Harmonize With Timeless Wisdom:

Qigong Healing & Awakening Retreats

Rejuvenate Your Spirit, Restore Your Energy, and Experience Profound Healing Within The Heart of Nature

“Qigong is a practice, a technology, and an art that applies ancient wisdom, modern science, and the mind’s creative power to transform our lives from dis-ease to health and well-being. As we heal and awaken together we can shape and evolve the consciousness of humanity."

Master Mingtong Gu

Qigong Master & Founder of The Chi Center

The Purpose Is Healing & Awakening.

Are you longing to relieve the stress in your body and mind?

Heal and energize yourself in a supportive and uplifting Retreat environment – gaining the tools and developing the capacity to live our lives free of fear, empowered to thrive in a world that continues to struggle with the many human and environmental challenges facing us today.

You will experience cumulative effects of Qigong practice and wisdom daily, led by a master teacher. As you learn from a master, often the teachings are more potent, more easily understood, and you feel more supported. You will have the opportunity to ask Master Mingtong questions about the concepts he shares, about your own practice and experiences, and about applying Qigong to your particular life circumstances.

Having a skilled, experienced and patient master teacher on your journey is one of the most healing gifts you can give yourself during this lifetime.

Heal Your Body

Enjoy More Loving Relationships

Increase Your Energy

Reconnect With Your Deeper Purpose

Resolve Painful Emotions

Awaken To Your Spiritual Essence

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Master Mingtong’s Video Invitation to the Winter Renewal Retreat, January 13-18, 2024.

Our Upcoming Retreats

Winter Renewal Retreat with Master Mingtong Gu

January 13-18, 2024

Online Retreat

Discover how to cultivate your Life Force Energy to boost your vitality, rejuvenate your spirit, strengthen your immune system, and even slow aging!

The mid-winter season after the Holiday celebrations can often seem stressful and even bleak… And yet, this is a very special and sacred time of year when Winter is time for deep rest and renewal for the coming year!

Would you like to take time to reconnect, rediscover, renew, and resource yourself during this sacred time? If so, we are excited to co-create a New Year’s Retreat, in between the celebrations of January 1 in the West and the February New Year celebrations of the East. Join us for a new start, a new tradition to shape your coming year. Empty your mind and nourish your body, through silence and movement, as well as inner and outer connection. Master Mingtong Gu and his wife, Linling Xie will guide all practices and offer individual and group healing sessions, too.

  • Connect with the community of like-minded and warm hearted people from all walks of life
  • Reconnect, rediscover and renew yourself from inside out with WHQ teaching, practices and process
  • Re-envision your new year from greater inner and outer alignment and
  • Discover your next step for realizing your highest vision of yourself and your life
  • Practice golden silence and journaling for inner reflection and awareness
  • Practice deep listening and sharing
  • Practice mindful eating for nourishment and joy of life
  • Other spontaneous activities to nourish your body and enliven your spirit
  • Connect with the community of like-minded and warm hearted people from all walks of life
  • Reconnect, rediscover and renew yourself from inside out with WHQ teaching, practices and process
  • Re-envision your new year from greater inner and outer alignment and
  • Discover your next step for realizing your highest vision of yourself and your life
  • Practice golden silence and journaling for inner reflection and awareness
  • Practice deep listening and sharing
  • Practice mindful eating for nourishment and joy of life
  • Other spontaneous activities to nourish your body and enliven your spirit

Wintertime On-Campus Option: Do you feel the need to take a vacation or even a quiet retreat by yourself or with your partner? Would you like to celebrate the New Year in New Mexico with like-minded people from all around the world?

Enjoy the contrast of cold air outdoors and warm rooms indoors. Connect with nature, the high-desert magical lands, wide open spaces, and 500 year-old trees. Enjoy lots of sun, crisp days and nights,, hiking, walking meditations, listening to the water fountain and springs,, walking the labyrinth with 360 degree panoramic views… Plus, informal dancing, drumming circles, bonfires, and connection with the local community of Santa Fe who’ll come to visit on Sunday.

If we have enough interest in the On-Campus option for this Retreat we will open single occupancy rooms at The Center.

So… But we will make this decision on January 2. So let us know your desire to travel to New Mexico by January 2, 2024 by making your $888 deposit now. The Total price for the Single Occupancy rooms will be $2088.00

Note: If we do not meet minimum enrollment requirements for the On-campus Retreats, your $888 deposit will be transferred to cover your Online Retreat option – which also promises to be an amazing experience accessible from anywhere!

Navigating the Big Transitions of Your Life

May 14-19, 2024

Online & On-Campus Retreat

When we think about transitional periods of our lives, we immediately identify and remember significant experiences we’ve navigated, like a major milestone in our personal life or career, a deep loss, or a time when we experienced something deeply traumatic. And change is inevitable for all of us.

All of these experiences have two things in common: our lives were never the same, and we evolved. No matter how seemingly positive the transition was, invariably challenges and uncomfortable feelings accompanied it. When we go through transitions our old skin sheds to the point of discomfort so that we can begin to feel alive in our new self.

Oh, and the old skin? It can shed slowly! But the shedding process helps to remind us of where or how we once were—essentially where we are coming from. Taking time to acknowledge this and to pay attention to our bodies, emotions, and patterns of behavior with awareness will help us blossom and thrive with clarity and purpose.

This Retreat will help you dive deeply into the changes you are experiencing – whether it’s retirement, divorce, a health diagnosis, kids leaving home, a career change, or any new chapter of your life. You will learn the practices and mindset that can take you into a new paradigm through wholeness and joy.

Register now for the best pricing: Online or On-Campus Retreat Options

May 21-26, 2024

Mindfulness & Tranquility Retreat

Online & On-Campus Retreat

Are you stressed by all the problems your mind perceives, leading to physical discomfort and a weakened immune response? Do you feel overwhelmed by emotional instability, affecting your motivation and focus? Are you challenged by changes in behavior, including unhealthy coping mechanisms and a decrease in sex drive? Do you experience relationship strains, an impact on your work or academic performance, and mental fatigue or burnout? These common challenges can significantly impact your quality of life, highlighting the need for effective coping strategies and holistic self-care practices.

