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Autumn 2024 Training Retreat:

Fundamentals of CNT: October 14-18, 2024
Global Body CNT: October 20-24, 2024

Instructor: Gilles Marin

Nevada City, California




How do I register?

Please submit a payment and the registration form via the registration page. Both of those things please!


How much is it?

$1100 per course

Optional lodging and food not included.

Facilities fee for day-use students is $10/day, which is $50 per course extra.

Are there any discounts available?


Early bird by May 31st, 2024: $100 OFF

• Locals get 10% off regular course fees

• BOTH courses: $300 off regular course fees ($1900 total)



Discounts cannot be combined

You only have to submit the $500 deposit by the cutoff date to secure the early bird discount.

See the registration page for pricing details, submitting payments and registering.


When is it?

Fundamentals of CNT

Mon-Fri, Oct 14-18, 2024

Global Body CNT

Sun-Thu, Oct 20-24, 2024

When should I come and go if driving from afar?

We recommend arriving the day before class and leave the day after class.

So if coming for Fundamentals, arrive Sunday 10/13 anytime after 3pm. Leave Saturday 10/19 by 11am.

If coming for Global Body, arrive Saturday 10/19 anytime after 3pm. Leave Friday 10/25 by 11am.

If coming for both, arrive Sunday 10/13 and leave Friday 10/25.

Unless you'd like to extend your visit to the area of course! It's beautiful here.

When should I fly in and out?

Land at Airport:

Fundamentals: Sunday October 13th

Global Body: Saturday October 19th

Try to land in the late morning/early afternoon.

Minivan pickup usually around 3pm.


Fly Home:

Fundamentals only: Saturday October 19th

Global Body: Friday October 25th
Van ride to airport leaves around 11am, arrive at airport around 12:30pm.

Fly home in the afternoon/evening.

Or fly out the next day, and we can drop you of at an airport hotel which you reserve yourself.

Airport Van Shuttle

We will schedule a shared ride for you at the times mentioned above.

$30 each way per person.

If you fly in/out at other days/times we will not be able to provide airport transportation.

See TRAVEL section below for more travel logistics.

When should I come and go for day-use only?

Arrive at 9:30am and leave at 5:30pm each class day.
3rd day of class has afternoons off, so leave at 12:45pm those days (class ends at 12:30, then cleanup time)

For Global Body, on Weds 10/23, class ends at 6:00pm.

As parking is limited, we may be arranging carpool/shuttle from town on class days.

What is the daily schedule?

Regular Class Days:
Monday Oct 14 - Friday Oct 18
Sunday Oct 20 - Thursday Oct 24


9:30am-12:30pm: Morning Chi Kung & Chi Nei Tsang class

12:30-2:30pm: Lunch and siesta


2:30-5:30pm Afternoon class

Weds Oct 16th & Tues Oct 22nd

Field trip in lieu of class, after lunch. River time- bring a swimsuit! Or enjoy town, rest, or do your own thang.


These are also the two "karma" days where the retreat center asks all us to pitch in 15-20 min work cleaning up. We plan to do this after the morning class session, before heading out for our afternoon adventures.

Weds Oct 23rd:
Students will be doing two clinical practice sessions with local clients,
3:00-4:00 and 4:15-5:15pm.

Debriefing time after - so c;ass ends at 6:00pm this day.



Where is it?

Walker Ranch is a beautiful, serene property 2 miles outside downtown Nevada City, California. There is a main house with a kitchen and rooms, some external units, and a classroom space named the Octobarn. You can guess what shape it is. There are beds in rooms and camping available.

See the Lodging section below for those details.

Peaceful and fun Nevada City is in the foothills of the Tahoe National Forest. It is about 1 hour NE of Sacramento, and about 2.5 hours from San Francisco and the East Bay Area.

Actual address of Walker Ranch will be given via email as the training retreats approach.


How do I get there?

• Folks in driving distance can drive. If you'd like to carpool, please let us know. Once we have the student list we can connect interested parties.

• Out of towners: Use the Sacramento Int'l Airport (SMF)

We will arrange pickup/dropoff from/to the airport (see below).

When should I arrive?

If flying in, please try to arrange your flights as follows:

Sacramento Airport (SMF)

Land at Airport:

Fundamentals: Sunday October 13th

Global Body: Saturday October 19th

Try to land in the late morning/early afternoon.

