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Move Into Stillness and Healing

Teacher: Brett Vallis and Nolwazi Bandezi
Cost: 2 days accommodation + R300 surcharge
Dates: Friday 21 July 2023 - Sunday 23 July 2023

brett vallisnolwazi bandeziTai chi is a practice embracing the mind, body and spirit. Originating in ancient China, it is one of the most effective exercises for the health and well-being of our body and mind. The essential principles include integrating the mind with the body; the control of movement and breath; generating internal energy, mindfulness, song (loosening) and jing (serenity). The ultimate purpose of tai chi is to cultivate the chi or life energy within us to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body like water flowing in a river: beneath the tranquil surface there is a current with immense power - the power for healing and wellness. This retreat is for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike - for many, it starts somewhere and continues as a lifetime journey. Therapist, Nolwazi Bandezi, will be offering massage, aromatherapy, and other healing treatments on appointment over this weekend.

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Brett Vallis is a qualified tai chi, shaolin and chi kung instructor who has been teaching for 30 years. His interest in Eastern philosophy started at the age of 14 when he attended his first retreat at the Buddhist Retreat Centre. He studied Chinese Martial Arts at the age of 20 under the tutelage of Jacques Bois, To Dei. Thereafter he opened his own school and the late Leslie James Reed, Sifu, became his teacher. After emigrating to the UK, he studied under Derek Frearson, Sigong. On returning to South Africa, he opened a school in Cape Town where he received his traditional Sifu title. He now resides and teaches in Margate in KwaZulu Natal.

Nolwazi Bandezi is the owner of Neno, a 100% women-owned business located  in Morningside, Durban. She will be offering treatments over the tai chi weekend such as tension relief massage using a combination of different therapies (Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Myofascial, deep tissue therapy, lymphatic drainage massage) and incorporated is Thai stretch therapy, Reflexology and Ayurvedic Head massage.