Wisdom Healing Qigong and Golden Silence Practice, envision a serene lake reflecting the clarity and calmness one achieves. This metaphor encapsulates the journey of transforming stress and mental busyness into harmony and vitality. The teaching emphasizes holistic self-care, where silent introspection and Qigong movements guide energy flow, enhancing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The practice involves mindful movements, sound meditation, and embracing silence, fostering a deep connection with oneself and the universe. Through this process, one learns to navigate life’s challenges with grace, akin to water flowing effortlessly around obstacles, embodying resilience and tranquility.

How can this Retreat including Golden Silnce Practice benefit you?

  • Enhanced Awareness: Cultivates a deeper awareness of one’s internal and external environments, promoting mindfulness.
  • Deeper Connections: Encourages more profound, non-verbal, energy connections with others, fostering empathy and understanding without the need for speech.
  • Energy Conservation: Saves mental and emotional energy by reducing unnecessary verbal communication, leading to increased focus, clarity and peace.
  • Increased Presence: Promotes a state of being more present and engaged in the moment, improving the quality of one’s experiences.
  • Silence of the Mind: Quiets the mind, reducing stress, discover clarity and enhancing overall well-being through a more peaceful mental state.
  • Enhance all Qigong practices: movement, sound and meditation, through deepening your awareness, connection and concentration.

Transforming Chronic Health Challenges

May 28- June 2, 2024

Online & On-Campus Retreat

Healing Intensive Retreats with Master Mingtong Gu are the most focused and in-depth Qigong healing Retreats offered to people facing health and wellbeing challenges of all kinds: physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

Based on his own experience of healing his “chronic and incurable” unhappiness and physical health conditions in his 30’s, Master Mingtong’s teaching emphasizes the activation of the power of inner self-healing. The practice facilitates the untangling of energetic patterns and the release of chronic dis-ease, improving health and realizing human potential.

Based on the proven effectiveness of Zhineng Wisdom Healing Qigong Retreats in China, The Chi Center Healing Intensives allow you to directly access your inner medicine of mind, body, and heart through the ancient wisdom of energy practice.

Experience 6 full days of going deeply in to emotional and physical healing within the chi field of natural healing energies with Master Mingtong and his wife, Linling Xie.

Wisdom Healing Qigong combines Meditative Movement, Vibrational Sound, Visualization, and Awakening Practices. It is complementary to all other forms of energy work, movement, bodywork, spiritual practice, medicine, healing, and therapies — and is adaptable to all mobility and fitness levels.

Qi (pronounced chee) means “energy or vital lifeforce”. Gong refers to “deepening or cultivation”. Wisdom Healing Qigong is a whole system of practice to upgrade your mental, physical, spiritual & emotional wellbeing using connection to and cultivation of universal energy.


What Retreat Attendees Have To Say...

Otis Wollan

Otis shares his Qigong healing experience after an accident and over his lifetime

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Tom shares his journey of awakening & healing from a skeptical realist


Blyth shares how her incessantly Busy Mind has been transformed during Retreat

“My time in Retreat, working with Master Mingtong and Linling, and all of the beautiful teachers who knew nothing of my history…has given me my life back. As I’ve given me my life back – by doing the practices! Bit by bit by bit I am coming home to myself.”

“I’ve been able to see the deeper cause of my issues, the energy contractions have become apparent to me. The healing of my physical body I knew could happen… Now I’m not so concerned about healing my body, as much as correcting my energy patterns and unblocking the constricted energies. So grateful for this experience. This work is so powerful and is going to completely transform our planet.”

“The retreat has given me a wonderful gift. Who gets to have this gift, to take themselves out of their routine the way they relate to every hour of the day to reevaluate that and to have the guidance of this qigong methodology taught by someone who is not on a pedestal, taught with joy to help guide you inside to every system and to see how it feels. What a gift to go inside deeply.”

Your Retreat Experience Will Include...

Gentle & Enlivening Movement And Embodiment Practices

We’ll start each day’s session with a short meditation (called setting the chi field), followed by teacher-led movement practices that relax your mind and body to generate more powerful healing and awakening effects.

Your Retreat days will include teachings, transmissions, sound healing technologies, and gentle movement practices, throughout.

Sound Healing To Open Your Heart & Emotional Energy Flow

You will practice and experience Sound Healing for the 5 organ systems. Sacred healing sounds work to release the stress we all feel — which is often primarily emotional stress locked in the cellular memory of our organs. By healing these emotional contractions of energy, you empower yourself to heal and awaken on every level of your life.

Sound Healing is a deeply empowering practice. Anybody can do it.

You don’t need to know how to play musical instrument, you don’t need a strong voice, and you don’t need any special healing skills. You simply join in making the healing sounds and experience the sounds and energy around you.

Sound is an energetic vibration that can awaken your heart, your organs, your consciousness, and your cells – to facilitate deep healing and transformation on all levels from the physical to the emotional and spiritual.

Master Mingtong will lead you in you Sound Healing practices that are normally shared with Level 3 practitioners of Wisdom Healing Qigong. Advanced toning techniques benefit the brain, spinal cord, nerves, joints, muscles, and tendons — as well as awakens you to new dimensions of consciousness.

Even if you’re a complete beginner, you can learn these techniques with step-by-step guidance. And, there will be plenty of breaks to allow you to assimilate.

Meditation & Visualization Practices To Connect To Essence

Continuing the progress you’ve made in Sound Healing and Movement practices, Master Mingtong will introduce you to the beautiful experience of the practice of Lift Chi Up & Pour Chi Down, plus beginning Pure Consciousness practices.

This will be one of the special times both these practice forms are shared with the general public — the teachings were previously only available within the Zhineng Qigong Master training program in China.

Reflection & Integration Activities

We have a new schedule and flow filled with lots of our best activities!

Each day there will be a segment for integration time. This may include small group discussions, Medicine walks in Nature, guided Healing Sessions, and/or specific journaling assignments.

End-Of-The-Day Group Healing Sessions

One of the most popular features during our Healing Intensive Retreats are the Healing Sessions, led by Master Mingtong Gu, just before bedtime. Retreat attendees are invited to get comfortable, lying down with mats, pillows, and blankets in a dimly lit room. They are invited into a state of deep relaxed awareness in order to move energy in the room (and beyond!) through a collaborative process within the local and non-local chi field.

