Diving Into The Tao

Saturdays 27th April, 25th May & 22nd June

7.30am-8.30am and 10am – 4pm
On Zoom or at Mill House Farm

Three days of Qigong & Meditation

For more years than I can remember I have been interested in the internal resonances of any posture and movement. I have memories from my dancing days of expanding my awareness to tune into the hidden language of, say, a simple port de bras, (flowing arm gesture,) and much more. How was the texture, shape and quality of the movement speaking to me? 

I knew that the technique of the dance was never the end in itself but a bridge to refine its significance to resonate through non-verbal communication within me and all who witness it.

Qigong, like dance, has the same resonances of meaning ingrained within it. As do all our postural expressions, conscious and unconscious. This is often called ‘body language’

One aid to unravelling that meaning held in Qigong postures is by reflecting on Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching. Using this as a guide to our practice enables our intellectual and embodied minds to come together, enriching our experience immeasurably.

Those of you come to the regular Qigong classes will have heard me from time to time reading a chapter from the Tao Te Ching at the end of a class. This timeless 2,500 year old classic contains insights that offer an understanding of the philosophies, subtle elements and enigmatic qualities of the art of Qigong.

I am delightedly looking forward to be holding three Saturdays of Diving Into The Tao on 27th April, 26th May and 22nd June. Each day will reflect on several chapters that support a deeper understanding of our practice and the philosophies behind the movements. You are welcome to come to all three days or those days that suit your diary.

The Tao Te Ching is one way to access the subtle variations of Qi, our life force energy. Another way is visual. The photo, above, of a recent sunrise here at Mill House Farm and the early morning mist rising off the pond illustrates beautifully the differing aspects of Qi.

In Chinese script the pictogram for Qi is , representing steam rising from rice. Steam is a form of water. Water is also solid in the form of ice, and a liquid. Qi is similar in having different forms: ‘Jing’ – essence or solid, ‘Qi’ – breath or life force and fluid,  and ‘Shen’ – spirit or invisible, all are Qi. In our practice we experience all three forms: substantial, fluid and invisible. 

This flowing, watery quality helps us to cultivate our Qi and tap into the well of limitless energy. This quote from Chapter 36 of the Tao Te Ching illuminates the power of fluidity:

The soft overcomes the hard.
The slow overcomes the fast.

During these three days we will be practising Qigong and Meditation to deepen our insight into the qualities, energies and implications of this ancient form of healing.

Please do join me for one, two or even better, all three days of this special course to open windows of insight into the philosophical root of our Qigong practice. 

Contact for securing your place for all three days or the days of your choice

Course fee: 3 days, £135, or £45 for individual days
Zoom link sent to participants pre-course.

Cancellations:
Full refund if made at least one week prior to the day.
Otherwise 50% of course fee will be refunded.
No refund if cancelled on the day of the course