Winter Retreat 2023 Online
Darkroom Retreat & Pi Gu Detox

In-Depth Taoist practices

Workshops Series from January to March

Series of Online Live Workshops with legendary Taoist Master Mantak Chia

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About Mantak Chia

Grandmaster Mantak Chia is one of the world’s foremost living Taoist Masters. He is the only person who received The Qigong Master of the Year Award twice and a major pioneer in awakening the West into the Way of the Tao and openly teaching the secret methods of Taoist Inner Alchemy. In 50 years of teaching, Master Chia has published 60 books on Taoist practices, has trained tens of thousands of students, and certified 1500 instructors to spread his vast knowledge. Today, he is still carrying his devotion to share these powerful ancient tools for physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Winter Retreat and Darkroom retreat 2023

It is the most awaited event for anyone willing to try and experience in-depth Taoist practices. Learn to reduce stress and create harmony and balance in all aspects of your life – physical, emotional, and spiritual.

The classes with Mantak Chia are unique, thanks to his ability to transmit energy to his students, online or in the classroom. Many students practicing with Master Chia not only witness the wisdom of primordial violet light during his Energy Transmissions but also begin their initial healing processes. 

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During the Retreat, you will get:

  • Powerful practices guided by Master Chia from over 50 years of deep practice and teaching,
  • The chance to experience the legendary Darkroom and Master Chia’s Energy Transmission in your own home,
  • The opportunity to ask Master Chia all your questions during a Q&A session,
  • Lifetime access to recordings of the workshop.

This Retreat is for you if you are:

A beginner looking to transform your health, vitality, emotions, and sexual energy under the guidance of a legendary Taoist teacher (Weeks 1-4)

Wishing to become an Associate or Certified Instructor (Weeks 1-4, see certification steps below)

Looking to experience Advanced Taoist meditations and spiritual transformation through higher level practices (Weeks 5-8)

Looking to experience complete stillness in the darkness to reset your biological clock and to access higher states of consciousness and wisdom (Weeks 5-8)

Certification steps: Learn more

About the Winter Retreat and Darkroom Retreat


Weeks 1-4 are Taoist Fundamentals – the internal work of Taoist practitioners called Inner Alchemy. You will learn how to awaken Healing Energy through the Tao practices: breath work, meditation, and energy cultivation practices. Weeks 1–4 aid the development of a powerful energetic flow for psychological and spiritual health and balance.

Weeks 5-8 are for those who wish to experience Advanced Taoist Practices. It is traditionally taught by Grandmaster Chia as a Darkroom Retreat and Pi Gu Detox

In the darkness, you can enter a primordial state —accessing spiritual and psychic realms of consciousness and reuniting with your true self. You become a conductor of universal energy as the darkness activates the deepest centers of the brain, the glands in the Crystal Palace.

Pi Gu Fasting Diet includes Qigong practices, energy meditations, and specific ways of chewing food. This Darkroom Pi Gu state gives tremendous healing power.


We will provide LIVE online translation to several languages if there are more than 10 students requesting a translation at the special field during the checkout. To request a translation for a group of students please contact us at [email protected] You will be offered a full refund in case your language group is not complete and canceled. Mantak Chia will teach in English.


Week 1 | Fri 13 – Mon 16 January | In-Depth Inner Alchemy Basics | Awakening Healing of the Tao| Beginner-friendly

You will learn such foundational practices as Inner Smile Meditation, Six Healing Sounds Meditation, Microcosmic Orbit, Three Fires and Six Directions, Wisdom Qigong, Iron Shirt and Passing Energy. They will bring you back to your body wisdom and awaken your Qi (Life Force).

Wisdom Qigong uses Taoist techniques to double or triple your mind power and gain vitality in your body and organs. You will learn how to connect with your abdominal brain to reduce energy loss. In the Iron Shirt Qigong, you will learn standing postures, muscle locks, and breathing techniques to direct internal power to the organs, the twelve tendon channels, and the connective tissues (fasciae). You will perfect your body, increase performance, fight disease, and lay the groundwork for higher spiritual work.