During the healing session, Master Mingtong activates the Wisdom Healing Qigong energetic flow through a combination of English, Chinese, Tibetan, and Sanskrit. The participants also engage in their own process of mindful intention — to help absorb, assimilate, and activate healing and transformation on a cellular level.

The healing energy transmission that flows through Master Mingtong and the chi field is connected to the energy that makes up your intention. That connection activates deep openings of energetic blockages and stimulates the awakening of aliveness in the body. This is the essence of inner medicine and the Healing Session.

Unstructured Time To Enjoy Nature

Enjoy An Experiential Tour Of The New Mexico Retreat Center Through Master Mingtong's Eyes

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Experience All 4 Wisdom Healing Qigong Practice Methods

Experience on a physical level gentle movements which can help you develop core strength, muscular and spinal flexibility — improving both posture and endurance.

Discover on an energetic level how the movements enhance energy flow throughout the spine, brain and entire body — awakening vitality, creativity and alertness. You will find, that as you begin your own daily practice, your ability and Chi capacity increase gradually and steadily.

How can the The Awaken Vitality Method revitalize your health? Through these mindful Qigong movements and meditations, you can begin to discover your true potential for vitality no matter your age, life challenges or health condition. The Awaken Vitality practices are easy to learn, a joy to practice, and once learned, available for a lifetime. On a physical level, these gentle movements develop core strength, muscular and spinal flexibility, improving both posture and endurance. On an energetic level, they enhance energy flow throughout the spine, brain and entire body, awakening vitality, creativity and alertness. Master Gu guides you through each movement, visualization, sound and meditation; as you begin your own daily practice, your ability and chi capacity increase gradually and steadily.

Invigorate Your Energetic Wholeness

Discover the Awaken Vitality Method (formerly known as Preliminary Practices) and cultivate a personal Qigong practice to increase vitality, reduce stress, heal disease and optimize your overall physical, mental and emotional well being. You will learn six Qigong forms plus the healing practice of Lachi and be able to put them all together for a 30-minute practice sequence. This course provides the essentials for opening the physical body, which is foundational for all Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) Qigong practices.

Experience a deep connection with life, inside and around you. Learn to connect with the abundant energy flow of the universe and deeply absorb that energy and wisdom. Through intentional and meditative energy movements, you’ll activate inner and outer energy flow, and experience this powerful healing technology for your awakening and healing.

Cultivate More Energy For Your Life

Embrace one of Wisdom Healing Qigong’s foundational practices, The Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down Method, and discover for yourself its powerful healing technology. Learn to connect with the abundant energy flow of the universe and absorb that energy deep within you. Cultivate your awareness as you activate this vital energetic exchange. Create internal and external harmony, balance and renewal.

Integrate with the Living Universe

Flow with energy! Focus on the energetic flow both within the body and between your internal and external universes. Learn to use your mind to connect with energy and expand your visualizations. By incorporating Qigong teachings (like the Three A’s on Acceptance, Activation and Appreciation) with LCUPCD practice, we augment our understanding of both.

Develop Your Infinite Potential

Develop the initiative power of your mind! Learn to use your mind to direct energy within the Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down (LCUPCD) practice, opening to the infinite potential available in every cell and every movement. Explore advanced topics such as Integrative Oneness Theory, internal and external integration, accessing Hun Yuan Chi through LCUPCD, cultivation of Healing Mind, and advanced Shenji opening practices.

You will learn to:

  • Enter the state of G.R.A.C.E. Grounded, Relaxed, Aware, Centered, and Energized
  • Open your perception beyond the bodily mechanics and receive a fresh flow of chi within your mind, emotions, and spiritual awareness
  • Connect with a wider spectrum of internal and external energies including physical energy, subtle energy, and the “Qigong secret” of accessing our primordial connection to unconditional Source energy
  • Become one with Universal Consciousness by awakening your energy body for spiritual realization, paranormal ability development, and expanded awareness
  • Connect with the energy of your heart center and surround yourself in a pyramid of golden light or chi
  • Nourish your entire body by gathering chi from the horizon of infinite energy and directing it throughout your energy body
  • Gather the heavenly energy into your energetic brain, making it available to you for your personal transformation and healing.

Through Sound Healing Technologies you’ll experience the profound power of vibrational sounds using your own voice to transform and heal. You’ll activate the energetic power within your 5 organ systems and shift challenging emotions into positive states of being.

You will learn to..

  • release grief, heart-ache, emotional distress, or trauma that can be the source of disease, depression, and pain. Emotions are stored — and often locked in the organs. By unblocking the organ’s energy, through specific sound and vibrations, challenging emotions can shift into positive states of harmony and oneness – joy and love.
  • practice Five Organ Integrative Sound Healing — with three sounds for each system addressing the cellular dimensions, the emotional energies, and the mental/spiritual aspects within each organ system.
  • open the contraction pattern of the heart to discover greater happiness, joy, love, connection, and peace
  • embrace emotions as powerful energy and transform from fear to empowerment, worry to confidence, anger to courage and sadness to compassion.

Master Mingtong Gu’s conversation with Stephen Dinan of The Shift Network about sound healing

Pure Consciousness is the name we give to deep states of consciousness that are beyond definition, beyond conceptualization, beyond thought. It is not possible to fully understand or to accurately describe it using only words, because Pure Consciousness is the direct experience of the essence of who you are.

In a state of Pure Consciousness, we become self-aware… yet at the same time, we venture beyond our own awareness to see things as they truly are, without placing any concept or judgement between ourselves and the essence of existence.

“We cultivate our own life energy through accessing nature’s great store of life energy [called qi or chi]. This approach produces quick results. But cultivating one’s qi/chi is not the most fundamental; cultivating one’s spirit is.

Mastery of qi/chi is really achieved through mastery of consciousness. We use consciousness in a careful, craftsman-like way, to shape our life, to attain our goals…

In modern terms, Qigong is just the refinement of consciousness to enhance the state of energy in the body. This leads to vibrant health, a harmonious body and mind, and awakened spiritual life.” — Dr. Ming Pang, creator of Zhineng (Wisdom Healing) Qigong

At The Chi Center, we teach Pure Consciousness as part of the integrative mind-body practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong, which is a complete system for awakening and cultivating the chi and the consciousness to transform, perfect and improve your holistic potential. Through Wisdom Healing Qigong, you’re empowered to look within yourself and to listen within yourself, uplifting your consciousness from a condition of automatic reaction to one of autonomous wisdom.