Minivan pickup usually around 3pm.


Fly Home:

Fundamentals only: Saturday October 19th

Global Body: Friday October 25th
Van ride to airport leaves around 11am, arrive at airport around 12:30pm.

Fly home in the afternoon/evening.

Or fly out the next day, and we can drop you off at an airport hotel which you reserve yourself.

Airport Van Shuttle

We will schedule a shared ride for you at the times mentioned above.

$30 each way per person.

If you fly in/out at other days/times we will not be able to provide airport transportation.

How about parking?

There is limited parking on-site. Only Gilles will be allowed to drive from Moss Hollow to the Octobarn class space. It is a lovely 5 minute walk. There are neighbors to be mindful of so we can't have lots of cars driving up and down this forest road.


We will be shuttling people to/from town in mornings, lunch breaks and evenings when needed.

Students can take a walk to town on back country road, a 2 mile distance each way.

How about carpooling?

Due to the lack of parking, we will be helping arrange carpooling, either from where you live or just from Nevada City town.



Is on-site lodging available?

Yes! Here's the skinny on accommodations at Walker Ranch:

There is a main house called Moss Hollow (cute huh!) that has shared bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms. Each room has 2-3 beds. A bed in one of these rooms is just $40/night.

There are also a couple external units near Moss Hollow: a little cabin called Barn Loft and the Dogwood Studio (inside the garage). These are also $40/night per bed.

Private room upgrade for $80/night may be possible, depending on how many students we have coming for each class.

Car camping is available for $30/night. There is only space for 2 car campers.

Tent camping in the woods on the other side of the field is available for $20/night.

Campers have access to the Octobarn kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom has a shower and there is also an outdoor shower and outhouses.  


Alternatively, there are lots of great airbnbs and hotels in the area.


Are you providing any meals at all?

Maybe! We may ask Hiroko or another caterer to make some optional lunches or dinners during class days. This will be optional, and for an extra fee. Stay tuned for updates. We will be sending students a catering questionnaire to see who is interested in potential catered meals.


Where can I eat?

You can cook/eat in the shared kitchen, and cafes/restaurants around town. There is a great health food grocery store in nearby Grass Valley: BriarPatch Food Coop. There's a wealth of great restaurants/cafes in Nevada City and Grass Valley.


How can I satisfy the course prerequisites?

You can watch and review these recent online classes. Upon registration of these courses you will get the link to the recordings pages which also have downloadable detailed class notes and other resources.

Prereq for Fundamentals: TaoTouch Chi Kung

Prereq for Global Body: Fusion Meditation

There is also a Fundamentals course packet, books and other materials to review before class.

Prep Study Info and Materials HERE.

How many people will be in the class?


We usually have 15-20 students per class.


Are any CEU's available?


NCBTMB (National Massage Board): 27 CEU's are available per course, for no extra fee.

California Acupuncture Board: 27 CEU's, Category 1, are available for Global Body only.


CNTI/TaoTouch (us): Two Year Certification Renewal is satisfied with any hands-on course.


Are there Covid restrictions?


We treat covid and all viruses seriously and request you use anti-virus protocols throughout the course. This includes anti-viral essential oil personal sinus steaming on your own for at least 20 minutes per day. (More on this when you register.)


The classroom has an air filter, ozone generator and lots of space with high ceilings. Bedrooms also have air filters. There is hot ginger tea, healthy foods and a healing alkaline environment to help keep everyone healthy. We request that you keep your immune system boosted with good things like vitamin C, zinc, colloidal silver, reishi mushroom tea, dark leafy greens, good sleep and practicing Buddha Palms!


We also request that you be mindful and follow all the recommended procedures about personal hygiene: frequent hand washing, coughing/sneezing into the crook of the elbow, etc.


If you feel ill at all, especially upper respiratory system, sore throat, congestion, cough and/or fever please do NOT come to class- we will credit you accordingly.

Participants do not need to show covid vaccination status nor test results. Masks are not required during the retreat, but you are free to wear one if you wish.

If you are super worried about catching any viruses from other students, including covid, keep in mind that despite our protocols this is a close hands-on practice in an intimate shared space with lots of deep breathing, so perhaps this type of class will not work for you.


What's the most contagious thing in the world? HEALING! :)

Shall I expect the unexpected?

Well once you are prepared, then it's no longer unexpected!

