Eastover Estate and Retreat
EASTOVER ESTATE & RETREAT is a residential holistic retreat center, dedicated to serving the greater holistic community, for the last 5 years it has been undergoing a complete renovation and is emerging as a facilitator of holistic workshops and retreats. Centered around an evocative Berkshire Summer Cottage with sun trenched café, juice bar, library, meeting rooms, porch, terrace, luxury bedrooms, Eastover is centrally located in the cultural hub of the Berkshires, and only minutes from Tanglewood, Kriplau, Shakespeare & Co. and dozens of other cultural venues, Eastover is an ideal location for teachers, groups, organizations and companies seeking retreat and training. Eastover offers spacious characteristic and historical workshop and program rooms with multiple meeting and studio facilities including well-equipped commercial kitchens ideal for all styles of cooking classes. There is a wide range of limited overnight accommodations preserving its intimacy to fit everyone’s budget, from rustic, to contemporary, to luxurious.
600 Acres of silence cradled by Houstonic River and October Mountain, Eastover is a mix of inviting lawns, courtyards, meadows, gardens, forests, woodland trails, and panoramic views of the Mt Greylock, the site creates a sense of expansiveness and a feeling of serenity where people can meet outside the bustle of everyday life. Eastover is unaffiliated with any specific spiritual tradition. Its eclectic open-hearted receptivity to a broad array of groups and teachers aims to support the continuing emergence of holistic and ecological ideas capable of renewing our culture and leading the way to a sustainable planet.
Tally Ho Entertainment/workshop Venue
Located just walking distance from the Mansion is our newly renovated, multi-purpose entertainment venue known as Tally Ho, an iconic gathering place loved for decades by people from the Berkshires and beyond. Tally Ho offers the largest indoor space in Berkshire County, with over 9,000 sq. ft. suitable
Looking forward to hosting your many successful workshops/retreats at Eastover.
Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures is a short, but extremely powerful taijiquan form. It is valuable to experienced taiji practitioners who feel they are ready to take their practice to a new level, and to beginners as well. If you are experienced and feel you are not rooted, fully present or energetically connected throughout your whole form, then you may just find this workshop is what you are looking for in order to reach the effortless power that is promised in the classics.
At higher levels, taijiquan promises not just good health and robust vitality, but also radical Presence, effortless power, and an opportunity to resonate with the Tai Ji, the undifferentiated Wholeness that is the Ground of Being. Most important, it shows us how to bring all this into the lived life.
In over a quarter century of teaching, Rick Barrett has always tried to shorten the on-ramp to high-level gongfu by simplifying and de-mystifying the language of internal martial arts. Sure, the work still has to be done, but the journey is a lot more satisfying when you know what you are going for and how to get there. His almost 40 years of taijiquan research has been driven by a radical empiricism: Does it do what it says it does? Can I FEEL it? Can it be shared with others? Can it be replicated? Does it lead to further discovery?
Right from the start, I want people to not just be able to successfully execute the movements of a form, but to also feel their qi, their jin, and their root. Not just awakening to the energy that animates all things, but learning to use it effectively.
Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures was taught to Rick by Master Yang Fukui, who learned it from his great grand uncle, Zhai Yongwen.
Is short enough to cover in a weekend.
Its large frame postures can be a physical workout.
It generates an impressive qi.
Rick Barrett has been teaching Chinese internal martial arts and practicing energy healing in New York City for over a quarter century, and has been studying for almost forty years. He is the founder of Tai Chi Alchemy and has published two books, “Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate and Finding You in a World of It”.
This is a short yet powerful taiji form valuable to experienced practitioners who wish to take their practice to another level, and to beginners as well.