We use the term “Pure Consciousness” for easy understanding in Western culture. But Pure Consciousness is known by a multitude of different names:

  • Essence in several lineages of traditional wisdom
  • Transcendence in many meditation systems
  • Rigpa in Tibetan Buddhism
  • Yi Yuan Ti by Dr. Pang, founder of Zhineng (Wisdom Healing) Qigong
  • Mingjue by some Chinese Wisdom Healing Qigong teachers

You may wonder why “mindfulness” is not included on the list above. Mindfulness is similar to Pure Consciousness in many ways, but they are not quite the same thing.

Mindfulness focuses on conscious awareness of self and surroundings, and this is a prerequisite step towards Pure Consciousness. But Pure Consciousness goes deeper, because it is a state in which the mind itself becomes self-aware.

Pure Consciousness is also not only a mental meditation system. There are many forms of meditation. Pure Consciousness practices incorporate visualizations, vibrations, sounds, and movements, all of which are meditative. Many of these practices are done while sitting comfortably in a chair; some are performed continuously throughout all other activities in your day.

And, raising your state of consciousness is only one half of the process. Integrating Pure Consciousness into your body and your everyday life is the other half, without which the process would be incomplete.

Our entire focus is on supporting your healing and awakening, at every level of your being.

Our founder, Master Mingtong Gu, started out with asthma, scoliosis, as well as deep emotional pain from an unhappy and unstable childhood while growing up in China.

He found very little relief from standard treatments, and was resigned to a life centered on trying to manage his symptoms and pain.

In 1993 during his search for relief and healing, a friend of his from Ohio invited him to a Qigong class she was teaching.

When he spoke about his first experience, he said, “I was fascinated but had no idea how this could improve my health. But then… I felt a sense of lightness, flexibility, and inner being-ness that I had never experienced before. I asked my friend if she had any books about the practice and she gave me a book written in Chinese about the Medicineless Qigong Hospital in China. This planted the seed that led to my return to China and studying with Dr. Grandmaster Pang Ming.”

Inspired By The Chinese Hospital With No Medicine

Master Mingtong’s journey to wellness led him to China, to Dr. Grandmaster Pang Ming’s Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Clinic, Training, and Recovery Center — also known as the Medicine-less Qigong Hospital, where he experienced profound healing through the ancient healing modality Zhineng Qigong, which translates to “Wisdom Healing Qigong”.

This Center was unlike typical hospitals you might think of; it used Qigong as the only form of treatment.

Over 23 years, The Center in China served 200,000 people with chronic, incurable, and “terminal” illnesses with excellent results.

Master Mingtong learned that Zhineng Qigong wasn’t just about movements. The healing went far deeper than the physical…

“We cultivate our own life energy through accessing nature’s great store of life energy [called qi or chi]. This approach produces quick results. But cultivating one’s qi/chi is not the most fundamental; cultivating one’s spirit is.

“We cultivate our own life energy through accessing nature’s great store of life energy [called qi or chi]. This approach produces quick results. But cultivating one’s qi/chi is not the most fundamental; cultivating one’s spirit is. “Mastery of qi/chi is really achieved through mastery of consciousness. We use consciousness in a careful, craftsman-like way, to shape our life, to attain our goals… “In modern terms, Qigong is just the refinement of consciousness to enhance the state of energy in the body. This leads to vibrant health, a harmonious body and mind, and awakened spiritual life.”

People might have come in for help with a chronic illness, but they left with a depth and renewed awakening of their spirit that changed their lives in profound ways.

At first, Mingtong went to Grandmaster Pang’s Medicine-less Qigong Hospital simply with the intention of finding more inner peace and emotional balance.

Yet, what he got was so much more.

“The main changes I noticed, in the beginning, were emotional. I started to feel more open and more secure — an overall sense of centeredness at first, then a deeper sense of happiness, and eventually, an overall increase in my awareness and emotional capacity. I could feel my emotions return to inner centeredness and inner peace effectively when strong emotions arose — without being suppressed.”

And, it didn’t stop there.

“I started to notice a new sense of well-being after I decided to make this practice a regular routine. My spine started to open, my breathing became deeper, and my mind started to settle with an inner sense of exploration.”

In time, with consistent practice, Master Mingtong healed his asthma and scoliosis completely.

It was incredible.

As he healed at The Medicine-less Qigong Hospital, Master Mingtong watched other people come with every sort of illness and emotional struggle you could imagine, and was fascinated to watch as residents got healthier and more joyful throughout their stay.

As miraculous as this sounds, there’s a lot of scientific validation to it as well!

Fast-Forward To Today

Master Mingtong Gu has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world, using the Wisdom Healing Qigong methods that he learned from Dr. Grandmaster Pang Ming.

His dedication has been recognized by being named the Qigong Master of the Year by the World Congress for Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

For more than 30 years, he has continued to follow his calling to cultivate his practice and do everything possible to share the amazing gift of Qigong he received, mastered, and continues to deepen.

Mind-Body-Heart-Spirit Connection

Gentle Movements to Open Flow

Visualization & Meditation

Vocalizing Sound Healing

Connecting Heaven & Earth

Seated, Standing, or Lying Down

Working with Subtle Energy

Haola! All is well and getting better

Through his commitment and vision, Master Mingtong Gu and his global organization have helped hundreds of thousands of people uncover their own joy and healing too, by developing in-depth online and on-campus healing programs using Wisdom Healing Qigong.

On-Campus Retreat Details

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The Chi Center is located in the majestic high desert of Central New Mexico, USA, just 27 minutes South of Santa Fe in the beautiful Galisteo Basin.

This beautiful 150-acre property boasts breathtaking views of New Mexico’s landscape, the dazzling sunrises and sunsets over the surrounding mountains, and expansive and true darkness that reveals the Milky Way on the many clear nights. As soon as you arrive you can feel the same sacred healing energy of the land that the native people of this area have been feeling for thousands of years.

