Introduction

Nei Gong is an unfolding process of exploring and opening the internal energy system working with the body, breath and mind. It is the internal foundation upon which all of the Daoist arts are based and the connecting link between martial arts, medicine and meditation with the Daoist tradition. It is a long path, but very fascinating in so many ways and with countless of benefits for us as we progress.

To walk this path we use several Qi Gong exercises and students are expected to develop a daily practice in order to progress. We also focus on softening the connective tissue, releasing tension in the muscles and creating an elastic and expansive feeling throughout the body.

The Nei Gong process is best suited for those adventurous in spirit, with a capacity for discipline, looking for internal transformation, and spiritual development. We train seriously but lightheartedness is an intrinsic part of the process.

Glastonbury Nei Gong

We meet every Wednesday from 7pm (prompt start!) to 8:30pm, and we alternate between two venues: Goddess Hall (Benedict Close, Glastonbury BA6 9NB) and Goddess House (28 Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 9EJ).

We are affiliated to the Lotus Nei Gong International School of Daoist Arts which was established by Damo Mitchell in early 2004 in order to preserve and share authentic Daoist practice.

The evening is suitable for all, and no prior knowledge will be assumed. You will be most welcome to join us no matter what your previous experience. Cost is £5 for occasional drop-in, regulars pay only £10 a month.

For more information or enquiries, please contact  Francesco Natali.

Francesco has been studying with Damo and his senior students since 2013 and he is a Qualified Teacher within Lotus Nei Gong.

Internal Energy Work

Nei Gong translates as Internal Energy Work. It is a process that has very obvious developmental markers that everyone experiences for themselves. There are many stages within the Nei Gong process and these flow naturally as the internal energy system wakes up.

Core Exercises

Our core exercises are Wu Ji, a standing exercise to awaken the Lower Dan Tian; Ji Ben Qi Gong to build good body structure, stimulate the flow of Qi and promote good health; Wu Dao Yin for energetic purging; Wu Xing Gong for good health; Dragon Dao Yin for energetic purging and opening the core congenital meridians; Hunyuan Qi Gong to move deeper into the congenital meridian system.

Song and Ting

We also emphasise Song and Ting. Song breathing is a method of releasing layers of physical, energetic and emotional tension from the body. Ting is a quality of inner attention, that enables the practitioner to observe internal energetic movement.

Weekly Class


02 October: Goddess House (Brighde room)
09 October: Goddess Hall
16 October: Goddess Hall
23 October: Goddess Hall
30 October: Goddess House (Nolava room)
06 November: Goddess House (Brighde room)
13 November: Goddess Hall
20 November: Goddess Hall
27 November: Goddess Hall
04 December: Goddess Hall
11 December: Goddess Hall
18 December: Goddess Hall
25 December: no practice
01 January: no practice
08 January: Goddess Hall
15 January: Goddess Hall
22 January: Goddess Hall
29 January: Goddess Hall
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