SPRING FOREST QIGONG LEVEL 3
IMMERSION RETREAT

APRIL 1-5, 2025
Baja, Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for an immersive five-day retreat at Casa Tara, a haven of peace on the shores of the Sea of Cortez. This Spring Forest Qigong Level 3 Retreat offers a profound journey into the teachings of Tao and advanced Qi cultivation techniques.
Your transformation awaits!

Let’s Cultivate Qi Together!

As dawn breaks over the Sea of Cortez, the first light of day casts a golden glow across the tranquil waters. You find yourself standing on the peaceful shores of La Ventana, the gentle hum of the ocean blends with the quiet anticipation of a new beginning. Your feet are planted firmly on the ground, connected to the energy of the Earth, as you prepare for your Qigong practice.

The morning air is filled with the promise of connection and transformation. Inhaling deeply, you absorb the fresh essence of the elements, and exhaling you release all that no longer serves you. Each breath brings greater alignment with the universe’s subtle energies.

Guided by the ancient wisdom of Tao, your movements are deliberate and mindful, deepening your connection to the life force that surrounds you. This practice isn’t just physical exercise; it’s a gateway to profound spiritual insight.

The session concludes in a stillness that binds you and your fellow practitioners in mutual learning and reflection. As you open your eyes to the expansive sea, you feel a renewed sense of purpose and peace. This retreat is not merely an escape, but a deep, ongoing journey into the very core of your being and the vast universe.

Welcome… to a place where the tranquil beauty of Baja invites you to explore the depths of your spirit and the boundless potential of Qi.

 

In today’s fast-paced society, it’s all too common to lose touch — with the environment, with each other, and most critically, with ourselves.

We often find ourselves caught up in the hustle, neglecting the essential practice of simply “being.”


But here’s a profound realization…

 

When we ignore the universal principles and energetic flows that not only shape our external world but also govern our inner being, we stray from our true source of energy and harmony.

This retreat is crafted to help you re-engage with these fundamental forces — the energy of the Tao, the cycles of Qi, and the very essence of your being — ensuring you leave not merely rejuvenated, but deeply renewed.

 

A Journey into the Tao

It’s not uncommon to feel detached from our deeper selves or burdened by the pressures of daily life. This retreat offers a profound experience designed to realign you with the here and now, and with the deeper energies that permeate existence. By immersing you in the teachings of Tao and advanced Qi cultivation, you are guided to sync your personal energy with the universal flow. This empowers you to step away from the frantic pace of contemporary life. Reconnect, recharge, and emerge equipped with the knowledge and practices needed to lead a life that is more balanced, vibrant, and attuned — moment to moment, breath by breath.

Welcome…the beautiful Casa Tara is purpose-built to enhance deep healing and personal transformation.

On this journey you will…

  • Dive deep into advanced Qi cultivation techniques, enhancing your understanding of how energy flows and interacts within and around you. Leave with a refined sense of self and a deeper connection to the universal Qi.
  • Explore the teachings of Tao and the principles of Oneness, using the serene setting of Baja to deepen your spiritual insights and healing abilities.
  • Develop a personalized approach to advanced Qigong practices, ensuring that the wisdom gained extends beyond our sessions and into your everyday life.
  • Foster meaningful connections within a community of dedicated practitioners. Share experiences, support each other’s growth, and strengthen your collective energy.
  • Master sophisticated techniques like remote healing and Qigong fasting, aimed at preventing spiritual fatigue and enhancing overall wellness. Return home not just revitalized but equipped with powerful tools to benefit both yourself and others in your healing practice.
  • You will return home feeling not just rejuvenated, but also equipped with a sustainable practice that makes you a source of healing — for yourself and those around you.

I’m ready for advanced Qi cultivation!

The Venue

The Location

 

Discover the serene beauty of La Ventana, a hidden gem on the eastern coast of Baja California Sur. This tranquil village is renowned for its pristine beaches and as a premier spot for water sports, particularly kiteboarding, thanks to the perfect winds that grace its shores.

The azure waters of the Sea of Cortez host a vibrant marine life—home to playful dolphins, majestic whales, and a myriad of colorful fish, offering spectacular sights for snorkelers and divers alike. In La Ventana, the pace of life slows down, allowing you to savor the simplicity and natural beauty of your surroundings.

