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Winter Retreat 2024: Complete Course on Taoist Fundamentals

In-Depth Taoist practices

11 January — 6 February

Tao Garden classes with legendary Taoist Master Mantak Chia

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About Mantak Chia

Grandmaster Mantak Chia is the world’s foremost Taoist Master. He is the only Qigong Master who received The Qigong Master of the Year Award twice. He is the author of 60 books and has 49 years of teaching experience —online and onsite. Students of Master Chia especially like the clarity of the explanations, the many repetitions of practice, and his slow pace.

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.

About Workshops

Workshops of Winter Retreat 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.

Workshops aid the development of a powerful energetic flow for psychological and spiritual health and balance. During the Week 1 Master Chia will teach Passing Energy — the practice of activating the student’s Microcosmic Orbit by the teacher. This practice is taught only once per year.


During the Retreat, you will get:

  • Powerful practices guided by Master Chia from over 50 years of deep practice and teaching
  • For Tao Garden students only: Review Class and Introduction
  • 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

Wishing to become an Associate or Certified Instructor (see certification steps below)

Certification steps: Learn more

Week 1 | 11-16 January | In-Depth Inner Alchemy Practices | Awakening Healing of the Tao | Beginner-friendly


  • - Thu 11 January, Tao Garden | Introduction
  • - Workshop: Fri 12 – Mon 15 January Workshops with Grandmaster Mantak Chia
  • - Tuesday Tue 16 January | Review class with Instructor

Practices include Inner Smile Meditation, Six Healing Sounds Meditation, Microcosmic Orbit, Three Fires and Six Directions, Wisdom Qigong, Iron Shirt and Passing Energy. These foundational practices will bring you back to your body wisdom and awaken your Qi (Life Force). You will learn how to activate the Three Fires (Tan Tiens) circulating the Qi as it passes through your body channels.

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 practice of activating the student's Microcosmic Orbit by the teacher. This practice is taught only during the Winter Retreat’s Week 1.

Week 2. 18-23 January | Sexual Alchemy, Loving Energy That Heals + Iron Shirt Basics | Beginner-friendly

qiqong meditation photo love healing


  • - Thu 18 January | Introduction.
  • - Workshop: Fri 19 – Mon 22 January | Workshops with Grandmaster Mantak Chia
  • - Tuesday 23 January | Review class with Instructor

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.

Iron Shirt I is a transformative practice that strengthens the internal organs, and unifies physical, mental and spiritual health. It is one of the most important practices to master on the physical plane. It gives you grounding and stability on all planes by rooting and connecting you to the Earth energy.

Week 3. 25-30 January | Fusion I and Tan Tien Qigong

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  • - Thu 25 January | introduction
  • - Workshop Fri 26 – Mon 29 January Workshops with Grandmaster Mantak Chia
  • - Tuesday 30 January | Review class with Instructor

Fusion means mixing and fusing things to create something new. In our Taoist practices, we combine emotions, natural forces, life forces, etc., into one energy we can use.

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. It will also deepen their knowledge of the Five-elements and the Five-element cycles, which are essential for understanding Taoist practices.

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 Qi storage in the body for increased vitality, internal organs' strength, and self-healing.

Week 4. 1-6 February | Fusion II, III

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  • - Thu 1 February | introduction.
  • - Workshop: Fri 2 – Mon 5 February | Workshops with Grandmaster Mantak Chia
  • - Tuesday 6 February| Review class with Instructor

Fusion II and III the Good Virtue Energies forming a Compassion Pearl in the Creation Cycle using the organ colors. You will learn how to detoxify the organs and glands by opening up the Thrusting Channels and protecting yourself by forming psychic Belt Channels drawing in the Heavenly and Earthly forces.

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.

Fusion of the Five Elements II allows you to learn to move the “pearl of radiant energy” (created in Fusion l) through your internal organs, multiplying the natural virtues that reside there. With this vital energy, you can open the Thrusting Channel 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. The student learns to protect the body from external energies by Sealing the Senses and Aura and receiving the higher frequencies of the Universal Force.



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.

Weekly Schedule (Thailand time)

Thursdays, evening introductions (19.00 – 20.00)

Friday to Monday, 4 hours of workshop with Mantak Chia (14.00 – 18.00)

Tuesdays, Review classes with a Senior Instructor (10.30-12.30)

Wednesday: no workshops


Tickets for Winter Retreat

Prices below are tuition fees (all workshops with Grandmaster Mantak Chia and Senior Instructors). To book accommodation, please check this page
Early bird prices till 20 December 2023

Week 1.11-16 January. In-Depth Inner Alchemy Practices



Week 2. 18-23 January. Sexual Alchemy



Week 3. 25-30 January. Fusion I



Week 4. 1-6 February. Fusion II, III


Weeks 1-3. Fundamentals and Fusion I (bundle €130 off)


Week 1-4 (bundle €250 off)

Fundamentals, Fusion I, II, III




What is the price in dollars/other currency?
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What is included in the Tao Garden workshop price on the site?
The price you see on the site is tuition fee only, accommodation, treatments and meals are not included in the price (With exception of Darkroom retreat). Check the prices for accommodation here and contact us at [email protected] for booking. Note: with booking accommodation at Tao Garden you will have free access to the Saltwater Swimming Pool, Herbal Sauna Steam, Fitness Center.
Can I attend Workshops in Tao Garden if I stay in a hotel/room outside of Tao Garden?
Yes, it is possible for Winter Retreat - in this case you need to pay only the tuition fee mentioned on the site. For the Darkroom Retreat you can book only tickets with accommodation and meals included.
Will I get a certificate of attendance?
Yes, all participants of Tao Garden workshops with Mantak Chia get a certificate at the end of the Workshop. This certificate doesn’t give the permission of teaching. Learn more about certification steps to become a certified instructor: Click here
Can I come to Tao Garden without attending a workshop?
Yes, you can book accommodation in Tao Garden at [email protected]. With booking accommodation at Tao Garden you will have free access to the Saltwater Swimming Pool, Herbal Sauna Steam, Fitness Center.

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