Tai Chi retreats

Our Tai Chi residential at Belsey Bridge for September 2022 is now confirmed for Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th – the cost stays the same at £320 for the weekend with full board and tuition.

If you would like to come please put it in your diary and let me know of your interest so I can keep you up to date.

See here for a report on 2021 

Ian with Shefford Tai Chi group on a workshop

We have been going to Belsey Bridge Conference Centre for many years and always have a good time – this year was exceptional, I guess due to the lovely mix of people who attended.

The program was based on “how to do” and becoming aware of internal feelings. This involved about 18 hours of actual training with a good measure of discussion on top. Given that this was the first Tai Chi workshop for most people the level of enthusiasm and staying power was notable – with even those who had previously chosen to do only the introductory section now deciding to learn the whole Laojia form.

The food was great ” like the best ever school meals!” and the company fun. The best Tai Chi school meals!

Everyone agreed they had learned a lot – perhaps more than they imagined possible – and now appreciated a great deal more than before – on a personal note I learned a lot as well.

Training was focused on Laojia form repetitions and corrections plus partner work leading to single push hands – again a first for many but enjoyed by all.

An experience we hope to repeat next year.

Residential program


Our residential program this year will take as it’s theme ” Don’t just do the exercise – feel and think about the movement in your body.”

The program has the following points for students to consider:

History and fore runners

Shaolin, Bodidhama, Buddhism, Yoga, Chi Kung, Chin na, traditional Chinese medicine, theories of 5 elements, theory of Chi and meridians, Taoism, Power vs Yielding,

Sensing the feeling of movement

The place of weapons

Identifying: Relax, Move from the centre, All moves at once,

Mapping the space – partner work

Links to other approaches – Chi kung, Yoga, Pilates, Karate, various Kung Fu eg Shaolin, meditation, Taoism, Yiquan,

Very slow practice, fast and loose practice, standing, creating your own exercises,

Large movement, small movement,

Making and feeling connection

The place of meditation


Theory of martial arts – what are we seeking to achieve?

Structure, balance, fluidity,

The place of fighting, studying conflict, balancing forces, Tai chi in daily life, the path of martial arts – combative, healing, wisdom/understanding.

To those who are coming – I look forward to seeing you there – if you are not joining us then maybe the notes will give you something useful to think about.

All the best in your practice.

Tai Chi warm ups

We had fabulous weather this year for our annual residential at Belsey Bridge near Bungay with everybody practicing hard and enjoying themselves in sunshine for the whole weekend. Food, as ever was brilliant and we had the pleasure of meeting the Norwich 76 Textile Group who produced some wonderful embroidery, rust dying and tie dying as well as being good company.

76 Textile Group tie dyingSunday morning they joined us on the lawn for a little bit of loosening and warm up including cloud hands/silk reeling and Tai Chi walking.  Tai Chi walking

For the main sessions we did mainly Laojia corrections with some Broadsword and partner work which led into single and double push hands. For beginners the sword and partner work were completely new “tasters” but they applied themselves with good humour and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Tai Chi group

Tai Chi sword

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