With expansive, unspoiled beaches, you’ll often find that you have the beauty of the sea all to yourself. It’s the ideal backdrop for deepening your Qigong practice and cultivating powerful healing Qi.

 


The Retreat Centre

 

Casa Tara retreat center sits on a beautiful cliff overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Tara, a female meditational deity for Buddhists, is considered to be the Bodhisattva (or mother) of Universal Love and Compassion. Buddhists believe that once she achieved her enlightenment on Earth, instead of transcending, she chose to stay in the world to help mankind raise their consciousness and free their souls.

Tara means “the one who enables living beings to cross the oceans of existence and suffering”. It is her compassion for living beings and her desire to save them from suffering, that makes her protective of them like a mother is of her children.

Casa Tara was created for teachers and masters from all over the world to come and share their wisdom, guiding you towards enhancing your mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Casa Tara, like a mother, is motivated by the profound desire to provide a caring, stress-free environment for all their guests… A safe haven created for you to let go and just be yourself.

The accommodations at Casa Tara blend luxury with tranquility, situated in the newly built Shakti Villa (not pictured). Each room is a haven of peace, bathed in soothing shades of white, designed to foster relaxation and rejuvenation. The minimalist decor and thoughtful layout of these spaces create an ideal environment for mental clarity and reflective moments.

Guests can choose from a variety of lodging options:

  • Villa Rooms: Newly constructed, each featuring two queen-sized beds, a comfortable couch, and modern amenities, ensuring a restful stay.
  • Private Cabanas: Offering a more intimate setting, each cabana is equipped with a queen bed, perfect for those seeking solitude and tranquility.

Both options provide the comfort and serenity needed to enhance your retreat experience, allowing you to focus fully on your spiritual and healing journey.

 


The Cuisine

 

La Moringa (Casa Tara’s on-site restaurant) offers a curated dining experience specifically crafted for retreat guests. Each meal is thoughtfully prepared with an emphasis on healthy, Asian-inspired dishes, using the freshest local ingredients to bring you the vibrant flavours of Baja. The chef designs unique menus that evolve with the seasons, ensuring every dish is both nourishing and delicious.

During your stay, you’ll enjoy exclusive meals prepared just for our group, allowing us to accommodate dietary requests and preferences with care and creativity. 

As you dine at La Moringa, surrounded by Casa Tara’s serene beachfront setting, you’ll not only savour the taste but also appreciate our commitment to sustainability and local sourcing. The food is prepared with ingredients that are locally sourced, supporting Baja’s farmers and fishermen. This commitment ensures that our cuisine is not only good for you but also beneficial for the environment and the local community.

I’m ready to thrive!

A Typical Day…

Imagine for a moment what you’re going to experience during our days at Casa Tara:

Each morning of the retreat begins with a Qigong session in the shala or outdoors, where the sunrise over the sea sets a serene stage for your practice. This peaceful setting helps you connect deeply with the elements as you start your day.

After Qigong, an optional yoga session is available to complement your morning routine, followed by a light breakfast featuring local ingredients. The structured day then continues with an in-depth Qigong teaching and practice session.

Lunch is followed by some free time where you can choose to relax, swim in the sea, or enjoy a massage at Casa Tara’s Kahlal Spa . The afternoon session resumes with more focused practice, offering a break to refresh before concluding.

Post-supper evening activities include integrating the Level 3 Sun and Moon meditations. On some nights, this may be followed by a simple gathering around a campfire, providing a tranquil end to the day.

Can you see yourself here? Is the energy of the Baja calling you?

I’m ready for serenity!

Your Retreat Includes:
  • Four nights accommodation at the beautiful Casa Tara Retreat Centre
  • Three delicious meals per day to immerse you in the flavours of Baja
  • Complimentary use of paddle boards for exploring the tranquil Sea of Cortez
  • Daily yoga class with ocean views
  • Complimentary access to resort pool and hot tub
  • Airport transfers to and from San Jose del Cabo or La Paz to the retreat venue for stress-free travel
  • A pre-trip preparation call to discuss logistics, answer any questions, and set your intentions for the retreat
  • All tips for services provided during the retreat, ensuring a completely seamless experience
What’s not included:
  • Round-trip airfare from your home location
  • Massage or spa services at Kahlal Wellness Spa
  • Personal medical or trip cancellation insurance
The Expanded Level 3 Retreat Experience
  • Enhanced Curriculum: This retreat offers an expanded array of practices, teachings, and meditation sessions, going beyond the standard Level 3 curriculum to deepen your understanding and skills in Qigong.

