Wu Lin is a centre for martial arts training, healing or just taking time out. It was built by the owners and their friends from mud bricks and recycled timber, modelled on a traditional Chinese village and the Shaolin temple. Each piece of building material was thoughtfully positioned to create the best ambience.
The eight-hectare sanctuary is at the base of the Cobaw Forest just out of the Lancefield township. It was purpose-built for the learning of martial arts wisdom, lapping up its peaceful ambience or a combination of both.
Co-owner James Sumarac is a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and takes appointments in the Barefoot Doctor's Clinic. He consults on health and wellbeing with a holistic attitude using massage, acupuncture, moxibustion, herbs, diet therapy, exercise and lifestyle.
Lessons are held in the dojo or training hall. It has 400-year old Chinese monastery doors, polished floors, mirrors and training equipment. James explains the difference between martial arts such as Japanese karate and Chinese tai chi is mainly the former is hard physical training and self-defence and the latter is sophisticated and deep.
Guest accommodation is in four, semi-detached units. Two have tatami floors for Japanese-style sleeping and two have antique Chinese furniture and polished Baltic floors.
Lancefield, 95km north of Melbourne.
Wu Lin Retreat Cultural Immersion Packages start at $295 per person a night. Accommodation, Chinese tea ceremony and martial arts training are included.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
Wu Lin Retreat
47 Sherwood Court
Lancefield Vic 3435
Ph: (03) 5429 2122 0417 350 398
Fax: (03) 5429 2122