Tao of Yoga, China

Harmonize Yin and Yang

 October 20th–November 1st, 2020  

Experience inner balance of strength & surrender…
masculine and feminine…Yin and Yang.

~TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS~

Guilin

Yangshuo

Longshen Rice Terraces

Traditional Tea Ceremony

Chinese Cooking Class

All of the travel details carefully taken care of for you

 

~SEEKER’S HIGHLIGHTS~

Daily Yoga & Meditation in nature

Daily Tai Chi at Taoist Temple

3 Chinese Medicine Treatments

Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Biking

13 Days/12 nights

$3550

3 Star Hotels

Minimum 4
Max 12

Kayak down the Li Jiang River through 70,000 Limestone towers, bamboo forests and lounging water buffalos.  Push the limits of your mind and body as you rock climb in Yangshuo, Explore quiet authentic village life as you trek through alongside the rice terraces of Longshen.  Practice Tai Chi in a Taoist Temple, or  flow through sun salutations with the rising sun.  Find balance and healing with traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments

This unique and powerful journey explores the balance of yin and yang through outdoor adventure, yoga, meditation, cultural immersion, and silence.  We will undergo a transformational trip within the fairytale landscapes of Southern China. As we merge our daily meditation and yoga practice with the traditions of Taoism, and awe-inspiring adventure, we will come closer to understanding how to maintain an inner state of balance and peace. Throughout the journey we will move towards achieving a state of harmony within the mind-body-soul, work-family-spiritual life, and the inner masculine-feminine. This journey will help you to experience a profound state of peace, inner strength, and equanimity.

 

About the Adventure

  • Rock Climbing-With 70,000 Limestone Karst Towers, Yangshuo is an ultimate destination for rock climbing!! Push your mind & body, overcome fear and doubt, and experience views like no other as you take your yoga to the rocks. For newer climbers, we will teach you all you will need to know to get climbing. For the experienced climber, we will take you to some of the most incredible crags and be  your project- working climbing partner. 
  • Kayaking-The Li Jiang River between Guilin and Yangshuo is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world! Experience it from the peace and tranquility of your kayak. Paddle through bamboo forests, alongside water buffalo, and quaint quiet villages. 
  • Biking- Our experienced mountain biking guides will take you on quiet countryside roads and rice paddy paths where you can once again immerse in the silence and beauty of the karst limestone towers. 
  • Trekking on Longshen Rice Terraces-  Hike through the amazing hill tribe villages and rice fields of Longshen. Here we will experience village life first hand while we stay with a family on their homestead. 

About the Practice

YOGA– Our sessions offer a fusion of modern anatomy perspective and flair, with ancient tradition, philosophy, and authenticity. Morning classes are generally a dynamic vinyasa flow, while evening classes are more relaxing and meditative. Each class includes modifications for beginners and those with physical restrictions as well as options for those who wish to take their practice to a more physically challenging level.  There is a strong focus on presence, healing, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation. 

MEDITATION-We will facilitate daily meditation techniques in a group setting, as well as a practice for you to cultivate on your own. This includes moving meditation, walking, and silent sitting. These techniques help to focus and calm the mind so that you may experience the grace of meditation. You are also free to practice any meditation technique that you are currently already using. 

DAILY GROUP SHARING-Each person will have an optional 1-2 minutes to share from their heart and be completely heard. This reflective presence is a catalyst for growth, evolution, understanding and healing. 

Tai Chi–  We will experience the incredible moving meditation and energy cultivation practice of Tai Chi. We will have the opportunity to practice with a local master in an ancient Taoist temple.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments- To balance out all of our outdoor adventure and Yoga, each person will rest deeply with 3 Chinese Medicine Treatments of their choice. Whether you choose acupuncture, massage, reflexology or another, our local Chinese Doctor and healing expert will leave you feeling blissfully balanced and at peace.  

About Accommodation & Food 

Accommodation for this Journey is 3 stars in a mixture of hotels, guesthouses, and our lovely homestay in Longshen. Seeking Adventures always works closely with the locals to offer stays in extremely beautiful and unique places. We carefully select accommodation that is safe, secure, with supportive beautiful energy, a home-like atmosphere, great support staff, and inspiring of our Yoga practice.

Food in China is AMAZING!!!  We include happy healthy food that makes your body and mind feel great. You will be eating mostly vegetarian, with some meat options. The meals will support the activities of the journey, and are a nutritious mix of local cuisine with some western favorites. We often share many dishes and get the opportunity to sample the incredible cuisine of China. Other times you may just choose from a set menu. There will always be plenty of food to sample, and you will definitely like something being offered.

