
Healing Tao rents this center in the summer from Corky and Casey Jeronimo, who naturally call it Jeronimo Conference Center the rest of the year. Their family has owned this lovely Catskills conference center for over 40 years, with many new modern buildings added over time. The main meeting hall was built just three years ago, with solid windows on three sides surrounded by forest and meadows. The Jeronimos take pride in keeping it in immaculate condition and during retreats work fulltime to make sure your stay is comfortable and that you are well fed.
They are fun, casual, eclectic people with two friendly golden Labrador retrievers and a cat that roam the property. Occasionally some of their kids – Nick, Matt, or Alexandra - come back to help out at the center. This not like those big impersonal retreat centers with an invisible staff and changing faces every week. This is a place smothered with personal love and attention – everybody is on a first name basis. The Jeronimos love the interesting variety of the approximately 400 people who are attracted to our Tao retreats each summer. Their website is www.Jeronimo.com and features a video of the center.
The cook is Betsy, naturally the most important person on campus! And she knows it. She is a big-hearted Mama who dearly loves her little Taoist ducklings, even as she waves her big knife if they cross into her sacred territory. Her kids and tiny grand-daughter add to the multi-generational feeling of the place. The food she serves is international, eclectic, and delicious. Each meal is a buffet banquet so you can choose what suits your diet. Mostly importantly, the chi she puts into the food is filled with love.
If you get lost, be sure to ask directions for Jeronimo Conference Center, it’s local name - not Dao Mountain.
AIRPORT BUS: Take shuttles ($11. - $14.) to Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd St. and 8th Ave. in Manhattan. Info can be obtained from Ground Transportation Desk at Baggage Pickup Area in the following airports:
1. La Guardia and JFK: Express Bus (718-875-8200) to Port Authority Terminal runs every 20 minutes from 6:40 am to 11:40 pm. From La Guardia it takes 30-50 minutes depending on traffic; from JFK it takes 50 min –1+ hours depending on traffic.
2. Newark, NJ: Olympia Airport Express (212-964-6233) to Port Authority Terminal runs every 20 minutes from 6 am to midnight. Takes 40-50 minutes, more at peak hours.
3. Newburgh, N.Y. The closest regional airport to Dao Mtn. is Stewart Airport which has major airlines. Taxi is about $40. – about half hour drive. Hudson Valley limo is only $35, see below.
AIRPORT LIMO: for reliable local limo service that knows the way to the retreat center, call Karin or Joe Fox at Hudson Valley Car Service at 845-744-2991. Newark is $120., LaGuardia $160., JFK $200., downtown NYC is $220. (prices subject to change).
BUS from Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd St. and 8th Ave. in Manhattan. Take the SHORTLINE bus to “Bloomingburg, NY”. Buy ticket ($26.50 one way in 2003) in the south (downtown) terminal at Shortline ticket office. Bus leaves from north (uptown) terminal, check for gate # (usually 3rd floor). Short Line (201) 529-3666: TIMETABLE is SUBJECT TO CHANGE –PLEASE CALL THEM TO CONFIRM.
Leaving NYC Arriving Bloomingburg Shortline Bus schedule:
1. LV: 8:30 am, AR: 10:10 am
2. LV: 11:30 am, AR: 1:15 pm - Jeronimo pickup free (day retreat starts)
3. LV: 2:30 pm, AR: 3:55 pm in Middletown (take $20. cab to center)
4. LV: 5:30 pm, AR: 7:30 pm - Jeronimo pickup free (day retreat starts)
5. Possible late bus: LV NYC 7:30 pm AR Middletown 10 pm (need taxi).
Leaving Bloomingburg Arriving NYC Port Authority:
1. LV: 8:32 am, AR: 10:15 am
2. LV: 10:32 am, AR: 12:15 pm
3. LV: 1:32 am, AR: 3:15 pm - Jeronimo drop-off free (day retreat ends).
4. LV: 4:47 pm, AR: 6:41 pm - Jeronimo drop-off free (day retreat ends).
5. LV: 7:32 pm, AR: 9:30 pm
For PICKUP in Bloomingburg: Best to call in advance (845-733-5652) to let Jeronimo know on which bus you will be arriving. Transportation to and from Bloomingburg is provided by Jeronimo Center on retreat start and end dates.
