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Chi Gathering

Late Summer Retreat 2023

A Residential Retreat
With Clive Tempest
Labbnäs, Kimito, Finland
16/17 – 20 August 2023

It’s often been said that to change your consciousness is like passing through a portal, going through a strait gate to enter a new place. It’s true. You do have to take that bold step into the new. You have to enter a new space inside and immerse yourself there. You have to stop looking through all the many windows to pick and choose what pleases you.

The space I’m talking about is your pure presence. It’s full of energy – chi is the energy of presence. You can suppose that you are ‘being present’, or ‘living in the moment’ but to actually pass through the portal into a new space of consciousness you have to immerse yourself in the energy of your own presence.

The change is rather like being in the heat of the sauna and then sinking into the cool lake. It’s rather like being in the forest, with the granite of the planet beneath your feet. It’s allowing the wind to blow through you. It’s like falling into a deep sleep while your perception is wide awake. And when you return to your usual place in the world, you take that space with you – resonant with receptivity, vibrant with potential.


Our regular venue in Finland is the delightful Labbnäs Semesterhem on the island of Kimito in a Swedish-speaking region of South-West Finland. Set in its own estate, leading down to a lake, Labbnäs is a nineteenth century villa with a large wooden barn and sauna buildings on the shore. It’s about two and a half hours’ drive from Helsinki and a hour south of Turku. There are buses that will get you there. For more information go to the Labbnäs website available in Swedish, Finnish and English.


Arrival & Departure:  Arrive on Thursday 17 August in time for dinner at 18.30. The first talk will be on Thursday evening. There will be chigung exercise on Friday morning before breakfast. Then we continue until 16.00 on Sunday 20 August. There is an option to arrive a day earlier for those who would like to settle in, enjoy Labbnäs and have a private session with Clive. In this case arrive after 16.00 on Wednesday.

Cost:  Course fee €300/£260/$325. Rooms and meals per person €325 (single) €280 (sharing a room) from Thursday evening to Sunday. For the optional extra night on Wednesday, the additional cost is €100 (single) €85 (sharing a room).

Booking: The course fee is payable when you book your place. The cost of your accommodation is payable to Labbnäs before 9 August. To reserve your room and get further instructions, contact Iina Pennanen with your requirements (single/shared: special diets etc) email:

Cancellation Policy If the event is cancelled a full refund of the course fee will be made. If you cancel your booking before 1 August there will be a refund of €200. If you cancel thereafter there will be no refund. Please arrange personal insurance in case you have to cancel your booking/travel arrangements.
This event is fully booked.