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Tai Chi Broadsword Training Retreat

Tai Chi Broadsword Training Retreat

Learn step by step the complete Yang style Broadsword form in the beautiful location of Azorgires in Southern Crete.
The workshop is primarily aimed at people who have ideally studied some Tai Chi and want to learn a weapons form whilst enjoying the peaceful mountains and great beaches of Southern Crete. It will also include warm up Qi Gong exercises and we will be working on the general principles of Tai Chi that should help with any other forms you may already know.
A DVD of the form will be available showing the moves from different angles and at various speeds to help remember what you have learnt.
You may also find the workshop of interest if you have studied other martial arts or are used to activities that require a degree of body control such as sport or dance. Do not hesitate to contact me YnJpYW4gfCB5b2dhdGhlcmFweWdyZWVjZSAhIGNvbQ== if you have any queries about your suitability or matters relating to the workshop.

• Saturday 16th June to Saturday 23rd June 2018
• Saturday 24th August to 1st September 2018
All lessons are in English.
On Saturday evening is the welcoming, allocation of the accommodation and dinner, while on the following Saturday morning after breakfast is the departure by 11:00.
The training takes place in the morning 8.00-10.30 and in the afternoon 17.30-20.00, starting on Sunday morning and finishing on Friday evening.

What is included:
• 30 hours of teaching (5 hours a day for 6 days)
• Use of a Broadsword
• 7 nights’ accommodation
• 7 breakfasts
• 7 dinners
• 6 daily transfers to and back from the beaches/town (15 minute drive)
• Clean linen, hand and bath towels.

What is not included:
• Flights
• Airport Transfers, although we do help group people together to reduce costs
• Travel Insurance
• Lunches
• Private Yoga Therapy Sessions limited to one person per day (we advise to book in advance).
• Private Acupressure Massage Sessions
• Beach towel

The Location
The Tai Chi workshop takes place in a beautiful natural retreat location in Crete, in the south region of Chania, in the small and green village of Azogires, 10 minutes drive from the picturesque small town of Palaiochora and many amazing sandy beaches.
Azogires is one of the greenest and coolest villages in Crete, located in the White Mountains. There is a small tavern which is a 2 minute walk from where you stay. Here you can buy lunch, drinks etc. Azogires is a perfect place to relax where you can take peaceful walks in the woods, visit the small monastry, the village church, explore some local caves or simply spend time in the hammock or seats listening to the stream as it flows over the rocks and through the woodland.
The Hotel in Azogires has 8 large simple double and triple rooms with balconies and amazing views over the mountains and the sea.
We train either in an indoor wooden floored practice room, a cool shaded area in the woods or in grounds of a small local Monastry. The Hotel has a big shaded (with grapevines) open air terrace overlooking the sea and the mountains for breakfast and dinners.
For breakfast you help yourself to fresh fruits, local honey, Greek yogurt, bread and jams.
It has a big communal kitchen open at all times that you can use to prepare a meal or a hot drink including medicinal Cretan mountain teas.
There is also a washing machine that can be used for a small fee.
The breakfast and dinners are traditional Cretan reputedly the healthiest food in the world, locally sourced, organic, vegetarian really tasty and cooked by a highly respected local chef.

Daily Transfers
Daily transfers to the beaches and town are included after breakfast (around 11.15am) and from the beaches and town to the hotel (around 14.45pm)

Getting there
You book a flight to Chania International Airport arriving on Saturday.
From Chania you can take a taxi to Azogires (1.5 hour drive / 90 Euros through an amazing landscape, which is arranged by us in order to take advantage of the possibility to share it with other participants) or a bus from the main bus station in Chania to Palaiochora (10 Euros) and from Palaiochora a taxi to Azogires (8 minutes 15 Euros).
Alternatively, you can take the boat to Chania from Piraeus port that departs every night at 21.00 and arrives at Chania port at around 6.00 in the morning.

Prices based on sharing a Double or Triple Room
Early Bird 650 Euros for 1 week – 250 Euros deposit by end of April
Full Price 750 Euros – subject to availability – 300 Euros deposit
Single Occupancy Supplement is 250 Euros per week.
Price for a partner not attending the training is 400 Euros – 250 Euros deposit
All deposits are refundable up to 4 weeks prior to the Training Retreats starting (minus 50 Euros administrative costs) with half refundable up to 2 weeks before the start.
Deposits to be paid by Bank Transfer either into an English Bank Account (in Pounds) or into a European Bank Account (in Euros).

Please send any Completed Booking Forms or Inquiries to Brian at YnJpYW4gfCB5b2dhdGhlcmFweWdyZWVjZSAhIGNvbQ==

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