8 Day Tai Chi Workshop – The Way of Tai Chi Chuan with Themis Vlachos

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23/07/2023 - 30/07/2023 - Arrival starting 4:00 PM, Departure till 12:00 PM

The Way of Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan is an internal Taoist Martial art.

What does this mean?
Internal means that the practitioner does not use the muscles but the power that comes from within what, in the Taoist philosophy, is called Chi. The life force of Universe. Taoist means that it derives and follows the Taoist teachings and philosophy. Martial Art means that all movements in the form have a martial application. It also means that Tai Chi Chuan can teach you how to become a warrior of life.

The Way
Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art and a very powerful one. Most importantly though, it can teach us how to live a life according to the Taoist Way.  The way of Nature, the Dao.

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The Workshop
Tai Chi, to be completed, needs to be taught along with two more Taoist arts. Qi Gong and Tao Yin. Qi Gong is a system of exercises and forms that cultivates internal energy, the Chi and it is also part of the traditional Chinese medicine. It heals, empowers and protects the body by unblocking the energy channels in the body, the meridians. Tao Yin or Tao Yoga, inspired by and quite similar to the Indian Yoga, opens up the body and teaches us how to navigate the Chi energy within it.

During the 8 day workshop at the Alpen Retreat, participants will be acquainted with all three arts and their aspects, the Three Jewels: The Physical, the Therapeutic and the Spiritual.

Morning and afternoon classes will consist of Tao Yin, Qi Gong and elements of Tai Chi. We shall work on different forms and exercises, from different levels and types of Tao Yin and Qi Gong (Slow, Circular, Fan Yin, Snake Body) but focus on one form from each art so participants can take something back home. The Midday class will be dedicated in learning a Tai Chi Chuan 8 movement form of the Yang Family, its mechanics and applications. Our night class will be dedicated to Moving and Standing Meditation. Through the classes and given the opportunity we will be talking about the Way of Tai Chi Chuan.

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Since we are having a lot of participants that will be rejoining the course, some for a third consecutive year, some for a fourth, we decided to add an extra class in order to offer them the possibility to take their practice to the next level. 
During the midday practice, which is dedicated to the mechanics and the techniques of the Tai chi Chuan 8 movement form, these participants will form a second parallel group to the newcomers one and advance their practice. 
In order to help out in this new addition to the course, Mr Tilemachos Tsolis, assistant to the sifu and his disciple for 9 years, will be joining the course.
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Daily program

16.00                       Arrival at AlpenRetreat
17.00 – 19.30          Acquaintances and introduction to the workshops curriculum                                     

Monday to Saturday
07.30 – 09.30         Tao Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chuan
09.30 – 10.30         Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00          Free time
12.00 – 13.15           Tai Chi Chuan 8 movement form
13.30 – 14.30          Lunch
14.30 – 17.00          Free time
17.00 – 19.00         Tao Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chuan
19.30 – 20.30         Dinner
21.15 – 22.00          Meditation

07.30 – 10.00         Tao Yin, Qi Gong, Tai Chi Chuan and closure
10.00 – 11.00         Brunch
12.00                       Departure from AlpenRetreat

Who can participate.

The workshop addresses to beginners and intermediate level students. Everybody can follow in spite of age and physical condition. All exercises can be performed up to where you feel comfortable. The idea, if you are a beginner,  is to understand the art. If you are an intermediate you shall be given tools to advance your art.

If you have any injury problems please advise before booking.

The Teacher

Tai Chi Master - 8 Day CourseThemis Vlachos was born in Greece in 1966.

He has studied performing arts and directing. His avocation with Physical Theatre gradually, awakened his interest to martial arts. In 2000 he started practicing Saolin Chan Chuan up to the level of the Gray belt, but soon Tai Chi Chuan attracted his total attention.  He has studied the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, the Jian and the Dao Swords, the Tai Chi Pole and the Tai Chi Ruller, Qi Gong (Circular, Slow, Fan Yin, Snake Body, Wudang) and Tao Yoga with sifu A. Giannoulis and received his teaching permission in 2012.

In 2016 he moved to a Permacultural retreat centre in the mountains of Achaia, in Greece, as a Tai Chi teacher,  where he immersed into Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Tao Yin advancing his work and studying the therapeutic aspects of it.

He holds a diploma of Tai Massage with essential oils (Swidish).

He has been teaching workshops in Greece and around Europe on physical Theatre, Body Awareness and Tai Chi Chuan since 1997.


Assistant Teacher
Assistant-Teacher-Tai-Chi-RetreatMy name is Tilemachos Tsolis and I was born in November 1989 in a small town called Preveza, Greece.

On 2008 I left Preveza to study Social Work in the University of Eastern Greece in Patra. As a social worker, I worked from 2015 to 2022 in the refugee and imigrant field, cooperating with several NGOs and International Organisations suchs as, IOM, GCR, Teres Des Homes and more, all in the urban scheme and humanitarian structures and in Open Accommodation Centers (camps), in various places in Greece.

