A retreat focused on relational elegance

Circling and Tai Chi

This retreat is a deepdive into relational elegance. It will be an exploration of how you relate to yourself, to others and to nature. The retreat is an intimate experience for 10-12 participants and takes place in the beautiful archipelago of Southern Norway from August 21-27.


Circling and Tai Chi

Dates: August 21-27 2023
Price: €700 + food/accommodation 

This retreat will be a unique chance to go deep in the practice of Tai Chi, Qigong, Circling and Surrendered Leadership. These practices have shaped my life in profound ways and have opened for new understandings of truth, freedom and love.

With this retreat we want to invite you into an exploration of body and mind, moving toward effortless being and action. 

The retreat is held at one of the most beautiful places I know of. You are invited into the heart of my childhood for an all inclusive retreat, surrounded by nature and the sea. We will share three meals a day of healthy, delicious vegetarian/pescatarian food based on home grown vegetables, self caught fish and berries and mushrooms from the local forest.

We want to have the retreat at this venue to create an intimate, personal and most of all real setting for exploration of what it means to be human.


Peter Munthe-Kaas



The retreat has two main components. Firstly we will work with the practices of (mainly) Tai Chi & Qigong and Circling & Surrendered Leadership as tools for understanding what it means to relate. Secondly we will spend time together and explore what it means to simply be human.

The schedule will be weather dependent as we want to give space and time for bathing, fishing, walks in the forest and chilling in the sun. You can expect scheduled activities for around 6 hours pr. day. The schedule will look something like what you see below, but there will be changes based on the energy in the group and the weather.

While the main scheduled activities at the retreat are Tai Chi and Qigong and Circling and Surrendered Leadership. During the retreat we will also introduce and play with other practices such as sitting meditation, bodywork, embodiment practices and various aspects of relating to nature. There will be optional, facilitated meditation sessions every morning and plenty of time for self-exploration.

The daily blank slot in the program is a chance to relax or explore the possibilities of the area. There will be organized fishing trips, oyster safaris, island explorations, mushroom picking and expeditions to the local bronze age settlement. Swimming, sun bathing, forest walks and bike trips to local, scenic villages are among the other possible options.

Towards effortless relating

The Core Practices

Circling and surrendered leadership

In Circling we bring meditative acceptance and awareness to what’s happening in the moment by allowing our presence, aliveness, and truth to come into connection with another person or a group.

When we slow down, focus, and reveal what’s going on between us here and now, we create space for deeper meetings with the people around us and deeper intimacy with ourselves.

Tai Chi and Qigong

Tai Chi and Qigong are powerful methods for embodying the principle of Wuwei (non-action) by exploring your relationship to gravity, moving towards effortless action and practicing your embodied sensitivity.

There are various forms and styles of Tai Chi and Qigong. At this retreat you will get a chance to sample many different styles as we work on the fundamental principles.


Peter has trained with me for 15 years now and has developed to become a very qualified practitioner and teacher in Taiji and Qigong as well as other disciplines under the name of Internal Martial Arts. He belongs to a small exclusive group of instructors who are the only qualified instructors in Europe to teach the system of Master Sam Tam.

He has put in a lot of effort and thousands of hours of learning and practice to become the skillful practitioner and teacher he is today. I can only give him my highest recommendation.

Torben Bremann

Accomodation for different needs and wallets

Pricing Options

If you want to sign up for the “Circling and Tai Chi” retreat, you should first go to  www.circlingeurope.com and secure your spot before reserving a bed below. 

We have various options for accommodation available depending on your budget and your need for comfort and privacy. You can reserve a bed or a room below. Alternately you can write an email to Peter (petermunthekaas@gmail.com) with your wishes and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

All prices include a full vegetarian/pescetarian meal plan based on the vegetables of the season and the catches of the day.

The View

Comfortable room with a double-bed on the 1st floor of the main building. Good for couples or people who like privacy.

€1000 EUR

The Nook

Comfortable room with a double-bed on the 1st floor of the main building. Good for couples or people who like privacy.

€1000 EUR

The Garage

Private room in a separate building with two large single beds, bathroom/shower and tea kitchen.

€500 EUR/person

The Downstairs

Bedroom with 2 single beds on the ground floor of the house.

€400 EUR/person

The Hall

Large and light dorm on the 1st floor of the house with 4 single beds.

€300 EUR/person

Bring your own tent

Bring your own tent + sleeping gear and put it up anywhere in the garden.

€150 EUR/person

Explore the Norwegian Archipelago

About the Venue

The venue is “Kaasestua” which has been in Peters family for a few generations now. It is a 300+ m2 house in a rural area located in the archipelago of Southern Norway, half an hour outside of Kristiansand. The house is close to the forest and 50m from the ocean. It  comes with a large garden,  private bathing bridge, boat and our own developing vegetable garden.

We are looking forward to meeting you

Meet the Facilitators

Peter Munthe-Kaas

Tai Chi, Circling, Body Therapy

Peter is the most experienced Circling facilitator in Scandinavia and has 18 years of experience with Tai Chi and Qigong. He is a professional body therapist and a proficient meditator and space holder.

Ronja Lofstad

Circling, Relating to Nature

Ronja is a Norwegian meditator, forest enthusiast and Circling leader. The last couple of years she has spent increasing amounts of time alone in the forests of Europe, learning to be with the land.

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