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Qigong Yoga Retreat with Tao Training and Horses in Pelion, Greece

Tao Training, Alignment and Play with Horsen in Greece

Chi Kung, meditation and horses! Horses embody an intelligent power, balance and sensitivity. They go efficiently with the dynamics of life. Being in the present only, they speak body language. Horses invite us to manifest our intentions clearly, sensitive and strong. The chi kung practice, meditations and wisdom of the Tao also teach us to be present and go about efficiently. It develops our consciousness of body and spirit, based on and inspired by nature. Interaction with horses offers great opportunities to experience and deepen our Taoist body-mind training. Taoist practices, in turn, deepen our connection in play and communication with horses. By joining these two approaches we develop a free and dynamic connection with horses and with ourselves. Lifelong horse woman Judith and senior Chi Kung instructor Mattijs, both found their practice deepen immensely since they started working together and now they share their mutual interest with the world.

Meet the instructors

Judith & Mattijs
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  • Tao wisdom
  • Chi Kung training
  • Small groups (max. 7 or 8 participants)
  • Communication and cooperation with horses
  • Transfer to and from Volos bus station
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 7 Nights accommodation

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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During the retreat you will stay in a very lovely local guesthouse at a 3-minutes walk from the beach and the two restaurants where you will have your meals. In the guesthouse you stay in apartments, which all have their own bathroom and kitchen. All the rooms have sea and sunrise view. And there is a swimming pool in the garden, also with view at the sea.


Being with horses teaches us about our Tao Yoga and Tao Yoga teaches us about horses. The Tao of Horses program; a unique combination of Chi Kung training and communication and interaction with horses. Every day there is a Tao Yin (warming up Chi Kung), Zhan Zuang (standing practice) and Taoist meditation for personal Alignment. These practices are integrated in the connecting with the horses.


Studio Meng offers an intensive program in which they combine Tao training and natural play with horses, as well as meditation and Chinese yoga sessions.

  • Chi Kung; simple movement through which we consciously connect with our bodies, clearing us of tensions and optimizing our structure. This will help us be acutely aware of the signals we give and receive when dealing with horses.
  • Exchange on the ancient Taoist philosophy that teaches us about harmonious living with nature.
  • Chine yoga; experience a long 2.5-hour session and several short Qi Gong yoga sessions daily.
  • Insight into the natural world of horses; how they live and communicate, and what we may learn from this
  • Experience being with horses in movement and stillness, individual and in the herd. We will work from the ground and on their backs.
  • Investigate the language of body, energy and spirit in connection with horses.
  • Develop your ability to be still and perceptive. In ourselves and in relation to horses.
  • Walk with the horses in beautiful Greek nature.
  • Dance and sing with the bonfire.

Mattijs van Katwijk has been a teacher of Taoist practices since 2004. He is devoted to the body-mind connection for personal development. His classes are both profound and easily accessibe, and offer an inspiring mix of knowledge, humor and creativity.

Judith Pijnenburg – horse and man in freedom – has been with horses since she was 6 years old. She investigates their natural behavour and how connecting with horses generates a mutual development. She increasingly integrates body awareness and self-realization into her work with horses. As a teacher she reveals the essence of horses for beginners and advanced students.

The retreat will be given in English.


Judith Pijnenburg
Judith Pijnenburg has been with horses since she was 6 years old. She investigates their natural behaviour and how connecting with horses generates a mutual development. She increasingly integrates body awareness and self-realization into her work with horses. As a teacher she reveals the essence of horses for beginners and advanced students.
Mattijs van Katwijk
In 1998 Mattijs began his practice in the Universal Healing Tao with Inge Maassen and Reinoud Eleveld. He was certified as Chi Kung instructor with ‘Ren Mai’, Rotterdam in 2004. In 2005 he was certified instructor in the Universal Healing Tao by Master Mantak Chia. In China he studied with Young Master Xiao Yao and teacher Hu Xue Zhi. Mattijs studies with Juan Li (I Ching Dao) and Masahiro Ouchi (Tao Zen). He is also training with Lilian Kluivers (Do-In Academy) and Peter ‘The Dynamics of Standing Still’ den Dekker (Yi Chuan).


This retreat will take place in the small bay of Katigiorgis, at the end of the road in Pilion. Pilion is a peninsula in the Aegean Sea, in a pristine Greek area halfway between Athens and Thessaloniki. In Greek mythology the peninsula is believed to be the summer residence of the Olympian Gods, and the place where Centaurs (half man, half horse) used to live. The peninsula is known for its small secluded coves, winding rocky paths and fields of knotty olive and fruit trees, bowery forests with conifers and chestnut trees and picturesque villages.

The herd you work with is located on a farm close to the bay. The herd consists of mares and stallions of the typical Greek Thessalian variety, some of which are crossed with the Arab breed. All horses are bred on the owner's farm and are thus related, making for a beautifully harmonious and natural herd.


You will have three vegetarian meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), served at the two restaurants in the little bay at the sea, where you literally can eat on the beach if you wish. Fresh fish from the local bay is also available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What's included

  • 6 Day program
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Water and tea with meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Rent of horses and facilities
  • Transfer to and from Volos bus station

What's not included

  • Flight tickets and transportation to Volos bus station
  • Snacks
  • Fresh drinks and alcoholics

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 48 days before arrival.
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