Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $525.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy – CAD $425.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $505.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $415.00
  • Wood Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $485.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $395.00
  • White Hut: Single Occupancy – CAD $485.00
  • White Hut: Double Occupancy – CAD $395.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent: Platform Provided – CAD $375.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent: No Platform Provided – CAD $345.00
  • Shrine Room Floor: Garuda – CAD $355.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $305.00

Date & Time Details: Arrival Friday before 5 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. Departure Sunday, late afternoon, after tea.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road, The Falls, NS B0K 1V0, Canada

Contact: Amara McLaughlin-Harris
[email protected]

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Peaceful Body, Peaceful Mind: Qigong Levels 1 and 2

with Donna MacKenzie

May 31 - June 2, 2024

When body is relaxed and peaceful, energy will flow. When mind is still, it will embrace qi and strengthen the body. In the Chinese arts of health and longevity, qigong simultaneously cultivates a peaceful body and a peaceful mind.

Physical health and mental well-being are closely aligned. Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi, or internal energy, to promote health and longevity. A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity.

There are no requirements. If you wish to get started on improving your physical health and mental well-being, this program is for you.

This weekend is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages, the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as “the father of qigong.”

These uninterrupted lineages have been handed down to Dr. Eva Wong. Donna MacKenzie has received these practices directly from Dr. Wong. There are 5 introductory levels; this weekend covers Levels 1 & 2.

Levels 1 & 2

Begin your journey of health and well-being:

  • In Qigong 1, learn six classic techniques that relax the body and two postures of standing qigong that gather internal energy.
  • Continue in Qigong 2 to learn how to guide energy through the body using the Nine Self-Massage.
  • Complete the program by learning Twelve Devas Tendon Changing — the most effective form of qigong used in repairing physical injuries and enhancing muscular-skeletal strength.

Levels 1 & 2 are always taught together. It is not possible to take just Level 1.

Who Should Attend

This retreat is open to everyone who is interested in experiencing the benefits of Qigong practice.

Graduates of Levels 1 and 2 may continue their journey with Level 3 – 5, which are offered regularly at various practice centres. However, there is no need to continue through the levels: Levels 1 and 2 provide significant health benefits if practised on a regular basis.


All prices are in $CAD.
Tuition & Meals
: $305
Lodging: Extra: varies by type. Visit the Registration Form or this page for a list of options and pricing.

Early Bird Discount of $50 applies if you register by April 12, 2024.

Generosity Policy: If you need financial assistance in order to attend, please complete this form and our Finance Director will contact you. If you have questions or would like to set up a payment plan, contact our Finance Department at [email protected].

Covid Considerations

Please read the full details of our Covid policy here.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

Please take note that our registration and cancellation policies have been updated. You can read our registration and cancellation policies here.

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Donna MacKenzie
Donna began studying with Dr. Eva Wong in 2010 and was authorized to teach Qigong Levels 1 and 2 in 2022. She is a Zen Buddhist practitioner, taught yoga for 14 years, currently works as an ecologist and a cook, plays music, and spends her time between Southern Ontario and Nova Scotia.
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