DIRECTIONS for DRIVING
CAR from NEW YORK CITY:
Driving time approximately 2 hours. As approaching the George Washington Bridge stay in the lane for upper bridge level. Get in far Right lane as you cross Bridge. At end of Bridge, take Palisades Parkway North (if you miss this exit, go 10 minutes further and take Garden St. Parkway North to 87 W) . Drive 20 minutes and take Exit 9 (follow signs to Albany on New York Thruway/87W). Take Exit 16.
After toll booth follow signs to Route 17 W . Drive 30 min. Take Exit 119 to Pinebush. Turn Right on Route 302 and go 12 miles to Pinebush. At 3rd traffic light, turn Left onto Route 52. (Intersection has gas station on right and custard stand on left).
Go 5.5 Miles through Walker Valley, you will see small Jeronimo’s sign on right. Make next left on Grau Road. Resort is 4/10 mile on Right. It has a big lawn on both sides of road. (Grau Rd. becomes Rosso Gap Pleasant Valley Rd.)
CAR from LA GUARDIA AIRPORT:
Driving time is 2 hours. Take Grand Central Parkway West to 278 (Triboro Bridge) to 87 North (Major Deegan Expressway). *See JFK directions below.
CAR from FROM JFK AIRPORT:
Driving time is 2.5 hours. Take the Van Wyck Expressway (678 North) across the Whitestone Bridge. Follow signs to Cross Bronx Expressway (95 West) to George Washington Bridge. Before bridge take 87 North (Major Deegan Expwy) and go up 45 minutes to Tarrytown/Tappan Zee Bridge – 87/287 West crosses the Hudson River. Follow 87 to exit 16. Alternative: From Whitestone Bridge take 95 West across George Washington Bridge, then up the Palisades to 87 West. *See NYC directions.
CAR from NEWARK AIRPORT:
Driving time is 2 hours. Take New Jersey Turnpike/95 North to where it intersects 80 just before the George Washington Bridge. Go West on Interstate 80 for 10 minutes, then North on the Garden State Parkway to 87 West and Exit 16. See NYC directions.
You may alternatively be able to get on Garden State Parkway closer to Newark and go straight up to 87W (NY Thru way) without the dogleg on I-80.
CAR from BOSTON:
Driving time 4.5 hours. Take Mass Pike to 84 West, then right onto 208 North. Then left onto 52 West. Follow signs to Pinebush. *see NYC directions.
CAR from ALBANY:
Driving time is 2 hours. Take 87 south to exit 17 (Newburgh, Route 300). Go through the toll, take right at stop sign onto 17K. Take 17K to 302 towards Pinebush. *see NYC directions.
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1. Front/back cover & introduction to Healing Tao System (pg. 1,12, 2,3)
2. Retreat description (pg. 4-7)
3. Registration & Faculty information (pg. 8 & 9)
4. Short catalog of Michael Winn & Mantak Chia products (pg. 10, 11)
Not everyone can make it to a retreat. Many people want to start studying in advance of attending the summer retreats – they can’t wait to start their chi cultivation practice.
The perfect solution are the Tao Home Study courses listed below. Plus you get a nearly 50% rebate for many audio-video courses if you take that instructor’s retreat within one year of your online purchase.
By EMAIL. Email all questions about retreats or products:
By MAIL. Note that our address changes seasonally.
June 10 to Aug. 15: Healing Tao USA, Box 5, Walker Valley, N. Y. 12588
August 16 to June 9: Healing Tao USA, Box 24, Lodi, N. J. 07644
Michael Winn's Chi Kung (Qigong) audio and video tapes