2019 YMAA Summer Seminars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming | YMAA
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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.

2019 seminars will run from July 12th - August 16th.
2020 seminars will run from July 10th - August 21th.

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:  seminars@ymaaretreatcenter.org

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

2019 Topics

Qigong-2 (Medical Qigong)- July 12-19

This seminar will cover The Eight Pieces of Brocade, Five Animal Sports, Four Season Qigong, and Meridian Qigong. It will be 40% lecture and 60% practice.

Qigong-8 (Muscle/tendon Changing & Brain/marrow Washing) - July 19-26

This seminar will cover both theory and practice of Budi Damo's (Bodhidharma) Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Qigong. In addition, some Grand Circulation Qigong will also be introduced. It will be 50% lecture and 50% practice.

Taiji Ball Qigong - July 26 - August 2

Taiji Ball Qigong is one of the most beneficial Qigong practices for health and martial purposes. It emphasizes both internal and external elixir Qigong. In this seminar, Martial Grand Circulation will be taught and will be applied into various patterns of practice. The course will be 30% theory and 70% practice.

Taijiquan/Taiji Sword - August 2-9

In this seminar, participants will be divided into two groups, one for Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan and the other for Taiji Sword. Students may choose only one topic since it will be difficult to pick up both in such a short period. The format will be 20% theory and 80% practice.

Taiji Pushing Hands/Yin Yang Symbol Sticking Hands - August 9-16

All participants will learn and practice both Pushing Hands and Yin Yang Symbol Sticking Hands. Different groups, from beginner to advanced, will be divided accordingly to the levels. The format will be 20% lectures on theory and 80% of learning and practice.

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.
2019 & 2020 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

2019 - 2020 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