DUBLIN, IRELAND | Aug 17th - 24th 2019 | Full Week


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Come and Join Us

Come and train Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu like you would in China this summer in Ireland with Master Yan Xin (34th generation Shaolin Disciple). This year our KungFu.Life Summer Retreat is taking place again in the beautiful riverside stone cottagge estate near Dublin, Alensgrove by the River Liffey

During these 7 nights and 8 days you will not only experience authentic Shaolin Kung Fu training, you will also be able to experience the different layers of Chinese culture that is intrinsically intertwined with Kung Fu. 

This is a very special year for our Summer Retreat, it is the 5th Annual Summer Camp/ Retreat we are holding, it is also the first time where the summer retreat is held over a full week, so it is a very special year for various reasons. We look forward to celebrate this special year with those of you who will be joining us this Summer. 


Get away from the busyness of everyday life; be with nature, fresh air and water. You will have the time to focus and find stillness within yourself, enjoy the intense training, the sweat the pain and the delicious Chinese meals. And most importantly you will be sharing these wonderful experiences with a group of like minded and inspiring kung fu brothers and sisters from all over the world. 

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(Photo from Summer Camp 2016) 

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(Photo from Summer Camp 2016) 

This year Shifu Yan Xin will be teaching us 2 Shaolin Forms;  

1. Qi Gong - Arhat 18 Hands  

2. New Shaolin Staff.

 Form 1: Ahart 18 Hands Qi Gong ( Luo Han 18 Shou)

-Morning Training-

This Qigong exercise enhances our Qi energy flowing, boosts our immune systems, loosens our joins, it is a flowing meditation, it helps with our blood circulation, coordination and overall balance….  

The form originates from the Sui dynasty 隋朝(Year 518-618), Bodhidharma created this short, simple and dynamic form for the Shaolin monks who had long periods meditation to help them to generate energy and keep healthy.  

The original form selected one move from the each 18 Arhat posture, so in total there are 18 qi gong movements, that is why the form is called Arhat 18 hands.  

 Form 2: New Shaolin Staff (Xin Shaolin Gun)

-Afternoon Training- 

This form was created by a 34th generation Kung fu monks, the movements are selected from different Shaolin Staff form such as Yin Hands Staff, Shaolin Firing Staff. This form is short,simple but powerful, great to train and to demonstrate.  


Summer Retreat 2018 - Alensgove Cottages, Ireland

Form: Drunken Fist

Summer Camp 2017 - Larchill, Dublin Mountains, Ireland

Form: Lou Han Fist (Arhat Fist)

The Whole Expireince

 The Training


KungFu.Life Summer Retreat 2019 will be an invaluable experience taking place over a full week of action-packed days in a beautiful lakeside cottage estate, Ireland. 

Each day will be made up of 6-7 hours of traditional Shaolin kung fu training, where training starts 6:30am in the morning with running, stretching, foundation trainining and Qi Gong, then you will have breakfast in your cottage, after breakfast we will be learning the Lou Han 18 Shou (Arhat 18 Hands) Qi Gong form with Kung Fu foundation training. After Lunch and nap/ rest the focuse will be on learning the New Shaolin Staff Form. In the evening after a hearty and delicious Traditional Chinese meal we will sit together and share interesting talks, meditation and light stretching sessions. 

The training is designed to take you on a step-by-step journey to experience how a true shaolin kung fu warrior trains in China. The training is suitable for all levels, all you need to bring is a positive attitude, an open mind & heart and willingness to train hard.  

This year we are also planning to introduce a mini break day in between the training where you will have free time to spend by yourself to relax and recover, explore Dublin and nearby areas with your kung fu brothers and sisters. 

