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Simon Borg e Master Yang

Join master Zhen Hua Yang, and physiotherapist-yoga teacher Simon Borg-Olivier mscbappsc (physiotherapy) in this retreat, which is suitable for women of all ages, Master Yang and Simon will teach step by step both gentle  physical and energetic practices developed by ancient taoist masters over a 6000-year history


27 April – 04 May 2024

Description of the retreat

Yoga and Tao for Women’s Healthwith Master Yang Zhen Hua and Simon Borg-Olivier :

Join Master Zhen Hua Yang, and physiotherapist-yoga teacher Simon Borg-Olivier mscbappsc (physiotherapy) in this retreat, which is suitable for women of all ages, master yang and simon will teach step by step both gentle  physical and energetic practices developed by ancient taoist masters over a 6000-year history.

You will be shown the ancient Taoist system of how to build up your internal energy. You will then be shown how to bring this internal energy into your personal practice of posture movement and breathing, including yoga and any style of movement, meditation or exercise. This course is specifically focused on improving women’s health. will not only give you strength but it will also make you very grounded yet light and stress-free. This method will help you develop a much stronger immune system by giving your body the right information to bring what is in Chinese Taoist terms known to be the ‘unification of the energy from the earth and the energy from the sky inside you (Tian Ren He Yi).

This workshop will help you:
Improve hormonal function
Improve fertility
Relieve problems associated with menstruation
Relieve problems associated with menopause
Improve organ function
Reduce pain
Improve digestion
Release physical stress
Improve mobility, strength and balance

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The YIS retreat centre is located in Zollino, in the heart of the Salento. Twenty minutes from both coasts and from cultural centres such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.

Our yoga retreats are also an opportunity to get together, share good moments, pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Salento in a peaceful environment. Give yourself an energetic recharge through vegan and vegetarian organic food, eco-sustainable tourism and relaxation in our spaces.

Our staff are at your disposal for the entire duration of the retreat to advise you about the must–see places in the Salento, organise excursions, guided tours, gastronomic tours, transfers, rentals and anything else to make your stay enjoyable.

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The Location

Our retreats take place at Agricola Samadhi, a unique organic farmhouse because it proposes something more than just recreation.

In this charming oasis, the lifestyle revolves around well being: you can combine your stay with a SPA, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and a wide range of massages and more.

You can regain your well being through a variety of top–level yoga classes. There is also a SPA Healing Centre and the HQ of YIS, Yoga In Salento, a European leader in yoga retreats, for years a favourite destination of the best internationally renowned teachers in the world.

An energy recharge and psycho–physical well being will be the most precious gifts of your stay that you’ll take home with you, together with the new friendships you’ve made during the retreat.


7 nights

6 brunches

7 vegetarian dinners

1 breakfast

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Simon Borg-Olivier, MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) APAM c-IAYT, has been practicing traditional forms of posture, movement, breathing, and mental control for 50 years. He has been teaching for 40 years and has been a registered physiotherapist for 25 years. 

Simon works as a research scientist and a University lecturer. He has been regularly invited to teach about lifestyle, posture, movement, breathing, and meditation at conferences, festivals, and intensive teacher training courses internationally since 1990.

He is also co-director of YogaSynergy, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected yoga schools, which has a style based on a deep understanding of modern medical science and traditional forms of exercise and therapy from all over the world. 

Simon has studied with great traditional masters from Tibet, Japan, India, and China. Along with his business partner and fellow physiotherapist, Bianca Machliss, Simon has co-authored many books and scientific articles including ‘Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga’, which is the textbook for two courses they teach at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. 

Currently, Simon conducts intensive training courses in India, Bali, Europe, and Australia. He also teaches many online courses on the applications of posture, movement, and breathing for fitness, internal health, wellbeing, and longevity.


Master Yang has 50 years of experience in Qigong, Taoist health systems and various martial arts that form the basis of his unique system, Calligraphy Health, which can teach people how to generate internal power through breathing, postures and mental focus. Master Yang’s teaching comes from family who lineage is of the bodyguards of the Emperor of China for hundreds of years. He was also trained in both the Taoist Wudang and the Buddhist Shaolin temples. Master Yang teaches his system internationally.

Master Yang says “Through my teachings and systems you will gain access to the deepest philosophies and movements of the East combined with the necessities and applications of the West.”

The ‘Calligraphy Health’ System of Master Yang works with 3-dimensional movements that help release muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Specialising in increasing oxygen flow through the body. The end result is a calm and grounded person with happiness coming from inside.

It is a fusion of four long established traditions. Each of these contributes to forge a distinctive synthesis that is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their physical health, strengthen their psychological resilience and cultivate their internal energetic reserves.

1 The principles of Tai Chi to bring smooth effortless movement

2 The principles of Chinese Qigong to bring an understanding of internal energy and a focus on your energetic centre (Dantian)

3 The postures of Indian Yoga to bring a physiological structure and form to the movements

4 The technique of Chinese calligraphy to bring a 3 dimensional flow without thinking to the movements that is both intuitive and graceful

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