Student Comments on Previous Retreats

Student Commentary from 2nd Intense 3 Week Workshops (11/10/14) by The Professor

Sergio ((37) Portugal The experience was great. We went through all basics and advanced practices daily always with good sound explanations of the aims for each practice based on the Professor’s long experience. For me as a beginner I was impressed with the teaching method which leaves me with good preparation for the new practices and a good overview on all the major teachings to follow up later in more advanced practice. Thank you Professor for these great 3 weeks.

Stanislav (43) Bulgaria I am a businessman from Bulgaria and also a certified instructor of Universal Healing Tao. I took a three week course with The Professor at Tao Garden this November 2014 and I recommend it to all determined practitioners. The knowledge comes to you in a systematic, pragmatic and repetitive manner. It was perfect because even the beginners will learn the advanced formulas. I liked him as a teacher and I have invited him to teach in Bulgaria next year. As the Professor teaches to grow the UHT practices you need – A little bit of water and sunshine over the seed of consciousness every day is the key to successful growth. Thank you, Professor!

Mariela (47) “For three weeks we have studied and practiced several levels in Universal Healing Tao System and these for only 4 hours per day. So, I did not feel overwhelmed because we had plenty of time to do our daily practice, and to enjoy the good weather, nature, pool, massages, and organic food at the wonderful and beautiful Tao Garden, where the instruction was held. It was good and exciting to hear the concept, theory and explanation and to see a complete demonstration and practice of the all different Universal Healing Tao daily practices.”

John (50) England The Professor’s Three Week Retreat at Tao Garden, Thailand did provide a disciplined and practical introduction to Universal Healing Tao curriculum. The building up of a Universal Healing Tao daily practices and review with each training session will prove invaluable for home study and daily practice as will the knowledge from the retreat for time management and Universal Healing Tao Practice Programing for daily life. Look forward to working with the Professor in the 2015 either at Bulgaria and/or Tao Garden.

Christoph (49) Germany I really joyed those 3 weeks very much. Never before in my life have I sat still for such a long time and I really felt inner joy and peace. In fact, it was easy very often and time was running by. I felt also the increasing energy moving throughout my body. I will definitely try to integrate the formulas we learned in my daily practice and life, because they are enhancing my energy and peace.

Hailey (32) USA I loved the class and was grateful for the intensity and the level of integrative practice. I was able to really gain a greater appreciation of the Tao, its teachings and also gained a better understanding of Taoist Inner Alchemy. I loved the Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Fusion of the Five Element practices the most and felt that was what I most absorbed along with the main points and purpose of practicing. I also liked how we did not have long speeches and slides and that English was the language it was taught. The class times were nice as well giving everyone time to do their daily practices. The entire thing was very intense for me considering how open I am and the amount that has been being cleaned. Professor, thank you for your years of dedication to share this wisdom. I am grateful!

Arhat (54) Germany I sincerely wish to thank the Professor for these lovely three weeks. First of all, you have the ability to create a very good, warm, save and connected groups-atmosphere, in which each person finds his place and daily practice that they can easily can be developed by himself or herself. I really enjoyed your teachings. They were to the point, clear and well timed. It was a good mix of physical exercises and meditation practice. The biggest benefit for me was the repeating of the Universal Healing Tao practices every morning. In this way your shared knowledge and exercises could without any problem find its place within my system and something to anchor too. It made it easy to get back into the Universal Healing Tao practices. If anyone would ask me, I surely would highly recommend anyone who is serious about their practices to join these weeks. Thanks, once again.

Student Commentary from 1st Intense 3 Week Workshops (11/9/13) by The Professor

Julian (29), Germany The Professor’s intense three week course was an insightful first introduction to the broad Universal Healing Tao System for me. The variety of Taoist meditations and practices taught in this course gave me a perfect overview over Inner Alchemy as taught by Mantak Chia. Through a good mixture of practical exercises, theoretical and conceptual framework, repetition modules as well as practice time with a partner everybody in class could pick up a lot in a relatively short time.

Nigel (35), Singapore Thanks for your teachings and guidance for the whole retreat, it is greatly appreciated. The biggest take away for me from the retreat is the “spaced repetition” practices you implemented into the daily lessons. Adding the new lesson learnt everyday into the daily practices we do every morning and eventually building it into a two hour sequence of practices on the last day of the retreat was very helpful to me. This retreat has provided me a very good platform to practice with like-minded individuals.

     By myself, I could only read the detailed instructions in the books and watch videos of Master Chia teaching. But nothing beats being able to take time off my daily commitments and distractions, to be able to spend 3 quality weeks, just doing the practices every day during the lessons. Personally,  I very much prefer this way of learning rather than some of the trainings I’ve attended previously, where the trainer would give a very detailed and informative presentation but having much less time to practice for the participants. I totally agree with you that we can get the information and details we need from the books or the chi cards ourselves and cultivating the seeds of practice is the most important take away at the end of the day. Thank you so much for creating such a intensive practice platform for me. It is the perfect complement with the details and information from the books I’ve brought along to the retreat. I strongly recommend this course to people who would like to maximize their time during the retreat to hone their skills with more practice sessions rather than be bombarded with lots of concepts and details of the course which you can simply read yourself during your free time. I’ve had a very fruitful retreat. I’m looking forward to more such retreats in the future. Cheers.

