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Jon Burdon, Chi Running and Chi Walking instructor based in England and Wales

Why not try a unique blend of learning approaches designed to focus your mind and body together in a relaxed atmosphere. Chi Running and Chi Walking are best thought of as holistic and mindful practises. Your day will bring together a blend of  the following:Mindful Fitness Day

  • Chi Walking OR Chi Running (workshop option)
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness techniques


Your day will also include:

  • Lunch
  • Printed materials to take away
  • A guest pass to Target Health and Fitness Gym
  • A guided run in the Holme Valley area - optional (this is especially suitable for those who have travelled from further afield to enjoy a weekend in the beautiful Holme Valley.)
  • Discount for those booking a future Chi Running 1 day Chi Running course or 1-1 teaching session


All teaching during the day will be adapted where possible to suit those attending the workshop, although it will be at an introductory level unless specified. Jon will cater for new and experienced Chi Runners as well as those wishing to learn Chi Walking. Similarly mindfulness and yoga will be taught with the runner or walker in mind. 

Your teachers:

  • Jon Burdon BA Hons, Certified Chi Running and Chi Walking Instructor
  • Becky Burdon BA Hons Dip Hyp, Teacher of mindfulness techniques, hypnotherapist and counsellor
  • Janet Priestley, Yoga teacher for 25 years, diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga


Venue: Target Health and Fitness, Sheffield Road, New Mill, Holmfirth

Usual Times: 9.30 - 3.30 (registration from 9.30)

Optional: Please contact for details of bed and breakfast accommodation which is available very nearby.

What are Chi Running and Chi Walking?

Chi Running and Chi Walking shift the emphasis of your exercise towards your core muscles and away from your legs. They seek to develop an energy efficient and low impact approach to exercise which is best thought of as a mindful practice. Many runners and walkers find learning the 'chi approach' is a turning point in their lives when they no longer suffer from injury and pain, and instead find a big increase in the enjoyment of their exercise.

Why yoga?

Chi Running and Chi Walking are ultimately aimed at setting up the conditions for energy to flow in your body. Through developing flexibility and posture with a focus on the breath, yoga very much complements the Chi Running and Chi Walking approach.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness techniques help you stay relaxed, present and focussed in each moment. Learning mindfulness meditation and related techniques has revolutionised the lives od many millions of people across the world. Becky has been trained by Bangor University, and her teaching is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction approach.

What about the Sunday run?

This optional run will be at a pace to suit all abilities and will take place on Sunday morning. The run will last up to 2 hours, and will be designed in a figure of 8 route in order that some runners will be able to complete a reduced distance should they wish to. Running technique and a mindful attitude rather than speed will be the focus of this run.

How much Chi Running or Walking will I learn?

Please note this day is intended as an introduction to Chi Running rather than every aspect of the technique. The day will be ideal for those interested in developing their learning further, through a 'building the foundations' day or 'Freedom on the Trails' events. There would be a chance on the Sunday run to gain some one to one feedback and further guidance. The majority of the Chi Walking technique will be covered, although further learning would be encouraged to help you develop your practice.

Please note: the majority of the day will be indoors, although some parts of the running workshop may take place outdoors.

These events are run twice a year, so keep an eye on my newsletter or contact me for the next date. 


Where to find me


I live in the Holme Valley, near Huddersfield and on the very northern edge of the Peak District National Park. Workshops are in venues easily accessible from:

Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield, Barnsley, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Wales.


Mountain Training
I am a qualified Mountain Leader, registered with the Mountain Training Association.

Photos of the Holme Valley Landscape are by Andy Leader of Made in Holmfirth

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