You will learn Passing Energy — the unique practice of activating the student's Microcosmic Orbit by the teacher. It is taught only during the Winter Retreat’s Week 1.

Week 2 | Fri 20 – Mon 23 January | Sexual Alchemy, Loving Energy That Heals | Beginner-friendly

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Sexual Alchemy (Healing Love): Learn how to cultivate, circulate and store sexual energy. Men learn how to control ejaculation, transform sexual energy into Qi (life force) and then transform it into spiritual force. Women will learn to control menstruation and transform the blood into Qi.

The Single and Dual Cultivation practices in the Aroused & Unaroused State conserve and transform sexual energy while refreshing and rejuvenating the body’s vital functions. Ovarian and Testicle Breathing techniques, Scrotum and Ovarian Compression, Power Lock, Big Draw, and Valley Orgasm enhances sexual fulfillment and physical improvement as vital energy is exchanged with one’s partner with the indiscriminate loss of emotional and sexual energy.

Week 3 | Fri 27 – Mon 30 January | Fusion I, Tan Tien Qigong and Tao Yin.

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Fusion of the Five Elements 1 allows you to control the energy of your inner universe to facilitate the connection with the energy of the Grand Universe. You will learn how to capture negative emotions and merge them. You will then learn how to bring in all the positive emotions and combine everything to create a better energy balance.

You will learn how to read the Inner Alchemy Astrology personal charts and understand the wide range of energy patterns. You will also deepen your knowledge of the Five-elements and the Five-element cycles, which are essential for understanding Taoist practices.

Tao Yin (Chinese yoga) coordinates deep breathing, Qi, mind, and body for deep sensing. Tao Yin practice continues as exercises to activate the meridians that control the body’s different organs.

Tan Tien Qigong is the art of cultivating and condensing Qi in the lower abdomen —the tan tien— the fundamental power storehouse of the body. You will learn breathing and movement exercises that develop the power of the Qi stored in the body to increase vitality, strengthen organs, and promote self-healing.

Week 4 | Fri 3 – Mon 6 February | Fusion II, III

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Cosmic Fusion II is an advanced level of Inner Alchemy that teaches how to bring the physical body into balance with the energy body and the positive energy to detoxify, nourish, and integrate the physical and the energy bodies with the forces of nature. You will learn to move the “pearl of radiant energy” (created in Fusion l) through your internal organs, one by one, multiplying the natural virtues that reside there. With this vital energy, you can open the Thrusting Routes, which run through the center of your body, linking the “energy centers”, and open the Belt Channels, which spiral around the whole body, strengthening the auric field and providing a form of psychic protection.

The Fusion III meditation opens the Greater Bridge and Regulator Channels, Spinal Cord, Head, and Heart, using cutting and drilling techniques to clean out any energy blockages. You will learn to protect the body from external energies by Sealing the Senses and Aura and receiving the higher frequencies of the Universal Force.

Darkroom retreat: Weeks 5-8

For the Darkroom Retreat online workshops you will get live access to audio lessons. No video will be provided as the workshop will be streamed during the Tao Garden Darkroom Retreat. You will get slides with explanations in ebooklets.

Note: you can create a Dark room or do Detox during Advanced Higher Level Inner Alchemy Practices, but you are not obliged to.

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Darkroom retreat Program

Week 5 | 10-13 February | Lesser Kan & Li and Pi Gu Energy Fasting

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Lesser Enlightenment of Kan & Li involves cleansing and rejuvenating the glands and organs using neutral energy (steam) generated by the inverting and coupling of the primal polarities of Fire and Water. The higher Inner Alchemy Formulas, which traditionally were practiced in caves, are taught in a complete darkness environment, which has been specially created to facilitate the teaching and practice of higher-level Taoist Alchemical Meditation.

Week 6 | Fri 17 – Mon 21 February | Greater Kan & Li and Pigu Energy Fasting

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Prerequisites: Lesser and Greater Kan & Li

You will learn to activate the cauldron at the Solar Plexus and increase the amount of energy that may be absorbed into the body directly from Heaven and Earth.

