Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat offers a complete kung fu cultural experience. Situated in a village at the foot of a mountain on the outskirts of Beijing. Experience the essence of traditional Kung fu while pursuing your inner peace through Zen meditation. Inspire your innate wisdom through the study of ancient Chinese philosophy (Classics of Confucianism,Taoism, Buddhism). Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat, an internationally renowned organisation for traditional Chinese Kung Fu and Zen Practice, dedicated to the promotion of traditional Chinese culture through Kung Fu and Zen Practice. The school offers a complete kung fu cultural experience. 

Facilities: Indoor and outdoor training areas, zen meditation room and study.


At Kung Fu Zen Garden, martial arts is about more than combat and self-defence. The essence of Kung Fu is the way of health revitalisation and mental purification. If you are interested in what Chinese culture has to offer, and wondering how traditional Kung Fu can help with self-healing, internal and external balance, and stress release this school could be a good fit. An hour from Beijing the school is a perfect get away from Beijing and is able to cater to all age groups and interests.

The Masters at Kung Fu Zen believe that the ultimate goal of all Kung Fu styles are the same but the path to achieve that goal may differ. Every style has its own methods for each individuals Kung Fu development - there is no superior style only superior practitioners. You must choose the path that suits you best and train until you get an in-depth understanding to reach your spiritual awakening.

Kung Fu Zen Garden Retreat unite the best masters from each of their traditional lineage to work closely together to bring you an authentic combination of traditional Chinese Kung Fu and Qigong and Health practices.

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Naomi Lee is the founder of the concept of “Kung Fu Zen” she is the manager and retreat organiser at Kung Fu Zen Garden retreat. Naomi is fluent in both Chinese and English and has assisted Kung Fu masters to communicate with overseas practitioners since 1998. Naomi is a passionate Kung Fu enthusiast and an expert on travel in China. She has been involved with inbound tourism in China for over 15 years and so has a lot of experience aiding foreign visitors in travel around China, communication and trip planning. Naomi has been researching and practising Kung Fu for many years with Kung Fu masters and enjoys experiencing the true nature of traditional Chinese Kung Fu. She also practices Zen in her daily life and meditates regularly. Her expertise in Kung Fu philosophy means she has a deep understanding of the balance, harmony and nature of Kung Fu and Zen. With this understanding, she recognised the importance to bring together traditional Chinese Kung Fu with Zen and dedicated her life to fuse both these elements of traditional China together.

Xingxi was born in 1980 in Hubei Province. At the age of 16 his passion for Kung Fu drove him to travel all around China, searching for the right Master. In 1998, he found his teacher - the honourable Master Shi Dejian(释德建). Master Shi Dejian accepted Xingxi as a secular disciple, quickly standing out and becoming Shifu’s most trusted student. From 1998 to 2007 Xingxi studied under his master at San Huang Zhai monastery. By the end of his ten years at San Huang Zhai, Xingxi had understood and absorbed the three major strands of Shaolin culture known as “Chan Wu Yi”: Chan’ Buddhism, Kung Fu, and Traditional Medicine. Xingxi left the monastery in 2008 and now looks to integrate traditional Kung Fu into modern combat competitions to demonstrate the value of the origins of Chinese Kung Fu.

Zhang Weifeng was born in a martial arts family, his father Zhang Xun Hua (Taoist name Si Yong) is the last descendant of Guo Gaoyi(郭高一) who was a great master of Wu Dang Doaist monastery. From a young age, Zhang Weifeng learned kung fu from his father. He is proficient in many kung fu styles including bagua,xingyi, Wudang sword etc. His father recommended him to the Taoist ancestor region in Hubei province to study Wudang Taichi, and Wudang Daoism among others. He learned and practised hard in the Wudang mountains for more than 7 years. He then turned to the Shaolin temple to learn traditional Kung Fu under the Wu Gulun lineage of Shaolin. In 2011, Mr Wangqi took him as his disciple and intensively taught him the Sanhuang Paochui(三皇炮捶) as well as traditional combat skills and Taichi Tuishou. That same year, he joined the Beijing Wushu association and from there was invited to teach traditional Kung fu in Beijing. In 2014, Zhang Weifeng was invited to Holland by the Holland Wushu Association to teach traditional Chinese Kung Fu. During this period, he was invited to be a referee in International Martial arts Competitions. Since October 2010 he has received many gold medals and championships for various Kung Fu styles.