Alan (37), Brazil My main objective in the course was to learn the Iron Shirt techniques and to be able to practice it by myself. For my luck, the 3 weeks intensive training started with the basic techniques and the Iron Shirt. And we keep practicing it along the other two weeks. So we not just learned it but we did practice it a lot. And that was great because I could build a solid base. And I am able to gather additional details and expend more time in the practice for further achievements. That was my objective and I got it, so I am more than pleased with the course. On top of that, I did enjoy the other techniques taught during the week 2 and 3. Both weeks offered insightful practices. As somebody who respects the philosophy and the knowledge connected with the history of Tao, and as somebody used to reading the I Ching, Pakuas and trigrams, it was very interesting to learn the Fusion techniques which are Chi Kung techniques totally connected with these elements. Learning the Tai Chi forms were a plus while our main lesson on week 3 was to root our Iron Shirt posture (in special the Tree) while doing the Tai Chi. I did enjoy the entire course and I recommend it. William is a senior instructor of Master’s Mantak Chia method which includes a variety of practices related to the Tao, which included different Chi Kung and other techniques related to the Internal and Spiritual development. All of it has been meticulously compiled on several books over the last 3 decades. This offered a great opportunity for Westerners to get exposed to these techniques, methods and philosophical ideas.

William’s particular strategy to teach Master Mantak Chia teachings focus on repetition. And repetition is important and everything involving the ideogram that we translated “kung” or “gong” requires practice and hard work. That is the basis of what we can call Kung Fu and Chi Kung. Knowledge requires practice to truly exist. I think I had a great time in Asia (China and Thailand) with some adventures, some learning, some friends, and some elements that I brought with me to my future and definitively an unforgettable time. I hope I can have the opportunity to visit Asia again, as well as to have more opportunities to learn how to improve my body, mind and spirit.

Rodolphe (36), USA The workshop was quite successful in conveying a very pragmatic approach in how to get established in an at-home daily practice; I have been eternally grateful for the Professor ‘s emphasis on taking small steps, “it’s amazing”, he would stress, “how much you can accomplish by doing very little”.  Just this much is having tremendous effect in how I approach and practice now.  I feel happier on a daily basis because I can actually finish my practice; it’s no longer this do everything take all-day practice which I now realize had been breeding a subtle and pervasive sense of dissatisfaction since I rarely if at all could complete everything on my list to practice daily; and this dissatisfaction had been contributing and making it not possible for me to fully and truly feel happy even though my outlook has always been generally cheerful and positive. It’s a lot easier now to feel and cultivate my own inner happiness…two thumbs up the Professor.

Evangelos (33), Greece I found the structure and the teaching very constructive and concise so as to have a clear practice about Iron Shirt Chi Kung, Healing Sounds, Fusion of 5 Elements, Tai Chi, Bone Marrow Nei Kung and much more. I was impressed how well the whole group could repeat every day the whole series of formulas which was developing and increasing day by day. 

   The knowledge and experience that The Professor has is vast on the Tao through the teachings of the Universal Healing Tao. He was direct down to the point for what and how to learn the material as well as patient for the whole group to practice. It was clear to me that he uses and lives the Tao daily and that is what inspired me the most; to live and practice the Tao in all aspect of everyday life, profession, career, family, with friends and with strangers as well. I have been practicing ever since which has been a great development in my daily energy work and meditation formulas. 

Dave (57), Canada I thoroughly enjoyed The Professor’s week long course on Fusion Meditation. The Inner Alchemy was definitely active within me, and continues to shine strongly as my Canadian friends immediately recognize this new inner strength. I’ve discovered it’s a lot easier to live every day in the Tao and this has greatly enhanced my current practices of Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Chi Nei Tsang. The Professor explained new Concepts with ease and was understood by all students. There was a good mix of physical exercises, theory and meditative practices. The best part was daily repetition of meditations to create a strong foundation to practice Fusion anywhere, anytime. I really enjoyed his lecture’s, they were straight up, honest and well timed. I would recommend this Fusion Meditation to either novice or advanced student. I am motivated to continue The Professors’ daily Fusion practices and look forward to his future courses.

Steve (53), Australia I’m not a great one on words but once again thank you for your time and patience but most of all for your sharing. It was a privilege. Still seem to be hearing your voice in my head as some of these things start to make more sense in my practice. This is a good thing. So once again thank you and wishing you all that you wish for yourself in 2014.

Dave (59), England I would say you know the Universal Healing Tao System as well as any man alive with the exception of Master Chia and the delivery was sharp, intelligent and entertaining. Overall I gained a huge amount from the 2 weeks and would certainly be interested in attending another workshop next year.

Michael (43), USA I really enjoyed the 1st week of Chi Kung.  I have been practicing the Iron Shirt and Tendon Nei Kung most mornings.  I also like to use the Wire Hitter. 

   The 2nd week was very interesting though at this point in my life I am not doing this type of advanced meditation. I was a bit disappointed that I missed out on the Tai Chi week but no worries maybe in the future.


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