But yes- in these new times, there is the possibility of last minute changes/rescheduling.

There could be new travel restriction measures due to covid or some other disease... who knows?


In the Fall there is a possibility of local wildfire activity. Quick evacuation may be necessary. We will make sure everyone gets to a safe place- nobody left behind. More likely than anything is the potential of smoky air. Please bring an N95 or other comparable mask to protect against smoke and particulate matter.

Walker Ranch is prepared with good quality air purifiers in all indoor spaces if need be.

What's the weather like?


This mountainous region can be quite chilly in the mornings and evenings, while warming up midday.


Spring: Beautiful crisp weather. Highs in the upper 60s/low 70s, and lows in the 40s. Chance of rain (fingers crossed- we always hope for spring rain here in California!)

Fall: "Indian Summer" is the often the warmest and driest time of year here. Highs in the 60s-80s, lows in the 40s-50s. Chance of rain is highly unlikely but we always pray for it. Chance of gorgeous days is highly likely. Chance of chilly morning and evenings is high. Chance of wildfires with smoky air is an unfortunate new reality during "fire season".

What should I wear?

- Layers: It's all about layers in these parts.
- Comfort: We will be sitting, doing not-so-physical chi kung, trading abdominal work, etc. So just be comfy and cozy.

- Shoes are not allowed in the indoor spaces, so make sure to bring slip-on shoes or sandals easy to remove at the entrances. Also bring socks/slippers to keep your tootsies warm.

- CNT Classes: We will be working directly on the abdominal area, so wear clothing that can reveal your belly. ie no dresses, unitards, leotards, onesies, jumpsuits, wetsuits, snowsuits or Winnie the Pooh footie jammies.

What can I do in the area?

There are the delights in town, including a cacao cafe, kava bar, gift shops, etc. Local events include live music, karaoke, ecstatic dance, sound baths, you name it. Aside from the fun in town, nature abounds in this area. There are hiking trails, lakes, streams, and best of all the exquisite Yuba River. Ahhhh

Is there cell phone service and wifi?

Yes, don't freak out, you can stay connected. There's good wifi, and all cell phone networks have worked just fine.


Devices: No cell phone/tablet/computer use is allowed in class except for videoing demonstrations and audio recording meditations.


Fall Retreats: Bring an N95 mask in case of smoky air from wildfires.


Bring a notebook. While you may video/audio record some demos on your devices, please no audible typing, tapping or clicking for note taking.


Tread lightly: Please keep the property and all furnishings in good order.

Pets: Pets are not allowed except for well-trained service animals.


Housekeeping: Let's all pitch in to help keep our space clean and tidy. Sweeping the floor, vacuuming the area rug, folding chairs, bringing back tea cups to the kitchen, etc. We will have a signup sheet there. Thank you!



"Gilles is a master teacher and Tiffiny and the other TA's are phenomenal facilitators and teachers in their own right. I learned so much and felt very supported and safe. I can't wait to return!"

 - Cristina


"The information taught in the above classes by Gilles Marin is healing and expanding on the physical, mental and emotional level. At times I felt it was information I had learned years ago through Ayurveda and Yoga, but there was a great freedom that came with these teachings that did not come through Ayurveda or Yoga. Heal yourself first, this is so important. Use these skills to first work with your own garbage that has been so long held onto for no good reason. So many Taoist teachings, were gently given in a way that the body and mind could take in and utilize. Beginning with of all things - get enough sleep. I believe they are teachings I have been waiting for a very long time, ancient yet practical at the same time. Thank you."

- LB


"It was an eye opening class. I loved that we focused on feeling and listening to our body to deepen what we learned about the philosophy and ideas behind Chi Nei Tsang. The workshop was well organized and I felt very comfortable and safe being in the group to learn."

- Sawako


"Just the right mix of learning/listening and experience with the work. Divinely interesting, fun and plenty of opportunity to interact with the other students. Looking forward to the next workshop. The facilitators were extremely knowledgeable and willing to share, talk about their experience and give practical guidance."

- PB


"Amazingly transformational!" - DP


"Thank you for the gentle organization. Thank you for the sweetness & the intention in that space. Thank you for Gilles for teaching, pouring into us..."

- Shelli


"Feeling much better inside and out. Coping and go through with much more ease and peace since our week together. So fabulous to meet all of you!  I too am looking forward to the next time!"

- JA


"Wonderful!" - PB

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