Week 7 | Fri 24 – Mon 27 February | Greatest Kan& Li


The Greatest Kan & Li meditation connects with the Solar Body using the Sun, Moon, Planets, and the Stars to expand your Conscience with the Original Force, the Wu Chi. You will learn how to build an Internal Steaming Cauldron inside the body reversing the Fire Energy and Water Energy at the Heart. You will then steam and purify the Organs, Spinal Cord, Lymphatic and Nervous Systems, 12 Channels, Crystal Room & the Three Tan Tiens closing with the Pulsing and Turning the Wheel.

Week 8 | Fri 3 – Mon 6 March | Sealing of the 5 Senses and Pigu Energy Fasting

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The Sealing of the 5 Senses formula consists of: Sealing the five thieves: ears, eyes, nose, tongue & body. Controlling the heart and seven emotions (pleasure, anger, love, hate and desire). Uniting and transmuting the inner alchemical agent into life-preserving true vitality. Purifying the spirit. Raising the spirit; stopping the spirit from wandering outside in quest of sense data. Eliminating decayed food and depending on the undecayed food, the Primordial force, is the True Breatharian.

Weekly Schedule (Paris time)

Friday to Monday, 4hours teaching per day (8:00 -12:00)

Tickets for online workshops

Learn more about certification steps to become Instructor: click here
Early Booking prices are valid till 25 December 2022

Week 1. Awakening Healing of the Tao



Week 2. Sexual Alchemy



Week 3. Fusion I, Tan Tien Qigong and Tao Yin



Week 4. Fusion II & III, Taichi I


Week 1-4: All weeks of Winter Retreat (bundle €250 off)


Week 5: Lesser Kan & Li

Recommended to have knowledge of Inner Alchemy Fundamentals (Weeks 1-4)
Audio only


Week 6: Greater Kan & Li

Recommended to have knowledge of Inner Alchemy Fundamentals (Weeks 1-4)
Audio only


Week 7: Greatest Kan& Li

Recommended to have knowledge of Inner Alchemy Fundamentals (Weeks 1-4)
Audio only


Week 8: Sealing of the 5 Senses

Recommended to have knowledge of Inner Alchemy Fundamentals (Weeks 1-4)
Audio only


Weeks 5-8: All weeks of Darkroom retreat (bundle 250€ off)

Recommended to have knowledge of Inner Alchemy Fundamentals (Weeks 1-4)
Audio only


Weeks 1-8: All weeks 13 January - 6 March (bundle 343€ off)

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What languages will be workshops translated into?
We will provide translation to any language if there are more then 10 students requesting a translation at the special field during the checkout. You will be offered a full refund in case your language group is not complete and canceled.
How can I ask my questions during the class?
You'll be able to ask questions by text using Q&A in Zoom. Senior Instructors will reply back and during Q&A session Master Chia will reply to your questions.
What if I can’t join all of the workshops Live?
No problem at all, you will receive the recordings and can catch up after. You will have access to stream them in a high resolution as long as your subscription is valid. Just join in Live whenever you’re available.
Cancellation policy
If you would like to request a refund for an online event before it begins, email us at [email protected], so we can make a full refund. Refunds are not available after a seminar begins. If you can't attend due to some serious reason and the event has already started, email us at [email protected] we will consider rescheduling your reservation to another event.
I can't find an email with my link for a LIVE online workshop. What should I do?
You will receive the link for joining the workshop from [email protected] in your email 1 day before the workshop starts. If you didn’t receive it:
- First, search your inbox for an email from [email protected] Make sure you use the same email box you purchased a course with. Note, that some email domains like,,, and may block zoom e-mails)
- Please check all your email folders: spam box, promotions,etc.
- Check that you have enough storage space in your mail box, delete at least 100 mails to clean your mail box. If you still have no luck connecting your course, please contact us at [email protected]
What software do I need?
For participation you can use your pc or smartphone. We use Zoom sofware, which is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and for Android and Apple. You can dowload Zoom for meetings here. Please check our Student Online guide with Q&A.
How long will I have access to the Workshops?
You will have lifetime access to recordings of the workshops.
How to Attend Online Seminar with Master Chia
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