2016 Schedule/Details - YMAA California
2015 Summer Seminars are full!
But you can get a head start on 2016 seminars by registering here.
Welcome to the YMAA Retreat Center!The YMAA Retreat Center, located in the mountainous terrain of Humboldt County in Northern California, is the location of Dr. Yang's full-time training program. Every summer, we invite everybody to join us in week-long intensive seminars at the center to experience this ideal setting for training, which allows one to attain higher levels of skill and understanding. Building upon the popular seminar series by Dr. Yang around the world, the topics of Taijiquan, Taiji Sword and Martial Applications, Pushing Hands, and Qigong, will continue under the direct instruction of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Due to the Center's remote location, lodging availability is limited, which ensures smaller groups and a better quality of learning and interaction. Interested participants should contact YMAA as soon as possible for reservations. Discounts available for YMAA Students.
REGISTRATION FOR 2016 SEMINARSYou may REGISTER ONLINE. After calculating the cost, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You may pay by sending a check to: Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang, P.O. Box 290, Miranda, CA 95553 or through PayPal (please e-mail us for details). If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Yang or Nicholas Yang by e-mail or cell phone +1 707-502-8739.
2016 TOPICS AND SCHEDULESeminars (Limit 21 Persons Per Seminar)
|July 8-15, 2016||Chin Na / White Crane||Joint-lock techniques for all styles and backgrounds.
White Crane blocking, sticking, and fundamental concepts.
|July 15-22, 2016||Taijiquan / Taiji Sword||Yang-Style Long Form - The Essentials to Tai Chi practice
Classical Yang-Style Taiji Sword sequence, theory, and applications.
|July 22-29, 2016||Taiji Pushing Hands/Yin-Yang Symbol Sticking Hands||Pushing Hands for all levels - Improving center, stability, body structure, and mind
Yin-Yang Symbol Sticking Hands (Silk Reeling)
|July 29 - August 5, 2016||Qigong-1 (Theory/Foundation and Embryonic Breathing)||Introductory Qigong with lecture on how to conserve and build Qi, as well as finding focus of the mind.|
|August 5-12, 2016||Qigong-2 (Medical Qigong)||Heal and strengthen your body without the use of drugs or external remedies. Discover how to understand your body and allow it to heal itself.|
|August 12-19, 2016||Qigong-8 (Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing)||Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Qigong was passed down to Shaolin priests by Bodhidharma around 530 AD. The former conditions the body's physical strength and immune system, and the latter improves longevity and maintains the bone marrow.|
Meditation (Embryonic Breathing)/(Lecture and Practice) – Free for all participants
Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
|Time||Friday||Monday||Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday|
|6:00-6:30||Departure & Pickup||Rest||Qigong Lecture (Free)|
|7:40-9:00||Breakfast||Breakfast & Free Time|
|12:40-16:00||Free Time||Free Time|
|(20:30-21:30)||Sauna (only Sundays/Thursdays; will only open if 4 or more people sign up)|
- Wifi Internet available at YMAA Retreat Center, bring your own laptop for access. Donations accepted.
- Sauna available. Donations accepted.
- Sightseeing Days: Redwood Forest ($10), Beach ($20)
DIRECTIONS TO VENUE
- To Eureka/Arcata (Airport Code: ACV)(Please Contact Us First To Confirm Pickup Time) :
If you are able to arrive at the airport for pickup by us at either 3:00pm or 7:00pm, the round-trip transportation fee is $50 per person. If you are unable to arrive for a 3:00pm or 7:00pm pickup, you can arrange a different pickup time with us, but the round-trip fee will be $100 per person. We would like to encourage carpooling as much as possible to save on gas and reduce pollution, so please try to make the prearranged pickup times. The drive to the center is roughly 90 minutes from the airport. Please bring only necessary luggage due to limited space.
- To S. Francisco
There will not be pickup vehicles waiting in San Francisco since it is a four-hour drive to the center. You may rent a vehicle, preferably one with four-wheel drive. If unable to rent a vehicle with four-wheel drive, it is possible to park your vehicle in Miranda (see the parking options in the next section). The number of vehicles permitted on the property is limited. Please also note that we charge a road-maintenance fee for visitors who drive all the way up to the center (see the next section for more details).
***Once you have registered and completed your payment, you will be instructed where and how to park the car if you choose to drive.
- Two-Wheel Drive Vehicles :
WARNING: Driving a two-wheel car to the center is FORBIDDEN. A car with four-wheel drive capability is a necessity. The climb to the center is narrow and ascends at a 38 degree incline. (Two-wheel drive vehicles are unfortunately incapable of making it to the center.) Cell phones do not function well in this remote mountain area, which can make any emergency rescues difficult. Two wheel drive vehicles have the option of parking at a farm near the center at the bottom of the mountain. There is a parking fee of $10 per day at the farm.
- Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicle (Total 5 cars allowed):
If you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle and wish to drive to the center, please contact us first for approval. Only 5 vehicles are permitted to enter and park at the center. If you can avoid driving, please do so. The road up the mountain is a single-lane gravel roadway. There will be a fee of $20/day for parking and road maintenance if you park at the center. We encourage you to park your car at the farm.
- You can take a bus to Garberville (about a 20 minute drive from the center) and get picked up by us for a $10 round-trip fee. Buses that stop in Garberville include Amtrak and Greyhound.
The Retreat Center has several lodging options ranging from guest rooms with private bathroom (suite), guest rooms with 2 or 3 beds, cabin rooms with 2 beds, cabin floor or camping. Note that each lodging option must be shared with other seminar participants (as few as 2 people per guest room, or as many as 8 people on the cabin floor). If you have specific lodging requests or questions, please let us know.
|Option||Cost/Week||Cost/4 Weeks||Cost/Entire Season|
|Room #1 (Suite)||$300 ($42/Day)||$1020 ($36/Day)||$1260 ($30/Day)|
|Room #2 (2 Beds)||$260 ($37/Day)||$900 ($32/Day)||$1130 ($27/Day)|
|Room #3 (2 Beds)||$260 ($37/Day)||$900 ($32/Day)||$1130 ($27/Day)|
|Room #4 (3 Beds)||$230 ($32/Day)||$780 ($28/Day)||$1000 ($24/Day)|
|Room #1 (Two Single Beds)||$155 ($22/Day)||$550 ($20/Day)||$800 ($19/Day)|
|Room #2 (Two Single Beds)||$155 ($22/Day)||$550 ($20/Day)||$800 ($19/Day)|
|8 Single Floor Mats||$110 ($16/Day)||$400 ($14/Day)||$600 ($14/Day)|
|Camping (Tent Not Provided)|
Suite (Guest Room with private bathroom)
(***No Special Diet Provided)
(***Lodging Calculated Separately Depending on Choices)
|Before June 1st||After June 1st|
|7-Day Weekend and Weekday Seminar||$900||$1,100|
|14-Day Weekend and Weekday Seminar||$1,700||$1,900|
|21-Day Weekend and Weekday Seminar||$2,400||$2,600|
|28-Day Weekend and Weekday Seminar||$3,250||$3,450|
|Entire Season (35 Days)||$3,800||$4,000|
Because space is limited and we must prepare the help, food, resources, and budget for each seminar, the closer you cancel to the seminar date, the less refund we can offer you. If you have to cancel the seminar after your registration, here is the policy:
|Date||Amount of Refund Granted|
|Before January 1st||100% Refund, Minus $50 Service Fee|
|Before February 28th||90% Refund, Minus $50 Service Fee|
|Before March 31st||80% Refund, Minus $50 Service Fee|
|Before April 30th||70% Refund, Minus $50 Service Fee|
|Before May 31st||60% Refund, Minus $50 Service Fee|
|After May 31st||No Refund|
Alternatively, some registrants who cancel may elect to transfer credit over to next year's seminar season. Any transferred credit will only be valid for the following seminar season.
|Date||Amount of Credit Transferred|
|Before March 31st||100% Credit Transferred|
|Before April 30th||80% Credit Transferred|
|Before May 31st||60% Credit Transferred|
|After May 31st||50% Credit Transferred|