Retreats are held in the Lotus Kiva, a beautiful circular building which replicates traditional ceremonial kivas, set into the earth. The main lodge features six fireplaces, and the grounds include two labyrinths, outdoor fireplaces and art, fountains, a pond with a waterfall and paths for reflection and hiking. 

Enjoy Great Food & Charming Accommodations

During your on-campus Retreat you will enjoy stunning vistas, grounds, and the restorative atmosphere at The Center in the Galisteo Basin of New Mexico. Along with your Retreat program of learning, practice, and healing you will have time to relax and enjoy our arroyos, petroglyphs, labyrinths, trails, water features, comfortable rooms, and healthy, flavorful meals!

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"I had a dire medical diagnosis and at the end of December 2020, so I signed up for the 20 day retreat. And then of course COVID came (retreat canceled) and I thought, well, I guess I have to do this on my own. "But I ended up doing a couple of online week-long retreats, which were wonderful, really wonderful. When I sat down in front of my computer, I just had all of this love and light coming at me and I found that continued even when I had work to do. What I've experienced in my body has been significant changes in the discomfort that I've been feeling and more mobility. "And all of the folks in the online retreat had their gallery pictures on while we were practicing. I'm amazed. I'm simply amazed at the connection and the joy and the happiness. "Wisdom Healing Qigong has come to mean community for me. I've practiced Qigong for many years. Different forms. And it's always been a spiritual experience for me. But this feels like a very tangible, earthly and heavenly community that I can step into, whenever I need to, or want."

"I now practice Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down more deeply, moving energy all around my body. I feel it especially in my feet, organs, kidneys, heart, and especially my brain. "The practice of Hun Yuan Ling Tong is so powerful as a seed expanding to the infinite and back to the smallest infinitesimally small... smaller than the smallest particle and larger than the largest parts of the infinite cosmos. It is a beautiful paradox of all things transforming. It is the flower opening like "a beautiful sun in the morning." "Slowly my stroke is evaporating. It is hard and requires great concentration, great focus and love for myself in spite of anything that affects my well being externally, such as finances, divorce, relationships, and all the children I teach...all of it good. Anything challenging is all transformed by my deepening practice. "I have a great facility in my brain for visualizing. From making art, creativity and visualization go hand in hand. My mental capacity increases when the image is strong of connecting with the chifield (and it is always getting stronger). Where my mind goes the energy flows..it really does."

“This is a place where Heaven and Earth truly meet ... within you and around you."

On-Campus Winter Renewal Retreat Package


On-Campus Retreat Deposit

Retreat Dates: January 13-19, 2024

Room Type
Single Occupancy Rooms Only
Economically Priced: $2,088 Per Person ($888 deposit, then $1200 balance due)

No Scholarships for the On-Campus Winter Retreat*

Navigating the Big Transitions of Your Life On-Campus Retreat Package

Retreat Dates: May 14-19, 2024

Room Type
Commuter (Tuition & meals – No Room)
Standard – Double Occupancy
Premium – Double Occupancy
Standard – Single Occupancy
Premium – Single Occupancy

Mindfulness & Tranquility On-Campus Retreat Package

Retreat Dates: May 21-26, 2024

Room Type
Commuter (Tuition & meals – No Room)
Standard – Double Occupancy
Premium – Double Occupancy
Standard – Single Occupancy
Premium – Single Occupancy

Transforming Chronic Health Challenges Online Retreat Package

Retreat Dates: May 28- June 2, 2024

Room Type
Commuter (Tuition & meals – No Room)
Standard – Double Occupancy
Premium – Double Occupancy
Standard – Single Occupancy
Premium – Single Occupancy

Frequently Asked Questions

First Day
2:30pm – 5:30pm
Room Check In (For on-campus guests)
5.45pm – 6.15pm
Welcome and orientation for our on-campus guests and online participants
6.15pm – 8.30pm
Dinner will be held in the dining hall and then transition to the Kiva (will be streamed for the online participants)
Retreat In-session
7:45am – 8:45am
Early Morning: Sacred Time and breakfast – this is primarily your free time to take a walk and greet the day, which may include a facilitated short activity led by a teacher – to be announced each day (will not be streamed online)
9:00am -12:30pm
On-Campus Teachings & Practice from the Kiva — livestreamed (break times will vary)
12:30pm – 1:50pm
Lunch break and chi nap (no livestream)
2:00pm – 6:00pm
On-Campus Teachings & Practice from the Kiva — livestreamed (break times will vary)
6:15pm – 7:15pm
Dinner break (no livestream)
7:30pm – 8:20pm
Evening Activities: Healing Sessions, Small Groups, and Closing Ceremonies on — These activities will be livestreamed online as feasible
Last Day
Note: If your retreat ends on Sunday, The Chi Center is open Sundays for the local chi community to join breakfast and practice
7:00am – 8:00am
Early Morning: Sacred Time and breakfast – rest, go for a walk, prepare for your day
8:00am – 9:30am
Breakfast buffet
9:30am – 1:00pm
Kiva Practice, Presentation, Teaching, Sharing and Wrap-Up for the Online broadcast
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Simple lunch and check out for on-campus guests

If you must cancel, please understand that we do not grant refunds for any reason. However, you may apply the funds you paid toward attendance of a future Chi Center Retreat or Program of your choice, within 12 months from your date of cancellation. If The Chi Center cancels this program, you will receive 2 weeks’ notice when possible, and a full refund. We are not responsible for the cost of any other cancellation expenses you may incur, such as non-refundable travel fees, etc.

Students learn and practice one of the most effective energy healing practices and systems of human science – Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) Qigong. Master Mingtong may lead any of the basic to the advanced practice including Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down Method (LCUPCD), Standing Meditation, Spinal Bone Marrow Method, Body Mind Method, Wall Squats, Inner Alchemy of Emotional Transformation, Transforming Jing Method, Nine Palaces Method, and other advanced methods. The practice will be a sustainable practice of healing as well as a life transformation. Wisdom Healing Qigong practices represent a radically different technology offered to awaken, transform, and integrate your entire chi body — from the cellular to the spiritual — returning us to our natural, healthy, balanced state of being. This technology re-patterns the physical, emotional and mental/spiritual energy that is not flowing freely, that is experienced as pain and suffering, into energy that is flowing freely, bringing forth natural states of happiness, compassion, openness, and wholeness.

