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Tranquil setting to heal your body and mind

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February 14, 2008

The ultimate tranquil setting to heal your body and mind


Resolving to take better care of yourself this year? Then Norfolk Island’s first Qigong Seminar in March would be a great reference point.

Norfolk Island is an idyllic sub-tropical and tranquil setting perfect for healing both body and mind.

The Norfolk Island Qigong Seminar with International Masters is a new event for people with an interest in martial art and meditation who want to learn about or broaden their knowledge of internal forms of martial arts.

No experience is needed to attend and the seminar is suitable for people of any age.

Qigong (pronounced Chee Kung) is both an art form and an internal martial art similar to tai chi that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is not used for fighting but instead consists primarily of meditation, physical movements and breathing exercises.

The March 13 to 20 seminar is hosted by two International Qigong Masters, Grand Master Zhao Shihua and Sifu John.

An optional Norfolk Island Fish-Fry kicks off the event which continues with a two day intensive seminar over the weekend with complimentary DVDs.

Other optional activities include a celebratory dinner at the award-winning Dino’s Restaurant and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Informal gatherings after the weekend seminar help participants to revise what they have learned. A limited number of Master Zhao Shihua’s private healing sessions are available by appointment.

Between learning and practicing the art of Qigong, participants can enjoy relaxing in the tranquil settings and natural beauty of Norfolk Island and take advantage of the diverse tourist attractions and fine dining on offer.

The Norfolk Island Travel Centre has special packages to Norfolk Island ex Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch from NZ $1,044 for seven nights. They include return airfare to Norfolk Island, airline taxes, accommodation, car hire, return airport transfers and meet and greet at Norfolk Island airport. Also included are a complimentary round of mini golf, ‘A Walk in the Wild’ and a bonus shopping card. Contact Jannise for more information on freephone 0800 0088 10 or jannise@travelcentre.nf

The Qigong seminar costs NZ$324.00 for the full two-day weekend intensive or people can opt for one day of tuition for NZ$212.00. A limited number of Master Zhao Shihua’s private healing sessions are available at the cost of NZ$130.00 for one hour. A NZ$59.00 deposit is required to secure a place.

About the Qigong Masters:
Grand Master Zhao Shihua introduces his contemporary style of Qigong with a combination of tai chi, internal martial arts, Chinese meditation and guidelines to nutritious cooking. One of the most respected Qigong practitioners, he established the Tiandi Qigong Centre in Australia.

Sifu John is a distinguished practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and will guide participants through the path of least strain into relaxation and rejuvenation for the body and stillness for the mind.

About Norfolk Island: Discovered by Captain Cook in 1774, Norfolk Island was first settled as a British penal colony in 1788 through to 1856. On June 8, 1856, the island was re-inhabited by a community from Pitcairn Island, descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions. Known today as Norfolk Islanders, they form a majority of the 1,800 resident population. Norfolk Island is renowned for its spectacular coastal scenery, colourful history, sporting and cultural activities, convict heritage and low tax shopping.

Air New Zealand flies to Norfolk Island on Sundays and Thursdays.

For general information contact Norfolk Island Tourism. Phone 0800 359 4373, email info@norfolkisland.com.au or visit www.norfolkisland.nf.

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