Paul Wang, a learned master, is now teaching meditation, ‘internal’ calligraphy and mindfulness Tai Chi at the live Zen centre in Beijing. He is fluent in Chinese and English and also teaches traditional Chinese Philosophy on international programs at Capital Normal University and the Institute of Education. Paul has taught international students for over 10 years and his areas of expertise include the principal classics of Confucius and Laozi, and the three disciples of Buddhist meditation: South-East Asian Buddhism, Chinese Zen Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Through his studies he has developed a set of practical methods on meditation by combining these three systems. His teachings include, Zen coaching, individual philosophical teaching and applying Zen practise to daily life.

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  • China, Beijing
  • Spiritual Arts, Martial Arts, Healing Arts, Culture
  • Baguazhang, Taichi Quan, Shaolin Kung Fu, Qigong
  • Acupunture, Cupping, Moxibustion
  • Buddhism
  • Comfortable
  • 3 out of 5
  • Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian.
  • June, July, August
  • - Tuition - Calligraphy class - Meditation - Chinese philosophy class, - Tailored guidance - Use of training weapons - Calligraphy and meditation equipment - Accommodation (2 person shared room ) - Meals (3 vegetarian meals per day)
  • - Travel - Personal spending - Visa extensions

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The School offers training in the traditional Chinese martial arts, meditation, Chinese culture and even aspects of traditional Chinese medicine.

The Masters
at this school are experienced teachers and praticionaires of a number of different Chinese martial arts. Their knowledge of each style in both theory and practice offers students the chance to learn in depth and in English. The schools main manager has excellent English and is able to cater to western expectations and standards. 

The  Location
of the School one the outskirts of Beijing in a beautiful scenic area near the Great Wall offers not only unique views but also is convenient for students of the school to visit the city on days of in order to explore and enjoy all that Beijing has to offer.

The Accommodation 
food and washing facilities are all provided on site as are telephone, mail and internet facilities. The school even has its own VPN router for Wifi. Students can have their own rooms off peak but maybe asked to share during busier times unless they specifically require a single room. Heaters and extra blankets are supplied in the winter. 

The Management
and day to day running of this Martial Arts School is handled by Naomi.  

The Masters at this school are all experts in their field. They are accustomed with teaching western students and have a high degree of knowledge. The Masters at Kung Fu Zen believe that the ultimate goal of all Kung Fu styles are the same but the path to achieve that goal may differ. Every style has its own methods for each individuals Kung Fu development - there is no superior style only superior practitioners. You must choose the path that suits you best and train until you get an in-depth understanding to reach your spiritual awakening. Master at this school have been specifically selected in classical philosophy, calligraphy, meditation and tea ceremonies in order to take participants through China’s spiritual sciences and arts. These include the teachings of the Great Learning, the Doctrine of the Mean, Treasures of a Wholesome Way of Life and Preservation of the Life Force. These high philosophies will be experienced through various Zen-based meditation techniques including Vipassana, Koan Zen. This ageless wisdom will be shared from the Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian perspectives.

Typical Training Schedule running Monday to Friday:

• 06:00 - Qigong and guided breath work
• 06:45 - Breakfast
• 08:00 - Movement and forms practice
• 09:30 - Break
• 09:45 - Mid morning session
• 12:00 - Lunch
• 12:30 - Nap/Free Time
• 14:30 - Standing Qigong/ Applications/ Technics
• 16:30 - Tailored Training
• 18:30 - Dinner
• 20:00 - Meditation
• 22:00 - Bedtime
Thursday Afternoon

• Classes in the Chinese Classics
• Calligraphy Classes
• Meditation Class

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