FUCK IT
QIGONG

“THE EXERCISES WHERE YOU PHYSICALLY FELT THE QI ENERGY WERE A REVELATION.”
KINDRED SPIRIT MAGAZINE

F**K IT QIGONG / JULY 13-20 / STROMBOLI / €1290 – €1690

A week on the stunning volcano of Stromboli
to explore the totally awesome energy art of ‘Qigong’ –
the most ‘F**k It’ of arts,
led by John C. Parkin, author of the bestselling F**k It books,
and for long an expert and teacher in Qigong.

CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE:
STROMBOLI YUM SHOW / 
ABOUT JOHN / ABOUT THIS RETREAT / ABOUT STROMBOLI / ABOUT PRICES & BOOKING

  • Easy and fun to read: 90%

STROMBOLI YUM SHOW

YES, YOU’LL BE LIVING ON A LIVE VOLCANO

YUM BEACHES

COVE AFTER COVE, LAPPED THE WARM TRANSLUCENT WATER

YUM HOTEL

THE HOTEL IS ON THE BEACH – AND THIS IS THE VIEW

ABOUT JOHN

John C. Parkin, author of the bestselling F**k It books, has been practising Qigong every day for 25 years.  It is the foundation of his practice and his philosophy.  And is the most ‘F**k It’ discipline he has found.

“I discovered Qigong 25 years ago, and have been hooked ever since. Qi (energy) is a wonderful thing to work with. As well as feeling lovely (when you tune into it), energy is the source of our health, our vitality, our healing… in fact energy is the source of life itself (or, rather, is life itself).”

  • John’s ability to pass on the awesomeness of Qigong 96%

“JOHN? A LAUGHING BUDDHA” T.H., DUBLIN

ABOUT THIS F**K IT QIGONG RETREAT


John talking about this week:

 “Many people have experienced Qigong with me: on F**k It Retreats in Italy or in workshops in the U.K.. And increasingly, people are learning Qigong from my books, especially the 2012 ‘F**k It Therapy’.

Many people have been deeply affected by the Qigong they’ve explored with me (whether on the black-sand-beach of Stromboli or in the white pages of the books).  And I’ve had many ask me about doing a week of just Qigong.

So this is it.  For those who are now practising this delicious art every day, following a F**k It Retreat, or for those who haven’t yet tried it but want a deep and immersive qi experience.

“STROMBOLI WAS A GREAT EPIPHANY FOR ME:
I’M NOW SO MUCH MORE RELAXED ABOUT MY LIFE.
WITH YOUR QIGONG… I SEE A HUGE IMPROVEMENT IN MY PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH.”
R.M., LONDON

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT THIS ASTONISHING ENERGY ART ON THIS RETREAT



You’ll learn THE BEST EXERCISES
I know from the hundreds I’ve practised over the years.

You’ll learn the principles of DEEP RELAXATION, of qi flow and of visualisation.

You’ll learn how to get into the ‘QIGONG STATE’ very quickly (and stay there).

You’ll learn HOW TO HEAL yourself and others with qi.

You’ll learn how using Qigong can make you ASTONISHINGLY STRONG.

 

John again –
“I am very excited about this retreat:
 yes, about simply exploring the Qigong together… but doing this on Stromboli increases the power of the week (and the pure deliciousness of the experience) a hundred times.

I look forward to exploring with you, gently and quietly, the simple beauty of this art:
the wonderful feeling of qi circulating around your body that you get when you simply stand still, in a certain way, breathing in a certain way.

The magic qualities of Qigong are all well and good, and we can get excited about that too:
but the beauty of standing still and feeling the qi in your hands or pouring qi into the crown of your head is something else.

Something that cannot easily be expressed in words.

Something that I’d very much like to share with you, if you’re ready.”

“THE QIGONG, JOHN’S HELP, THE HUMOUR, HAVE SETTLED ME –
AND IT WAS VERY VERY HEALING.” T.H., BRISTOL

ABOUT STROMBOLI

Stromboli is awesome, a one-off.  We’ve been going there for a month every summer for 5 years. And we’re still in love, and in fact, even more awed every time we go. I (John) was concerned that I’d never managed to successfully capture the Stromboli experience in words for you so when we got on the departing hydrofoil this year, having said goodbye to our Stromboli friends for another year, I started typing.  I just looked at that piece and it’s 2500 words long.
 STROMBOLI LONG CAPTURE

