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Chi Gathering

Summer Retreat 2024

A Residential Retreat
With Clive Tempest
Labbnäs, Kimito, Finland
30 June – 4 July 2024

We'll be discovering the space in us where we’re most in contact with life. We'll use some chigung exercises to help us and we'll keep entering the space of presence, where problems don't exist.

Life is not existence. Our life is our presence; existence brings problems. While we struggle to get on in life, the life in us gets on with living. Existence is the struggle to go on. Life just happens, as it must.

Life is the cosmic energy that is making everything happen, instantly, swiftly, promoting constant change. Existence is where everything goes on going on and change is slow and creeping. Existence is yesterday and tomorrow. Life is now.  Or more cosmically, existence takes time and life gives time. 

Everything I do my best to impart, in so many ways, is about switching our perception from existence to life; so that it becomes possible to live more and more consciously in contact with life happening now, while being much less affected by the tension of all the ‘goings on’.

We are held in existence by tension, one way or another. In living consciously the tension is only a problem when we make it troublesome - as in thinking about life as a problem. That’s our error, because life is not the problem. Never was or shall be. Existence is where we make problems; where tension turns into the struggle to go on existing. We translate the struggle into problems and in that way make our lives problematic. But in life there are no problems. If you love life, if you’re in love, where’s the problem? Love makes the struggle worthwhile.

This work is about walking the line between existence and life. It’s about drawing on life to sustain us in the ongoing struggle of living. It’s about increasing the span of consciousness. It’s about bringing love to life.

So, on we go!

Lawns and trees at Labbnas


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 Sunday 30 June in time for lunch at 13.00. The first talk will be on Sunday afternoon. Then we continue until 16.00 on Thursday 4 July. There is an option to arrive a day earlier for those who would like to settle in and enjoy Labbnäs. In this case arrive after 15.00 on Saturday.

Cost:  Course fee €325/£275/$350. Rooms and meals per person €452 (single) €392 (sharing a room) from Sunday lunch to Thursday afternoon. For those arriving on Saturday, the additional cost is €92 (single) €77 (sharing a room).

Booking: The course fee is payable when you book your place. The cost of your accommodation is payable to Labbnäs before 21 June. You’ll receive an email within 48 hours confirming your booking and giving further details of how to supply dietary and room requests etc.

Cancellation Policy If the event is cancelled a full refund of the course fee will be made. If you cancel your booking before 1 June there will be a refund of the fee less €75 (which is your non-refundable deposit). If you cancel thereafter there will be no refund. Please arrange personal insurance in case you have to cancel your booking/travel arrangements.