Day1: Saturday, August 17:

5:00pm onwards: Registration and Settle down

7:00pm -8:00 pm: Welcome Dinner

8:30pm: Stretch & Meditation with Master Yan Xin 

Day 8: Saturday, August 24:

8:00am - 9:00am: Breakfast 

9:00am- 10:00am: Consolidation of Training

11:00am: Check Out

Day 2, 3 ,4, 5, 6, 7: Sunday - Friday 18 to 23:

6:30am- 8:00am: Moring running, Qigong, Stretch

8:00am - 9:00am: Breakfast

9:00am- 12:00pm: Morning Shaolin Kung Fu Foundation Training (Flexibity & Speed) + Luo Han 18 Shou (Arhat 18 Hands)

12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Rest/ Nap

2:30pm - 5:00pm: Afternoon Training - Shaolin Foundation (Power & Strength) + Shaolin Staff

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Dinner

8:00pm/8:30pm: Meditation/ Talk Session 

**Hours are subject to change. Please check back for updates.


Alensgrove Cottages by the River Liffey

Celbridge Rd, Parsonstown, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland, W23DD83  

It's very close to Dublin.

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The Venue 

Alensgrove Cottages is situated close to Dublin, it is a beautiful secluded reiverside cottage easte surronded by animals, river, trees and colourful flowers. This year the owner have introduced 2 Peackocks to the estate, so during trainig we might get a chance to train together with these 2 colourful birds on our 'Golden Rooster Stance', they will be running around in the esate to say hello to us (like the two piggies did last year). Also this year we can enjoy sitting out in the water on the floating deck or go in for a swim in the liffey river during the relaxation times in between training. 


You will be staying in the stone cottages, the cottages are modern, confortable and clean. Each cottage comes with living room, kitchen and bathroom and there is also washing machine in each cottage as well. Roughly between 3 - 6 people share a cottage, between 2 - 3 people sharing a room, it will mainly be single beds, there will be some double beds for couples (If coming as a couple/ family/ group please let me who you would luke to stay with in notes section of the booking form, we will try our best to accomodate). Towels are also included in the accommodation so you will not need to bring towels with you. 

If you would like an individual room to yourself, please state this in your registration form, we will try our best to accomodate but please bare in mind there will be an extra cost of €20 per night. 

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We will have traditional Chinese meals for dinner, there will also be western style breakfast such as cereal, toasts and sandwiches and wraps for lunch. If you have any special dietary requirements please notify us when filling in the booking form. 

Chinese Kung Fu Camp Food


Full Price: €880

Returning attendees Discount: €30

Deposit: : €100 (Due at the time of booking)

Remaining Payment: Payment must be made in full before Wednesday 31 July 2019

How to Pay: 

Please make payment via bank transfer to: 

KungFu.Life Ltd


IBAN: IE20AIBK93245094906042



Companies such as Ryanair have quite cheap fares to Dublin Airport if you book your seats early. 

Skyscanner.com is a very good website to find good price flights.  

Local Travel in Ireland

Alensgrove cottages is located about 24 km from Dublin airport, it is quite easy to reach by local public transport. You can get no. 777 or 767 from Dublin Airport to Lucan, Dublin, then either get bus no. 66b or 66x from Lucan to Leixlip, Alensgrove. The bus stops about 400 meters away from the cottage. Opposite the cottage is Hewlett Packard building, so as soon as you see that you there. 

What is Included

Meals & Fresh Fruits 

Comfortable cottage style accommodation, each room sleeps between 1-3 people.

6-7 hours of training per day (Except for the day of arrival and departure, and the mini break day in between)

Specially Desinged - Shaolin Staff 100% Cotton T-Shirt for you to take home

Staff Training Weapon to use during the retreat

What is not included


Snacks, including soft drinks



Though our summer retreat spaces are limited, we will endeavour to treat cancellations sympathetically. As such, if a replacement booking is secured for a late cancellation all monies paid will be returned, save the deposit, regardless of when the cancellation is made. However, if a replacement is not found, the charges below will be applied. 

• Cancellations up to 1 month before the summer retreat commences will result in loss of the deposit only.

• cancellations between 1 month and 14 days before the summer retreat commences will result in a loss of 50% of the total price of the retreat. 

• cancellations less than 14 days before the start of the program result in the loss of 100% of the total price of the summer retreat. 


There are only a limited number of places available for the Summer Retreat so please book your place early to avoid disappointment. To secure your place please register via the online registration form, then you will be sent an email with your booking confirmation and instructions on how to make payment for both the deposit and subsequent payments. Your place is secure once we receive the deposit or full payment from you. 

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We look forwad to seeing you in Ireland this Summer!