Conscious Connections with Clive Tempest


The Hestercombe Chi Gung Group

Wednesday mornings 10.30am - 12pm.
The Memorial Hall, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8JY.

This is for practitioners who have learnt several chi gung forms in previous classes and have some experience of nei gung. Courses on a particular theme. Cost £30 for four classes.

10 January - 28 February
4 April - 25 April
9 May - 30 May
4 July - 25 July

Wednesday morning classes are discontinued from the end of July and are replaced by Thursday evening classes with Taunton Chi Gung Group.

Practice Sessions
From Easter until late October, there are usually chi gung practice sessions in Hestercombe Gardens on Saturday mornings. We set off into the gardens from the ticket office at 10.15am and practise for about an hour. Anyone who practises shibashi taichi may attend. Sessions are free but Hestercombe entrance charge applies. To check if practice is on a particular day contact Amelia 07986 084176.

Hestercombe Gardens

Read more about the Hestercombe Chi Gung Group here.


Taunton Chi Gung Group

11 January - 1 March
5 April - 26 April
10 May - 31 May
5 July - 26 July

Thursday evenings 7.00-8.15pm. Cost £30 for four classes.
At The Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4EP.

25 October - 20 December
Thursday evenings 6.15-9.00pm.
At The Lecture Hall, 18 Paul Street, Taunton TA1 3PF
Level I Class: 6.15-7.15pm.
For those practising Shibashi who want to refine the form and learn more chi gung.
Level II Class: 7.30-9.00pm.
For those who know Shibashi, Taichi 15, Dragon and Tiger and some nei gung.
Cost: Level I 60. Level II 70 (plus 5 to also attend any Level I class).

Please note the change of venue for Thursday evening classes this Autumn. The Lecture Hall is adjacent to the United Reformed Church in Paul Street. Access is through the Marks & Spencer car park next to the church, which has its own parking spaces behind The Lecture Hall. The entrance is through the church garden.

Contact Amelia for details of how to pay in advance, online or by PayPal:
07986 084176 /


Introduction to Shibashi Taichi

Learn the eighteen movements of Shibashi Taichi over the course of one weekend; a set of exercises drawn from different taichi traditions, designed to promote well-being in a more efficient body. The course includes an introduction to essential principles of posture and of the energy-architecture of the body. This is the entry level course for beginners and gives access to classes with the Taunton Chi Gung Group (Thursday evening classes) and Saturday morning practice in Hestercombe Gardens (Easter to October). Introductory courses are arranged once or twice a year. Limited numbers per course allow for individual attention. Advanced booking essential.

Beginners Course Spring 2018
Friday 9 March 7-9.30pm
Saturday 10 March 2.30-6.30pm
Sunday 11 March 11am-6pm
At Brittons Ash Community Hall, Bathpool, Taunton
Cost 110

Beginners Course Autumn 2018
Friday 28 September 7-9.30pm
Saturday 29 September 2-6pm
Sunday 30 September 11am-6pm
At COACH, French Weir, Taunton
Cost 120 including a light lunch on Sunday.

More about Shibashi here

Read what people say about practising chi gung with Clive here.

To register your interest for beginners' courses in 2019 see here.


The Practice of Living More Consciously

Occasional talks on how to live more consciously and escape from the psychological pressure of daily life. There are talks scheduled for Sunday April 15 and Sunday May 27 (See The Blessing Chi below) and October 15 - 18 (See Events at Smokeham Farm).



The Perception of Chi : The Connection

Weekend Workshop
Crowcombe Court, The Quantocks, Somerset, UK
3 4 February

Two winter days in the grand setting of a Georgian mansion in lovely grounds at the foot of the Quantock hills. Developing the perception of chi to integrate body and being.

Full details and booking form here.


The Blessing Chi

Two Weekend Workshops
At Nynehead Court, near Wellington, Somerset, UK
14 15 April
26 27 May

These two workshops follow on from 'The Perception of Chi' (see previous programme). They take place in the Orangery and in the lovely gardens and grounds of Nynehead Court, near Wellington in Somerset.

Full details and booking form here.


Autumn Retreat

Autumn Retreat

Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October

A relaxing residential retreat with Clive Tempest in the Quantock Hills of Somerset for a small group staying in a local farmhouse. The will be instruction in the practice of tui shou (pushhands) and the use of sound in chi gung (the six healing sounds). There will also be individual consultations about living a more conscious life. Residents will attend the four Fireside Talks each evening of their stay. Details here.

Contact Amelia 07986 084176 /


Fireside Talks

Four Evening Meetings
Smokeham Farm, West Bagborough, Somerset
15, 16, 17 & 18 October 2018
Monday to Thursday each evening at 19.30

Four autumn evenings by the fireside in the lounge of a farmhouse on the slopes of the Quantock Hills. Do you know your purpose? Why are you sometimes dissatisfied? How can you be more fulfilled? What do you want to change and what's stopping you?
Booking and venue details here.



The Course in Conscious Living

A Weekend Course
Sopukka, Sipoo, Helsinki
16 -18 March 2018

How to let go of your troublesome psychological life. Can you allow a significant change of consciousness to bring more reality and love into your life? Read more about the course, get all the details and complete the booking form here.


Learn Shibashi

It is a basic requirement of joining most of Clive Tempest's courses that you practice the basic form of shibashi chi gung. There is a chance to learn this with Master Wing Cheung in Helsinki, April 12-13. See details here. Or use his home study course.


Summer Chi Gathering

Five-day Residential Retreat
Labbnäs, Kimito, Finland
Sunday 17 June to Thursday 21 June

Join the retreat at Midsummer. Exercises to develop a finer perception of chi and talks on living more consciously.

Booking now open. Full details here.

Read about previous Chi Gatherings



Spring Retreat

Sunday 28 April to Thursday 2 May 2019

Chi gung in support of the practice of conscious living: a residential week at Buckland Hall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales. See full details. Booking now open.


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