Chinese martial and healing arts provide training methods for rediscovering our original balance and inherent grace. Tai Chi and Qigong offer optimal ways to rest, stand, move and respond to both internal and external forces. The goals are not accumulation but rather refinement. This involves as much unlearning as it does learning, maybe more, because as our self-awareness grows we discover the many ways we prevent ourselves from receiving and extending love. With practice and perseverance we develop composure and empower love. As Paul Linden notes, “Power without love is brutal and destructive. Love without power is weak and ineffective.” In this four-day retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha), facilitator Gerry Hopkins will also guide us to explore aspects of the other internal martial arts of China: the circular stepping of Bagua and the power exercises from Xingyi. Several Qigong sets, designed for improving the flow of energy through our bodies and sustaining good health, will be taught. (These exercises require adequate mobility and stamina.) The cost of this four-day retreat is $400 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. (Lodging is strongly encouraged.) The commuter fee is $325 and includes sessions, daily lunch, and Tuesday and Wednesday dinner. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.