We had our first REN XUE retreat here in Ireland at the end of September. It was a great success with 26 participants from across Europe.
We split the group to teach Ren Yuan at two levels, beginners and advanced, then met to talk and practice together. We felt that there was still a group feeling in spite of the split. There was a good balance and this turned out to be a good test for future annual retreats where we have parallel sessions to educate teachers and participants on different levels of the practice.
Another focus of our retreat was the practice of Ling Yuan and the understanding of patterns, which was received with a lot of heart from all participants.
The venue was wonderful, with many walking trails within the beautiful Irish countryside. The feedback from the participants was so positive that they elected to have another retreat in Ireland next year.
We hope to have retreats like this each year, where European teachers can meet, talk and practice together and exchange experiences, as well as providing a retreat for new and experienced Yuan Gong and Ren Xue practitioners, so that we can continue to strengthen our European Ren Xue community.