Elemental Qigong Summer Retreat


COME be real-treated, leave the weary world worries behind and travel to South-west France to learn some essential energy replenishment qigong and meditations. With walks in nature to restore the chi in you, gather your inner fortitude and bring back a whole fresh perspective on life at home. ​


Retreat Overview

With inspiration from the surrounding countryside we will be travelling through the elements with each day, beginning with our connection to Mother Earth and working through Water, Wood, Metal, Air and Fire. With an early morning wake up/shake up – a mid morning focused session and late afternoon consolidation, you will be free in the afternoon to wander, linger, read and Be.

You’re invited to a silent fast on the Sunday, comprising group meditations and access to herbal and flower tissanes, clear juices and water. Your choice.

The aim of the retreat is to gift you s p a c e and time to tune in with yourself, your needs, wishes and vision. To give your physical body ample rest and energy body inspiration to uplift. Qigong is the best form of mind-body-spirit harmonisation exercise, we can include some chi-yoga too. The focus is on letting go and surrendering to the natural energy all around, filling your cup and growing in better alignment with your true Being, destiny and purpose.

This retreat is the jewel in the chi crown of my year. Following on from the incredible teachings with Master Ken, we can retreat to idyllic S.W French countryside, where you can dive into your personal energy relationship, alongside other similar folk. I’d love to share more chi secrets with you.

About Clara

Clara Apollo is an elemental qigong teacher, founder member of the Alliance of Tai Chi and Qigong and Conscious Living Events organiser. She presents Chi Time, the Conscious Living show for UK Health Radio.

For more about Clara click here.

"After a weekend of Qigong I feel light, agile and full of serenity. Clara encourages the personal experience of peace and stillness to evolve. Everyone in the class of 10 praised her clarity at guiding the exercises and knowledge about their purpose and related information. I can´t wait to repeat this profound and transforming experience."

C. Jackson

"I was lucky enough to attend four days of Clara’s Qigong course in Manzanares, Spain, after spending the summer in full blown menopause, with constant hot flashes and uncomfortable night sweats. We learned the basics of body energy work and the flowing, easy movements and how to calm our minds – no easy feat in my case. I have since practiced Qigong between 10 and 45 minutes, 3 to 5 days a week and my hot flashes have subsided completely."


"I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for the Qigong course in Sept. 2012, but arrived with a painful shoulder contraction that had been bothering me for over 6 months. Many nights, I couldn’t even sleep. I’d been trying to control it with muscle relaxants and had been to 5 different massage and physical therapists. Only one of them was successful in eradicating the pain, by chiropractic manipulation of the spine, but it returned within a day, and sometimes within hours. Qigong’s curative exercises have totally relieved me of this pain and it has not returned since.. Thanks for sharing this with us, Clara!"

C. Reegan

Travel Info

We suggest you fly in and out of Bordeaux, as we can offer an airport transfer service at €80 for both ways.

If coming from London, a suitable flight time available with Easyjet would be:

Weds 17 July dpt Gatwick 8.15 – arr. Bordeaux 10.55
Thurs 25 July dpt Bordeaux 19.30 – arr. Gatwick 20.10

Other flights into Bordeaux can be catered for if arriving before 3pm.

The retreat offically ends after breakfast on Thursday 25th. We are then able to take people back to Bordeaux Merignac Airport for any flights departing from 2pm onwards.

If you are travelling across Europe by train, you can also be collected from Bordeaux with the group being collected from the airport.

Parking is available if you wish to travel in your own/hire car. If you are driving yourself, please arrive by 6.00pm on Wednesday 17th in time to share supper and have an introduction to the Retreat.


Fully residential and catered for, Cariton Retreat will provide a varied selection of vegan and vegetarian cuisine accommodating dietary preferences.

Get in touch with any questions about travel or accommodation.

More about room sharing.

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Wednesday 17th July 2019 -
Thursday 25th July 2019

Cost: £840
(Includes tuition, meals and shared twin room)

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Clara Apollo

More about Clara

Email: mags@caritonretreat.com

Website: consciouslivingevents.co.uk

Click here to go to Clara's site and book your place.