During certain segments of the day students may practice with qualified teachers, the most applicable methods according to your personal needs and recommended by Master Mingtong.

Students drink in the potent chi “medicine” day and night, just as the people at the medicine-less Qigong Hospital in China, through movement, meditation, sound, visualization and REST. Master Mingtong will personally lead you to cultivate the Six Golden Keys of chi “medicine” as the most effective “ingredients” prescribed by the Qigong Hospital.

Participants cultivate and embody the chi medicine––which is the life force within–– residing in this powerful chi field led by Master Mingtong as transmitted by Grandmaster Pang Ming through the ancient Wisdom tradition of Qigong. There are additional qualified teachers and experienced leaders to guide the practice and support your process. The chi community, bonded by the healing chi field, is one of the most precious jewels that will continue to connect to your heart and practice.

Attendees “digest” chi medicine with a “chi nap” every day and “sleep Qigong” overnight. Master Mingtong will lead group-healing sessions every day, including healing transmissions, healing circles or spirals, and small group healing sessions. Master Mingtong or and his gifted wife, Linling may offer individual healing session appointments to retreat participants.

Students purify chi by moving through challenges and releasing the mental and emotional resistance to change using this profound practice of energy transformation, including Inner Alchemy of Emotional Transformation Method.

Participants learn and practice to receive chi mentally by receiving teachings and changing mental patterns to align with their conscious choice of healing and fulfillment in life. Students bring the infinite heavenly blessings into their food, conventional medicine, and earthly life through visualization. They realize the significance of earthly life as the expression of the heavenly consciousness.

Attendees activate and celebrate awakening through music, song, dance and lots of hugs and laughter. There will be silence during half of the retreat to allow for integration and your personal journey deeply inward. The Chi Team leaders will support you in loving, intimate, and healing sub-groups.

Students embody heavenly chi medicine through inner wisdom and consciousness, awakening to their individual deep nature and purpose. They learn the advanced skills to “transmit” chi into the body and living organisms through your consciousness.

During the Retreat, participants receive and cultivate the most precious gift — their awakening consciousness — and will be able to actualize it within their body, heart, and mind and therefore all of life transforming automated, conditioned patterns to that of autonomous wisdom. Students can cultivate this practice as a roadmap towards complete healing, as well as a path to enlightenment.

There is no requirement for experiencing Qigong. We welcome anyone who sincerely wishes to transform their challenges of life into an opportunity for growth, whether on the physical level, mental level, emotional level, or spiritual level.

And, we’ve prepared a Retreat Foundations Kit that you can begin as soon as you register for your next Retreat. The staff and teachers have loaded this with lots of terminology, tips, and practice ideas you’ll want to know in advance. As Master Mingtong says, “Your Retreat begins the moment you’ve made the decision to sign up!”

Once you begin, participating in the Healing Intensive Retreat does require your full commitment to the healing process.Open your mind and heart to your healing intention and healing chi; “Do your best, allow the mind to rest and let the Universe do the rest!”

Make your Qigong Retreat (self-healing together) your absolute priority for the precious days you are in Master Mingtong’s presence and minimize your daily obligations and other activities.

Make a list of your challenges and resistances (mental, emotional, and physical conditions). Bring your awareness and compassion to these areas of healing. Always inwardly trust your dedication to your healing. Let go of your old stories and the stories of others.

Make a dedication to yourself in this way: “I am ready to heal myself in the chi field, no matter what it takes and how it feels.” — instead of “I will be healed if this happens and that doesn’t happen.”

The Universe responds to our intention unconditionally. Any conditioning of my willingness to heal will compromise the benefit.

Listen to your inner voice of your body and stay in the chi field even when you need to take a break; Allow your mind and heart to offer the best healing medicine to your body.

Honor yourself as well as others, respect everyone’s privacy and offer your blessings to others’ challenges. Don’t share any stories from the Retreat with others.

Conventional medical support will be respected and honored. We each will honor ourselves as a sovereign self-healer, and not as a patient. You may want to include your medication and dietary supplements in your intention for healing — acknowledging that everything is energy/chi and then extend the blessing of “all is well and getting better” (Haola) to the conventional medicine. You can embrace the wisdom of your body to use what is in service and supportive within the medication, while allowing anything that is not serving your health and wellness to pass through you without harm. If you anticipate any special needs during the retreat, please make advance arrangements. You may bring flowers, healing objects to the space to make your heart offering. Your healing has been accelerating already since you made a dedication to this Retreat. With the blessings of all teachers, Master Mingtong Gu has organized this healing chi field for all of us. He advises that all obstacles you may experience, before and during the retreat, will be a deep purification of mind, emotion, and your body.Stay in a “Haola” mindset — “All is well and getting better. So be it!”

The goal of a Chi Center Retreat or Healing Intensive is transformation. Truly a life-changing experience, the Wisdom Healing Retreats are opportunities to work on your body, heart, mind, and energy — to realize your deepest intention of radiant health, true happiness, joy, and profound peace — and to embody the awakening consciousness.

Expect the unexpected. Make the impossible possible. This is the science and technology of making miracles. We, together, are the scientists, healers, and explorers of the creative inner and outer life force.

Your mind, heart and cells are truly fed by life energy on all levels. Your capacity, as a human being encoded with good will, intelligence and love, will fully awaken to its true potential as self-healer and healer of others. You will not only bring home your renewed body and spirit but also effective tools and practices that will sustain your healthy body and support your conscious living. The healing community is growing so strong and you are connected with this big “chi family” through continuous reunion and support, even at a long distance.

Healing Intensive Retreats have been designed to actualize an experience of intensive chi healing. A first-of–its-kind in North America, the Healing Intensive Retreat offers the same successful healing program that was established for people experiencing major health challenges at the world’s largest Qigong hospital in China. Over 200,000 people with all types of illnesses were treated there. The Qigong hospital reported a 95% effective improvement.

