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

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 Elena 07526 158739 or Amelia 07986 084176.

Hestercombe Gardens

Read more about the Hestercombe Chi Gung Group here.


Taunton Chi Gung Group

Thursday evenings 7.00-8.15pm.
The Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4EP.

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

For those who have already done the Introductory Course. Cost £30 for four classes.

Contact Amelia 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. Please get your name on the list to be informed of the next course: advance booking is essential. More about Shibashi here

To get on the list contact Amelia 07986 084176 /

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


The Practice of Living More Consciously

Occasional talks on how to live more consciously and escape from the psychological pressure of daily life. Weekends Away (From the Psychological Life) will also be offered. Details of a weekend event in the UK in March will be announced when available.



Autumn Retreat

Saturday 13 October to Thursday 18 October 2018
Dunford House, West Sussex, UK

The practice of conscious living with talks, dialogues and chi gung exercises at a country house in the South Downs National Park.

Details to be announced. Booking open April 2018.



The Course in Conscious Living

Sopukka Residential Centre, Sipoo, Helsinki.
16 -18 March 2018

A residential weekend course outlining the five essential steps for moving out of the troublesome psychological life into a more conscious way of living.
1. The role of your guiding intelligence, the importance of body intelligence and the perception of chi (demonstrated with chi gung exercises).
2. How to recognise the main features of your psychological life.
3. The importance of accepting the limits of rationality and of grounding your intelligence both physically and psychically.
4. Confronting your various identities and their source.
5. Identifying the core of your self-centredness and learning to stand against the psychic pull of the past and the future.

Fee: €170 (or €150 if booked before 1.02.18)
Two nights accommodation and meals: €200 (€10 single supplement if rooms available)


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 Joensuu, April 12-13 2018. See details here. Or use his home study course.


Summer Chi Gathering

Five-day Residential Retreat
Sunday 17 June to Thursday 21 June 2018
Labbnäs, Kimito, Finland.

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

Booking details available soon.

Read about previous Chi Gatherings



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