After my graduation from the university in 2011, I returned to Athens to study theatre acting in the Higher Private Drama School “Praxi 7”. As an actor I worked in the Municipal Regional Theater of Patras for 2 years, participating in all productions and cooperating with important directors (Stratis Panourios, George Roufas, Thodoris Abazis and more).
After two years in Patras, in 2014 I returned to Athens to participate in the performance “Live Love Ride”, by Stratis Panourios, where I met Sifu Themis Vlachos who was a member of the production as the Choreographer.
The way he included Tai Qi Quan and Qi Qong in his work, exited me very much and after the end of the rehearsals I request from him to become my Tai Chi instructor.
Mr Themis Vlachos is my Sifu for the last 9 years teaching me Taiji Quan, Qi Qong & Dao Yin but also inspiring me to live my life in a more spiritual way.
Besides Taiji, I have also trained for 2,5 years in the Chinese marshial art “Wing Chun” in various places, with different teachers and experiencing various techniques. (William Chang, Emin Mozdepe and Michael Louison techniques).
From 2020 to 2022 I completed a course, graduating as a “Chef”, in the Vocational Training Institute “Omiros” in Athens, expressing my other passion, cooking.
Now a days I am working as an assistant of the internationally renowned chef and 2 times Michelin star reward Mr “Alex Samoilis”, providing private services in Villas in various places in Greece and in the Mexican – Greek restaurant “El Gringo” in Athens, Greece.
My practice in the therapeutic Taoist arts of Qi Gong and Dao Yin has changed my life and inspired me in depth, so in 2021 I begun my studies in the field of acupuncture and Chinese traditional medicine, in the Academy of Chinese traditional and Ancient Greek medicine, in Athens, Greece. Meanwhile I continue my practice with my Sifu Themis Vlachos.

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Event: 8 Day Tai Chi Workshop - The Way of Tai Chi Chuan with Themis Vlachos
Date: 23/07/2023 - 30/07/2023 - Arrival starting 4:00 PM, Departure till 12:00 PM
Course language: English
Full price for the participant in shared double room*: € 952,- per person (includes the cost for accommodation, food, leisure tax and course fee for the course teacher)
Costs for accommodation in shared double room, food & leisure tax (already included in the full price)*: € 602,- per person (to be paid before course start to the AlpenRetreat)
Fee for the course teachings (already included in the full price)*: € 350,- per person (to pay, on-site in cash, to the course instructor)

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How to find us

- 30min drive from the German border, 1 ½ hr from Italy and 1 hr from Switzerland to the AlpenRetreat on the Tyrolean Fernpass
- airport Memmingen (München West) Within 1 hour 20min drive and Innsbruck airport within 50min drive, Munich airport 2 hr drive
- bus connections from the surrounding cities directly to our doorstep
- 5 train stations within 30 min drive: Lermoos, Imst/Pitztal, Garmisch-Patenkirchen and Reutte.
- airport pick up and drop off is possible (a fee will apply)


By Car

Located on the Tyrolean Fernpass, in the north-west of Austria, close to the German border the AlpenRetreat is easily reached via the Fernpassstrasse B179 (E532).
At the top of the Fernpass (Fernpasshöhe) there is a petrol station named "Dolle". Opposite of it on the other side of the street is a roadside restaurant (Fernpaß Rast), a red building, and a big yellow building (the former Fernpass hotel). Follow the small street between the restaurant and the yellow house for about 200m and you have reached the AlpenRetreat.

Places connected by the Fernpassstraße
Füssen – Reutte – Heiterwang – Lermooser Tunnel – Fernpass (AlpenRetreat) – Nassereith. At the border-tunnel in Füssen the Fernpassstrasse connects with the federal highway 310 and the A 7. In Nassereith it merges into the B 189 along the Inntal (Inn valley) in direction south-east towards Telfs and in south-west direction towards Imst.

In winter it is compulsory in Austria to have winter tires on your car. Although the Fernpassstrasse is well maintained and therefore easily accessible, sometimes the streets can still be covered in snow. In exceptional cases snow chains may be required (very rarely). If you are coming with a rental car, make sure it is equipped with winter tires (the rental company is obliged to provide this).


By Train

For train connections inside Austria please check www.oebb.at/en (closest train stations "Imst/Pitztal", "Lermoos", "Reutte")
For train connections from/to Germany please check www.bahn.com/en (closest train stations "Imst/Pitztal", "Lermoos", "Reutte")


By Bus

Time tables and ticket reservation inside Tirol : www.vvt.at/en (closest bus stop to the AlpenRetreat is "Hotel Fernpasshöhe" or "Nassereith-Postplatz").
Time tables and ticket reservation from/to Munich: www.meinfernbus.de/en (closest bus stop is train station "Garmisch/Partenkirchen")


AlpenRetreat Transfer- und Pick-up Service

Our pick up service is meant for arrivals where public transportation is not possible anymore. Please try to reach Lermoos, Nassereith or Imst on your own.

Train station Lermoos: 20€*
Bus station Nassereith-Postplatz: 20€*

*The prices are per direction (pick-up- or drop-off) per car. If more guests share a car, the costs are divided between them.


By Plane

Airport Innsbruck
Distance: 64 km
By car from the airport: aprox. 55min
By bus from the airport: Take the bus line F at the airport to the main train station in Innsbruck (Innsbrucker Hauptbahnhof), from there take the "Regionalbus" directly to the bus station "Nassereith Postplatz" or "Hotel Fernpasshöhe" aprox. 1 h 10 min. Time table on www.vvt.at/en
By train from Innsbruck: From "Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof" (main train station) to train station "Imst/Pitztal". Time table on www.oebb.at/en

Airport Memmingen
Distance: 118 km
By car from the Airport: aprox. 1h 20min
Take the bus to the Memmingen train station. From there you can take a train to Lermoos via Kempten and Reutte. Please check the time table on www.bahn.com/en

Airport Munich
Distance: 161 km
By car from the airport: aprox. 55min
By bus from the airport: You can get on www.meinfernbus.de/en (big green bus) directly at the terminal.  It goes to Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station. From there you can take the train to Lermoos or
Bus ticket and time table on www.meinfernbus.de/en
By train from the airport: Go via train to Munich main train station (München Hauptbahnhof). From there take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and onward to Lermoos or Ehrwald.