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Oxinar Long Weekend:

Review of BK Frantzis Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong

October 26th - 28th

South Leigh Hall, Just Outside Oxford

Early Bird Booking by October 10th

  • This long-weekend will be a review of the material BK Frantzis covers in his October 2018 Oxford Retreat on Bend the Bow Spinal Qigong

  • It is open to all who attended the above course and and to all who have previous experience of Heaven & Earth Qigong

  • You can attend 1, 2, or the full 3 days, so long as you start on day 1. We will only cover the full material by the end of the third day, but one or two days should also be helpful

  • All attendees will benefit from individual and small-group feedback, corrections and suggestions

  • Our “Reviews of BK Frantzis Oxford Retreats” courses have gone down very well with students:

"Bruce's workshop...was so full of layers of content that it was a huge help to do Gio's follow up weekend.  Gio focused on the essentials that allowed me to build a practice that I could 'bring home' and turn into a daily practice.  I've then been able to build on that practice to incorporate more of what I learned." P.K.

“I found Gio’s course invaluable in truly unpacking much of the material that Bruce taught. Particularly given the very intensive nature of Bruce’s courses, the insight that Gio provides into the context and nature of the material is very important as it can be very easy to “get the wrong end of the stick” on some very fundamental points” A.S.

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 and chi, gradually fusing all the above with the spine, organs, spinal cord and eventually the 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


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 slowly pass on some of 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 October 10th:

£75 per day

  • If you qualify for the discounts below, please adjust payment as necessary!


  • 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 October 10th:

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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