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Meditation & Gods Playing in the Clouds Retreat
Releasing Into Space: Presence, Openness & Spontaneity

Oxford Retreat

January 11th - 15th 2020

  • The Meditation aspect of this course is free (see below for details)
  • Please Book as early as possible to facilitate planning

"Ice to Water"

Over the last few years we have been working with developing continuous presence and awareness, and slowly relaxing these as we release the tensions from our energies - thoughts, feelings, sensations.

This largely corresponds to dissolving from "ice to water", where we practice gradually relaxing from a more fixed sense of self holding on to relatively fixed ideas and fairly charged energies, to being more present, open, relaxed and responsive in the flow of life.

"Water to Space"

We will continue to clarify and the above process both
sitting meditation and in Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong (more on Gods below).

As we began last year however, we will focus on relaxing into the “space” or openness of the mind, corresponding to dissolving from “water to space”.

This refers to fully releasing the attaching of our sense of self to the flow of the contents of our mind so that we can come to perceive the mind itself, the openness or “space” in which the contents of the mind arise and move which illuminates these contents with totally relaxed, effortless presence and awareness.


This describes moving from basing our presence, awareness and lives in conceptual understanding, habits, beliefs and their associated energetic shapes, forms, moods etc, to relaxing into the present openness of the mind and living within that openness, without solidifying again into control, habit and conceptualisation, i.e. back to "water and ice".

Enabling this shift requires some unexpected relaxing of fundamental assumptions in order to allow this natural presence and spontaneity to arise more easily and operate with continuity, without which we tend to shut the possibility for openness down.

The Retreat:

We will approach this through
sitting meditation, reflection and key partner work to provide clear contrasts between basing ourselves in our habitual, more fixed, conceptual approach to ourselves and the world, and a more relaxed open presence in the world

We will also make use of
Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong.

Working with
Gods will give us a break from sitting and enable us to open the body and its energies also. We will use Gods to open, relax and release all our energies, working with our fluids, energy, dissolving practices and spiralling practices for those familiar with them, both to release any particular energies we would like to release, and to ease our way into releasing into openness.

On this last note we will work particularly with releasing the energies of the
 "right and left channels" into the "centre channel" so that we become more aware of the inherent spaciousness of all our energies, and how our energies manifest from and in that spaciousness. This clarifies and empowers our basis in openness in life as a whole

Attendance & Prerequisites

  • You can attend day 1, or 1 + 2, or 1+2+3, etc up to all 5 days of each retreat. The longer you can stay, the better

  • All are welcome who have at least one year’s experience of dissolving practice, and two terms’ qigong experience at Oxinar, Clearwater Qi Arts, or equivalent (email me if in doubt). You do not need to know the movements of Gods Playing in the Clouds

  • Depending on who joins, those new to Oxinar may be sent an audio class or two, which will be made available on booking. In this case, the information and techniques contained in it will be assumed in my teaching so that we are all on the same page and the whole class can progress together

The teacher, Gio Maschio, has been running regular retreats since 2004 and teaching for nearly 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

Booking & Discounts:  

I am treating this retreat as 50/50 meditation / qigong, and will not be charging anything for the meditation aspect. I am therefore charging people only 50% of the usual fee, to cover expenses and some pocket money for me. If you would like to contribute to the meditation aspect of the course, you may do so by donation, thank you. Consequently, there are no other discounts or early bird payment date for this course. 

However, please book asap to facilitate planning venue bookings, meal bookings etc. Thanks!


£40 per day

If you cannot afford the full fee but would like to attend please email me


South Leigh Village Hall a beautiful, light, warm hall with large private garden in a quiet village just north of Oxford, with free parking 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!

Other days, there is a good gastro-pub in South Leigh itself, two minutes walk away.

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

Timing of the Days:

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

PLEASE EMAIL ME TO BOOK THE RETREAT - letting me know how many days you will attend or to discuss anything

Keep very well!



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