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Tao-Summer Retreat

in the Netherlands    12 – 18 July 2021

Conference Centre De Poort

Heart Qigong
Compassion Meditation
Kan and Li

(all classes are in English)

with Carsten Dohnke

For inner transformation, healing and spiritual growth

Experience a deep connection to life, to your energy and your resources.

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Enjoy a week of meditation, healing and vitality in the stillness of the forest area near Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

During this summer retreat we want to let our body become flexible and alive, open our heart and dive into an inner silence. From this connection to ourselves and to life we will experience the meditations of Inner Alchemy – an extremely effective method for healing, well-being, inner strength and to open up unexpected potential.


Physical and breathing exercises in nature, silent meditation and healing mantra sessions round off every day and support the guided Inner Alchemy meditations

Our retreat consists of 3 courses

Course 1 and 2 are accessible for beginners.

For Course 3 with Kan & Li, experience in Inner Qigong is required.
See below for more information, or check with Carsten

Course 1  12.-13. July : Heart Qigong

This form of heart-qigong comes from the Shengzhen tradition and is called „body mind are one“. It calms the mind and dissolves worries and fears. The inner beauty of the movements unfolds with the simultaneous experience of love and openness in the heart. While practicing, the feeling develops gradually, to float through the air – with the lightness of a crane. (The movements stretch the tendons and open the chest and shoulder area. They also strengthen the legs, the lower back and the digestive tract.)

Course 2  14th of July:  Compassion Meditation   (Taoist Inner Alchemy part 1)

Do you want to leave the burdens and worries of everyday life behind? And experience a deep inner peace? In the meditation of the creation cycle you will merge the positive qualities and emotions of our organs into a state of compassion (the essence of Fusion II). In the silent heart meditation you can dive even deeper into your heart and experience how it opens by itself like a lotus flower.

The practice of the of Inner Alchemy is easier than it seems. It leads to a deep inner balance – in a form that many people only know as a memory of carefree childhood da

Conditions of participation in Course 1 & 2: open for all levels of practitioners.
Limited experience in body movement and meditation is required.

Course 3 Day 15.-18. July:  Higher Inner Alchemy – Kan and Li

In “Kan and Li” the love of our heart merges with the energy of the kidneys and libido – “fire and water unite”, as the Taoists say. This creates a refined Qi, which like an “inner vapour” nourishes and rejuvenates each of our cells from within and carries the practitioner into higher states of consciousness. Deep inner contemplation, the dissolution of the physical body, the slowing down of the aging process and inner healing are the central themes. “Kan and Li” is also called the “marriage of soul and spirit”. The depth of this course has a life-changing effect on many participants.

Conditions of participation in Course 3 – Kan and Li: 2 years or more experience in Taoist practices, inner Qigong, other meditation or longer silent retreats.


“Every afternoon Carsten will give a Tao healing session with mantras for all participants. This allows you to let go deeply, dissolve old fears and experience new confidence in life.”

How will we practice during this week ?

What’s the main idea and purpose of this retreat?

An insight in less than 3 minutes.
Watch our video Tao Summer Retreat.

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In this Tao Summer retreat you will

– find inner freedom and stability

– learn Qigong movements and breathing for a stronger, younger and healthier body

– enjoy an inner healing process

– learn to balance your emotions

– reconnect with your heart, your energy and your inner resources

– discover a gateway to your inner wisdom

– open up to a natural flow of life

– reconnect to your inner Source – your true nature

– learn to unfold your creativity and inner potential

Still not sure if this retreat is something for you? Please contact us free of obligation. We are happy to answer all your questions! Contact

notice for all participants

This seminar is designed as a drug-free retreat, i.e. as an inner retreat. Only then can the depths of this sacred practice unfold. Please leave your everyday life behind you, when you wish to join. Do not bring any work with you and avoid the use of your cell phone. During the Kan and Li classes we will also share times of silence – especially directly after the guided meditations.

The location

This week we will be guests at conference center De Poort in Groesbeek. For more information please visit De Poort also takes care of the catering during the whole week. During this training it is not possible to spend the night and/or eat outside the conference center.


There are several possibilities to participate in the retreat.

7 days, block 1, 2 and 3: € 730

Early bird discount € 630 (if your application and payment is received by April 30 at the latest)

2 days, only block 1: € 220

3 days, block 1 and 2: € 320

5 days, block 2 and 3: € 550

There is no early booking discount if you register for a part of the training.

As soon as your registration is received, you will receive an invoice. Only when your invoice has been paid within the set time frame your participation is certain. If the term of payment on the invoice is exceeded, the early booking discount will expire.

Accommodation costs

The accommodation costs will be charged separately and they depend on the chosen options. We cannot give exact prices for this yet, but you should count on approximately the following amounts including overnight stays, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and tea:

1 person room 7 days € 670

2 persons room 7 days € 610

Sleep in own tent 7 days € 450

These are approximate prices. In the course of spring the final prices will be known.

Dates and times

We start on the 12th of July at 10:00 am and finish on the 18th of July at 17:00 am. We will agree on the times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (the teaching times are betwenn  10:00-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 there will be about 6 hours class a day. he times might change after knowing details about the time for lunch and dinner. Evenings will be generelly change).


Carsten will be teaching in English all week.

Organisation: Guido Kwikkers: