2021 YMAA Summer Seminars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming | YMAA

YMAA Retreat Center Training Camp

YMAA Retreat Center Training Camp

Jonathan Chang & Michelle Lin will be returning to the YMAA Retreat Center in July. For two weeks, the duo will assist Dr. Yang with the modified* seminar programs while running a week-long training camp.

July 16 - 23: Training Camp

  • 12 hours of classes: Yang 108 Form, Taiji weapons review, Taiji partner practice, and Shaolin
  • The camp will run concurrently to Dr. Yang's Soft Qigong seminar

*Due to being short staffed, the Retreat Center seminars have been modified to fit the needs of the center while still providing an opportunity for students to visit and learn. Dr. Yang's lectures will be shortened, Kathy & Nicholas Yang will assist their father with the classes, and guests will assist with the daily chores. The weekly tuition fee has been discounted by $500.

Registration for July 16 - 23 (Soft Qigong/Training Camp) and July 23 - 30 (Dao De Jing & Qigong) are almost full. There are still spaces available for the four remaining seminar topics.

Webinars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Webinars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Dao De Jing
June 12 & 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
In Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's best-selling book, The Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation, he examines the text from a qigong perspective. This 3-hour webinar will discuss Laozi's background, Yin/Yang world, "Dao" and "De," and more. Details & registration

Healing Qigong: Hypertension
Apr 25, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
This webinar will discuss the qigong perspective to understanding the causes of hypertension (high blood pressure) and methods to manage the condition. Details & registration

External & Internal Elixirs Qigong
Apr 24, 2021. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
External and Internal Elixir Qigong will introduce concepts of External and Internal Elixir practices, the body's Qi network, and Muscle/Tendon Changing and Brain/Marrow Washing Qigong. Details & registration


Attend week-long intensive seminars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming at the YMAA Retreat Center and experience this ideal setting for training and attain higher levels of skill and understanding. The popular topics of Qigong, Taijiquan, Taiji Partner Drills, and Taiji Applications are offered under the direct instruction of Dr. Yang. There are no prerequisites for any seminar! Students with all levels of experience, any background, and any style are welcome to attend.

Lodging availability is limited, which ensures smaller groups and a better quality of learning and interaction. Interested participants should contact us as soon as possible for reservations. Discounts are available for YMAA Students.

2021 seminars will run from
July 9th - August 20th

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with your lodging selection, travel info, total cost, and further instructions.

If you are paying for seminars via PayPal, please use:  [email protected]

If you have any questions, please email or calling +1 707-502-8739.

2021 Topics

Qigong-3 (Hard Qigong: Hard White Crane. Tiger Claw, Iron Shirt)
July 9-16, 2021

Hard Qigong focuses on conditioning the physical body including bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and internal organs. Its foundation is Muscle/Tendon changing.

Qigong-4 (Soft Qigong: Soft White Crane, Taiji Qigong)
July 16-23, 2021

Soft Qigong focuses on both Qi circulation and physical conditioning, especially the joints. White Crane and Taiji Qigong are two typical soft Qigong that approach the body and Qi's conditioning from two different angles.

Dao De Jing and Qigong (Theory and Practice)
July 23-30, 2021

Lao Zi's Dao De Jing is the root of Embryonic Breathing Meditation. Those chapters related to this Qigong will be discussed and practiced.

Taijiquan/Taiji Staff
July 30-August 6, 2021

Yang-Style Long Form - The essentials to Taijiquan practice.

Taiji Staff - Taiji long weapon basics that enable a practitioner to train the concepts and feeling of the barehand form to a long weapon.

Taiji Pushing Hands OR Taiji Fighting Set
August 6-13, 2021

Pushing Hands for all levels - Improving center, stability, body structure, and mind. Includes Yin-Yang Symbol Sticking Hands (Silk Reeling).

Taiji Fighting Set for intermediate to advanced practitioners, a choreographed 2-person set that thoroughly explores applications and Taijiquan principles.

Taijiquan Martial Applications (Martial Application of Taijiquan 37 Postures)
August 13-20, 2021

Pushing Hands for all levels - Improving center, stability, body structure, and mind. Includes Yin-Yang Symbol Sticking Hands (Silk Reeling).

Taiji Fighting Set for intermediate to advanced practitioners, a choreographed 2-person set that thoroughly explores applications and Taijiquan principles.

Daily Schedule

Meditation (Embryonic Breathing) Lecture and Practice: Free for all interested participants
Sightseeing Days: Redwood Forest ($10), Beach ($20)


  • Wifi available (limited bandwidth & slow speed). Donations accepted.
  • Sauna available. Donations accepted.
Time Friday Monday Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
06:00-06:30 Departure & Pickup Rest Qigong Lecture (Free)
06:30-07:10 Meditation (Free)
07:10-07:40 Rest
07:40-09:00 Breakfast Breakfast & Free Time
09:00-12:00 Sightseeing Seminar
12:00-12:40 Lunch
12:40-16:00 Free Time
16:00-19:00 Sightseeing Seminar
19:00-19:40 Dinner
19:40-22:00 Free Time

20:30-21:30 Sauna
(Sundays & Thursdays, only if 4+ people sign-up)

Movie Free Time

Seminar Costs

  • Meals: No special meals are available. No personal cooking or camp cooking are allowed. The kitchen will be occupied.
  • Lodging: Calculated separately based on selection.
2021 Seminar Costs Early Bird (Before June 1st) Regular (After June 1st)
1 Topic — 7 Days $950 $1,150
2 Topics — 14 Days $1,800 $2,000
3 Topics — 21 Days $2,550 $2,750
4 Topics — 28 Days $3,350 $3,550
5 Topics — 35 Days $4,050 $4,250
6 Topics — 42 Days $4,650 $4,850


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.

1 double bed and 1 single bed + private bathroomn
Guest Room
Guest Room
2 single beds (Room #2 and #3) or 3 single beds (Room #4)
Cabin Room
Cabin Room
2 single beds per room
Cabin Floor
Cabin Floor
8 single bed cots
Small private shed, no electricity or plumbing

Lodging Costs

2020-2021 Lodging Season
Option Cost/Week Cost/4 Weeks Entire Season
Guest Room
  Room #1 (Suite)
(1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed)
$350 ($50/day) $1,260 ($45/day) $1,680 (40/day)
  Room #2 (2 Single Beds) $300 ($43/day) $1,120 ($40/day) $1,554 ($37/day)
  Room #3 (2 Single Beds) $300 ($43/day) $1,120 ($40/day) $1,554 ($37/day)
  Room #4 (3 Single Beds) $250 ($36/day) $895 ($32/day) $1,260 ($30/day)
Cabin Room
  Room #1 (2 Single Beds) $200 ($28/day) $700 ($25/day) $966 ($23/day)
  Room #1 (2 Single Beds) $200 ($28/day) $700 ($25/day) $966 ($23/day)
Cabin Floor
  8 Single Cots $120 ($17/day) $420 ($15/day) $600 ($14/day)
Camping (Tent Not Provided)
  Per Person $70 / person $250 / person $320 / person
  Per Tent $120 / tent $380 / tent $550 / tent
Shed (No electricity or plumbing) $250 ($35/day) $940 ($33/day) $1,320 ($31/day)

Cancellation Policy

Due to the high demand, limited spaces, and preparations involved, the refund rates are as follows:

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, registrants may elect to transfer credit to the 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