Tai-Chi retreat with
Neal Traynor & Gary Collins

April 28 – May 5


We would like to invite you to attend an Intensive Training on ‘Taiji Qi Gong’.

This training is the complete synthesis of Qi Gong movement within and with the Tai Chi form. We will employ the White Crane Nei Gong theory to show how Taiji Qi Gong is a complete energetic, physical healing practice which can be done sitting or standing. This understanding will bring enhanced and deeper healing power to the practice of the Tai Chi form. The whole training will be done within the practical structural and inner energetic meanings of the Ten Tai Chi Principles of the Yang Family style. A special emphasis will be put on the tenth Principle of ‘Motion in Stillness and Stillness in Motion’. This retreat will also include an optional trip, on May 2nd, to the Templar town of Otranto. For those interested a Spirit Mediation Teaching will be offered during this trip. There is no extra charge for this Teaching. The course is open to those who have a working knowledge of some or all of the Yang Family Tai Chi Short form as taught by the School.


This is a serious study opportunity that will affect your life on many levels. By the end of the training the medical Qi Gong effects of this practice will be evident beyond a shadow of a doubt. You will learn this specific technique that will enhance and deepen the benefits of your Tai Chi practice.

BENEFITS FOR INSTRUCTORS For instructors it will open a new doorway to your personal practice and teaching ability. This training will enhance Instructors ability to help others. It will give you the knowledge and understanding to work with those who are ill, confined and cannot move through the form practice. Instructors of the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong will be awarded with 12 CPD points. As this course develops your existing knowledge with this previously unavailable ‘Taiji Qi Gong’ practice you will also be awarded with a Certificate as a Taiji Qi Gong Instructor. Please note: This course is a prerequisite for Level 2 Tai Chi Instructor training as Level 2 involves the Yang Family Long Form which emphasises awakening Taiji healing forces.

Neal Traynor & Gary Collins – BIO:

Gary –

He has an interest in eastern knowledge from a young age. He trained in the Martial Art of Karate from the age of 16 onwards, going to the black belt levels. From the age of 21 he turned his attention more to the Healing and Spiritual aspects of both the Eastern and Western traditions. This led him to explore Meditation, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi Chuan.His continuous study has led him to many places, England, America, Europe, China, the Philippines, and Peru. He has worked with many teachers; Sheila Grandpierre of Tai Chi Alliance, Christopher Pei, master teacher of the Yang Family Tradition, Wu Tiang Shen of Nanjing, China, from whom he learnt the fundamentals of Qi Gong including the Divine Mother Qi Gong structures. He also studied basic Tai Chi forms and systems from Nanjing College of TCM as taught on their various programmes.
Further to this he researched the BuQi healing and Wuxi Qi Gong systems of the late Shen Hongxun, and he trained in the Pranic Healing System of the late Grandmaster Choa Kuk Sui.

A highlight of my efforts was in 2000 when hestudied with the oldest then living member of the Yang Family, Yang Zhen Ji. For three weeks he trained with a small group in Beijing, China. I asked this Master ‘What can bring you to the deepest level in Taiji?’ his reply was ‘Xin Xu’ or ‘Empty Heart’. This had a profound effect, and the need for the acquisition of knowledge for the purposes of Ego Identity left him.

By far the most powerful influence on my growth and learning was the Spiritual Apprenticeship he served with Toltec Seer Don Juan. Through the Toltec Grail Teachings he experienced the essence of reality; Love. This experience then informed the founding of the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong.

He lives in Wexford with my beautiful wife Rachel, and children, Sean, Saoirse, and Tara. Rachel and him co-founded Elysium Sanctuary where they practice and teach to further the healing and evolution of humanity

Neal –

He has trained in Tai Chi and Qigong since 1998. He became certified to teach Tai Chi and Qi Gong on 6th August 2012. The vast majority of his training has been with Gary Collins who invited him to cofound the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong in 2013. He continue to train with Gary and has also trained in two forms of the Dayan, or ‘Wild Goose’, system of Qi Gong.

For him Tai Chi and QiGong are very powerful tools which have helped him to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He is primarily interested in these beautiful systems for their healing benefit. He has trained in many areas of the healing spectrum and in this light he attained a B.A in Psychology (U.C.D.), a Certificate in Counselling Skills (I.C.C.P.) and he is a qualified practitioner of Solar Sound Healing. He has trained in Phytobiophysics and recommend these remedies in his healing work.

He is delighted to be able to offer to teach these systems as hebelieves that they are one of the most powerful tools we have today to help us to take charge of our own healing and wellbeing.

He currently resides in Wicklow, just outside Wicklow town. It is an area he loves, having moved there from Dublin. He lives there with his beautiful wife and our adorable (and challenging!!) young sons. Aside from Tai Chi & Qi Gong he loves playing guitar, song writing and listening to music.


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