You will receive great benefit if you are:

  • Stressed or depleted
  • Working with any dimension of physical, mental, or emotional dis-ease or trauma
  • Committed to making sustainable, positive changes in life — for yourself and with others
  • Ready to expand and refresh your healing ability as a professional or a caregiver
  • Inspired to work for the awakening of human potential

Participating in Chi Center Retreats will enable you to:

  • Learn to clear and balance emotions so that a deeper healing can occur.
  • Develop a quiet and creative mind to realize healing most effectively.
  • Discover how to enter pure and expanded consciousness.
  • Organize a chi field of healing with a collective power to accelerate your healing.
  • Learn profound theories and practices for energy healing to better understand and realize your healing capacity.
  • Learn the ultimate methods to transmit chi for the healing of self and others, called Fachi and Lachi
  • Cultivate inner and outer support systems, including individual practice and community connections for sustainable healing.

Whether you attend online or on-campus, video replays of your program will be available for 30 days after the workshop ends. (Note: QFLM members retain replay access as long as they are the Qigong for Life Master member!)

If you still have questions about the Retreat, or Wisdom Healing Qigong in general please write to us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible, so you can make the best plans and decisions for yourself. Email Support@ChiCenter.com

Getting to The Center

Getting to the Center: The address is 40 Camino Vista Clara, Lamy/Galisteo, New Mexico 87540.

Recommended New Mexico airport: Albuquerque (ABQ) is the primary airport. Travel time from the airport to The Chi Center is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes via car – approximately 75 miles. There is also an airport in Santa Fe about 40 minutes from The Center. The flights in and out of Santa Fe are limited, however.

From the Airport: Transportation while in New Mexico you will need a car to travel to The Center, on State Highway 41. There is no public transportation to our countryside location. We strongly advise that you reserve your ride service ahead of time, as not all taxis/rides will make the trip to the Center without advanced notice. Your options are Taxi, Limousine, Lyft and Uber.

Check-in time at the center is between 2:00-5:00pm. at the center is between 2:00-5:00pm. Please eat lunch before you arrive. Due to road construction nearby, it is advisable to arrive during daylight hours. Please let us know your planned arrival time via text or phone call so that we can give you specific directions and check in instructions, as needed. 505-470-1620.

First Retreat-day meals and activities begin at 5:40pm, unless otherwise posted in the Retreat description.

Check out time is between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Final Retreat-day meals and activities end by 3:00pm.

Typical Climate

Packing Tips And Things To Know

► Toiletries – Scent-Free – includes deodorants/shampoos, etc. Please note our Center does its best to be chemical and scent-free as we have many participants that have chemical sensitivities.

► Flashlight or headlamp for walking at night.

► Sturdy walking shoes; the campus has very few outdoor paved surfaces. Most pathways are gravel and/or natural terrain.

► The evenings and mornings in the fall can be quite cool. Plan on layered clothing and a warm jacket/sweater.

► Rain gear is recommended

► Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat. We are at high-desert altitudes (6,000-7,200 ft) and it is sunny all seasons of the year.

► Water bottle – we have filtered water dispensers throughout the campus.

► Hot beverage travel cup with a secure lid, for coffee/tea.

► Toiletries – Scent-Free (see above); also, bring your medications.

► Earplugs and sleeping masks.

► Map/driving directions to The Chi Center: 40 Camino Vista Clara, Lamy, NM 87540 Chi Center onsite manager iPhone 1-505-470-1620, General Info Phone Service 1-800-959-2892.

No Perfumes or Scented Products: Due to guests’ allergies and sensitivities to scents, please leave your perfumes, scented lotions, deodorants, shampoos, incense etc. at home.

Arrival At The Chi Center: Please come to the Dining Hall/Main Lodge to register – just past the pond.

Check-In/Orientation: At the beginning of your stay, you will receive a welcome orientation by our staff at check-in to relay important information about the site. This will include an outline of emergency procedures and releases for each individual.


►Check-in time at the center is between 2:00-5:00pm. Dinner, Intro and Orientation events begin at 5:40pm.

► Most of our rooms have shared bathrooms so please bring a robe, slippers, and an easy bag to carry your toiletries from your room to the bath.

► We provide all towels, bedding, sheets and blankets.

► There are laundry facilities available for guests.


We have a guest laundry room located at the Ranch House (see map). The door is marked “Guest Laundry” and the building is nearest to the large white Kuan Yin statue for additional reference. Unscented soaps are provided and there is no charge to launder your personal items.


The campus lies on 150 acres of somewhat hilly terrain. There is a road as well as a walking trail between the rooms and the main house where meals are served. The road is lit at night for safe passage. It is approximately a 5-minute walk to and from most of the guest rooms and the main house. Please bring closed toed shoes for walking and hiking in desert terrain.

Computer Access:

WiFi is available to all of our guests (password is chiguest).

Cellular Telephone Coverage:

Mobile phone coverage on campus works best if you set your phone to enable WiFi calling and connect to the wifi. Cellular service is week, so you can also make calls over the internet through apps like What’s App. We ask that you turn your ring setting to vibrate or silent while on campus to keep from disturbing other guests.

Lost & Found:

All Lost & Found articles will be held for 30 days, after which they will be distributed in a charitable manner. If you feel you have left something behind, please email us at Support@chicenter.com.

Healing Sessions with Master Mingtong and Linling:

If you would like to have a healing session, Master Mingtong will conduct a limited number of sessions during retreats in the Kiva. Linling can conduct 2 sessions per day and will come to your room. Sessions with Master Mingtong are $380 and with Linling are $280.

Quiet Hours:

Quiet hours are from 9:00 pm to 7:45 am. Please be considerate of other retreat participants at all times.

Pet Policy:

Only Certified companion animals and guide dogs are permitted on campus. (Advanced notice and permission is required.)

Self Care – Hydration:

Be sure to drink more water than usual – lots of water! We are at high, dry elevations and staying hydrated is essential. You’ll find dispensers filled with filtered water in many places on the property to help remind you to “fill up”. Prevention will help you acclimate to the 7,000 ft altitude and dry terrain and bypass the typical mild symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, or sleep disturbances.


After loading or unloading, you will be instructed where to park your vehicle according to room assignments.

Special Needs:

► We will do our best to accommodate persons with mobility and special dietary needs. If you have not yet shared your needs with us, please contact Support@chicenter.com right away.


