After much consideration, we have decided that due to increasing health concerns relating to the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), it is no longer possible for us to deliver our 2020 retreats in California: Awaking Retreat, Teacher Continuing Education Program and livestreaming. The wellbeing of our Ren Xue family is our top priority.

Rise Above a Crisis: Create a Brand New Life, April 5-13, 2020, 2-5PM PST

In place of the in-person retreat, Yuan Tze will be offering a special nine-day online event. For those who registered for the April retreat that was cancelled, you will automatically be registered for this special online event.

Responding to the current global coronavirus situation, Yuan Tze will share ways in which you can realize your potential to rise above a crisis and transform your life. You’ll learn how to manage negative feelings that may spontaneously arise by cultivating the five essential qualities of the heart– trust, openness, love, gratitude and gongjing (utmost respect). By growing these qualities, Yuan Tze will explain how they can help us dramatically improve our ability to react to any crisis more positively and with greater clarity. Learn more.


REN XUE of the Americas invites you to


A Retreat for Healing, Realization and Wisdom

April 5-13, 2020, 2-5PM Now Online! 

REN XUE of the Americas is offering a unique opportunity to experience the healing power of REN XUE, a deeply transformative self-healing system based on ancient wisdom traditions, philosophy and 21 st century science. REN XUE is designed to heal all parts of life and develop each individual’s potential for greater realization and wisdom.

The retreat will be led by Yuan Tze, founder of REN XUE. He will be assisted by Dorrie van Roij-Houtappels and Norberto Rodrigues who are featured in the documentary film Already Free.

The retreat will include lectures, group healings, teaching of Yuan Gong, daily practice, and group interaction. Yuan Gong is a complete Qigong system comprised of both moving and still practices. The Yuan Gong system offers practitioners a comprehensive, sound, and safe approach for developing life on all levels. Special focus for this retreat will be Method 3, which strengthens the body from head to toe; and Method 7, which opens the heart and enhances its natural qualities of trust, openness, love, gratitude and deep respect.

Join us this April at the 2020 Retreat for Healing, Realization and Wisdom –Awaken Your True Self to learn and apply REN XUE principles and practices for living a more harmonious, joyful, and authentic life.

April 5-13, 2020
The REN XUE retreat will be hosted at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
in Petaluma, CA. Early registration is recommended.
[Note: In 2021, we will return to Wonder Valley.]
Registration is now open.

REN XUE Teachers: To learn more about the Teacher Continuing Education Event and participating in the Awakening Retreat, please click here.

The 2020 retreat is full. Click here for information about attending this retreat via Livestream.

Please note, especially if you’re new to this work:

Wellbeing Begins With You is highly recommended reading for those who are new to Ren Xue. This book is a great source for the basic Ren Xue teachings and reading this book is excellent preparation for the retreat.

Ren Xue of the Americas Healing Retreat
Held by Yuan Tze, the Creator of Yuan Gong

Yuan Gong is a new Qigong system created by Yuan Tze in 2013. While Yuan Gong has its roots in profound ancient teachings, it was specifically created for the special times we are living in now. We believe it is a major breakthrough in Qigong development and has the potential to greatly support humanity at this critical time in human history.

The main intention of creating Yuan Gong was to introduce a Qigong system that is easy to learn, enjoyable to practice, time-efficient and extremely effective. A strong community of diverse people from around the world, including over 200 qualified Yuan Gong teachers, have been practicing Yuan Gong regularly. The vast majority of practitioners can whole-heartedly vouch for the practice, as the quality of their lives has been enhanced through both the practice and community support.

This upcoming retreat is an opportunity for you to experience Yuan Gong on a deep level, whether you are a total beginner or have been practicing it for a while. You will learn the first three methods (of the nine Yuan Gong methods) along with an additional method for opening the heart, and engage in sufficient practice to reap the many benefits. We are confident that you will directly experience how the practice of Yuan Gong can greatly improve your physical health and mental wellbeing.

The practice of Yuan Gong will synergistically enhance the deeper Ren Xue work, especially on the level of the consciousness. This will enable participants to make faster progress on all levels of life. Yuan Gong also serves to infuse joy and happiness into the important work of life cultivation.

We hope you can join us at this unique retreat to learn, practice and reap the benefits of Yuan Gong and Ren Xue in a community of sincere and loving people.

We Sincerely Welcome Everyone Who:

  • is enthusiastic about living a more joyful life and is looking for a more effective path for improving health;
  • wants to gain more clarity in life and to resolve challenges on the behavioral, emotional, interpersonal and mental levels;
  • is committed to elevating his or her life above what’s considered culturally normal;
  • has made little progress on alleviating suffering after working on the consciousness for many years;
  • truly wishes to reach a higher level of realization and wisdom, gain the ability to help other people deal with their problems effectively, and contribute to the progress of society.


Retreat Elements:

  1. Healing
    While the whole retreat is dedicated to healing, there will be a daily session specifically for healing. Healing in Ren Xue means bringing powerful change to the totality of life: on the physical, Qi, and consciousness levels of life. We focus on transforming at the level of the root causes of illness.
  2. The Qifield
    The Qifield will be very strong, containing lots of special information for healing and the development of life. Therefore, strong healing and growth can be expected. The Five Xin qualities (trust, openness, love, gratitude and Gongjing) will be a strong presence in the Qifield, making it very nourishing so people should feel nurtured and comfortable.
  3. Practice for People with Different Levels of Experience
    There will be different levels of practice available, so people ranging from complete beginners to senior practitioners will all be accommodated. Students won’t feel pressured to practice or to meet a certain level of practice. Everyone will be able to practice according to what works best for their body. If you are new to Yuan Gong practice, we advise that you practice according to your personal condition, and use an incremental approach. Yuan Tze will encourage you to do your best at your Yuan Gong practice. However, you can assess what the right amount is at any given moment and adjust your practice accordingly. You will be advised on how to do that when you learn the methods. You are also welcome to check with qualified teachers at the retreat.
  4. Yuan Tze’s Talks
    Listening to Yuan Tze speak is a unique experience of heart-to-heart exchange. Yuan Tze’s talks go far beyond verbal communication; they carry powerful information that is infused with immense wisdom, love, and compassion. Such information can touch life directly on a deep level and effect profound changes.
  5. Support From Qualified Teachers
    Support from a Ren Xue and Yuan Gong perspective will be provided by a team of qualified teachers. These people are committed to supporting the smooth unfolding of your process and progress. Please note that no advice will be given on managing your health using other treatment modalities, including managing any medications. We don’t interfere with your decisions in these areas.

Each evening there will be time for REN XUE guidance so students can talk to senior teachers if they have issues to deal with. Teachers will be offering extensive practice support as well. In addition, there will be group times for retreatants to share their thoughts and experiences with each other.


Personal Stories

"I have no doubt that this is just the beginning of the journey. Thank you again for offering me and everyone this opportunity to become a person of greater depth, wisdom and insight."
— E.L. USA

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