**Most allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. 

 

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1
    Guilin-Arrival in Guilin by 3 pm. Evening opening circle, meditation, and sharing. Setting intentions and introducing the Taoist, traditions and how they relate to our journey. Evening walking exploration of Guilin, 3 lakes, pagodas, and dinner in the Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant.
    Day 2
    Guilin-Yangshuo-Morning Meditation and Yoga.  Breakfast in our unique riverside museum hotel. Travel to Yangshuo by private car/van. Once we arrive in Yangshuo, we will rest and explore this beautiful town for of 70,000 Karst Towers.  Evening walk to town for reflexology and family style dinner.
    Day 3
    Yangshuo, 800 year old village of Fuli, Ancient Liugong- Morning Tai Chi and talk about Taoist philosophy from a local teacher– Visit the Fuli Local Market and delve into local life….and delicacies. Learn Chinese Fan Painting and create our own fan art to take home. Kayak down the Li Jiang amongst the rice patties, local villages, water buffalo and Karst towers.
    Day 4
    Yangshuo- Morning Yoga and meditation- Hike up the unique karst arch of moon hill for the most incredible 360 degree view. Return for lunch and an introduction to Chinese medicine with a local Chinese Doctor. Then receive a 1.5 hour treatment of massage, acupuncture, or cupping.
    Day 5
    Yangshuo- Morning Tai Chi. Led by our guides’ 35+ years of experience and expertise, we will move our Yoga practice to the vertical and go ROCK CLIMBING. It is a day of pushing the limits of our mind and body and embodying an even greater state of the fierce warrior.  Evening Riverside Yoga and relaxation
    Day 6
    Yangshuo- Yoga and Meditation- A day of biking through picturesque local Villages, rice fields, and alongside the dragon river. Return to town to visit the local market and learn to cook our own Chinese dinner at the countryside cooking school.
    Day 7
    Yangshuo- A free day to delve deeper into whatever and wherever your heart calls!  The evening will bring us back together for a celebration Buddhist Vegetarian Dinner and the world famous Sister Liu Light Show.
    Day 8
    Yangshuo to Longshen- Morning Tai Chi. Travel by private mini van to the rice terraces of Longshen. Along the way we will visit the Organic Tea Farm of Sanjilu. Here we will tour the tea gardens and sample their offerings through a traditional tea ceremony and tasting. We will have an evening hike to our hotel nestled amongst the rice fields in the beautiful village of Ping’an. We will experience village life first hand as we connect with the beautiful Zhuang Minority Group. Evening Meditation overlooking the terraces.
    Day 9
    Longshen- Morning Mountainside Yoga and meditation with a day of silent trekking through beautiful villages, inspiring views, and an opportunity to go deeper into a state of meditation.
    Day 10-12
    Longshen- Morning Mountainside Yoga and meditation.  Options to trek or relax in the villages and rice terraces.  Last evening closing, dinner, sharing and relaxation.
    Day 13
    Longshen to Guilin and Beyond-Morning Yoga,  Breakfast and Departure to Guilin Airport.…We will help to organize onward travel depending on flight times and next destination.

    The investment for this journey is $3550

    Includes

    • 12 Nights Deluxe Shared Accommodation (single is available for $500 more) 
    • 2-3 meals per day (Healthy Vegetarian-with most dietary restrictions accommodated)
    • All outdoor Adventure Activities 
    • Personalized Yoga/Meditation Classes
    • 3 Chinese Medicine Treatments
    • Tai Chi Classes 
    • Group Sharing/integration Sessions
    • Personal Support for deeper processing
    • Transportation throughout the journey (Beginning and ending at Guillin airport)
    • Experienced professional guides and teachers with you each step of the journey 
    • A tribe of amazing seekers and life long friends

    Does not include

    • Visas
    • Souvenirs
    • Tips/gratuities
    • International Airfare
    • Travel Insurance
    • Extra meals/Snacks/Alcoholic Drinks

    Your Tao of Yoga Guides

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    Kristie Lonczak

    Our Fearless founder and lead trip facilitator

    Yoga Teacher, Rock climber,  mystical dancer, and Seeking Adventures Visionary 

    Kristie is passionate about travel and mindful of even the smallest of details. She  carefully curates each trip  as a balance of inner and outer seeking. Amidst the movement of traveling throughout each amazing country we visit, she balances our outer journey with inner practices of self discovery, Yoga, meditation, silence and stillness.

    Each trip is crafted in order to provide seekers with an abundance of authentic powerful experience that may facilitate inner growth and change. Her trips are full of heart, presence, adventure and the perfect amount of going beyond comfort zones.  

    She believes that the magic of travel is in the experiences of culture, nature, community and consciousness. She balances careful planning with the adventure of the unpredictable beauty and lessons that occur in each country we visit. 

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    Chris Henson

    Rock Climbing, Meditation Adventure Extraordinaire

    Nature enthusiast, animal lover, climbing guide and passionate adventure lover. 

    Chris is co-owner, lead guide, and facilitator for Seeking Adventures. Chris is an empowering, profound, fierce and wise yoga teacher of the body, mind, soul, and…. rock.

    His passion for yoga and meditation is only surpassed by his love of rock climbing. He has ventured throughout the world to push his limits climbing in some of the most exotic places, while going deeply into the realms of presence through spiritual practice.

    Chris offers his gifts of silence, awareness, connection to nature living in alignment of thought, word, action, and the life-changing remembrance that all you need is already within you.