Take the Free Course

Breathwork and Qi Gong Retreat

with Adrian Cox and Marisa Cranfill


at Mount Koya Japan 

May 11-15 2024



 If you have ever dreamed to experience a spiritual dimension of Japan, this is the retreat for you! Join Marisa Cranfill and Adrian Cox for a unique inside experience of energy transformation and Japanese culture in an 850-year-old temple on the sacred Mt. Koya.


This retreat focuses on Breathwork, Qigong Flow and meditation as well as relaxing hikes and mystical adventures on the sacred mountain. We have rented the whole temple space for our own private usage, including an indoor practice room. Afternoons are free for exploring area.


The small mountaintop Buddhist community of Mount Koya (Koyasan) is one of Japan’s most magical destinations and the perfect place to stay at a Buddhist temple in shukubo temple lodgings. Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan) is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious figures. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.


Aside from our private retreat in a Buddhist temple, Koyasan’s most famous landmark is the otherworldly Okunoin Cemetery. Okunoin is one of Japan’s most sacred sites, and the location of Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum. If you follow the lovely walking paths through this beautiful wooded cemetery, you’ll end up at Torodo Hall, which houses more than 10,000 eternally-lit lanterns.

Kongobuji is the headquarters of the Shingon sect and an exquisite temple to visit. Also located within the Kongobuji temple complex is Japan’s largest rock garden, Banryutei Rock Garden.


Price $1,200 per person 5 days/ 4 nights (includes accommodation, tuition, private access to the temple meditation room, breakfast and dinner)

*Lunch is not included. Meals are delicious, vegetarian, Japanese Buddhist cuisine, called "shojin ryori ". 

Space is limited! Reserve your spot by booking here




Adrian Cox is the founder of BreathYoga and the Yoga Elements school of yoga -one the first yoga centers in Thailand. During it’s 18 years of operation,  Yoga Elements garnered an esteemed reputation, being described as “Easily Bangkok’s best studio” by Travel and Leisure (25 Top Yoga Studios Around the World) and as “Bangkok’s most inspiring place to study yoga” by Bangkok Post (reader choice awards). Adrian is a deeply experienced Teacher of Yoga, Breathwork and Meditation and has taught workshops, conferences, and trainings worldwide. He is a certified breathwork trainer with GRIT breathwork, E-RYT 500 and a certified trainer and coach of hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The BreathYoga method integrates breathwork practices into alignment-based flow sequences focused on liberating the flow of breath and energy.

For more information about BreathYoga click here: www.breathyoga.com

Marisa Cranfill is the founder of YOQI® Yoga + Qigong. While living in China and Thailand she received direct transmission from qigong masters, nuns and healers and developed the YOQI® method over years of teaching yoga and qigong at meditation retreats with her Vipassana master, Ajarn Jandamit. The method follows the Six Phases of Qi Flow to remove energy blockage, and promote self-healing and spiritual insight. Marisa is a certified 500RYT yoga, yin yoga, Vipassana meditation and Qigong instructor. Marisa has trained with many Qigong and Taijichuan teachers around the world and has been described as the Qigong Flow Queen, with a resource library cataloging over 300 flows. A generous and light-hearted teacher, she guides her students through direct experience. Marisa currently teaches around the world and is popularly known for offering the # 1 ranking Qigong YouTube channel. For more information about Qigong Flow click here: www.yoqi.com


Koyasan is fairly easy to access from Osaka and Kyoto

If you’re coming from Kyoto, you’ll first need to make your way to nearby Osaka. Rail connections between Kyoto and Osaka abound, and the best option will depend in great part on where in Kyoto you’re starting. You can look at route options using sites such as Google Maps, Hyperdia, and Jorudan.

From Osaka there are a handful of options, but for most travelers the simplest and most direct way to Mount Koya will be departing from Osaka’s Nankai Namba Station (not to be confused with the nearby Namba Station). Nankai is the name of the railway company that operates the Nankai Koya Line to Mount Koya.

Rail travel in Japan is a pleasure, and for our clients we typically suggest the Nankai Koya Line’s Limited Express Koya train, which gets you to Koyasan as quickly and efficiently as possible (there are slower, non-express options as well).

The end of the line is Gokurakubashi Station, where everyone makes the easy transfer to the charming Koyasan Cable Car, which takes you up to Mount Koya itself. From there, taxis and buses are waiting to whisk travelers to their shukubo (temple lodgings).


After you register and submit payment, an email will be sent to you with our private temple name, address and location as well as more travel details. We will also create a What's app group so that you may contact other participants and share travel plans.

By registering for this workshop you agree to the following terms and conditions: 

  1. Airfare and transportation to Koyasan is the participants responsibility
  2. A full refund can be issued before cancellation notice by April 11th. After April 11th, no refund may be issued. You may instead transfer your place to another person. Notify [email protected].