Shaolin Master Hu to hold Wellness Workshops at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco – including Traditional Tea Ceremony

In keeping with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s holistic approach to wellness at the  award-winning Spas at Mandarin Oriental, Shaolin Master Hu, from Mandarin Oriental, Sanya will visit Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco between  October 30 to  November 1, 2012to offer a variety of educational workshops in Tai Chi, Meditation, Qi Gong, and the art of  the Zen Tea Ceremony.

Master Hu has over twenty years of experience in Shaolin tradition, and has also obtained a high-level of expertise in Tai Chi, training hundreds of students in both China and overseas in this practice. He will speak about the positive effects that tea and food have on both body and mind, in addition to providing lessons to enhance spiritual balance through Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Meditation.

“We are delighted to invite Master Hu to San Francisco, so that he can share his knowledge of these authentic and age-old eastern practices with a wider audience,” said Kristy Whitford, Director of Spa at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco. “This is a rare opportunity for guests to experience and benefit from his expertise.”

Workshops will be offered on October 30 and November 1, 2012. Cost is USD35 per person for group session participation, alternatively, cost is USD60 per person for small group sessions of two to four guests, and individual private sessions can be arranged for USD90 per person. All workshops last approximately one hour. For further information or to make a reservation, please contact The Spa at +1 (415) 276 9608, email or visit

Tai Chi

Follows the principles of yin and yang with both vigorous and gentle natural movements that help to release stress, improve balance and strengthen the muscle system and calm the mind. Sessions will be offered on both Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1 at 7 a.m.

Traditional Zen Tea Ceremony

The Shaolin Zen Tea Ceremony is the age old art of preparing and drinking tea that incorporates the senses and encourages participants to use the art of tea and meditation to harmonize both body and mind. The result is a spiritual, relaxing experience that provides a journey to the inner self.  Sessions will be offered on both Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1 at 3 p.m.

Qi Gong and Meditation

Uses breathing to unify body and mind. Focusing on breathing and meditation can improve energy and encourage relaxation and good health. Sessions will be offered on Tuesday, October 30 and Thursday, November 1 at 6 p.m.

6pm Qi Gong / Meditation

7am Tai Chi
3pm Traditional Zen Tea Ceremony

7am Tai Chi
3pm Traditional Zen Tea Ceremony
6pm Qi Gong / Meditation

All classes last approximately one hour
USD 35 per person per class – Group Session
USD 60 per person per class – Small Group Private Session (2 to 4 guests)
USD 90 per person per class – Individual Private Session

Reservations required
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