Ian Deavin performs chen style Laojia formI will be running a workshop at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living on Sunday 28 July, 9.30 for 10.00-13.00.

Tai Chi practitioners often describe the feeling of moving their bodies as magical, and the experience of long term Tai Chi practice can certainly be described as developmental. My workshop will introduce beginners to the simple ideas underlying this popular but little understood art. Longer term practitioners can expect to be helped on their path and perhaps achieve further insights on their own developmental journey.


Cost: £35 includes refreshments
Book your place
or contact Pat James at the Letchworth Centre, 01462 678804, pat@letchworthcentre.org

Shefford Tai Chi picnic in the Swiss Garden

We had a lovely picnic in the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth yesterday with lots of practice of standing pole Chi Kung and the Laojia form – as you can see from the photo the picnic area offered shade and sunshine with lots of trees which were delightful – all in all a perfect venue. We even had the chance to observe a number of biplanes and WW2 aircraft from time to time.

The group assembled in the car park at 10.00 and benefited from a low cost group entry and free Tai Chi instruction until 2.00 with our own picnic hampers.

Tai Chi walking at the Swiss Garden

I had a lovely time teaching Tai Chi in the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth this morning – the sun came out and so did many people who were eager to learn about Tai Chi.

Since we were in pretty much ideal surroundings we took advantage of being able to start with a brief sensory walk, grounding ourselves by connecting with the trees and bushes of the garden, calming our minds and bodies. I and my student Steve Milsom then took these enthusiastic beginners through 40 mins of exercises focusing on balance, posture, relaxation and moving about the centre, including waving hands like clouds, standing Chi Kung and Tai Chi walking. This was followed by our demonstration of the Laojia form and the Chen Broadsword form, with a brief history lesson to place Chen Tai Chi in a very wide context of both health and martial arts also covering briefly some of the Buddhist and Taoist philosophical backgrounds and other precursors to it’s synthesis. 

We then we went into learning the first move of Laojia with discussion of what a beginners lesson might look like and further questions. 

After the class feedback was very positive and many people stayed to ask questions including “where can I learn Tai Chi locally?” – at my classes in Shefford or Letchworth! So I am delighted to have been invited back later in the year and I would love to do more at this delightful venue.

Spitfire at the Swiss Garden ShuttleworthMany of us then retired to the restaurant from where we could observe a Spitfire and a helicopter visit.

Important updates


Please note there will be no classes on the forthcoming Bank Holiday Mondays May 6 and 27

Students wishing to train with my teacher Karel on May 14 should contact me to arrange payment and car share if needed.

Shefford Tai Chi Festival 2019

30 April 2019

Well we had last years weather again but that did not deter many people from coming to the Community Hall and taking part as demonstrators or as visitors in this now regular community event – organised by the Shefford Tai Chi group on an entirely free of charge basis, supported by volunteers from the group […]

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Shefford Tai Chi Festival 2019

10 April 2019

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Tai Chi at The Swiss Garden Shuttleworth – Greensand Festival May 2019

26 February 2019

I am delighted to be participating in this Swiss Garden event with a Tai Chi class on Friday 10 May for all ages and levels of interest – the location is truly lovely, a classic garden environment wholly supportive of some gentle Tai Chi practice. This May, the Swiss Garden will be hosting six wonderful […]

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Merry Christmas from Shefford Tai Chi

18 December 2018
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Thought pieces – preventative and remedial Tai Chi

6 December 2018
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I have recently taken to putting on the website articles which are not carefully crafted – rather they are what may be regarded as thought pieces – something quite traditional as one might recognise from the way the “Tai Chi Classics” were put together for example. Once thinking about a topic after a while quite […]

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Christmas period – class program

1 November 2018

There will be no classes on the following dates at any of our venues: Friday 21st Dec Sunday 23rd Dec Monday 24th Dec Friday 28th Dec Monday 31st Dec There will be a class on Sunday 30th by popular demand – otherwise classes will be as normal – and if it is not too early […]

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