Apothecary Natural Health Centre

Brecon Wales


Our Courses

 
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Welsh Weekend and Day Courses:

Weekends at Alltfechan Barn offer a wonderful antidote to the madness of everyday life. There is time unwind, walk across fields and hills, discuss and practice on a deeper level, while enjoying beautiful scenery and simple local food. The Barn is set high on a hillside rooted in the ancient and modern landscape; the valley is dotted with busy working farms, age old drove routes wind along the ridges, while high points are marked with standing stones and hill forts.

Classical Qi Gong combines physical exercises and stretches with meditation and mindfulness. It is usually practiced in standing or sitting and has a very long history in China, images of people practicing the postures and qi gong1movements have been found in a tomb dating from 167 BCE. There are many styles of practice ranging from strong physical movements and martial arts to silent meditation; at the root of all is the aim of balancing the mind and body, both internally and within the wider environment.

The style practice at the Apothecary sessions is simple, quiet and rooted in finding a natural balance. It draws in daoist philosophy: ‘By sitting still you can know the whole world’ . We start with exercises in standing, allowing the body and mind to stretch, release and find their natural balance; slowly we move into a quiet sitting (nei gong) encouraging stillness and a deep connection with the world around us. The benefits are many: release of tension, sense of calm and well being, a better understanding of yourself and your world, a sense of balance, a few moments to escape from a busy life

The wild hill country of mid-Wales is the perfect setting to engage with qi, relax and rebalance, and discover our connection with nature and the natural landscape.

Tutor Rosey Grandage is an acupuncturist, tuina practitioner and physiotherapist who studied qi gong as an apprentice in China from 1991-2 and has been teaching Qi Gong, Acupuncture and Tuina since 1999. She works in Wales and London, and has spent 5 years converting her barn using traditional and eco-friendly materials.

Qi Gong & Tuina Massage

A day for beginners and practitioners, practising and exploreing qi gong and tuina for relaxation, self-treatment and to gain a deeper understanding of  Chinese thinking. During the day we’ll practice some simple, classical qi gong exercises and explore ways of rebalancing the body and treating common conditions with tuina Chinese massage. Tuina is an ancient, versatile style of massage which can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and release muscles. It is an effective and enjoyable way of discovering more about how your body works and how you can get it to work better. This is also a great introduction for practitioners thinking of studying our tuina short courses to support their practice.

 15th July 10am – 5pm

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip

Qi Gong Stretching

Relax and release your body through stretching and self-massage. Learn how to treat and rebalance your muscles, joints and simple conditions. Stretching, done simply and slowly, improves circulation, releases tension, improves posture and makes you feel good. Combined with the mindfulness of qi gong and gentle massage techniques you can discover a much deeper level of relaxation and balance; gain a good understanding of how your body feels and how to make it feel better.

TBA September 10am – 5pmStretch2 

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip

Qi Gong Yang Sheng

Yang sheng – nourishing life – is an ancient Chinese idea which considers all aspects of life. We’ll spend the day practicing simple qigong exercise and exploring ways of nourishing ourselves through eating, dress, colour and living in tune with the seasons. The practice of yang sheng dates back until at least the 7th century and is central to the Chinese approach to health and the practice of qi gong.

TBA 10am – 5pmQi Gong Spring

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £60, concessions £35 includes lunch

Accomodation is available if you want to make a weekend trip

Wei Syndrome: A practical approach grounded in qi gong and classical texts

Basing our exploration in the classical texts, this will be a practical weekend exploring wei syndrome through cases, palpation and qi gong.

Dates: September Weekend TBC Please let us know if you are interested.

Venue: Alltfechan Barn, Brecon, Powys

Cost: £225, concessions £175. Includes locally sourced, seasonal food and simple accommodation. More comfortable accommodation is available at a local B&B approx £25 per person in shared room