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Taunton Chi Gung Group

At The Church Hall, 18 Paul Street, Taunton TA1 3PF

Winter: 17 January - 28 February
Spring: 14 March - 25 April
Summer: 16 May - 11 July & 8 August - 5 September
Autumn: 19 September - 10 October

For the first hour the group will learn or revise Taichi 15. After a break for tea, we will continue with nei gung practice and seated work, including meditation, chi breathing and the application of chi gung principles for self healing and the release of stress. The Nei Gung instruction is being recorded and released as mp3 downloads; see our Audio page. These evenings are open to anyone who has trained with Clive Tempest before, to any level of experience. Those who for whatever reason cannot participate in the whole evening can arrive during the break (7.45pm) or attend for the first hour only. Those who don't already know Taichi 15 must commit to attend at least the first hour for all seven evenings. Thursday evenings 17 January - 28 February 6.30-9.00pm at a cost of £60 paid on or before the first session or £10 per evening.

Classes resume on Thursdays from 14 March to 25 April from 7.30-9.00pm at a cost of £50 for seven evenings. Working with Taichi 15, the focus is on the dantien and its guiding principle.

Thursday evening classes from 16 May to 11 July & 8 August - 5 September from 7.00-8.30pm (five classes for £40). Practising familiar exercises in a new way and training in the use of the kwa to encourage the flow of chi through the whole of the body. Themes include being in 'your place and your space', the importance of slow movement and the principles of the vertical and the circle as applied in movement.

Classes continue from 19 September - 10 October from 7-8.30pm focusing on synchronising movements and awareness of the body in space. Cost £30 for four classes.

Classes will be suspended until January 2020. There will then be two five-week series of classes (9 January to 6 February and 5 March to 2 April).

The Church Hall

(Formerly 'The Lecture Hall') is adjacent to the United Reformed Church in Paul Street. Enter from the rear using the gate from the car park and come through the garden to the side door on the right. You can park in the church spaces after 6.30pm. This is only the right hand side of the car park against the church garden wall (not the yellow bays on the left). No parking in the bay marked 'minister' at any time. Or you can use Marks & Spencer car park after 6pm.

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


The Hestercombe Chi Gung Group

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 or see our Facebook page.


Introductory Courses for Beginners

On completion of an introductory course you will be qualified to attend regular weekly classes with the Taunton Chi Gung Group and Saturday morning practice sessions in Hestercombe Gardens.

Cost: £95 for the course paid in advance.

Spring Course: Seven Thursday evening classes and one full-day workshop between 14 March to 25 April.

This course aims to teach you the eighteen movements of shibashi taichi and give you a real perception of chi. It will get you to a relatively advanced stage of practice in a few weeks. However, it requires your committed intention to attend all the sessions. The evening classes are on Thursdays 6.15-7.15pm at The Lecture Hall, United Reformed Church, Paul Street, Taunton. The day workshop is on Saturday 16 March and is an essential part of the course giving you a good grounding in the 'energy architecture of the body' - how your vitality is raised and distributed so that you get the most out of your life.

Summer Course: An Intensive Weekend Workshop 9-11 August.

An in-depth introduction to the principles and practice of chi gung over one weekend, with a focus on the basic shibashi taichi form. You will learn the eighteen movements to a beginners standard and understand how each movement supports your well being.

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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


Talks in Finland

Sunday 21 July in Helsinki & Saturday 27 July 2019 in Tampere

Two afternoon sessions enquiring into the purpose of life on earth and why living consciously means knowing our individual purpose at any time. Details here


Autumn Retreat

Monday 14 October to Friday 18 October 2019

Five days in a lovely villa on the South Coast of England, in its own beautiful grounds a few minutes walk from the sea. Chi gung with meditations and talks on conscious living. Vegetarian/vegan cuisine. Relaxing sea air, a cosy fireside, the wind of change and the warmth of good company. The retreat will be easy to reach from London and from Gatwick airport. Booking now open.


Retreats in 2020

Spring Retreat in England : Summer Retreat in Finland

Next year the Spring Retreat will again be at the lovely seaside villa in Sussex from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May and then from Wednesday 12 August to Sunday 16 August we will return to Labbnäs in South West Finland.


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