► Our meals are served buffet style. We do our best to provide locally sourced, organic, healthy, whole foods at every meal. Vegetarian, Vegan, and Omnivore options will be available at every meal. Please let us know your preferences before arriving so that the kitchen team can purchase and prepare in advance.

► Complimentary tea and coffee are available in the main house building 7:30am – 7:00pm daily.

Tips for Staff:

The Chi Center staff strive to do their best for you. Please consider leaving a tip for the kitchen and housekeeping staff when you leave the Center.


We are a smoke-free campus.


► We do not allow the use of candles or incense inside or outside our buildings.

► Outdoor campfires are not allowed. We are governed by very strict laws due to a high fire danger and the remoteness of the area.


► Trails

  • There is hiking in the arroyo and on the grounds.
  • Please stay on the trails.
  • Do not approach or feed wildlife.

► Be aware of snakes and other wildlife native to this area.

Facilities and Grounds

► Please do not take retreat center furniture, fixtures, or bedding out of the rooms.

► Please turn off lights and turn down heaters/air conditioning when you are not in your room.

► The speed limit on the property is 5 mph. Please be mindful of animals and humans when you are driving your car on the roads

First Aid:

We have an emergency medical kit for minor injuries in the Main Lodge.


Please contact us at Support@chicenter.com

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Yes, we do!

The intention of The Chi Center’s Partial Scholarship Program is to support dedicated individuals with financial challenges, who want to participate in our global mission of cultivating wisdom, healing, awakening, and transformation by developing a sustainable Qigong practice.

Our Partial Scholarship Program is designed to lend a helping hand to those facing financial challenges, and who are just as passionate about our mission as we are.

We have a limited number of partial scholarships, so please apply early. There is no credit check, just a one-page online form to complete.

We recommend that applicants apply for a scholarship if they are able to pay for at least 85% of the regular Retreat fee (Based upon funds available your scholarship award may reduce this amount).

On-Campus and Online Scholarships generally cover between 14% to 28% of Retreat fees.

While scholarships are non-refundable, we’re flexible – they can be transferred to another course or program if needed. Our scholarship team will make decisions based on available funds and enrollments, and will always notify you within 1 week of your application.

Got questions? Our super-friendly support team is here for you at support@chicenter.com. Click on the button found under the Retreat packages to apply for a scholarship.

Here is what you need to know:

  1. You must provide advance notice to The Chi Center Management about your service animal. Please write to rooms@chicenter.com if this applies to you, before you register.
  2. If approved, your service dog “official credentials” will need to be emailed to The Chi Center, in advance of your arrival. Please send to support@chicenter.com
  3. Guests will need to bring doggy-bags and clean up after their pets on the grounds, depositing waste directly into the dumpster behind the Main Lodge.
  4. The guest will be responsible to pay for any damage to rooms (stains, odors, fleas, or scratches) A waiver/agreement must be signed prior to check in.
  5. Dogs must arrive clean and groomed with unscented shampoos
  6. If we have other guests in attendance who have pet sensitivities, service dogs’ access to the kiva and dining hall may be limited.
  7. All pets will need to be leashed whenever they are outside of their owner’s assigned guest room.

Commitment to Your Self is Powerful! Many people discover they feel a surge of energy just by registering and making a powerful new pledge to themselves to take part in a Retreat. Our team will be available to support you all along the way. Feel free to reach out to us via email at any time with questions by writing to Support@ChiCenter.com.

Your Intentions and Your Results. In the Wisdom Healing Qigong tradition, we will help you connect with and emphasize your deepest intention. What is your true, pure intention for joining this program? Your answer, your truth carries a certain energetic signature. It is the intention beyond what you do that determines the results of your actions. Before beginning this, or any wellness program, please consult your healthcare professional. Wisdom Healing Qigong is not intended to diagnose, cure, or be a substitute for professional medical advice.

What is Wisdom Healing Qigong

QIGONG is a practice, a technology, and an art that applies ancient wisdom, modern science, and the mind’s creative power to transform our lives from dis-ease to health and well-being.

It’s a direct and powerful technology to tap into the infinite source of energy — the same energy in the Milky Way — and use this infinite source to transform our physical and psychological conditions for a better, more balanced life.

HEALING is the application and benefit of awakening consciousness and wisdom when we work with energy as the foundational substance of the creative living universe within and around us.

True healing addresses the deepest causes of disease and life’s problems beyond simply fixing the symptoms. It requires practice to become aware of and change the limited patterns of mind, body, and heart and to then address those energetic conditions. The result is improvement of health and wellbeing, including the transformation of chronic illness for both the long and short term. Healing also seeks – quite naturally – the deep transformation of the whole person, by realizing the whole unified harmony of the individual within and in relationship to the multi-dimensional unity of all life.

WISDOM is the understanding that arises from an awakening of our perception and consciousness of life. Ultimate wisdom is the ability to know and embody the creative source of the living universe, moment-to-moment. It is our conscious capacity to fully participate in the continuous dance of evolving creation.

WISDOM HEALING QIGONG is a Western expression of the most validated effective form of Qigong, cultivated and refined by Master Mingtong Gu. Its foundations stem from the practice of Zhineng Qigong, founded by Master Mingtong’s revered and beloved teacher in China, Dr. Grandmaster Pang Ming.

Qigong is the cosmology (theory) and technology (art) for consciousness to work with creative energy (chi). It is a creative union of consciousness and energy, which awakens the joy-full wisdom capacity of mind, heart, and body.

Qigong movements are adaptable for accessibility, gentle, and free flowing. Accompanying visualization and meditation can be done in any comfortable position —sitting, standing, or lying down. FTC DISCLOSURE: Wisdom Healing Qigong is not intended to diagnose, cure, or be a substitute for professional medical advice. Before beginning this, or any wellness program, please consult your trusted healthcare professional. Any instructions given or suggestions made during the course of Master Mingtong Gu’s Chi Center programs are not intended as a substitute for medical counseling or treatment. Please consult with your primary care physician before beginning this energy practice. Any health claims shared by viewers, students, friends, subscribers, or clients are understood to be true and accurate, representing their subjective experience, but are not verified. Results will vary from person to person. Always do your own due diligence and use your best judgment when making any health-related decisions and purchases.

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