  • Immersive Setting: Held at the stunning Casa Tara on the serene Sea of Cortez, the retreat provides a powerful connection to nature that enhances the learning and practice of Qigong.

  • Extended Practice Opportunities: More time is dedicated to practice and exploration, allowing you to absorb and integrate Qigong principles deeply.

  • Community Building and Bonding: Meet and bond with fellow practitioners in a supportive and nurturing environment. Sharing this journey in person creates powerful connections and a shared energy that enhances everyone’s experience.

  • Personal Growth: The retreat setting allows for introspection and personal growth, supported by the tranquil surroundings and guided by an experienced instructor.

  • Certification Opportunity: Achieve your Spring Forest Qigong Level 3 Certification in a unique and profound way, surrounded by the beauty of Baja and like-minded peers. 

  • Support for All Levels: Whether you need to complete prerequisites or are ready to advance, guidance and options are available to prepare you for the retreat, including online courses. Prerequisites: Spring Forest Qigong Levels 1 and 2. Don’t have these? You can take them online before the retreat. Email me sue@suecrites.ca for details.

Already Taken Level 3?

Even if you’ve explored Level 3 before, each revisit brings new layers of insight and depth. Baja’s sacred space offers a unique backdrop to deepen our understanding and enrich our spiritual journey. This experience will take you higher and deeper awakening the healer from within. 

I am ready to join you live in-person in Baja!

Level 3 Training Highlights

  • Understand the Teaching of Tao of how the universe and life are created.
  • Develop Shen and Tian Mu to be a powerful healer.
  • Understand the Oneness and Information Dimensions.
  • Advanced Qi Development with Xiu Lian.
  • How to advance Qi Development using Qigong Fasting.
  • How to absorb the essence of the universe.
  • Learn Qigong Movements specifically for developing Shen and Tian Mu.
  • Learn Sun and Moon Meditations as Advanced Internal Refinement Techniques.
  • Learn how to elevate Vibrational Field.
  • Learn Remote Healing includes long distance blockage detection and healing.
  • Training for how to use Tian Mu.
  • Learn how to charge energy to water for healing.

I am coming to be immersed in Baja Qi!

About Sue

Your Retreat Guide and Spring Forest Qigong Instructor

Hello, beautiful souls! I’m Sue, based in Northern Alberta, Canada, and I invite you on a transformative journey toward peace, well-being, and self-discovery. But let me share a little bit about my own journey first.

I’ve always had a deep-rooted connection to nature; I am a botanist by training after all. Nature’s cycles and seasons have taught me invaluable lessons, but for a long time, I resisted my own life’s seasons, wishing things were different—wishing I was different.

In my struggle with overthinking, indecision, and self-doubt, I often missed the beauty in life’s ever-changing tapestry. Then, I stumbled upon Qigong, a practice I initially dismissed as ‘not for me’—thanks to a dusty, boring VHS tape only in Chinese!

Five years later, plagued by hip bursitis, I revisited Qigong as a last resort for healing. What I didn’t expect was that this ancient practice would offer me much more than physical relief. Under the mentorship of Master Chunyi Lin, a world-renowned Qigong authority, I discovered a way to make my life not just bearable, but beautiful. It was as if Qigong turned the lens through which I viewed the world, allowing me to see ‘the extraordinary in the ordinary.’

As I integrated Qigong into my daily life, I noticed profound changes—not just in me, but around me. My children fought less, my husband became kinder, and even my little farmhouse seemed to expand in its coziness. I realized that I had shifted from a constant state of worry and constraint to a place of peace and gratitude.

With over 15 years of experience and the highest level of certification (Level 5) in Spring Forest Qigong, I’ve dedicated myself to empowering others to find their path toward inner peace, just as I have found mine. The healing practices you will learn on this retreat are the same that helped me evolve from a state of perpetual stress to a space of endless serenity.

I look forward to sharing the amazing qi from Baja with you!

Room Options
  • Casa Tara is in the process of building the new Villas Shakti and Shala Building including a new pool and jacuzzi. The Shakti Villas are adjacent to the new shala in this artist rendition image. These stunning accommodations overlook the Sea of Cortez. 

