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Qigong & Ancient London Trails

Qigong & Trail Walks and Runs Through London's ancient Woodlands

4 & 5 September 2021

Take some time to treat yourself


Explore ancient woodland trails, London's longest nature reserve, and urban wetlands


Enjoy morning Qigong practice followed by guided trail runs.


A 2-Day Practical Workshop 9 am to 5 pm each day

Starting from The Adventures Studio, 15 Myddelton Road, London N8 7PY


Our philosophy

Our movement workshops and adventures are always fun, challenging and rewarding.

Taking time out from your normal routine, doing something different with a small group of like-minded people is refreshing, energising and restorative.

You'll feel a sense of achievement and fulfilment at the end of each day.

You'll be guided in daily Qigong practice and walking and running breath-work by your expert coaches. Go at your own pace – we guarantee that no-one is left behind.

We move naturally as a group, gathering energy from nature, stopping to take photos, enjoying and exploring the outdoors.

You are invited to join this 2-day competition-free adventure!

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci

Learn the Qigong 5 Elements Flow Form to increase energy and reduce stress. Practice mindful movement to help recharge and refresh as you walk/run woodland trails in this 2-day practical workshop.  

The weekend will include morning outdoor qigong practice followed by the day spent walking and running some of the ancient north London woodland trails.

The 2-day workshop includes

  • Qigong Practice
  • Breath-work for walkers and runners
  • Guided trails
    • Alexandra Palace and Park – from where in 1936 the BBC launched the world's first television service
    • Highgate and Queens woods – ancient woodland originally part of the Forest of Middlesex which covered much of London, Herefordshire and Essex and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book
    • Woodbury Wetlands Nature Reserve – a haven for wildlife with 11 hectares of reed-fringed ponds and dykes and great coffee!
    • The Parkland Walk –  a disused railway track running from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park. Part of London’s Capital Ring and London’s longest nature reserve


1 in stock

You would need to find your way to and from The Adventures Studio in north London (N8 7PY) plus organise your accommodations. There will be plenty of nice places to stop for coffee, lunch and snacks

£195 pp covers tuition and guided trails. Accommodation, lunch and snacks are not included.


"The best part was the amazing, supportive bunch of people and the team that created this whole atmosphere. It was absolutely phenomenal.

Jane Lelean

Owner of The Institute of Dental Business

Meet Your Coach

Gray Caws – Retreat Leader


If you’re like me then you love nothing better than to get outside and explore.

I find that if I need a bit of a motivational boost – to get that feeling of true contentment – then to be outdoors running, walking, playing is where I need to be.

The aim of our adventure weekend is to have fun – go exploring, meet like-minded people, take time out to relax and restore mind and body through our daily Qigong, breathwork practice, walking, running and play.

This is what exercise is all about; not something to be endured but something to enjoy.

I've been coaching for over 10 years. I arranged my first adventure holiday in 2012, taking a group over to Costa Brava. Since then I've run the Costa Brava Adventure every year (apart from 2020).

My plan for 2020 was to run more adventures – I had Bali, Portugal and Costa Brava planned but, of course, due to COVID that all changed. This is what led me to explore closer to home and hence this Essex adventure.

I founded Adventures In Movement & Breath in 2015 with the aim of bringing a different approach to fitness training. I believe that true health and vitality come about by focusing your mind, listening to your body and tapping into your natural, intuitive flow of energy, movement and breath.

I’m a qualified personal trainer, running coach, and breathworker with a master certification in the Oxygen Advantage and Buteyko methods. I’m also a teacher of Qigong, training with Lee Holden.

"I can now officially conclude that this has been the best holiday of my life. And there are lots of factors that go into that... The location was breathtaking. Every peak, twist and turn of the Catalonian countryside left me gasping in awe. The skies so clear, the sun so warm, the seas so blue and the landscapes so vivid. And in running I really felt like I saw parts of this wonderful place that even the locals don't know exist… After so many weeks and months of trying – I really feel like I have found my stride."

Cat Townsend

Founder of The Good Alliance

"I felt I can run forever on the Costa Brava with its wonderful scenery, medieval villages and challenging terrain. Can’t wait to go back!"

Nicky Dowson

"Gray changed my life within the first 10 seconds of seeing me run! I have been a serious runner since childhood but had all kinds of injuries. Then in my mid 30s I started getting calf tears more and more regularly. I tried everything to no avail. Someone put me onto the Chi Running book, which helped somewhat but not completely. Then I discovered Gray. Within 10 seconds of him watching me run he spotted things that no book could. He transformed my running immediately, and each week improves it further. I can now run as far as I like in complete confidence that I won’t get injured. Thank you Gray!"

Richard Thomas


Is this for me?

I’m an experienced runner looking for a new challenge.

We'll be walking and running between 7 and 10 miles each day, moving at your own comfortable pace guided by easy nasal breathing. You’ll also learn how Qigong flow practice can lead to increased strength and power in your running. You'll get exercises too in breathing techniques to improve energy efficiency, and relaxation techniques to help rest and restore the body.

I’m new to running.

We'll be walking and running between 7 and 10 miles each day so if you are completely new to running at the moment you would need to make sure you have enough time to prepare. We would ask that you can walk/run for at least 7 miles at your own comfortable pace without getting out of breath before you join the adventure.

We believe walking and running is the most efficient mode of transportation to get to know a new place. Having this as your intention is a great way to start with no pressure at all to cover a certain distance.

From the experience of past adventures, many new runners have run far more than they expected, simply by setting their intention to ‘travel’ rather than ‘exercise’. And since there is so much to see, time goes quickly and before you know it you’ve covered several miles. Your coach will make sure that you keep a steady pace so that you don’t tire too soon.

I’m looking for a way to take a break from the stresses of everyday life.

Everyday life can be stressful. Everybody needs some ‘me-time’. This adventure is a great opportunity to get away from it all, meet new people and enjoy time outdoors. Numerous studies show that being active and outdoors is a proven way of reducing stress. We'll spend most of the time outdoors, whatever the weather, drawing on the therapeutic powers of nature and connecting with the natural environment.

Qigong practice will focus on efficient movement and breath to increase energy and reduce stress. At the end of the adventure, you'll feel a sense of enormous achievement, more body awareness, and greater clarity of mind.

I like to meet new people and explore new places.

This adventure is the perfect way to meet new people and see new places. The trails will give you the time to explore and enjoy the outdoors. You’ll meet like-minded people from different walks of life with a common purpose working together as a team rather than in competition. The small group ensures no-one feels overwhelmed or left out.

I want to enjoy running but it hurts too much and I’m plagued with niggles and injuries.

With anywhere between 30 – 80% of runners affected by injury it’s no wonder it has a bad reputation but this adventure will teach you a different approach to running. You’ll experience running with the intention to travel rather than exercise or to get fit, burn calories or get faster. Often just this change in mindset makes a huge difference to how you run. The Qigong flow practice each morning will relate directly to improved power in your running exploring how ease of movement comes first through relaxation. You'll discover how breathing too much air can be bad for your health! With the unique combination of Qigong and Oxygen Advantage breath-work, you'll soon get to experience the age-old idea that by doing less you can actually achieve much more. You’ll also get practical sessions to help rest, restore, and repair the body.