We organize a week-end retreat at Yunquan temple (云泉寺) in Suzhou (1h30 from Shanghai) from September 23rd to September 25th 2016. Departure on Friday evening, return on Sunday evening.
This training is open to beginners and advanced.

During this weekend retreat, we will learn the eight movements of BaDuanJin 八段锦 and the five postures of Five Elements Standing set 导引五行桩 with Dr Sun Lei.

About Baduanjin

Baduanjin was first mentioned in a book of the Song Dynasty (12th century AD) : Record of the Listener – Selection of Chinese Supernatural Stories (夷坚志). Later, during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the standing form became very popular and had already been formed into a complete health-enhancing routine.
We will learn the standing practice of NeiGong BaDuanJin内功八段锦which combines static posture, meditation and dynamism. NeiGong Baduanjin is a soft approach focusing on the spine and the use of inner power (neigong) to do the movements. It helps cultivate the vital energy with body and mind, reinforces muscles, tendons and organs, and enhances circulation of qi in the body. This practice is beneficial in case of back problems, stress and sub-health state. Some medical studies also demonstrated positive effects on insomnia and depression.
We will learn all the movements step by step in order to memorize them and understand the most important points to practice in a good way. At the end of the weekend, you will be able to follow this practice in a smooth way and be able to feel peace in your heart and your mind.

About Five Elements Standing

The Five Elements Standing is a set of daoyin standing postures that follow the change of yin and yang according to the inter-promoting cycle of the five elements; it is based upon the fundamentals of medical qigong standing posture. The set includes five postures: earth standing, metal standing, water standing, wood standing, fire standing. They correspond to particular qi dynamics that can be divided into: balance (中), close/contract (合), sink down (降), open (开), rise (升). The five elements standing postures also transform into one another following the inter-promoting cycle of the five elements: earth bears metal, metal enriches water, water nourishes wood, wood feeds fire, fire creates earth.


Experience a different weekend in temple, learn Chinese Ancient Qigong as a therapy , Tailor your practice.
Live according to the temple regular life for 2 days and 2 nights.

Retreat Content

  • Learn and practice BaDuanJin (Eight Pieces of Brocade),
  • Meditation, sharing, walks around the temple and at the lake.
  • Live at the rhythm of the temple and the monks.


(The retreat will be taught in English, French Base, some Chinese translation.)

Day 1 Fri 23rd September

19:30 Leaving from shanghai
22:30 Introduction to the Retreat.Sleep time

Day 2 Sat 24th September

5:00 Get up
5:30 Introduction to standing posture and Baduanjin principles
6:30 Vegetarian Breakfast
7: 00-8: 00 Temple Tour with monks
9: 00 -11:00 Introduction to first 3 movements of BaDuanJin
11: 00 -11:30 Vegetarian Lunch
13:00-15:00 Learn 3 movements of BaDuanJin
15:30- 16:30 Walking Meditation
17:00-17:30 Dinner
18: 30 -20:30 Guided Meditation Q & A
21:00 Solitude time & Sleep

Day 3 Sun 25th September

5:00 Get up
5:30-6:30 Practice Standing Posture
6:30-7:00 Vegetarian Breakfast
8:00-9:15 learn 2 movements of BaDuanJin
9:30- 11:00 Learn Five Elements Standing postures with Sun Lei
11:20 Vegetarian Lunch
12:00-13:00 Nap and relaxation, reading
13:00-15:00 Review of Five Elements Standing postures and Baduanjin with Sun Lei, Q&A
15:30 Leaving for Shanghai
18:00 Arrived at Shanghai

During the Retreat we will learn step by step and in details why we do this postures and how. The retreat will be about the practice more than theoretical aspects.




Sun Lei – 孙磊 Chinese

Massage doctor, Teacher of TCM(traditional Chinese medicine),teach TCM qigong in Shanghai TCM university, engaged in domestic classes and international classes teaching in Shanghai qigong research institute. Adept at: Dao Yin Wu Xing Zhuang(five elements standing), Wu Yin Liu Zi Jue (six healing sounds), Nei Gong Ba Duan Jin(innner power eight sections brocade).

Jean-Baptiste Duret – 吉贝 French

He has been living in Shanghai for 4 years. He attended the International Training at Shanghai Qigong Research Institute for 3 years and also learned and practiced with Dr. Sun Lei and Claire Zmiro. Dr Sun Lei asked him to be his assistant and teach at the Qigong Research Institute (Wanping nan lu 650). He is able to teach Guyin Liuzijue and Neigong Baduanjin. He is also a certified coach.

Temple Life

  • We stay in the temple’s facilities
  • Separate dormitories for male and female
  • Vegetarian meals
  • No smoking, no alcoholic drinking during the retreat
  • Keep Silent (except question/answer time, always can have a walk outside the temple if required)
  • No mobile phones during the lessons and the meal time


  • Weather protection according to the season
  • Comfortable cloths
  • Warm layers
  • Rain Coat
  • Drinking bottle (not soft plastic as often the refill is with boiled water and it melts)
  • Towel & personal toiletries
  • Small blanket (optional for meditation)
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Hot shower and AC in Temple


At the temple, rooms of 2 to 4 persons (2 nights, 2 days). Showers and toilets. Bring your towels. Clean sheets, mats will be prepared for our arrival.

Fee : 1299 RMB
(Couple or Students of the Institute : 1199 RMB)
Include transportation, 2 nights et meals at the temple, Qigong training and meditations.

To register and receive gathering information, contact jb.duret@outlook.com