So, to be brief(er):  Stromboli is a volcanic island.
 No, Stromboli is a live volcano rising out of the sea, that’s the truth. And you live on the edge of that volcano for a week.  It’s the only volcano in Europe that erupts constantly (and safely). It depends on the year, and how active it is, but you will often hear what at first you think is a crack of thunder roughly every half-hour. That’s the volcano erupting. You can climb the volcano to see it erupting from close quarters (it’s an astonishing experience) or watch it from a boat or even a remote pizzeria.
But forgetting the volcano (which is kind of hard to do when you’re living on it), Stromboli is still a magical place.  There are no roads or streetlights – just enchanted lanes overhung with bright and perfumed blossom from the dreamy white-washed houses. Just walking around these unlit lanes at night under the star-packed sky is a dream (I’m dreaming of it now). There are numerous coves to explore, accessed by difficult-to-miss paths, where you can sunbathe and swim in the warm sea.
The hotel we stay in (Villaggio Stromboli) has the best position on the island – right on the beach.  You can hear the sea from wherever you are in the hotel.  It is a simple family-run hotel with a direct link to the dramatic history of the island (which was dramatised in the famous Rossellini / Ingrid Bergman film ‘Stromboli’).  You can have a room with a sea-view.  And even if you don’t, you’ll be close to the sea. We have either lunch or dinner together at the hotel, depending on the schedule that day ( such as if we have something planned like a boat trip around the island, where we swim in the pure blue sea… the background behind this text is a photo taken from the boat).  And we do the sessions on the delightful roof-terrace: covered from the July sun, but with views both up to the volcano and out to sea.
Stromboli is the perfect place for the work we do on F**k It Retreats.  It supports and reinforces the life-transforming work. Well, Stromboli is the perfect place, full-stop.

Travelling to Stromboli (in brief):
When you’re on Stromboli, it feels like you’re on the edge of the world.  And, even though you’re in Europe, within reach of airports that are served by the budget airlines, getting there feels like quite an adventure.
We will give you (very) detailed instructions once you book (in your ‘holiday pack’), but, briefly…

We will also invite you to a private Facebook group so that you can talk to other guests who are coming on the same week, and thus meet and share taxis, and sit with each other on the hydrofoil, etc., if you fancy.
For years, we’ve kept our advice on how to get there simple: fly to Naples (Napoli); get a taxi across town to the port; get the once-a-day hydrofoil to Stromboli (which takes 5 hours); then get the hotel to meet you at the Stromboli port with one of their golf-carts (there are no cars on the island).
But this year we’re going to detail other options too. By choosing to fly to Sicily, for example (such as to ‘Catania’), and then take a shuttle bus (there are loads of options) across to the port of Milazzo, you can reduce both the time and cost of your hydrofoil (or ferry) trip.  That’s the option we now take (from here in Italy, we fly from Ancona to Milazzo).

Also bear in mind that this is a FABULOUS part of the world, so do put aside time at the beginning or end of your retreat for some island hopping (the Aeolians are a UNESCO heritage area) or city visiting (Palermo or Napoli for example).
  • Awesomeness of living on a live volcano for a week 98%
  • Roads and streetlights 2%
  • Chance of falling in love with an island 94%

“QIGONG IS JUST WHAT I NEEDED IN MY LIFE.
AND THIS IS ADDICTIVE WHEN YOU GET INTO IT.
I JUST LOVE THE  SEQUENCES THAT YOU’VE CREATED.”
T.F., MANCHESTER

ABOUT PRICES AND BOOKING

The prices for this retreat are all-inclusive.  So for this retreat that means half-board accommodation at the Villaggio Stromboli (usually breakfast and dinner, with breakfast and lunch on two days), and the full F**k It Qigong course. The prices are in the panel below this. Your 1st instalment is €590.

To book, it’s easy:
1. Just check availability of your desired room option using the button below.
2.  We’ll let you know by email if there’s space. If there is, we’ll then give you a link to the booking page.  You can then fill in our booking form and pay the 1st instalment of €590 online within 5 minutes (yes, we’ve timed it!).
3. You can sit back and look forward to your retreat.

Payment Timings in detail:

Generally you pay in three instalments (depending on when you book).
The 1st instalment of €590 secures your booking.
The 2nd instalment is due 2 months later or 2 months before the retreat, whichever is earlier.
The 3rd instalment, payable to the venue, is due 6 weeks before the retreat.

We will take you through the precise figures of the 2nd and 3rd instalments when we reply to your availability enquiry.

If you’re booking within the 2 months or 6 weeks prior to the start of your retreat, then you’ll be paying different instalments at the same time, or close to one another. Again, we will specify precise deadlines in our email reply.

in SINGLE ROOM with SEA-VIEW

The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

in SINGLE ROOM

The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TWIN or DOUBLE SPACE with SEA-VIEW

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with another guest (of the same sex) in a ‘twin’ room. Those booking ‘double’ rooms come to a retreat with another person, and tend to know them rather well.The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TWIN or DOUBLE SPACE

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with another guest (of the same sex) in a ‘twin’ room. Those booking ‘double’ rooms come to a retreat with another person, and tend to know them rather well.The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

with TRIPLE SPACE

Many of our guests come to a retreat on their own, then share with others. In this triple room, you share with two others (of the same sex). You’re certain to make a bunch of new friends on a F**k It Retreat, and your ‘roomies’ in such a room tend to be even more special. The rooms of the Villaggio Stromboli are simple, like the hotel itself, but it’s the position that moves you and inspires you – being so close to the sea, and sleeping under (and on) an actual volcano.  The prices are all-inclusive, half-board, so: John’s teaching, the room and breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the day) of family-cooked Sicilian food.

IF YOU’RE FEELING IT, IT’S TIME TO SAY TWO MAGIC WORDS (‘F…’ AND ‘I…’) AND JOIN THE WEEK… SEE IF WE STILL HAVE SPACE…

“JOHN, LONG STORY SHORT, YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE, SO THANK YOU AND… I’LL BE BACK” D.T., NEW YORK