Conscious Connections with Clive Tempest



Classes, workshops and retreats with Clive Tempest
in Taunton, Somerset, UK, and in Finland

2021 During the current pandemic, and because of government restrictions, there is no programme of classes for 2021 at present. As soon as it becomes possible there will be more outdoor practice sessions at Hestercombe Gardens. The Spring Retreat in Sussex is postponed until April 2022. The Summer Retreat at Labbnäs in Finland is scheduled for 11 - 15 August but will only be confirmed at short notice. Although chi gung classes are suspended, the online 'Course in Conscious Living' continues and latest audio releases are included on the Audio page.

Chi Gung or qigong is the basis of taichi. Its postures and movements provide a gentle form of exercise that is both relaxing and energising. In taichi the exercises are practised in sequence to promote wellbeing and a balanced approach to life.

Clive Tempest uses chi gung as a practice for living more consciously and helps you appreciate the principles encoded in the taichi forms. These principles are founded in the ancient wisdom of taoist sages and can still guide us day to day.

Conscious Connections workshops and retreats. Opportunities to go deeper into the meditative qualities of the practice, connecting the physical exercises to the bigger picture of everyone's life.

NEW AUDIO Where's Your Head?

CLIVE'S PODCAST Meeting Mister Gogus

ONLINE COURSE The Course in Conscious Living

Programme Classes, workshops and retreats are currently suspended because of the pandemic. Normally, there are weekly classes in Taunton for intermediate and more advanced practitioners, introductory courses for beginners and workshops and retreats in England and in Finland. Details here.

The Hestercombe Chi Gung Group People who do classes also meet on Saturday mornings in Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton, from Easter to October. Taichi is traditionally practised outdoors in nature and the Gardens provide a beautiful Somerset setting.

Beginners Courses are held once or twice a year to introduce newcomers to the basic shibashi exercises and the essential principles of this work. (Suspended until further notice.) See here.

Talks & Meetings Chi gung practice can be seen as the groundwork for living more consciously, which means being relatively free of psychological stress - free enough to know the purpose of your life and be fulfilled in whatever you do. Meetings are held periodically to develop this aspect of the work. Recordings of some meetings are now available for download.

Screenshot of Clive practising


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