The Radiant Well: Writing and Qigong Retreat

A day of renewal with Qigong and Writing

With poet/writer Lorraine Gane and Qigong/Tai Chi teacher Purna-Ma

Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

***Early Registration (payment by October 13): $115

(includes vegetarian lunch)***

Registration after October 13: $125


During this time of falling leaves when everything turns inward for replenishment, we’ll tap into the radiant well within, discovering and opening reservoirs of nourishment, balance, creativity, and wisdom. Along with gentle movement and breathing to still the mind and relax the body, we’ll engage in journalling to express what’s wishing to emerge on the page. The day will offer plenty of opportunity for reflection and inspiration as we embrace heart-felt connection, joyous expression, harmony, and renewal in the deepening energies of autumn.

(No writing or Qigong experience is necessary.)

Lorraine Gane is a poet, writer, teacher, and editor. Over the past twenty-five years, she has discovered ways to help writers at all levels open to their innate creativity and truest expression and she enjoys offering holistic ways to cultivate these through workshops, as well as in online courses, consultations, and her editing work. Her poetry, essays, articles, and reviews have been widely published and she is the author of several collections of poetry, including Even the Slightest Touch Thunders on My Skin and The Blue Halo. She is now completing several projects, among them a book on writing. Website:

Purna-Ma has been a devoted and passionate teacher and practitioner of Qigong and Tai Chi for many years and is committed to an ongoing meditation practice. She is a former Shiatsu Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist who practised in Toronto at her own natural health centre. Purna Ma’s ability to communicate the deep and subtle aspects of Qigong with enthusiasm, clarity, and simplicity, is considered by her peers and students to be her unique contribution to the art. Her approach is gentle, encouraging, and compassionate and draws on her years of deep inner exploration.

Lorraine and Purna-Ma have co-presented retreats several times in the past to enthusiastic response.  Here is a reflection from one of the participants: “What a dynamic and meaningful whole you created today… My body felt more connected, one part to the other and the mind-to-hand connection more fluid. Just having a ‘container’ set up for writing, alone and together, was also a precious gift.” — Astri Wright (Professor, Art History, UVic)

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