Well Being Retreat Center - Event

Chi Walking

with Katherine Dreyer

May 19 - 22, 2022

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Katherine Dreyer is co-founder and co-author of ChiWalking, ChiRunning and ChiLiving books and programs. Join Katherine for a weekend of mindful and gentle fitness walking. The many studies on the benefits of walking all agree: Walking is nothing short of a miracle for creating and maintaining good health (if done consistently).

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About Chi Walking:

ChiWalking combines the mind-body principles of T’ai Chi with walking for an energized, balanced body and a clear, focused mind. Your walking becomes a meditative practice as well as a great way to get and stay healthy. You’ll enjoy moving the way you were designed to – naturally, smoothly and without stress or strain.

In this retreat you’ll learn the foundational practices of ChiWalking which combines walking with the ancient marital art, T’ai Chi. You’ll learn to use your core muscles to create whole body walking, reducing the stress and strain on your hips, legs, knees and feet. You’ll still look like a regular walker but you’ll be improving your posture and balance, strengthening your core, and experiencing how less effort is really better for your whole body. Managing your energy and the flow of your Chi offers you lifelong skills for health and vitality. Sound biomechanics combined with deep listening to your body creates fluid, gentle movement that nourishes body, mind and spirit.

Learning ChiWalking is an active way to be kind and thoughtful to your body and being. You’ll practice:

  • Listening to your body’s needs and responses

  • Offering your mind and body sound information about healthy movement

  • Resting as needed (and eating Well Being’s amazing food!)

  • Enjoying moving freely and joyously

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Your Facilitator:

Katherine Dreyer co-founded ChiLiving, Inc. in 1999 and co-authored ChiRunning, ChiWalking and ChiMarathon books, all published by Simon & Schuster and translated into 15 languages. Well-versed in T’ai Chi, Eastern philosophy, meditation and mindful practices, Katherine has taught at the Omega Institute, Kripalu, Esalen and around the world. Prior to starting ChiLiving she was president of New Hope Communications, a natural health publishing company. Her career began in New York City in marketing at Time Inc and HBO. She lives in Asheville NC with her husband and co-founder, Danny Dreyer.

About the Workshop:

​We’ll start every session with the Chi Body Looseners to ease away stress and tightness. Then we’ll practice the optimal way to walk using your whole body: arms, legs, head and torso. Even your eyes are important in ChiWalking!

“All in all, ChiWalking has become our science and our art – a magical way to walk – leading to a more mindful and healthy way to live. We recommend it to everyone whether or not they ever want to walk a marathon – ChiWalking works!” - Jim & Sue Mehrwein, Springfield, Oregon

This workshop is for most levels of fitness, beginners to long-distance walkers. It is not recommended if you have any long-term difficulties walking, such as needing a cane or have other walking disabilities.  Mild injuries are fine as long you can stand and walk. Injury prevention is our first premise of ChiWalking so minor knee, hip or back pain should not be a deterrent to joining the workshop. The terrain of Well Being Retreat that we’ll be using is mostly dirt and gravel roads and paths. Good walking shoes are a must. We will practice hills, though walking on mostly flat and gentle hills. Steep hills, as every aspect of the workshop, is optional.

Reading the "ChiWalking" book (Simon & Schuster, 2006) is recommended but not required.

Program Schedule

The retreat will begin with check in Thursday May 19th between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Supper will be served at 6:00 pm Thursday evening. All meals, snacks, teas and coffee will be served through the event. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday May 22, 2022.

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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 mostly gluten-free non-vegetarian with a vegetarian option at each meal. (Vegetarian may include eggs and dairy.) Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis; there are a limited number of single rooms. The Tiny Houses and the earth-sheltered private cabins by the river are both listed as "Private Cabins." For pictures of the lodging options, go here. Cabinettes have bathroom facilities in the nearby Conference Building, a short walk away. 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.

Tuition and Accommodations (Meals & Lodging)

Please register for Tuition and Accommodations (Meals and Lodging) with Well Being Retreat Center using the online form below.

Total cost for this 3-night weekend workshop ranges from $410 - $720, depending on the lodging option selected. This includes your tuition, meals, snacks, and lodging for the weekend.

Note: It is likely that Covid-19 may still be of concern at the time of this event. If so, meals and sessions will be held in the open-air Powell River Pavilion and cabin occupancy will be limited to one person per Cabin or Cabinette, except for couples and consenting cabin-mates.

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

Please use the form below to Register for Accommodations (Meals and Lodging)

Contact & Questions

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

E: katherine@chiliving.com; T: 415-847-4694

if you have questions about facilities or accommodations, contact Patty Bottari:

E: Patty@WellBeingCC.org; T: 423-626-9000

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.