Where – East Hill Farm in Troy, NH
When – Sunday May 13 to Friday May 18, 2018
A wonderful opportunity to disconnect from everyday life and enjoy a friendly, rustic farm experience.
Mornings. Start your day with a hearty breakfast. Then help milk a cow (or goat) before attending the daily Qigong class led by Qigong Master Robert Peng. After class, a delicious and satisfying lunch is served.
Early risers enjoy hot beverages on the way to a daily optional morning meditation or simply take in the sunrise over the farm.
Afternoons. The afternoons are free for your exploration and relaxation. East Hill Farm has many amenities on-site for you to enjoy. Be sure to visit the bunnies and help collect eggs for the next morning’s breakfast. Boating on the pond, hiking on the farm, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and swimming in the heated indoor and outdoor pools are popular activities for you to immerse yourself into your surroundings.
Optional activities each on a different afternoon
- Tea & Qi Talk – Robert talks in detail about his experiences studying qigong and answers your questions about qi and qigong.
- Longevity Breathing – A gentle hike around the farm where Robert will teach longevity breathing. Longevity breathing is a way of breathing practiced by woodsmen in rural China to have more strength carrying heavy loads uphill.
- Udder to Butter – learn how to make your own butter from farm fresh milk at this hands-on workshop. Take your own butter home.
- Guided nature walk led by the farm’s naturalist around the farm and surrounding woodlands.
- Cheese making with Farmer Dave. Learn traditional methods of making cheese in this hands-on event. Make 1 or 2 kinds of cheese you may take with you.
Evenings. Dinner is a lively affair served family style. It is a great time to make new friends and plans for enjoying free afternoons the following day. An activities board makes finding partners for tennis, cards, or ball games easy.
Events after dinner on 3 evenings
- Campfire Circle – Share stories after dark by a warm fire overlooking the pond.
- Movie Night – Movie Night – Explore humor and kindness in Kung Fu-inspired films featuring Kung Fu Panda, hosted by Qigong Vacations Chief Health Officer, Noel Nowicki.
- Farewell Celebration – Thursday evening is highlighted by an after dinner contra dance with a live caller. Contra dancing is a popular folk dance easily accessible to everyone no previous dancing experience or partner needed.
All meals are made from scratch on the farm daily using local ingredients when possible, including delicious fresh breads.
Qigong is taught by Robert Peng daily for 2.5 hours between breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday plus qigong activities led by Robert on two afternoons.
The connection between health and stress is well known. In qigong that relationship depends on the condition of our guardian qi. Guardian qi can be thought of as a shield of energy that runs along the body’s surface; it is created when our internal organs are strong and healthy. Guardian qi acts like a bulletproof vest and can protect us from mental and emotional stress.
In this vacation, you will build up your inner power and guardian qi as you learn
4 Cycles — a Qigong exercise originating from the fabled Shaolin Temple, to bring health to the vital organs and to strengthen guardian qi
Three Treasures Standing Meditation – to strengthen your willpower
Song, Kong, Tong Pecking Therapy – to ease and balance your emotions
An-Mo Gong – a therapeutic self-massage including how to work on your 3 longevity points
On two afternoons there are additional opportunities for learning about qigong. Robert will teach longevity breathing one afternoon on a gentle hike on the farm. Another afternoon join Robert for a Tea and Qi talk and energetic group healing to support the health of your organs.
You will leave with wisdom and exercises you can use in your life to continue to generate guardian qi for enhanced health.
Lodging – Accommodations for 5 nights with daily housekeeping, private bathroom and cozy simple furnishings on the farm. Sunday check-in after 3 pm. Check-out on Friday by 10 am. Qigong class on Friday is after check-out and then followed by a delicious lunch before departure.
Meals – Sunday dinner through Friday lunch (5B,5L,5D) including a welcome reception before dinner on Monday and farewell dinner celebration on Thursday evening. Tea and coffee always available as well as daily snacks. The inn has a Bring Your Own Bottle policy, BYOB. You are invited to bring your own wine, beer, or spirits to enjoy at meals. No sales of alcohol on site.
Please let us know if you have any food restrictions or allergies when making your reservation. The farm is able to accommodate many diets with advance notice.
Use of all facilities.
Indoor and heated outdoor pools, whirlpool, sauna, tennis court, volleyball court, boats for the pond, hiking trails, game room, TV lounge, billiards room, wireless internet in main building and lawn.
Visiting the farm animals including milking a cow or goat each morning, collecting eggs, petting the pigs and bunnies.
Horsemanship & Grooming or Horseback Riding lessons are available for an additional charge.
Rooms & Rates
Each unit has its own distinct style and down home charm that encourages you to disconnect from modern day distractions and be present on their vacation. There are no telephones in any of the rooms and many rooms do not have televisions. Cell phone reception is often sparse on the farm. For those truly in need, not to worry as wireless internet is accessible and free in the main Inn and lawn area.
There are cozy sitting areas and several lounges with televisions scattered about the farm, for guests. A pay phone is available in the gift shop. The farm telephone is answered 24 hours a day, so in case of emergency a guest can be reached.
While the original Inn was built back in 1834, some units were built in the 1950s and some in the late 90s and early 2000s. We have rooms appropriate for couples and families of all sizes. A few rooms are pet friendly providing the pet policy conditions are met (please inquire about this during your booking). There is an additional $20 pet fee per day / per pet. All rooms have daily housekeeping and a private bathroom.
Children – 7 and under might be possible. The farm may be able to arrange for a babysitter. Please inquire when booking.
Terms & Cancellation Policy
A $300 deposit is due by January 13th, 2018 to confirm your reservation. The deposit is applied to your balance due at check-out.
If you must cancel, deposits are refundable minus a $25 service charge with a 30 day notice. If you cancel your reservation or shorten your stay with less than a 30 day notice, your deposit is forfeited with no exceptions.
Check-in on Sunday after 3 pm.
Check-out on Friday by 10 am. Qigong class on Friday is after check-out and then followed by a delicious lunch before departure.
A modest standard gratuity is included in the rate for dining and farm staff. Should you want to acknowledge any particular staff member or are generally delighted with the service you received, please consider leaving an additional gratuity at the office. The office accepts cash or checks for gratuities to be shared with the hourly staff in general or a specific team member at your discretion.