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Barefoot Doctor’s ‘Energy+Enlightenment-Injection’ Day Retreat at Atzaro, Ibiza

August 24th, 2009

After the recent success of his first ‘Energy+Enlightenment-Injection’ Day, The Barefoot Doctor returns to Atzaro this Tuesday 25th August from 12 noon til 7pm.

One of the world’s leading Taoist Masters, Barefoot Doctor has published 13 best-selling books and is renowned for his self-development teaching and down-to-earth techniques. Resident in Ibiza for the last year, his name and reputation have already spread across the island and its people, through a combination of his Ibiza Global Radio programmes, his weekly event ‘Dub Spirit’ at Bazaar and his ‘Energy+Enlightenment-Injection Day Retreats at Atzaro.

As part of the intensive one day retreat, participants are invited to learn the art and mechanics of attaining and maintaining enlightenment as well as how to ‘access and sustain limitless energy, vitality and stamina’. And whilst that may seem a lot to ask for in just one day, Barefoot Doctor’s specialty is doing exactly that – training people in the practice and philosophy of the ancient beliefs of Taoism.

The ‘Energy+Enlightenment-Injection Day Retreat starts at 12 noon this Tuesday and is priced at 175 euros, which includes more than 4 hours of training and one to one opportunities with Barefoot Doctor, a deluxe energizing lunch, spa access, swimming and chilling at one of the island’s most stunning and luxurious rural hotels, Atzaro.

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Ibiza’s Barefoot Doctor

August 4th, 2009

The setting is the stunning garden of the Atzaro hotel in the campo of Santa Eulalia. It’s ten in the morning and a handful of people have gathered at the behest of Stephen, The Barefoot Doctor, to learn about the Tao.

barefoot doctor, ibizaIt being Ibiza, workmen had re-arranged the furniture and were fixing a water leak as we arrived, but this turned out for best as others arrived in dribs and drabs throughout the next half hour – Ibiza punctuality was being strictly observed… An explanation of the tenets of ancient wisdom and their common threads then followed, with an introduction to the main organs of the body and the relationship between those organs and our emotions.

Stephen then went round the group asking each to describe themselves and their outlook on life – each individual’s reality being their own. From their observations he would suggest the use of a pressure point that the member of the group who had spoken might find useful to ease their condition.

It was a small slice of one to one individual advice, but all of the group were invited to join in by finding each pressure point on their own body and to observe the effects, whilst he described the way the points worked in terms of each associated organ and emotion. Stimulating stuff that you could do on your own at home, at work, or even walking down the street…

Our disparate group reconvened in the afternoon, this time under the fruit trees surrounding the hotel’s delightful spa. Seated on cushions in a large circle we were now to be treated to a course in ‘self-massage’. This began with a reminder of the importance and role of each of the five major organs of the body. This was followed by a simple DIY massage course, which was both unbelievably simple and remarkable in its effects.

To conclude the afternoon we were shown the six steps to bliss. Basically these were the six ingredients required to reach a state of perfect meditation and to learn to harness the mind. Then it was on to the art of ‘manifestation’, which is best described as the art of ‘getting what you want without trying…’

Some would describe it as powerful and effective magic, but I’ll let you find out about that yourself from the Doctor… His next induction course takes place on August 25th at the Atzaro country hotel again and I can’t recommend it highly enough :)

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Dub Spirit – Barefoot Doctor @ Bazaar, Ibiza

July 31st, 2009

The Barefoot Doctor & Hofer 66 present the first of their unique Tao sessions at ‘Bazaar’, Ibiza. Their guided meditative musical journey will be set to a soundtrack of dub beats and takes place on Sunday 2nd August at Bazaar.

In a summer of much stress and sameness, the announcement that one of the world’s leading Taoist masters – the Barefoot Doctor – plans to bring a bit of balance back into our crazy summer schedules comes as rather refreshing news.

barefoot doctor, ibizaStarting this Sunday, the Barefoot Doctor will be appearing weekly at Bazaar, in Santa Gertrudis, with an early evening session of dub music and guided meditation, aptly named ‘DUB SPIRIT’. It’s the first collaboration between BAREFOOT and resident island DJ HOFER 66, and guests are invited to let both the men and their methods connect them to the Tao of Ibiza, thereby tapping into the limitless well of internal power that resides, for the most part undetected, in all of us.

Free of charge, the DUB SPIRIT sessions will be held in the Yurt Tent, and are set to begin from 9pm. Whilst the event is open to all, guests are encouraged to confirm attendance.


Who is the Barefoot Doctor?

Born and raised in London, Stephen Russell a.k.a the Barefoot Doctor has travelled all over the world, learning and teaching the way of the Tao. He has lived in both New Mexico and Catalonia, finally falling under Tanit, the Goddess of Ibiza’s, spell in 2008. It was shortly after that first visit that The Barefoot Doctor moved to Ibiza full-time.

