The Tai Chi Gala
& Intuitive Arts Retreat
Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania
Whether you’re new to or familiar with Tai Chi, the Chinese healing or martial arts… This event is for you! Experience this intriguing, fun, and life transforming event.
June 2-4, 2017 Tai Chi Gala | June 5-8, 2017 Bagua Circle Gathering
Tai Chi Gala occurs at the 175-acre retreat property of “Lindenmere” (Henryvile, PA).
Tai Chi Master Jou Tsung Hwa originally founded the event and named it the “Zhang San Feng Festival,” after the legendary ancient founder of tai chi chuan, Grandmaster Zhang San Feng. The purpose is to UNITE all those interested in: tai chi, qigong, Taoist internal arts, and the intuitive/holistic arts in a spirit of sharing.
It has been renamed “Tai Chi Gala” after Master Jou’s death, primarily to make the name easier to understand and remember. The event has been traditionally followed by Dr. Painter’s Bagua Circle, so we continue that tradition here.
Once you are registered, you can join any and all the workshops and activities you want, whenever you want! The topics are plentiful and rare – learn something fascinating in: tai chi chuan (taijiquan), bagua martial arts (pa kua), xingyiquan (hsing-i chuan), qigong (chi kung), meditation, qi energy dvelopment, mind/body healing, push hands, self-defense, and SO much more… There’s something for everyone, guaranteed.
Tai Chi Gala provides the ultimate choice of a learning vacation, or a transformative personal retreat. Some activites are leisurely and others are dynamic. The atmosphere is always welcoming, respectful, and happy. YOU choose exactly what YOU want. YOU create the event as it unfolds! A wonderful time awaits you in June!
You have the option to lodge on the retreat center grounds for a nominal fee, OR to make your own arrangements in local hotels:
- Shared Cabin, Hostel-Style Lodging
- Tenting on Your Own, On the Grounds
- Bring Your Self-Contained RV/Camper
You can share a room with others. You can choose same-gender, or mixed-gender lodging.
“First-come, first-choose” your own bunk bed fitted with a clean mattress. You provide your own bedding: pillow, sleeping bag, or sheets and blankets.
If you are flying in, let us know about one month in advance and we can reserve basic clean bedding for you. The rooms are air-conditioned in the event of a heat wave (which is unlikely this time of year in this area of Pennsylvania).
You should keep valuables stored in your car or leave them at home. You can also opt to lock your luggage to the bunk and luggage-lock the zippers.
You will have access to shared full bathrooms (same-gender) with private hot showers.
Consider attending with a bunch of friends to reserve your own cabin! Up to 10 people.
Policy is that you should NOT socialize or conduct business in the sleeping cabins, as people using them first and foremost have the right to undisturbed sleeping space.
Feel free to pitch your tent if you desire your own private camping space! Camp in designated areas and near the cabins, because you will have the right to use the cabins’ bathrooms and showers. No cooking or fires allowed on the grounds, no digging holes, and no playing of portable stereos.
Policy is to respect the rights of people wishing to have quiet sleep time.
Please arrive only during daytime. No one will be able to assist you off-hours. The retreat center’s staff will direct you to designated fields or lots where you can keep your vehicle.
There are NO HOOK-UPS for electric or water, so be sure to supply and contain what you need. No generators are permitted. No playing music, etc, that can interfere with others – you may be in close proximity with other campers.
Remember, this is first and foremost a retreat center, not a campground, so please plan to find a sewer/dump center (perhaps in a truck stop) on your way back. Once parked into a camping area, please do what you can to make sure you don’t have to drive in and out from the area.
No fires, digging holes, or playing portable stereos. You will have the ability to use the bathrooms and showers of designated cabin areas.
For all above on-site lodging, these are costs PER PERSON (not per room or camping site).
On-Site Lodging Fees (Optional)
- Package Deal (Fri night – Sun noon): $25 per person
- Fri or Sat night only: $15 per day, per person
On-Site Lodging Fees for those registered for Dr. Painter’s Gathering of the Bagua Gathering: FREE! Yes, you can lodge in the shared cabins, tent on-site, or reside in your RV, free, if you choose to do so for the nights of June 4-8!
The two closest hotels are located about 1 mile from the retreat center, directly off of Interstate Route 80. These two hotels are:
It takes about 25 minutes to walk from the hotels to the Tai Chi Gala location.
Other hotels and lodging in the area include:
You can drive your car back and forth to the parking area of the Tai Chi Gala, but we ask that you minimize your commuting as much as possible. Staff will direct you where to park. Bring what you need for the day, and remember that there will be areas in specially reserved cabins where you can freely relax and take a quick nap, socialize, or get a massage or other holistic healing!
See our Travel and Transportation page for more information.
REGARDLESS OF YOUR LODGING ARRANGEMENTS
Meals (restaurant quality!) are generously provided for FREE by the retreat center for anyone registered for the Tai Chi Gala or Dr. Painter’s Bagua Gathering!
This year’s shirt is rich in Taoist Symbolism and Unique Art – Makes for great gifts too!
Tai Chi Gala shirts are always designed by a real artist, AND with feng shui principles! This year’s shirt was designed by artist, “Von.”
The Chinese Zodiac year for 2017 is “Year of the Fire Rooster.” The fire element is highlighted in red, and brings about auspicious changes and rapid transformations. Balancing it, is the “stone blue” color of the shirt – which gives both a spiritual, limitless “sky” energy, as well as the stress-reducing and fire-tempering qualities of the “water” element. A grounding, confident black Taoist/Zen style circle is displayed in the style of Chinese calligraphy/brushwork. The year and the event are in English and Chinese, to ensure the dual nature of yin and yang in the “manifesting energy” of the artwork.
T-Shirts must be pre-ordered BEFORE May 10, 2017.
The Tai Chi Gala is presented by Alpha State Events.