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September 14-18th:  

Prep for BK Frantzis: Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong

Bend the Bow Qigong is a very simple, condensed form devised to enable us to rebalance ourselves at the very deepest levels of our body and energy. Being the metal element in BK Frantzis system, it’s emphasis is very much on clarity and perfecting, through balancing and therefore unifying our whole system. It is the detail, the nitty gritty which makes all the difference in our system as a whole, bringing our beginner-intermediate level qigong to intermediate-advanced practitioner level. It takes time, precision and relaxation.

The work begins by balancing and perfecting all the internal work (nei gung) contained within Energy Gates and Heaven and Earth Qigong. On the way we begin to balance hips, knees, ankles, feet, toes, psoas, connective tissues and all the fluids in the body. We then progress this steadily deeper through the layers of the body, fluids and chi, gradually fusing all the above with the spine, organs, spinal cord and eventually the brain and glands. These deeper stages are accessed through greatly developing awareness of our whole spine and spinal cord, one of the key tasks in Bend the Bow Qigong.

In this retreat, the focus will be on enabling people to get the most from Bruce’s upcoming retreat. There will be two groups: those familiar with Heaven and Earth Qigong, and those not yet familiar with it. In the second group, rather than learn the whole Heaven and Earth form, we will look at key elements necessary for the work undertaken in Bend the Bow Qigong. In both groups, developing awareness of the spine and how to approach working with it will be key. Perhaps the biggest challenge is learning how never to push or strain while working in harmony with the delicate balances of the spine and spinal cord. We will also begin / develop Reverse or “Pre-Birth” Breathing, which is integral to Bend the Bow Qigong.

The teacher, Gio Maschio, has been running regular retreats since 2004 and teaching for 25 years, focusing on self-healing and meditation. He is one of BK Frantzis most experienced students certified to teach all Energy Arts subjects, has studied with a number of other teachers and masters, and is founder of the Qigong for Acupuncturists course at the UK's largest college of Chinese medicine. He also hosts Bruce's yearly retreats on qigong and meditation in Oxford.

“Personally I more or less destroyed the balance of the inside of my body as a teenanger through a very competitive and physically unbalanced sport (which has now been banned for under 16’s). Unfortunately for me this systematically and strongly twisted and damaged my musculature, connective tissues, spine, organs, spinal cord and several major blood vessels. On the plus side, I am now very familiar with working with the process of Bend the Bow, including the precision, relaxation, gentleness, subtlety and patience required to work with subtle, complex, strong and deeply entrenched imbalances, and the many things which can be connected with them. I’ve attended several Bend the Bow retreats with Bruce since the late 90’s, have been fortunate to have had quite a lot of one to one help from him, and practice Bend the Bow all the time. I hope I can gradually pass on this understanding”.


South Leigh Village Hall a beautiful, light, warm hall with large private garden and outside seating in a quiet village just north of Oxford. Free parking is available.

If you don't have a car, lifts will be available from Oxford town centre from other participants at the event, contact me if you need a lift


For the weekend we will be going to Worton Organic Farm for an excellent lunch in a beautiful, nearby, natural place. This will need to be booked in advance!

There is a also good gastropub in South Leigh itself, two minutes walk away.

People can also bring their own supplies, we have a very good kitchen and fridge available.

Timing of the Days:

10.30am - 6.00pm.  We may vary this a little depending of what attendees prefer

Booking, Early Bird Payment & Discounts:  

Early Bird Full Payment by August 14th

£75 for the first, second and third day you attend

£60 for the fourth and fifth days


  • First Oxinar Workshop? 10% Discount
  • Full time students pay £55 per day throughout
  • Long-Time Regular Attendees: 10% Discount (regular attendees of seminars and retreats for the last 2+ years)

Prices After August 14th:

Add 15% to the Early Bird prices.

Discounts no longer apply other than discount offered if this is your first workshop

N.B.  If you have any difficulties booking by the Early Bird cut-off date or if you cannot afford the full fee but would like to attend please email me

Places to Stay:

Here are some useful links for places to stay in and around Oxford, N.B. there is often a map option and several search filters which are very helpful. If you are interested in sharing accommodation, let us know and we will put you in touch with others. Occasionally local participants at retreats have also some room at their houses, if you are interested let us know

  • For self-catering, B&B, camping, hotels etc, try these links:  Link 1  Link 2.  If you're looking into backpackers etc, the YHA is much the best option
  • To rent rooms in Oxford University Colleges
  • For airbnb.com where you can rent apartments, cottages, houses, or even just a room in a house often at very good value, especially if a number of you are clubbing together
  • For more cottages in the area
  • For accommodation in the Cotswold area just north of Oxford (including hotels, B&B, cottages, Farmhouse stays, camping etc), you can also try these links: Link 1  Link 2


Keep very well!



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