Conscious Connections with Clive Tempest


Clive Tempest Chi Gung


Is a chi gung instructor who also speaks about the evolution of consciousness and the purpose of our lives. He uses chi gung exercises to make a conscious connection between the individual's physical experience and the bigger picture of life's mysteries. He leads workshops and retreats in the UK and Finland and lives in Taunton, Somerset, England.


Clive has been using meditation, chi work and practical spiritual teachings for over forty years.

Educated at University College Oxford and Manchester University, his early career was in theatre management and arts administration with a focus on experimental theatre and new plays. After working for The Arts Council of Great Britain he created and ran The New Theatre Workshops, an influential laboratory for the professional performing arts supported by The Gulbenkian Foundation.

For many years he had a close personal and professional association with the Australian spiritual teacher Barry Long. He met him in London in 1979, and was instrumental in the formation and management of The Barry Long Foundation. He worked for Barry for over 35 years including editing his books and managing his publishing and international teaching programmes.

In chi work his instructors have been Master Chu King Hung (Yang Family Tai Chi), Anthony Horrocks (medical chi gung), Bruce Frantzis (Taoist Lineage Master) and Sifu Wing Cheung (Shibashi). He is a certified Shibashi instructor for the Tai Chi, Qigong and Feng Shui Institute.

The chi gung sets he uses include: Shibashi, Opening the Energy Gates, Dragon and Tiger, Taichi 15 and The Marriage of Heaven and Earth. Classes may also include standing chi gung, walking chi gung and push hands.

In advanced classes the focus is mainly on developing the perception of chi (nei gung) and discovering and applying the taichi principles embodied in the exercises.

He also helps and counsels individuals with their self-knowledge and their healing from past hurts and traumas. His approach is based on his own experience and may include personal advice, practical exercises and working with dreams. His approach was influenced by instruction received from Anthony Horrocks, Bruce Frantzis, Sandra Hillawi and Paul Wong.

In 2008 he began leading the weekly Chi Gung Group at Hestercombe Gardens, near his home. In 2009 friends in Finland invited him to teach a series of workshops - 'Conscious Connections' - which then continued in England.

Over the next ten years he developed the practice of chi gung as an investigation of the dynamic nature of consciousness and as a means of embodying principles that can be applied to a more conscious way of living.

In 2014 he began giving talks in Somerset and Finland about how we can individually make a unique contribution to the evolution of consciousness. Over subsequent years this work evolved into a comprehensive account of the changes that need to be made as we collectively move away from living a largely psychological life towards a more conscious state of being.

An essential element of this work is the way Clive connects the energetic and psychophysical experience of chi gung with the expansion of consciousness. And by making a conscious connection between the individual's circumstances and the bigger picture of life's mysteries he inspires and encourages people to leave behind their stress and anxiety; their lives change accordingly.

In 2020, during the pandemic, when classes and retreats had to be cancelled, his work started to go out to a wider audience online. He recorded a series of podcasts called 'Meeting Mister Gogus' and launched an online audio programme based on talks about conscious living he had given in previous years. See 'The Course in Conscious Living'.


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