Since his arrival in Ibiza the Barefoot Doctor has been making quite an impression – between teaching the ancient art of Tai Chi to us locals, holding Day Retreats at rural hotels, running his website and working to add to his 13 strong list of published books; the latest of which, ‘Pure’ was recently released in U.K and Europe and which will soon be available in U.S.A. And don’t forget his composing and playing of his own and others’ music in a variety of music venues and festivals.

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Ibiza’s Magnetism by the Barefoot Doctor

July 14th, 2009

es vedra, ibizaThere’s no question life in Ibiza has the potential for the greatest sweetness and that’s why it’s such a powerful magnet – it’s also the thirteenth most magnetic area on the planet, or more precisely, Es Vedra, the mysterious rock at its south-east tip is, and that must play a part in the force of the draw it has on people. And to cope with the influx people here work hard in the season.

So the energy gets intense and along with that the drama of everyday life becomes amplified. Personally I thrive on intensity so am enjoying the theatre, by which I mean watching what’s going on in my conversation with myself as I variously interact or don’t with whatever’s going on. And there’s certainly a lot of that here – a lot going on I mean – all the time, in every possible way and style with implausible profusion for such a relatively small island – I was going to say planet, as it does feel like being in a bubble or a different dimension and certainly like another planet.

es vedra, ibizaEverything looks more or less the same as everywhere else on the planet, yet with subtle differences the eye almost misses, just like in a dream. And because some pretty heavyweight players are here, playing pretty heavyweightly, the temptation is to try and raise your own game on an external level.

However, behind all the surface noise, you can palpably feel the background presence, the Tao, the goddess, call it what you will and I find the way to raise the game, anywhere on the planet, not just here, is rather than seek self-importance, to relinquish it and surrender in grace to the ride the goddess is taking you on. And the key to that is constantly asking yourself/the Tao, ‘how can I best serve here?’ rather than, ‘how can this best serve me?’

That subtle shift of focal emphasis is all you need to trigger off a new stream of miracles and happy surprises in your life and it’s that I wish you in profusion as I sign off and say toodlepip.

With love, BD

Barefoot Doctor

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Barefoot Doctor on Ibiza – a new blog

July 7th, 2009

People who know me well will confirm I’m no prude. To the contrary, the Taoism I practice and teach is possibly the spiritual discipline that encourages you most to pursue your hedonistic urges rather than quell them, as it’s through your deepest fascination that your highest learning occurs – the Tao, the background presence of existence is everywhere in all people and all things after all and you’ll eventually meet it wherever and however you go, whether you want to or not.

barefoot doctor, ibizaBut since coming to live on Ibiza at the start of the year, I’ve been relatively stunned by the apparent levels of cocaine-plus-vodka addiction, for apart from it seeming very old hat, especially in somewhere as ostensibly forward-thinking as Ibiza, all this running in and out of toilets and knocking back of shots, it also seems paradoxical that people would need to stimulate themselves artificially with such fierce diligence in this blessed spot where the natural stimulation is so abundantly present and freely available anyway, what with the magnetic field, the goddess energy, the sheer beauty, the gorgeous people, the sublime beats, the happy atmosphere and so on.

In London, LA, New York or Paris with all the pressures of urban life and not much of the natural power or beauty, I could understand it, but unless I’ve been walking around with some seriously heavy duty blinkers on in those towns and elsewhere for the past few years, I swear more coke blatantly goes up peoples’ noses and more vodka more or less simultaneously down their throats in little Ibiza Town of a night than in all those huge cities put together and I’m not talking pro rata.

And it does seem to be more rife with the women than the men. I accept this might be on account of my eye being naturally drawn to notice women more in general, hence I might be missing a trick with the guys but I’ve asked around and the consensus is I’m not imagining it – it’s a girl thing.

Call me simplistic but being trained as therapist a few decades back, it was a rule of thumb that confidence-boosting substances are used to mask low self-esteem.

So I’m looking around at all these powerful, beautiful women, these modern manifestations of female divinity and wondering about the roots of this insidious, low self-esteem syndrome, and wondering what could be done to remedy the problem.

However I’m not clever enough and haven’t a clue.

But according to the Taoist medical system, the way to deal with addictions and compulsions of any kind is not to focus on giving them up in any case, for whatever you focus on merely grows. No, the way is to instead adopt a new addiction or compulsion but a healthy one, tai chi, meditation, qigong, chanting, yoga or just breathing for instance, as this will at least leave you less time for the unhealthy addictions, plus it raises your self-esteem levels naturally. And that way, by and by, the need for the one gets replaced by the joy of practicing the other, eventually making it much easier to simply and hopefully painlessly drop the harmful addiction altogether should you want to.

That’s my opening gambit. I’m also interested in talking about how strangely difficult it can be to ride the power of this place at times, even though life doesn’t get any sweeter than it does here.

Meanwhile, I’m keen to hear you comments on the above.

With love, Barefoot Doctor

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