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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

ChiRunning Level II Workshop

with Danny Dreyer

September 14 - 17, 2023

Danny Dreyer

ChiRunning elevates running beyond a sport or a fitness regimen, turning it into a mindful practice akin to yoga, pilates or t'ai chi. This allows your whole body and mind to participate in the act of running. In fact, the most difficult part of learning to run well is changing your mindset; learning to accomplish more speed or distance with less effort, less recovery and fewer injuries by focusing your mind, relaxing your body and doing less.

In this Level II advanced workshop you will continue to build your ChiRunning® foundation and take your workouts to the next level with co-founder Danny Dreyer.

This class is designed for runners who have already attended a ChiRunning workshop or have been practicing the technique. This class will be limited to only 20 people. Danny will help to upgrade your ChiRunning with drills and exercises designed to leave you with a deeper sense of what the technique feels like.

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About ChiRunning Workshop:

We’ll begin with a brief review of the Level I Class:

  • Posture, arm swing, ankle lift and moving from your Center

  • How to run without using your legs for propulsion

  • Cadence

Then, we’ll practice the next key steps of ChiRunning:

  • Matching breath with cadence relative to exertion level

  • How to master pelvic rotation

  • How to breathe more efficiently

  • Use of Y'chi

  • Adapting your technique for up hills and downhills

  • How to structure a variety of workout runs using ChiRunning principles

  • Core Strength Exercises

  • How to train for better performance

We will spend the days alternating between demonstrations, fun exercises and
technique drills designed to deepen your ChiRunning experience. The nature of
the weekend will be relaxed, full and inspiring, so come ready to dive in.


We recommend that you reread (and practice) Chapters 1-4 in the ChiRunning
Book a
nd/or watch (and practice) the
ChiRunning digital video prior to your
workshop. If you have little or no knowledge of the ChiRunning technique, take
the time between now and September to learn and practice the basics of the

ChiRunning technique from a certified ChiRunning Instructor via a live workshop
or by watching and practicing the ChiRunning instructional video. This will not be
an introductory ChiRunning workshop, but Danny will take all the time needed to
answer any questions about your ChiRunning Technique.


“Running for me now gets better by the day, and I am here in the Now, rather than the next project. This might be the greatest gift of the Chi technique. Although I am grateful to have been spared chronic injury.”

- Carl


This workshop is fis designed for runners who have already attended a ChiRunning workshop or have been practicing the technique. It is not recommended if you have any long-term difficulties walking, such as needing a cane or have other walking or running disabilities. Mild injuries are fine as long you can stand and run. Injury prevention is our first premise of ChiRunning so minor knee, hip or back pain should not be a deterrent to joining the workshop.


IMPORTANT: The terrain of Well Being Retreat is mostly dirt and gravel roads and trails. Good shoes are a must. We will practice hill techniques, but running mostly on gentle hills and flat but graveled terrain. Every aspect of the workshop is optional.

Reading our ChiRunning book is recommended.

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Your Facilitator:

Danny Dreyer is the founder of ChiRunning, an approach to running technique based on the movement principles
of T'ai Chi. He and his wife, Katherine, have authored three seminal books on mindful movement: ChiRunning
(2004), ChiWalking (2006) and ChiMarathon (2012) (all published by Simon & Schuster). The ChiRunning book is now printed in 15 languages and taught by over 200 certified instructors in 23 countries.

For over 20 years he has been teaching and promoting injury prevention and higher performance through
improving one's running economy. His work is based on his 25-year study of T'ai Chi and 50 years of running and
racing every distance from a 5K to 100 miles, including 43 ultra marathons. He has run over 100,000 miles and is
still running half marathons. His last running injury was in 1991.

Program Schedule:

The retreat will begin with check-in Thursday, September 14, 2023 between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm Thursday evening. All meals, snacks, teas and coffee will be provided during this event. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday, September 17, 2023.
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About the Venue:

Well Being Retreat Center


There will be time to enjoy the 160 acres of rural Tennessee land and the 2 1/2 miles of Powell River frontage.

Food provided will be freshly prepared non-vegetarian with a vegetarian option at each meal. Vegetarian may include eggs and dairy. Meals will be mostly gluten-free. Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis; there are a limited number of single rooms. There is also a low cost option for AT Shelter camping by the river with bathrooms and hot showers nearby. 

The Well Being Retreat Center offers a conducive environment for this event: quiet natural spaces and delicious healthy food.

About Lodging

Lodging options are described here. Lodging is selected by housing type not by specific named cabin.



  • Tiny Houses are studios with two extra-long twin beds and one bathroom. One of the Tiny Houses has a queen bed.

  • Two of the four Earth Sheltered Cabins are a studio or one-bedroom that have one queen bed and one bathroom.


  • Two of the four Earth Shelter Cabins are two-bedroom cabins. Each room has two extra-long twin beds for a total of four beds in each cabin and a shared bathroom.

  • Wood Duck cabin is a three-bedroom cabin. One room has a queen bed and en suite half bathroom. the other two rooms have two extra-long twin beds in each room and share a full bathroom.


Cabinettes are studios with two-extra long twin beds and have bathroom facilities in the nearby Conference Building, a short walk away.

Private Cabin Single Occupancy = One person staying in a "Private Cabin"

Private Cabin Double Occupancy= Two people sharing a "Private Cabin"

Shared Cabin Single Occupancy = One person staying in a bedroom in a "Shared Cabin". The other room may be occupied by one or two people.

Shared Cabin Double Occupancy = Two people sharing a bedroom in a "Shared Cabin". The other room may be occupied by one or two people.

Cabinette Single Occupancy = One person staying in a Cabinette

Cabinette Double Occupancy = Two people sharing a Cabinette

PRICES ARE PER PERSON.  For pictures of the lodging options, go here.

Tuition and Accommodations (Meals & Lodging)

Please register for Tuition and Accommodations (Meals and Lodging) using the online form below.

Total cost for this 3-night weekend workshop ranges from $495 - $820, depending on the lodging option selected. This includes your tuition, meals, snacks, and lodging for the three-day event.

Go Here to Review Well Being's Accommodation Policies for this Event.

Register for this Event using the form below

Contact & Questions

If you have any questions about the content of the event, contact Katherine:

E:; T: 415-847-4694

If you have questions about facilities or accommodations, contact Patty at:

E:;  Tel: 423-626-9000; Text: 408-510-0660

After you have "Previewed" your Registration form, scroll again to bottom of page to "Submit" your registration. You will then be redirected to PayPal to make payment for your Accommodations.

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