Retreat at Mepkin Abbey Tai Chi, Qi Gong & Kung Fu

March 1st - 3rd


Experience total immersion into serenity & motivation while learning lifelong skills in Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong and Chinese Kung Fu at the Mepkin Abbey Retreat Center!

Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you will leave the experience rejuvenated and equipped with valuable tools for cultivating wellness and health in your day to day life.


The retreat is facilitated by Billy Ilderton and Yan Agrest, who have more than 20 years of teaching experience, and excel at providing the highest quality Martial Arts instruction.

Skilled massage therapists will be onsite for retreatants interested in the opportunity for deeper relaxation and wellness.

Available Packages

Training Saturday Only

Includes Lunch

Training Friday thru Sunday

Includes Lunch on Saturday

All Inclusive Retreat

Includes a private room at the Mepkin Abbey Retreat Center, Dinner on Friday, three meals on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday.



An abbey is a type of monastery that provides a complex of buildings and land for religious activities, work, and housing of Christian monks. Mepkin is home to a community of cloistered monks who are part of the world-wide Trappist religious order.

Mepkin is one of only 15 Cistercian Trappist monasteries in North America and the only one in South Carolina.

While Trappists are an order in the Roman Catholic Church, everyone is welcome to visit and make Retreats here. People of all faiths as well as no faith, men and women, old and young … ALL ARE WELCOMED here!


Over 20 years of experience in Martial Arts Instruction

Yan Profile-min

Yan Agrest

President of Kaizen Way
Billy Profile-min

Billy Ilderton

Master Instructor


Friday                                       5PM - 7PM


Saturday Morning                  9AM - 11AM


Saturday Afternoon               2PM - 4PM


Sunday                                    9AM - 11AM