Room Options

1. Shakti Villa. Each Villa room will have spectacular ocean views and contain two double beds or one king bed. Villa rooms can be booked for single or double occupancy (price varies). Artist rendition below. 

2. Cabanas. Beach Cabanas contain one queen bed and can be single or double occupancy. Four Cabanas each have their own private bathroom and two share a bathroom. 

Click below for pricing
and room options!

Ease Your Mind: Your Questions Answered…
Where do I fly into?

You’ll want to book your flight into San José del Cabo International Airport (SJD) or La Paz (not an International airport). 

How long does it take to get to the venue from the airport?

Casa Tara is approximately 120 min. from San José del Cabo and about 30 min. from La Paz (not an international airport). Flights ideally should arrive before 3PM.  You’ll find the journey itself to be incredibly scenic!

How will I get to the venue?

Transportation via shuttle service to and from the airport is included in your retreat fee!

Isn't the retreat too expensive?

While we understand that cost is an important consideration, keep in mind that this retreat is an all-inclusive experience—covering lodging, meals, teaching, and certification—which offers exceptional value. This isn’t just a training; it’s an investment in your well-being, designed to rejuvenate you mentally, physically, and spiritually.

What is your cancellation policy?

Any cancellation will result in a total loss of the $500 USD deposit. Any cancellation made between November 15th, 2024 and December 15, 2024 will result in a loss of 50% of the trip price. Any cancellation made between December 16th and the trip departure will result in a total loss of funds. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if we don’t meet our trip minimum (if we do so your deposit is refunded in full). Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans. 

What level of fitness do I need to participate?

This retreat is designed to be accessible for all fitness levels, offering activities that are restorative yet invigorating, without being overly strenuous. Please note that the area and the venue have steps leading to some upper units. If stairs present a challenge, let us know upon booking; ground-level options are available.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

The chefs at La Moringa restaurant will strive to meet various dietary needs to the best of their ability. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions ahead of time so we communicate with chefs. 

I've heard Mexico can be dangerous. How safe is it?

La Ventana is a small and safe village with a laid-back atmosphere. We’ve taken all the necessary precautions to ensure you have a secure and enjoyable stay.

What precautions are in place for safety?

Your safety is our utmost priority. We are equipped with a first-aid kit on-site and have emergency contact numbers readily accessible. Additionally, an emergency care center staffed with English-speaking doctors and nurses is conveniently located just a short distance away.

I don't know anyone going. Is it okay if I come alone?

Certainly! Many of our attendees come alone and leave with a new circle of like-minded friends. This is very common and turns out beautifully!

Can I bring my partner or kids?

This retreat is designed as an adult-only experience to allow for maximum personal growth and introspection.

Do I need a passport for this trip?

Yes, you will need a valid passport to travel to Mexico. Please ensure it’s up to date (check now!).

What about visas or other travel documentation?

A visa is not required for short stays in Mexico. However, it’s advisable to check the latest travel advisories for your nationality.

What's the weather like during the retreat?

Expect warm, sunny days and cooler evenings. While La Ventana is known as a wind destination, the winds generally subside by April—though it can be unpredictable. Therefore, we recommend bringing a mix of light clothing for daytime activities and layered options, including a warm down layer, for the evenings.

What do I need to pack?

A packing list will be provided upon registration, but generally, you’ll want to bring comfortable clothing, a swimsuit, warm layers, and personal essentials.

Can I have a roommate?

Certainly, roommate options are available in the villas which all contain one king or two double beds. If you’re interested in this option, please send me an email sue@suecrites.ca to let me know you would like me to pair you with someone or send the name of the person you are sharing with. 

I've never traveled internationally and am scared; what support will there be?

We offer full support from the moment you land until you depart. We will be there to guide you every step of the way, ensuring you have a safe and enriching experience.

Sue is an excellent instructor! I love the way she teaches us through her own experiences and stories. Sue’s teachings and my qigong practice with her have also provoked my curiosity about my place in universe. I love this journey that I am on and all that I am learning. Plus I am finally sleeping better and no longer grind my teeth!
Doris Wurfbaum

Communications & Public Relations Analyst

Sue Crites MSc, NCP Holistic Healing and Qigong

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